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Thursday, April 21, 2011

PubCakes' Beer Cupcakes in La Mesa

Everyone that knows me knows I love sweets. And cupcakes are no exception. I also happen to love a cold glass of fine craft beer and San Diego has no shortage of that. San Diego has a great craft beer scene that's recognized on a national level. Lucky for me. So, where am I going with this you may ask? Well, cupcakes and beer is awesome in its own right. But what about beer flavored cupcakes? That's right, you read that right. PubCakes created two things I love and some how fused the two to create some unique flavors I haven't tasted in cupcakes. Crazy! I didn't think it would work when I heard about it, so I went in without any high expectations and suddenly became a believer in these treats. The combinations work...

Top Ten Cake Cupcake at PubCakes in La Mesa/San Diego

Punkin' Vegan Cupcake at PubCakes in La Mesa/San Diego

The trip to PubCakes in La Mesa/San Diego was a spontaneous one. I always wanted to go there but for whatever reason, it just never panned out. I was craving sweets and more specifically, I was craving cupcakes. Having eaten at Babycakes in Hillcrest and Sprinkles in La Jolla just recently, I wanted to go someplace I haven't been to. And that happens to be PubCakes.

We headed over to PubCakes and since I looked over Google Maps, I had a good idea where it was. Their location is small and very easy to miss. I wasn't aware that it shared space with a small coffee shop called Treehouse Coffee and actually completely missed it the first time. From what I remembered, they didn't have any large signage for PubCakes or at least I didn't see any. So, just take note on that when you go there.

Stoned Portzilla Cupcake at PubCakes in La Mesa/San Diego

Beer for Breakfast Cupcake at PubCakes in La Mesa/San Diego

By the time we got there, it was pretty close to closing time. I was hoping to get all six flavors that they had. Instead, we were able to get four flavors in the large size and the rest in the mini size. The first two cupcakes above is the Top Ten Cake and its Karl Strauss Tower Ten IPA, cayenne caramel, cherry, and ancho chilies. I like this one and it has a little kick to it but not too much. Just enough and that's coming from a guy that doesn't do well with it. The Second is a Punkin' Vegan and its North Coast Brewery Old Stock Ale, pumpkin, and maple topping. Unfortunately I didn't get the chance to taste this one and was eager to try my first vegan cupcake. Maybe next time...

The next sets of photos are the Stoned Portzilla and Beer for Breakfast cupcakes. The Stoned Portzilla is Stone Smoked Porter, coffee ganache, and caramelized coconut. I'm a sucker for coconut and caramel so I obviously enjoyed eating this one too. The Beer for Breakfast cupcake is Alesmith Wee Heavy, bacon, and maple cream cheese frosting. I also didn't get the chance to taste this. They say everything tastes better with bacon and were wondering if this was the case too. But I didn't get an answer.

Stoned Portzilla and Cup O'Hefen Cupcake at PubCakes in La Mesa/San Diego

Here, you can see the minis that they offered. These suckers are small and look at the size of it compared to the regular size. I just popped one of these in my mouth whole without any problem. You can even compare it to my hand. The mini being shown is the O'Hefen cupcake which is Ballast Point Wahoo Wheat, coriander, and citrus buttercream. Out of all the ones I've tasted, the O'Hefen is my favorite. It's very light and tasty. Too be honest though, I didn't think it was worth the price and it'll be the last time I order the minis. I mean $1.75 for that? It's really hard to enjoy and savor something that small. It's half the cost of a regular cupcake and physically a quarter of the size of a regular one too or smaller. Think about that...

Cup O'Hefen Cupcake PubCakes in La Mesa/San Diego

All in all, the mission for some awesome cupcakes was a success. But let me tell you, their cupcakes compared to the other cupcake shops are smaller. In fact, I would say they are the smallest ones I came across. They got the smallest regular size cupcakes and the smallest minis that I've tried in town. Don't get me wrong, the cupcakes at PubCakes are pretty damn good and recommend them to try. But it's one of those things that I just can't help but notice as well as the steep price. It won't stop me from coming back, but it sure would limit me as to how many times I would go there when there are other options. But check them out anyways, I'm sure glad I did.

7229 El Cajon Blvd
San Diego, CA 92115

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