Date of excursion: 10.15.11
Fall fell and boy, did the Little Cupcake Bakeshop smell [good]! Carried over by wafts of frosting and cake batter, the Gang landed at this little SoHo shop – a new dawn, new day, and new cupcakery awaiting us. Even our pal, Mochi, tagged along!
First up: Chocolate Cloud (chocolate base, vanilla meringue frosting)
This little cake was fudgy but not overpowering, and the meringue added a light, airy sweetness. Even Lemon Meringue was impressed!
“Even I’m impressed,” she said.
You heard it here first, folks.
Next up: Vanilla Chocolate (vanilla base, chocolate frosting)
“This looks like childhood,” Cappuccino Swirl said, while beating on a bongo. She’s cool.
“Do you think this is white cake or yellow?” Mochi asked. An interesting point! White cakes are, indeed, whiter, and contain no egg yolks. This cake somehow seemed to be a hybrid between the two, though, with a firm, cornbread-like texture –
“Stop saying words,” Vanilla barked. A calm overcame us. (But for those playing at home, the answer is “probably yellow.”)
The chocolate frosting on this cupcake was quite chocolatey, but again, not in an overpowering way. Granted, the flavor could have been more complex, but it emitted a warmth and delight that, indeed, evoked memories of childhood**. And elementary school bake sales.
Next up: Pumpkin (pumpkin base, maple frosting)
“I’m pumped for this pumpkin,” Choco-Choco Chip said. Mochi slapped her.
The inside of this cake was nice and orangey, just like pumpkin cake should be. But the taste? Quite underwhelming – not nearly as much pumpkin flavor and spice as the color implies.
And now, the frosting – the amazingly-awesomely-spectacular maple frosting. Is there a bar that serves this exclusively? If so, sign us up for double-shot Tuesdays! (And Wednesdays through Mondays.) … Please?
Next up: The Dreaming Princess (almond cake with raspberry filling, meringue frosting)
Well, well, well, hello filling! The components to this cupcake, while each individually delicious, combined forces to create a mega-force of taste. The raspberry added a bright note to the buttery cake, and the light meringue finished it nicely. Dreaming princess? Dream on! This princess is an extremely successful rock star with a busy social life and lots of popularity.
“New York Citttaay!” Vanilla exclaimed. Yes.
So! While the Little Cupcake Bakeshop left much to be desired in terms of pumpkin flavor (and logo design), they still delivered delightful deliciousness. Their specialty cupcakes are well thought-out, and their classic cupcakes, while slightly bake sale-like, are tasty.
The happiest of holidays to you, LCB! We would wish you stockings filled with cupcakes, but why waste a good cupcake by getting it all … socky?
*Marshmallow-free is the way to be.
**Every Gang member’s childhood was cupcakes (only).
Little Cupcake Bakeshop
30 Prince Street
New York, NY 10012
Hours: Monday – Friday 7:30am – 11pm
Saturday and Sunday 8am – 11pm
9102 Third Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11209
Hours: Monday – Friday 7am – 11pm
Saturday and Sunday 8am – 11pm
Average cost of cupcake: $3.00