On our last day in NYC, my awesome travel buddy and snacking partner-in-crime Jenny and I headed to Top of the Rock, the observation deck at Rockefeller Center.
What an incredible view of the city we had!
From up here, the island looked so small..
I just love the big green rectangle of Central Park. Looks so funny surrounded by all the buildings!
We got a huge kick out of seeing all the tiny cabs down below. :)
All weekend we had been meaning to go to Crumbs Bake Shop (which had a location right by our hotel) to continue our NYC Cupcake Challenge! :) Finally on Sunday afternoon we were able to make our way over there. We brought these goodies back to the Royalton lobby for testing. Don’t you just love their bags!
First… The Cinnamon Roll Cupcake with cream cheese icing. This was totally Jenny’s favorite!
Next… the decadent Brownie Cupcake.
Incredibly rich chocolate cupcake filled with chocolate fudge, drizzled with chocolate, and topped with little bites of brownies. I think this was my favorite!
Then… the Cookie Dough Cupcake.
Ooh, chocolate fudge filling! What a fun surprise. The icing was a cream cheese frosting mixed with chocolate chip cookie pieces.
And finally… the Cappuccino Cupcake!
A delicious chocolate cupcake filled a coffee cream cheese frosting and covered in mini chocolate chips.
Also very close to our hotel was Magnolia Bakery! We were in heaven surrounded by all these cupcakes! :) I got just a plain vanilla cupcake with buttercream icing.
Jenny got a Banana Cupcake with caramel meringue buttercream frosting. Tasted just like banana bread!
The Verdict? So, who was the winner of our NYC Battle of the Cupcakes?? Here’s the final rundown!
Crumbs Bake Shop. These were good cupcakes, but I’m just not a huge cream cheese frosting fan. Seems like all the cupcakes we tested that day had cream cheese frosting. I’m definitely a buttercream frosting kinda gal!
Magnolia Bakery. If you’re a traditionalist looking for a plain vanilla cupcake, I don’t think you’ll be disappointed! My vanilla cupcake and the buttercream frosting were both delicious. I’m definitely going to be trying the Magnolia Bakery recipe. However we were not overly wowed with the “specialty” flavors they had that day.
Eleni’s Cupcakes. Hands down, these are the winner! :) We couldn’t stop talking about our Oreo and Peanut Butter Cup cupcakes. That buttercream frosting was just outta this world incredible. If you are ever in the area, definitely head over to Chelsea Market and check them out!
Thanks for sharing NYC with us!!
whoa! awesome NYC photos! what lens and camera are you using? O__O
the last pic’s bokeh and lighting is just perfect! it’s like it’s taken inside a studio. :D
Thanks! I used the Canon 7D and 24-70 f/2.8 lens for all the NYC pics.
To bad you can’t PDF any of those treats to me?
Oh my goodness… next time take me with you because those cupcakes look so good, I’m drooling!
In Spain now it’s time for breakfast (the morning off work) and has been hard to see these cupcakes so good … hmmmm.
As I read your blog, I am eating frozen Yoplait Whipped Yogurt…I wish I had a taste of all of the cupcakes!!! LOL!!!
Hey, i love your comment section how it is simple and beautiful! Can you make a tutorial on how to edit this?
OH how I miss NY….its like another world. Of food that is! And culture & fun & cool-ness. Great pictures of the landscape! REalllllY good. Did you futs with them in PS? Just curious because they are so detailed & in focus & clear. What a trip- I am thinkin of splurging & taking my hubby there for a 3 day get away! Need lots of ideas
Happy Cupcake Eatin’
Ada in Coastal Cali
Amanda you are so thin! How do you eat all these cupcakes and still be tiny?! ;)
But seriously, I remember your post about your weight loss. Have you still been eating right? What’s your diet like now? I’d love to know!
Cupcakes! Cupcakes! they have been turned from something plain to something extra ordinary in recent years. Your pictures were just too yummy! What a bank of memories you have made! Smiles to you!
With your blogger.. oftne show lot of interesting and keep it up.
Wha an amazing trip you had with friend to NYC.
So much fun.. amazing snapshots too!
Thank for sharing!!
I hope we can hit some of these places when I’m in NYC next month!!…I think I need to lose 10 pounds first, if I’m going to eat like that! lol
Seriously……how do you do it?!
FABULOUS pictures Amanda!
I really can’t get enough of your blog. There’s just so much in here. I so much love your picture too.. May I ask what camera your using for your pictures? I’m planning to buy one but I still can’t decide up to now what camera to buy. After looking at your pictures, I just fall in love with it. :) Hope you could help me. thank!
Amanda – how did you eat all those sweets?! I got a toothache just reading about it! Glad you tested them all out, so I can just go to the winner of the challenge next time I’m in NYC – thanks for doing all the leg work;)
Thanks too for sharing your trip with us. I have been to NY for a couple of days 4 years ago. We had big plans but were so in love with the place we stayed within a couple of blocks from our hotel. I hope one day to go back (the trip from Australia is kinda big), but reading your posts was a lot like filling the void for now.
All of these cupcake flavors and bakeries sound amazing! Hopefully I will get a chance to go to NY one day and try them all!
Hey! I changed the address to my blog. It’s no longer alliebrownie.blogspot.com but it’s now littlehousebigtexas.blogspot.com.
Just to let you know!
My sister lives right by crumbs!
My favorites (and only ones I have when in NYC) are from Buttercup Bake Shop. Make a stop next time!!!
Oh my gosh! I went to NYC earlier this summer (and had an amazing time-btw) and I LOVE Crumbs Bakery! We had a location right around the corner from our hotel, too! I loved them so much, I had them for breakfast! haha! I got the Grasshopper one. It was delish. Looks like your cupcakes are super yummy, too! :)
OMG!! I love Magnolia Bakery!! My fiance used to bring me home cupcakes when he worked up in the city!! Oh how I miss them =) Love the pics!!
Love all your pictures…my favorite city
Love your “top of the rock” photos. They are beautiful. I am also a buttercream girl. It is sooooo much better than cream cheese frosting. Thanks for sharing your trip with us. I really don’t get to travel and I enjoy your posts.
OMG girl, I DIED looking at the double chocolate cupcake. That looked like it tasted DIVINE! Please tell me it did.
I’m dieting again and have been for a week and a half. I kinda hate it but the results are AWESOME. That’s the only reason I’m sticking with it. And HOPEFULLY, in about thirty days (if all goes as planned) I will post the new-and-improved me.
No one else (other than hubby and those that live by me) know about this diet so I’m hoping to totally catch them by surprise.
But I HAD to tell someone! :P
Hope you’re having fun! As I’m having fun just reading your blogs!
yummy! I, too, kept thinking about the calories. How do you do it?
I just love reading your recaps on your travels…you should become a food blogger and travel the US for great foods! Wouldn’t that be fun?
How do you keep so skinny girl??? I think I gained a few just by looking at your pics! lol
Those cupcakes look amazing and they are making me really hugry for one. I totally want to try out that recipe from Magnolia Bakery. Thanks for sharing it!
Amanda, I have so enjoyed your blog – thank you! I know you’ve mentioned before but what kind of camera do you use? Thank you. All Great Things For You, Katy
mmmmm how do they get that filling in the middle? decisions decisions.
I HAVE LOVED LOVED LOVED your New York pictures! I am going in Jan. so I have been taking notes from your posts! Cant wait and I will be getting one of those cupcake shirts!!
yum yum yum! The best thing about seeing NY through your blog posts, is that I didn’t have to worry about all the calories! :) Lots of fun seeing what you did and what you got to sample!
I’ve never loved Crumbs either for that same reason! Buttercream always wins, hands down! :)
Ahhhh, I LOVE it Amanda. Can’t believe our NY posts have come to an end. I’ll have one more and that’s it for me too :( We better hurry up and get to SF so we can get more posts ready :)
Have a great Monday, talk soon!! xoxo
oh my those cupcakes look AMAZING!!
guuurl, I don’t know how you eat like this ALL.THE.TIME and stay so skinny-minny. You’re blog always makes me hungry and jealous! haha
oh and ps – i volunteer to take a trip with you anytime! :)
I think it’s all about to catch up with me! After all these sweet treats, I’m in serious need of a detox diet. Nothing but boiled chicken and broccoli for a month! ;)