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CRAVE Cupcakes at 1151 Uptown Park in the Galleria area just opened this Monday looking for customers with a sweet tooth and a lot of spare change in their pockets.

The designer cupcakes ($3.50 each) are made fresh each day starting at 5 a.m. Leftovers are given to charity or tossed. Doors open at 8 for the breakfast variety. Milk, sugar cane sodas and brewed-by-the-cup fresh ground coffee are also available. Cupcakes can be special-ordered a day in advance.

Owners Brad Dorsey (with restaurant experience) and the husband and wife filmmaker team of Elizabeth Harrison and Peter Cooper set up shop here because Harrison always wanted to do a bakery and they all wanted to do it in their hometowns of Houston.

The sign at the front promises European chocolates and Madagascar bourbon vanilla, among other mouth-watering ingredients. Dorsey says they are in the process of finding their feet now, rotating different flavors each day but so far those with chocolate in them seems to be winning. Red Velvet – how Texas – was a sellout the day we were in.

A New York firm named AvroKO – winner of two James Beard Awards for graphics and design in a store or restaurant setting – has applied its sleek touch to a room balanced with retrofitted blenders and a 1950s oven (not being used).

It all screams indulgence but after thinking about how much money you’ve ever spent on one of those frozen ice cream cakes that look good but really really aren’t, it makes a lot more sense to stop by and try something that really really is. – Margaret Downing

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