Cupcake Cagematch Results: BEST VANILLA CUPCAKE in NYC!

By grace.g.yang · August 10, 2009
Under: Cheap Eats,Contest,Cupcakes,Desserts,West Village

After sampling over 26 different types of vanilla cupcakes, our judges have come up with the best vanilla cupcake in NYC: SWEET REVENGE! With a nearly perfect score (4.7/5.0), Sweet Revenge beat out 25 other hopefuls. Here are the full results:


Now, you may be wondering why Sweet Revenge’s vanilla cupcakes beat out all of the other great contenders…according to our judges, the cupcake was VERY moist (4.5/5) and was also bursting with great vanilla flavor (another 4.5/5). Also, the judges believed that that Sweet Revenge had “very cool sculpted frosting, nice butcher paper type wrapping and crystal sugar on top of frosting = yum.” There was also a good amount of sweetness (it wasn’t too sweet for any of the judges).

On the bottom left corner, you can see all of the cupcakes that Sweet Revenge donated:


(vanilla, chocolate, red velvet, and their wildcard entry, bird of paradise)

And a close-up:


My friend Arthur was responsible for picking up the cupcakes from Sweet Revenge. Here’s what he had to say about the experience:

So, Sweet Revenge is an instant favorite. I had a positive bias going in because another friend gave it rave reviews (maybe I’m also positively biased because Marlo Scott once worked for The Man and escaped). Love the feel of the restaurant – very relaxed and quaint – feels like a genuine neighborhood spot very representative of West Village (versus the big, corporate-y places like Crumbs and the cult-following places like Magnolia). People are nice – the one girl who helped me was friendly and social (and pretty, might I add). Originally, I was going to just pick up cupcakes, but the food in the case was too irresistable, so I stopped and had a Croque Monsieur at the bar. Very delicious and tasty. A harsh critic would just call it a fancy biscuit, but it’s way more heavenly. The Dijon mustard dipping sauce that comes with is key. I want to go back and try the other three “savory cakes” on the menu – all of them look really intriguing.

They are not shy about promoting their cupcake with wine and beer pairing happy hour – which sounds strange, but apparently is quite popular in the evenings. I honestly thought their cupcakes were the best out of all the ones I tried at your party – moisture, texture and icing all hit the spot. But they should also be known for the other food on the menu and for the ambience. Ideal meal would be a savory cake, a cupcake with orange juice.

Sweet Revenge:

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The amazing cupcakes:

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The croque monsieur Arthur ate before coming to an eating event:

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And of course, a picture of Faire stuffing her face with a vanilla cupcake:


Adults should eat cupcakes with the same gusto

And our vanilla team judges deliberating:


Here’s our first video interview (David walked around and interviewed judges):

Congratulations to Sweet Revenge for winning the best vanilla cupcake in New York City! Tomorrow I’ll have a post about the progress of my Aerogarden and I’ll be back with more cupcake results on Wednesday, when I’ll post the best chocolate cupcake in NYC! Stay tuned!

Cupcake Cagematch Introduction
Best Chocolate Cupcakes in NYC
Best Red Velvet Cupcakes in NYC
Best Wildcard Cupcakes in NYC
Moistest and Prettiest Cupcakes in NYC
Most Flavorful Cupcakes in NYC
Best Bakeries in NYC

Reader Comments

My mouth is watering from your pictures

Written By the Provident Woman on August 10th, 2009 @ 10:40 am

What about Sugar Sweet Sunshine and Billy’s? I will have to try Sweet revenge to see how they stack up based on your cage match.

Written By Ryan on August 10th, 2009 @ 12:23 pm

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