The name SusieCakes evokes thoughts of my favorite time period, the 1950s. Maybe it's also the logo with the 1950s homemaker.
However, the store was more modern than mid-century. It fit right into the ritzy city of Newport Beach though SusieCakes was tucked in a corner of a less than gorgeous plaza. You really have to look for it.
For some reason, red velvet trumps vanilla when it comes to a classic cupcake nowadays. This bakery definitely required that I order a red velvet - didn't the red velvet become famous around the 50s and 60s?
I'm going to read about its history over at Serious Eats so check it out too.