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Battle of the Cupcakes

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Last year during the kids’ winter break, we took a mini-vacation into New York City. We decided to do a “battle of the cupcakes tasting tour” as one of our many activities. We compared confections from Crumbs, Cupcake Cafe, and Magnolia Bakery. The kids unanimously voted for Crumbs…and of course were extra thrilled when I told them there was one in Westport as well.

Crumbs Bake Shop is nestled behind Tiffany’s and across the street from the Westport Public Library. The chain features gourmet cupcakes and has several locations (including New Canaan and Stamford). The store sells coffee and other drinks, plus cookies, brownies and other baked goods, but the cupcakes are clearly the centerpiece of the shop. They are sold individually ($3.95 for the large, gourmet cupcakes, $2.75 for the smaller plain ones), or in “Taste Packs” which include a dozen mini cupcakes. They are not cheap, but they really do make quite a splash.

Crumbs Bake Shop

40-44 Post Rd

Westport, CT 06880

203-226-1000

Hours:

Mon – Tues: 8:00am – 9:00pm, Wed – Thurs: 8:00am – 10:00pm, Fri – Sat: 8:00am – 11:00pm, Sun: 8:00am – 9:00pm

Now in Fairfield, we also have the newly renamed Pink Cupcake Shack in the Fairfield Brickwalk Promenade. They have several “daily” cupcakes including red velvet, pink velvet, and cannolli cream, but have around 50 different types you can order for a special occasion and and rotate into the daily case as well. These cupcakes are “normal” sized (my preferred size!) and are $2.75 each (or sold by the half dozen or dozen). My daughters loved the whimsical vanilla “Rebel with a Cause” and the filled Cookies and Cream varieties, but I was partial to the Pink Velvet with cream cheese frosting. What I like about this shop is the owner has 30 years of baking experience, is local, and you can watch the staff making the cupcakes right in front of you. Everything is made from scratch and fresh. They also make cupcake pops and regular sized cakes which can be ordered in any of their cupcake flavor combinations.  I think a box of these cupcakes would be welcomed by anyone—no matter what their age!

The Pink Cupcake Shack

1215 Post Road, Fairfield, CT 06824

(203) 259 – PINK (7465)

Hours: Mon: Closed, Tue – Thur: 10am-5pm, Fri – Sat: 10am-6pm

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