Monday, 10 March 2014

5 New York loves - cupcakes

New York is the home of the cupcake, its the city most associated with the sweet confection and has over the last decade seen a real Cupcake war emerge. There now boasts over 100 cupcakearies across the city all professing to be the best.
My top 5 across the city are devised for a number of reasons, some because you just have to visit because its an integral part of New York, others because they are just delightful. So in no particular order:-
Magnolia - The original cupcake bakery of New York. The first site located in Bleecker Street in Greenwich Village is the most visited in the city, with Red Velvet being there best seller. Sex & the City catapulted this little bakery to stardom, with queues around the block at the height of its success. It oozes 50's vintage retro and offers you a slice of a decade gone by. Originally famed for their 'swirled' icing, something many people had not seen until Magnolia iced their first tray of cupcakes.
Here is a post from a previous visit, when their banana custard was sampled !... oh my!. With franchises now in Bloomingdales, Rockefeller centre, Upper west side you don't have to schlep across the city now just to sample one of their delights.... although if you want to live a magic Carrie moment then I suggest you should.. ( just around the corner in Perry Street is the brownstone house that was Carries apartment in the series)
Sprinkles - Originally from the west coast of California in LA.Sprinkles have slowly expanded over the USA in recent years. Last year they introduced the first cupcake ATM outside their original store in LA.They opened in NY about 3 years ago now and are sited just opposite Bloomingdales on Lexington Avenue.  I've visited twice now and have enjoyed my experience both times. Sprinkles is bright, colourful complementing their signature look of a sprinkle circle on each cupcake depicting its flavour. I have sampled both the salted caramel and the eggnog and both were delicious, frosting not too sweet, cake moist and flavoursome. With an accompanying doggie cupcake bar, its the perfect sweet treat for adults & pups!
Billy's Bakery - is a neighbour hood bakery originally sited in Chelsea on 9th avenue, now with sites in Tribeca and The Plaza foodhall. Billy's is a charming 50's style cupcakery with its signature yellow & pale green. When i visited Billy's it was a beautiful warm spring afternoon, perfect for sitting on their bench outside sipping iced coffee and eating a  gorgeous moist carrot cake. I really liked this bakery, its a much welcome detour if you are on route to the Highline and Meatpacking district. It also gives you a glimpse of NY living away from the tourist areas.
Sweet Revenge - is a fabulous little bar/eatery which does 2 fabulous things Cupcakes & Wine/Beer and matches the best flavours to each other. From breakfast to brunch, lunch to dinner it is a taste for the senses. Over the years I have sampled Eggnog on a cold winters day, to Red Velvet breakfast waffles and one of the best Red Velvet cupcakes I have tasted.The space may be small but the place is so cool you don't mind nearly sitting on the next tables lap!... This a little way of the beaten track on Carmine Street and nearest subway is Houston... definitely worth a visit.
Georgetown Cupcakes - originally from Washington DC and famed for its DC cupcakes programme. This cupcake parlour opened in SOHO about 18 months ago. I visited shortly after opening and loved it... I think the pink blinged kitchen aid as the cherry on the top for me!. The parlour is very pink & black. It had one of best Christmas flavours when I visited and as I was catching up with friends I bought a selection... all full of flavour, frosting not too sweet and delicious.The Candy cane and the Eggnog were my most favourite for the holiday season.
I hope that you have enjoyed my 5 fav cupcake treats in New York ..... please share yours, I look forward to reading all about them.... pop back in a fortnight for more NY loves.

1 comment:

Victoria Eales said...

Ah I remember mine and mum's trip to the Magnolia Bakery and Carrie's stoop for our SATC photography moments.

Victoria
FlorenceandMary.com

Monday, 10 March 2014

5 New York loves - cupcakes

New York is the home of the cupcake, its the city most associated with the sweet confection and has over the last decade seen a real Cupcake war emerge. There now boasts over 100 cupcakearies across the city all professing to be the best.
My top 5 across the city are devised for a number of reasons, some because you just have to visit because its an integral part of New York, others because they are just delightful. So in no particular order:-
Magnolia - The original cupcake bakery of New York. The first site located in Bleecker Street in Greenwich Village is the most visited in the city, with Red Velvet being there best seller. Sex & the City catapulted this little bakery to stardom, with queues around the block at the height of its success. It oozes 50's vintage retro and offers you a slice of a decade gone by. Originally famed for their 'swirled' icing, something many people had not seen until Magnolia iced their first tray of cupcakes.
Here is a post from a previous visit, when their banana custard was sampled !... oh my!. With franchises now in Bloomingdales, Rockefeller centre, Upper west side you don't have to schlep across the city now just to sample one of their delights.... although if you want to live a magic Carrie moment then I suggest you should.. ( just around the corner in Perry Street is the brownstone house that was Carries apartment in the series)
Sprinkles - Originally from the west coast of California in LA.Sprinkles have slowly expanded over the USA in recent years. Last year they introduced the first cupcake ATM outside their original store in LA.They opened in NY about 3 years ago now and are sited just opposite Bloomingdales on Lexington Avenue.  I've visited twice now and have enjoyed my experience both times. Sprinkles is bright, colourful complementing their signature look of a sprinkle circle on each cupcake depicting its flavour. I have sampled both the salted caramel and the eggnog and both were delicious, frosting not too sweet, cake moist and flavoursome. With an accompanying doggie cupcake bar, its the perfect sweet treat for adults & pups!
Billy's Bakery - is a neighbour hood bakery originally sited in Chelsea on 9th avenue, now with sites in Tribeca and The Plaza foodhall. Billy's is a charming 50's style cupcakery with its signature yellow & pale green. When i visited Billy's it was a beautiful warm spring afternoon, perfect for sitting on their bench outside sipping iced coffee and eating a  gorgeous moist carrot cake. I really liked this bakery, its a much welcome detour if you are on route to the Highline and Meatpacking district. It also gives you a glimpse of NY living away from the tourist areas.
Sweet Revenge - is a fabulous little bar/eatery which does 2 fabulous things Cupcakes & Wine/Beer and matches the best flavours to each other. From breakfast to brunch, lunch to dinner it is a taste for the senses. Over the years I have sampled Eggnog on a cold winters day, to Red Velvet breakfast waffles and one of the best Red Velvet cupcakes I have tasted.The space may be small but the place is so cool you don't mind nearly sitting on the next tables lap!... This a little way of the beaten track on Carmine Street and nearest subway is Houston... definitely worth a visit.
Georgetown Cupcakes - originally from Washington DC and famed for its DC cupcakes programme. This cupcake parlour opened in SOHO about 18 months ago. I visited shortly after opening and loved it... I think the pink blinged kitchen aid as the cherry on the top for me!. The parlour is very pink & black. It had one of best Christmas flavours when I visited and as I was catching up with friends I bought a selection... all full of flavour, frosting not too sweet and delicious.The Candy cane and the Eggnog were my most favourite for the holiday season.
I hope that you have enjoyed my 5 fav cupcake treats in New York ..... please share yours, I look forward to reading all about them.... pop back in a fortnight for more NY loves.

1 comment:

Victoria Eales said...

Ah I remember mine and mum's trip to the Magnolia Bakery and Carrie's stoop for our SATC photography moments.

Victoria
FlorenceandMary.com