I'm a big fan of tea at Alice's Teacup. They make a mean scone. Their cupcakes certainly look scrumptious, but how do they taste? Reviews and more pics after the .
Going to Alice's is always a treat. The shop is adorable. The people that work there are super nice. And when you get a scone to go, they offer you a little container of clotted cream and jam! Awesome.
When I arrived, they had an assortment of cupcakes: Banana Chocolate Cupcakes, Banana Blueberry Cupcakes, Black Bottom Cupcakes, Vanilla Cupcakes with Buttercream Frosting, Chocolate Cupcakes with Chocolate Frosting, and Red Velvet Cupcakes. The Banana Chocolate Cupcakes had a tiny dot of frosting and Banana Blueberry Cupcake had no frosting whatsoever. Can a cupcake be a cupcake without frosting? Don't know about that...
After some deliberation I got a Black Bottom Cupcake, a Red Velvet and a classic Vanilla Cupcake with Buttercream Frosting to go.
While Alice's might not necessarily be as known for their cupcakes as some other NYC cupcakeries, they definitely know their cupcakes. I always worry about the post-purchase cupcake transit. There are few things as sad as smooshed frosting. But fear not! Alice's has your back. Their cupcakes come packed in special cupcake containers. Two cupcakes to a box. Special recessed cupcake holders. Nice. If I'm paying $2.50 a cupcake, it's nice to have the peace of mind that they will make it to their final destination in tact.
Yesterday was a cupcake eating kind of day so, after my post-work Cucina & Co Sugar Bomb with FinanceDude, I needed a little bit of a break and some savory sustenance, so I met up with my friend, Mr. Hungry, for a sushi dinner and then on to dessert.
First up: the Vanilla Cupcake with Vanilla Buttercream Frosting.
Mr. Hungry and I were in total agreement. The frosting was excellent. Sweet, but not too sweet. The cake was pleasant but dry.
Next: the Red Velvet. The cake was much more moist than the Vanilla Cupcake and had a hint of lemon. When I make Red Velvet, I usually use vinegar to get the reaction with the baking soda. So the lemon accent was unexpected, but pleasant. Mr. Hungry and I both felt that the cream cheese frosting was a bit too sweet, but I did love the way that they piped it in a flower shape. Cute!
Last: the Black Bottom Cupcake. This was our hands down favorite. The chocolate cake was perfectly moist. And the cream cheese filling was perfectly sweetened. Not your traditional cupcake, but a real winner and I would definitely go back for it (and to sample the other cupcakes). Click for more cupcake pics.