Sunday, December 07, 2008

Butter me up

The East Village is where it’s at. (Lucky me.)

Right on the heels of Momofuku’s debut, Butter Lane opened two weeks ago. It does cupcakes, just cupcakes, and they’re the best cupcakes I’ve had in an awful long time.

This place is small and simple and yet manages to have style (see wallpaper below – love it).

The staff is superfriendly and happy. And nice little touches abound. Go ahead, do a taste test! American and French buttercream samples are there for the licking so you can taste how French buttercream, with pure cane sugar and egg whites, is impossibly light and airy, while its American counterpart, made with confectioner’s sugar, is a little thicker, heavier and creamier. They’re both delicious.

There are four special flavors in addition to the standard chocolate and vanilla. Bennie and I sampled almost all of them, including chocolate on chocolate, blueberry, pumpkin, and banana with cream cheese frosting. Oh. My. Goodness. They’re amazing.

The basement kitchen is where the bakers spin the pure ingredients—like farm fresh eggs, organic butter and vanilla bean—into the incredibly fresh treats. The cupcakes are modestly sized, soft and springy, sweet and delicious. They melt on your tongue. Did I mention how delicious they are??

123 Seventh Street between First and A


Carolyn Jung said...

Oooh, they look delicious. Pray tell, though, are they super duper sweet? I love cupcakes, just not ones that are sugar bombs.

Sweet Freak said...

Carolyn, you must give them a try - not a sugar bomb to be found! They're perfectly balanced and taste so wholesome and perfect.