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11 February 2012

Crave Cupcakes Review

Location: Houston, Texas
Price: $3.25 per cupcake
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Crave has several locations within the Houston area- however I go to the Cupcakery near Rice Village. I have had the pleasure of visitng this cupcakery several times because it's Houston. It's actually about a three minute drive from the fiance's apartment which makes it very accessible. Lucky thing, because I LOVE their cupcakes. However, it's clear that I am not the only one who greatly enjoys their cupcakes because although they close at 8pm during the weekday- they often run out of most of their cupcakes well before. So word of the wise: if you do plan to visit, go by 5pm-6pm so you can have some choices. They have about 15 choices daily, but usually in the evening they are down to five. 

They have a cute "mascot" in the mixer. And they usually adorn their cupcakes with a nice little edible circle with the mixer depicted. The service is quick and the staff is friendly. As for the cupcakes- they are wonderfully moist (except for one experience which I will talk about later). They have the perfect ratio of cupcake to frosting, and depending on the cupcake they are tastefully delivious. As for overall look- they are simple in appearance with no fancy icing decor. Sadly (which is why my sister is not a big fan of Crave)- they do not have any filled cupcakes, just plain frosting on the top, which I do not mind at all, but I know many people are filled cupcake fans.

Front (left to right): Candy Bar, Crave Chocolate
Back (left to right): German Chocolate, Red Velvet, Nutella
Front (left to right): Red Velvet, Coconut, Chocolate on Vanilla
Back (left to right): Crave Chocolate, German Chocolate, Hummingbird
My favorite cupcakes include (and please be aware that I have no tried every cupcake and so this list may be chanaged): Crave Chocolate, German Chocolate, Nutella, and Red Velvet. It shoul dbe noted that the Nutella does not taste as much Nutella as it does Hazelnut Coffee-ish (not strong coffee). My in between choices go to Candy Bar, Chocolate on Vanilla and Hummingbird (which to those of you who are not familiar taste like banana bread mated with carrot cake, topped with cream cheese frosting). My least favorite by far is the Vanilla on Chocolate. I do not know why, but it does not taste right. I want to try Dulce de Leche, Peanut Butter and Mint Chocolate.

Italian Creme

So why a four star rating for a cupacke place I clearly love? Well (1) I had the Italian Creme cupcake this past March and it was overcooked and dry- so they do not score perfectly on moistness because maybe this happens more often than I've experiences, (2) they do not have filled cupcakes, so the variety is limited (though they do have mini-cupcakes for those health conscious, need a sweet bite people), and (3) although the mixer is cute and the presentation speaks to simplicity, the overall look is not spectacular. So with those cons in mind, I decided to give them a four. Though according to Yelp, the average review is 3.5 stars- so I guess I enjoy them more than the average person :)

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