Magnolia Bakery

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101 Best Cupcakes in America
401 Bleecker St (W 11th St)
New York, NY 10014
(212) 462-2572
Mon–Thu, Sun: 9:00 AM–11:30 PM Fri–Sat: 9:00 AM–12:30 AM

This is it, folks — the one that started it all. Magnolia Bakery is often credited with kicking off the cupcake craze way back when, thanks to a Sex in the City reference. Magnolia's iconic cupcakes are frosted in their classic pastel color palette and decorated with hand-colored sprinkles, making them instantly recognizable in a crowd. The Daily Meal questions the wisdom of offering a red velvet cake without cream cheese frosting (though it is an option if you request it), and advises you to go for the Hummingbird instead a banana, pineapple and pecan cake with sweet cream cheese icing, topped with toasted pecans. — Marilyn He, 11/8/2012

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Can anyone say Red Velvet cupcakes???? Oh My God.... (Christopher loves them) When Al and I are in the city it's a definite stop. -Caroline Manzo, Real Housewives of NJ
Thursday, November 18, 2010 - 06:34
Legendary cupcakes, absolutely get the Red Velvets! Well worth standing in line for this New York classic.
The Corcoran Group
Sunday, March 28, 2010 - 15:42
Cupcakes are so 2002, kick it up a notch and splurge for the banana pudding! Renee, Setup Squad
Tuesday, March 15, 2011 - 07:36
The bakery that began the cupcake craze is still the best. We suspect its the lick-your-fingers-to-get-the-last-bit-of-butter-cream frostings and fillings. They do a mean banana pudding too.
Thursday, August 12, 2010 - 12:28
Skip the cupcakes and get banana pudding instead.
Friday, March 13, 2009 - 07:31
The famous bakery made famous from Sex and the City. You can't go wrong with any dessert here but we love the bread pudding!
New York Habitat
Wednesday, October 26, 2011 - 07:49
Sure, the cupcakes are classic, but the banana pudding is the real treat here.
Sunday, March 15, 2009 - 18:00
Sorry "Sex and the City" fans: The cupcakes at this place are overrated. The banana pudding, however, is fabulous.
Friday, May 21, 2010 - 21:14
Cupcakes have never tasted this good.
Contiki Holidays
Monday, September 5, 2011 - 01:18
The cupcakes here are known for their airy buttercream frosting (and cameo in Sex and the City).
Food & Wine
Thursday, April 28, 2011 - 08:21
Try the Cupcakes
Monday, November 22, 2010 - 15:38
After a little banana pudding (OMG! It has nilla wafers in it!), go see where the magic began and visit the Juicy Couture Bleecker Street store!
Juicy Couture
Friday, August 13, 2010 - 08:54
The best Cup cake in NYC
Tuesday, July 28, 2009 - 15:44
i don't know what the big deal is here. everything is very average. customer service is horrible. the only good thing is the bananna pudding.
Sunday, May 30, 2010 - 19:20
Walk down the street eating your vanilla cupcake and make all the shopping skinny bitches jealous
Friday, March 26, 2010 - 14:12
What is not to love about the famous Magnolia Bakery? Try anything and EVERYTHING-- especially the cupcakes! They make a great treat and a well appreciated gift! We love S'mores and red velvet cupcake
Gansevoort Hotel Group
Thursday, June 30, 2011 - 09:33
This is the original location. And just to reiterate what 90% of the tips already say...get the banana pudding w/ nilla wafers. Cupcakes are better elsewhere.
Tuesday, September 11, 2012 - 19:31
This retro bakery looks and tastes like a grandmothers kitchensweet, traditional, and full of love. We especially dig the seasonal treats available for holidays like Christmas and Easter.
Monday, January 23, 2012 - 05:34
Try the Banana Pudding
Thursday, November 11, 2010 - 18:27
Vanilla/Chocolate cupcake is the best. If they have Red Velvet though, it's a must!
Friday, February 26, 2010 - 17:13