Okay, I'll admit it, I really don't like cupcakes that much. No, I don't mean the store, but the actual cupcake itself. I'm not much of a dessert/sweets kinda guy. However, that doesn't mean I don't eat desserts or sweets. I do get into some grooves where I really like desserts; usually around Christmas time. Then you're probably asking, "Why are you writing about cupcakes then???" Well, we went to cupcakes because we promised my son some cupcakes (well, actually he wanted ice cream, but this was before dinner).

I was originally planning to go to Kintaro Ramen, that's why we were down on Denman in the first place. However, I noticed the "Anton-esque" lineup in front and decided to hightail it out of there. Not only did I not want to wait over 30 minutes for some ramen; I really don't think my son would appreciate being shoehorned into the small restaurant. So, before we choose a different dinner destination, we paid Cupcakes a visit first. The original Cupcakes store is now Qoola Yogurt+Fruit. The new Cupcakes store is a block west of the old location. I have to admit that the marketing of the product is impressive. The store itself is very inviting with the full glass front window and entrance. The displays are nice and pretty with the colourful cupcakes arranged on round cake stands. They've got a nice selection of regular-sized cupcakes and really cute mini-cupcakes.

To me, they look a lot better than they taste. However, I've had cupcakes before and to tell you the truth, I didn't mind them. Even for a non-sweets guy, I think the cupcake itself is quite moist and not too sweet. Even with the massive amount of icing on top doesn't really overwhelm me with sweetness. Don't get me wrong, it is sweet, but not as sweet as it looks. Of course my son likes them, he's a sweets guy. He could live on chocolate alone if he had a choice.

So what makes Cupcakes so special? Well, admittedly, they are pretty good. Are they $2.95 + tax good? That depends. If you really like your sweets or you love cupcakes, then it is worth it. But if you are a casual cupcake eater such as I, then it's probably not.

The Good:
- Very good looking cupcakes
- It's a novelty, great for gifts
- Interesting creations

The Bad:
- One dozen cupcakes = $29 (You can do a lot with $29)
- They look better than they taste (to me at least)

1168 Denman Street
Vancouver, B.C.

Business Hours:
10:00am - 9:00pm (Sun - Thu)
10:00am - 10:00pm (Fri & Sat)

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