While out and about touring OC for food and fun, I turned to my foodie partner in crime and excitedly said “isn’t there a new cupcake shop opening soon somewhere in Irvine?” Much to my delight, Casey’s Cupcakes was having their grand opening that very same day so we made a mad dash after some happy hour hot dog and fries because that’s how we roll.
Yelp and other clues told us it was located near the Trader Joes in Woodbury however you can’t quite miss the obviously pink shop and decor. I’m not exactly a fan of hot pink but I can appreciate the cute decor here and the amazing packaging of these carefully crafted sweets. We approached at the softest hour of the opening and stood in line for a few minutes while I browsed the menu scrambling to make my decision before my turn was up at the counter and alas we approached the golden moment. It was either the sassy strawberry or the razzmatazz raspberry. Decisions, decisions. The devil on my shoulder known as my sweet tooth made the choice for me softly whispering “raspberry.” You see, I have a strong desire for anything raspberry. It’s my weakness and now you know.
Taking a cush pink seat by the window, we tore into the signature cupcake (a steep price of $3.50 each). The raspberry cake left us wondering where the raspberry was. Perhaps hidden? Or missing? The purple/reddish tint promised something remotely raspberrish but we tasted none. The cake portion nonetheless was moist and the Tahitian vanilla bean icing did not disappoint which is a plus for this cupcake fanatic. We will be back to try other flavors and see how they fare.
Winner of the 2011 Cupcake Wars and best of OC Weekly, Casey’s Cupcakes now has three OC locations, two in LA, and even one in my college area of the Inland Empire. You can get your pink sweet fix in any of those spots and follow them on Twitter and Facebook.