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Best Cupcakes in NYC?

I'm hosting a cup cake party for my girlfriends and am wondering what some favorite cup- cake bakeries in NYC are. Since NY and cupcakes can become a hot topic, and obviously everyone has their own favorite, I'm wondering what your thoughts are on this.
See, at the party, I'm going to buy cupcakes from about 8-10 of the 'best' places in the city. Then, I'm going to place them on numbered plates (and only I'll know what number corresponds to which bakery). Everyone will taste them, fill out a sheet, vote, and we'll see who comes out victorious!

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  1. Crumbs on 42nd btwn 5th & 6th. Better than Buttercup Bakery and Magnolia!

    1. I'd nominate Crumbs also. Great variety, though they never seem to have quite enough filling (as if there were such a thing).
      Haven't been to Cupcake Cafe in a long time but they were quite tasty as well.

      1. I actually had a cupcake from the Cupcake Cafe this past weekend. While the chocolate with vanilla buttercream were really dry - the vanilla with mocha buttercream were absolutely delicious. I would definitely order that flavor again; however, the inconsistency between the two batches is a little troublesome.

        Other picks - my family loves the red velvet from Buttercup and regularly requests that I bring them home.

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        1. re: Briek

          I'm thinking of using
          -Magnolia (so I can prove some of the ladies wrong, that they're not the best)
          -Billy's
          -Buttercup
          -Crumbs (thanks to your suggestions)
          -Sugar Sweet Sunshine
          -Cup Cake Cafe
          -Oh, and I'm gonna throw in my own, too- just for fun!

          1. re: Nikifern

            Of course, it's horses for courses, and everyone has his/her own taste, but I have to disagree on Crumbs. They're seriously terrible cupcakes: dense and wet, with a texture much more like a muffin than a cupcake--we wrote about them in late February.

            I'd vote for Billy's, SSS, and the mocha from Cupcake Café (but only that flavor). Also, don't neglect Little Pie Company's cupcakes--they're excellent, and if forced to choose among all of my favorites, I'd go with the Little Pie cupcake 8 times out of 10.

            Nosher

            NYCnosh* http://nycnosh.com

            1. re: Nosher

              Agree. CRUMBS is terrible.

              I would add Two Little Red Hens to the list and SAGE and Eleni's.

              1. re: jenniebnyc

                Second Two Little Red Hens (love that Brooklyn Blackout cupcake) and strongly disagree with the Cupcake Cafe rec. The latter's cupcakes are hard as a rock with frosting that tastes chemical to me...

                1. re: a_and_w

                  Well, as I mentioned, I'd only eat a mocha cupcake from Cupcake Café.

                  It's hard for me to get past the doughnuts and crumb cake anyhow.

                  Nosher

                  NYCnosh* http://nycnosh.com

                  1. re: Nosher

                    Good call re Cupcake Cafe's doughnuts, which few people mention. One thing I've noticed: they're fresher if not powdered with sugar. I think they do this to older doughnuts to make them more appealing for sale.

                  1. re: jenniebnyc

                    Two Little Red Hens is a must! I served their cupcakes at my husband's birthday party and guests were scrambling for seconds and thirds.

                    1. re: Leebird

                      I keep meaning to post about my scientific (ha) visit to Two Little Red Hens - I got one each of coconut, the chocolate (I'm guessing the black out cake) and the red velvet and did a tasting. Loved the coconut, the chocolate was good but almost too chocolatey for me, and I thought the red velvet was "eh" - not so interesting - and threw it out.

                  2. re: Nosher

                    I just had some truly terrible cupcakes from Little Pie Company in Grand Central.
                    Nosher, I generally trust your opinion and the person that bought them for me swore that it was an aberration, but they just tasted 'off' (almost a rancid oily flavor) and were dry w/ a sloppy, sweet flavorless icing. I will give them another shot though, based on your suggestion and that of my wife....

              2. Relatively new place in the west village - Bourbon St. The red velvet cupcakes were fantastic!

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                1. re: nikky

                  I agree- their Red Velvet in general is amazing.

                  Also, I'd add cupcakes from Amy's.

                  1. re: nikky

                    Had it, fine but not the best, IMHO. Diff' strokes. Tasted a bit like they baked it with a view towards extending shelf life in case it was still there at the end of the day. But a meal in itself fer shur.

                  2. BB Sandwich Bar on West 3rd bewteen MacDougal and 6th Avenue. One of the best in the city (along with Sugar Sweet Sunshine). Yes. It's strange that they are co-located with a cheesesteak shop, but they follow two golden rules of cupcakes:

                    1. Make them small enough to flash cook and not overcook (like Cupcake Cafe does)
                    2. Serve them at room temperature

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                    1. re: NAtiveNewYorker

                      Anyone know of great cupcakes that DON'T have buttercream frosting? I'm not fond of it.

                      1. re: hamstrman

                        I believe Two Little Red Hens and maybe Little Pie Co. do cupcakes without buttercream.

                      2. re: NAtiveNewYorker

                        Gotta agree with this. I went to BB Sandwich a few weeks ago since I hadn't been in quite some time. Noticed that this tiny place now shares their location with a cupcake purveyor. Was skeptical about the quality of the cupcakes, but after eyeing them for awhile, got a red velvet cupcake. Did not regret my decision and will definitely be stopping by again for a few cupcakes (and sandwiches.)