Cupcake heavyweight Crumbs Bake Shop has closed its doors for good

One of New York's biggest purveyors of cupcakes shuttered abruptly on Monday



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Crumbs, the cupcake shop that boasted treats toppling with frosting, closed all its shops on Monday, July 7. Founded in 2003, the sweets spot featured flavors like cookie dough and Girl Scouts Thin Mints, and even planned to sell some of its specialty treats (cronut knockoffs, anyone?) at wholesale stores like BJ’s. But with irreparable financial woes, the company will soon be filing for bankruptcy instead.

Although we’re not relishing in it (okay, maybe a little), we have to say that we saw this one coming. Cupcakes hit their prime back in February 2012, and were immediately replaced by doughnuts—and then the cronut craze. Meanwhile, we’ve already moved on and are waiting for waffles to soak up their 15 minutes of fame.

If you’re still on a cupcake kick (we won’t hold it against you), pop over to one of these favorites:

Little Cupcake Bakeshop

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This Bay Ridge bakery has expanded to Manhattan. The corner space has windows that overlook the kitchen, offering passersby a glimpse of the cupcakes (in flavors like tiramisu and cookie dough) within.

  1. 30 Prince St at Mott St
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Sweet Revenge

  • Price band: 1/4

This cupcake shop also sells savory cakes and sandwiches.

  1. 62 Carmine St between Bedford St and Seventh Ave
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Baked by Melissa

  • Price band: 1/4

Size matters here, but not the way you're thinking. Mini cupcakes (a bit taller than a quarter standing on one end) come in scrumptious flavors like peanut-butter cup, cookie dough and chocolate-chip pancake.

  1. 7 E 14th St between Fifth Ave and University Pl
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Tribeca Treats

  • Price band: 1/4

Treats like the Rainbow Blizzard cupcake (a more elegant version of the beloved funfetti variety) are as tasty and kid-friendly as they are chic.

  1. 94 Reade St between Church St and West Broadway
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Buttercup Bake Shop

  • Price band: 1/4

A venture from one of the founding partners of Magnolia Bakery, Buttercup sells cakes, pies and other sweet treats—including, unsurprisingly, cupcakes.

  1. 973 Second Ave between 51st and 52nd Sts
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