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Apr 5, 2009 10:58 AM

Cupcakes that don't taste like a stick of butter

I just had cupcakes from Crumb recently and thought they were very good. They stray a bit from the cupcake purists idea of good cupcakes maybe, but they did solve a common problem with store bought cupcakes. Most places use a buttercream frosting and go WAY over on the butter. I usually feel like I am eating a muffin with some flavored butter on it, rather than a cupcake with a tasty, sugary topping. For this very reason, I do not like many of the cupcakes from the more popular places. Please don't tell me to go to Magnolia or Cupcake Cafe - they are exactly what I am looking to avoid. As a matter of fact, I think Cupcake Cafe's cupcakes are disgusting. I had a film of butterfat in my mouth for a half hour after eating them. So, where else to go?

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  1. Sugar Sweet Sunshine. Get the pistachio. Awesome. You could also try Babycakes, which is vegan. That should help you avoid the butter.

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    1. re: malibu

      Second the Sugar Sweet Sunshine rec., also recently tried the cupcakes from Sweet Revenge on Carmine - moist cake, light and not overly sweet frosting, the peanut butter and carrot cake cupcakes are quite good.

      1. re: malibu

        I will try the pistachio if you think they are awesome - but I need to say - that I tried their basic vanilla cupcake and thought it was below mediocre. Icing was gritty. : /

        1. re: Ms.Munchie

          I like the cake itself but hate the icing on there, I always take most of it off.

          1. re: Ms.Munchie

            oh that doesn't sound good. maybe you got an off one. hope you like pistachio. i wish i had one now. i also like their red velvets.

            1. re: malibu

              I am obsessed with cupcakes - so if I am close to SSSB I will pop in and get the pistachio. I thought the whole cupcake was tasteless sad to say - but always willing to give it another chance. Attached is me munching on cc at SSSB. : )

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          1. Amy's -- their cupcakes have a sweet frosting that is not chemically tasting (Magnolia and its offspring) or too buttery (Cupcake Cafe), and the cake has very good flavor, not too sweet and has a good moist texture. I confess that I often still choose Cupcake Cafe when I am buying cupcakes to impress (visually).

            1. ChikaLicious Dessert Club hands down. They're small (and some would say expensive for the size) but they're worth every penny. I'd rather buy and eat a couple of those for the same price of a Crumb cupcake, no question about it - they're a total pleasure.

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              1. re: RedVelvet

                Chikalicious ones are my favorite, the buttercream is very light, not American buttercream which I hate, too overly sweet. I love the triple chocolate one.

              2. I'd check out Batch on W. 10th Street in the W. Village for the Chocolate Dragon cupcake, Two Little Red Hens on the Upper East Side for the Lemon Pucker cupcake or Big Booty Bread Co. in Chelsea for the Red Velvet cupcake.

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                1. re: billyboy

                  Batch has closed. For me, the cupcakes will be missed, but the attitude won't. My favorites are the aforementioned pistachio at SSS and the namesake at Sweet Revenge.

                  1. re: billyeats

                    Batch is actually relocating to Chelsea some time this summer.