Full Disclosure: I paid for these cupcakes with my own money and I was in no way reimbursed for this blog post. The opinions are completely my own.
If you remember my posts from my time in California last summer, it should be no surprise to you that I love cupcakes. A love that is probably only second to my love of FroYo. While I was in New York City last week, I visited 3 different cupcake shops in the five days that I was in the city. And then I visited one of them again because it was so delicious. Instead of writing a review for each place, I thought I’d combine them into one spot so that you’d only have to be tortured by seeing delicious cupcakes once this week. Aren’t I thoughtful?
We stayed near the Times Square/Hells Kitchen area so all three of these are within walking distance from there – just in case you are planning a visit in the near future.
Baked By Melissa
The first night we were in town, we stumbled across Baked by Melissa while walking around trying to find somewhere for dinner. The tiny cupcakes looked so cute, and so many of the flavors looked delicious to me! I got 12 of them for my roommate and I to share. After I tried a ton of different cupcake places while in California, I learned not to get my hopes up too high with cupcake shops since they are such a trend right now and everyone things they can do cupcakes. Although I was excited about these tiny delicious looking cupcakes, I made sure to be cautious about how excited I got so that it wouldn’t be a total let down if they weren’t very good.
Good news! They were DELICIOUS!! The size and flavors were delicious, they were super moist, really some of the best cupcakes I’d ever had. My favorites of the batch that we got were the Chocolate Chip Pancake and the S’Mores.
The cupcakes were so good, that we even brought some home with us! The neat little package above held them in perfectly so that they weren’t going to slide around of get squished. They actually will ship cupcakes to you too! I also just found on their website a “cupcake customizer” where you can actually make your own cupcake, and they will make it for you! Of course, the custom cupcakes are only available when you buy at least 300, but how cute would that be for a wedding or baby shower?!
Taste: A+, seriously some of the most delicious cupcakes I’ve ever had.
Cost: A, I believe each bite size cupcake is a little less than $1 – I know that 25 cupcakes was $20. I’d say that’s pretty reasonable!
You may remember that I’ve already reviewed the Crumbs Bake Shop’s in Chicago and Los Angeles. Each of those times that I went, I went back multiple times during the trip, and everyone that I was with loved the cupcakes.
This time, the day that I happened to venture over to Crumbs was Valentine’s Day. I realized on my way there that a cupcake shop at 8pm on Valentine’s Day may not have the best selection left. But I went anyways in hopes that they still had a good variety left. When I got there, I was disappointed in the selection, as suspected. I had my heart set on cupcakes though, so when I say the “box of chocolates” filled with mini cupcakes I decided to get one of those.
Unfortunately, these cupcakes were not as awesome as I remembered them being the last time I had them. Some of the flavors were ones that I had had before – chocolate brownie – and others were new to me – salted caramel chocolate. I didn’t love any of them really, and they all seemed a bit dry. I don’t know if this was because they weren’t as fresh as the larger single options in the case or what, but I was definitely disappointed.
Taste: B-, this was partially my fault for going on Valentine’s day, but even the option that they had available was definitely not my favorite.
Cost: C, the “Box of Chocolates” that I got was $20. Maybe if you were going to eat the whole thing that wouldn’t be a bad deal, but they were so rich, and not super tasty, that I don’t really think it was worth the $20.
Would I go there again? Possibly. Other cupcakes that I’ve had from Crumbs are definitely up there in my favorites. The moral of the story I think is not to go to a bakery on Valentine’s Day
Just like Crumbs, I’ve been to Magnolia Bakery before, but the one in Los Angeles. Actually, I’ve been to the Magnolia Bakery in New York before too, but it was long before I was blogging…and actually, I think I only got a brownie that time.
This time when I went to Magnolia Bakery, I chose two cupcakes (one for me and one for my roommate) – Red Velvet (for her) and Flourless Chocolate (for me).
Generally, I don’t like cupcakes with a ton of frosting. These have about an inch or so on top of the cupcake – however the frosting is very light, almost like whipped cream, so I actually didn’t mind it! Since the frosting was so light, it wasn’t super rich so I was ok with it in combination with the chocolate cupcake. The cupcake itself was delicious too! It was rich, but not overwhelming, and definitely the dense chocolate flavor that I feel like flourless cake should be.
Taste: A, delicious! I could have lived with a little less frosting, but the fact that it was nice and light helped it not to overwhelm the cupcake flavor.
Cost: A-, I don’t remember exactly, but I believe these were about $4 per cupcake. Not too bad, but not super cheap either.
Would I go there again? Yeah, I think so. Even if you aren’t a fan of cupcakes, Magnolia Bakery has all kinds of other delicious desserts as well!