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Posted by Mrs B on 06/01/2007
I'm a Brit, so cupcakes are pretty new to me. I tried some places and was bitterly disappointed. So it took a while before I could be persuaded to try another cupcake. Actually, I was given a plain one by someone who'd just been and, although I'm a chocolate lover through-and-through, I ate it and was smitten! I've since been back for a chocolate one - well, OK, two chocolate ones - and I am now obsessed. Finally, I can see why the US loves cupcakes!
Posted by Anonymous on 04/19/2007
cupcakes smushcakes! forget them and free yourself from the great-nyc-cupcake debate. buy a slice of billy's carrot cake and remember why you wanted to try the place in the first place- sweet-buttercream-moist-cakey goodness!!!
Posted by Anonymous on 04/10/2007
This is probably the best bakery in Chelsea. Very sweetly decorated and charming, and also has places to sit. I tried several different cakes and the banana cake was the best. I don't recommend the Red Velvet, it didn't even have cream cheese icing. But the cheesecake was good, very rich, as well as the carrot cake which was tasty and moist. Good Magnolia alternative and the service was pretty good. It was quiet and cute... I highly recommend it.
Posted by Ula's Sense of Smell & Taste on 04/02/2007
Mmmh, at first the aroma made my mouth tinkle and salivate. I couldn't wait to try the cupcakes, that I've read so many good reviews about. As I bit into a rather small cupcake for $1.75, I first felt the immense amount of sugar in the vanilla, light green ( I guess for the season), frosting. Shouldn't it be blended to a smooth perfection? Yuk. Then as I plummeted through the sugar frost, I encountered the dry cake. Indeed an experience I wasn't expecting to say the least. It was definitely not worth the sin (of eating so much sugar), the money nor the trip to 9th Avenue. Your local deli might have a better & cheaper one, but not the sugary aroma of the bakery. I wish my sense of smell wasn't so sensitive.
Posted by cakefiend on 11/28/2006
Ice box cake is DEFINITELY the way to go. Forget the cupcakes!
Posted by Not worth the hype (for cupcakes) on 09/17/2006
I'd heard people go on and on and on about these cupcakes...so we finally went. While the place has obvious charm for being a bit of a 'country cafe' feel in the middle of Manhattan, I was not impressed for the basic reason I went: cupcakes. First off, there's 1.5 seats in the place, so come prepared to tussle a tourist for a seat or eat on-the-go. He had a lot of choices that looked great: cookies, cakes, brownies, etc. but since the cupcakes were suppsed to be the staple, we kept it simple and chose from the wide selection. All looked great...but again, we kept it simple: 1 basic vanilla, 1 basic chocolate. I mean, shouldn't the basic cupcake be amazing? So, for $1.75 per cupcake (remember, we got 2 different kinds), it was extremely dry (stale?) and honestly didn't have alot of flavor.Really dry..like from the first bite, look-at-each-other-in-disbelief dry. Unimpressed. When I hear the hype, I expect the thing to melt in my mouth, but we didn't even finish the 2nd one. Maybe we got a bad batch (but really, is that acceptable?), we tried to spread out our order and chose from 2 different flavors (i.e. batches)...but no such luck. The service was ok, but not overly friendly. About 13 guys behind the counter gabbing and helping no one in particular. Overall, not impressed. As usual, another novelty place in NYC not worth the hype. Maybe something else was the better choice, but when the hype surrounds these amazing cupcakes, go for the source, no? Sorry Billy, I've had better right out of the box.
Posted by foodie on 07/28/2006
Finally went, and it was soooo good. I tried a whole bunch of things, the highlight were the best peanut butter cookies i've ever had. The cupcakes, though a little too cakey, had the a really good chocolate frosting (way better than magnolia), though i kind of just wanted to lick it off the cake as opposed to eating it. The chocolate cheesecake (though I'm not a fan of cheesecake) was very good, I must say though, the red velvet cake (and they give you a HUGE slice - i recommend asking for half-slices, which are only $1.25) wasn't very good. No cream cheese icing, just plain almost tasteless frosting and heavy cake. Not bad, I ate quite a bit of it, but aside from its intensely color, it wasn't good. Overall, great bakery, awesome atmosphere (cutely decorated and not crowded) and good help. When i go back I have my eye on the carrot cream cheese cupcakes or those lemon bars . . .