One of the things I have always heard raves about, but never really got why, are the cupcakes. People rate, obsess over & make them, buy home kits and cookbooks about them; they go to classes of baking and decorating them, cupcakes really are a fad. There’re thousands of stories about a girl opening a cupcake shop and succeeding – the american dream in a female version. On top, one of my new fav tv series is about two girls in NY trying to raise money to open their own c-cake business – check it out – it’s “Two broke girls” (my girl is the loud-mouth, dirty mind, booby brunette).
I never got the obsession because – what’s soooo special? it’s just mini-cake with some buttery cream on top. I must admit they look adorable, but this summer, i’ll try to “get them” – what’s so special? And on top, I’ll try to find the perfect one – that will make ME rave about them.
My first try was in Harlem today. Harlem is a neighbourhood in northern Manhattan with very interesting history – center of black culture, home of great jazz and places like Cotton club and Apollo theather, it was fun for me to have a walk around, but I felt likeI didn’t see enough of it, so I am planning for a proper visit and taking more shots. I stopped by two places before heading to my storytelling class downtown, and one of them was a cupcakery called Make my cake. Of course, the sign on the wall told one of the dream stories – two girls started making cakes at home, selling them as street vendors on passers-by, got popular and opened a business. They make it sound so easy! The place was retro-charm designed, no frills, the cakes looked bad, but the cupcakes looked good. Of course I got a double chocolate one – it looked darker than it tasted though, almost like they put black in the dough. The cupcake was huuuuge, costed 4 dollars, two ppl can easily share one, I managed to only eat half. They had done well on moisture and freshness, but it was too sweet for me, and the cream – still a bit heavy. Overall 6/10 for me. They also sold good iced coffee, which i took some shots of too (see the gallery from the link on top of the post).
Though this one looked great, I am still in the search of the perfect cupcake.