Tuesday, September 28, 2010

A Bitter Ending

Hey Everyone!

Hope you all are having a great start to the fall season. So recently we have posted a status on our facebook page asking which bakery we should go to next. We got some great suggestions and decided to take Amanda's suggestion to go to Bittersweet Bakery. Originally Nancy and I were going to go on her birthday, but since I am going to make her an awesome cake, we didn't want to eat too much desserts in one day and choose to go last Saturday.

We were very excited to try Bittersweet because we heard great things about them. When we arrived, we were looking at all the pretty cookies and treats they had. Our favorite design was a cookie shaped and decorated as a pink poodle! I noticed that were numbers we were suppose to pick up, kind of like when you are at deli. I picked up numbers for Nancy and I while we were still trying to decide from the only three cupcake options they had. The workers kept asking Nancy and I if we were ready and seemed a little annoyed that we were taking a while to make up our mind. Nancy choose a banana cupcake and I went for the chocolate peanut truffle cupcake.

Now, what I didn't mention earlier is this place isn't just a bakery, they also serve a limited lunch so the place was more like a cafe. The lady asked if we were going to eat there or take it to go, and of course we wanted to eat there. We had a wait for them to clear off the empty tables because they were still full of dirty dishes and TIP... Okay I understand that people will tip for the lunch, but all the workers had to do for us was put the pre-made cupcake on a plate and set it down in front of us. So honestly we felt like we shouldn't have tipped them.

But anyways back to the cupcakes, Nancy's was basically banana bread shaped as a cupcake. Nancy really liked it, but to me it wasn't much of a cupcake although her frosting was a lot better than mine. My cupcake was a chocolate cake with super artificial vanilla frosting. The texture of the frosting was very distinctive and had like a slimy coating. It's hard to explain but it's like the same type of frosting that Swirlz cupcakes use. The frosting had no real flavor. The only peanut flavor in my cupcake was from a huge hard truffle that was in the middle of my cupcake. To say the least, I was not pleased with this cupcake. However, I really want to try something else from them, possibly their cookies.

When the "waitress" dropped off our check, we walked to the counter to pay. The cashier asked if we are putting the tip on our card. At first Nancy and I decided we weren't going to tip at all but after the cashier was asking us, it made us feel uncomfortable and rude if we didn't leave anything, even though they did not deserve it. We both ended up giving a dollar tip each, so the total amount for our cupcakes was over $4!!!

So what I want to know is what do you guys think about tipping them? Should we have just said no or did they deserve to get tip? Let us know your thoughts!

Lastly, we want to make a shout out to James for making us this cool picture(inserted below) for our site in honor of Nancy's 21st birthday coming up. We love the quote and we totally are going to us it! Ahh can't wait for Nancy's birthday!!

Till next time,
The sweetest girls on the web <3

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

A Kupcake Update :)

Hey guys! How’s it going? It’s been good for us. Ever since school has started, Melanie and I have been super busy and have not had a chance to write a blog, record videos or even bake more cupcakes. We want to apologize for not keeping you guys updated!

On a good note, Melanie and I are going to visit a new cupcake place next weekend for my birthday. Woo! I’m finally turning 21! I think we are going to try out Bittersweet Bakery! How exciting!

>> I decided my most favorite cupcakes from Sprinkles is definitely the banana and red velvet! Lovee it! Every time I go I feel like I'm obligated to buy two cupcakes instead of one! AHH!!

Also, I wanted to make note that we finally received our business cards! They look really cute and professional! I love them! I wanted to give a shout out to Karen Rinaldi (http://www.sukodesign.com/), who designed them for us! Thanks so much!

In the last blog post I mentioned how you guys can FINALLY order from us! When I get a chance, I will create an order form for you guys to fill out! That way it will be a lot easier for you to tell us what exactly you guys want! (Note: We only take orders of at least a dozen cupcakes).

Either email us at melanieandnancy@yahoo.com or leave a comment. We'll bake for parties, graduations, or for satisfaction! You choose.

Well that is it for now. Until then, comment or be the 2nd customer to order from us! :)

-Krazy 4 Kupcake Girls

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Not everything is going to taste good.

Melanie and I have finally moved into the city!! Yay! With school being around the corner and all, Melanie and I made some time to stop by a few cupcake places such as Phoebe's, Sprinkles, Sweet Mandi B's and Flirty's Cupcakes. Yeah, I know that's quite a lot, considering we've only been here for a week or so... but what can we say we're cupcake obsessed! :)

So by the look of my caption.... I was pretty disappointed in all 4 bakeries. I say this because each treat I ate tasted horrible!

First we'll start with Phoebe's Cupcakes. I was around the area when I decided to stop in at Phoebe's Cupcakes. To be honest, Phoebe's Cupcakes isn't really one of my favorite cupcake places that I've tried. But anyway, I was deciding between the chocolate cupcake or the banana cream pie cupcake. Since I always choose chocolate cupcakes, I decided why not try something new this time so I go with the banana one. Once I got home, I was all excited to try it and my first bite was rather disappointing. The cupcake tasted very artificial, almost like a 'banana' flavored Laffy Taffy (if you guys have tried it before). The icing was actually good but I felt like it was too much. You definitely can taste the banana flavored but it was too much flavor.

Next we had Sprinkles. Melanie had stopped by the other day and bought cupcakes: chocolate marshmallow and lemon cupcake. She let me choose from the two and I chose the lemon cupcake. We'll start off with the chocolate marshmallow cupcake.. This cupcake was chocolate cake with chocolate icing and a marshmallow in the center. It was pretty good but we thought it tasted like a hostess cake. It was way too sweet and definitely not appetizing. Mine however, was nice and moist except for the cake part was very bland and the icing was really thick. I felt like the frosting is what GAVE the cake the flavor though.

Literally the next day we went to Sweet Mandi B's, but this time instead of getting the normal cupcake treat; we agreed to try their ice cream. Ice cream seriously sounded so good at the time and we thought it would be a great treat to refresh ourselves on a hot day. Their ice cream is new, so we decided to give it a try. When we arrived, we noticed that they had added more chairs and new decor to the room. It was very colorful with light colors surrounding the room (pics will be up soon). On the side of the wall, there is a list of flavors to choose from, I'll name a few... Banana Chocolate Chip, Cookie Dough, Cookies & Cream, Mint Chocolate Chip, Chocolate Marshmallow, etc. Melanie chose the Mint Chocolate Chip, I chose the Cookies & Cream, and our friend Connie chose the Cookie Dough ice cream. All sound delicious right? Well looks may be deceiving because the taste was awful. The Cookies & Cream that I chose, was too bland and tasted more like cheesecake. Melanie's choice (Mint Chocolate Chip) was rather too minty!!! At first we were like yours is definitely the best, but then we came to a conclusion that it was wayy too much mint. To the point where her throat started burning after finishing her ice cream. So lay off the mint? And Connie's... Cookie Dough choice was the worst one out of all of ours. Hers tasted like Smuckers lip gloss, no JOKE! First thing after tasting the first bite, that had come to my mind. I don't know if you guys know what Smuckers is but it seriously felt like the lip gloss was on your tongue and you were eating it. The texture was very dense and "lip gloss" like. It just overall tasted horrible and one scoop of ice cream is pretty pricey!!!! It costs us approximately $3.50 for ONE SCOOP that wasn't even WORTH it. Ew. Never again, maybe they should please just stick to selling baked goods. Or maybe taste test it first. Because if I was Connie and I chose the cookie dough flavor I would totally take it back.

So last but not least today I finally got a chance to try Flirty's Cupcakes once again. The truck had stopped in front of our store tonight, and my manager let me go get some cupcakes for everyone. When I got there of course they had the flavor that I wanted sold out (the 'Mcdreamy'). So instead I chose the 'Curious George' cupcake which is basically a banana flavored cupcake. Um... what to say about this cupcake? Well first of all everyone agreed that the frosting was again very dense and thick, which is true because I remember the last cupcake I got the frosting was like it too. And not only that, but for some reason the frosting on mine was very SALTY??? It was seriously saltier than french fries. But it tasted weird because salt and sweet together does not mix well at least I don't think so. The cake part did not have a banana flavor at all either. It tasted more like chocolate cake. Eww, I just can't get over the fact that the frosting was so salty, like I had to scrape off all the frosting in order to finish it. The cupcake itself is tiny, so it was definitely not satisfying. Wow, it's funny because just last month I was saying how I LOVED Flirty's Cupcakes better than Sprinkles. I change my mind, I'm not a fan of either. Sprinkles is pretty much overrated for what it's worth. I know all the 'celebs' order from there, but so what? It's not that great honestly. Ah I feel like I wasted my time and money towards unappetizing treats. However "not everything is going to taste good," -- true STATEMENT.

So this is a long blog entry, I know... SORRY. There was just too much to say. I have a few questions for you guys to respond to:
1) What cupcake place out of these places have you tried and what did you think of them?
2) Tell us a horrible tasting experience you've had.
3) Do you agree with this article? If yes, why?

Okay before making this 10 pages long, Melanie and I finally had our FIRST cupcake order and what I mean is we actually got PAID this time. My friend had ordered from us and we spent all night making them. He asked us to make chocolate cupcakes but we decided to mix things up a bit and make s`mores cupcakes instead. I'll keep it short and say that they really enjoyed it supposedly and said we should make our own business cards! It's coincidental because I literally just ordered some last weekend! How exciting right? We also will be posting up a video on the making of s`mores and will be also be creating an order form for the website. Technically, you guys can order from us now. Just name the flavor, amount and time we'll do it! :) So order away!!! Okay I'm done.

-Krazy 4 Kupcake Girls <3
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