Who doesn’t love a good cupcake, those perfect hand held mini/maxi treats. Growing up in New York, in winter, my best friend and I used to wear earmuffs. I’ll never forget when one, somewhat inebriated “bum” (as we used to call them) asked me “What’s up cupcake?” I knew I looked like a cupcake wearing the big furry cupcake-like muffs. I also liked the reference.
Now, as a mom I have become somewhat of a cupcake connoisseur, both as a baker and a consumer. My older son was such a cupcake fan I would make them for each birthday. We have a picture of him just about to bite one at his party for practically each year of his life. They are displayed in frames on our fridge to this day.
Every time I go home to visit my mom in NYC, I have to hit Magnolia Bakery on Bleecker Street in the West Village. I often claim the kids really would LOVE to go, but in truth, I look forward to the pilgrimage and I am not alone. Usually there is a line around the block. Since it opened in 1996, Magnolia has been featured in Sex in the City, The Devil Wears Prada and Saturday Night Live mock rap which is hilarious, among other shows and films shot in the Village.In summer, we often go, get our cupcakes and then sit in the park across the street, savoring the sumptuous, velvety treats. We then watch my kids run like mad in the sprinklers on a complete sugar, frosting, sprinkle induced high.
My long love affair with cupcakes was re-ignited recently when I read a small article in the New York Times Dining section earlier this month about the Cupcake-Stop. Apparently, now there is a mobile cupcake truck (not connected to Magnolia). The sugared-up van prowls the Union Square area Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5p.m. You can follow them on twitter and the “red velvet” comes highly recommended. My mouth is watering just thinking about it! Do you have any cupcake hotspots to recommend?