Cupcake Mania

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In 2000, a little talked about TV series – Sex and the City – popularized a single bakery item, which, for years, had been utilized to celebrate birthdays and entice (read: bribe) children to be on their best behavior. Of course I mean the cupcake. You can blame (thank?) Sarah Jessica Parker for making a favorite childhood pastime look and, subsequently, taste trendy. Yet, as Sex and the City later saw its untimely demise, the cupcake only exploded in popularity and shows no signs of waning anytime in the near future. It started with what is, arguably, Manhattan’s most well-known baked goods establishment, Magnolia Bakery – which first opened in 1996 but became an international phenomenon after Carrie (Parker) and Miranda (Cynthia Nixon) indulged in a fat fete at the West Village joint on the hit HBO series – and expanded to include cupcake empires like Crumbs, which now boasts four locations throughout the city (Upper East Side, Upper West Side, Bryant Park, East Village).

While Magnolia, with its line of fans from far and wide that wraps around the corner of Bleecker and well down W. 11th Street, only offers basic flavors – white, chocolate, yellow, and the occasional specialty of red velvet – in an assortment of colors, Crumbs serves up some unique entities like S’mores, Caramel Apple, Key Lime and Twinkie, among many other tasty treats. Crumbs’ cakes come in three different sizes: bite-sized (self explanatory), mini (standard cupcake measurements), and large (for the absolutely ravenous; we stand by our belief that each could easily feed a family of four). Can you say a heart attack in a wrapper? Magnolia and Crumbs may be at the head of the pack, but I’ve scoured the city to find the other 10 best bakeries that will make you yelp “hallelujah!” and want to give me a hug next time your cupcake craving bites. (I accept thank-yous in the form of kitchenware and frequent flyer miles.) And if you’re worried your thighs will require their own zip code after heeding my advice, just remember: there are no calories on vacation.

Bruce’s Bakery
1045 First Ave.

Buttercup Bake Shop
973 Second Ave.
(for additional locations, see Web site)

248 Broome St.

Amy’s Bread
672 Ninth Ave.
(for additional locations, see Web site)

Tribeca Treats
94 Reade St.

Burgers & Cupcakes
265 W. 23rd St.

Cupcake Café
545 Ninth Ave.
(for additional locations, see Web site)

Billy’s Bakery
184 Ninth Ave.

Sugar Sweet Sunshine
126 Rivington St.

Joe Coffee
141 Waverley Pl.
(for additional locations, see Web site)

mfmcp1982 says:
my kind of blog! :D
Posted on: Nov 19, 2007
martinikitty13 says:
i like your philosophy regarding eating on vacation. :)
Posted on: Oct 16, 2007
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