A Cupcake Tour of New York City

Monday, October 21, 2013 26 0

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This is the last, and most mouth watering, batch of photos that I have left to share from my trip to New York City last month.  At first we thought it was a good thing that both Gaby and I loved cupcakes, until we quickly realized that neither of us has any will power when it comes to resisting these little bites of heaven.  In only 4 days, between the two of us, Gaby and I consumed a total of 13 cupcakes!  Some were better than others, but all were tasty.  Here’s a little recap of our New York City cupcake adventure.









Hands down my favorite cupcake of the bunch was from Georgetown Cupcake.  I ordered the Chocolate Banana cupcake, which I might dare say was maybe the best cupcake I’ve ever eaten.  The cake was extra moist, the icing was super creamy and the cake-to-icing ratio was just perfect.  Plus, the store was absolutely adorable, and I loved how they displayed their cupcakes.  If you only have the time (or willpower) to visit one cupcake spot in New York City, I highly recommend Georgetown Cupcake.





Unfortunately, I don’t have any photos from our experience at Billy’s Bakery, but I can tell you that it came in at a very close 2nd, right behind Georgetown Cupcake, for my favorite cupcake spot in New York City.  Gaby and I both had a late night craving for cupcakes (surprise, surprise) and we were thrilled when we discovered that Billy’s Bakery was open until 11pm.  I ordered the Carrot cupcake and the Red Velvet, and both were Delicious with a capital D!  The more icing the better in my opinion, and Billy’s definitely goes heavy on the icing.  Another cupcake I highly recommend!









Magnolia Bakery is a must visit in NYC, but I have a slightly mixed review of my experience there.  We actually ate at Magnolia twice during our trip and went to 2 different locations.  Their spot in the West Village felt run down and neglected since the last time I had visited.  We were a little disappointed with presentation of the cupcakes in the store and the selection of flavors.  The cupcakes were tucked in the corner of the display and you actually had to contort your body around a big pillar to see some of the flavors.  I ordered the Hummingbird which was banana, pineapple and pecan cake topped with sweet cream cheese icing and toasted pecans.  Let me tell you, the cupcake definitely didn’t disappoint.  It was delicious.


Our 2nd visit to Magnolia was to the location north of Midtown, in the Bloomingdales.  This store was much prettier and well kept.  I ordered the Carrot cupcake, which of course, was delicious.  It’s not my favorite in the City, but I still definitely recommend Magnolia Bakery.







Baked by Melissa definitely wins the award for cutest concept.  They only serve mini cupcakes, and the Soho location we visited was just a pick up window on the street.  A fun idea, with even more fun flavors.  I ordered the Cookie dough, the Cream Cheese and Jelly (the flavor of the month) and the Chocolate Chip Pancake.  The flavors were spot on, and delicious, however the cupcakes themselves were much too sweet for my liking.  If you love extra sweet and sugary cupcakes, then you’ll love these, but I prefer something a little less sugary.  Tasty, but too sweet for me.





Unfortunately, we didn’t get to try the cupcakes from the Little Cupcake Bakeshop, but we couldn’t resist taking a photo of their adorable sign!  Maybe next time.


I’d love to know where your favorite cupcake spots are in New York City, or even in your own City where you live.  I love to travel, and if I’m ever in your hometown, then I’d definitely love to know which cupcakes are the best-of-the-best!




  • Alyssa
    October 21, 2013

    I love that you did this–I’ve wanted to do a cupcake tour of NYC since I moved here, I just haven’t gotten around to it yet!

  • Ania
    October 21, 2013

    so cute <3

  • Gaby
    October 21, 2013

    Oh my, and I honestly don’t feel like we were on a sugar rush! But 13?? really?? shhhhhhh 😉

  • Kamola
    October 21, 2013

    Perfect post for a Monday morning… wish there was a cupcake shop by my office so I could grab one during my lunch break!! I love Georgetown Cupcakes as well (I live in DC so this is the original location) but haven’t tried any of the others. They look delish though!


  • Keit
    October 21, 2013

    I’m hungry now!

  • Alice
    October 21, 2013

    Love this post! A girl can never have too many cupcakes 🙂


  • Sara Strauss
    October 21, 2013

    This is amazing! I’ve been to Baked by Melissa, but now I want to go to the others!
    Sincerely, Sara

  • RoselyC
    October 21, 2013

    All the cupcakes look so yummy. I would probably have eaten more than you did 🙂

  • Sunyoung
    October 21, 2013

    I definitely love Sweet Revenge in the West Village. I also thought Molly’s Cupcakes was okay. I love Magnolia Bakery for their frosting only, the cupcake is just alright. Their banana pudding is soo good though! I’ve tried Georgetown Cupcakes several times (mostly due to the limited free cupcakes they serve daily) but not my favorite. Baked by Melissa is cute but I feel cheated out of my money due to the one-bite size.
    If you’re ever in the LA area, Sprinkles seems to be popular. I’ve tried the ice cream sundae version, and while I liked it, I thought the cupcake to be too sweet for my liking.
    Perhaps I’ll try Little Cupcake Bakeshop in the near future.

  • Miranda
    October 21, 2013

    OMG…the chocolate banana cupcake sounds to die for! And if you’re ever in Houston, I will take you on a cupcake tour! 😉

  • Kiwifashionblog
    October 21, 2013

    Love it how you use cupcakes to explore the city!

  • Nikki
    October 21, 2013

    Wow, I am seriously impressed with your cupcake tour! What a fabulous idea. The only place in NY I’ve been is Magnolia and it was amazing! I am adding cupcake tour to my list of things to do on my next trip to NYC.


  • Meredith
    October 21, 2013

    I love that you guys at 13 cupcakes!! Cupcakes are my favorite…thanks for sharing your reviews and delicious photos Jenny!

  • Jacqueline
    October 21, 2013

    Oh how cute!I need to do this for SF. I’m sure I’d gain an easy 5lbs though..haha oh well it would all be worth it!


  • ash
    October 21, 2013

    Sounds like a toothache! lol. I love the sounds of the red velvet cup cake-yum!

  • Ileana
    October 21, 2013

    mmm!!! So yummy… but there is a picture that made me really sad… as a few years ago, I did the huge line at Magnolia’s … and sit down just like you did, to enjoy my beautiful cupcake… when suddenly… it fell, but wait ! I thought, it did not touch the floor…. and that’s when it rolled out of the box 🙁 buuu…. Love the melissa ones! Impossible to drop 😀



  • Rachel
    October 21, 2013

    Gee thanks, I’m drooling now! 😛

  • respect the shoes
    October 21, 2013

    Aw, what a fun thing to review! I only had Sprinkles last time I was in NYC – and honestly was a bit disappointed at them. Lovely to look at – meh on the taste!

  • Alisia
    October 21, 2013

    I don’t even know where to being! This post is adorable from the pictures to the cupcakes and everything in between. One of my favorite posts all day!

  • fleurani
    October 22, 2013

    I am dooling on my Keyboard right now Jenny, hahaha. What a fun tour every cupcake Lover should do.

    PS: Do you remember sending me your pic for Elena please, not sure you received my mail?


  • iesha
    October 22, 2013

    i LOVE cupcakes so whenever i make it to nyc, i’ll have to go by these places!


  • Luci {Luci's Morsels
    October 22, 2013

    The trials and tribulations of taste-testing for blog posts (and happiness)!! I love this cupcake review. I’ve heard so much about Georgetown Cupcakes, I have to try them. I just moved to LA, so I’ll have to try the one down here VERY soon!!

    Luci’s Morsels – fashion. food. frivolity.

  • Ree
    October 22, 2013

    Great post!
    I tried Magnolia Bakery when I was in NYC and I was slightly disappointed. The cupcake itself was delicious, but the store was so packed that we were rushed to make our order.

    Have you tried ‘Prairie Girl Bakery’ in Toronto? They’ve got a few locations downtown and in Yorkville. They’ve got amazing cupcakes!

  • Jessica
    October 22, 2013

    So many cupcakes! They look amazing!
    Jeans and a Teacup

  • Jackie
    October 22, 2013

    OMG. Those cupcakes all looked so delicious! I feel like I can practically smell them by looking at your photos. So much fun 🙂

    xoxo Jackie

  • Victoria | Haute
    October 23, 2013

    This is such an adorable roundup of cupcake shops in NYC! …now I have a craving…