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CupCakes

Morris, IL

#1 Oct 28, 2009
went there today and bought a half dozen for $14.00
After trying them there is nothing special of these treats. The buttercream was good but very rich, the cake itself was on the dry side. On the scale of 1-10 (10 being the highest) I give them a 2! I hope they improve and have much success in Antioch.
WOW

Chicago, IL

#2 Oct 29, 2009
Wait -$14 for a half dozen? Seriously? Try Jewel, dude. I think you get half a dozen for between $4-$6 there. And they are delish.
too bad

Chicago, IL

#3 Nov 3, 2009
We were in there last week. There is no way they will still be around by spring. They cannot compete with Dunkin Donuts and Jewel when all they make are cupcakes, cookie and some pastries, nothing exotic or special. Just because your friends say you are a great baker, doesn't mean you should open a shop.
Charlie

Round Lake, IL

#4 Nov 3, 2009
I canít believe you guys, give someone a chance, they are just trying to make a living like the rest of us. I would rather spend a little extra money and buy from a mom and pop shop in down town Antioch and support our small businesses, then donate to a large chain like Wal-Mart or Dunkin Donuts.
Air Force One

Round Lake, IL

#5 Nov 3, 2009
Charlie wrote:
I canít believe you guys, give someone a chance, they are just trying to make a living like the rest of us. I would rather spend a little extra money and buy from a mom and pop shop in down town Antioch and support our small businesses, then donate to a large chain like Wal-Mart or Dunkin Donuts.
I could not agree more. This owner, like the one before, took a big leap of faith. All other things being close to equal. we should support her if for no other reason that the store adds to the desirability of living in Antioch. I'll take a cup cake shop any day over an empty building.

On another subject, what is wrong with the Hanover Park poster? Does her have some kind of mental incapacity that is affecting his ability to see the truth about why Antioch is finally emerging from the dark days of relatives and friends running the Village?
VyvB

United States

#6 Nov 3, 2009
So, we should buy local even if it means buying lower quality, over-priced goods? No way. And dissing the Dunkin Donuts is misguided. That isn't a corporate store in Antioch, it is a franchise. And the same can be said for the small franchise owner as can any small business owner.(I personally don't like Dunkin Donuts, but to each their own.)

I'm willing to give Kelly's a chance. But I'm not going to pay $14 for 6 cupcakes and I'm not going to continue buying poor quality baked goods if the original poster turns out to be correct about the quality.
WOW

Chicago, IL

#7 Nov 5, 2009
Chiming in in defense of Dunkin Donuts, I don't believe they should be lumped in with the Walmarts of the world. They have individually owned franchises, and the guy who owns the DD by Pig (Larry something) is incredibly supportive of the schools and charities in and about town. Plus, DD in general is a co-op. No big corporation out there making money.

Re Kelly's, I respect anybody who follows their dream. But be realistic - in this economy,$14 for 6 cupcakes is a luxury. I don't know about everyone else, but luxuries are not in my budget right now. Hope they find a way to make it. Maybe they could add some good rye bread - hard to find good European rye bread in town. Find out what other unique things people want and can't get that aren't THAT expensive.
Pete

Round Lake, IL

#8 Nov 10, 2009
It is very easy for people to post things on the internet and take shots at someone while using a "screen name". I guess some poeple learned more in kindergarten then others, like if you can't say something nice don't say anything at all. Kelly's is actually on the low end of Cupcake shop pricing. No, it is not along the same price point as Jewel, but they also also bake everything fresh everyday from scratch, not out of a bucket by a machine in a factory. By the tone of some of the posts, it doesn't sound as if many of you have actually tried the place, maybe you should before saying something online. Also, they DO sell bread every weekend including rye bread, from Wild Flour Bakery, and are working very hard to introduce new things to the menu. The previous owner did not bake much in the shop, she bought things from the places you guys are suggesting people go, and tried selling them as hers. VyvB, try the place out instead of just taking someone elses opinion as the truth, it is very good.
I know the owner, she takes her work very seriously, and takes great pride in what she does. She is open to suggestions, and is constantly trying to improve what she is selling. I for one think these cupcakes are the best I have ever had. The buttercream is outstanding, the cakes are moist and delicious, and for a one woman kitchen I think she does a darn good job.
VyvB

United States

#9 Nov 10, 2009
Pete wrote:
VyvB, try the place out instead of just taking someone elses opinion as the truth, it is very good.
I did say I am willing to give the place a shot. I only said *if* my experience there matches the original poster's experience I won't be back. I also wouldn't make a repeat visit at the prices mentioned unless the quality is as high as you believe it to be. Even then, depite my interest in trying her product, times are tight and I have to be able to justify the luxury of spending $14 on cupcakes. And if your friend is looking for advice on expanding her business she should look at her main competitor in the area, Lovin Ovens in Round Lake. People flock there from all over northern Lake County (if not further). She should be looking at the reasons why people will go out of there way to go there and try to emulate that in her own shop.
Pete

Round Lake, IL

#10 Nov 10, 2009
Yes Vyvb, you did say you would try it, I was just urging that again, wasn't trying to take a shot at you, I am sorry if you read it that way. It just bothers me when someone has ONE experience at a place then tries to urge others not to visit it. I DO understand time are tight for everyone, but you do deserve a treat once in awhile. Yes, Lovin Ovens is very popular. They do some things very well. But in my humble opinion Kelly's has the best Buttercream I gave ever tasted, and I have had Lovin Ovens. Thanks for listening and being open to another opinion.
cupcakefan

Round Lake, IL

#11 Nov 15, 2009
I hope they make it too. I was in there for the first time last week and thought the red velvet cupcakes were delicious! Pricey, but delicious. A previous poster suggested we go to Jewel-you can't compare the Crisco and sugar icing on their cupcakes to "the real stuff". I hope they make it because if the local businesses all fold, all we will be left with is Walmart, etc. How boring is that?
Antioch Taxpayer

Round Lake, IL

#12 Nov 15, 2009
I, too, will check out Kelly's next time I am in the mood for a cupcake. If there are breads that is even better.
Red Velvet Patti

Milwaukee, WI

#13 Nov 17, 2009
OMG~ I went to Kelly's today to try the cakes. AWESOME- I had the Red Velvet and it couldn't have been any better. I cannot wait to go back to try another one. Yeah Antioch, we have a cupcake store.
Marsmellow

Lake Villa, IL

#14 Nov 17, 2009
I do hope they make it. As a baker myself, I wish I would have had the guts to open my own bakery in town here.
Unfortunately the cupcakes (& my own cakes)as delicious as they are, alot of people simply don't want to spend the money on a gourmet cupcake or my custom cakes. People see these beautiful products we turn out, but have no idea what manpower goes into them. I make custom decorated cakes & people have no idea how time comsuming it is. Anything you bake & decorate.
Alot of people would rather just go pick up a cheap box of crappy cupcakes from Jewel, Piggle & Wallymart.
The Bakers Squared

Bensenville, IL

#15 Nov 18, 2009
Charlie wrote:
I canít believe you guys, give someone a chance, they are just trying to make a living like the rest of us. I would rather spend a little extra money and buy from a mom and pop shop in down town Antioch and support our small businesses, then donate to a large chain like Wal-Mart or Dunkin Donuts.
I too would like to purchase from localy owned places but I would never spend 14 dollars for 6 cupcakes. Anyone wonder why people are so in debt on their credit cards when you hear stories like this? Does anyone remember when your mom would make cupcakes for you when you came home from school? How much did that cost; $1.50? Better yet, the parents can wait until the kids come home and make them with the kids. Quality time + homemade cupcakes = win/win.
Is that really how much they cost?
WOW

Chicago, IL

#16 Nov 18, 2009
Marsmellow wrote:
I do hope they make it. As a baker myself, I wish I would have had the guts to open my own bakery in town here.
Unfortunately the cupcakes (& my own cakes)as delicious as they are, alot of people simply don't want to spend the money on a gourmet cupcake or my custom cakes. People see these beautiful products we turn out, but have no idea what manpower goes into them. I make custom decorated cakes & people have no idea how time comsuming it is. Anything you bake & decorate.
Alot of people would rather just go pick up a cheap box of crappy cupcakes from Jewel, Piggle & Wallymart.
I can totally appreciate quality and the art of a beautifully decorated cake. If I was having a wedding, or another celebration, I would definately go that route. Connecting with that market is what needs to happen.

But, if I'm buying cupcakes to pass out at school for a birthday or holiday party, I'm going to go the cheap route. Half the kids are going to smash them, crumble them, stick their noses in them... not going to spend that kind of money for that.

For the average consumption, I agree with the last poster. Take the time to make them with your kids, yourself. Memories last a lifetime.
gracie

Melrose Park, IL

#17 Nov 18, 2009
Pete wrote:
It is very easy for people to post things on the internet and take shots at someone while using a "screen name". I guess some poeple learned more in kindergarten then others, like if you can't say something nice don't say anything at all. Kelly's is actually on the low end of Cupcake shop pricing. No, it is not along the same price point as Jewel, but they also also bake everything fresh everyday from scratch, not out of a bucket by a machine in a factory. By the tone of some of the posts, it doesn't sound as if many of you have actually tried the place, maybe you should before saying something online. Also, they DO sell bread every weekend including rye bread, from Wild Flour Bakery, and are working very hard to introduce new things to the menu. The previous owner did not bake much in the shop, she bought things from the places you guys are suggesting people go, and tried selling them as hers. VyvB, try the place out instead of just taking someone elses opinion as the truth, it is very good.
I know the owner, she takes her work very seriously, and takes great pride in what she does. She is open to suggestions, and is constantly trying to improve what she is selling. I for one think these cupcakes are the best I have ever had. The buttercream is outstanding, the cakes are moist and delicious, and for a one woman kitchen I think she does a darn good job.
Pete - I have tried her cupcakes. If there is someone who loves cake more than me, I haven't met them yet. Our first visit, we tried: red velvet, lemon, german chocolate, mocha buttercream, and carrot cake. The only one that was moist was the german chocolate. The rest were dry and the lemon was very dry. Her icing is delicious. I gave her feedback and went back for more. Second visit - peanut butter cupcake was moist and very good. The S'mores cupcake was also moist and the ganache filling was to die for. The vanilla buttercream and the chocolate buttercream were both dry.
I wish her well and I hope like heck she gets some more honest feedback and can improve the quality of her cupcakes. I agree with some of the other posters that her cupcakes are expensive. Which I am okay with, if I am receiving a quality item for my money. So far, that is pretty much not the case.
Sweets Lover

United States

#18 Nov 20, 2009
I just went to Kelly's Cupcakes and had a great experience. The cupcakes were really yummy. I'm glad something great has opened in town.
pastrypossibilit y

Villa Park, IL

#20 Dec 5, 2009
As a pastry chef and former manager of a cupcake shop on the west coast( which is still open and extremely successful), I could not be happier to have a cupcake shop in my hometown. I visited Kelly's Cupcakes today, and my family and I just ate every last crumb of the 6 cupcakes I bought. They had the perfect ratio of moist, flavorful cake to buttercream. And the buttercream was some of the best I've had from a bakery around here. The flavor combinations were great too (my favorites were Funky Monkey and Cookies N Cream). I realize many of the small town people who might be purchasing these cupcakes think the prices are expensive, but in the world of scratch-baked cupcake shops, they are on the low end. I wish Kelly all the luck in the world and commend her for following her dreams! I'll definitely be back for more!
gracie

Melrose Park, IL

#21 Dec 6, 2009
I visited Kelly's Cupcakes today, and my family and I just ate every last crumb of the 6 cupcakes I bought. They had the perfect ratio of moist, flavorful cake to buttercream.
Yeah, still not moist. We went back again - first of all we purchased a pie-sized fruit tart. The tart had very fresh blackberries and a delicious not-too-sweet custard, but the crust was so hard we could have hammered nails with it. We ended up scraping off the custard and berries into bowls and pitched the crust. And the cupcakes - keep hoping she'll get them right - but THEY ARE STILL DRY! And we're not that picky - my family is happy with a Duncan Hines cake mix and some powdered sugar icing. We had banana cupcakes - horribly, horribly dry cake, with great icing. She's got her frosting down, that's for sure. Cake - nope.

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