So what happens when two lovers with the same love for cupcakes separate? Well, in the case of Allysa Torey and Jennifer Appel, they made two rival shops! You may know Torey from her famous shop Magnolia, which is my favorite cupcake shop in New York. But then my friend introduced me to a new one, called Buttercup Bake Shop, which is Appel’s shop, and so I decided to give it a try.
There are definitely more variety in Buttercup Bake Shop compared to Magnolia, and the taste is more pop and modern (Magnolia’s cupcakes are very classy, since it focuses more in its vanilla, chocolate, and red velvet flavors). Its pop and modern because it has choices like strawberry shortcake and pumpkin - sort of reminds me of Crumbs (another one of New York’s finest cupcake shops).
I terms of price, Buttercup is definitely cheaper. I forgot exactly, but I think Buttercup’s cupcakes are $2.25 each and Magnolia’s are $3.25 each.
All in all, I guess you can’t really count on me to decide which one is better. Compared to Crumbs, I definitely like these two more. But if it’s just between the two, I still prefer Magnolia. I like it better because I feel like the texture of the cake is softer. The flavor is not too sweet and not too strong. But some people, like my friend Reem, prefers Buttercup better because SHE thinks that the texture is better. So I don’t know. I guess you better try it yourself. LOL.
This is Buttercup’s Red Velvet.
This is the Strawberry Shortcake.