When did cupcakes become so popular? You know what I mean. I’m referring to the fact that until the past several years, cupcakes were for children’s birthday parties and maybe baby showers. Today, there are bakeries that ONLY sell cupcakes, several TV shows dedicated to cupcakes, and many restaurants have the small sweet treats on their dessert menus regularly. Don’t get me wrong. I am thrilled. I love cupcakes and enjoy seeing creativity expressed through exotic flavor combinations.
Personally, I give some credit for the cupcake craze to Sex and the City. In one episode, Miranda and Carrie sit on a New York City street curb eating cupcakes from Magnolia Bakery. Watching the glamorous characters sink their teeth into the lovely thick pink frosting while discussing their love lives made many fans want to sample the cupcakes themselves. The official Sex and the City Tour in NYC highlights Magnolia Bakery as one of the stops. After graduating from college, my dad took me on my first trip to New York to celebrate. I am a huge Sex and the City fan and was ecstatic when he surprised me with tickets for the tour to see many of the locations made famous by the show. Cupcakes from Magnolia Bakery were included on the tour and it was love at first bite of buttercream!
Today, Magnolia Bakery has several locations. I have been to New York many times since that first visit and it is my favorite city to travel to. On many of my visits, Magnolia remains one of my favorite stops. Although the Bakery makes many types of desserts, such as whoopee pies, cookies and puddings, their chocolate and vanilla cupcakes with buttercream frosting are arguably their most coveted sweet treat. In my opinion, the cupcakes have the perfect cake:frosting ratio which is 2:1. The cake is light and moist and that combination with the creamy, velvety buttercream is pure bliss. So light and lovely in fact that one cupcake is never enough. Not only are the sweets scrumptious, but the bakeries themselves are delightful with pastel decor and a retro, yet elegant feel. They are what a sweet tooth’s dreams are made of.
My husband knows me so well. We got engaged in New York and then he took me for a cupcake breakfast at Magnolia Bakery on Bleecker Street the morning after his proposal. He always knows how to Satisfy My Sweet Tooth.
Magnolia cupcakes are iconic New York to me. Next time you are in the City That Never Sleeps, stop for a small treat. You will not be disappointed.