Talk about timing! In 2003, Mia and Jason Bauer opened the first Crumbs Bake Shop on the Upper West Side. A few years later, cupcakes became an item of foodie interest for the first time, and Crumbs had a full selection of artisan varieties, from key lime pie to s'mores to caramel apple. Basically, any dessert food can be mashed into a cupcake, as Crumbs has proven. The shop also originated the Colossal Cupcake, a whopping six-inch-tall variety. (Why not just order a cake? Because cupcakes are always more awesome!) In less than a decade, Crumbs has expanded to about three dozen stores stretching all the way to Los Angeles. Westport, where Martha Stewart launched her frilly empire, was one of the earliest sites of a Crumbs franchise, and the shop has become a neighborhood favorite, cemented to last long after foodie trends shift to another unlikely dish, like the cruller or fig roll.
Winner of Best Cupcakes in the Fairfield County Advocate's Best Of Readers' Poll 2012.