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Baked by Melissa

May 16, 2011

A cupcake shop that I’ve been told time and again to try is Baked by Melissa. With four Manhattan locations, all of which opened in the last two years or so, this place has really taken off. Melissa’s sells teeny tiny (I mean it) cupcakes at a dollar a piece. As cupcakes are a fairly high margin product to begin with, it’s no surprise that at these prices, this bakery has had success.

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My roommate and I decided to splurge and get a dozen cupcakes for $10 (what a deal! not…). I’ve been to bakeries where some flavors rock while others disappoint so I always try to try multiple flavors wherever I go. Luckily, Melissa’s has a 11 flavors, so we got to try them all! And frankly, these little guys are so small, that even though we split a dozen cupcakes between the two of us, we probably consumed just as many calories as having one regularly-sized cupcake each!

 

THE FLAVORS

Top Row

      • Cookie Dough: THE BEST ONE! It’s lucky that we got two of these, because they were seriously delish. The best part? An actual chunk of real cookie dough on top of the cake and another one inside!
      • Mint Chocolate Chip: Blegh! While I’m usually a fan of chocolate/mint combos, the frosting on this seriously tasted like toothpaste.
      • Chocolate Chip Pancake: This one was just okay. Neither of us could taste the pancake flavoring though, so we were kind of let down.
      • Cookies & Cream: Yummy! Just like a nibble of Oreo cake.

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Middle

  • S’mores: Pretty good, though I wish there were more distinct marshmallow and graham cracker flavors.
  • Cinnamon: Awesome flavor. Why don’t more places offer cinnamon cupcakes? Would definitely get it again.
  • Peanut Butter & Jelly: Not terrible, but we had higher hopes for this guy. We both agreed too much PB and not enough J!
  • Peanut Butter Cup: A classic! It was good, but it’s also pretty hard to mess up a chocolate & PB combo.

Bottom Row

  • Another Cookie dough!
  • Strawberry: Whoa! This one was great, and I really wasn’t expecting it. The strawberry flavor is definitely there, yet it’s not grossly overwhelming. Chocolate drizzle on top was perfect!
  • Red Velvet: Not the best ever, but still pretty damn good.
  • Tie-Dye: Pretty good. I believe it was basic vanilla on vanilla with dyes and sprinkles.

 

Overall, the cupcakes were really good. Despite the fact that their size and price are pretty disappointing, the actual cake and frosting were great! I guess the small size allows the cakes to stay spongy and moist, which I loooove.

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If you haven’t tried Melissa’s yet, definitely go for it. I’m not sure if I’ll go again though. Price aside, the cupcakes aren’t too unique or unbelievably scrumptious. If I ever decide to go on a portion-controlled cupcake diet (ha!), Baked by Melissa would probably be my go-to spot though. Bite-sized dessert!

 

Baked by Melissa

109 E. 42nd St. (btwn. Park & Lexington )

New York, NY 10017

(212) 842-0220

http://www.bakedbymelissa.com

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