Published on April 18th, 2011 | by Charu Suri30
Photos & Sweet Company: New York City Cupcake Crawl (Cupcake Cafe, Amy’s Bread, Kyotofu, Magnolia Bakery)
New York City is full of cupcake surprise, some almost on every corner. During our epic cupcake crawl with blogger buddies, Aaron and Norbert, we decided to put some of the more famous ones to the test.
Our adventure began at the famed Cupcake Cafe on 41st Street and 9th Avenue. Cupcake Cafe ‘s wares are works of art: buttery blossoms that sprout flowers of every shade on moist cakes that run the gamut from vanilla to maple. One part eye candy, and the other part a confectioner’s museum piece.
We tasted them in record time until there was nothing left except the buttery wrappers.
Then we went uptown for a few blocks to Amy’s Bread, a sliver of a store and already a legend in New York. The current cupcake specials were of the Easter variety.
Above, the crew and I. We mean business. From left to right in the picture above: Norbert, Matthew Minucci (aka “hubby” & “photog”), Aaron.
The magic of natural food coloring played a leading role in these cupcakes. But don’t be fooled: they were easily the best we tasted during the crawl. The cake itself was moist but not too buttery, and the frosting was perfect — not too sweet.
The spring interlude of cherry blossom, lit the few 9th Avenue blocks we walked, making Monets of corners.
Our next stop, Kyotofu, is another sliver of a place (aren’t most stores in New York City?) located on 9th Avenue between 49th and 48th. A Japanese dessert place that serves vegan and green tea cupcakes and soy ice cream, this is a must visit for all dessert lovers. New York Magazine voted it home of the “Best Cupcake” and we agree that its healthy and light treats leave you sated without feeling heavy.
The decor gets an A+ rating. It’s sparkling clean, and very feng shui. A lot of detail went into making this shop pristine, perfect and calm.
Above: chocolate & matcha green tea cupcakes from Kyotofu. The shop also serves sake, shochu, beer and wine.
Then we headed to Magnolia Bakery near Rockefeller Center, famous for its cameo appearance in Sex and the City. The store entertains visitors with its visually appealing treats in many flavors, from pumpkin, pistachio, red velvet and vanilla buttercream. On our way there, the rain started to pour buckets. But the line to Magnolia was out the door! We actually had to stand outslde for about five minutes with our drugstore umbrellas, bravely trying to survive the storm. We were also delighted to finally meet Lisa from ChickyBus at Magnolia. Blogger reunions are fun!
Below, the illustrious women and men of Magnolia Bakery, trying to keep calm despite the overwhelming demand for baked goods.
Our first blogger cupcake crawl was a triumphant success and ended on a sugar high and a positive note. We tasted several masterpieces, and soon I felt like Michael in “The Office” when he crashes on his birthday from a sugar high. Every place we visited was so well worth the stop, and made us realize how fortunate we are living in the Big Apple. Only New York could offer so many cupcake stores within a few square miles.
Feeling like you missed out? If you’re in the area and want to join in on our next crawl, leave a comment below. Spread the sugar love!