Monday, August 31, 2009

My first New York City cupcake review

I wish I could say that I personally reviewed a New York City cupcakery, but unfortunately I have never been to New York. I imagine that there are cupcake shops on every corner, with hundreds of different flavors to choose from! I'm sure I would have my pick of cupcakes that cater to my specific cupcake needs. I can dream, can't I?

My family (dad, mom, two brothers, and one of my sisters) recently returned from a trip to Washington, DC and New York City, and visited a few cupcakeries for me. My littlest sister Holly did this whole review herself. She took the pictures with her own camera and gave me a detailed description of her visit. You can thank her for my first New York City cupcake review!

Holly visited Cupcake Cafe on 9th Avenue in New York City. Cupcake Cafe has two locations, one on 9th Avenue and one on 18th Street.

When I asked about the store she said,
"...the store was in a great spot, the store was cool, and the cupcakes looked REALLY cool."

I have to agree with her. I love the color spread of these cupcakes. And check out the detailed flowers that adorn the tops of the cupcakes.

"The store didn't have a great selection of flavors. They had vanilla cake vanilla frosting, chocolate cake chocolate frosting, vanilla cake chocolate frosting, chocolate cake vanilla frosting."
Holly is right. How could a cupcakery have so few flavors. And they only had combinations of chocolate and vanilla? My taste palate is much more diverse than that. Their website states that they actually have six flavors. The other two flavors are chocolate cake mocha frosting and walnut cake maple frosting.

When I asked about the most important part, how they tasted, Holly said,
"They weren't very good at all. They were prettier than they tasted."
The cupcakes that Holly purchased were $2.50 each. The large cupcakes sell for $3.50 each.

So there you have it. My first New York City cupcakery review isn't a good one. Bummer. I checked with Yelp and found that Holly's review is pretty accurate. I assumed that all cupcakes in New York City would have to be good since there is so much competition. I guess everyone has their own likes and dislikes.

Cupcake Cafe
545 9th Avenue
New York City, NY 10018


Joni said...

I agree with this review!

... said...

Ooh, Cupcake Cafe sounds cool.

I have to tell you I love your blog. I wrote about cupcakes I tried in New York. Billy's Bakery and Crumbs. Mmm!

Check out my blog. I like to cover fashion, food, and fun! :)

Becky @ Project Domestication said...

i agree 100% with holly.

i didn't have the best experience at Cupcake Cafe. Yes they are pretty but i didn't think they were impressive at all.

if i had to recommend one to try if you go it's the walnut maple.

i also didn't like the customer service i received and it was killer hot in there...not the best environment to eat a cupcake.

with all that said, i wish i could decorate like they can.

here's a short post on my thoughts:

Kage said...

I think these are the PRETTIEST cupcakes in NYC. The last baby shower I gave, these cupcakes were the food.

I recommend the 18th st. locale because it is part of the AMAZINg bookstore: Books of Wonder.

Anonymous said...

I would like to eat cup cakes. I use to often hang out a Kosher Bakery in New York. They really prepare the items in a very good manner. yummy and tasty.

Angee84 said...

There are so many other places in NY I would go to before I go to this place. Among the best at Sugar Sweet Sunshine Bakery, Buttercup Bakery (yum!), and yes even Magnolia. Crumbs cupcakes are bit too dry for me. I don't like their texture at all.

Cupcake Activist said...

Angee- You must be a mind reader. Stay tuned...I have reviews for Sugar Sweet Sunshine Bakery and BabycakesNYC coming up!!


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