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The best shops for birthday cupcakes in NYC

These awesome spots for birthday cupcakes will have your kids saying "Mom and Dad, you're the best!"

By Allie Early

Forgo your traditional birthday cakes this year in favor of something cuter (and equally awesome). If you're seeking dozens of epic birthday cupcakes for your kid's next birthday party, you've gotta check out these cool spots; they offer every flavor imaginable (well, pretty much), come in all sizes and are, dare we say, pretty darn cute.

Sprinkles Cupcakes

Restaurants Bakeries Lenox Hill

Cupcake Wars judge Candace Nelson opened her first bakery in Beverly Hills in 2005, quickly winning a devout following, before expanding to nine other cities. This location, her first in New York City, offers 50 different flavors, from chai latte to lemon coconut. Each frosted confection is crowned with the store's signature sugar dot.

Photograph: Courtesy Butter Lane

Butter Lane

Restaurants Bakeries East Village

If you’re seeking piles of delicious cupcakes, check out Butter Lane—you’re in for a treat. You can order online or in person (a box of two-dozen is $48, and a dozen box of specialty cupcakes is $51)—plus, just 24 hours’ notice is required (though they’d probably love you for placing your order a bit earlier). Choose from delicious treats like Raspberry on Vanilla, Caramel on Chocolate and the “Elvis” (Peanut Butter on Banana). 

Two Little Red Hens
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Two Little Red Hens

Restaurants Bakeries Upper East Side

Known for their cakes first, Two Little Red Hens also has an amazing assortment of cupcakes your kids will go crazy over. Choose from yellow or chocolate with three different filling choices, Red Velvet, Marble (swirls of chocolate fudge and Swiss vanilla) and Banana PB Fudge Swirl. Minimum two-day advance notice is required for orders.

Baked by Melissa

Restaurants Bakeries Union Square

Kiddos love downing teeny tiny cupcakes from Baked by Melissa. Who doesn’t love mini treats? Families can shop all the best flavors online (regular and gluten free) or at one of their many locations in NYC—kiddo favorites include Cookies & Cream, Tie Dye and Red Velvet. The company will even make cupcake art, custom cupcakes and create favors in teeny packaging so party guests can take treats home!

Georgetown Cupcake
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Georgetown Cupcake

Restaurants Bakeries Soho

Sisters Sophie LaMontagne and Katherine Kallinis, the stars of TLC's DC Cupcakes, debut a pink-swathed bakeshop and Illy coffee bar in Soho. Eighteen flavors, made with pedigreed ingredients like Valrhona chocolate and Madagascar bourbon vanilla, rotate on a weekly basis. LaMontagne and Kallinis nod to their adopted city with the NY Dozen box, which highlights a few new cupcakes (apple crumble, New York cheesecake, black-and-white cookie) decorated with yellow taxi cab and "I Love NY" fondants.


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