I recently spent a few days in Long Beach, California, and per usual, I made a list of bakeries to check out. Though I am largely over the cupcake craze, Frosted Cupcakery had such rave reviews that I added it to my list.
Don’t get me wrong – I LOVE cupcakes. It’s just that I’ve had so many subpar cupcakes over the past couple of years that I’ve found myself looking for new types of desserts to enjoy.
Adding Frosted to my list ended up being one of the best decisions I made on this trip to the west coast. If you want to know what a really freaking good cupcake tastes like, then get yourself over to Frosted ASAP. I loved it so much that in a four day trip I went there twice. I considered stopping a third time but didn’t want to risk becoming a regular in such a short amount of time.
The Lemon Cupcake from Frosted was absolute perfection. Seriously. It was amazing. The cake to frosting ration was spot on, which is usually one of those things that most cupcake shoes get wrong (in my opinion). The cake was moist and flavorful. The frosting was some of the best I’ve had from any cupcake place, as it was creamy and sweet, but not overly so. There was a little bit of lemon peel in the frosting, which gave it a nice bit of tang. Many cupcake places make the mistake of putting a super sugary and gritty frosting on their cupcakes, but this frosting was the exact opposite. It was smooth and delicious. The little lemon candy on top was a nice added touch.
I mentioned that I stopped at Frosting twice, and on my second visit I picked up one of their seasonal specials, a Gingerbread Cupcake. I’d never had a gingerbread cupcake before, and after trying this one from Frosted I’m sure all of the rest will pale in comparison. Eating this cupcake tasted just like biting into a super soft gingerbread cookie. The frosting was actually similar to the frosting on the lemon cupcake, because it contained the same small traces of lemon peel. They don’t do this for all of their cupcakes, but part of the reason I picked up the gingerbread cupcake is because they advertised that it had lemon frosting. I was intrigued by the combination of lemon and gingerbread and it definitely did not disappoint!
The cupcakes at Frosted easily earned their way onto my list of “best ever” and this will be a must-stop location for me anytime I find myself back in the LA-area.
Frosted Cupcakery is located at 4817 E 2nd Ave in Long Beach, California. They also have shops in Los Angeles and Hermos Beach.