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Top 10 Cupcake Spots in NYC

Lara Dreux | November 23, 2020 | Food & Drink


Cakes are wonderful to share, but tiny versions of things are always cuter, and what's more delightful than a little compact cake packed with buttery sweetness all for yourself? There's nothing to feel guilty about as you bite into a cupcake's soft icing swirls, and because it's so delectably small, the treat is always justified.

New york City is overflowing with "foodie" crazes, but the cupcake is a fundamental pastry not to be forgotten. Enjoy it on the go, at a park, or sitting in a cafe with a warm cup of tea.

To aid your quest for the sugary best, we've compiled a list of the city's top-tier cupcake bakers. No doubt you'll find a new favorite, and they're all so sweet, you've got to give them each a try. From iconic bakeries renown the world over to up-and-coming spots you'll want to keep a secret, these are the best cupcake houses in all of NYC.

See also: Top 12 Cookie Spots in NYC

Magnolia Bakery

401 Bleecker St. / Website

Offering American baked goods for nearly three decades, this Bleeker Street institution was made famous on an episode of '90s sitcom Sex and the City. Every sweet-toothed connaiseur knows this spot is quintessencial in the realm of small pastries. Try its top-ranked banana pudding cupcake, a light vanilla cake replete with banana curd and coated with banana cream and a single crunchy vanilla wafer.

INSIDER TIP: Order their special cupcake ahead of time. This irresistible item is high in demand and often runs out!


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377 Onderdonk Ave. / Website

This lesser-known gem, hidden away in Ridgewood, is a go-to for those who know. Boasting many delectable classics, this bakery's most popular creation is the coconut cream cupcake. After one try, you'll find yourself coming back again and again for this perfectly-moist vanilla cake generously coated in vanilla frosting and a crunchy coat of cocunut flakes.

INSIDER TIP: This bakery is all about creativity and lets their adventurous customers create their own concoctions.

Baked by Melissa

63 Spring St. / Website

Why stop at one cupcake when you can have five? Splurge on this bakery's famous bite-sized creations. They're so delicatly ornate and colorful, you can't stop at just one. These tiny, scrumptious cupcakes come in boxes so you can best savor all the flavors, including triple chocolate fudge, caramel apple pie and plenty more.

Amy's Bread

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672 9th Ave. / Website

This small patisserie's aromatic scent of warm, freshly baked goods will draw you in. It's intimate and cozy, and they prepare all kinds of seasonal pastries daily. Indulge in their famously-exquite Devil's food cupcake, a chocolate-based cake piped with extra-chocolately frosting and colorful sprinkles that will trigger childhood nostalgia.

Georgetown Cupcake

111 Mercer St. / Website

Venture down to New York's hip Soho neighborhood for these sweet Washington-imported treats. Their graceful little cupcakes look like they belong in a doll house. Take a bite of their minimalist and elegant signature red velvet cupcake: a gorgeous red velvet cake covered with a frosting of not-too-sweet cream cheese frosting.

See also: Top 5 Donut Shops in NYC


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359 Van Brunt St. / Website

Led by full-time dessert lovers and entrepreneurs Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito, this Brooklyn-based cupcake hub is a newborn star in the dessert realm. Their unique cupcakes have wowed customers since 2005. Treat yourself to their outstanding sweet 'n salty cupcake, a combination of fluffly chocolate sponge and light, creamy chocolate frosting sprinkled with complementary sea salt.

Two Little Red Hens

1652 2nd Ave. / Website

Chocolate addicts, unite. This cupcake spot knows there is no such thing as a cocoa overdose. Indulge in a heavenly Brooklyn Blackout cupcake; a dense masterpiece that celebrates chocolate with fudgy cake coated in lavish swirls of chocolate frosting and extra chocolate crumbles.

Butter Lane

123 E 7th St. / Website

For the more refined palates out there, Butter Lane's gourmet cupcakes have what it takes to captivate. These enticing little delicacies distinguish themselves with top-tier creaminess and fruity combinations. Their wide array of flavours include divine banana cupcake paired with smooth caramel frosting.

Molly's Cupcakes

228 Bleecker St. / Website

Featured in the list of the country's 10 best cupcake bakeries by USA Today, Molly's Cupcakes are a must try for all cake lovers. These cupcakes follow their own rules. Take the frosting-free crème brulée cupcake; a delicate vanilla cake filled with delectably-burnt caramel custard capped in a crispy sugar glaze and fresh wild berries.

Buttercup Bake Shop

61 E. 8th St. / Website

This adorably old-fashioned bakery is a smaller branch of Magnolia Bakery's founders. Matching the ambiance, many of Buttercup's creations are variations of classics, but some stand out as more contemporary. Grab a salted caramel cupcake that combines a dulce de leche base with caramel buttercream and pungent sea salt flakes.

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