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  • American Restaurant Reviews
    Magnolia Bakery – Greenwich Village, New York City
    If you didn't know already, I am a HUGE fan of Sex and the City. Its humour, clever writing, tongue-in-cheek fashion and witty characters, captivated my imagination and perhaps is a large influence in my writing today. When my sisters and I were arranging a trip to New York City, I was adamant that we go on the Sex and the City tour. They all agreed that it would be a lot of fun. We got to visit a few places that were featured in the TV Series. We bought a Manhattan drink at the place where they shot Steve and Aiden's bar. We walked past the stoop to Carrie's apartment (apparently Sarah Jessica Parker only lives down the street from there). We visited the sex shop where the girls bought Charlotte her infamous rabbit. The one place that we visited and left a lasting impression with me was the Magnolia Bakery. It sold old-fashioned cupcakes, layer cakes, puddings and cookies. From opening until closing time, there would be scores of people lining up around the block for this place. It is the only bakery that I know of that needs a bouncer! There is even restrictions on the amount of cupcakes people can buy per person. Yes, they really are that great! The first bite that I took changed my opinion of cupcakes forever. These were unlike any cupcake that I had eaten before. The vanilla bottom was very light and sweet, the butter cream was pillowy soft and…
  • Cookbook Reviews
    More from Magnolia by Allysa Torrey
    I am a HUGE Sex and the City fan. So naturally, I had to go on the Sex and the City tour when I was in New York. One of the sites we went to was the Magnolia Bakery. I remembered the scene where Carrie and Miranda eat pink cupcakes on a bench. But did not realise it was this bakery, nor did i realise how iconic the bakery was. The tour guide bought us all a cupcake. They were unlike any cupcake i had ever eaten before. The vanilla bottom was light and the butter cream was pillowy soft and over-the-top. It was very indulgent and (gasp) i couldn't finish it. But that didn't take away from the impression it has forever made in me. I can no longer make a cupcake with just a swipe of runny icing. I must make mountains of icing placed in a icing bag with a star tip and squeeze copious amounts on top of the cake. Isn't that what amazing experiences do to you? They change the way you think and behave, beyond any kind of control imaginable? I emailed my partner that evening and told him to go buy the book immediately, ready for me when i get back to Sydney. Upon my return, i made the cupcakes the following weekend. They were exactly the same. Oh joy! The 'Helpful Hints' section is really... helpful. Technique is the secret ingredient to a successful cake. Everything that i have made from this…