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2.5
  • Food2
  • Service3.5
  • Value1.5
  • Ambiance2.5
  • Reviews7

Big City Cupcakes

1015 Howe Street
Vancouver, BC V6Z1P6
Tel: (250) 860-5526
Fax: (250) 860-5576
Neighbourhood: Yaletown
  • Cuisine: Bakery, Dessert, Ice cream
  • Price: $ ($15 or less)
  • Service: Takeout, Catering
  • We have been baking our way to success since 2008 and our products are now offered at over 20 locations in British Columbia. We offer a freshly baked product prepared by hand and made with only the finest ingredients. We have no preservatives or artificial flavours in our products.

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Over abundance of frosting.
By bordercollie of north vancouver (268 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, July 26, 2009 - 12:47am [Dine in]

I was getting off the bus, my eyes open wide and thought I could try this. I decided to check it out, very clean, lots of variety to pick from and was told by my friendly server, all the cupcakes are made in their Burnaby location.
I decided on the triple chocolate cupcake, and what I notice was how much frosting they put on, without evenly putting it on top. As much as I love thick frosting, I actually like to have it less like a mountain, so I can enjoy my cupcake without having to tackle it.
Their cupcakes were okay, but they need to work on super hugh amounts of frosting.

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Over-priced, Over-rated
By nelliebobellie of Downtown (69 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, July 14, 2009 - 1:16pm [Dine in]

Big City Cupcakes just opened up a new location at the corner of Howe & Nelson. The appearance of the cupcakes is pretty enticing, with all the cupcake pictures splashed all over the windows, but I'm sad to say that the value nor the flavour is anywhere close to what I expected.

Apparently they have 2 options of cupcakes - filled or unfilled. I chose the Lemon Drop cupcake, which was in the filled category. It has some type of lemon curd filling inside. It was really pretty, with a big mound of lemon cream icing on top. As the girl behind the counter (very friendly) selected one for me and brought it to the till, she said, "that will be $4.15 please." I just about fell over!! $4 for ONE cupcake?!? Yes, it's true. Well, I thought it would be a special treat and took it home. I am very disappointed to say that it did not live up to my expectations - sure, it was tasty, but nothing outstanding and certainly NOT worth $4. I think I could find something just as good at any grocery store bakery department for a fraction of the cost. I won't waste my money there again.

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I can understand why these stores are closing down
By I'LLTRYTHAT of Van Area, Canada (3 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, April 1, 2011 - 3:38pm [Dine in]

I should have ordered just one instead of a half dozen of the filled and unfilled.
I was there at a time of the day and week when it should have been very busy with office workers picking up something for each other at the end of a long week just before Christmas. But I was the only person in the store for a least a half hour and no body else came in.

And having eaten a red velvet cu cake with it's cheese cream icing I can under stand why.

Out of the half dozen people who each tried one counting two kids no one liked them. Even the chocolate lover with his double triple dipple chocolate cupcake.

I don't know who likes dry cupcakes or kids that like cream cheese icing piled too high.

And the price??? I can understand why they need to charge so much as the size of the store front was huge for the product they sell. And if I remember correctly they don't have table nor coffee or tea.

And by the time I got home with the cupcakes the were all pushed to one side of the box as the bag has no flat bottom to properly place a rectangle box in. I'm sure those flat bottomed bags cost a little more but come on. It was not a pretty site when I opened the box after a trip on the buses.

Oh well they tried but failed with me.

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One Cupcake for 4 bucks?
By reuben of richmond, bc (37 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, July 20, 2009 - 4:06pm [Dine in]

I wanted to see whether it was worth paying 4 bucks for a cupcake.
I agree with the reviewer below, "4 bucks for a ordinary cupcake ~ that I could get at a "Mom and Pop"/old-style bakery ~~~ was too much" I should have got a Starbucks frappucino with my $4 instead. Errr. I feel as though I was ripped off.

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Mediocre Pricy Cupcakes
By misspoutine of Vancouver, BC (9 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, January 24, 2011 - 10:52am [Dine in]

Mediocre cupcake. Cake was a little too dense and dry for me. I wondered whether it was a day old item that should have been marked down. Frosting was a cream cheese base which was okay, but a nice light and airy buttercream would be better. For the price, it wasn't worth it.
Improvements to cake's lightness with better flavor, and switch to a light buttercream frosting, would certainly have me coming back. Until that time...my search continues for the best cupcake.

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Disgusting
By Foodie64 of PoCo, vancouver (4 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, September 25, 2009 - 10:08pm [Dine in]

So I had been bussing by this location since it opened, each time my mouth watering at the delicious looking cupcakes on the windows.
I finally decided to go in, and boy was I disappointed.

I went in late on a Friday night, about 7:30. There was one girl, way in the back who had her back to the door and seemed to not even hear me come in. I checked out the selection, and there was only about 5 kinds.
I ordered the red carpet, and strawberry shortcake cupcakes.
The Red Carpet: I have no idea what kind of cake this is, but it tastes really bad. C'mon! This is cake, how do you screw that up?!? The icing is a cream cheese icing, but it doesn't even mask the lousy taste of the red cake.

The Strawberry Shortcake: The cake is moist, but again, the flavour sucked. It was bland, I get better cake from a Betty Crocker box. The icing was horrid! Remember those strawberry marshmallow candy things?? That's what the icing tasted like. No exaggeration. I thought maybe the cupcake would have some strawberry filling or something, but no. The flavour was just in the icing, and it was bad.

What a waste of nearly $8. I didn't even finish half of these. Will not be going back. I will stick to the other cupcake store.

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The Best Cupcake I've Ever Had
By Muffins of Vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, July 19, 2009 - 7:34pm [Dine in]

I just went to the new Big City Cupcakes and was blown away by the cupcake I had. It was simply amazing! I ordered 1 'cupcake of the month' - It was chocolate with a white coconut icing. The cake was so moist and it had a real chocolate filling (no mousse or icing - they give you the real deal) - which just melts in your mouth. The icing was very nice too. The coconut on the top gave it a really nice flavor and it all went down so well - I savored every bite. It was definitely worth the $4! I'll for sure be back there.
The staff seemed very friendly and were able to tell me what was in every cupcake I asked about (which was almost all of them - they all looked so good!). The place is very clean and the company is based from Kelowna - I have no problem spending $4 on a delicious cupcake while supporting our local businesses.
If you want to be blown away and enjoy the best cupcake you've ever had - go to Big City Cupcakes!

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