Okay...for the past 3 years, I've been in search of the best cupcakes in the Lower Mainland. Having tried various cupcakes at Cupcakes, Big City Cupcakes, Pink Sugar Cupcakery, Oh La La, and even Starbucks, none really impressed me. Even the cupcakes were too dry, or too sweet.
I believe my search now ends at Bell's Bake Shop in Steveston Village. Retro , old fashion feel as I entered the bake shop. Candy- colored cupcakes of all sorts ~ Vanilla (with pink buttercream frosting), Confetti Vanilla (with white buttercream frosting) , Chocolate, Red Velvet, Carrot, Banana, to the seasonal Mincemeat cupcake ~~ for my choosing.
Oh my... the vanilla cupcake...fantastique! and quite the surprise!! Visions of old fashioned bake shops baking old fashion, home style cupcakes in my head. Comfort food!!! at its best!
The cupcake is made of a deliciously moist cake (with a taste of vanilla explosion), and lovely whipped pink buttercream frosting (with the right amount of sweetness, with yummy taste of vanilla )
My general rule: If a vanilla cupcake is baked with perfection, all others should be just as yummy. This was true for the following cupcakes I ate within the same day: Confetti Vanilla Cupcake, Red Velvet Cupcake, and Mincemeat Cupcake ~~~~ all of which did not disappoint.
(Damn! There goes my waistline, for which my willpower can not resist those little goodies)
At 2.75 each...the price may appear steep, but after much much contemplation....2.75 for the best cupcake in the Lower Mainland (when I can not bake a decent cupcake myself) is reasonable. However, if you fall in love with Ms. Bell's little goodies, I recommend buying the 6 cupcakes for 15.00 (which works out to 2.50 each). Most likely, buying 12 cupcakes will give a better deal! Will need to check that out when I restock my cupcake stash!