Cupcakes are so popular in America that the top three Internet searches are cupcakes, hunky firemen, and hunky firemen kissing cupcakes. Get web 2.0 with today's Groupon: for $16, you get one dozen cupcakes (a $33 value) at New York Cupcakes in Bellevue.
A cozy boutique bakery, New York Cupcakes whips up house-made cupcakes in small batches throughout the day, topping each petite treat with signature buttercream frosting made with fresh butter from a nearby dairy farm. Like a sugary maelstrom, a rotating array of daily flavors widens the eyes of toddlers and grownups alike, tempting tongues with such varieties as East Village vanilla latte, royal red velvet, and orange dreamsicle. Orders must be placed by noon at least 24 hours in advance, and an additional charge will apply for filled, specialty, seasonal, and breakfast cupcakes.
New York Cupcakes’ mind-boggling display case overloads the senses with a rainbow of colors, and cheerful pink walls firmly announce that sadness will not be tolerated. Styled as a homey 1950s kitchen, a nostalgic vibe pervades the little shop, and watching small children and grown men try to make up their minds provides live in-store entertainment.
New York Cupcakes
If you do a double take upon reading the name on the door of New York Cupcakes, you're not alone. Many of the shop's customers wonder why this quaint cupcake shop finding a home in the pacific northwest is named after a city on the other side of the country. The answer is simple: that's what the shop was called when current owner Lisa Waxman Johnson first fell in love with it and decided to buy it. Lisa says the former owner meant the name to be an homage to the birthplace of the modern cupcake trend.
Lisa's cupcakes may not be made in New York, but their modern flavor combinations and chic decorations would make the fashion-forward Big Apple proud. The cupcake roster includes no fewer than 60 tempting options, with favorites that include Cookie Dough Delight, Royal Red Velvet, and Oh My Blueberry Pie. Several flavors draw inspiration from New York landmarks and icons, such as the New York Black & White, a half-chocolate, half-vanilla cupcake inspired by the city's beloved black and white cookies, or the Coney Island Coconut, a nod to the palm trees that line Brooklyn's beaches. The mouth-watering confections have earned numerous accolades by those impressed by their style and substance—each batch is made fresh daily using local eggs and butter.