Cupcakes from most bakeries come with American frosting—that's a sweeter version of the silky egg-white-and-melted-sugar French buttercream frosting you can get at Butter Lane, the East Village cupcake den that's ruffling the wrappers of Magnolia and ChikaLicious (Time Out New York nominated Butter Lane for 2009's Best New Bakery).
The cupcake connoisseurs at Butter Lane let you sample frostings—espresso, pumpkin, raspberry, blueberry, and more—in either French or American style. This Groupon gets you half off a dozen cupcakes. (Use your Groupon Monday through Wednesday and receive a bonus cupcake.) Choose any flavor. Stock up on cupcake staples, such as dark chocolate and vanilla, or fill your box with more exotic handheld cakes, such as grapefruit ginger and peanut butter. Beyond innovative icings and fine flavors, these cupcakes have integral character —they're made from pure ingredients, including real vanilla beans, pure cocoa, and fresh fruit.
The New York Times says Butter Lane has "a bowl of new ideas," and food critics on Serious Eats and Cupcakes Take the Cake savor the flavors of the tiny, sweet-smelling shop. Pink floral wallpaper and a chalkboard menu make Butter Lane a cozy spot to sugar up. Let the friendly staff help you navigate the saccharine seas of incredible cupcake choices.
Note: Ordering ahead online to ensure your chosen cupcake availability is encouraged.
- This is a beautiful cupcake. White on white on white. First things that hits you in [sic] the scent. The coconut-y, vanilla-y bakery smells. I am not normally a coconut fan, especially sweetened coconut, but this one is very good. The cake is sweet (but not too sweet) and had a bit of excessive crumble to it... One of the best things about Butter Lane (besides its cupcakes) is the scent that hits you when you open the door to the bakery. It’s warm and inviting inside, and you can see that the owners are dedicated to using organic, local ingredients wherever possible. – Stacie Joy, Cupcakes Take The Cake
- At Butter Lane, a bright little bakery at 123 East Seventh Street (First Avenue), frosting samples in various flavors and styles are set out for customers to taste, then choose. Grapefruit-ginger offers a refreshing change of pace on the tender chocolate or vanilla cupcakes...Peanut butter and strawberry are other options. – Florence Fabricant, The New York Times
- If a store can survive selling one type of product, that alone should speak volumes about the product. I'm not a big cupcake fan—sometimes I downright despise them—but Butter Lane is doing quality work... The use of quality ingredients is evident after taking your first bite. – Kathy YL Chan, Serious Eats
Yelpers think Butter Lane's cupcakes are sweet, giving it a four-star average:
When Black Friday Comes
Known as Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving is the biggest shopping day of the year and the sun’s annual day of rest. Here are some surefire shopping tips to help you survive the sunless mall-maelstrom unscathed:
- To increase visibility, reach for overstock shelves, and to intimidate other shoppers, employ your finest pair of running stilts.
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Butter Lane Cupcakes
Butter Lane's pastry chefs treat diners to aromatic baked goods that have earned accolades from InStyle magazine and Food Network. Pure ingredients such as real vanilla beans and dark chocolate build the foundation for fluffy cupcakes frosted in french and american buttercream icing. Budding bakers can enroll in Butter Lane's lighthearted Cupcake 101 class to learn cupcake-crafting basics. Like a grandfather wearing a gorilla suit, Butter Lane's cupcake towers steal the show at weddings and sundry bashes.
123 E 7th St
New York, New York 10009Get Directions