A few months ago, I briefly popped in to Lulu Cake Boutique, a new bakery on 8th Avenue in New York. The shop was bright and clean and they had an extensive selection of charming baked goods: cake slices, cupcakes, homey cookies and fancy cookies, and the most fun of all, gourmet versions of classic snack cakes like twinkies and yodels.d
I did not purchase anything on that first visit (if I recall correctly, because I had just come from a bakery and was on my way to another…) so on my most recent visit I made sure to stop in.
dThe fancy cookies were particularly enticing. Being a sucker for any kind of sandwich cookie, I chose the chocolate sandwich cookie with a vanilla buttercream filling. They also offer a vanilla sandwich cookie. The chocolate cookies were very soft, almost bordering on cakey, and subtly sweet. It was an elegant rendition of a sandwich cookie, not overly rich or sugary.
The poppyseed thumbprint cookie with raspberry preserves was hearty and somewhat dense, but in a good way. The poppyseeds added a nice crunch and most of the sweetness came from the dollop of preserves.
It was a humid day and I thought the lemon flavor sounded refreshing. It is a yellow cake filled with lemon curd and enrobed in white chocolate. The cake was tender and the white chocolate formed a soft outer shell. The twinkie is light on the lemon flavor. I could maybe have done with some more lemon, in the form of a lemon glaze on the outside instead of white chocolate. But overall it was a fun little treat that did not disappoint.
Lulu Cake Boutique
112 8th Avenue
New York, NY