Before cupcakes, the only vehicle for frosting consumption was the bare hand, and the only place to load frosting onto that vehicle was the neighborhood frosting bucket. Eat frosting the evolved way with today's Groupon: for $15, you get two tickets to a cupcake and wine-tasting event at Cupcakes Couture in Manhattan Beach (a $30 value). Events take place on Fridays (see sidebar for dates).
Cupcakes Couture and OneHope Wine are banding together to present themed nights featuring pleasing pairs of sweets and spirits to gratify gourmands and entice taste buds. Cupcakes Couture's squad of chefs, led by owner Jenine Cravatt, plucks fresh, high-end ingredients from local sources to prepare eye- and tongue-astounding cupcakes every morning. OneHope Wine corks high-end concoctions with a charitable edge, donating half of the profits from each varietal to a corresponding cause. Bite-sized baked morsels will each be paired with a complementary wine, teaming lighter fare with whiter wine, richer sweets with full-bodied flavors, and loudmouth cupcakes with wine brewed by cantankerous librarians. Luscious lemon cake conceals a treasure of sweet strawberry preserves beneath strawberry frosting in the strawberry-lemonade cupcake, teamed with the light touch of sauvignon blanc. Chocolate blackout cake absorbs light, time, and errant wristwatches beneath its dark-chocolate truffle frosting when tasted together with the robust bouquet of red zinfandel. Tasteful décor and exciting flavors make these tastings terrific for romantic outings, ladies' nights, and routine sweet-tooth maintenance. You can also spot Cupcakes Couture's creations on Food Network's Cupcake Wars and Lifetime's Seriously Funny Kids (both episodes air tonight).
Cupcakes Couture was named Best of the Beach 2010: Best Dessert by Easy Reader and featured on Examiner.com. More than 90 Yelpers give it an average of 3.5 stars, and nearly 1,680 Facebookers are fans.
- Their gourmet cupcakes are whimsically and meticulously decorated, and come in flavors you might not expect – the salted caramel is a delight, the lemon is a tiny lemon meringue pie, and the strawberry shortcake marzipan is an unexpected combination of fruit, rich cake, and sugar sweetness. – Richard Foss, Easy Reader
- They provide high quality cupcakes that play towards the trend of high fashion, two very popular interests in the Manhattan/Hermosa Beach bay area. From pop artist Demi Lovato to any cupcake lover, or even the dieter, couture cupcakes is a high class treat – Vy Pham, Examiner.com
916 Manhattan Ave.
Manhattan Beach, California 90266Get Directions