There was no doubt that I HAD to get to Magnolia, the thing I didn't realise at the time was that there were at least 3 that I knew of scattered around the city. So when I started to investigate the various cupcake stores, I decided to visit the Magnolia bakery closest to at least one other cupcake store. I managed to find one within walking distance to 2 other cupcake stores. On our first day of arrival we got into New York on Manhattan island at 9.30am, this was unfortunately too early to check in. So with nothing but time up our sleeve, we decided to knock off a few of our MUST DO's.
We located a few stores and checked out Dylan's candy Bar, along with the Hershey's chocolate store and M&M's world right next to times square, thus also knocking off Times Square from our list. We visited the world famous Toy's R Us in times square with 3 giant levels and a MASSIVE Ferris Wheel INSIDE the store, which was so much fun! Then we headed for Bloomingdale's and in the store stumbled upon our first cupcakery of our visit. And what better one to start the tour with, but Magnolia Bakery.
The store was only a small one but it was full of character and so very cute.
The staff were amazing and really quite lovely. After the tough decision Steve decided on the Red Velvet and I went with a Sno-Cap (which was devils food chocolate cake and a luscious meringue frosting.) It was delicious and definitely met our expectations. Honestly, it was a great way to start our cupcake tour as it got us off on the right foot and gave us a good base to make opinions on future cupcakery's.
Next we set off for Sprinkles. I knew that this would definitely rank high on my list as I have done so much reading about this cupcakery. Especially after Sprinkles recently made the news with their new "ATM" style cupcake purchasing system located in Beverly Hills - the first of its kind in the world.
I really loved the concept they use to identify which flavours were what. See the dots on the front of the building, well that's their flavouring system. Depending on what flavour you choose, there is a corresponding coloured dot combination that identifies that flavour to the staff. It is an ingenious system which they display on their menu board and makes it quicker and easier to identify if they have that flavour in stock through the window.
Finally, we made our way to Crumbs bake shop, our third and final cupcakery for day one. I honestly think out of the 3 cupcake stores we visited on the day, this one had the biggest range of cupcakes. The sizes of the cupcakes were also significantly bigger, so if you like more cake for your dollar, this is the cupcakery for you. Again there were multiple shops in the city, however we opted to go to the one just down the road from the previous two visited.
|Inside Crumbs... the goodies cabinet!!!|
|Need coffee??? ;)|