Nestled on the corner of Madison Avenue and 33rd Street is a little cupcake store, Buttercup Bake Shop. Owned by Jennifer Appel, who assisted in opening Magnolia Bakery, the bake shop has a high reputation, being featured on MTV, FOX, CNN and known for consumption by prominent figures such as Martha Stewart and Hillary Clinton.
Going into the sweet shop, I wasn’t aware of just how big its reputation was, which in some respects may have given me less bias. Even still, I was inclined to think it was popular as I watched a few New Yorkers come in to hastily order cupcakes for upcoming events.
After a few minutes of being overwhelmed with the many choices, I decided to try the dark chocolate peanut butter cup. The cupcake itself was dark chocolate with bits of Reese’s peanut butter cups at the top. The frosting seemed to be a mix of peanut butter and butter cream, and it was topped with traditional Reese’s colored sprinkles.
Biting into the cupcake, I wasn’t sure what to expect, but richness is what I found. Although it was later in the day when I ordered, the cupcake was totally moist–actually a little bit oversaturated. Even so, the cupcake mostly held together, making it possible to pair each bite of cake with the delicious frosting. Peanut butter frosting can be hard to get right in terms of taste and texture, but this one was there–soft and fluffy, sweet but with a strong peanut tint. The combination of peanut butter and dark chocolate complemented each other very well.
The venue itself has no place to eat the cupcake, so it’s not designed to be a fun dining experience, though the inside is decorated in a way that gives it an inviting, “cute” vibe. It’s kind of a shame, though, because these cupcakes require some serious focus to appreciate how good they are.
Overall, I’d give this cupcake a high mark, especially in the flavor department. But being a “texture” person, I wasn’t all that impressed–a little lightening up could do these cupcakes some good. In terms of cupcakes I’ve eaten before, this one was definitely near the top. But did it have anything on Sister Randle’s? Absolutely not.