Some things, such as cakes and dentist hands, are better small. Eat the superior version of a cake with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of cupcakes and baked goods at Cupcakes by Carousel, valid at locations in Ridgewood, Englewood, and Nanuet.
The passionate bakers at Cupcakes by Carousel author an impressive menu of baked goods, including holiday pies, fall cupcakes, and gourmet cakes, as well as a decadent red-velvet confection lauded by O Magazine. Classic ($2.25), signature ($2.75), and specialty ($3.25+) cupcakes span 40 imaginative flavors, such as spiced pumpkin with cream-cheese cinnamon icing, banana split, and the Dirt & Worm, which layers vanilla and chocolate cake with rich fudge, oreo crumbs, and a kaleidoscopic gummi worm. Chocolate mousse oozes from the mousse cupcake’s moist cake shell, pairing with the Turtle’s medley of crushed pecans and caramel to satiate sweet teeth more swiftly than sleeping with a chocolate retainer. Additionally, apple crumb pie and a number of gourmet layer cakes ($18.50+) including pumpkin cheese cake can salvage sweet-deprived ice-fishing excursions alongside an entourage of icing shots ($1+) and dessert squares ($2).
Cupcakes by Carousel
It's always flattering when your dessert is the party's favorite. Carousel Cakes—and its bite-size offshoot, Cupcakes by Carousel—knows this feeling well. The bakeries' creative confections have received commendations from every corner of the media, from Time Out New York and InStyle to The View and, perhaps most notably, Oprah, who featured their red-velvet cake in O Magazine and named their blue-velvet cake one of Oprah's Favorite Things in 2012. "Gayle fell hard for this blue velvet cake with cream cheese icing and sugar snowflakes," the media icon gushed. "Just add coffee, milk, or a flute of champagne." The treats also sweeten meals at more than 1000 restaurants, including Zabar's and the American Museum of Natural History in New York and Aldo & Gianni Ristorante and Sear Restaurant in Closter, New Jersey.
As a sister company to the family bakery that Martin Lefkowitz opened in 1965, Cupcakes by Carousel specializes in handheld versions of the treats that won all this acclaim. Besides a mini adaptation of the famous red-velvet cake, the staff creates confections such as the Curious George—a vanilla cake filled with banana custard and topped with peanut butter buttercream frosting and chocolate ganache—and its version of Hostess’s Pink Snowball. All the shop's cakes and pies are certified kosher, and staff can even fill up glasses with swirls of their famous frostings and toppings for clients who like their cupcakes sans cake. Cupcakes by Carousel also lends its hand in local communities. Recently, the Englewood shop raised money for girls' education in developing nations through the nonprofit organization She's The First.