New York City is inundated with some of the country’s best bakeries. Our favorite ones in the world, like Little Cupcake Bakeshop and Baked, were both founded in the heart of Brooklyn. And Manhattan is home to Magnolia, the bakery that sparked a cupcake phenomenon when it made a cameo in Sex and the City. We’re glad this phenomenon has proven itself to be more than just a passing trend.
Top New York City bakeries and dedicated cupcake shops are still whipping up the conveniently sized dessert in creative flavors like peanut butter banana fudge and butterscotch waffle cone at Georgetown Cupcake. So if you have a sweet tooth and happen to be in the city that never sleeps, keep scrolling for some of the best cupcakes in NYC. Ahead, read about our eight favorite cupcakes in NYC, including an iconic red velvet at Sprinkles and a banana-based cupcake with cream cheese frosting available daily at Butter Lane.
Little Cupcake Bakeshop
If you love peanut butter and jelly, try co-founder Salvatore Lo Buglio’s favorite PB&J cupcake, which is a peanut butter cake filled with grape jam, frosted with cream cheese peanut butter icing, and topped with grape jam drizzle. Also not to be missed at Little Cupcake Bakeshop are the vegan-gluten free chocolate cupcake made with cocoa, almond milk, soy butter, and gluten-free flour and the Brooklyn Blackout cupcake (Food & Wine agrees it’s one of the best chocolate cakes and cupcakes in the nation). Get your fix at Little Cupcake Bakeshop's three locations.
30 Prince St., New York
9102 Third Ave., Brooklyn
598 Vanderbilt Ave., Brooklyn
This East Village cupcake bakery and café also offers classes, where they'll teach you how to make three cupcake recipes. Butter Lane uses all natural ingredients and bakes fresh every day. Try one of the signature flavors: Vanilla, chocolate, or banana.
123 E. Seventh St., New York
Amy’s Bread has multiple locations throughout the city, including cafés in Hell’s Kitchen, at Chelsea Market, as well as a kiosk at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts. Here, picture cupcake versions of the bakery’s old-fashioned layer cakes. Try carrot with cream cheese frosting, chocolate cake with sweet white frosting, and devil’s food cake with chocolate silk frosting.
Magnolia opened its first bakery in New York City’s West Village. Here, the Bleecker Street location was featured in Sex And The City. Among the bakery’s classic cupcakes are chocolate with vanilla buttercream and chocolate cupcakes with chocolate buttercream. PS: While you’re visiting, try the banana pudding.
Founded by two sisters in Washington D.C., Georgetown Cupcake offers over 100 cupcake flavors, with daily and monthly seasonal offerings to the likes of key lime cheesecake, chocolate Sunday, and toasted coconut caramel. You might recognize the shop from TLC's Cupcake Cam LIVE and DC Cupcake.
111 Mercer St., New York
Erin McKenna's Bakery NYC
If you eat gluten-free, vegan, or kosher, take note: Erin McKenna’s Bakery NYC checks all three boxes. The menu includes red velvet with vanilla frosting, chocolate with chocolate frosting, and brownie with mint frosting. The bakery also ships nationally, and has outposts in Los Angeles and Orlando.
248 Broome St., New York
The perennial favorite at Sprinkles, is the classic red velvet, which has three more variations: Vegan, gluten-free, and sugar-free. These days, find Sprinkles in most major cities, including the very fun and novel cupcake ATMs.
780 Lexington Ave., New York
225 Liberty St., New York
2 Pennsylvania Plaza, New York
Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito, who met working at an ad agency, founded this Brooklyn-born bakery. The varieties of cupcakes at Baked rotate daily and have included lemon drop made with lemon curd, chocolate Oreo, and vanilla with vanilla frosting. They even have a location in Tokyo.
359 Van Brunt St., Brooklyn