Respond to Review of CLOSED: Babycakes - downtown LA
Review: I finally made it over to Babycakes last month during the Art Walk in downtown. They are open 'til midnight on that night! I was so excited they were finally able to find a home here in L.A., that I literally ran up to the counter and requested a frosting shot stat! Delish! I ordered a red velvet cupcake and, at the request of the friendly checkout girl, my friend ordered the cookie sandwich. Our other friend sampled both of our treats and we all decided that the cookie sandwich was the BOMB! We especially liked the creamy center, which was rich, but not cloying (which makes it easier to eat in one sitting BTW). The cookies were a little crispy around the edges and the chocolate chips were ample. And it didn't fall apart when we bit into it, a major feat of bakery engineering. I should have let my cupcake sit until it came to room temperature, but I was greedy, and it was a little too firm as a result. The taste of the cake part was pretty good, though not exceptional. The frosting was fantastic, but I wish there had been more of it. Usually I don't like mounds of frosting, but this was special vegan, organic coconut oil frosting sweetened with agave and I couldn't get enough of it. I've been back once since and stuck with the cookie sandwiches. Everyone who has tasted one moans and their eyes roll back in their heads. I was temped by their fresh scones with homemade jam and vanilla sauce last week, but I remained strong. Even though they are MUCH healthier than non-vegan ones, they still have calories. Next time... I am not going to complain about the prices because I know first-hand how expensive it is to bake with high-quality ingredients. You get what you pay for. It's a bummer that they are only downtown, but I know they tried at least 2 other locations before opening up there and it took them almost 2 years to do it. Los Angeles is NOT an easy place to set up shop. Give them a break and go get some goodies!