*Note*: My apologies for the awkward colors! The fluorescent lighting did not agree with my little camera, and I tried to make the pics more appealing.
At 6'5, William "Chip" Brown of Big Man Bakes is definitely a big man and definitely not the most obvious candidate for a cupcake baker.
Brown began selling cakes for fun at the hospital where he worked as a physician-in-training, but soon (and luckily for us), word spread about his cupcakes, and he began baking full-time and eventually opened a shop in downtown LA last year.
As a cupcake-lover, I was thrilled about the idea of a cupcake closer to me than Sprinkles in Beverly Hills (a.k.a. my first love) and started stalking Big Man Bakes online before they even opened.
Big Man Bakes has five staple cupcake flavors (carrot cake, red velvet, double chocolate, the "old school," and coconut cake) with specials such as lemon zest.
They offer mini cupcakes for $1 and XL cupcakes for $3.25 or boxed deals.
Mmmm...cupcakes. Big Man Bakes's cupcakes have a delicious combination of thick, sweet frosting and dense, moist cake.
Here are Big Man Bakes's mini red velvet cupcakes, the flavor which recently won 1st place in the "Best Traditional" category of the 2010 LA Cupcake Challenge. As someone biased towards both red velvet and Big Man Bakes, I have to say that I agree!
On this day, I was picking up a birthday gift for a friend. Does it get any better than $5 for a guaranteed smile and a happy tummy? I submit that it does not.
I love how beautifully decorated and detailed even these mini-cupcakes are.
I also recently tried BMB's Lemon Zest flavor. Although the actual lemon zest on the frosting was a little too strong for me, I loved the subtle lemon flavor of the cake.
If you haven't yet visited Big Man Bakes, I suggest that you pay the Big Man a visit and try his award-winning red velvet...or the carrot cake...or the original...or...
Big Man Bakes
413 S. Main Street
Los Angeles, CA 90013