I hadn't been to Magnolia in about a year, since stumbling upon Sugar Sweet Sunshine. However, my boyfriend and I were taking a stroll in the West Village on Sunday morning and we happened upon the place. Since there was absolutely no line (which I had never seen), we decided to investigate the current state of the controversial Magnolia Cupcake.
Is it me or have they gotten even worse? My memory of the Magnolia Cupcake was that the frosting was a bit too sweet, but still deliciously buttery with a too-dense cake, forming a somewhat overwhelming cupcake; Good, but not great. However, the cupcake that we had on Sunday had royally skimped on the frosting, to which I was annoyed until I tasted it. Gone was the buttery goodness, but instead there was a purely sugary frosting that was insultingly sweet. The cake was still too dense. Why would someone pay $3 for this when there are so many better cupcakes to be had?
The next day, we heading to SSS to clense ourselves from the Magnolia cupcake disaster and, as usual, it was fantastic and only $1.50. It's scary how much better the SSS cupcakes are and how long the lines can be at Magnolia, but I suppose that is the power that trend can have over taste.