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Third Cupcake Post in a Row!

I hope you’re not all bored of reading about cupcakes, because I am certainly not bored of eating and reviewing them (although I will probably be switching back to posting about “real food” shortly). In fact, a handful of my friends and I went over to Two Little Red Hens yesterday, a sweet little jewel in Chwis’s new neighborhood: The Upper East Side (the place where I most desperately want to live).

Located right next to a giant fine meats market, Two Little Red Hens can be easily overlooked or mistaken as a chicken store (hence the name). However, the quaint, ornate decorations in the window and the word “Bakery” in printed on the side instantly caught my attention.

Another bakery front that gives off the cute, home-baked-with-love feeling.

Another bakery front that gives off the cute, home-baked-with-love feeling.

As I took a good look inside the bakery, drinking in its amusing toys and pictures with my eyes, I found the surroundings to be reminiscent of a suburban mother’s kitchen. However, it isn’t just an ordinary conformist suburban mother; this mother has a unique sense of patriotism and style.

Interior of Two Little Red Hens: cute red tables, all-American checkered and cherry tablecloths, American flags, suburban mommy's kitchen tools hanging on the walls, etc.

Interior of Two Little Red Hens: cute red tables, all-American checkered and cherry tablecloths, American flags, suburban mommy's kitchen tools hanging on the walls, etc.

One of the things that I really like about Two Little Red Hens is that the cupcakes come in two sizes: regular (which is a generous size) and mini. I love getting mini cupcakes because it means I can taste several cupcakes with a clear conscience at a lower price ($1.75). So I decided to buy three cupcakes this time: red velvet, banana, and chocolate.

The Three Little Piggies and Me.

The Three Little Piggies and Me

I tried the red velvet cupcake first since it was advertised in the window as “our famous red velvet”, and I’m sorry to say that it disappointed me. Perhaps I expected too much from the advertisement and Chwis’s declaration: “Wow, the red velvet is amazing!” But the truth is, Two Little Red Hens‘ red velvet just doesn’t match up to the red velvet at Martha’s or Pinisi.

Why? Because the cake was on the dry, crumbly side, and I couldn’t taste the subtle overtones of chocolate that is typical of red velvet cupcakes. In fact, I could barely taste the cake itself underneath the intense cream cheese frosting. Don’t get me wrong. I thought the frosting was great: not too sweet, not too heavy, and not overwhelming. The only thing is, it completely outshone the modest cake.

My mini Red Velvet had a cake tumor, but I fixed it using chomp-o-therapy.

My mini Red Velvet had a cake tumor, but I fixed it using chomp-o-therapy.

Next I went bananas, or rather I went for the banana cupcake, which turned out to be superb. This cupcake was deliciously soft and moist, though not as godly as the banana cupcake from Butter Lane. Still, it is probably the next best. The whipped banana frosting felt light, playing a perfect supporting role for the rich banana cake. It was the perfect synchronization of banana within a single cupcake, and reminded me of the amazing banana pudding at Magnolia.

My Mini Banana Cupcake

My Mini Banana Cupcake

The chocolate cupcake was better than red velvet, although not as good as banana. The cake itself was lacking in chocolate flavor, but the chocolate frosting oozing with rich chocolatey goodness made up for that. I think Two Little Red Hens uses the same chocolate frosting here as it does in its fabulous Brooklyn Blackout cupcake (probably the best cupcake there, which I tried in a free sample). The regular chocolate cupcake seemed like a toned-down version of Brooklyn Blackout. It did not burst, explode, or melt in my mouth the way Brooklyn Blackout did. However, it did cause the corners of my mouth to curve up into a smile as I relished the smooth, fluffy chocolate.

My Mini Chocolate Cupcake

My Mini Chocolate Cupcake

Chwis and Natalie split a regular yellow cake (non-cupcake) for a good price: $1 (making me feel like a gluttonous spendthrift). Natalie thought it tasted like ice cream cake, but Chwis thought it was sort of old.

Chwis and Natalie's Yellow Cake

Chwis and Natalie's Yellow Cake

Grade: A-

Conclusion: Two Little Red Hens is a pretty nice bakery. Cute mini cupcakes, cozy atmosphere, free samples, etc. Just another reason added to the list of why I envy Chwis for her new Upper East Side apartment.

Location: Map

1652 2nd Ave # 1
New York, NY 10028-3110
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(212) 452-0476

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6 comments on “Third Cupcake Post in a Row!

  1. jen
    August 8, 2009

    can i just tell you that i was about to recommend that place to u?? I LOVE THAT PLACE. I bought my math teacher a cake (it was a bday occasion) from there. That’s how much it is loved. BKLYN BLACKOUT woot!! perfect descriptions. the upper east side is pretty nice heheh.

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  2. kuchiko
    August 8, 2009

    mmm banana cupcake. it sounds like butter lane remains undefeated. but you’ll find an even more awesome place. keep up the good work!

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  3. "Chwis"
    August 9, 2009

    Yups, your words pretty much describe everything done to the yummy icing. Although I disagree with your red velvet comment, I think that I might have gotten a different batch of cupcake or I don’t notice the qualities as well as you do =P.
    It was delicious, what else do my taste buds tell me? ;P

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  4. anonymous
    August 9, 2009

    Eileen!! This is so cool!! I love cupcakes….this place sounds pretty good, but if you ever come out to LA you should try sprinkles (: i hear the red velvet is pretty good there but the icing is a little over the top. Anyways, GREAT blog and i wanna see more places around new york city!! (:

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