I would call my best friend a cupcake connoisseur. She loves cupcakes. She loves cupcakes the way I love doughnuts (and come on, you all know my love affair with doughnuts!) You know how much she loves cupcakes? She loves cupcakes so much she even celebrated her birthday with her very own cupcake tour of Boston– I’m telling you, the woman really loves her cupcakes! So duh! Of course we had to pop into Molly’s Cupcakes down on Bleecker Street a few weeks back before she made her way home.
Now, admittedly I’m not much of a cupcake person. I don’t know much about them or have experience taste testing a whole array of them like my best friend. Here are my notes on New York City cupcakes thus far:
- Crumbs, despite having a nice variety and pretty interesting flavors, are too big, taste generic and super sugary
- Magnolia Bakery is great for someone who loves a true classic. Some of their cupcakes are a little lackluster in my opinion
- Baked By Melissa can be worth a trip, except they’re small and overpriced for the size
- Georgetown Cupcakes… From what I remember they lived up to the hype. Unfortunately, I tried them 2 years ago and can’t recall details!
- Sprinkles Cupcake makes pretty tasty Red Velvet and Chocolate Banana Cupcakes
Molly’s flavor selection is definitely something to salivate over: from their Crème Brûlée center-filled cupcakes to their minis, making a decision here on what to try will be a tough choice!
My best friend got a dozen to share on the trip back to Massachusetts with her fiancée and friend, who was also visiting NYC. I, of course, could not stop drooling over their Red Velvet so I got a mini to eat in bakery. The cake was incredibly moist and I loved that the cream cheese frosting was not overpowering or had a bitter aftertaste. With the Red Velvet, they give you an option of either Cream Cheese or Buttercream frosting as the Cream Cheese has to be refrigerated if not going to be immediately consumed (but who in the world could deny this tasty little devil?!)
I also tried the Crème Brûlée which let me tell you was AH-MAY-ZING. The top of the cupcake was slightly sticky and crunchy, really paired nicely with the softness of the rest of the cake.
Here’s a fun fact: Can you believe I have never had a real Crème Brûlée? I have had Doughnut Plant’s Crème Brûlée doughnut, which garnered a slight shoulder shrug reaction in my book, and I have now tried a Crème Brûlée cupcake but not an actual full on Crème Brûlée! Where can I even find the best Crème Brûlée in NYC? Maybe that should be a mission.
Anyway cupcakes! Surprisingly, I found the Mixed Berry at Molly’s to be very delicious as well. I tend to be a little bit weary of blueberries in my dessert, but this little guy had a very refreshing and subtle sweetness to it. It is the perfect cupcake to eat while walking around the city on those super hot summer days.
My least favorite? I was least unimpressed and actually most excited (right after the Red Velvet of course) for their center-filled Cookie Monster. I love Cookie Dough. I have definitely gotten terrible stomachaches from shoveling tubs of Nestlé’s Cookie Dough into my mouth. I am probably still burning off all the cookie dough I have eaten in my life–which, seeing as I tend to fill half of my Froyo containers with cookie dough, is probably quite a lot… Heh! Just looking at this cupcake made me giddy. My photo, which I took halfway into eating, does not do its beauty justice. It looked good but I do not think I would say the same for its taste. The vanilla cupcake had little chocolate chips embedded throughout and was itself delicious despite the fact that I normally do not like chocolate chip cake and/or cookies (does that make me weird?). The filling, on the other hand, was incredibly too sweet and I was not a fan of the Buttercream frosting. Maybe I am just not a fan of Buttercream? Anyone else feel a slight numbness in their tongue after eating Buttercream? Blech. Who knows. I just definitely could have done without it.
The real disappointment came from the fact that I really expected the cookie dough filling to be heartier and denser in terms of its texture where instead it was much more buttery. It missed a much needed crunch. I was pretty disappointed as there were plenty of other flavors such as the Cookies-N-Cream, Ron Bennington or Peanut Butter Nutella I could have easily opted for instead.
At least Molly’s is only a short train ride away, so there is always that silver lining! 😀