I was visiting NYC for a shopping trip this past weekend when, on my way to scour the racks at Marc Jacobs, I passed the Magnolia Bakery. Their cupcakes' notoriety stretches all the way to my hometown of Vancouver, BC, so I figured I'd stop in and try one of the little guys.
It was the single most dreadful cupcake I have ever encountered. And I have done battle with many a cupcake in my time. Not only was it frightfully overpriced (my all-time favourite cupcake is 69 cents Cdn., which is roughly 0.000001 US cents), but it was so horrible I gave up halfway through. The cake itself was dry and tasted extremely floury - so floury that it was impossible to recognize it as a vanilla cupcake. The icing was just way too sweet as well. The sole virtue of the cupcakes was they looked absolutely adorable all lined up in the window.
Sadly didn't make it to Cupcake Cafe or another cupcake joint I was told about in the Nolita area, but I have to admit that after the Magnolia's poor showing, I was wary of wasting another $1.75 on something that tasted like a failed HomeEc project.
What does everyone think about the Magnolia Cupcakes? Did I just happen to pick the wrong one (it was vanilla, with pink icing), or are they generally weak? And why is that such a little cupcake spurred my most vitriolic eGullet post yet?