Who I would I be if I didn’t write at least one blog post about cupcakes? (Check out my last summer blog about Pinterest recipes, half of which are cupcake recipes). Ever since that fateful Sex and the City episode where Carrie and Miranda ate pink cupcakes outside the original Magnolia Bakery on Bleecker Street, cupcake bakeries have become all the rage in New York City.
Everyone has their own personal favorite place to buy the most fashionable of desserts.As for me, Sweet Cupcakes has my loyalty in Boston, but I’m up for grabs in New York, so I decided to do a little taste-testing to see which of the following big-name bakeries made the best cupcakes.
Stop number one was the Magnolia Bakery, and while it gets some credit for being original, the cupcakes are simply not as good as their competitors. The flavors are not creative enough, and the icing is almost too sugary, even for someone with a sweet tooth like me.Plus, every location is overrun with tourists and day-trippers looking to have their fabulous Sex and the City moment.
Next on the list was Baked by Melissa.These tiny cupcakes with their tiny stores have taken the city by storm (and made the most of limited real estate space).They’re perfect if you just want a bite of something sweet, and also perfect if you want to sample a bunch of different flavors, as my roommate and I did when we went. However, while these bite-sized sweets are a great innovation, a cupcake just isn’t a cupcake if you can eat in one bite.
The third place I went to was Crumbs Bake Shop, recommended to me by my mother.The flavor selection was excellent—I got a Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcake with Reeses on top—and the cupcake itself was absolutely delicious. However, Crumbs cupcakes are almost too big. You either have to split them in half or except that you will have a stomach ache for a few hours after you eat them.
There is only one Georgetown Cupcake location in all of New York, but I conveniently stumbled upon it walking around Soho one weekend.Georgetown Cupcake is good, there’s no doubt about it, but it's not fantastic; I was not blown away by my strawberry cupcake. Plus, I can’t quite stomach the name—the best cupcake place in New York can’t be named after a store that originated in another city. New York is way better than that.
I had never even heard of Sprinkles until my roommate pointed it out to me as we were walking dreamily around the Upper East Side, and I decided to stop in for a bite. The flavors all looked so good I had trouble picking one, and the red velvet cupcake I did choose was to die for. Perfectly made, with perfect icing, and the perfect size.As I come to the end of my incredibly scientific and perfectly controlled cupcake experiment, Sprinkles gets my vote. If you’re ever in New York and searching for cupcakes, you know where to go.
Photos and Screenshots by Jillian Timko/Gavel Media
Name: Jillian Timko
School, major and year: Arts and Sciences, International Studies, 2014
Hometown: Basking Ridge, NJ
What makes the Gavel so BANGin’? I love the Gavel because it’s so new. We are still figuring out who we are as an organization and how far we can go. While this presents us with a clear set of challenges, it’s really fun to try different things and build our own identity.
You have 24 hours to give prospective students a tour of BC and convince them to enroll. How do you spend the day?
First, I would take them on an actual tour of the campus—it’s beautiful and deserves to be shown off. Then I would take them to a football tailgate, a hockey game, and to Marathon Monday. And we would eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner at Hillside – after an egg sandwich, a Panini, and a cheeseburger, who wouldn’t want to go to BC?
If you could go back in time and give yourself a pep talk the night before you moved into BC as a freshman, what is the most important piece of advice that you would give to your former self?
I would tell myself to keep pushing to meet new people and try new things. It’s easy to get stuck in a groove you’re comfortable with, but you should never limit yourself like that—the people at BC and the school itself have so much to offer.
What is your favorite study spot on campus?
A classroom in Gasson, or the booths on the first floor of O’Neill.
What is your go-to meal at Late Night?
Usually mozzarella sticks, sometimes pizza…
What is the #1 most played song on your iTunes?
Love and Memories by OAR
What is the best Halloween costume that you have ever worn?
I was a gumball machine, along with our lovely editor-in-chief, and we rocked it.
If you could only eat at one restaurant for the rest of your life, which would you choose?
There’s this Italian restaurant called Bolu in my hometown. It’s always absolutely delicious, and it has enough variety on its menu to get me through the rest of my life.
If you could befriend the main characters from any TV show or movie, who would you choose and why?
The characters on How I Met Your Mother. Mainly so I could experience the joy of high-fiving Barney Stinson all the time.