Today, David and I started backwards by eating dessert first.  Actually, we didn’t really plan on eating dinner, but we overestimated and each got two cupcakes. Thus, sugar overload..

I’ve had Billy’s cupcakes only once before and totally fell in love with the carrot cake cupcake. More about that later though. But what I really love is how simplistic the cupcakery is, and how you can watch the cupcake lady frost each cupcake. She then lays them gently along neat rows on a metal tray for your viewing pleasure.

They’re perfect in size, shape, and looks. Almost like a Magnolia cupcake but frosted with a tube tip as opposed to Magnolia’s naked frosting where they actually don’t pipe it out and just use a spatula. While all of these pastel colored cupcakes looked delectable, David and I chose some other ones to sample.

After raving about the carrot cake cupcake, David decided that he just had to get it. He also got a chocolate on top of chocolate while I settled for a carrot cake with a banana cupcake.

Chocolate on top of chocolate

This is probably the most photogenic of the 3 types of cupcakes that we got (partially due to the sprinkles), but it was probably also the driest. I’ve had their red velvet and it was disappointing to see how it was significantly drier than the carrot cake cupcake. David couldn’t finish it because he ran out of milk…


The banana was surprisingly moist and I loved the pairing of the cream cheese frosting to complement the cake. But the winner still goes to the carrot cupcake which holds a speck of raisin in each bite and is topped off with a walnut on the cream cheese frosting. I think it’s the raisins that really put the cake over the top. The cream cheese frosting is also impeccably perfect although I can never finish all of it.

There are two locations- this is the one in Chelsea. Cupcakes are $2.25 each. They also sell slices of cake, brownies, and of course, milk!

Billy’s Bakery (Chelsea)
184 Ninth Ave.
New York, NY 10011
Near 21st St.  See Map | Subway Directions

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