I heard about Magnolia Bakery in New York City for many years but never went there. In fact, a long time ago, I went to a restaurant on top of the Bakery Midtown, restaurant that is now closed.
Cupcakes are really big here and I do not know if one day they will be as big in France. Why? Because there are so many different pastries with some many different flavors that I am not sure people would be attracted to it. However, what makes the difference is that cupcakes offer, for the same concept, a wide range of possibilities: you can make different types of cake, have some cream or fruits in it and then have an infinite choice of frosting and decoration. A Millefeuille (close to a Napoleon) is a millefeuille!
So we went to Magnolia Bakery Midtown. The place was a mad house! You can have cakes like banana cream pie or order coffee or tea besides cupcakes. Of course, most of the people will go for the cupcakes. And the scene is always the same: pick, pay and inhale!
So we went for the vanilla cupcake and the red velvet cupcake. Red velvet has to be good! If a bakery does not know how to make it, there is a big chance they do not have good cupcakes! I was wrong: the red velvet frosting was pretty good but the cake was very dry (very red too: they must have put a lot of food coloring in it).
I preferred the vanilla one: great frosting, not too sweet and the cake was moist.
I am not sure I would go back to Magnolia Bakery but have to note two things that I liked:
- The ratio cake / frosting was perfect. I hate when there is too much cake! The best is the frosting!
- The box to carry the cupcakes is perfect as lots of bakery just offer regular boxes and the cupcakes will roll in it.
I was not wowed by Magnolia bakery to be honest. I may have to try another time...
And remember: I just want to eat!