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NYC's 8 Best Cupcake Shops

It appears as if the cupcake trend is here to stay. Here are some of the best spots in the city for a sweet treat. By Camille DeMere


Baked makes cupcake-sized versions of their signature cakes. (Image from

359 Van Brunt Street
Brooklyn, NY 11231
(718) 222-0345

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If you're willing to make the trek to Red Hook, this Food Network-featured bakery will make sure that you'll get your just desserts. Try out their seasonal specials too.

Billy's Bakery

Billy's Bakery cupcakes
Billy's cupcakes, available in classic yellow or chocolate cake with vanilla or chocolate buttercream. (Image Courtesy of

184 9th Avenue
New York, NY 10011
(212) 647-9956

75 Franklin Street
New York, NY 10013
(212) 647-9958

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Declaring your cupcake affinity in the city may be more polarizing than wearing Greek letters at college, or picking a table in a high school lunchroom. Lovers of Billy's, however, pledge their allegiance proudly. From the sugary pastel colors, to the grandma's kitchen aroma, your cupcake experience is sure to be amazing. Snatch up a coconut cupcake if they have them, or go for classic chocolate or vanilla with cloud-like fluffs of buttercream icing.

Butter Lane

Butter Lane
(credit: Butter Lane)

123 East 7th Street
New York, NY 10009
(212) 677-2880

East Villagers already know this spot for creamy and delicious sweet treats. Butter Lane calls itself "cupcakes for grownups." The frosting is prepared two different ways, one being the traditional American style you know and love, the other a French style involving eggs that evokes merengue. Customize your cupcake - choose your own icing and make a pairing.

Chokolat Patisserie


3111 Broadway
New York, NY 10027
(212) 662-6096

Space is a little tight - there's really only one table - so enjoy your taste of heaven on the go. For insider deals and giveaways, follow them on Twitter.

Sugar Sweet Sunshine

Sugar Sweet Sunshine
Some cupcakes from Sugar Sweet Sunshine. (Image from

126 Rivington Street
New York, NY 10002
(212) 995-1960

Aw, sugar, this is the spot. Lower East Side cupcake lovers flock to this flower power-themed hangout for adorable treats with names to match. Grab an Ooey Gooey (chocolate cake with chocolate almond buttercream) or a Lemon Yummy (lemon cake with lemon buttercream) or even the "Bob" (yellow cake with chocolate almond buttercream). We think the real standout is the most moist, dreamy pumpkin cupcake that will ever pass your lips.

Sweet Revenge

Now that's what we call sweet revenge. (credit:

62 Carmine Street
New York, NY 10014
(212) 240-2240

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Check this out: sugar coma-worthy treats plus a perfectly paired wine or beer. Sound like heaven? Sounds like Sweet Revenge. Their to die for, eponymous peanut butter and chocolate masterpiece is loaded with a chocolate ganache center. Revenge on your diet never tasted so sweet.

Tu-Lu's Gluten-Free Bakery

Tu-Lu's Vanilla Buttercream Cupcake
Tu-Lu's Vanilla Cupcake with Vanilla Buttercream (credit: Tu-Lu's)

338 East 11th St.
New York, NY 10003
(212) 777-2227

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Have the gluten-free blues? No worries - gone are the days of dealing with too-dense cakes for want of a wheat-free treat. Tu-Lu's got the goods. Go for the classic here - vanilla cake and vanilla icing. You won't be sorry.

Two Little Red Hens

Two Little Red Hens
(credit: Two Little Red Hens)

1652 2nd Ave.
New York, NY 10028
(212) 452-0476

There's nothing little about these cupcakes - except maybe their price. For the standard price of a "cake without the commitment" in the city, you'll get a huge treat.

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