Since I am a big cupcake fan, it was my task to taste as many different cupcakes as possible in New York City. I still have two months to accomplish that task. However, I already have a nice list of my discoveries. I became really picky and very attentive to every detail of the cake and the cream. I sometimes almost feel like a Cupcake Wars judge (even if I obviously don’t have as much experience as they have). The one I am pickier about is the red velvet; I always taste this one first and then make my own top list.
The first cupcakes I’ve tasted in NYC. I used to consider them the best in the world. But it was two years ago. Unfortunately this is not the case anymore. This is why I said I became picky! They’re good. In my opinion, the best ones are the original ones: the vanilla cupcake and the chocolate cupcake. The cake is nice and fluffy. The cream is good at the beginning but after two bites it just becomes too sweet and hard to dig in another one. As for the red velvet, the cake is okay but the cream has almost no taste at all.
Baked by Melissa
Of course you all know those ones. They’re famous for their tiny size which makes them really cute, easy to eat, to share and give you the opportunity to taste more than one. Their buttercream is really creamy and tasty. The cookie dough and the Oreo ones are the best. Unfortunately the red velvet is not really one: the cream is a buttercream while a red velvet cupcake absolutely needs to be frosted with cream cheese frosting.
Now for the huge-sized cupcakes! Honestly, I can’t really give my definitive opinion for the moment as I was only able to taste one (the bad side of their sizes), the Devil’s food cupcake. The cake was nicely light and fluffly and not too sweet. The cream was good at the beginning but as there was cream on the top and inside, it quickly became too heavy and sweet. Gotta taste more anyway!
Yeah, Whole Foods’ cupcakes are on this list! Seriously, it was only red velvet cupcakes in a plastic box on sale, who would have think that they were freaking good?
Two Little Red Hens
Those are the cupcakes I’ve tasted very recently (this week). They have normal-sized cupcakes and small ones which let me tasted four different flavors: red velvet, banana, key lime and marble. The red velvet one is probably the second best one of NYC (after the one that is coming after). The cake is amazing, it is so soft and fluffy you could eat a load of it without feeling full. The cream cheese frosting was very good as well but is still not on the level of the best red velvet in town (It is coming). Unfortunately, there was too much cream in the key lime cupcakes (on the top and inside), or maybe it was because I took a small one. The banana one was good but not fantastic. BUT, the marble one is their BEST cupcakes for sure. I still cannot believe how good the two different buttercreams were.
Ok, best for last. Georgetown cupcakes are currently the best cupcakes of NYC for me. And I’ve already tasted five different of their cupcakes! (Key lime, red velvet, chocolate with cream cheese frosting, Oreo and double chocolate) Every of them were a piece of paradise. All the cakes were light, fluffy and tasty. As for the creams, they were all well-balanced, sweet enough but not too much and with a correct amount of cream on top of the cake. And here it is: NYC #1 red velvet cupcake! Incredibly light and tasty, I can’t wait to grab some more before I leave the USA.
On my list there is still Sprinkles Cupcakes that I absolutely have to taste!
What is your favorite cupcake? Do you have any shop to advise me?