In keeping with the quaint vibe (or maybe it’s because of sky-high Manhattan rent prices?), most cupcake places I’ve been to are tiny with either a couple of tables or no seating at all. This is NOT the case with Molly’s Cupcakes.
When I walked into Molly’s Cupcakes for the first time, I bet my eyes lit up like a little kid in a candy store. Or like a little kid in a cupcake shop. Or like a big kid in a cupcake shop. I was just really excited.
The store is absolutely adorable. There’s plenty of seating, with more of a coffee shop look, a shelf with board games you can borrow, and on the counter with the napkins and water, they have little shakers with sprinkles and other fun things. And the best part? There’s a counter, but the seats aren’t typical bar stools…they’re swings!!! Granted, the bottom of the swings are still chained to the floor so you can’t go completely crazy on them, but you can still swing around a little. Sigh. I really can’t get over how cute this place is.
While there is an option to build your own cupcake (size, cake, frosting, and toppings), their center-filled cupcake flavors are really great like the Ron Bennington, which is chocolate cake with peanut butter filling, chocolate ganache, and crushed butterscotch topping; the Cookie Monster, which is vanilla chocolate chip cake with a raw cookie dough center, buttercream, and a mini chocolate chip cookie; and Blueberry Cheesecake, which is vanilla cake with infused classic cheesecake, cinnamon graham cracker crumbs, pastry cream, and glazed blueberries. They also have other seasonal offerings like Pumpkin Spice in the winter and Strawberry Shortcake in the summer.
When I visited the store, I got the Boston Cream cupcake which is vanilla cake with a pastry cream filling and chocolate ganache. It looked so picture perfect, and if you don’t believe me take a look at the photo. Told you! I also sampled a bite or two from my friend’s cupcakes. They got peach cobbler (vanilla cake, cinnamon peach puree, brown sugar streusel, whipped cream, and a sliced peach) and creme brulee (vanilla cake, creme brulee custard, caramelized sugar, and glazed berries).
A couple months after my visit here, a friend of mine gave me a little box of Molly’s Cupcakes for my birthday (thank you again!!) with a peanut butter nutella one and a chocolate caramel flavored one. Peanut butter + nutella…chocolate + caramel…whoever is thinking up these combinations is on point!
I have to say that these are some of my favorite cupcakes in the city because they’re moist (kind of goes without saying at a good cupcake place!) and I’m kind of obsessed with their flavors. If you needed any more reason to go here, they won on the TV show “Cupcake Wars” and USA Today deemed them one of the “10 Best Cupcake Bakeries in the Country.” Oh, and in honor of Molly, the founder’s 3rd grade teacher who would always bake the students cupcakes on their birthdays, they donate part of their profits to local schools. Convinced yet?
Peanut butter nutella cupcake, chocolate caramel cupcake, Boston cream cupcake
228 Bleecker St
New York, NY 10014