The Best Cupcakes in New York
New York is under the spell of cupcakes. It is no longer just about the burgers, pizza and hot dogs, but also about the range of delicious and colourful cupcakes. Made popular by the hit series Sex and the City, when you think of cupcakes you also, inevitably, think of New York. That’s why I put together this list of where to find some of the best cupcakes in New York. Don’t want to search for the bakeries yourself but still want to sample the tastiest treats? Then take the dessert walking tour. During this tour, you’ll visit several major chains (like Magnolia) as well as local bakeries. You can try as many as six sweet treats!
The most famous cupcake bakery chain from New York, thanks to Sex and the City, is definitely Magnolia Bakery. There are several branches but the oldest and most famous is located on Bleecker Street. A cozy shop decorated in pastel colours with many different treats. One of the most popular is the Red Velvet cupcake.
Red Velvet owes its name to the deep red colour of the cake. The colour is obtained by the reaction of the ingredients cocoa, vinegar and butter milk which creates a rusty red colour. Nowadays, red dye is also added to the mixture. The cake has a mild chocolate flavour, without really tasting of chocolate. Originating from America the flavour is also very popular here!
Other recommended flavours include the Pistachio and the Hummingbird (banana and pineapple) cupcakes. Also, try their version of the New York cheesecake! Due to the popularity of Magnolia Bakery, be prepared for long queues. It is not surprising that they have released an extensive range of cookbooks, kitchenware and clothing.
It all started with two sisters in Washington DC. They left the corporate world behind to follow their passion and start a cupcake bakery. Georgetown Cupcakes has now blossomed into a cupcake empire. With its own TLC series “DC Cupcakes” and bakeries across America. In 2012 one opened in SoHo, you’ll have to queue, but it is well worth the wait! You can use the time to think about your order. Which will be difficult as there are as many as 20 different flavours that change daily.
Two Little Red Hens
They claim to be the best cupcake bakery in New York. Why? Because it’s so cozy. Two Little Red Hens is somewhat reminiscent of an Austrian chalet, warm and inviting. It’s considered one of the best bakeries in town. They have won a prize for the best cheesecake in New York and are the supplier for luxury store Dean & Deluca. All the more reason to agree that Two Little Red Hens deliver quality work. Once you taste the Brooklyn blackout yourself, a chocolate cupcake filled with chocolate pudding, you’ll know what I mean.
Little Cupcake Bakeshop
The cute vintage look is present in every detail here. The store is completely CO2 neutral and the cakes are all made using organic ingredients. Little Cupcake Bakeshop is consciously involved with the planet in everything they do. In addition, part of the revenue goes to the FEED project: aiming to reduce famine among children worldwide. There are many reasons to go to the Little Cupcake Bakeshop, and that’s without mentioning the fantastic cupcakes! Little Cupcake Bakeshop has a wide range of cupcakes such as the Mott Street Cupcake, the Carrot Cupcake and the Peanut Butter & Jelly Cupcake.
Buttercup Bake Shop
Cheerful staff welcome you into their shop in Midtown: the Buttercup Bake Shop. With a variety of different cupcakes, such as the Golden Butter, Lady Baltimore and Red Velvet, as well as their phenomenally delicious cakes and banana pudding, it’s hard to choose.
Baked by Melissa
The cupcake is the perfect treat, but with so many different flavours, you’re bound to want to try more than one. Which is exactly what Melissa Bushell, owner of Baked by Melissa, thought too! The reason why she created her mini cupcakes: the perfect solution. In 2009 Baked by Melissa opened its first store in SoHo and now the cupcake empire already has 12 stores in New York City.
There are as many as ten regular flavours such as the Tie-Dye, Cookie Dough and Chocolate Chip Pancake. There is also a new flavour every month, often related to the season. The mini cupcakes are about 2.5 cm, which is why you should feel guilt free when you buy more than one.
A cute little shop in The Village. Their Chicago branch has won many awards and received raving reviews as “best cupcakes in town” and their New York shop isn’t any different.
Molly’s Cupcake story is just as sweet as their cupcakes: the name is an homage to the owner’s third grade teacher, Miss Molly. She baked cupcakes for all her students if someone had a birthday. In honour of Molly and as a way to help children, a portion of their profit is donated to schools in the community.
At Molly’s you can choose the flavour of your cupcake and which frosting and topping you want with it. In addition, you can decorate it at the Sprinkle Station. They also have seasonal, vegan and flourless cupcakes, all as delicious as the regular flavours. Some customer favourites include Apple Pie, Peach Cobbler, Pumpkin Spice, Ron Bennington (pb&j and chocolate) and Red Velvet. Their Oreo Cookie Cheesecake is definitely worth a try too. Prices are $1.25 for a mini, $2.25 for a cupcake and $3.75 for a centre-filled cupcake.