Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Review: Gigi's Cupcakes!



I honestly have never been that much of a sweets person. I mean a slice of birthday or wedding cake every once in a while seemed to tie me over. Lately however, I've been all over anything cakey, frosted, and oh so sweet (have yet to try my first macaron!). One day as I was watching Cupcake Wars I wondered, "is there any cupcake shops around Vegas? I mean there HAS to be!" So I got on Yelp, typed in "cupcakes vegas", and came upon a few places. Most of them either in Summerlin, Henderson or the Strip. I was surprised to find one in downtown, more specifically inside a casino. So one day, me and Isaac hoped on the bike and rode downtown to Gigi's Cupcakes for a cupcake lunch. (:


Upon arriving we were greeted by a friendly staff person who didn't speak much but helped us right away. We both got 2 cupcakes for a total of 4. Each cupcake cost $3.25, which is an average price for a cupcake shop, yet still expensive if you are used to buying them at the grocery store. Gigi's has "cupcakes by day" in which they select 10-12 of their 37 flavors to bake for that day. They have the same weekly menu, and their most popular types can be seen on either a more frequent or daily basis. Isaac got "White Midnight Magic" [dark chocolate cupcake with cream cheese frosting,sprinkled with chocolate chips] and "Mississippi Pie"  [chocolate cake with baked in coconut & pecans with a chocolate marshmallow frosting, sprinkled with marshmallows and drizzled with ganache.That was a mouthful!] I bet you can tell who's the chocoholic in the relationship LOL. Since I am not much of a fan of chocolate cake, I went with the "Coconut Cream Pie" [coconut cake, filled with a coconut creme filling, topped with coconut creme cheese frosting and graham cracker crumbs, YUM!] and the traditional "Wedding Cake" [white cake topped with white buttercream frosting and white nonpareils].
Instantly, I fell in love with how much frosting these cupcakes were topped with. Being a fan of good frosting, it excites me when I see someone who doesn't skimp on it! I first tried the Coconut Creme Pie one and was instantly hit with a sugar rush. The frosting was SWEET, and I mean almost sickingly sweet. However, seemed to pair well with the not that sweet cupcake. I looked over at Isaac who had just taken a bit of his Midnight Magic cupcake and he seemed to think the same on the frosting. TOO SWEET. LOL  As I worked my way througout the actual cake part, I discovered the coconut creme filling. Oh my heavens, was this something wonderful. The filling was not overwhelming and very tame on the sugar compared to the frosting, which made the combination perfection! It finally made sense, the overwhelmingly sweet tower of frosting paired with a tame cake and finished off with a hint of perfect creme filling. The coconut flavor itself was a little too much (that coming from a coconut addict since the age of 4) but I guess I expected that since all 3 elements (cake, frosting, and filling) were all coconut flavor. I asked how Isaac liked his cupcake and he said it was okay, but was not a fan of the cream cheese frosting, he ended up leaving most of the frosting. I ate half of the coconut one.


I went and moved on to "Wedding Cake" which is your traditional white cake and buttercream cupcake, my favorite kind. Once again, it towered with frosting, and was similar in sweetness to the other. The cake was lacking moistness (if that's even word) but I guess I am just used to these supermoist cakes. Overall, I really liked this one. It was simple, with a good frosting to cake ratio, and good cake. I would actually probably buy this one again. Isaac ended up not trying his other cupcake, so I don't know if he liked it or not.


That "Lemon Dream Supreme" looks heavenly!

"Mini" Cupcakes! 4 for 4$ or $1.25 each


Overall, I would recommend this place to someone who is in the area looking for a cupcake fix and prefers the bakery method other than those prepackaged things at the stores (Never been a fan of those things). The although I applaud them for their awesome piles of frosting, it is still to sweet for my liking and much rather prefer this bakery's. The cupcake itself could be a bit more moist but was still good to eat. If you haven't been to a cupcakery, the prices might seem expensive (as I first thought) however as I did more research on these shops, I've discovered they are pretty average for the cupcake shop world. So if you are by the Plaza Hotel downtown and have a random late night cupcake craving, this place is better than Albertson's cupcakes, ANY DAY.

Gigi's Cupcakes
Union Plaza Hotel Store


Sun-Thu 10 am- 10 pm
Fri-Sat: 10am- Midnight

702-386-2110

<3 Stef

3 comments:

  1. Hi Stef! Thanks for stopping by my blog! I appreciate your comments too! I agree... the frosting is too sweet... :) I'll be following your blog! I hope I'll see you soon again by "The Coffee Shop"

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    1. Thank you for stopping by @Paloma. I will for sure be stopping by at "The Coffee Shop" its a lovely blog. Thanks for stopping by here and reading my rambles :)

      Stef

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    2. Seriously, how many times did I just say "Stopping By" in that reply LOL

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