Cupcakes From Out-of-Business Crumbs Bake Shop Are Selling for How Much?!

07/11/2014 at 12:04 PM ET

Crumbs Cupcake
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Are you distraught over the news that Crumbs Bake Shops are no more? Distraught enough to pay $300 for a cupcake?

Naturally, when word got out Monday that the store was set to close all 48 of its locations, a few savvy customers saw a business opportunity: Stock up on the oversized treats and sell them on eBay.

The Last Cupcake from Crumbs Bake Shop,” in the chain’s birthday cake flavor with a rainbow sprinkle topping, sold Friday for $255 after an intense bidding war between two very hungry souls.

1. Insane. 2. Who wants a week-old cupcake? Sellers promise the desserts are being frozen to ensure they don’t go stale. (We guess it works for the top tier of wedding cake…)

“Bid on this still-delicious soon-to-be relic, and you’ll be able to tell your grandchildren that you devoured the last Crumbs cupcake,” read the online auction description.

At the time of writing this article, you can buy a set of three cupcakes — red velvet, peanut butter, and cookies and cream — for a whopping $350. The posting currently has zero bids.

—Ana Calderone

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Guest on

My guess is your grandchildren are not going to care if you have the last cupcake from a bakery they never knew existed in the first place. Obscene.

Chell on

The fact that I eat food at restaurants (that has been cooked and manhandled by multiple people) probably makes my next statement slightly hypocritical, but I really don’t trust eating secondhand food. Especially from eBay of all places. I will not be someone who will bid on this.
This is all kinds of yuck.

Anonymous on

last time we got them, they were kind of stale.

Steph on

Considering the winning bidder also bid on 4 hookah auctions recently, I’m not surprised… Either that, or it’s completely fake.

Aimee on

Crumbs cupcakes weren’t any good to begin

MrMonkee on

Weird! The 12 o’clock news reported that a deal to keep them open was being hashed out. Hope so. I use them for birthday gifts for out-of-town friends. Send a box of six and they can be cut in quarters and feed 4 with each cupcake. These are way over sized compared to normal cupcakes. And they ship next day anywhere.

charlotte on

that is absurd to pay that much for a cupcake, no matter how big, or how good they are!

Magic Mike on

Silly. The best cupcakes are always homemade anyway.

Shannon on

Only an idiot would pay that much for crappy cupcakes!! Just make them yourself! They are better anyway!

Linda on

The problem with crumbs was that they didn’t have an in-shop bakery at each store. They only had store fronts where Crumbs would drop off baked cupcakes in the morning for that store to display and sell that day. They always tasted stale to me. And they are overpriced! $18 for a 12 MINI cupcakes that aren’t even baked on premise, um no! Plus,, they over saturated the market in cities. put too many locations too close to another. Should have made it specialized with one or 2 locations not 6 to 7 shops in one city.

Rachael on

If the cupcakes were THAT GOOD in the first place, the store would not be closing shop.

katie on

Guessing someone will figure out how to retrieve, freeze and sell a celebrity turd.

mc on

That is crazy. I never understood the Crumbs craze anyway.


Ew.. we got them for my husband’s birthday and they were all completely stale – we were all disappointed. Not surprised they shut them down if they were always like that. Who wants to pay $4 for a stale cupcake?

Mela on

Never had them, or even heard of them

Lenora on

As they say on “Seinfeld”, Entenmannn’s has a case at the end of the
aisle. LOL PS Google.

And, yes – homemade is the BEST! 🙂

Clueless on

Probably the same idiots that bought up all of the Twinkie’s when Hostess went under. Wonder what their investment is worth now that Twinkie’s are back on shelves?

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