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Delicious Cupcake at Trois Pommes

I went to Trois Pommes on 5th Ave for the first time yesterday and bought their huge chocolate cupcake filled with mocha cream (it looked like a huge homemade Yankee Doodle.) It was amazing! So much better than Magnolia or Sweet Melissa. The only thing was the price ($4--ouch) but it was worth it. The two women who work there are so nice also. Can't wait to try more. I requested they make homemade doughnuts...here's hoping...

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  1. $4 for a cupcake? Have we not taken this too far? Shouldn't the cupcake be a buck and a half and we can make a $2.50 donation to God's Love We Deliver or any other food-related charity? Sure, they must be paying $60 a square foot for rent on Fifth Ave.
    (RIP, Anthony S.), but what is the point? As far as I can tell, this is an example of merchants testing the market: create a product and charge the maximum the market will support.

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    1. re: famdoc

      I know--it's a lot of money. But it was soooo good. (And about the size of 2 cupcakes.) Provence en Boite on Smith St has upped their prices to $4 for an eclair and most pastries! I don't think those are worth it. Except for maybe the apple strudel.

    2. I'll give it a try since I'm a cupcake afficionado. I don't care about the price- that sounds about right. Two Little Hens charges that for their Blackout cupcake and Downtown Atlantic is $4 for their Hostess cupcake look-alike. I've seen the Trois Pommes Hostess look-alike and it didn't look that appealing, the frosting looked sparse and like Betty Crocker- they also told me it was filled with a coffee-mocha, which sounded gross. I got a moonpie instead and was unimpressed- but I'll see what it's all about- it's a cute bakery and PS needs a decent cupcake place on 5th- I'm looking at you Sugar Sweet Sunshine or Buttercup).

      1. Well, I tried the cupcake with mocha cream and wasn't that impressed. The cake itself was good and the cream was delicious but there just wasn't much of it. All there was was a tiny pocket in a corner of the cake. The frosting, however, was just boring and thinly spread. Get it together Trois Pommes...I want a good bakery on Fifth.

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        1. re: pastoralia

          If you like chocolate cupcakes, then get yourself to The Chocolate Room on 5th. They make what could be the best chocolate cupcake with chocolate icing I've ever had - not too sweet but rich and flavorful. And I think it's $2. Serious goodness.

        2. i had a very ok, just ok, scone there - was $2.50, which seemed really expensive to me. it was SMALL, which is fine if the price is cheaper. when will there be a GREAT bakery (amazing coffee, cheese rolls, good muffins/scones) in Park Slope. I love Red Hen, but not a breakfast on the way to the subway place. Trois Pomme seems like it has too much overlap with Sweet Melissa... and I'm never really inspired to EAT anything at either place! SAD.

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          1. re: tstar

            Cousin John's is good for breakfast sweets...not so much for desserts.

            And that "Frenchie' place by Smiling Pizza is another let down. I asked the girl behind the counter if the frosting on their cupcakes was a buttercream like Magnolia's and she shrugged "yes". When I got home it tasted like frothy Crisco...I threw it out. Sweet Melissa just looks like tortured cupcakes and precious overpriced sweets.

            You would think there's a market in PS for something like this. I know the rents are high but they can't be higher than the West Village (Magnolia) or the LES (Sugar Sweet Sunshine) or Midtown East (Buttercup).

            1. re: pastoralia

              i dont agree with you on cousin john's desserts. one of their chocolate cakes was my bday cake last year and it was very good. moreover, i think that their cheesecake is very good, dare i say excellent.

              1. re: prcentauri

                Hmmm...maybe I'll give that a try. Do they have single serve desserts? I don't need a whole cake...just a cupcake.

                I guess we should all be lucky that the Cake Man is so close in Fort Greene.

              2. re: pastoralia

                I agree in general about Sweet Melissa being overpriced but have you tried that beesting glaze thing with pastry cream in it? not very pricey and big.

                do we really need a kitschy cupcake place? please
                there is precious little butter in anyone's frosting these days.

                1. re: jen kalb

                  Yes, we do need one. That's why everyone's on this post because they saw "Delicious Cupcake".

                  What's the "bee sting thing?" at Sweet Melissa?

                  1. re: pastoralia

                    Im just cynical - most such stuff in NY is dry, oversweet and lacking in butteriness. Im sure Mayor Mike approves.

                    The "beesting" thing is some kind of a rich yeast dough pastry filled with pastry cream glazed with what I guess is a honey (bee-sting) glaze. glaze.

                    1. re: jen kalb

                      Mayor Mike came out against trans fats, not butter. A lover of buttercream should agree with that, no? Or do you prefer Criscocream toppings?! :)

              3. re: tstar

                have you tried the curried chicken salad with mango chutney mayo and currants on a croissant from sweet melissa? i am generally not a huge fan of the place but that sandwich really is delicious...one of my favorite chicken salads in the hood.

              4. I had a homemade oreo cookie from Trois Pommes, and I have to say...confidently...that store-bought Oreos are much better (especially those imported from Mexico--and of course, all Oreos are inferior to the Hydrox cookie that the corporate thieves at Keebler ruined and subsequently too off the shelves). The Trois Pommes "Oreo" was $.75 and was just awful; grainy filling, hard, overly sweet cookie--it's just a bad idea.

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                1. re: PAL

                  i can't believe i'm not the only hydrox fan! although the name does sound like some cholesterol lowering medication.

                  funkymonkey
                  http://thebestbite.blogspot.com/

                  1. re: PAL

                    They must be really bad if they're worse than store-bought Oreos, the dryest, most flavorless, fakest tasting cookies ever. I prefer the Newman version.

                  2. Their honey lavender ice cream is amazing. I will definitely be going here regularly. A lovely addition to the neighborhood.

                    1. I had a cherry and peach tart the other day. The crust was flaky, crunchy and sweet and the fruit was delicious. It was rather small though and cost $5.00 which is really a bit steep for what it was. It would be nice to see it succeed but their price points are a bit high for me. I think the tart was originally $6 but she felt bad because it was the last one and it had sort of lost any structural integrity.

                      1. I'm with famdoc on this one...
                        The prices are simply outrageous... The baked goods.. Not so much.

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                        1. re: Tay

                          They make some nice Gorilla iced coffee. Some cupcakes I tried were good, but their pain au chocolat were pretty bad, dry and cakey.

                        2. I love their brownie at Trois Pommes, but the (looked like a) Hostess Cupcake I had was gross. Anyway, isn't the idea kinda played out by now? It may have been cute ten years ago, but now, no-one's laughing. Especially for the price! I understand the owner was pastry chef at an expensive restaurant- Union Square Cafe maybe? So there, the fake ho-ho or big wheel or whatever might seem worth the price, surrounded by a sauce or two, a blop of cinnamon lavender blahblah ice cream, on a pretty plate in a pretty room and all that. It just dosen't translate as finger food consumed on a hot 5th Ave sidewalk on the way to the train.

                          Has anyone tried the ice cream? Its the reason I went, but I forgot to try it when I went.

                          But the brownie was awesome!

                          1. ahhh, cupcake wars. not my thing.
                            I like Trois Pommes because they have baguette and walnut raisin bread from Balthazar. Good bread!

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                            1. re: pitu

                              I agree with pitu. Why open a cupcake and ice cream shop right next to Tempo Presto? Their gelato and cupcakes are excellent and less pricey. What we really need in the neighborhood is a great bread bakery. That is what Trois Pommes should specialize in and I for one would be there daily.

                              1. re: evoo

                                I used to like Uprising Bakery, which had two stores on Seventh Ave. Unfortunately, they have both been closed for a few years now.

                                1. re: evoo

                                  If you're up early enough Blue Sky has delicious baguettes from Sullivan St. Bakery. You can also find them at Bierkraft. Colson Patisserie on 6th Ave and Ninth has some decent bread. And don't forget Lopez bakery on 5th Ave and 18th.

                                2. re: pitu

                                  Yeah, but don't you think there's something fundamentally wrong about a bakery served bread from... _another bakery_? I just don't understand Trois Pommes. I want to like them, but their inventory seems limited to a handful of cupcakes, some knock-off oreos, a couple pies and imported baguettes.
                                  I'm searching for a place in park slope that serves delicious fresh baked on premises bread. A place to go get a croissant or brioche and a cup of coffee in the morning.
                                  The Yura bakery on the Upper East Side did this for me when I lived there. There's got to be a market for this in Park Slope. Why can't I find it anywhere?

                                  1. re: kayzi

                                    Colson's bakes their own croissants etc. don't they? Also, Sweet Melissa? And Cousin John, although some people are not fans of Cousin Johns, I think the croissants they serve with breakfast are delicious.

                                    1. re: kayzi

                                      the problem is that bread baking and pastry-making are two very different things. It is rare that a baker is good at both, or for that matter, actually enjoys doing both. In my experience, bakeries that focus on sweets tend to make wretched breads, so they resell someone else's product. Find a good bread baker and you may find a good brioche.

                                  2. i agree that the prices at trois pommes are a bit higher than they should be. that said, they have an addictive blueberry muffin that blows the pants off of Sweet Melissa's dry blueberry stub. personally, i'd rather pay for the goodness.

                                    i haven't tried trois pommes cupcakes or whoopie pies yet, but their fruit tarts and banana bread are very tasty. my husband has become quite the devotee of their quiches. and carrying balthazar bread and croissants is a stroke of genius. i had a pretty good (not amazing) chocolate chip scone there, but the raspberry scones...that's some good eatin'.

                                    funkymonkey
                                    http://thebestbite.blogspot.com/

                                    1. I have had the chocolate cupcake and it was okay - nothing special. The sticky bun is good, not great - it needs more goo. The chocolate chip scone was very good. The ice cream is excellent.

                                      1. I've been going to Trois Pommes often (too often), and think that they are in a different league than Cousin Johns, which is a mediocre bakery with a couple of decent things. The pastries at Trois Pommes are incredible---yeasty and a little chewy for their sticky buns, buttery and fine for their croissants etc. The ice creams are mainly great---hazelnut, mint, with crunchy buttery cones. Some of the flavors (including a couple of the sorbets) are on the overly sweet side.

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                                        1. re: kwar228

                                          does any place in park slope carry brioche? preferably a loaf. it seems fairly impossible to find in the hood. i know union market occasionally has tiny rolls of brioche but thats not what i am looking for. the only two places i believe i have yet to try are sweet melissa's and trois pommes.

                                          1. re: prcentauri

                                            I've had several excellent items here:
                                            the previously mentioned blueberry muffin, the chocolate chip cookie, and a great coconut custard pie, $4 for a good sized slice.
                                            Also the owner made up a chocolate cookie for me with fresh whipped cream instead of the displayed buttercream.

                                            1. re: prcentauri

                                              I would not swear on it, but I am pretty sure I saw a brioche loaf at Colson's Patisserie on Ninth Street and Sixth Avenue. Definitely saw individual brioche. Also, Sweet Melissa has brioche.

                                              1. re: chowkitty

                                                Hahah thanks for the reply. It's pretty funny that you mention Colson. That's actually the third place I didnt make it to (for brioche, that is). And what's funny is it's BY FAR the closest one to where I live. For some reason I must have thought they went out of business of something not to have entertained the thought of going there..

                                          2. I agree, the prices are a little high, but it's worth it, since everything is baked on the premise, except for the criossants and bread. Well, the challah is baked there. My faves are the ice creams, sticky buns, choc. chip scone, banana bread, oreo cookies and coconot choc cream pie. Now they have a peanut butter pie. I'm in South Slope, so my options are pretty limited.

                                            1. Help...can't wait to go...where is it located exactly! Thanks...

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                                              1. re: gutreactions

                                                It's at 5th and Garfield

                                                1. re: phillygirl76

                                                  Oh, and I bought a bunch of stuff for my co-workers and they are lovin the pumkin muffin that's out right now. The blueberry crumbs sell out pretty fast.