March 10, 2011

eating my way through nyc | cupcake taste test | baked by melissa | soho

Bigger isn’t always better — even when it comes to cupcakes.

The cupcake’s appeal lies in its adorable, petite packaging — it’s a tiny cake with a pretty wrapper and a dollop of bright frosting on top. How could you get any sweeter? Some fine woman named Melissa knows the answer to that question.

baked by melissa cupcake menu

{Baked by Melissa offers a variety of traditional and inventive cupcake flavors — in mini-cupcake form. Photo By missmeng/Courtesy Flickr}

Baked by Melissa specializes in baking charming mini-cupcakes with inventive flavors. The tiny, stuffed cupcakes come in a cute little box from a cute little sliver of a storefront in Soho — think hot dog stand minus all the stinky onions and bland colors. Baked by Melissa is all about sugary sweet smells and a rainbow of colorful cupcakes waiting to be popped into your mouth.

baked by melissa cupcake stand

{I love the idea of a walk-up cupcakery filled with tiny treats. Photo Courtesy Yelp}

Caro and I stopped by Baked by Melissa after a long day of shopping in Soho. We opted for a dozen mini-cupcakes in a variety of flavors. Together we sampled mint chocolate chip, peanut butter cup, cookie dough, peanut butter and jelly, red velvet, chocolate chip pancake, cookies & cream, s’mores and cinnamon cupcakes. My favorites of the delicate dozen were the peanut butter and jelly (classic combination in a nice cakey texture!) and the mint chocolate chip (nice touch with the tiny chocolate chips on top!). It’s amazing how much intense flavor Melissa packs into her bite-sized cupcakes — they were moist (these tiny cupcakes are so easy to overcook), stuffed with just the right amount of tasty filling and topped with a well-edited serving of creamy, flavorful frosting.

baked by melissa mini cupcakes

{Here's one way to not feel bad about eating six cupcakes — eat six mini cupcakes!}

When’s the last time you made mini cupcakes? What flavors would you want to see in a tiny cupcake creation? Leave me a comment in the comments section!

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