Friday, October 17, 2008

May in NYC: Babycakes NYC

The last stop on my Memorial Day weekend NYC trip was Babycakes bakery. I love that their baked goods are vegan, free of refined sugar, use spelt flour, and about half of their selections are also gluten-free.

The day I was there, I believe the non-gluten-free selection was chocolate, vanilla, carrot, and lemon. I picked up a dozen to take with me to ma meilleure amie and her family, who I was on my way to visit in Rhode Island.

Beware when you go to Babycakes that their bakery is hot! I run extremely cold and I was sweltering in that shop, so make sure you dress accordingly. The shop is quite small and it was crowded with about 6 customers that day. It's a very cute space, though.

I'd heard one of the employees telling a customer that the cupcake frosting tends to melt, so to make sure to keep it cool. We had a long drive, but I knew we'd be in a car with air conditioning, so I thought it would be fine. Well, with 6 cupcakes each in 2 boxes, I arrived in Rhode Island with one box of perfectly frosted cupcakes and one box of cupcakes with melted frosting. I thought I was in the clear because the box on top looked perfect the whole drive. Unfortunately, I didn't think to look at the bottom box!

Even more unfortunately was that I didn't really care for the cupcakes. They were too dense for my taste, which is a shame because I wanted to love them in all of their spelt flour and agave glory! I mean, it's a bakery after my own heart. Maybe they were just having an off day, but I probably wouldn't spend the $3.25 per cupcake again when I prefer the cupcakes I bake myself.

P.S. The photos I took of the Babycakes cupcakes are awful, so please look at their adorable site instead!

P.P.S. The owner of Babycakes has some cool videos and recipes on the Food Network site. Visit the Babycakes site for the link.


Bex said...

it's too bad you didn't like the cupcakes. I've never tried them before but there is a new local bakery here called babycakes that is just gluten free not vegan and the name catches my eye every time I see it. It's driving me crazy.

Hannah said...

Hm, that's a shame to hear! I applied to work there, but now that I've heard so many unenthusiastic reviews, maybe it's a good thing they rejected me...

Anonymous said...

They sound so amazing, not to mention that I love the name. Sorry they weren't all they were cracked up to be, though. I'm off to check out their site!

ChocolateCoveredVegan said...

Hmmm, sorry about the hot-ness... maybe I should go there in the winter, when it's uber-cold in NYC?
What's better than a cupcake to warm ya up?