Justifying Cupcakes

Foodnotes & Anecdotes

As a generally health-conscious person and student of nutrition, people often expect me to have a perfect diet. But this is New York City! How can I resist all the culinary temptations our great city has to offer?

A trend food I’ve bought into in a major way is the cupcake. At least they are somewhat portion controlled… But, oh who am I kidding? Refined sugar and carbohydrates topped with more refined sugar and saturated fat is not exactly a nutritious treat. But I have a massive sweet tooth and it is definitely true in my case that denying yourself treats only leads to binges later on, so I treat myself. My inner nutritionist answer is to take everything in moderation!

I first hopped on the cupcake bandwagon during an unsuccessful attempt at gallery crawling in Chelsea. It was November and raining and there was no way I was going to enjoy art in those conditions. Walking back to the subway station, I passed by the minty green storefront of Billy’s Bakery and saw a baker frosting red velvet cupcakes through the large windows. I had to stop in and try one. With one bite all my rainy day woes left my body, and I remained on a cupcake high for three whole hours!

I have since tried many cupcakeries and been impressed and not so impressed. Of particular mention is Butter Lane in the East Village where you can choose from three flavors of cake and more than 12 different flavors of frosting! The cake is delightfully moist and flavorful and the frosting is just sweet enough. When I am craving a cupcake at home, there is Cupcakeland just a short walk from my apartment in Williamsburg. This newer cupcakery serves up a rotation of fresh flavors including strawberry shortcake and white chocolate raspberry on top of the old standards: chocolate, vanilla, and red velvet. The last time I was in, my boyfriend and I enjoyed the “Cookie” (cookies and cream inspired) and peanut butter (peanut butter frosting on vanilla cake). These cupcakes are definitely for frosting lovers as the cake has a little hole in it filled with extra frosting!

It’s ok to treat yourself once and a while and having one cupcake isn’t going to give you instant diabetes. So go on, help yourself to one (just one)!

Billy’s Bakery
184 Ninth Ave. (Chelsea)
75 Franklin Ave (Tribeca)

Butter Lane
123 East Seventh Street

Cupcakeland
390 Metropolitan Avenue (Williamsburg, Brooklyn)

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    Thanks! and thanks for taking me to Butter Lane!

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