I visited The Queen’s Bakery in Costa Mesa and tried two of their cupcakes.
First, the bakery itself was easy to find, though parking was a pain and so was getting out of the parking lot (which wasn’t really a parking lot at all, but this industrial type area, where I had to wait for trucks to move). Second, the actual interior of the cafe was very attractive, with some seating indoors and out. All the desserts looked delicious, but I focused on cupcakes, natch.
I resisted going for my usual favorites (coconut, red velvet), which was good in that I “branched out” flavor-wise, and bad in that I can’t really compare them to Sprinkles and other cupcakeries very fairly/scientifically now. Oh well. Moving along.
The back cupcake is a passion-fruit ~ vanilla cake, fruit frosting. The cake was tasty but adequate. Nice and spongy, good vanilla flavor, though slightly dry. I didn’t mind that so much because I sometimes get tired of the super high-fat moist gourmet cake that invariably makes me slightly nauseated (it’s never the frosting, NO!). Speaking of the frosting ~ omg. This frosting was the best. Maybe I haven’t had a cupcake in a long time, but this passion-fruit frosting was an 11 on the scale of 1-10 of nom. Everything about it was perfect. The flavor simply burst out, super-sweet, super-tangy, and it had that wonderful crusty snap of buttercream that gets the eensiest bit hardened at the edge. [Why is Firefox still underlining everything, including buttercream?!? ARGH!!]
Oh, those little orange doodads on top ~ idk what to call them ~ were crunchy and good, too. They were fun to eat with the frosting.
Now for the chocolate/chocolate cupcake. I have to confess that I’m probably not the best person to review anything chocolate because I’m just not a fiend. The cake was good and moist and chocolatey ~ again, not super high-fat, which was nice ~ and the frosting was yummy and fudgy. But I definitely prefer the passion-fruit cupcake.
Overall, The Queen’s Bakery has good cupcakes ($3.00 each) and I’d go back and try different ones, especially the coconut next time and another fruit flavor.
Update 12/01/2013: I’ve been back with Google Chrome for a while now… it’s soooo much better than Firefox.