We found Little Cupcake Bakeshop few weeks ago, while trying to find our way around The San Gennaro Festival in Little Italy, and decided to go back and try that place. The location in Nolita is an outpost of their flagship bakery that opened in 2005 in Brooklyn.
This place has an vintage feel, probably because of the decor (notice the chandeliers) and the cake displays. There, you will find all American desserts: not only cupcakes, but also cakes and pudding that would make you salivate in front of the counter. What I did not know before writing this post is that they are committing to use sustainable ingredients, mainly locally sourced. For instance, the milk is from grass fed cows and the coffee (that I tried) is non-GMO from Illy.
I admit that when we were there, I was tempted by the banana pudding or the banana and nutella cake, but, as I was not that hungry, I decided to go for the red velvet cupcake.
I should mention that they also serve a blue velvet, maybe as an homage to the smurfs...
It was an ok cupcake: the cake itself was just ok, neither dry or moist, and the frosting was good, but a bit too sweet. As you can see, the proportion cake / frosting was definitely unbalanced, making it a sad cupcake.
Jodi decided to go for the coconut cupcake.
This one was different: with as much frosting as cake, the latter was moist contrary to the previous cupcake we tasted. The frosting was delicious: it was like a meringue, but not too sweet. However, calling it a coconut cupcake might have been a bit exaggerated considering that there were just few coconut shavings on top, instead of coconut in the frosting or cake batter.
So yes, I was not thrilled by Little Cake Bakeshop: the cupcakes are not as good as Sweet in Hoboken or Sprinkles Cupcakes in Manhattan. Would I go back? Yes, but this time to try the banana pudding, the banana and nutella cake or their Brooklyn Blackout cake that seems to be the perfect dessert for chocolate lovers.
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