7 reasons Chicago will be OK without Crumbs Bake Shop

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You might have read or heard that the large national gourmet cupcake chain Crumbs shuttered 65 stores in 12 states, including two in Chicago.

But fret not! As you may already know, Chicago has plenty of other shops to suit a variety of tastes. Here are several and their top sellers — the widely beloved red velvet and beyond.


1208 W. Webster

Top seller: Classic yellow cake with vanilla buttercream frosting

“It’s classic, homestyle — the way your mom or grandma would have made it,” says supervisor Jordan Hutton. “It’s the childhood appeal and reminiscent of younger days.”


229 W. Madison

Top seller: “Not-Your-Mother’s-Salted-Caramel,” a “gourmet, airy devil’s food cake” that’s “enlivened with caramel inside and generously topped with salted caramel buttercream.”


1 E. Delaware Place

Top seller: Red velvet — red cocoa cakes with cream cheese frosting and a white chocolate square on top. Salted caramel is a close second.


50 E. Walton

Top seller: Southern style red velvet — light red chocolate cake topped with cream cheese frosting. Inspired founder Candace Nelson’s husband’s southern roots.


115 N. Wabash

Top seller: Red velvet with cream cheese frosting


705 W. Belden

Top seller: depends on the season. Summer: fruity flavors such as chocolate passion fruit and key lime pie; Fall: pumpkin s’mores, pumpkin latte; Winter: triple chocolate, peppermint, eggnog; Spring: s’mores, banana Nutella. (Swirlz uses Italian buttercream, which is lighter and less sweet than its American counterpart.)


2536 N. Clark

Top seller: The “Ron Bennington.” Named after a New York radio host (Molly’s also has locations in New York and Iowa City), it’s chocolate cakes filled with peanut butter topped with chocolate ganache and a Butterfinger.


1030 W. Taylor

Top seller: red velvet with cream cheese frosting

Chicago millionaire helping Crumbs pick up the pieces

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