The Little Cupcake Bakeshop in NYC Is a Surprise Winner
We greeted the opening last fall of The Little Cupcake Bakeshop in NYC with, we think, justifiable skepticism. Not that we don't love baked goodies of all sorts–trust us, we do–including the unfairly maligned cupcake. It's just that, with its cartoony logo, and silly-food offerings (Fruity Pebbles Treats! Cookie Dough Cupcakes! etc.), and false-nostalgia decor, The Little Cupcake Bakeshop just all seemed a little TOO cute. And then last Saturday we finally put our preconceptions aside and finally actually ate there… and boy were we wrong. The Little Cupcake Bakeshop makes outstanding sweet treats, and the eponymous desserts are instant contenders–along with Butter Lane Cupcakes, Babycakes, and Sugar Sweet Sunshine–for best cupcakes in New York City.
The Little Cupcake Bakeshop is the Bay Ridge-based bakery's second location, and, apparently, the menu of goodies is pretty much the same. And a vast and varied menu it is. We tried three of the 15 or so cupcake flavors–a Southern Red Velvet, a Peanut Butter, and, just for fun, a French Toast–and were rewarded with three solid winners. The icing at The Little Cup Bakeshop in NYC is terrific, SO much better than, say, Magnolia, all fluffy and sweet and actually tasting of the promised flavor, rather than just being a color. The cake, too, was pretty perfect, wonderfully moist and airy. It's hard to believe we walked by this place for months without indulging in one of these four-bite beauties. Never again will we make THAT mistake.
The Little Cupcake Shop also bakes up plenty of other items, including lots of layer cakes, sold whole or by the slice, mini cheesecakes in a variety of flavors, crazy, crammed-with-stuff brownies and bars, all seemingly made with same sort of love that goes into the cupcakes. We really liked the Nutella Cheesecake with a somehow-chewy graham cracker crust, and even the ridiculous Lucky Charms Treat had a gooey, sugary appeal. On a damp Saturday afternoon The Little Cupcake Bakeshop was thick with packs of teenage girls and out-of-town shoppers taking a break from the boutiques of Nolita. And although they don't make a big thing of it, the Little Cupcake Bakeshop is committed to being an environmentally-conscious establishment, the store itself built with green or re-purposed materials, the packaging all biodegradable, the whole place 100% wind powered. Nicely done!
The Little Cupcake Bakeshop Details
The Little Cupcake Bakeshop in NYC is located on the corner of Prince and Mott Streets, and all of their goods are baked on-premises, from scratch. Little Cupcake opens at 7:30 a.m. during the week, at 8:00 a.m. on the weekend, and closes at 10:00 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and at 11:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. For more information and a complete menu, please see the Little Cupcake Bakeshop website.