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Sep 24, 2007 04:19 AM

One NYC cupcake

I have time for one cupcake while I am in NY. Where should I go? Is Magnolia over? Are cupcakes in general over, I guess I might add.

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  1. Either Crumbs ( or Cupcake Cafe ( The rest that I've had (Magnolia, Buttercup, Billy's, Sugar Sweet Sunshine) are just ok, and their frostings are chalky - ick.

    1. LOVE Magnolia & Buttercup...HATE Crumb's & Cupcake Cafe

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      1. re: LeahBaila

        Agree with LeahBaila! Crumbs are just ok and Cupcake Cafe is not good at all (or, you at least have to have a specific taste for them). I highly recommend Magnolia, Buttercup and Sugar Sweet Sunshine. Specifically, the Red Velvet from Buttercup is amazing and the Pumpkin from SSS is also quite amazing. Finally, I think that the Black and White from Amy's Bread is delicious.

        1. LOVE magnolia's and proud
          Billy's on 9th are also awesome - and i like that you can sit in there and have a cup of coffe.
          Two Little Red Hens - on UES amongst other locals i think fantastic

          Crumbs are tasteless to me - look good - get the seratonin going by visual stare - but such an incredible dissapointment !

          1. Sugar Sweet Sunshine are the best, if you're looking for a cupcake that reminds you of the ones you had as a kid... for something a little more upscale, Two Little Red Hens. Magnolia is not "bad", its just that they are drastically inferior to what they used to be. Buttercup is very similar, just a different neighborhood. I don't recommend going Magnolia today if you have memories of it from 10 years ago. Cupcake Cafe cupcakes are beautiful, but the frosting is way too buttery (that's how they get it so shiny, they hardly add any sugar!) Not to mention all the artificial coloring they must use to get those vivid colors... Whatever you do, don't go to Crumbs- giant balls of dry, artificial-tasting commercial crap.

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            1. re: vvvindaloo

              Second Sugar Sweet Sunshine. It's the only one that has both a moist cake and a creamy, but not too buttery frosting. vvvindaloo is right about Cupcake Cafe; the frosting is essentially a slab of butter. Billy's frosting is great, but the cakes are made way in advance and are often dry inside. Magnolia's suffers from the same problem.

              Eh, Crumbs. They look good and have interesting flavors, but it's like putting a softball in your mouth. A softball with frosting.