Thursday, March 4, 2010

Cupcakes in Vancouver!

The next time you're in the Vancouver area, be sure to check out Cupcakes by Heather and Lori. They have a few locations, which you can add to your travel plans, check out their website here to find a location convenient to your route.

I frequented the store on Robson and Thurlow downtown, and by frequented, I mean I went there everyday and ate cupcakes. My definite favorite had to be Diva, rich chocolate cake with hot pink vanilla buttercream and sprinkles. I also tried (and loved!) Mint Condition (chocolate cake with mint buttercream and mini chocolate chips), Versace (vanilla-chocolate marble cake with chocolate butterbream), and Snowball (coconut cake with cream cheese frosting and shredded coconut). I have to be honest and say I did not love Lemon Drop (lemon cake with lemon buttercream), which tasted to me a little like lemon candy, while I definitely prefer natural lemon flavor to artificial extract flavor.

With two Starbucks stores conveniently located kitty corner to each other in the same intersection, I had a serious problem on my hands!

Along with the obvious, cupcakes big (and I mean REALLY big!) and small, Cupcakes sells cute sustainable shopping bags, funky birthday candles, and cute charms for cupcake toppers. A really cool thing, hand sanitizer on the counter for their customers!

One kinda negative was that I absolutely received better service during the daytime hours than in the evenings, but a huge positive was that the cupcakes were fresh all hours of operation, they were obviously baking all day (yes, I said I went there A LOT).

Along with regular and miniature cupcakes, they do one called The Big One, which is huge, more like a mini cake. Fortunately I was able to resist purchasing one (I didn't see a Diva, however, or I may have been in trouble). They also do cakes to order!


  1. I LOVE LOVE LOVE this place! I'm so glad you went there. That's nice to know they only have a few locations and they're not a big box chain. I didn't mind the Lemon Drop, but I agree on the natural over artificial.
    I bought Diva for my friend for her birthday in July. She LOVED it at it all in one short sitting. I am also a fan of their outdoor seating. I think it's nice they didn't try to go crazy by offering drinks (specially coffee while located within spitting distance of TWO Starbucks). Kept it simple, with what they know best.

    Cool they let you take photos!

  2. Cristin, this is a GREAT post, I'd love to see more of the area where you live.