973 Second Ave., New York, NY, 10022
nr. 51st St.
By leeseleese on 7/20/2008
Was given last-minute task of securing birthday cake en route to friend's party (running late, as usual) at 9:30pm on a Saturday. Options were this place, 15 blocks away, in opposite direction of where I needed to be ASAP, or supermarket across street. I made the right choice: In and out in 5 minutes (and this place was hopping at 9:55pm - by no means unpopular). Excellent customer service included cake recommendation (went with Buttercup Golden, chocolate frosting) and personalized message in choice of colored icing (hadn't thought to ask - server suggested). Rave reviews from partygoers - cake was gone as fast as we could cut it. (A competing cake, which arrived at exactly the same time - apparently I was not the only one with whom such an order was placed - lingered hours before getting tossed, four slices remaining. So, basically: my cake won. Like, by a lot.) Am hardly a baked goods snob, but clearly have standards if I opt for 20-minute bakery detour over apartment-adjacent megamart. Would I go across town for this cake? No - but neither would I for Magnolia's cupcakes, and people brave suffocation/mauling for those, so...
By jaymay on 10/18/2006
love the cupcakes at Magnolia but refuse to stand on line for them-figured Buttercup would be just as good since Ms. Buttercup started Magnolia way back when with Ms. Magnolia-I have tried the cupcakes at 2 Buttercup locations many times and have never been satisifed-the icing is fine but the cake is always extremely dry-I do not know if they are not fresh or if the recipe is different than Magnolia's-I am done giving Buttercup a chance and it is a shame because they never have a line-maybe that should have been my 1st hint