Cupcakes and cakes by the slice Lovingly baked in house. Vegan and Gluten Free options. In the Heart of Steveston Village, South on 1st and Moncton Road.
A friend and I met in Steveston for coffee and stumbled upon this cupcake shop quite by accident, but despite already had our grande expresso beverages we were both visually enticed by the allure of cupcakes! The store looked quite cute with cupcakes lining the windows and yellow painted walls.
The cupcakes looked quite in the display case, but when it came to taste that was another story. I had the vanilla cupcake and it was bone dry, crumbly and generally pretty bland. My friend's red velvet was not much better - the cake didn't have enough cocoa content in it, although she did enjoy the cream cheese icing.
All in all for $2.75 per cupcake, I would expect a little more. I guess it's time to break out the Betty Crocker and bake our own :)
A friend had told me about this place because i have a love for all things sweet, so i decided i would stop by. On first impressions it seemed cute with a retro feel, but after spending some time inside it had a cold feeling about it. Nothing about the place made me want to sit and spend time in there.
The owner was fairly pleasent, however there was something slightly off about her demenor. I didnt get a warm welcoming feeling from her, but more of a hurry up and buy my product type vibe. The location is a weird one, out of the way and could be missed wuite easily espessialy with all the other booming businesses in steveston.
Now onto the cupcakes. I tried the red velvet with cream cheese icing. The cupcake was very dry, so much that i had to grab a glass of milk to help it down. The cream cheese icing?? did not have any type of cream cheese flavouring. very dissapointed!! As for the price, way to expensive for the quality of the product. I expected more from a bake shop that does nothing but cupcakes. Will not come here again! I would much rather bake my own at home, at least they would be moist, flavorful, and affordable.
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!
I'm a huge cupcake fan and maybe I'm even a little picky. There are no cupcake places in the Lower Mainland that I like.
I finally made a trip to Bell's and had heard good things from others. The store was clean, and the decor was pretty bare. I tried four cupcakes: vanilla, devil's food, red velvet, and chocolate with peanut butter frosting.
The vanilla cupcake was really dry. The chocolate frosting on the devil's food was more fruity tasting than chocolatey. The red velvet was also dry, and cream cheese frosting didn't have much cream cheese flavour to it.
The only good one of the bunch was the chocolate cupcake with peanut butter frosting. The cake was moist, and the peanut butter flavour was really nice. And the crushed Reese's Pieces were a nice touch.
What I do like about her cupcakes is that they're not overly sweet. The ratio of frosting to cupcake is perfect. But I wonder if there is shortening in the frosting? When I rinsed my chocolate frosting covered plate with hot water, the frosting wasn't melting.
I do intend on going back to try the other flavours! I was looking forward to trying the maple bacon cupcake, but that one is only available during the week. Not so convenient for people like me who work 9 - 5 outside of Richmond.
Love, Love, Love...these Cupcakes.
Like 1st reviewer, I've tried almost all the cupcake places in Vancouver, but not really impressed that I would make a repeat trip.
Finally, at the verge of giving up, and looking into baking my own cupcakes due to dissatisfaction of other cupcake outlets, ventured out to Steveston Village to try Bell's Cupcakes with "low" expectation.
Shockingly...first bite resulted in WoW" effect due factors that make awesome cupcake.
Vanilla cupcake ~ cake was moist and had a strong vanilla flavour, which all other cupcake places lack.
Vanilla frosting also had distinctive vanilla flavor and buttery taste about it.
I want this recipe is what I left saying to myself. However, with a cupcake joint like this, screw baking!