It appears as if the cupcake trend is here to stay. Here are some of the best spots in the city for a sweet treat. This Valentine’s Day, try one of these nine sweet treats. – Camille DeMere
359 Van Brunt Street
Brooklyn, NY 11231
If you’re willing to make the trek to Red Hook, this Food Network-featured bakery will make sure that you’ll get your just desserts: try the sweet’n’salty cupcake to see what we mean. Homemade caramel and dark chocolate can’t be beat. Try out their seasonal specials too.
184 9th Avenue
New York, NY 10011
Declaring your cupcake affinity in the city may be more polarizing than wearing Greek letters at college, or picking a table in a high school lunchroom. Lovers of Billy’s, however, pledge their allegiance proudly. From the sugary pastel colors, to the grandma’s kitchen aroma, your cupcake experience is sure to be amazing. Snatch up a coconut cupcake if they have them, or go for classic chocolate or vanilla with cloud-like fluffs of buttercream icing.
East Villagers already know this spot for creamy and delicious sweet treats. Butter Lane calls itself “cupcakes for grownups.” The frosting is prepared two different ways, one being the traditional American style you know and love, the other a French style involving eggs that evokes merengue. Customize your cupcake – choose your own icing and make a pairing.
Red velvet cupcakes that are to die for. Rich, real cream cheese icing. Space is a little tight – there’s really only one table – so enjoy your taste of heaven on the go. For insider deals and giveaways, follow them on Twitter.
278 87th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11209
There’s something to be said for variety, and Ivy Bakery is saying it – in the form of cupcake flavors like ginger, pistachio with almond buttercream, and espresso ganache walnut. If you’re set on a specialty flavor, make sure it was made that day. If you want to try your hand at being America’s next top baker, they offer private classes on Sundays. Of course, you get to bring home all your creations… .
Sugar Sweet Sunshine
Aw, sugar, this is the spot. Lower East Side cupcake lovers flock to this flower power-themed hangout for adorable treats with names to match. Grab an Ooey Gooey (chocolate cake with chocolate almond buttercream) or a Lemon Yummy (lemon cake with lemon buttercream) or even the “Bob” (yellow cake with chocolate almond buttercream). We think the real standout is the most moist, dreamy pumpkin cupcake that will ever pass your lips.
Check this out: sugar coma-worthy treats plus a perfectly paired wine or beer. Sound like heaven? Sounds like Sweet Revenge. Their to die for, eponymous peanut butter and chocolate masterpiece is loaded with a chocolate ganache center. Revenge on your diet never tasted so sweet.
Tu-Lu’s Gluten-Free Bakery
338 East 11th St.
New York, NY 10003
Have the gluten-free blues? No worries – gone are the days of dealing with too-dense cakes for want of a wheat-free treat. Tu-Lu’s got the goods. Go for the classic here – vanilla cake and vanilla icing. You won’t be sorry.
Two Little Red Hens
There’s nothing little about these cupcakes – except maybe their price. For the standard price of a “cake without the commitment” in the city, you’ll get a huge treat. Red velvet, vanilla as sweet as a cloud and spicy pumpkin – you can’t go wrong.