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. Well, 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. So if you have a sweet tooth and happen to be in the city that never sleeps, keep scrolling. Ahead, find out eight of the best 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).
30 Prince St., New York
9102 Third Ave., Brooklyn
598 Vanderbilt Ave., Brooklyn
Amy’s Bread has multiple locations throughout the city, including cafés in Greenwich Village and Hell’s Kitchen. 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.
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Magnolia opened its first bakery in New York City’s West Village. Here, the Bleecker Street location was featured in SATC. 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, Georgetown offers over 100 flavors, with daily and monthly seasonal offerings to the likes of key lime cheesecake, chocolate Sunday, and toasted coconut caramel.
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.
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. Every month through the end of summer, Sprinkles highlights icons. This month, the bakery pays tribute to Elizabeth Taylor with an image of the actress on its signature cupcake, and 10% of proceeds are donated to The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation.
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, found 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.
359 Van Brunt St., Brooklyn
279 Church St., New York
Tell us: Which bakery from our list is your favorite?