[Photo: Kathy YL Chan]

Just a few weeks old, the East Village's Cowgirl's Baking had already earned a loyal following for their vegan cupcakes. Cowgirl's doesn't replace Babycakes or Tulu's in my books, but it's certainly a welcome addition offering flavor combinations I could never picture the other two bakeries doing. There's a Coffee & Donuts cupcake where a chocolate-coffee cake comes with chocolate-coffee frosting and a mini doughnut on top. (Yes, the doughnut is vegan as well!) Or even better, the Tres Leches with vanilla bean creme anglaise-soaked vanilla cake, and a finish of vanilla frosting and dulce de leche. However, my personal favorite is on the classic side: chocolate and peanut butter frosting. That's the mini cupcake pictured above, just $1.50 each (the regular-sized cupcakes are $3 each). It's a combination to love, especially when the peanut butter frosting is kissed with plenty of salt, an ideal balance to the dark chocolate cupcake base.

Cowgirl's Baking

259 East 10th Street, New York NY 10009 (map)

About the author: Originally from Honolulu, Kathy YL Chan writes A Passion For Food, where she chronicles her eats and travels adventures between Hawai'i, New York and beyond. She firmly believes that there is always room for dessert.


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