Cupcake Crack! (aka, the BEST CUPCAKES IN NEW YORK CITY!! Seriously.)
Apr 3, 2009
To say I "like" cupcakes would be an understatement of enormous proportion. I don't like them. I LOVE them. I'm obsessed with them. I want to marry them and have cupcake babies ... okay. Well. Maybe not that. But everything short of it.
As a certified cupcake aficionado, I've felt that is is my duty to taste test every cupcake on the island of Manhattan (as well as LA, Chicago and San Francisco, but that's another review). Along the way I've tried Crumbs, Cupcake Cafe, Buttercup Bakery, Burger & Cupcakes, and Magnolia Bakery of Sex & the City fame (of course).
None of them come close to Sugar Sweet Sunshine, an adorable little nugget of a cafe on Rivington, in the middle of the Lower East Side. The space itself - a homey, charming, pink walled cocoon - is as warm and sweet and yummy as the actual cupcakes, which is saying something, because they are Cupcake Crack. (Um, that's a good thing.)
SPECIFICS So what makes these cupcakes the Best in the Land? As I see it, there are two essential components of a world class cupcake: the cake part, and the frosting part. First, let's address the cake part: specifically, what can go wrong? The cake can be dry. It can be tasteless. It can be hard. It can be not sugary enough (aka "bread-like"). Listen, if I wanted bread, I would eat a roll. I want moist sugar! Sugar Sweet Sunshine's cupcakes are all moist sugar. Moist, moist, moist sugar.
Okay, now let's address the frosting portion. Personally, I am not a fan of the frosting that tastes more like whipped cream (Cupcake Cafe, I'm talking to you). Frosting should taste like frosting, damnit, and Sugar Sweet Sunshine doesn't disappoint in this arena, either. It is perfect. In fact, if they sold Frosting Shots, I would most likely turn into a frosting drunk. It's probably a good thing they don't.
Overall, if you're one of those people who sometimes insists that "the dessert is too sweet" (it's dessert! IT'S SUPPOSED TO BE SWEET) these are not the cupcakes for you. But if you have a serious, unmitigated sweet tooth, these cupcakes are pure happy fairy dust.
BTW, I highly recommend the red velvet. They will change your life.
LOGISTICS They're open Monday-Thursday, 8am-10pm, Friday 8am-11pm, Saturday 10am-11pm and Sunday 10am-7pm, and they won't yell at you if you sit for hours drinking coffee and snarfing 'cakes. I know because I've done it.
PS Also? If you're a guy and you've screwed up massively, I highly recommend sending your girl half a dozen Sugar Sweet Sunshine cupcakes, with a little "Forgive Me" note (yes, they deliver). Much, much more creative than flowers. Plus, you can capitalize on the benevolence of her sugar high. Score.
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Julia Allison (juliaallison)
Hi. I'm Julia. I am, as I say in my bio, personally & professionally, a handful. Also? Rambunctious, indefatigable, sometimes a little over enthusiastic. But I mean well.I've been a columnist at Time … more