Monday, October 26, 2009

The Next Chapter for Robicelli's

Chocolate Salted Caramel Pretzel Cupcake and Caramel Apple Cupcake from Robicelli's

Robicelli's, Bay Ridge's famed Mom and Pop Gourmet Shop closed it's doors yesterday. Lawman and I headed out to Bay Ridge to pay a first and last visit to the market and we had a chance to chat with Allison Robicelli about their new wholesale cupcake venture and of course, eat some of their delicious cupcakes straight from the source...

They say when one door closes, another opens. Such is the case for the Robicellis. Matt and Allison Robicelli closed their beloved gourmet market in favor of a cupcake wholesale business that will allow them more time to spend with their two young sons. Matt and Allison makes some damn good cupcakes and if their new venture allows them more time with the fam while making their desserts more widely available in the city that sounds great to me.

The cupcake trend has brought this city a lot of mediocre cupcakes. Ever since Batch closed and then Amai Teahouse, I've been searching for a place that makes unique and delicious cupcakes and Robicelli's is the real deal.

Here's just a small sampling of some of their flavors:

Car Bomb: chocolate-Guinness cake with Jameson ganache, Baileys buttercream, and shaved Valrhona chocolate
Butterbeer: vanilla cake, butterscotch buttercream, gold dust
Elvis: banana cake, peanut butter buttercream and candied bacon
Iona: pear–olive oil cake, Stilton buttercream, candied walnuts, port reduction
Julia: pear brandy cake, brown butter brandy buttercream
Caramel Apple: apple spice cake, salted caramel buttercream, cinnamon roasted apple
Chocolate Caramel Pretzel: chocolate pretzel cake, salted caramel butter cream, crushed pretzels

Gluten-free treats are going to be a focus for their baking venture going forward. I'm not celiac, but Allison offered me a gluten free brownie and dang, it was super fudgy and chocolatey and definitely could via a glutenful brownie for deliciousness.

Gluten free brownies from Robicelli's

Currently Alison and Matt are in talks with a number of places about distributing their baked goods. The good news is beginning on November 12th, their cupcakes will be available at the HOM Store and Tea Cafe 88th Street and 3rd Avenue in Bay Ridge.

If you know places that could or should be selling delicious (or more delicious) cupcakes, ask them to carry Robicelli's.

And for all your Robicelli's updates, become a fan on Facebook and/or follow their twitter.

I hope Allison and Matt enjoy some well deserved time off. Best of luck with the new venture, we can't wait to see what's next!

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