Crumbs Bake Shop (CLOSED)

Editor’s Note: As of 2016, Crumbs Bake Shop has closed all locations.
42 South Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60603
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As a corner bake shop most often found in big cities, Crumbs Bake Shop has around 50 locations, half of which are in New York and the other half are spread throughout the rest of the country. The bake shop has been aggressively expanding in the past few years, following the latest dessert craze: an insatiable appetite for fancy cupcakes. Where you’re looking for something new and creative for dessert, Crumbs excels in the fancy, whimsical, over-the-top creations that you won’t be able to forget. It’s those crazy ideas that keep me coming back.

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Crumbs is a cupcake shop to the core, the variety of cupcakes here are mind-blowing, as is the complexity of flavor and the creativity of the ideas. To illustrate, I offer up the Sea Salt Caramel: as soon as you hear “salt” and “cupcake” together, you’re inclined to gag at the thought. The cupcake could not be better executed, though, as a chocolate cake drizzled and filled with some sweet caramel, and chocolate icing. Somewhere amid the strong chocolate and caramel flavors is just a hint of salt; just enough to activate the taste buds and make the rest of the flavors that much more elevated. It’s a brilliant and well executed idea.

The popular favorite here is the Red Velvet Cake cupcake, which is a pretty good take on the popular idea, with a cream cheese based icing and the distinctive maroon cake. Of course you’ll love it, so there isn’t even a need to try and convince you. Instead, let me describe my favorite cupcake, the Grasshopper. It’s a chocolate cupcake filled with chocolate fudge, and topped with a mint cream cheese frosting, butter cream, cookie crumbs and chocolate chips. Without describing the flavors on this one, it already makes you hungry. Of course, the mint and chocolate blend together wonderfully in your mouth, it’s great.

If you’re the indecisive type, it definitely goes a long way that Crumbs offers “samplers” of a dozen different mini cupcakes of various flavors, featuring many of the most popular tastes. From the simple chocolate-and-vanilla cupcakes to the complex S’mores cake or the Milkshake, or the chocolate coma known as the Blackout, you can safely get a bite of all this shop has to offer.

For all the delicate flavors, Crumbs has a lot to offer on taste alone. Add to that its inherently convenient design, smart locations and great staff, and you’ve got a winning combination for a cupcake place. If you’re ever in walking distance this place is very worth the trip.


  • The fan’s favorite is Red Velvet, but Crumbs is continually coming out with new cupcakes, so you’ll find a lot of different flavors to try.
  • In the event you’re overwhelmed by the tastiness of these cupcakes, you should grab a sampler with the gamut of the shop’s best cupcakes.
  • Crumbs Bake Shop also caters in four cities: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Washington, D.C.

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