Yes, yes, I know cupcakes are a trendy thing in the city right now, but I can’t help but love the morsels of goodness! And, let’s be honest, I’ve never been one to discriminate against sweets.
There are dozens of cupcake spots all over the city, so it’s become one of my fungoals totry out as many aspossible, thoughI think that the more I try, the pickier I become. Below are some of the cupcakes spots I’ve been to within the past year living in NYC:
I would say Crumbs is one of the most well-known cupcake bakeriesin the city. If someone were to name somewhere to get a cupcake, the first bakeries they’d most likely say are Crumbs and Magnolia (which I still can’t believe I haven’t tried.Magnolia isnext on my list!). Crumbs is known for their large cupcakes covered in a generous layer of frosting and toppings. They are tasty, but even as one who loves sweets, Crumbs is so sugary, I admit it may leave you feeling a little heavy and guilty. When I go to Crumbs I usually split a cupcake with a friend. I’ve tried Cookies & Cream, Grasshopper, Peanut Butter Cup, and Raspberry Swirl. The Raspberry Swirl was the best of those I’ve tried at Crumbs, but none of them were so good as to make me a strictly-Crumbs customer.
I went to Sprinkles upon a friend’s suggestion. We tried the limited time Salted Carmel cupcake. It was so good that I still think about it and crave another one. Sprinkles cupcakes are slightly smaller than Crumbs, making me feel a little less guilty about the indulgence. The Salted Carmel was the perfect combination of sweet and salty. I have not have a cupcake that was able to nail the combo taste quite so well. I’m bummed that it was only around for a limited time though!
Baked by Melissa
Baked by Melissa in Union Square was the first bakery I went to after moving to the city. They just opened a new location a few streets away from my office, so it may be tempting to go out for a little mid-day sweet treat. My only complaint is that they’re bite size.Some people only like a little taste of each flavor, but I’m anoinker andlike a few bite fulls of each.
I’m very happy to have stumbled upon this bakery gem. Cupcake Cafe’s cupcakes are not too sweet, so you don’t feel guilty and heavy afterward. Their frosting is like none I’ve tried before–it’s very light and airy with the
perfect amount of sweetness. In addition, it stands out from the rest because instead of a heap of toppings, the top of each Cupcake Cafe cupcake is adorned with colorful, delicate blooming flowers.
Sweet Revenge is unique to the other bakeries because it is best known for its expert pairing of cupcakewith wine or beer to bring out its flavor accents. Sweet Revenge has also been making a lot of media appearances, one being on The Today Show this past May. I tried the Cafe Mocha cupcake with sangria, and to be honest, I liked the sangria more than the cupcake. I do plan on going back though to try one of the signature pairings. In addition, Sweet Revenge is a really great date spot; its quaint shop gives it an intimate feel. My only suggestion is to go on a weeknight, because it gets pretty busy on the weekend.
Writing about cupcakes and recounting my experience at each bakery is making my mouth water! I’m more than happy to jump on the cupcake mania bandwagon. You can call me a cupcake connoisseur. 😉