Certain things are just quintessentially New York. The Yankees. I <3 NY t-shirts. 4 am last call. Cursing the MTA. Carrie Bradshaw.
I’ve blogged about this place a few times before, but never devoted a full post to this jewel-box of a bakery in the West Village. It now has a few other locations in New York, LA and Chicago, but the original storefront on Bleecker Street is still the one to experience.
Even at 8 pm on a Sunday, the place was packed. On Saturday afternoons, the line usually snakes around the corner. It was one of the first “designer” cupcake bakeries, and has become a pretty big downtown tourist attraction.
And with good reason! The cakes and cupcakes are just as delicious as they are gorgeous. For some reason, the confections always remind me of Alice in Wonderland- they’re kinda whimsical and nostalgic. Tonight they had special Halloween-themed cupcakes:
In addition to the usual pretty pastel ones:
Random aside, but the whole place smells like warm cake and buttery frosting- they should look into bottling fragrances.
Every time I’ve been to Magnolia in the past, I’ve gotten a cupcake, so tonight I decided to branch out a bit with a “Magic Cookie Bar”: graham cracker crust, coconut, walnut and chocolate chips.
Sign me up.
My first bite was kind of dry- the edges were pretty crumbly and didn’t have many gooey chocolate chips, which was what I expected. However, as I got into the center, it was exactly what I’d anticipated. Sweet, gooey and chocolatey, with a bunch of different textures and flavors mixing together in each bite. Since I went towards the end of the day, I’m assuming the stale edges were due to the fact that they’ve been sitting out awhile- that said, overall it was still delicious. I actually surprised myself by only eating about half of this sucker! It was pretty big, but more than that, it was dense. Apparently my frosting-eating abilities do not extend to cookie bars, which is probably a good thing. I’ve been going a little baked-good crazy lately…though as usual, I’m still balancing it out with my giant salads and endless peanut butter apples
What’s your favorite bakery? What do you usually get there? In my book, it’s Crumbs > Magnolia > Sprinkles. I hope the cupcake “trend” never goes away.