Good thing the cupcake craze shows no sign of dying down, because we can't imagine a more deliciously delightful way to feed our addiction. The tiny, inviting Buttercup Bake Shop whips up batch after batch of sweet treats in its bestselling go-to menu of red velvet, vanilla, chocolate, and vanilla-chocolate flavors (to name but a few). Founder Jennifer Appel (fun fact: she's the original co-owner of the West Village's Magnolia Bakery) has created an old-fashioned mecca for those who crave the tried-and-true American dessert classics. Whether you seek refuge from a bad day, no-fail treats for a birthday party, or just feel like indulging in Buttercup's best, look no further than the glass cases and vintage cake stands that greet you in the Midtown East location. You can choose from any of the moist, perfectly iced baked goods, which may seem like a daunting task. So many divine decisions to be made! Here's the icing on the (cup)cake: Buttercup just premiered its newest commodity, the mini-cupcake. If you're of the even tinier cake persuasion, let yourself go on these. Is it just me or is the thought of this already giving you a contact sugar high? Great, see you there.