Restaurants York

York || Crumbs Cupcakery

For long-time readers of Rhyme & Ribbons, you’ll know how much I love a good cupcake. In fact, my recipe page has loads of space devoted to them. But sadly, in the post-2013 world other desserts have reigned supreme in coolness. Last year it was meringues, anyone know what it is this year?

I had spotted Crumbs Cupcakery on someone’s instagram feed (apologies, I can’t remember who it was) and once I realised that a cupcake place had survived the great cupcake recession I was there almost as quickly as if I had teleported. 

Crumbs is nearly always busy. It has semi-limited indoor seating, but if the weather is nice there are loads of seats outside with a beautiful view of the back of the Minster. The decor inside is super kitschy and exactly what you would expect from a cupcake cafe. (So obviously, I loved it.) The day that I took these photos there seemed to be both a hen do and a 70th birthday party there so it obviously appeals to ladies of all ages. 

The coffee is tasty, but nothing to revolutionise your coffee drinking habits. But let’s not kid anyone. Coffee was not why I was there. Cupcakes of all sorts brought me to its doors. The cupcakes were perfect. I find that cupcakes have the tendency to be on the dry side but these were lovely; moist with just the right amount of frosting and super interesting toppings.  I tried the plain chocolate which was lovely and also the All-American (a combination of chocolate and peanut butter which happens to be gluten free.) I have my eye on the Victoria 99 and the red velvet for next time. 

It’s out of the way of the main tourist crush whilst still being in the centre of town, so it’s a great little spot to go with guests in York. Plus Crumbs has a mobile cupcake van for street food occasions so keep your eyes peeled for it! 
crumbs cupcakery


I’ll apologise now; all these photos were taken with my iPhone, so they aren’t the best ones I’ve ever done. 

Crumbs Cupcakery is located at 10 College St, York YO1 7JF. 

Am I the only one that still goes crazy for cupcakes? 

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  • I do like a cupcake, and I love the flavour combinations, but I think I still prefer a tray bake type cake, as cupcakes usually go OTT on the icing! Last year was definitely the year for macarons too, but I don’t know quite what this years big thing is? Alice xxxx

    • Haha I think the icing is what I love about them. When I was little I’d eat the icing off cake and leave the rest. It would make my mom furious. I’m disgusting 😉 Donuts for this year, maybe? X

      • I can totally imagine you doing this! Once at a birthday party as a child, my dad licked the tops of all the cakes so that he could have them all to himself! 😉 xxx

        • Your dad is an effing legend. I LOVE that. Confession (but it’s really gross so you might think of me differently after) my brother used to eat and claim anything as his own. If you had something special set aside he’d eat it as soon as your back wasn’t turned. BUT he’s also a massive germaphobe. So if I wanted him to not eat my special snack I’d have to lick it, spit on it eft, in front of him and he’d leave it alone. X

          • Haha he’d totally still do that now too! Your brother was a meany evidently! I can’rt believe he’d steal your favourite snacks, but good work stopping him! I just think you’re badass rather than gross, a girls gotta do what a girls gotta do to keep her snacks safe! xxx

  • pretty place! I love muffins and cupcakes:)

  • I haven’t been back to York for such a long time, but I’m eagerly bookmarking all your favorite haunts (including this cute little place) for when I do make it back up there!

  • This place looks so cute! x

    Sophie Cliff

  • NatalieLeanne

    I need to go here the next time I’m in York! xx

  • Miu

    I love cupcakes! However, I always have to take them along to eat at home, because I absolutely cannot do it graciously in public 😉

    • Oh yea, I definitely can’t either. I end up just shoving them in my face, essentially 😉 x

  • Baaaah I was just thinking the other day about the timeline of cupcake economics and how the cupcake boom years are behind us! I had cupcakes at my wedding in 2011, peak cupcake infatuation times. I think now it’s moved on to brownies – you can tell by how many brownie companies spring up at food fairs and stuff like that. There’s Good Brownie Co and Bad Brownie Co and Big Old Brownie with Fairy Lights and a Magic Wand Co… Ok I made that last one up but there are shit tonnes of brownie companies and they’re trying to fille the void that is cupcake shaped!

    • We had cupcakes at our wedding too, because idgaf about trends and only care about cake to frosting ratio 😉 There really are a ton of brownie companies these days. And I LOVE me a good brownie, but I think i’d still prefer a cupcake. x

  • I think one of my first ever cafe reviews was of Crumbs! I’m not a huge cup cake fan in general but I’ve never regretted a trip there! Stephie xx

    • It’s such a lovely place that I can definitely see why it would get the honour to be your first! x

  • ninegrandstudent

    I WISH I’d made it here whilst I was up!

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  • These look so good! I’m still a fan of cupcakes! I love to try other cool desserts, but cupcakes will always stay in my heart I’m sure!

  • Angie Sievert

    regardless of being taken on the phone, those photos are lovely!!! I really like the vibe and interior of this cafe.

    And of course, those cupcakes. they look delicious!

    thank you for sharing! 🙂