Sweet Treats in the Lower East Side (NYC)


This is my friend Asif, we went to New York City yesterday and ended up in the Lower East Side, so we went to a couple of my favorite bakeries in the area: Doughnut Plant & sugar Sweet sunshine.

sugar Sweet sunshine

126 Rivington Street, NYC

This is one of my favorite places in New York City. I don’t remember the last time I went to the city without dropping in for a cupcake. The chocolate buttercream is to smooth, sweet, and has a strong chocolate flavor (and they’ve even released a recipe for it, which I’ve posted here). The cake itself is soft and fluffy, the way a cake should be.

These days, I always get the “Bob”, which is a yellow cake with chocolate buttercream, because it combines their perfect vanilla cake with the chocolate buttercream I can’t get enough of. I also like their signature “Sunshine”, which is a yellow cake with vanilla frosting.

They offer red velvet cupcakes with either “The Moose” (pictured above, known as “Sexy Red Velvet”), a white frosting, or with their chocolate buttercream (known as “Sassy Red Velvet”).

The storefront is small and unassuming, tucked away on a quiet street with a small awning and a big chalkboard out front listing off the reasons you should eat a cupcake. When you walk in, it’s a cozy place with comfy furniture, a couple couches and tables, polaroid pictures tacked up on the wall, and a beautiful display of their cupcakes, cakes, and muffins. The employees are always super friendly and you can look back and see everyone hard at work. You can really taste the love in these cupcakes.

Bonus: the cupcakes are only $1.50! Don’t skip over this bakery if you are ever in NYC.

Doughnut Plant

379 Grand Street, NYC

Doughnut Plant is another small shopfront in the Lower East Side that churns out an amazing product, but this time it’s doughnuts (they also sell coffee and my favorite: milk).

They offer a selection of yeast and cake doughnuts, ranging in flavors from blackberry jam to tres leches and everywhere in between, including seasonal flavors like gingerbread and roasted chestnut.

We ate more doughnuts than I care to talk about. But since this is a blog where I talk about the things I eat and make, I’ll talk about it.The Valrohna Doughnut is a Valrohna chocolate doughnut, which is a very high quality chocolate with an excellent taste.

This is a meyer lemon doughnut, you can see all the lemon zest in the glaze and it really packs a punch of lemon flavor.

The vanilla bean doughnut was the one I was most looking forward to this trip and I have to say..I was a little disappointed. I saw the vanilla bean in the glaze but I didn’t taste a very strong vanilla flavor to it. I think I’ll stick to my favorite: tres leches.

The tres leches is a cake doughnut (I prefer cake doughnuts to yeast) that is covered, soaked, and filled with milk: sweetened condensed milk, evaporated milk, and whole milk. Since I first had this doughnut my life has never been the same. Dunkin’ Donuts is completely ruined for me, I’ve never had a doughnut compare to this one and don’t think I’ll ever find another one this good.

If you decided to head out here, the line can sometimes build up, but it is well worth the wait. Bring friends and share each others doughnuts so you can find the perfect match for your next visit (you will want to visit again).