Deprived of nourishment in the womb by stronger, full-size cakes, cupcakes have overcome their physical shortcomings by maintaining dignity, even when covered in sprinkles. Give a high-five to the little guy with today's Groupon: for $4, you get $10 worth of cupcakes, cookies, and treats at Cupcake Love, which has locations in Escondido and Solana Beach. The confectionery connoisseurs at Cupcake Love concoct a plethora of flavorful treats and rotate a dozen flavors every day. Sink sweet fangs into a regular cupcake ($3.25) or a reduced-size love-bite cupcake ($2). Though the storefront's flavors, like penny-stock quotes and Zodiac signs, are ever-changing, frequent favorites include the chocolate-peanut-butter ecstasy, chocolate-amaretto, and red-velvet. Behind the scenes, skilled bakers infuse the scrumptious sugaries with quality imported ingredients, including cinnamon from Vietnam, chocolate from Belgium, and mascot hugs from Disneyland.
Cupcake Love won Best Cupcake in San Diego's Best 2010. The San Diego Union-Tribune featured Cupcake Love's rise to sweetness. Although reviews on the bakery are mixed, more than 90 Yelpers give Cupcake Love an average of three stars.
- Love may not be perfect, but Cupcake Love surely is. – San Diego's Best 2010
- I had really wanted to strawberry one, but unfortunately they were out. The girl at the counter ended up giving us 6 extra mini cupcakes as well just to try out some of the other flavors! She was super friendly and that pretty much just made my day. – Maylin C., Yelp
Cupcake Love opened in 2008 and has since led an assault on sweet teeth with its decorative gourmet cupcakes. Baked from scratch, the shop's cupcake selection features 10 flavors daily, including chocolate peanut butter, red velvet, and coconut cream. Over the years, Cupcake Love has added cake pops, small cakes, handmade fudge, and cookies to its repertoire. The shop also offers cupcake party packages, which make special days extra special with costumed hostesses, craft projects, and goodie bags.