Anyone who knows me, knows that there are 2 things I love the most, iced coffee and cupcakes. Dubai fed my obsession with cupcakes due to the shear number of bakeries. Visiting New York gave me an opportunity to indulge once again.
Potentially one of my favourite cupcake shops, Magnolia have a branch in Dubai where I first came across them. In New York, I visited the Rockefeller shop. You can see the staff in the back icing the cupcakes with the largest icing barrels and huge stand mixers. I could have stood and watch for hours. My favourite flavour by far is a red velvet. Ask for your cupcakes in a bag and head round to the plaza and sit and watch the comings and goings.
Another chain of cupcake shops. Advice: order a Happy Birthday cupcake, birthday cake batter with sprinkles on the inside, it even comes with a free candle. So naturally, I ordered it and took lots of photos.
Whose the Cake Boss? Buddy Valastro, although unsurpisingly no Buddy in the Times Square branch. It’s in a great location with every baked good under the sun. I had a cannoli, which is a pastry tube stuffed with ricotta cheese and chocolate chips. So sugary but so good!
The cupcake chain from Beverly Hills that started the trend and then released the cupcake ATM, which is just the coolest thing. Visited the shop in Hudson eats and opted for a coffee cupcake, my friend had a gluten free cake. Loved the G on the top to indicate GF! The triple cinnamon cake is sprinkles signature bake. After purchasing the cupcakes we headed back up to Central Park, for a picnic in the park.
If there is a queue for some macarons, head to the back and ask if there are seats. You get to sit down, and have a rather lovely afternoon tea. This place is great for people watching. The tea is naturally served in silver, a perfect pick me up.
Remember the cronut? Turns out that’s from here. A friend recommended I visited here and ask for a DKA. A what? My exact response. Dominique’s Kouign Amann, words can’t really describe it. Soft and pastry like on the inside, but tougher on the outside with caramelised sugar. Be warned, the queues are long here, especially early doors if you do want a cronut. If the weather is nice, there is a lovely garden at the back with tables and big umbrellas.