So of course just when I'm leaving, I find my favorite cupcake spot in Manhattan.
Keep in mind that I live near the tempting Magnolia Bakery and their cupcakes are good, yes, but they aren't all that. Billy's, their spin off, is a little better and then there were some disappointments at Burgers & Cupcakes and Eleni's BUT now I've found ambrosia at Sugar Sweet Sunshine on the Lower East Side.
It was recommended to me by Nichelle, a blogger at Cupcakes Take the Cake. We were chatting at a pre-fashion week party and I eagerly asked the cupcake aficionado what her favorite cupcake in New York City is and she quickly replied, Sugar Sweet Sunshine--not to be mistaken with the fun independent film that I wrote about, Little Miss Sunshine.
So on a mission, two of my girlfriends and I headed there after work to try for ourselves. I admit I was skeptical but eager and very hungry. I ordered their sunshine cupcake ($1.50) which is a vanilla cake and buttercream frosting and their lemon cupcake. Sunshine was amazing. The cake was really moist and flavorful and the frosting was sweet and creamy. Way better than Magnolia's and without the line and a quarter cheaper a cup. My friends tried their red velvet cupcake and pumpkin spice instead of the lemon one, both of which were received with enthusiastic moaning.
The place itself has a relaxed coffee shop feel to it that invites visitors to stay and eat instead of taking it to go.
So forget the line and two dozen limits at Magnolia's and head to Sugar Sweet Sunshine on 126 Rivington Street. The NY Press agrees by the way. Enjoy!