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May 4, 2007 12:10 PM

I heard about a "cupcake war." Here are my results

I just came back from my 7 day trip to NYC. I was on a mission. A cupcake a day. Thank god I didn't actually do this (though it was my bday week so I deserved it).

The BEST cake. Pricey, but enough for 2. Dean & Deluca's. My best friend introduced me to the yellow cake with white frosting. That cake. Oh my god. It was even better when I had the last bite in the afternoon. (Make sure that they are the cupcakes made by D&D- they also sell crumbs which i did not try and Little Red Hens which had really great cream cheese frosting, but the cake on the dry side; not as dry as Buttercup though).

Buttercup Cafe. Dry. Would not go back. Had the red velvet. Good Icing though.

Sugarsweet sunshine. AAAAHHH. The perfect little cupcake. $1.50. Reminded me of cupcake wednesdays in grade school.

Magnolia. I didn't make it this trip. Which I have for the last 4 years or so. They still have the best Banana Pudding.

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    1. Buttercup on W. 72nd is very dry, so OP might have meant Buttercup.

      Best cupcake is on W. 3rd in the Cheesesteak shop.

      1. re: NAtiveNewYorker

        Interesting! I did a cupcake war myself, and IMO, Magnolia still comes out on top.

        1. re: NAtiveNewYorker

          Cheesesteak shop? I'm hoping that I read that wrong...can you elaborate? What kind of cupcakes do they have?

      2. Is it my imagination or have the cupcakes at Buttercup on Second Avenue (50-51) gotten both smaller and more expensive recently? I think that their icing/cake ratio was among the best, as was the icing itself, but the cupcakes I bought last week were very disappointing. Has anyone else noticed this? In addition, I can vouch for the ersatz Hostess cupcake at Crumbs. Otherwise, I don't care for their products. The icing is too thin, and I find that the flavors don't live up to what they are supposed to be like. But that Hostess imitation is the perfect combo of actually good product and Proustian memory.

        1. I brought a box of cupcakes from Billy's on Ninth Ave. in Chelsea to a birthday party last fall. They were a big hit. I don't eat sweet stuff, so it just tasted like ... sugar to me. Other folks raved, however.