Buttercup Bake Shop in NY had me at "Buttercup."
Visions of Steve Martin, Chevy Chase, and Martin Short singing "My little Buttercup" in The Three Amigos movie bring me back to childhood before I even enter this delicious haven.
An off-shoot of the famous Magnolia Bakery, Buttercup's cupcakes fare far better than their rival predecessor's with cakes that are actually moist and icing that has distinguishable and delicious flavors. With a healthy serving of thick frosting, these cupcakes pack a sugary punch that's not unlike a Sprinkles' experience.
The Chocolate Cupcake is Perfection and the Ginger Cake with Pumpkin frosting is so exceptional, I'd consider flying back east next autumn just to have it annually.
We run into problems with the Vanilla however. It tastes like a cup of Butter (how apropos, Buttercup) versus Vanilla. I was reminded of Pepperidge Farm butter "Chessmen" cookies, or even pound cake. I'm sorry, but if you can't execute vanilla/vanilla, that's going to dock you a cherry.
Overall, a fun and delicious stop. To avoid a complete sugar shock though, I recommend having only one at a time or sharing with a friend!For more info on Buttercup Bake Shop, click here.