Would you stand in line for a cupcake? If it was from the Magnolia Bakery you would!
On Friday, I headed into NYC to have lunch with my niece in the West Village neighborhood of Manhattan. We made sure to order conservatively at the restaurant we went to, called Extra Virgin, so we'd have room for dessert from our favorite cupcake place.
Magnolia Bakery, on the corner of Bleeker Street and West 11th, is credited for starting the cupcake craze of the mid-1990's. It's a charming little place with lace curtains and a retro vibe. And you can be sure to find a line outside the door which usually wraps around the block, even as late as 11:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights. The place is tiny, so they have a doorman who only lets in a few people at a time.
No need to wait in line now. Have a look around . . .
Because of their popularity, Magnolia limits their delectable butter cream frosted cupcake purchases to 12 per customer. Along with these famous cupcakes, Magnolia also bakes old-fashioned Depression era icebox cakes and other yummy desserts.
For those of you who can't make it over to the actual bakery, you can try your hand at baking some of Magnolia's wonderful treats from scratch yourself. Its former owners, Allysa Torey and Jennifer Appel, published a cookbook in 1999 entitled The Magnolia Bakery Cookbook: Old-Fashioned Recipes from New York's Sweetest Bakery.
Magnolia Bakery is a wonderful place. It's both a happening hot spot and grandma's kitchen all rolled up into one sweet little bakery. And yes; their cupcakes' melt-in-your-mouth goodness is definitely worth waiting in line for!