June 16, 2010

Hunting for Dessert – Sibby’s Cupcakery in San Mateo, CA


On Tuesday evening we decided to explore downtown San Mateo and have dinner while we were there. It’s a quaint little area with more restaurants than you can imagine. After dinner CycleGuy wanted to try a donut at one of the local shops but it was closed. As was another dessert shop. So I grabbed the handy dandy brochure for the Downtown San Mateo area I had picked up at the hotel and started down the list of dessert shops. Sibby’s Cupcakery sounded perfect!

So off we drove and found a little red door in a very non-descript building along the railroad tracks. BabyGirl and I went up and were greeted by Sibby herself! We were told they were closed. We must have looked like sad puppies. I told her we found her in the brochure and we were new to town. Sibby invited us in and explained that her shop is not a retail storefront but instead does custom desserts.

BabyGirl explained that we were looking for a dessert place and that her daddy was in the car waiting. And, without hesitation, Sibby offered us cupcakes! Fresh and beautiful and fancy mini cupcakes. She had a tasting and these were left and she was going to throw them away but if we wanted them she would pack them up. WOW! How nice is that!

I did not expect an entire dozen of 6 different type of cupcakes. We were given 2 each of Lemon Meringue, Chocolate & Cream, Butter Cup, Red Velvet, Snickerdoodle, and Grandma’s Tea Cake. When I walked in and shook hands with Sibby I knew we had walked in to something special. And, oh, my. We surely did!

Sibby’s Cupcakery has been making custom cupcakes for the Bay Area since 2004. She makes mini cupcakes (about 4 bites) which are $24.00 per dozen. The standard cupcakes are $39.00 per dozen. And she makes jumbo cupcakes as well and you can inquire about the price when ordering. All of her creations use a many local ingredients as possible along with the finest chocolate and vanilla. Everything is made from scratch in her quaint shop with the red door and, as BabyGirl noticed, a clock with a cupcake on it.

These are not everyday cupcakes. You choose from 8 cake flavors and 8 frosting choices. Of course, they will help you put together options if you want something other than the standards. Everything is custom and made from scratch!

Again, how lucky were BabyGirl and I to be given such a treat packaged so nicely in a fancy pink box?  BabyGirl could hardly wait until we got back to the hotel.  She chose a red velvet and I’m not sure she even chewed it because it was gone so fast.  Nary a crumb was on the plate!  And while she tried to convince me that she should have another, arguing they were small, she’ll have to wait another day.  She said it was really good and I’ll take her asking for more as a sign that these are indeed the real deal made with premium ingredients and a little bit of love.

CycleGuy — the one who wanted something sweet — had the Grandma’s Tea Cake cupcake.  He liked it so much he went for the Snickerdoodle too, which he said tasted exactly like one with the cinnamon sugar hint in the cake and frosting.  They were moist and disappeared in a few bites.  He doesn’t like sicky sweet things, so the fact that he went for a second tells me that they’re just the right amount of sweet to entice you for just. one. more.

If you live in the Bay Area (San Francisco to Sunnyvale), give Sibby a call (415-613-4373) and order cupcakes for your next event — remember she makes them in 3 different sizes.  She does not have a retail shop so you can’t just stop by and pick up some cupcakes on the way.  So, call ahead or visit her online at Sibby’s Cupcakery and read all about her shop and drool over the many luscious images.  I need Smell-A-Puter!

Disclosure:  These are my own words, statements and opinions.  The opinions reflected by my family are their own as well.  While we were given these tasty treats gratis, Sibby in no way ever asked for anything in return.  In fact, she was beyond gracious and welcoming to us newcomers.  I never even told her I had a blog or that I would write anything about her place.  We were just looking for dessert when we walked in to cupcake heaven!



Kim P. June 16, 2010 at 8:49 am

OH..they look SO good! I lived in that area and never have been there….what a loss for me! It’s so nice to hear about a business who truly cares about customers…she treated you guys so nice! I would go there just because of that…great write up!

ZoniDuck June 16, 2010 at 11:52 am

I may actually be more envious about the cupcakes than I am about the whole Disneyland thing.

Your life is kinda hilarious sometimes, ya know? 😉

The Stiletto Mom June 16, 2010 at 8:05 pm

I love that she was nice to you as a new-comer. She sounds like a good soul. Also, I’m in SF every now and again, maybe twice a year…over in Emeryville. How far away is that?

Honey June 18, 2010 at 11:19 pm

Hi Sara,

I love customer service like that! I always love reading stories about how people went above and beyond, just because.

Thank you for sharing.


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