To all of the cupcake fanatics out there, who have been anxiously awaiting part 2 of my epic cupcake saga, you can now leave all of those sleepless nights behind and breathe a sigh of relief. The time has arrived to reveal the West Coast rival to Magnolia Bakery. A bakery that not only rivals Magnolia, it may even surpass it. If you didn’t already guess it’s name from the glaringly obvious hint located within this article’s title, then it’s time for the big reveal. The answer to all of my cupcake hopes and dreams is a little shop aptly named Sibby’s Cupcakery.
That’s right. You heard me. It’s not just some run-of-the-mill bakery. Oh no! It’s a cupcakery my friend, specializing in the ancient art of baking tiny, hand-held cakes and painting them with frosting in ways Monet, Matisse, Degas, and Cezannne could have only dreamed of. Okay, maybe I’m slightly exaggerating, but some of the frosted designs are actually quite beautiful.
And what better location for such a chic, artisan shop than smack dab in the middle of San Mateo. Yes, San Mateo, a city known for its tight-knit art community and public libraries is home to one of the Bay Area’s most impressive hidden gems. In fact, Sibby’s Cupcakery is hidden even more by the fact that they do not have a retail storefront – orders are made on the phone or online and, if delivery is waived, pick-ups are by appointment only.
Sibby’s is a magical place whose online store, where the browsing, gawking, and drooling happens, has more types of cupcakes and frosting than you can wrap your mind around. It would take months, not to mention access to a trust fund and some pants with an elastic waistband, to try them all. The variety makes it so you’re not just getting a super-sugary, buttercream cupcake all the time. The cakes are moist and generally have a fairly dense texture, while the frostings are not overly sweet or waxy, complimenting the different cakes perfectly. My all-time favorites are the carrot cinnamon with cream cheese frosting and the buttercup (a classic Vanilla cupcake with vanilla buttercream frosting). But if a Coconut Snowball, Red Velvet, Snickerdoodle, or Lemon Drop are more your pace, Sibby’s has you covered.
There’s only one downside: there’s a minimum order and a delivery fee. The minimum order is 1 dozen regular size ($39 per dozen) or 2 dozen minis ($24 per dozen) for delivery (a $25 fee, servicing the cities of San Francisco and Sunnyvale), or a half dozen regular size or 1 dozen minis for pick-up. So, while regular purchases may get costly, Sibby’s is the perfect idea for a surprise treat or office birthday party! Although, I have been known to induldge for no reason in the past.
So now that the cat’s out of the bag, there’s no longer any reason to hit up the message boards on Chow, Yelp, or Quora searching for answers to that familiar question, “Who has the best cupcakes in the Bay Area?” All you need to remember is one simple name: Sibby’s.
716 South Railroad Avenue
San Mateo, CA 94401