Molly’s Cupcakes
228 Bleeker St, New York, NY
Cupcake Prices: $3.75

It has been over 2 years since I last did an installment of The Cupcake Chronicles but I have been inspired. During an unscheduled trip to the West Village on a Saturday afternoon, I happened upon this little gem…..Molly’s Cupcakes. Located near the corner of Bleeker and Carmine, this shop is actually in one of my favorite areas of the West Village and snuck up out of nowhere.

I was first attracted to the store by the ingenious sign in the window and once inside I was greeted with one of the most fun environments for a bake shop.


It turns out that Molly’s Cupcakes was featured on The Food Networks Cupcake Wars. This actually wasn’t a selling point for me since I have never watched the show. The very pretty looking cupcakes was enough to get me going. Since my discovery I have been there SEVERAL times for research purposes. It’s a tough job but someone has to do it :)

Before I get to the cupcake reviews, I wanted to note that a part of their profits go to help local schools. ***BONUS!***

*** And as always THE DISCLAIMER: The views below are purely my opinion and based on my love of baked goods and personal preference. Your tastes are different and you may choose to agree or disagree



The verdict: .

Boston Cream



This cupcake is probably the closest they have to a basic-fancy cupcake….if that makes any sense. It’s a vanilla cake with a chocolate ganache frosting and boston cream inside. I must say that this one wasn’t one of my favorites. The chocolate ganache was a bit thick and fought against the softness of the cake. After being almost halfway through the cupcake I didn’t think there was a center filling. It seems the cream/custard filling sank to the bottom of the cake, as well as absorbed into the cake. I will note that I ate this at home so travel may have affected the outcome. For now, my rating is 2 cupcakes. I may try it again and eat it in the shop to see if I have a better experience.



Cake Batter



This one seems to be a favorite among the customers so I gave it a try. I started with the frosting. I’m not sure if it is classified as whipped cream or buttercream but it was light and airy which I liked. The center is filled with actual cake batter. A fun cupcake but again not a fav. Even though it’s injected, in my opinion, it really just feels like an undercooked cupcake. It’s one thing to lick it out of a bowl, it’s another to eat it in the middle of a cooked cupcake. It’s just not a textured I dig.



Pumpkin Spice



A seasonal cupcake. The cream cheese frosting is fantastic. One of the better I’ve had on any baked good. It was really smooth & light. The cake was moist with a nice balance of nutmeg & cinnamon. The marscapone filling was also a nice touch. I’d recommend this one if it’s in season



Peach Cobbler



This cupcake was actually the winning cupcake on Cupcake Wars. It features a really wonderful whip cream topping. The vanilla cake is light and moist but didn’t have a overpowering vanilla taste. My belief is it’s meant to meld with the filling. The filling is a peach puree which seemed to settle at the bottom of cupcake and absorb a bit. The peach flavor is light ad not a fake “peachy” flavor. I think the flavor will always be dependent on the flavor of the batch of peaches used. I found the brown sugar streusel to have a more distinct taste in the cupcake than the peach.



Apple Pie

 



THIS. IS. MY. FAVORITE!!!!!!!!!

Okay, in case you missed it, this one is my favorite. The 1st time I ate one I sang a line of “Jesus Loves Me”. No seriously, it goes “Jesus loves me, this I know. Because this cupcake tells me so…” This cupcake is magic!

Let’s start with the apple pie crust star and the whip cream frosting that tastes like cool whip but real and better. The cake is like a really moist apple muffin. It brings to mind a loaf bread and not so much a cupcake. I can taste the cinnamon and nutmeg but it’s not overpowering. Then you hit the center and realize there is an actual apple pie filling. Sweet Glory of America! It reminds me of a McDonald’s apple pie but chunkier and more amazing. It’s not too sweet yet just sweet enough. Seriously! I think I love this thing. TOP HONORS!!!


There are MANY more cupcakes on their menu, so I think I may need to sacrifice myself and do a bit more research ;)



For a time I had really gotten into a routine and realized I had closed myself off from seeing the world and really living life. Work, home, internet, sleep, repeat. Then I remember something that happened to me when I was 13 yrs old…

The summer before my 1st year in high school, I was looking forward to a summer of doing nothing. I just wanted to sit in the house & read. I didn’t have a lot of friends that lived close by, I was too young to work, and I couldn’t drive yet so this was the perfect option for me….or so I thought. I made it through 2 weeks of this plan before my mother had other ideas. SHE decided that I wasn’t going to spend my entire summer in the house and told me “I want you out of the house by 9:30am and I don’t want to see you again until 6. I don’t care where you go. Here is some bus fare”. Yup! She sure did. That set the tone for my whole summer.

So with that memory in mind I established “Field Trip Saturdays”, where I set out to do something new and different every Saturday, in addition to spend time with more people during the week.And it was a good summer. Of course that meant I didn’t give myself time to write blog posts about everything I did or post pictures on facebook. Now that the summer is over here is a quick recap of some of the highlights of my summer….

McQueen Platos Atlantis

Went to see the Alexander McQueen exhibit at the Met the first week it opened.  I missed the worst of the lines

World Wide Knit in Public Day

WWKIP Day.  Sat at the Vogue Knitting Table in support of the Local Knits book

View from Brooklyn Bridge Park

Traipsed around the city on my day off & made my way to Brooklyn Bridge Park.

Nemo Fisheys @ Mystic Aquarium

Jellyfish @ Mystic Aquarium

Took a trip to Mystic, CT to visit the Mystic Aquarium

Cupcakes @ CityCakes

Discovered City Cakes on one of my random walks through the city.

Economy Candy Store in NYC

Candy! Candy! Candy! I found my new supplier of Sixlets

Hostess in my cousin's wedding in the red dress I made 2 nights before

Had the honor of being a hostess in my cousin’s wedding.

Boat Ride to Governor's Island

Taking the ferry over for my 2nd Annual Lazy Afternoon on Governor’s Island. One of my favorite places in NYC.

Road Trips to Cleveland

I’m looking forward to the fall and seeing what else I can get into.



Despite the fact that I haven’t done a useful or insightful blog post in ages, I renewed my web services for another year. Combined that with the fact that I got a new camera for Christmas and that leads me to believe that I need to start posting on a regular basis. But here’s the thing….I’m not sure what I should be posting about. I’m sort of at my pre-midlife crisis stage of life.

I love fashion and I love making clothes so I quick my lucrative career as a software engineer to do the the thing that I love. All the while not knowing that a recession would hit and affect the fashion market in the worst way. So all the ideas and plans I had for my fashion career were squashed like a bug and I have been reduce to living like a pauper trying to work in the fashion industry. I want to start my own business but, like I said, money is tight when it comes to fashion and investments are few and far between. So I work a job that mental drains me so much that when I come home all I want to do is eat and sleep. Sounds fun right? So I spend my extra time debating if I should go back into engineering (which would probably require a move to another city) so I can make a decent living and live comfortably again, or if I should stick this thing out and live like a pauper until things get better for fashion, or if I should find some new career that marries the two things together.

So why do I tell you all of this….because at the end of the day I should be posting about my exciting love for fashion and all the things I’m working on but my direction-less life is not helping me do that. I haven’t been knitting or sewing much. Or reading fashion magazines, etc. None the less I shall forge ahead and try to bring myself out of the fog ( side note: I got a Kindle for Christmas too and I’ve been reading alot so my speech may start to sound a little/lot more “literary-ish” for a while.) So if you know any good business-minded people or career counselors, send them my way. Cause I need some help getting back on track.

In the meantime, I’ll be blogging my way out of the funk. I’m hoping that it will help me figure some things out. For now I will leave you with a montage of pictures I was finally able to get off my camera phone and old camera.

These cupcakes are from Downtown Atlantic in Brooklyn.  The cupcake in the back is a Chocolate with Vanilla Buttercream and coconut shavings.  It is by far my favorite “regular” cupcake.  I forgot the actually name of the other cupcake but it was good too. Real good!

The Cupcake Stop Truck!  It took me forever to finally find this truck. If I’m on the West Side, it’s on the East Side. If I’m uptown, it’s downtown.  Tasty flavors but the Red Velvet was actually a little too moist for me.


Lego Heads! I love Legos so I was only too excited when I saw this. To and from work, I use the 23rd Street stop on the A/C/E subway line here in NYC and some wonderful soul has taken it upon themselves to express their creative talents by covering faces on subway billboards with these huge Lego head stickers.

Apparently in Cleveland, this is the new and updated version of “The Club” – big heavy chain & padlock.

And finally a fashion related pic. This is a fair-isle dress I spotted in a Japanese knitting magazine at Kinokuniya. What I love is that this magazine was published before or around the same time the D&G Fall 2010 fair-isle collection hit the runway.



I realized I hadn’t posted in a bit and decided to post an update & wish list.

- I spent the winter knitting a sweater from navy blue merino wool yarn. It’s almost all put together and I don’t like it. I’ll take pictures of the pieces and then take it apart. It’s the only thing I knit all winter.

-Why is it that as the weather gets warmer I’m getting slightly more inspired to knit? Seems a bit out of order.

-I’m working on a sweater for another book project. It’s due at the end of April.

- I went to Oakland,CA last weekend for a wedding. It was my first time to the Bay Area and it was cold.  I was not pleased by this discovery. The wedding was wonderful though and I was able to see some old friends from NC.  I also saw the Golden Gate Bridge and got cupcakes.(I’ll do a cupcake chronicle’s update in a few days.)





-I wish for a new digital camera. I live in denial about the capabilities of my camera phone. Please see above pics for actual proof. Plus I have no pictures from the wedding b/c they all came out blurry. I have a digital camera which is actually pretty good but it’s too big to carry around on a daily basis. Someone please send me a camera fairy.



Sweet Revenge
62 Carmine Street, New York, NY
Cupcake Prices: $3.50


It pains me to write about Sweet Revenge. Not because the experience was bad, but because I love this place so much I’m afraid that it will become one of those places that’s so well known you have to wait in line and can never get a seat. After our favorite knitting cafe closed, my friends and I were on the lookout for a place that we could do our weekly sit-and-chat. I did some searching on the internet and stumbled upon this place. What convinced me to give it a try? The Happy Hour Special: A $10 cupcake and wine or beer pairing. Cupcake+wine+$10= I’m there!

This place is great. It is small cafe/bar atmosphere where you’ll be greeted by the owner or her wonderful staff. It has a wonderful menu that includes breakfast items or savory cakes, sandwiches, and various cheese/meat plates. (The Tuscan savory cake is my favorite pre-cupcake snack.) They serve tea, coffee, beer, and wine as well. And then there are the cupcakes, cakes, and cookies. Everything is fresh and made on the premises. My friends and I have been known to stop mid-conversation and exclaim “Oooooh what is that smell? It smells soooo good.” If you have the pleasure of being there in the evening you can bear witness to the sights and smells of everything baking.

And now to tell you about the cupcakes. Oh the cupcakes! They are de-light-ful! Each cupcake on the menu has a suggested beer and wine pairing which you can enjoy. I’m not sure that I take full advantage of that information since I’m more interested in the cupcakes than the beverages. Also be advised, that not all the flavors are available all the time. Certain flavors can and will sell out before the end of the day.




The verdict: .

The Dirty Cupcake
This one is rich. It is a Valrhona chocolate cake with dark chocolate truffle. This is a cupcake for adults. It’s not overly sweet but is rich. The cake is moist and the chocolate truffle on top should never be confused for frosting. It’s too good to be called frosting. The only problem with this cupcake is that it should come with a warning sign to eat it slowly. It takes so good that you can eat it a little faster than you should and then you will feel a little overwhelmed at the end. Eat it slowly with a nice cup of coffee or wine and it’s a delight.


The Not So Dirty Cupcake
This is much like the Dirty Cupcake but with a milk chocolate ganauche instead. The same rules of richness apply. Savor it slowly.


The Fleur de Sel Cupcake
This is one of the best cupcakes, if not one of the best desserts, I have ever had in my life. It is a Valrhona chocolate cake with caramel buttercream and salted caramel on top. It is moist and the buttercream is light and sweet. Combined with the salted caramel, it will send you through the roof. A definite fav!


The Pumpkin Spice
The day I tried this cupcake I decided to order a Fleur de Sel “to go” so that I could try something new. I am so glad I did. I do believe this cupcake is seasonal. It is a pumpkin spiced cake with a cream cheese frosting. It was wonderfully moist and light and the frosting was a perfect complement. I could find nothing wrong with this cupcake and will have a few more in the near future.