Where To Go For Cupcakes in the Big Apple



On the 7th day, God said, “Let there be a perfect dessert.”  And BAM!  The cupcake was born.  With a moist base, perfect frosting-to-cake ratio, and mouthfuls of flavor packed into a pretty small package, a cupcake done right is, indeed, nothing short of heavenly.

We asked some of our favorite NYC bloggers, vloggers, and tour guides where their go-to bakery in NYC is for a cupcake, and were surprised to see the variety in answers!  Pleasantly surprised, I should add–because this just means more places to grab a perfect pick-me-up.


Call me a NYC traitor, but it has to be Georgetown! The batter and the icing are always so light and fresh, so they’re not too sickly or heavy. And they have a great selection — I always go for the salted caramel. -Lydia Warren from Today’s the Day I


Hands down, Molly’s Cupcakes in the Village. Hardly anyone can compete with the moistness that they achieve. -Nikki R. Thomas from Nikki In NYC

I’m a big fan of Molly’s in the village! -Jeff Dobbins from Walks of New York


Definitely Butterlane–fresh and seasonal ingredients make such a rich cupcake that’s never too sweet. The Elvis and the raspberry icing are our fave…! [email protected] fromNew York Urban Adventures


I have always been a fan of Crumbs…was disappointed when they closed, but glad they are still around. Love the basic vanilla with chocolate icing and sprinkles. it reminds me of the Duncan Hines boxed cakes with canned icing I ate growing up, but Crumbs is so much better! -Tracy Kaler from Tracy’s New York Life


My absolute favorite are from Sugar Sweet Sunshine.  The selling points? Big enough to be satisfying, but not so heavy you’d feel bad about having seconds. A swirl of frosting that is delicious but not fussy or overwhelming. And a reasonable price – it seems to have gone up to $2.25/cupcake when I last stopped in, but when you compare that to Georgetown’s $3, Magnolia’s $3.25 or $3.50, or Melissa’s $3 for three mini cupcakes, $2.25 is a steal.  -Sarah Evans from Noted In NYC



I really am a big fan of Baked By Melissa because (they are so small) you can eat a few different flavors at a time, they are so fun for parties too. -NYC, Style & a Little Cannoli


Prohibition Bakery! Small (boozy) cupcakes packed with a lot of flavor and love. -NYC Food and Travel

10552642_882029561840193_1366347872701336920_nDesigned in a vintage 40’s look in pale yellow and green decor, Billy’s Bakery is fresh and cozy at the same time. Try the banana cupcakes iced in a creamed-nutella. -NYC Urban Life

The best cupcake in NYC is the banana cupcake from Billy’s Bakery.  I fucking love banana cake anything! Billy’s makes all the the traditional, simple and delicious desserts that you wish your mother made you–cakes and pies and brownies oh my!  Their banana cupcake is a handful of fluffy goodness made with buttermilk (as it should be) and topped with cream cheese icing. If you’re more of a chocolate freak, you miiiight be able to catch their banana-nutella cupake–although I’ve only seen it a handful of times.

And, of course, the only thing better in NYC than a Billy’s banana cupcake is my own banana cupcake stuffed with banana pudding! -Russell Goldman from The Grumpy Gourmand


Magnolia Bakery on Bleecker is the only cupcake place for me! -Bobby DoTube

||Photo Credits: All photos are taken from the bakeries’ websites or Facebook pages.||

Jessica Tiare Bowen
Jessica Tiare Bowen lives in the juicy Big Apple with her adorable pink-nosed chihuahua, Gillman. He's the inspiration for her first published children's book, "Park Avenue Pound Puppy." The book is the combined result of her two greatest passions: pooches and penning stories.

Her passions include art, urban hikes through Manhattan, drinking coffee with 3 creams and 6 sugars, making extremely detailed itineraries and traveling to far away places, singing along to Broadway shows, Netflix movie nights, discovering incredible treasures at Goodwill and thrift stores, and listening to stories from little people under 7 and big people over 70.

She started her career as New York City Teaching Fellow, teaching elementary school and theater arts at a special education school in the South Bronx for 6 years. She is now a Special Education School Improvement Specialist working in public schools throughout New York City. She is the Editor-In-Chief of the online New York City travel magazine, Used York City. The magazine focuses on finding the best of New York...as used by New Yorkers. She is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, and an ASPCA Ambassador.
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