BabyCakes NYC

Babycakes, NYCLoyal readers of my blog are likely sick and tired of the gluten-free cupcake reviews, but it's where my head is at right now, and it didn't make sense to write about Magnolia, Georgetown and Tu-lu's without giving a nod to BabyCakes in the same week. First, a bit of advice -- BabyCakes may be very crowded on Saturday afternoon, but it's a good time to go if you want lots of options. I'd been there a few times recently and not seen the amazing array of treats they had for sale today. Next a warning -- it's pricey. At $4.75, this was two dollars more than the similarly-sized cupcake I had at Georgetown Cupcake. That being said, I love BabyCakes. I've loved them for a long time, even before I went gluten-free. It's got such a cool, retro vibe, they have a smart sensibility about flavors and styling, and even though not everything there is gluten-free, everything is vegan. It's hard to explain why, but I love their vegan frosting. Lately I've been ordering their gluten-free cookie sandwich, made with a shmeer of frosting in the middle. I can't vouch for all of the cupcakes, but they call this one a "brownie cupcake," and it's my idea of perfection. The texture of the cake is moist and rich, and the top portion of the cupcake has a nearly crispy texture around the edges. I'm not complaining about any of the other cupcakes I tried this week, far from it, but I'd gladly pay the extra buck or two for a BabyCakes cupcake any day, as long as I don't mind walking down to the Lower East Side.