Of all the sweet treats I like to indulge in every once a while, Sprinkles still remains one of my go-to places. I remember the first time I ever had Sprinkles was at least 5 years ago when a family friend brought “green velvet”, which was apparently a limited edition cupcake that they were selling during Halloween. I didn’t really understand the craze about Sprinkles back then (maybe because I only had a sliver of the cupcake), but it only took one red velvet cupcake to change my mind again.
Sprinkles cupcakes has strangely been with me through a lot of my memories-church friends who would drop off a s’mores cupcake as a little pick-me-up, my friend and I celebrated our 17th birthday together and bought Sprinkles cupcakes for everyone, Sprinkles cupcakes for dinner before a high school dance, helping a friend ask a date to prom with cupcakes that spelled out PROM?, treating ourselves during finals week, spontaneously grabbing free Sprinkles after class, trying Sprinkles ice cream for the first time after paddleboarding adventures, and just so many sweet BOGO deals.
Sprinkles cupcakes is unique in that it’s a bakery solely dedicated to cupcakes, and also features ice cream and cupcake ATMs. They feature a variety of different flavors, and they are most known for the famous red velvet cupcake, topped with a very generous serving of cream cheese frosting and their famous singular sprinkle dot. As soon as you enter the store (doors stay closed to maintain the moisture of the cupcakes), you are hit with a smell of fresh goodness and there’s just a huge array of cupcakes to please both your eyes and your palette.
Throughout the many years that I’ve been a customer at Sprinkles (yes, I have even liked their FB page and followed their Instagram to receive all the sweet deals and whispers), never have I been more excited about a cupcake flavor than I have this week. GREEN TEA. I repeat, GREEN TEA CUPCAKES. Most people who know me well that I absolutely love anything green tea flavored, so I couldn’t resist myself when I saw the recent announcement on Instagram that matcha was going to be a limited flavor for this month.
Kids, teenagers and adults all go crazy to get their cupcake fix!
The cupcakes are beautifully on display and you select the one (or two or three) of your liking. Of the ones pictured, I’ve tried strawberry, Cuban coffee (secretly indulging in one right now), and the cinnamon sugar. The cupcakes are moist and not too sweet, but comes with a good amount of frosting to pair with the cake.
Happiness in the cutest little box, complete with their bamboo/wooden forks. For special occasions, you can also get a custom Sprinkles sticker, like one that says “Happy Birthday!”
Green tea cupcake and Cuban coffee cupcake. (Now that I think about it, this may have been the reason why it was so hard to fall asleep last night.) The frosting is a bit more unique in comparison to most other cupcake frostings, and it’s a bit more hardened than most fluffy frostings that you would see on cupcakes from the grocery store.
The green tea was good, but the flavor of the cake wasn’t as intense as I would have liked. Without the frosting, the cupcakes are pretty bland, but the texture is still usually spot on. If the green tea cupcake had some green tea frosting, that would have taken this cupcake out of the roof, but other than that, it was a sweet little treat to have.
Devoured the cupcakes within seconds after splitting it in halves to share with my roommate. The Cuban coffee was delicious, but the cake was somewhat bland. The frosting of the Cuban coffee was what made all the difference, and there was a nice strong coffee flavor in the frosting that paired very nicely with the light chocolate taste in the cake.
Cupcakes are usually priced at around $3.75 for a cupcake, but if you can get a nice BOGO deal or get a free Sprinkles by doing their free whisper, it’s definitely worth the trip to go back for more cupcakes!
Sprinkles Cupcakes (La Jolla)
8855 Villa La Jolla Dr.
La Jolla, CA 92037