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Magnolia Bakery

Magnolia Bakery & Cafe

It's easy to see how the sweets here became a New York—and now international—addiction: It'd be healthier to mainline sugar than to eat one of these cupcakes. The dense cake and achingly sweet frosting evoke nostalgia for kiddie birthday parties, but the cutesy lace curtains and not-too-sweet icebox cake (chocolate cookies layered with whipped cream, available whole and by the slice) are timeless.

Venue name: Magnolia Bakery
Address: 108 N State St

Opening hours: Mon–Thu 7:30am–10pm; Fri 7:30am–midnight; Sat 8am–midnight; Sun 8am–10pm
Transport: El stop: Red to Lake; Blue to Washington; Brown, Green, Orange, Pink, Purple (rush hrs) to State/Lake.
Price: Average cupcake: $3.50
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