Saturday, May 17, 2008

Cupcakes Notes from the Road: Sprinkles Cupcakes, Scottsdale, Arizona

I've been following Sprinkles Cupcakes expansion on Cupcakes Take the Cake and I was excited to see that the opening of their new Scottsdale branch nicely coincided with my Scottsdale business trip. Kismet. I had to sample their wares. Oh, and sample I did...

I had been planning this Sprinkles run in my head for weeks and I was delighted to discover some of my work colleagues also enjoy a good cupcake (who doesn't?) and were more than willing to join me as co-conspirators. Since there was a group of us and the cupcakes were really far to luscious to pass up, we had to go for the "value priced" dozen for $36 (cupcakes are otherwise $3.25 each). Since Sprinkles does a rotating assortment of cupcakes each day, we were able to get all the Friday cupcakes they had in stock and double up on a few cupcakes that people were especially excited to try.

Our selection of cupcakes

Let the cupcake tasting begin!

Dark Chocolate (Belgian Chocolate cake with bittersweet chocolate frosting): A little too much chocolate for me. I'm not a super death by chocolate type of person and I just found this one a little too chocolatey. If that is even possible. Also, it was dry, which didn't help things much.

Black and White Cupcake (a Belgian chocolate cake with a creamy vanilla frosting): The cake was a bit dry and the frosting was a bit too sweet. Certainly not a New York Black & White Cupcake.

Black & White Cupcakes

Red Velvet (Southern Style light Chocolate Cake with cream cheese frosting): Very moist. The moistest cupcake of the night. The cake had a nice subtle red velvet flavor and was very pleasant. I wasn't wild about the frosting, though. It was sweet to the point of being cloying and almost tasted more like it had white chocolate undertones, than a true Southern cream cheese frosting.

Red Velvet Cupcake

Vanilla (Madagascar bourbon vanilla cake with a creamy vanilla frosting): Pleasant, but I felt that this was a bit too sweet, it was more of just an immediate sugar bomb with a slight vanilla aftertaste. If you are looking for a serious sweet fix, this would do nicely, but for me it was too much.

Red Velvet and Vanilla Cupcakes

Lemon Coconut (Madagascar bourbon vanilla cake with a lemon coconut cream cheese frosting): This cake was light and subtle. Nicely moist. I'm not usually a huge coconut fan, but this was very good.

Vanilla Milk Chocolate (Madagascar bourbon vanilla cake with a fudgey milk chocolate cream cheese frosting): Cake was a bit too dry, but the frosting was nice and that's saying a lot from a dark chocolate kind of gal.

Vanilla Milk Chocolate and Lemon Coconut Cupcakes

Milk Chocolate (Belgian chocolate cake with milk chocolate cream cheese frosting): Not so wild about this one either. Cake was dry. The frosting was good, but not good enough to make up for the dryness of the cake.

Chai Latte Cupcake (spiced chai tea cake with a chai vanilla frosting): Moist and sweet with just the right hint of spice, this cupcake really did taste like a chai latte, which I love. I'm going to have to figure out how to make this at home. This cupcake really stood out because it was so unique and different not only from the cupcakes we sampled that evening, but also from other cupcakes I've had in general.

Chai Latte Cupcakes

Strawberry Cupcake: pure strawberry cake with sweet strawberry icing): The dark horse winner by far. I'd never really thought of strawberry cupcakes with actual strawberry flavor made from real strawberries. Light and moist. This was beyond delicious. I could eat one right now. No, really, right now.

Strawberry Cupcake=Sheer Bliss
Allegedly a New York Sprinkles location is coming soon. When I think about the realms of deliciousness I encountered in that strawberry cupcake, it can't come soon enough.

Sprinkles Cupcakes
4501 North Scottsdale Road
(across from Fashion Square)
Monday-Saturday 9-7 and Sunday 10-6

Check out more Sprinkles cupcake pics here.


Anonymous said...

I can't believe my computer didn't immediately crash when it tried to process and display the words "too chocolatey." I wish I could have been there to confirm this cosmic fluke. - LC

Anonymous said...

I think these are the grossest things i have ever tried. You know it's bad when I bought the four my teenage daughters wanted to try and I had almost a full box to through away! They don't smell good, the cakes are dry and dense and over all - YUCK! My sister bought every kind and took them home for a family party. They all thought they were terrible. And we are a high sweets, chocolate loving, give me more frosting family. What a waste! -Mesa Cupcake Lover

Brownie said...

@mesa cupcake lover: the chai and the strawberry were the ones that stood out to me. I, too, had an issue with the dryness. If I'm paying for a pricey cupcake, I don't want something that's dry! Where do you like to go for cupcakes?