Our 10 Best Cupcakes in NYC

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Lauren Shockey
Billy's Daisy is a flower of a cupcake.

You gotta feel sorry for the little cupcake. Overhyped by Sex and the City, then derided by food writers, they've become turds of the dessert world. True, cupcake conglomerates like Crumbs and even Magnolia Bakery aren't doing a lot for the single-serving confection (and everyone knows Magnolia is all about banana pudding, anyway). But that's not to say that you can't still find a good cupcake in this town. In fact, you can find 10 totally delicious frosting-topped desserts. Want to know where? Check out Our 10 Best Cupcakes in NYC.

10. Yellow Daisy from Billy's Bakery: Billy's, a mini-chain with branches in Chelsea, Tribeca, and Nolita, is home to one of our favorite vanilla-on-vanilla cupcakes. Its pale-yellow-colored frosting is sweet, for sure, but amply proportioned with the amount of cake. It leaves a creamy, buttery, vanilla feeling in your mouth, while the cake itself has a lovely crumb. 268 Elizabeth Street, 212-219-9956

9. Fleur de Sel from Sweet Revenge: The cupcakes at Sweet Revenge can be a little hit or miss. Sometimes the cake is too dry or there's way too much frosting. But when they get it right, it's really right. The Fleur de Sel flavor combines Argentine caramel cake with a caramel buttercream frosting for a dulce de leche-like dessert that's, yep, delish. 62 Carmine Street, 212-242-2240

8. Pistachio from Sugar Sweet Sunshine: Sugar Sweet Sunshine keeps the Lower East Side buzzy with its range of cupcakes, though we're partial to the pistachio version. While not overly nutty, it has a mild pistachio flavor and icing that's not too sweet. Occasionally they can be a tad dry, but it's still a lovely, unusual offering in the cupcake world. 126 Rivington Street, 212-995-1960

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andytd1981
andytd1981

This is a nice list, but to be scientific I would have picked a single flavor like chocolate or vanilla to compare at each bakery

Biggrrll
Biggrrll

I liked some on the list, you definetly have some winners. You should  do a piece on all the Cupcakers  that don't own a shop, those somewhat unknowns at the Farmers Markets/Street Fairs.  You will definetly find some great gems there that can stand up to the ones on this list. 

harriet
harriet

a great list indeed, but lacking in some choice selections from the often forgotten borough of queens (rich with culinary delights).

Gabybenincasa
Gabybenincasa

Thank you for this article. These are all great selections, however, there is one store that was unjustly left out off your list. Being a cupcake lover, I can personally attest that Brooklyn's Cake Joy (Fort Greene) is by far the best cupcake bakery in New York (probably in the US and probably the world, maybe the universe?). The variety, richness and creativity of the cupcakes (new flavors added daily), not to mention the friendliness of owner Kym Rodgers, make it a place not to be missed. I have no doubt that if you would have known about Cake Joy, your # 1 on the list would have changed. Thank you.  Gabriela. 

Oscarjaffe
Oscarjaffe

great, but you do know Manhattan exists above 10th street, don't you?

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