Do you ever wonder why the “I don’t know why I didn’t think of this” feeling strikes so often? I do, especially after I finally made it around to Butter Lane on East 7th Street. This cupcake bakery manages to provide the ultimate personalized treat experience, albeit at $2.75 per (small) cupcake, you’d better know what you like. Here, you can choose between three types of cake (vanilla, chocolate and banana) and a rotating selection of ten or more icings (cream cheese, peanut butter, French vanilla buttercream, etc.).
Once you decide on your custom combination, the girl behind the counter frosts a cupcake just for you (unless your choice is so popular that they have some pre-iced). These aren’t professional-looking cupcakes with heaps of icing and decorations that you might order for a fussy party. They look a lot like the Duncan Hines you might make at home, but they taste a lot better. The banana cake is the big winner—it’s very moist and tastes exactly like you think banana bread cupcakes would. I like it best when paired with the French chocolate frosting, a much lighter more chocolate tasting flavor than the traditional American chocolate buttercream, which tastes more like sugar than anything else. I’ve stopped in for this combo twice already and may need to avoid 7th Street entirely for awhile, unless I plan to spend the summer in sweatpants.