They’re big. Really BIG. GINORMOUS BIG. Words cannot convey just how big Crumbs Bake Shop’s cupcakes are – so it’s time to pull out the visual aid. Below is the Signature-sized cupcake next to a Grade A Large Egg. Think softball vs. golf ball.
Now imagine dozens and dozens of these mouthwatering masterpieces lined up for the choosing… decisions, decisions. Perhaps the White Hot Chocolate – a vanilla cupcake filled with white chocolate mousse, vanilla cream cheese frosting, a sprinkling of mini white chocolate chips and leveled off with a marshmallows and white chocolate drizzle. Or maybe the Baba Booey – a chocolate cupcake stuffed with peanut butter frosting, piled high with peanut butter and chocolate cream cheese frosting and finished off with a roll in peanut butter chips. Oh dear, this was like watching two cupcakes downing in a glass of milk and trying to decide which one to eat first?!
Twitter was all abuzz with the 1,000 free cupcakes promo weeks leading up to the Crumbs’ Grand Opening at the East End location in Washington, DC. As I mentally checked off the days leading up to the big give-away, I browsed the website more times than I would like to admit debating which cupcake was worthy enough for my inaugural Crumbs experience. After carefully scrutinizing a mind-boggling array of flavors, I set my sights on the luscious Vanilla Coconut – a sugary, white snowball of delight! The highly anticipated day finally arrived and… FAIL!!! Crumbs had given out all of the 1,000 free cupcakes by early afternoon (holy cow – DC loves cupcakes!) and apparently the coconut had been one of the top picks. But The Cupcake Pimp never gives up! I waited in line and forked over cash for two (YES TWO!) Signature Cupcakes: the plain-Jane vanilla with vanilla sprinkles and a splurgelicious toffee-caramel combo.
When I hit the Crumbs’ Grand Opening at Union Station last week, I was determined to get there early to snag a freebie and my first-choice – The Elvis… a hunka hunka vanilla cupcake oozing banana cream filling, frosted with banana cream cheese AND a dollop of peanut butter encrusted with mini-peanut butter chips. Arriving shortly after the 6:30am opening, my game plan was “the early bird gets the cupcake”. Sweet success! I breezed through the line and headed into my office with a Breakfast of Champions that The King himself would surely appreciate!
Crumbs Bake Shop scores an A+ in the eye-candy department but how do the goods TASTE??? Crumbs’ cupcakes have a lot going on. Not only are they decked out with a menagerie of toppings but many are also stuffed with ooey-gooey goodness, such as the Twinkie-like cream filling in The Elvis. These are decadent cupcake – for those who complain about cupcakes being too sweet, let me (roll my eyes) and suggest you order a bran muffin. If you’re looking for a cupcake that will have both the 5-year old princesses and 35-year old divas ooohhhing and aaahhhing, Crumbs Bake Shop is the best bet in town for the WOW-factor. And they taste pretty darn good!
I whole-heartedly agree with Mae West’s famous line – especially when it comes to cupcakes: “Too much of a good thing can be wonderful.” I can polish off a Signature on my own without a thought of quartering one and sharing it as the Crumbs’ website suggests. But if you believe in moderation or have the willpower to resist devouring the Big Daddy Signature (a whooping 6 ounces!) in a single sitting, Crumbs also offers two smaller options: the Classic described as “supermarket size” and the Taste which is a mini-bite measuring about 1”. Oh yeah, they also have the “Colossal Crumb” – an unfreakinbelievable 6.5” gargantuan with a recommended serving of 6 – 8 people… but even The Cupcake Pimp doesn’t dare go there. Well, at least not until I can think of a really, really, really special occasion to order one of these bad boys!
Crumbs Bake Shops are rising up to feed the cupcake-crazed masses all over the DC-area, including the East End (11th & F), Union Station and Clarendon (Northern, Virginia). They even have a shop in the Newark Airport – I’m keeping my fingers crossed that the “cupcakes on the fly” concept will catch on and we’ll soon see one at Regan National.Crumbs Bake Shop 604 11th Street, NW (F Street) Washington, DC 20001 Phone: 202-737-4001 Website: www.crumbs.com Twitter: @crumbsbakeshop