Cupcakes have thrived because their cup shape is easily sculpted, unlike the shapes of Statue of Liberty cakes and double-helix cakes. Stick to the traditional small cup of frosted goodness with today's Groupon: for $4, you get a dozen mini cupcakes (an $8 value) at Zaharenia, located in Oakland Gardens.
Zaharenia's mini cupcakes are handcrafted with unbleached flour and contain no hidden preservatives or subpoenas. They're available in seven flavors daily, and special tastes are added each week. Red velvet and rocky road are permanent fixtures, and the shop rolls out its cocoa-cola and strawberry shortcake varieties ever so often. Mix and match to stimulate each of your tongue's frosting zones; each cupcake is tasty enough that it's never tempting to lob it into an open car window to frostingify Sunday drivers.
Owner Alexandra Eglezos opened Zaharenia after spending 25 years concocting chocolate confections for her family and friends. She named the brightly painted store "Zaharenia," after the Greek word for "sweetness" as well as the ancient Latin word for "wicked-good cupcakery," which adequately describes the store's jovial disposition.
Valid for in-store purchases only. Zaharenia is closed on Mondays.
Zaharenia has been featured by the Queens Tribune:
- What’s not to love about Zaharenia, a custom chocolate gift shop in Oakland Gardens? It’s filled with chocolate. – Jessica Ablamsky
222-20 Union Tpke.
Oakland Gardens, New York 11364Get Directions