5 Desserts You Need to Eat Now Instead of a Cupcake


We originally published this story in April, 2013, when Crumbs stock price plummeted. With the recent news of the shuttering of the company, we thought it appropriate to bring it out again. 

Cupcakes? So 2000s. You need to be craving marshmallows. Doughnuts. Bars.

With the recent news of the demise of the gourmet cupcake — Crumbs Bake Shop dropped from more than $13 a share in mid-2011 to around $1.20 today! — we figured we should offer you a few alternatives. When it comes to desserts, you want to be on the cutting edge, right?

Here are five desserts — all local, and all retro enough to be trendy but not trendy enough to be ubiquitous. You’re welcome.

Update: Didier Dumas recently suffered a fire, but is expected to reopen soon.

French Macarons, Patisserie Didier Dumas, Nyack. This French specialty is nothing short of divine. A delicate sandwich-style cookie is gently filled with creamy frosting,  for a sweet melt-in-your-mouth confectionery experience.  Available flavors are lemon, pistachio, raspberry, hazelnut, coffee, chocolate and passion fruit.

163 Main Street, Nyack, 845-353-2031
Open Monday through Thursday 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday 6:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Saturday 7:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Dacquoise, La Tulipe Desserts, Mount Kisco. A light, layered cake that is just sweet enough to satisfy you after dinner. “I try to use as little sugar as possible,” says chef and owner Maarten Freeman. “Otherwise, you just make it overly sweet.” Hazelnut meringue and lemon mousse create a harmony of complex and exquisite flavors. Excellent for special occasions or impressing dinner guests, but personal sizes are also available for private happy moments.

455 Lexington Avenue, Mount Kisco, 914-242-4555
Open Tuesday through Saturday 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.; Sunday 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Closed Mondays

Doughnuts, Gypsy Donut & Espresso Bar, Nyack. Here is one you can get away with early in the day. Gypsy Donuts serves Stumptown Coffee to pair with your homemade doughnut, which are thoughtfully prepared in some out-of-the-box flavors, including gluten-free. Maple bacon doughnut, anyone?

18 North Franklin Street, Nyack, 845-353-5300
Open daily 7 a.m. until 6 p.m. 

Sherry B Dessert Studio, Chappaqua. The jumbo bags available at your supermarket just simply do not compare. “The vanilla tastes fresher, but the big difference comes in the texture,” says owner and chef Sherry Blockinger. “It is not something that has been sitting in a plastic bag for a month.” Flavors are customizable and can be topped with sparkling sugar for a crunchy contrast to the fluffy, sticky inside. Blockinger recommends dropping them into a cup of coffee or hot chocolate, or just nibble and savor. Fair warning, the flavor list will make your mouth water: vanilla, chocolate, raspberry, peanut butter, bourbon vanilla, irish coffee, cosmo and dark rum. Look forward to s’mores kits, with homemade marshmallows, chocolate and graham cookies.

65 King Street, Chappaqua, 914-238-8300
Open Tuesday through Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Cookie Bars, Provisions Cafe and Bake Shop, Pelham. Known for putting a homemade spin on nostalgic treats like Twinkies and Pop-tarts, this bakery has an under the radar sweet: old fashioned cookie bars. Choose between raspberry pecan, Belgian chocolate brownie, lemon and the Magic bar, made with a layer of graham cracker crust, chocolate chips, coconut and walnuts. “It’s a very healthy size bar,” says owner Nannette Conners of the large, square cookies. Some of her customers have even cut them up into smaller squares to serve on platters, or just buy several at once to pack with lunches.

209 Wolfs Lane, Pelham, 914-738-6622
Open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
 Originally published: Apr 23, 2013 @ 16:08

About Author

Megan McCaffrey is a food writer for The Journal News and contributor to the Small Bites Blog. She has a degree in Digital Media from Fordham University and a fondness for good craft beer. She loves to bake, read cooking blogs and taste all the Lower Hudson Valley has to offer. Megan lives in Ridgefield, Connecticut with her husband and three kids.


  1. hate the whole “demise of the gourmet cupcake” idea. So what? The Crumbs stock isn’t doing well. Neither is Apple’s. I don’t see anyone writing about the downfall of the smartphone or tablet. Maybe, just maybe, Crumb’s stock is falling because of issues with the business plan and not with the cupcake?

  2. Umm, anyone else go to Gypsy Donuts and get mad confused. I have talked to several people who have had the same experience as me. The shop is empty and you stand there for 5-10 minutes with out the staff even acknowledging you are there. Then after the big wait I asked where the doughnuts were and they lifted a lid to a serving tray with 5 doughnut in it. WTF is this place a front for and why do they bother advertising? Buy a glass case and hire to people who at least attempt to make it look like a real business!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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