Baked by Melissa

Did you know that there’s such a thing as a cupcake tour in New York City? If you didn’t know, it’s exactly what it sounds like. A guide takes you on a walking tour around the city to different famous cupcake shops and you get a little sample of each. The itinerary includes Crumbs Bake Shop, Amorino, Molly’s Cupcakes, Milk & Cookies, Magnolia Bakery, and of course, Baked by Melissa.

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The fact that there’s a whole tour dedicated to this single food item just shows how much NYC loves cupcakes. It’s one of those trendy food items that you go get with your girlfriends or mom or something and relish in the whole experience. Some people hate that, but I love it.  Sometimes you just don’t want a big dessert that’s a huge slice of cake and a mound of ice cream on top with a swirl of whipped cream and a cherry on top of that with chocolate syrup drizzled all over. Okay, well, now that I say that I kind of want that. But not always! Sometimes you just want a simple, sweet dessert that can fit in the palm of your hand and looks too cute to eat, and that’s where cupcakes come in.

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Now take that a step further, for when you want something even more quaint but still delicious. Something that could, let’s say, fit on top of a quarter.  That’s where Baked by Melissa cupcakes come in.

Baked by Melissa sells the tiniest cupcakes I’ve ever seen in my life. On their website, they put a picture of a quarter next to photos of their cupcake flavors “for sizing reference” just so you get an accurate picture of how teensy their cupcakes are.  I went to get some after work one day and decided that since they were so small I might as well get a bunch and try all the flavors. It was a real “treat yo self” moment. I ordered a dozen cupcakes, one of each flavor plus two tie-dye (their signature flavor). They also have a special flavor of the month, and the one when I was there was sweet potato pie. It came out to $18, so it’s definitely on the expensive side.

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Despite the price tag, these cupcakes were still quite delicious. I just kept popping them in my mouth like snacks and before I knew it, I had eaten all 12 in one sitting. I just kept telling myself (and still do) that because they were oh so small, they all equaled a normal size cupcake I would get elsewhere. Sure, let’s stick with that.

While I could gobble up each cupcake in a single bite, they were each packed with flavor. And I don’t know what it is but there’s definitely something about the tie-dye one that made it a stand-out from the rest. The peanut butter & jelly and chocolate chip pancake flavors were my other favorites.

I know some people will feel weird about paying $1.50 for something the size of a 25 cent coin, but they’re perfect for kids and a box of these dainty goodies makes one great looking (and tasting) gift.

Cookies & cream, cookie dough, sweet potato, red velvet, cinnamon, tie-dye, mint chocolate chip, triple chocolate fudge, chocolate chip pancake, peanut butter cup, and peanut butter & jelly cupcakes

7 E. 14th St.

New York, NY 10003

(multiple locations)

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