In a place as busy and crowded as New York City, there's no shortage of delicious cupcakes when a sugar craving strikes. You probably don't want to trek all over town to treat your child to a cupcake, so knowing where the best spots are in the various boroughs lets you get that yummy dessert without spending a lot of time stuck in traffic or on the subway.
For red velvet cupcakes likely to please any kid, try the Magnolia Bakery, one of the most well-known bakeries in Manhattan with several locations throughout the city. The shop features other cupcake flavors as well including devils' food cake and the hummingbird cupcake, which is a banana, pineapple and pecan cake with sweet cream cheese icing topped with toasted pecans. With two locations in Manhattan, Billy's Bakery offers an abundance of cupcakes for kids and adults alike. Your child can indulge in classic flavors, like chocolate and vanilla, but can also branch out and try flavors like banana, coconut and German chocolate. Crumbs Bake Shop also has several Manhattan locations and is the place to go for lots of unique flavors like cannoli, peanut butter cup and apple cobbler. Crumbs also carries "colossal" cupcakes, which are typically a hit with kids and serve 6 to 8 people.
The Little Cupcake Bakeshop in Brooklyn uses Vermont butter and New Jersey eggs to create its delicious treats for kids. This is the ideal place to visit if your family is environmentally conscious because the shop runs on wind power. Choose from flavors that include blue velvet and peanut butter and jelly. Baked by Melissa, also in Brooklyn, features bite-size cupcakes, perfect for tiny hands. Here, you can also let your kids sample a few of the shop's most "famous" flavors, including chocolate chip pancake and tie-dye.
If you find yourself in the borough of Queens, check out the Teaspoon Bake Shop in Bayside. Here, you'll find moist, delicious classics that include vanilla and chocolate, but your child can also sample unique flavors like strawberry lemonade, coconut and cookies and cream. Designer cupcakes are the claim to fame at Cupcakes in Heels, also in Bayside. Banana cream pie and blueberry cheesecake are two of the tasty creations your child can try here. The shop also offers a selection of mini cupcakes in flavors that include eggnog, tiramisu and salted caramel.
Staten Island and the Bronx
If you're in Staten Island with the kids, check out Sweet Sweet Sues where the cupcake flavors change every week. Come back as often as you like for delicious cupcakes that might include such flavors as spumoni, hazelnut and pistachio. Petite Treat Cupcakes is an online cupcake shop in Staten Island. If you need cupcakes for your child's birthday party or just want a special treat, you can order a batch of strawberry banana, pecan pie or caramel corn cupcakes. You can also mix and match your child's favorites if she can't decide on just one flavor. The bakery also offers gluten-free and sugar-free cupcakes for kids with dietary restrictions. Baked from scratch each day, the cupcakes at Conti's Pastry Shoppe in the Bronx make a delicious treat for your kids on special occasions or just for fun. Many popular candies make an appearance in the cupcakes at Conti's, but your child can also enjoy more traditional flavors like black and white.
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