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ganache123 Oct 18, 2009 05:56 AM

Are the cupcakes worth the wait at Magnoila Bakery?

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    omnidora Oct 24, 2009 07:13 PM

    I don't understand the appeal of this establishment. Maybe it was good when it opened. I found my cupcake just totally uninspiring. It's maybe a bit of a tourist trap?

    This is more to my liking - but I have not yet tried their Halloween cupcake:
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/661987

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      foodwhisperer Oct 25, 2009 04:34 PM

      Magnolia must be listed in a tourist guidebook, since it seems most of the people online are tourists..I had friends from England come in and say they must go to Magnolia. I think it's listed probably after Chinatown knockoff handbag shopping

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      MaryKatesMom Oct 24, 2009 06:55 AM

      We tried Baked by Melissa in Soho and were wowed by their minature cupcakes. I'd like to know what other's thought.

      http://www.bakedbymelissa.com/#/home/

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        Jess321 Oct 24, 2009 03:57 PM

        While I thought they were good (I believe I tried red velvet and chocolate pb), a dollar for a bite just doesn't seem worth it to me. I won't be back because I'm the type of person that will pay three dollars to be able to enjoy it for more than half a second. Even with small bites, you just aren't gonna get more than 2 bites out of a Baked by Melissa cupcake. I know the price goes down by a few cents when you order more, and maybe for a novelty at a party they'd be ok, but I prefer more cake and more frosting when I eat a cupcake!

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        foodwhisperer Oct 22, 2009 07:32 PM

        Magnolia has the worst cupcakes in the world.. I;d rather eat Hostess cupcakes

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          Miss Needle Oct 23, 2009 12:07 PM

          Hmmm, I haven't had Hostess in a long time. But from what I remember about them, I would too! It certainly would be a lot moister than Magnolia's.

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          karianne Oct 21, 2009 08:58 AM

          I don't think so. I find their cupcakes to be far too heavy and buttery. I do love their coconut cake, though.

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            smokeandapancake Oct 21, 2009 12:10 PM

            their frosting tastes like pure butter, gross...and the cake it super dense...

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              ganache123 Oct 22, 2009 04:33 PM

              went to Magnolia because there wasn't a line. Absolutely right about the cupcakes. Much prefered Crumbs. Brought both cupcakes home and sampled them with my staff(I own a wholesale bakery). The verdict was Crumbs was better but way too sweet. I will have to try 2 Red Hens and Sweet Sugar Sunshine next time. I appreciate all the feedback from chowhounds. Thanks.

          2. smokeandapancake Oct 21, 2009 06:39 AM

            hell no ...they're not worth no line at all....seriously.

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              canemh Oct 20, 2009 07:38 AM

              its worth the wait for the bananna pudding--

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                metfan630 Oct 20, 2009 07:40 AM

                Banana Pudding is amazing. Also, the UWS location doesnt have more than a 2-3 minute wait whenever I stop by.

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                  smokeandapancake Oct 21, 2009 06:39 AM

                  banana pudding, yes, BUT there's a seperate line for that and its 3/4 the size as the cupcake line...

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                  gnocchicroissant Oct 20, 2009 07:37 AM

                  In my experience the cupcake quality varies with the store. I've enjoyed the ones I purchased at midtown east location (have never waited long, but it's been a while). I've also made them at home from the cookbook, and mine tasted the same as the stores, frosting included.

                  I agree the banana pudding is amazing, and am also fond of their coconut cake and chocolate cake with chocolate icing (UWS broadway location). Cupcakes at UWS BW location are pretty bad.

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                    gnocchicroissant Oct 20, 2009 07:42 AM

                    Buttercup (which used to be affiliated with Magnolia long ago I think) on 72 near BW has very good cupcakes.

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                      foodwhisperer Oct 22, 2009 07:34 PM

                      Buttercup on 72 is great and has no affiliation with Magnolia, but has some affiliation with the other Buttercup in Manhattan

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                        kathryn Oct 22, 2009 10:06 PM

                        I found that Buttercup on 72nd to have really dry cake and chalky frosting. You know there's something wrong when a dozen cupcakes at a party go essentially uneaten.

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                          uwsister Oct 24, 2009 01:51 AM

                          Yes! I thought Buttercup was disgusting. I couldn't finish my cupcake from there and that almost never happens!

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                    tex.s.toast Oct 19, 2009 07:39 PM

                    Tried their (new) smore cupcake last week - its definitely their best offering, as it has a different frosting other than the lame whipped vanilla crap that is decidedly inferior to any old buttercream. good crumb on the cake itself w a nice chocolate center.

                    i agree with others that the cupcakes at magnolias are not, by far, my favorites.

                    that said the banana pudding is OUT OF THIS WORLD fantastic, and is a must-get, seriously do not pass go do not collect $200 buy the damn banana pudding.

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                      a213b Oct 20, 2009 07:27 AM

                      I will actually agree that their Banana Pudding is pretty decent; don't know if I'd say it's out of this world, but then there are numerous people in my decidedly Southern family who make some pretty amazing versions, so my view is probably skewed.

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                        tex.s.toast Oct 20, 2009 08:22 AM

                        Ive made my share of banana pudding in my time and id say calling Magnolia's banana pudding decent is some pretty serious understatement. perhaps you should give it another try.

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                          a213b Oct 20, 2009 08:33 AM

                          I've had it at least 4 or 5 times; and perhaps you are right, "decent" maybe carries with it a less than positive connotation, so I should have said that it is good, and quite surprisingly so given the rest of the dreck they have on hand.

                          It is definitely what I would encourage one to get when going there, but I would not wait in line for it, and I would not come close to calling it the best I've ever had.

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                      windycity Oct 19, 2009 09:59 AM

                      No, no, and no. Terrible and dry.

                      1. Asumnuthin Oct 19, 2009 08:03 AM

                        no
                        sugar sweet sunshine way better, and no wait

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                          jisforjenn Oct 19, 2009 03:10 AM

                          I personally LOVE Magnolia's cupcakes... they're definitely in my top 5, maybe even top 2. That being said, I've never had to wait in line for the cupcakes, usually people have brought them to birthday parties, so I can't say if it's worth the time or the price.

                          My friend did buy the cookbook and the cupcakes she has made taste exactly the same and have the same soft spongy texture as the magnolia cupcakes I've tried, but the frosting is pretty hard to recreate.

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                            billyeats Oct 18, 2009 07:06 PM

                            The cupcakes are most definitely not worth the wait, BUT i actually think the rest of their stuff is totally underrated. The banana pudding is the best around and their cakes and brownies, etc are pretty damn good. Is any of it worth the wait? No. But when there's no line, I always stop in for the other goods.

                            1. Jess321 Oct 18, 2009 11:00 AM

                              No!!! Please, don't waste your time or money. I spent a while researching the best cupcakes in the city, and I read that Magnolia was horrible. I had ONE person tell me they were great, so I decided to see for myself. Unfortunately, that was a waste of time and money. I had a red velvet, and it was dry and disgusting. The frosting tasted filmy, and the buttercream was old-tasting. Amy's Bakery uses buttercream frostings but manages to make them fantastic-tasting. I LOVE sweet things and Magnolia was too sweet, in a bad way. I've heard it compared to Sprinkles cupcakes (not in NYC yet...hopefully soon!) and I love them, so I had high hopes even though I'd read countless bad reviews. Please, don't waste any money/time/calories on these cupcakes!

                              1. NYCkaren Oct 18, 2009 11:00 AM

                                I don't feel as strongly as some people here. I don't think the cupcakes are bad. Kids love them. But no way in hell are they worth waiting for. It never ceases to amaze me what sheep people are to wait in that line.

                                By the way, I have one of the Magnolia cookbooks and it's a snap to make the cupcakes yourself, including the red velvet ones. Which, as I say, kids love.

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                                  uwsister Oct 20, 2009 01:28 AM

                                  Same here. I don't particularly love them, but I really don't understand all the hate they get -- they're not NEARLY as bad as Crumbs or Buttercup (DRY cake and super-crumbly frosting from both.) I too dislike their red velvet, but their vanilla cupcake is decent, and their banana pudding is great. Then again I also never stand in a line as I don't go to their WV location...

                                  So no, not worth the wait, but if there's no one in line, grab some banana pudding.

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                                  annie23 Oct 18, 2009 11:00 AM

                                  From what I have read Two Little Red Hens has the consensus for the best cupcakes, am I correct? We are only going to be in Manhattan three days and don't want to waste time at mediocre places.

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                                    apple342 Oct 20, 2009 11:41 AM

                                    Annie--you will *not* be dissppointed in Two Little Red Hens! Unbelievable cupcake. Also, their muffins, cheesecake, cookies & gingerbread are outstanding. Worth the trip.

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                                      omnidora Oct 24, 2009 07:17 PM

                                      I had a stale, dry cupcake from 2 Little RH two years ago and did not return. I would still consider giving it another try.

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                                      a213b Oct 18, 2009 10:26 AM

                                      I've said it before in other threads and I'll say it again here now; RUN, don't walk, RUN as fast as you can AWAY from the wretchedness that are Magnolia's cupcakes. They are an abomination and an affront to the very idea of a cupcake. There are PLENTY of other places to go in this city for delicious cupcakes; Magnolia is NOT one of them.

                                      If you want a Magnolia cupcake experience without the wait, go to a cheap grocery store and ask them if they have any 2 day+ leftover cupcakes.

                                      In case you can't tell, I feel very strongly about this ;-)

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                                        kathryn Oct 18, 2009 08:17 AM

                                        Am I crazy for thinking that Magnolia cupcakes suck?
                                        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/481174

                                        Magnolia's Really IS That Bad
                                        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/571391

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                                          kelea Oct 18, 2009 09:06 AM

                                          Worst cupcakes in the city.

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                                            omnidora Oct 24, 2009 07:15 PM

                                            No you're not crazy. I think cupcakes are kind of silly, but okay. I'll appreciate a good piece of cake, no matter how it is framed or defined. And the Magnolia vanilla did not taste good!

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                                            foodie842 Oct 18, 2009 08:00 AM

                                            Yes, I think that the Red Velvet cupcakes are definitely worth the wait.......

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