Whoa, guys. It’s been a long, looooooong time. I’ve been eating cupcakes, now I just have to write about them. Summer got away from me and now I’m all-in with pumpkin everything. Seriously it’s definitely my favorite time of year. And pumpkin is amazing. But good thing cupcakes are a year round treat so that works out perfectly. And thats amazing because I think I may have found a nearly perfect cupcake for my NYC fix. I definitely have many more to go, and another round, but I’m pretty confident in my decision.
My favorite cupcake shops are usually the ones that don’t go crazy with flavors but can create a stellar chocolate and vanilla cupcake. My favorite shop ever does that and I’m liking that model. Here in New York, Red Velvet is a mainstay, probably even more than a perfect chocolate cupcake. I know, New York is weird. Amy’s Bread is really known for, well, bread. And it’s good. Their desserts are reminiscent of the cakes and cookies my mom would make for my birthday every year; simple and classic. Their cupcake offerings include chocolate, vanilla, red velvet, and black and white, which is what I went for this time.
This cupcake looked great, like someone actually cared about this cupcake. The piping job wasn’t rushed, and it was full and covered the entire cupcake. It definitely made me excited to take the first bite. And holy wow. What a bite that was. As I sat at the counter letting a mini foodgasm take over it didn’t really occur to me that I might look like a crazy person who was falling hard for a cupcake. But who cares? This is my own cupcake journey.
Once I broke down the cupcake, each piece at a time, I’m happy to report that I was not feeling any buyer’s remorse. Everything, from the cake, to the frosting, to the very technical, cake-to-frosting ratio was on point. The cake was moist, with a fine crumb, and the most intense chocolate flavor I’ve tasted yet. No dryness, but also not crumbly at all. I would eat this cake sans frosting. Seriously. And I’m in the frosting is the best part of life camp. And this frosting is nearly there. It’s perfectly sweet, slightly hard on top, smooth and creamy on the inside with no graininess. I’m loving everything about this frosting. The cake -to-frosting ratio is perfect, the flavors are all perfectly balanced, and I’m just totally in love with everything that’s going on. I’m not really sure if these are the best cupcakes ever anywhere, but next round? Yep, they will be there. I was so into this cupcake that I forgot to take pictures along the way. Whoops. It’s actually not that bad of a problem.
New York, NY
Black & White
First Bite: 4/5
Cake:Frosting Ratio: 4/5
*Chelsea Market, 75 9th Ave
250 Bleeker St [West Village] — I went to this one
672 9th Ave [Between 46th/47th Sts.]