Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Magnolia Bakery is coming to LA!

The world famous, Magnolia Bakery will soon be opening a west coast location in LA. The New York City bakery that helped ignite the cupcake craze is tops. We used to live in Greenwich Village, not far from their original location. I frequented them more times than I care to admit. There is something pretty special about getting a freshly frosted cupcake. It is simple and delicious. Vanilla and chocolate with vanilla or chocolate frosting. It reminded me a lot of my childhood, smelling my Mom's kitchen. And since I was homesick when I was living in NYC, this helped fill a void. Thankfully, I was walking constantly so the extra calories were not a problem. But every so often I would buy a half dozen and surprise my husband or visiting friends with them. They were always a hit. It wasn't long before I discovered their banana pudding. And then I was addicted to that!

When we moved back to Los Angeles I made sure to take one of their cookbooks with me, which is now a well worn part of my library. Whenever someone asks me to suggest a fabulous cake recipe, I always mention their vanilla birthday cake recipe. It is just what you would expect in a classic cupcake. Nothing fancy, but perfectly fulfilling.

The romantic part of me wishes that they would never have branched out from their original location. Yes, I understand their need to expand. But to me, half of the fun was walking down Bleeker and hoping that the line was not too long. So I am a bit torn over the fact that they will soon be in my neck of the woods. I guess it is a good thing. But I still think I would rather get one when I am in New York. Call me old fashioned! But let's be honest... I will probably visit their LA store the first week they open. I hope they have the banana pudding...

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