Magnolia Bakery

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The Magnolia Bakery at 401 Bleecker Street

Magnolia Bakery is a chain of bakeries founded in New York City. The first location opened in 1996 at 401 Bleecker Street, on the corner of West 11th Street in the West Village neighborhood of Manhattan. The bakery is known for its desserts, especially its cupcakes.


The original Magnolia Bakery was opened in 1996 by Jennifer Appel and Allysa Torey. The bakery began making cupcakes with leftover cake batter, and the cupcakes subsequently became very popular with customers.[1] In 1999, co-owner Jennifer Appel left the business after a disagreement about expansion plans. Appel opened Buttercup Bake Shop at 973 Second Avenue in the Midtown East section of Manhattan.[2] In 2006, Allysa Torey sold Magnolia Bakery to Steve Abrams.[3] The company was sold to a private equity firm co-founded by Hudson Yards developer Stephen Ross in early 2021 and appointed Bobbie Lloyd as Chief Executive Officer.


The bakery is sometimes credited with helping to start a 1990s "cupcake craze".[4] Co-owners Jennifer Appel and Allysa Torey published a book in 1999 entitled The Magnolia Bakery Cookbook: Old-Fashioned Recipes from New York's Sweetest Bakery.

In popular culture[edit]

The exterior of the original bakery, as well as its cupcakes, were featured in "Lazy Sunday", a Saturday Night Live Digital Short broadcast in December 2005.[5] The bakery was also featured on Sex and the City;[6] in the film Prime, in which one of the characters throws Magnolia pies at his ex-girlfriends; and in The Devil Wears Prada, in which the character Andy says at one point that she needs to get to the bakery to pick something up for her boyfriend. The sitcom Spin City also has Charlie Sheen's character bringing Magnolia Cupcakes to Heather Locklear's character. On October 16, 2008, Conan O'Brien bought a cupcake for each member of his audience during a taping of Late Night. It was also briefly mentioned in the third season of Veronica Mars, the title character affectionately mentioning a picture of her father "stuffing cupcakes in [his] face at Magnolia Bakery."


Magnolia's Cupcakes in South Korea

Magnolia Bakery has expanded from its original location with additional stores in the U.S. and internationally. In 2011, Magnolia Bakery CEO Steve Abrams stated that he had plans to open approximately three stores a year, adding that he would work with franchisees to expand overseas.[3]

The company's U.S. locations include stores in New York City, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Washington, DC.[7] A franchise in Honolulu that featured Magnolia's first sit-down, full-service restaurant in the U.S.[8] closed on October 27, 2018.[9]

Magnolia Bakery's first non-U.S. store opened in Dubai in 2010,[10] with two additional franchises opening in Dubai and one in Abu Dhabi. Other international franchises are currently operating in Saudi Arabia, which has eight locations as of October 2020; Qatar, which has four locations; Amman, Jordan; Daegu, South Korea; Taguig, Philippines (where it is known as M Bakery); and Mexico City, Mexico.[7] A store also opened in Moscow, but then closed on July 1, 2016.[11]

In May 2018, CEO Steve Abrams announced the launch of up to 200 new Magnolia stores across the United States.[12] The company also plans to open branches in Manila and Sao Paulo.[13]

Magnolia launched its first outlet in India in November 2019 in the city of Bangalore.


  1. ^ Sternbergh, Adam (2005-09-19). "Sweet and Vicious". New York. Retrieved 14 May 2014.
  2. ^ Moskin, Julia (5 November 2003). "Once Just a Cupcake, These Days a Swell". The New York Times. Retrieved 14 May 2014.
  3. ^ a b Resnick, Rosalind (10 January 2011). "Magnolia Bakery's Sweet Success". Entrepreneur. Retrieved 14 May 2014.
  4. ^ Harpaz, Beth J. (August 10, 2009). "New York City is still crazy for cupcakes". USA Today. Retrieved April 27, 2011.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  5. ^ "Lazy Sunday". (video link). December 17, 2005.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  6. ^ "The Real 'Sex & the City' (". June 14, 2010. Retrieved April 27, 2011.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  7. ^ a b "Locations - Magnolia Bakery". Retrieved May 14, 2014.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  8. ^ "Magnolia Bakery Cafe Opening in Hawai'i". Hawai'i News Now. November 11, 2015.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  9. ^ Miyashima, Mika (October 27, 2018). "Last day for Magnolia Bakery and Cafe at Alta Moana Center". KITV Island News.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  10. ^ "Magnolia Bakery's First Overseas Location Opens In Dubai - NEW YORK, Feb. 1 /PRNewswire/". 2013-01-02. Retrieved 2013-12-05.
  11. ^ "Сеть кондитерских Magnolia Bakery полностью закрылась в Москве – Афиша Daily" (in Russian). Retrieved 2016-08-26.. In November 2019, the company opened its first outlet in India.
  12. ^ Dai, Serena (8 May 2018). "Magnolia Bakery Hatches Plan for Up to 200 New Locations Across U.S." Eater NY. Retrieved 27 September 2018.
  13. ^ Clabaugh, Jeff (7 September 2018). "Magnolia Bakery comes to DC's Union Station | WTOP". WTOP. Retrieved 27 September 2018.

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Coordinates: 40°44′09″N 74°00′18″W / 40.7359°N 74.0050°W / 40.7359; -74.0050