These Are the Best Cupcakes in NYC

The cutest cupcake shops in NYC

These Are the Best Cupcakes in NYC

Personal-sized perfection is what cupcakes are all about.

Baked up fluffy and light, frosted with flair, and often filled with ooey gooey goodness, cupcakes make folks smile, and who could blame them? Whether you're two or 102, the thrill of cupcakes never goes away.

Thankfully, NYC is cupcake heaven, with plenty of shops to stop for your favorite bakery treat. And these five adorable cupcake shops are as sweet as they come.

Molly's Cupcakes


Named one of the 10 Best Cupcake Bakeries in the Country by USA Today, and winner of Food Network's Cupcake Wars,Molly's Cupcakes evidently serves up some of the most delicious cupcakes around.

The NYC location (there are others in Chicago and Iowa City) is baking up batch after batch of cupcake creativity, filled with flavor and fun.

Some noteworthy cupcake confections include their Cookies-N-Cream, which is chocolate cake, cookies-n-cream filling, vanilla buttercream, and cookie topping; the Samoa, a vanilla cake, caramel filling, buttercream, toasted coconut, chocolate and caramel drizzle, and shortbread cookie cupcake creation; and “The Ron Bennington,” made with chocolate cake, peanut butter filling, chocolate ganache, and crushed butterscotch topping. Vegan options are available, as are cookies, bars, pies, cheesecake, eclairs, cake pops, and brownies. A portion of Molly's Cupcakes proceeds goes towards donations to local schools, making every purchase even sweeter.

228 Bleeker Street, New York, NY

Sprinkles Cupcakes


With three booming locations in NYC, Sprinkles Cupcakes is sprinkling its sweetness all over the Big Apple. Their outrageous cupcakes are made in regular and mini sizes, satisfying a major sweet tooth or just to hold you over 'till suppertime.

Flavors chocolate marshmallow, lemon coconut, red velvet, peanut butter chip, Cuban coffee, cinnamon sugar, and vanilla milk chocolate are craved by cupcake-lovers, and since some flavors are offered as gluten-free, sugar-free, or vegan, nearly anyone can enjoy the Sprinkles experience. They even make “pupcakes” a treat for Fido with a yogurt frosting.

Ice cream and cookies are served up too, and their Cupcake ATM on Lexington Ave. “dispenses freshly-baked cupcakes and cookies 24/7.” Talk about instant gratification!

225 Liberty Street, New York, NY

2 Pennsylvania Plaza, New York, NY

780 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY

Georgetown Cupcake


Owned by sisters who have a flair for frosting, Georgetown Cupcake is a NYC hot spot… or better yet, sweet spot, for those who love cupcakes that are as pretty as they are pleasing to the palate. Along with the NYC location, there are five other Georgetown Cupcake shops across the U.S.

, so if you're not in Manhattan, indulge in L.A., Atlanta, Boston, D.C., or Bethesda, MD.

Go for their Vanilla Birthday, a Madagascar vanilla cupcake with vanilla buttercream frosting and sprinkles; the red velvet with a vanilla cream cheese frosting and a red fondant heart; or Sunshine on Chocolate, bright yellow vanilla frosting on top of a Valrhona chocolate cupcake topped with a seasonal decoration.

And that's only a taste of what Georgetown Cupcake is baking. Daily specials keep customers on their toes with limited offerings of carrot, salted caramel, mocha fudge, chocolate coconut, and lemon blossom cupcakes, to name a few.

Vegans and those who follow a gluten-free diet are in luck with flavors apple cinnamon and strawberry lava fudge. Attention to detail with exceptional decorating turns these edibles into works of art. But these are a case of “now you see 'em, now you don't” as they disappear into the eager mouths of Georgetown cupcake fans.

111 Mercer Street, New York, NY

Baked by Melissa


With 14 locations throughout the city, Baked by Melissa is giving New Yorkers a bite (literally) of pure bliss. Their bite-sized desserts are pop-in-your-mouth magic, made with creative culinary care. Each tiny treat is topped with just the right amount of sweet frosting, making each cute cupcake perfectly balanced.

But who could eat just one? Flavors include cookie dough, triple chocolate fudge, cannoli, mint cookie, sugar cookie, peanut butter and jelly, and a whole lot more. Along with Baked by Melissa's signature cupcakes, they also whip up mini cookies and macarons, with options for gluten-free and nut-free baked goods.

For a special gift, Baked by Melissa creates beautiful boxes, samplers, and subscriptions for that friend who is crazy for cupcakes.

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Magnolia Bakery


There are six Magnolia Bakery locations throughout the city, one in L.A. and another in Chicago, allowing lots of cupcake aficionados in on their delectable freshly baked goods.

Known for their super-moist cakes and generosity with frosting application, Magnolia's cupcakes are beloved by customers who are always eager to return time and time again.

German chocolate, red velvet, carrot, caramel, devil's food, truffle, and pistachio are all favorites, proving that simplicity is indeed, scrumptious.

Crowds come for the cupcakes, but don't pass on Magnolia's morning muffins and scones, layer cakes, cheesecakes, pies, cookies, brownies, and their “Famous Banana Pudding.” Since 1996, Magnolia has been a NYC gem, and with the bakery's ongoing popularity, expect to see a Magnolia near you for years to come.

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Oh, what goodness you'll gobble. NYC must stand for New York Cupcakes!


The Best Cupcakes in New York City

These Are the Best Cupcakes in NYC
The Best Cupcakes in New York City

[Photographs: Robyn Lee]

We know, we know—it's been years since cupcakes first hit New York. And Serious Eats hasn't been the sort of blog to breathlessly cover every new cupcakery in the city. But at some point we realized that when asked where to find the best cupcakes in New York City, we didn't have an answer. And that just wouldn't do.

So I took the initiative to track down New York's best. But to be honest, I didn't quite know what I was getting myself into. And I soon found myself in charge of arguably the most epic cupcake taste test ever attempted.

The Criteria

So what were we looking for, exactly? Well, a good cupcake, in our minds, has to first and foremost have a great texture—this means a moist cake base with a tender crumb that doesn't get too sticky in the mouth. And the frosting must be smooth and fluffy, but not overly buttery, grainy, or airy.

As for the flavor, neither base nor frosting should be too sweet, lest they earn the unfortunate designation of “Sugar Bomb.” And the cupcake needs to taste it reads—if a cupcake's called Devil's Food, then it better be mighty chocolatey.

These, and other factors, were at the forefront of our mind during the final tasting.

Almost fifty bakeries, after the jump.

The First Round

Of course, if we were going to do this thing, we were going to do it right. And that meant tasting at least one cupcake from every reputable producer we could find.

For our first cupcake go-through, we asked trusted sources, scoured Talk threads, did ample Googling, and even picked up a few cupcakes that we just happened to run into in our daily routines.

Overall, we tried 60 cupcakes from 47 bakeries over the course of a few weeks. Here's the full list of bakeries we tried, in no particular order*:

CrumbsMagnolia CaféSugar Sweet SunshineButtercup Bake ShopBilly's BakeryBabycakes (vegan)Tonnie's MinisButter Lane CupcakesCupcake CaféSweet RevengeBaked NYCTwo Little Red HensOne Girl CookiesDessert Club, ChikaliciousBaked by Melissa Burgers & CupcakesTribeca TreatsCocoa V (vegan)Tully's Gluten-Free Bakery KyotofuAmy's BreadSpotTrois PommesVillage TartDuane Park PatisserieSarabeth'sOro BakeryCitarella Cupcake StopStreet SweetsKumquat CupcakeryRobecelli'sPinisiOnce Upon a TartEleni'sRuthy's BakeryAlice's Tea CupSoutineWhole FoodsB CaféSweet MelissaMake My CakeBig Booty Bread Co.Ciao for NowBlue Dog Cafétbsp

*In case you were wondering, I kept a pretty sweet Excel spreadsheet of all the bakeries, flavors tried, cost per cupcake, and tasting notes. Nerdy? Perhaps. Deliciously informative? Certainly.

From this daunting number of snack-sized cakes, we had to narrow down the options. So we chose our top 12 bakeries, whose cupcakes best represented the high quality we were looking for. Here's the list:

Buttercup Bake ShopSweet Revenge Robicelli'sSugar Sweet SunshineTribeca TreatsTonnie's MinisAmy's BreadKumquat CupcakerySpotChickalicious Dessert BarTwo Little Red HensBaked

Check out our thoughts on the Top 12 »

The Categories

For our final taste test, we chose four flavors from each of the top 12 bakeries—one vanilla with vanilla frosting and one chocolate with chocolate frosting (if available), and then two recommended or particularly interesting specialty flavors from the rest of the bakery's selection. Then, six or seven “lucky” tasters gathered around the conference table, before a seemingly vast ocean of sugar and negative health consequences, to determine the best of these 48 cupcakes.

For every bakery, the tasters rated each cupcake on a scale of 1 to 10 (1 being repulsive; 10 being revelatory); at the end, we all selected our favorite chocolate cupcake, vanilla cupcake, red velvet cupcake, individual cupcake, and overall bakery. While there was some serious debate in the office post-tasting, inflamed by intense sugar highs, we did come to something of a consensus.

Best Cupcake Shop

This category was a seriously close call. Our top three bakeries received high praise for all their cupcake offerings, leaving the final decision almost a toss-up. But Baked stood out among all the contenders for their consistently moist cake, good cake-to-frosting ratio, and interesting flavors that highlighted the title ingredient.

The lemon drop cupcake was one of the overall favorites of the tasting, with bright flavors that reminded us of summer citrus and not jarred lemon curd.

The vanilla cupcake was a big pick for best of its category; it “tasted vanilla,” rather than just a neutral flavor, and had a light, fluffy texture.

Though its somewhat inconvenient location in Red Hook, Brooklyn, makes these cupcakes tough to reach for some, the tasty treats at the end of your long trek will be well worth the effort. I promise.

Check out the bakery-by-bakery breakdown, our favorite chocolate, vanilla, and red velvet cupcakes, and our favorite cupcakes in New York City »

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The best cupcakes of NYC!

These Are the Best Cupcakes in NYC

Forget about Magnolia Bakery. Wait a minute, no…don’t forget about it, but  broaden your horizons and drool all over these other cupcake options that are just as good as   New York’s most famous cupcakes. They have unique flavors even for those who say they do not cupcakes, will feel trying.

Seriously, there’s even a whiskey cupcake on this list !! Here’s a list I personally made for you guys to try it, it’s totally worth it! Check it out!To follow more of my life here and get tips in real time, follow me on instagram (@marthasachser or @blognyandabout) and of course, on too, clicking HERE!

To follow my adventures and for more NYC tips make sure to follow me on instagram @marthasachser and @blognyandabout!

Molly’s Cupcakes

Molly’s Cupcakes! Besides all the traditional flavors, you can mix your toppings and create your ideal cupcake! And there are options for mouth-watering stuffed cupcakes this one in the picture! People’s favorite one is the Red Velvet, you can bet on it and I’m sure you will it. (you won’t get it wrong!) Something very nice and important mentioning is that the company supports local community schools, reverting part of the sale to the cause. So you can eat and do a good deed at the same time! The bakery is in the West Village at 228 Bleecker Street.

Buttercup Bake Shop

Believe it or not I was flabbergasted when I heard that the famous Buttercup Bake Shop was founded by no one else other than the creator of Magnolia Bakery! Yes, Jennifer Appel opened Magnolia Bakery in the West Village in 1996 and then ventured out on her own, opening the Buttercup Bake Shop in 1999. And all the goodies they have it there are a delight! The store takes orders for events as well and  you can order it online. To try all the cupcake variations and other menu scrumptious goodies in person, there are 4 addresses, click HERE to see them all!

By Chloe

The vegan fast food chain has proven to be here to stay and is increasingly opening new addresses across New York! At West Village you will find By Chloe Sweets, specializing in assorted sweets, cupcakes and a few other classics are in every By Chloe store. The tiramisu cupcake is the most famous one and my favorite and it costs $ 3.75! My favorite store is the one in the West Village and is at 185 Bleecker St, New York, NY. See all the other addresses HERE! Photo: By Chloe

Butter Lane Bakery

Most of the options above are places that offer cupcakes but also other things on the menu.

This one is dedicated exclusively to cupcakes! In addition to all the amazing different flavors, Butter Lane also offers classes (cupcake 101!) and lively private parties! The most requested flavors are the banana one with cream cheese frosting and chocolate with coconut frosting. Butter Lane is in the East Village, 123 E 7th St, New York, NY. Photo: Butter Lane Bakery


Sprinkles continues to grow with 2 more addresses in New York and they also have gluten free, sugar free and vegan options! Cupcakes cost between $ 4-5. See all the addresses HERE and see the menu HERE! Photo: Sprinkles Cupcakes

Billy’s Bakery

The two friends Marc and Wayne joined in 2003 and are the owners of this incredible store, which is already one of New York’s classics and favorites.

Billy’s Bakery serves pies, cakes, cookies and of course cupcakes! And these treats are produced daily and can be enjoyed at any of their three Manhattan stores: Chelsea, Tribeca or inside the Plaza Hotel. Cupcakes cost an average of $ 4.

Yellow Daisy Cupcake is one of everybody’s favorite, click on the menu to see more flavors! To visit one of the stores, just click HERE! Photo: Billy’s Bakery

Georgetown Cupcake

Since 2008 the two Kallinis sisters  have gained fame participating in Cupcake Cam LIVE and DC Cupcakes.

They have opened their first Georgetown Cupcake store and the success has been so great that today they are already in Boston, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Bethesda and of course, New York! In New York the store is located at 111 Mercer St, New York, NY Visit the official website HERE! Photo: Georgetown Cupcake

Two Little Red Hens

A local favorite, Two Little Red Hens also offers other goodies cakes, cheesecakes and pies! I talked about them and other delights that are not to be missed in New York in my New York guide! And Two Little Red Hens is located at 1652 2nd Ave, New York, NY. Photo: Two Little Red Hens

Prohibition Bakery!– apenas online

The cupcakes contain alcohol! Yes, Leslie and Brooke have joined their chef and barista talents and are responsible for creating Prohibition Bakery’s boozy ‘cupcakery’ in New York!

The cupcakes’ names are super creative and the flavors very unique! A great option for a gift! A dozen mini cupcakes cost $ 24. Sorry, people under 21 cannot buy. Prohibition Bakery has closed their storefront and now only makes online deliveries. They are closed for orders on Mondays! See the full menu HERE! Photo: Prohibition Bakery

Bakes by Melissa

Sim, são mini cupcakes e eles estão por várias partes da cidade, veja todos os endereços  AQUI! Recentemente eles incluíram sabores sem glúten, veganos e tem opções livres de castanhas no menu. O mais legal deles é que são perfeitos para levar para um evento ou festa infantil! Foto: Baked By Melissa

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