September 7th marked the official beginning to the new year in NYC for me. With everyday since then literally JAM packed with antics, I haven't had much time to slow down and get Scammed by my City. Whether it be school work, auditions, callbacks, dog walks, or yoga classes, I simply have not stopped. And for that I am eternally grateful. How can anyone complain when they get to wake up in a place like this?
I must make the ultimate confession. Perhaps by some unknown act of fate, I have found myself cheating on my beloved A train line and riding the 6 like nobody's business. Who really enjoys their time on an A anyway... But I have been tearing through the Lower East Side in the past few weeks. So, it seemed only fitting that the first NYC Edition of Scammed by my City be a report on an up and coming bakery in the heart of the East Village, Cupcake Market NYC.
When walking through the East Village it became very apparent to me that I was no where near cool enough to fit in. There was not another preppy white girl in seersucker within a 6 block radius, for sure. But hey... do it for the blog. I picked a GORG Saturday morning for this adventure. I'm gonna say that really helped to set the mood and to ease my mind on the fact that I was about to spend $16 on a cookie. (More on this later.) That's what dog walking is for!
Moving swiftly past the cutest brunch spots, being sure to make mental notes of each and EVERY one, I hoped with everything in me that this wouldn't be a repeat of my first trip to DŌ. It's really hard to judge how long you'll have to wait with really trendy shops in the city... especially if you see any kind of recognition on Facebook. It really must have been my lucky day because there was no wait!
At first I was so overwhelmed. This little bakery is PACKED with anything and everything I shouldn't be eating. Cakes, cupcakes, cookies... oh my! With flavors like Banana Nutella, Vanilla Cookies & Cream, Chocolate Peanut Butter, Red Velvet, Carrot Cake, Toasted Coconut, Chocolate Strawberry, and Banana Peanut Butter... is your mouth watering yet? I settled for a Red Velvet because anything with cream cheese has my name permanently engraved into it and then had the ever so daunting decision of which "face cookie" to purchase. That day's options were Kylie Jenner and Trump. Though there is also the option to get your face customized into a cookie, that requires about 5 days notice. So, I cashed out with the cupcake and King Kylie.
There is a separate room connected to the store front section that is decorated with the most precious tea party vibes. This really helps to transform the space from the concrete streets of NYC to an adorable homely mood. (It also makes the perfect photo backgrounds.) Their Instagram page (@cupcakemarketnyc) is full of iconic pictures with their logo vinyl on the front window, so I came in with some inspiration.
Social media mogul aside, the actual cupcake was unreal. It's hard to mess up Red Velvet, but it's also really hard to impress me with it. This was no store bought cupcake moment. It was also a really large portion size. Definitely going to go on record and say the cupcakes are no scam. However, as much as it pains me to say it, I don't feel the same about the face cookie. It made for the perfect Snapchat story and Instagram photo (Check out @maddiekerth to see it). But was it worth $16? Unfortunately not. If you have reached the level on insanity that I have, and are willing to drop that cash for a social media post, then GO for it. And tag me in it.
So, overall, I'll say that Cupcake Market NYC is a must see! Especially before it picks up the following that some other trendy snack spots have. AND if you have a big event coming up (like a graduation or birthday), definitely look into the cookie customization. I got to watch some of the decorating for an order and there really is so much work and artistry that goes into each cookie. At least I can say I was supporting a local business woman (GIRL POWER)!
Until next scam, NYC!
Follow Maddie through New York City as she embarks on new adventures and makes new memories... all while pleasantly getting scammed.