My number 1 and 2 cupcake venues in Manhattan are:
1 - Sugar Sweet Sunshine Bakery in the Lower East Side
2 - Butter Lane Cupcakes in the East Village
What I like about Butter Lane is that you can mix and match from a variety of cakes and frosting to create your own oh-so-pretty cupcake. Pictured here are the chocolate cake with salted caramel and chocolate frosting, and vanilla cake with salted caramel frosting.
What I like even more about Sugar Sweet Sunshine is that the cakes are always moist and springy, and they're humble (and less pricey) than all the rest—like the cupcakes of my childhood bake sale days. Pictured here are the Sunshine (yellow cake with vanilla buttercream frosting) and the Strawberry (strawberry cake with cream cheese buttercream frosting).