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Tuesday
Sep072010

Ask CakeSpy: What Cupcakes Should I Try in NYC?

Dear CakeSpy,

Living in New Jersey, I have access to all of the great cupcakeries in NYC, but choosing which one to visit on a day trip is a rather daunting prospect. I'm rather curious about Crumbs, especially as I hear they have a s'mores cupcake, but don't want to make the wrong decision. What to do?

Sincerely,

Buttercream Daydreamer in Belmar

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Dear Buttercream Daydreamer,

When I think New York, I think bright lights, big city, and huge cupcake presence. When I lived in New York as a college student, there were two main choices: Magnolia Bakery in Greenwich Village (largely credited with kick-starting the cupcake trend) and the Cupcake Cafe in Hell's Kitchen (which has since relocated down the street; I preferred the old location). At that time, I have to confess that while I liked both, my affections leaned slightly toward Cupcake Cafe, which offered up cupcakes with extremely buttery and not extremely sweet frosting. They were a bit more of an acquired taste, but I probably could have eaten my weight in them.

These days, it seems like there are more and more amazing cupcake bakeries every time I have gone back. While I don't feel as if I am qualified to weigh in on the best, I am going to suggest that you check out this very throrough roundup of "The Best Cupcakes in New York City" on Serious Eats.

To cross-reference this post, I went ahead and did some research on some of the ones that offer s'mores flavors. From the "12 best bakeries list", I have put an asterisk next to the shops which offer a s'mores cupcake flavor specifically listed on their menu (however, be sure to call for availability).

Buttercup Bake Shop
Sweet Revenge 
Robicelli's
Sugar Sweet Sunshine
Tribeca Treats*
Tonnie's Minis
Amy's Bread
Kumquat Cupcakery
Spot
Chickalicious Dessert Bar*
Two Little Red Hens
Baked

Finally, my thoughts on Crumbs. I have been there a few times. My experience: the first time I visited I had a cupcake that was a fairly dry affair which had initially turned me off toward them, but after several positive reviews, I gave them another try. To my delight, on several succeeding visits I have had perfectly delightful cupcakes there which didn't suffer from dry cake disorder and were, on the contrary, quite moist and flavorful. Flavors I have tried: Vanilla/vanilla, Baba Booey, Artie Lange (favorite!), and Half Baked.

So while I don't have a single answer to the "what cupcake should I try" question, I hope I've left you feeling better equipped to tackle this delicious day trip.

Always sweetly,

CakeSpy

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Reader Comments (13)

Butter Lane! They make the freshest cupcakes I have ever had (beside my own), try the Elvis!

September 7 | Unregistered CommenterDebbie

I'm a New York cupcake adventurer too! Definitely don't just limit your cupcaking to Crumbs. If you're from Jersey, definitely check out Sweet Avenue Bake Shop in Rutherford (http://www.sweetavenuebakeshop.com/) for some badass vegan cupcakes! Magnolia is good for sure, but I wasn't thrilled with Baked in Brooklyn. Don't forget Babycakes NYC (gluten free and vegan), and next on the list is Betty Bakery in Brooklyn. Mmmm :)

September 7 | Unregistered CommentercupcakeOdoom

Sugar Sweet Sunshine is my fav! They are inexpensive and delicious! Try the pistachio!

September 7 | Unregistered CommenterMiss Morgan

yay! I leave this morning (actually 4:15 Oregon time) for New York and I have been looking for great bakeries to visit while there so thank you for posting this!

September 8 | Unregistered CommenterMadison

Sugar Sweet Sunshine is definitely my favorite and only $1.50 for a cupcake.

If you don't want to travel into the city, the kitchen of Cupcake Stop (Manhattan food truck) is now based in Montclair, NJ, and I just had a two lovely cupcakes (vanilla with raspberry buttercream and red velvet) in Verona (town next to Montclair) at Hobcaw Cafe .

September 9 | Unregistered Commenterrebecca

I love Crumbs & always bring a boxful home. I wish I could visit more often!

September 9 | Unregistered CommenterAnn

you forgot Billy's! Billy's is my favorite. i love the vanilla cake w/ chocolate icing.

September 11 | Unregistered CommenterKatherine

I second that, Billy's!

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