As if I could visit New York and not go to the Magnolia Bakery! This is iconic New York loved as much by locals as tourists. Heaven.
The Magnolia Bakery has opened a few additional stores since I lived there years ago and while it was on my list to visit when I made it to the West Village I was pleased to find one tucked into the side of Bloomingdales.
Could a girl ask for anything nicer for a mid shop break?
This girl couldn’t. Unless perhaps it was an unlimited gift card…
Magnolia Bakery is famous for a reason. Yes, more of a reason than just being on Sex and the City. It still has the best cupcakes I have ever tasted. Ever. While they offer a few fancy types it’s the Vanilla Vanilla, a vanilla cupcake with vanilla buttercream frosting that is truly amazing. (If you are going for a visit please trust me on this, or at least get two so you can try it).
It’s delicious when still warm and fresh when eaten at the bakery and for some reason I like it even better on day two after it’s sat in the fridge (if I can manage to hold out that long).
At the west village store (totally kitsch) you can actually watch them ice these pretties through the window but at the almost equally cute and kitsch Bloomingdales store they are simply displayed in a pretty glass cabinet. The concession itself is small and tucked to the side of the building but while I was there maintained a constant stream of visitors either grabbing coffees, iced teas or a sweet treat.
They do sell a selection beyond the cupcake, including a rumored amazing banana pudding, but why would is tray from the best cupcake on earth?
I order my vanilla vanilla with white frosting and multi colored sprinkles (it really is all about the sprinkles) and took it to the side counter to people watch and sigh blissfully as I tasted heaven.
It was just as good as I recalled. I then picked up two more in a take away box to take home to Chuck so we could have a sweet treat later in the evening. Perfect.No trip to New York is complete without visiting here if you have even a hint of a sweet tooth. Trust me.
And for those of us not lucky enough to have a Magnolia Bakery near by there is a cook book and there are a number of places that share the recipe online. I have tried my hand at it for a birthday once. Not my strongest attempt at baking but may well try again as am not sure I can wait till I visit New York again…