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My Quest to try Every Cupcake in NYC

misnatalie Aug 11, 2008 05:29 PM

So I have decided to try and try every cupcake in the city (Manhattan ONLY). I know the endless cupcake debates continue I agree with many (how terribly Magnolia's is) and have my own personal favorites (Batch and S.S.S.). I'd like to know if I'm MISSING anywhere to try or any reccos for places on my list of must tries.

Yet to try (or have not been to in over a year):

Cupcake Cafe
Buttercup Bake Shop
Two Little Red Hens
Make My Cake

All ready been to:

Tonnie's Minis Cupcake Shop
Burgers & Cupcakes
Amy's Bread
Eleni's Cookies
Billy's Bakery
Sugar Sweet Sunshine Bakery
Big Booty
Ciao for Now

Thanks for the help.

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    Lucia Aug 11, 2008 06:08 PM

    Royale at 461 6th Ave carries cupcakes from Baked in Brooklyn. I found the cupcake a little dry (maybe b/c of the transportation process), but thought I'd add it to the list. I"ve also heard that the Treats Truck is now carrying cupcakes.

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    1. re: Lucia
      misnatalie Aug 11, 2008 06:30 PM

      I forgot I tried Royale too, but I didn't know they came from Baked. It was right when they first opened and the cupcakes were really bad. They totally tasted they had been sitting in cardbaord for weeks. I'll have to go back since it could have been opening up problems. I will definitely check out the treats truck. I love their maple cream cookies and butterscotch brownies.

    2. MMRuth Aug 11, 2008 06:09 PM

      I'm a big fan of the mini coconut cupcake at Yura - 92nd & Madison - not too too far from Two Little Red Hens.

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      1. re: MMRuth
        misnatalie Aug 11, 2008 06:32 PM

        Thanks, I'm never that far uptown so I'd be making a special trip and would love to hit as many places in the area as possible.

        1. re: misnatalie
          MMRuth Aug 11, 2008 06:45 PM

          There's a Dean & Deluca at 85th and Madison - I don't usually buy much in the way of desserts from them, but you might want to see if they carry cupcakes from other bakeries, as they do have breads from a wide selection of bakeries.

          And - I don't know if William Greenberg makes cupcakes or not, but they are a little further south of D&D on Madison. EAT may also sell cupcakes.

          1. re: MMRuth
            sugartoof Aug 27, 2008 05:03 AM

            Pretty sure Dean & Deluca are just carrying Cupcake Cafe goods.

            1. re: MMRuth
              kathryn Aug 27, 2008 09:21 AM

              At the Soho D&D (nearest to my place) I've seen goods from Sage, Cupcake Cafe, Two Little Red Hens, and sometimes other vendors.

              1. re: kathryn
                racer x Aug 27, 2008 06:55 PM

                Same at the branches at 85th & Madison and on University & 11th.

        2. Miss Needle Aug 11, 2008 06:35 PM

          Pinisi Bakery in the EV.


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          1. re: Miss Needle
            misnatalie Aug 12, 2008 12:25 PM

            Thanks, have they been around long, I've totally missed this place.

            1. re: misnatalie
              Miss Needle Aug 12, 2008 12:33 PM

              Not sure. I haven't tried it yet, but read about it in a blog last year. The hot and spicy cupcake looks interesting.

              You should do what MMRuth and JoanN did with the baguettes. Get a whole bunch and do a blind tasting.

              1. re: Miss Needle
                misnatalie Aug 12, 2008 01:56 PM

                I know, I wish I had been documenting all along. But it's never too late to start. I will have to make a concerted effort to proceed with camera and pen in hand.

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            racer x Aug 11, 2008 06:43 PM

            Sage's cupcakes.
            In Manhattan you can find them at Dean & DeLuca's.

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            1. re: racer x
              kathryn Aug 11, 2008 07:28 PM

              Ditto! I love Sage's. You can find them for sure at the Soho D&D.

              I would also add Grey Dog's cupcakes as well as Chikalicious Dessert Bar, Sweet Revenge, and 'wichcraft.

              1. re: kathryn
                misnatalie Aug 12, 2008 02:42 PM

                It that Gray Dog's Coffee on University? And do all the 'wichcrafts have cupcakes?

                1. re: misnatalie
                  kathryn Aug 12, 2008 05:19 PM

                  I haven't been to the University Place location just yet but their West Village one has cupcakes often.

                  Not sure that all 'wichcrafts have the cupcakes, but I'd check availability online via their online ordering system.

                  1. re: misnatalie
                    sugartoof Aug 27, 2008 05:05 AM

                    The 20th street (I think that's what it is) location did when I popped in last week. They didn't look too exciting but who knows.

              2. k
                kobetobiko Aug 11, 2008 08:31 PM

                There is Oro Bakery on Broome Street, and Bouley Bakery on W Broadway.

                Oh to throw a twist, the PB&J Cupcake at Hill Country!

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                1. re: kobetobiko
                  misnatalie Aug 12, 2008 10:54 AM

                  I've had the PB&J from Hill Country and yes it is yummy...

                  1. re: misnatalie
                    tpigeon Aug 12, 2008 02:38 PM


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                  tpigeon Aug 11, 2008 11:38 PM

                  This is entirely off topic, but if you have the cookies at levain bakery, it might just cure you of your cupcake obsession. I realized this after my last trip where I had magnolia then levain. Magnolia was not good (UWS) location and levain was amazing. I was kind of feeling "what is the big deal about cupcakes" after that.

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                  1. re: tpigeon
                    Trinity Connors Aug 12, 2008 02:21 AM

                    Agreed about the cookie/cupcake thing. I got a triple chocolate cupcake from dessert club (chikalicious' cousin across the street) and a chocolate chip cookie from Bird Bath (city bakery's cousin on 1st ave and 14th st) and the cookie by far won the baked good crave-test.

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                    storms Aug 12, 2008 10:32 AM

                    You should check out Sweet Revenge - just opened on 62 Carmine near Bedford st. Their cupcakes are fantastic, and the place is really cute.

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                    1. re: storms
                      misnatalie Aug 12, 2008 01:58 PM

                      Thanks for reminding me I think I read about this place in Eater a while back...any favorites?

                      1. re: misnatalie
                        storms Aug 12, 2008 02:09 PM

                        Try the dulce de leche or the crimson and cream (red velvet). I live down the street and this place is a dangerous thing to have so close by!

                    2. erin07nyc Aug 12, 2008 12:46 PM

                      There's a sandwich / prepared foods shop on Hudson in the West Village called Out of the Kitchen. I believe it's still open, but I haven't been in over a year. You can get white or chocolate cupcakes with vanilla or chocolate frosting, though they don't have every combination every day. They are delicious, simple and very moist.

                      1. misnatalie Aug 12, 2008 02:28 PM

                        I believe that Kee's is also doing cupcakes, is this still the case?

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                        1. re: misnatalie
                          MMRuth Aug 12, 2008 05:10 PM

                          Really? I knew she'd added macarons, but hadn't heard about the cupcakes. But, I've not been since the spring, I think.

                          1. re: MMRuth
                            kathryn Aug 12, 2008 05:20 PM



                            Call ahead, they aren't there everyday, though.

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                          peachtart Aug 12, 2008 04:09 PM

                          Its worth the trip to RedHook to have a cupcake from baked. I think Royale in the West Village features Baked's cupcakes.

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                            peachtart Aug 12, 2008 04:11 PM

                            Sorry someone posted about Royale...well take the trip out to Red Hook. I also love Two Little Red Hens upper east side.

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                              aeros Aug 26, 2008 09:04 PM

                              Eleni's has wonderful cupcakes and mini cupcakes. We think they're the BEST!!!! They also have beautifully decorated cookies. They ship all over in addition to having a New York retail store located in the Chelsea Market at 75 Ninth Avenue.


                              1. apple342 Aug 27, 2008 04:49 AM

                                I wouldnt bother with Buttercup or Cupcake Cafe. Had both recently for a work event and both were dried out, frosting was not good. Two Little Red Hens is the best on your list and worth the trip uptown if that is not your 'hood. They also have amazing muffins (coconut & cherry is outstanding), cookies, cheesecake and gingerbread. You pretty much cant go wrong with anything in that bakery!

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                                1. re: apple342
                                  kathryn Aug 27, 2008 09:24 AM

                                  Cupcake Cafe's claim to fame is the superrich buttercream frosting and pretty flowers they put on them. Personally, I find it to be too rich, but at least they have small and large sized cupcakes.

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                                  sugartoof Aug 27, 2008 05:08 AM

                                  I think Eileen's Cheesecake was making cupcakes to cash in on the trend. Might be worth a check.

                                  1. iheartcupcakes Aug 27, 2008 06:16 AM

                                    thanks ever so much for this topic! I'm coming to New York in March for my birthday and am planning to try as many of cupcakes as possible! I've got most of your list but a few new ones there so thanks v.much! The full story will be posted on my blog/here once done :)

                                    Also have to disagree on Buttercup with Apple342 - we went there on our visit last year and they were really nice cupckaes - great frosting and the bases were really squishy and moist! We took loads back to London and they lasted a few days without going hard.

                                    1. kcijones001 Aug 27, 2008 07:12 AM

                                      I've never been, but if you're on a quest to try EVERY cupcake in nyc, there's Bruce's Cupcakery on 57th and 1st.

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                                      1. re: kcijones001
                                        misnatalie Aug 27, 2008 07:19 AM

                                        Awesome thanks

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                                        ChowDiva Aug 28, 2008 08:03 AM

                                        If you're ever seeking out a cupcake while in Brooklyn, Downtown Atlantic in Boreum Hill makes a mean "hostess style" cream filled cupcake with chocolate ganache icing.
                                        Betty Bakery is not far down the road on Atlantic and they make a great red velvet. Hope I don;t get in trouble for mentioning Bklyn on the Manhattan board...;)

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