Icing on the Cake

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Bwog has been hanging around Joe quite a bit for the past few weeks. We’ve reviewed the vittles, invited you inside of our brain, and learned the true meaning of cupping. Below, Delicious Dessert Correspondent Diana Clarke reports on Joe’s newest addition, Robicelli’s cupcakes. Today’s flavors, Partida Tequila and Abuelita:

I almost missed National Tequila Day. Did anybody even know that was a thing? Robicelli’s, the greatest homeless cupcake bakery in the city of New York, realized it was definitely a thing when the Partida Tequila people told them. So naturally, Robicelli’s decided to make limited edition Partida Tequila cupcakes. Then everyone’s favorite new campus espresso bar Joe decided to start carrying Robicelli’s cupcakes. And that is how I came to eat a tequila cupcake yesterday in the Northwest Corner Science Building.

Frosted with pale green buttercream and topped with lime slice candied in agave, the cupcake smelled immediately of lime and butter. The frosting alone was rich and smooth but still light, and tasted of key lime pie. The cake, meanwhile, had a spongy moist crumb that didn’t fall apart, with a faint flavor of tequila. Chewy and sweet, the slice of lime offered a stronger tequila taste. Nobody got buzzed in the midafternoon, but one of my friends called the Parida Tequila “one of the best non-chocolate cupcakes I’ve had.”

Joe employees have a secret stash of cupcakes!

The Abuelita chocolate cupcake was scrumptious, too. It smelled strongly of cinnamon, before even being cut. A knife’s smooth slice revealed a dark, dense, sticky interior—nothing Bruce Bogtrotter-y, don’t worry. The cake was a delicious and punchy blend of chocolate and cinnamon, and the frosting, thicker than the icing on the tequila cupcake, a pleasing pale brown sprinkled with cocoa. Still, the Mexican aspect made me expect (and want!) some hot chili flavor. Take note, Robicelli’s!

In the meantime, go out and try whatever new flavors Robicelli’s serves today. They release a different set of flavors nearly every weekday, and past offerings include the Mint Julep (bourbon and buttercream), the Bea Arthur (black coffee infused chocolate, inspired by our favorite Golden Girl), and the Funky Monkey (banana chocolate chip cake with crushed peanuts). Haters gon hate, but Robicelli’s makes me never want to eat anything but cupcakes again.

Photos by Allen Johnson and Evelyn Warner

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  2. Anonymous  

    are you supposed to tip at joe's?

  3. :(  

    This reminds me of my ex bf who used to stop by my door with a rainbow blast of Magnolia cupcakes (the only cupcake worth having on the UWS; train fare be damned) and a tub of banana pudding for two whenever I was stressed or pissed at the world.

    Bwog; simultaneously delighting and making you feel shitty since freshman year.

  4. Anonymous

    What's the secret to snagging an elusive cupcake? They only ever have muffins when I go.

  5. Allison Robicelli

    We like chili, too. Unfortunately, it doesn't sell well at in-store locations. :( When chilies make an appearance, they show up at our pop-ups, food festivals, and, um, other future projects that we can't talk about just yet.

    We do have one in the arsenal called "The Spicy Panda", which is chocolate and red thai chili. We'll definitely be bringing it out again come summertime, so keep your eyes peeled for it.

    And we're glad you liked them! Dropping off again on Thursday- then starting next week we'll be up by you M, W & F. We really appreciate your support!

  6. Anonymous  

    yes! way to reference matilda (gem from my childhood)

  7. Anonymous  

    so how much does one of these cupcakes cost?

  8. Allison Robicelli

    Car Bomb cupcakes will be coming. Check http://www.robicellis.tumblr.com/cupcakeschedule to keep up with what's coming and when.

    • Thank you  


    • Joe

      Car bomb. Arsenal. Are your cupcakes really that violent?

  9. Allison Robicelli

    One time I messed up the garnish on a Strawberry Shortcake cupcake and it stabbed me in the thigh. I expected that crap from the Ghost Chili cupcake, but never the Strawberry. That's why you always have to be on your guard.

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