It’s sweet cupcake heaven — Magnolia Bakery opens very first shop in Japan to huge crowds!

It’s sweet cupcake heaven — Magnolia Bakery opens very first shop in Japan to huge crowds!

Before we had mouth-watering croissant doughnuts and doughnut sandwiches , we had … good ol’ cupcakes! But we’re not talking about just any ordinary cupcake here. We’re talking about cupcakes from the Magnolia Bakery in New York, made famous the world over by the hit TV Series Sex and the City. And yes, the TV series was an enormous success in Japan too, meaning that countless Japanese fans were left coveting not just gorgeous Manolo Blahnik shoes, but the delectable looking Magnolia Bakery cupcakes as well.

So, you can imagine how absolutely thrilled fans of the cupcakes were about Magnolia Bakery opening their very first store in Japan in the Omotesando area of Tokyo this week. And prove their enthusiasm they did, as throngs of fans showed up on opening day of Magnolia Bakery Tokyo on June 16. Now, as a passionate fan of all things sweet, as well as a devoted follower of American TV dramas — Sex and the City in particular — I knew I simply had to be there for the grand opening. And while the wait was long, the sight that greeted me in the shop was sweet indeed! But first, let us tell you just how long the wait was …

Only last week, we’d had day after day of rain in Tokyo, but fortunately, June 16 turned out to be a beautiful day. I knew there was going to be an incredibly huge crowd, so I thought I’d get just a bit of an early start … and arrived in front of the shop at about 5:30 am.

▼Yes, the sign told us we were at the right place.It’s sweet cupcake heaven — Magnolia Bakery opens very first shop in Japan to huge crowds!

▼The cute small signs indicated that there were several bakeries and cafes on the B1 Floor, including the Magnolia Bakery.It’s sweet cupcake heaven — Magnolia Bakery opens very first shop in Japan to huge crowds!

▼There’s the sign, all right. Okay, so the shop opens at 11 am — just five and a half more hours to wait! That’s no big deal, right?It’s sweet cupcake heaven — Magnolia Bakery opens very first shop in Japan to huge crowds!

▼This is the GYRE building in Omotesando, where the shop is located, which by the way is very close to the Max Brenner Chocolate Bar where you can enjoy chocolate pizza. Omotesando is really becoming a sweet-lover’s paradise!It’s sweet cupcake heaven — Magnolia Bakery opens very first shop in Japan to huge crowds!

▼The stairs leading to the basement floor, which you can see are empty at this point in the morning — but that’s about to change in a few hours. And now the waiting begins …It’s sweet cupcake heaven — Magnolia Bakery opens very first shop in Japan to huge crowds!

▼By the time the shop opened at 11 am, the stairs looked like this …It’s sweet cupcake heaven — Magnolia Bakery opens very first shop in Japan to huge crowds!

▼ … the line continued inside the building …. It’s sweet cupcake heaven — Magnolia Bakery opens very first shop in Japan to huge crowds!

▼… while outside, people were lined up along the street …It’s sweet cupcake heaven — Magnolia Bakery opens very first shop in Japan to huge crowds!

▼… and around the building up to the second floor! We heard that there were about 300 people in line at this point. In fact, there was such a crowd throughout the day that they announced later in the afternoon that the waiting time could be as long as six hours and they eventually had to stop accepting new customers into the line at around 4 pm. It’s sweet cupcake heaven — Magnolia Bakery opens very first shop in Japan to huge crowds!

▼So, approximately five and a half hours after I arrived on site, I finally made it to the entrance of the shop as the opening time of 11 am approached. It’s sweet cupcake heaven — Magnolia Bakery opens very first shop in Japan to huge crowds!

▼While I waited for the final minutes before the opening, I was able to see the lovely ladies of Magnolia Bakery Tokyo hard at work creating the scrumptious cupcakes through the large windows in the front of the shop.It’s sweet cupcake heaven — Magnolia Bakery opens very first shop in Japan to huge crowds!

▼This was actually a lot of fun to watch!It’s sweet cupcake heaven — Magnolia Bakery opens very first shop in Japan to huge crowds!

▼Here’s a short video of the Magnolia ladies in action. See the frosting swirls being artfully created!

▼The display of intricate “flower cupcakes”  at the front of the shop was also a joy to look at!It’s sweet cupcake heaven — Magnolia Bakery opens very first shop in Japan to huge crowds!

▼11:00 am — we finally get to enter the shop!It’s sweet cupcake heaven — Magnolia Bakery opens very first shop in Japan to huge crowds!

▼Within minutes, the shop was filled with people.It’s sweet cupcake heaven — Magnolia Bakery opens very first shop in Japan to huge crowds!

▼At last, I got to take my first look look at at the beautiful sweets on offer. Yay! I was so ready to get my hands on some cake! The menu was basically the same as what they have in the U.S. It’s sweet cupcake heaven — Magnolia Bakery opens very first shop in Japan to huge crowds!

▼We first took a good look at the cupcakes …It’s sweet cupcake heaven — Magnolia Bakery opens very first shop in Japan to huge crowds!

▼… and then some more! They looked absolutely tempting, I didn’t know how I was going to choose which cupcakes to get.It’s sweet cupcake heaven — Magnolia Bakery opens very first shop in Japan to huge crowds!

▼There were also regular cakes too, looking devilishly sweet and creamy.It’s sweet cupcake heaven — Magnolia Bakery opens very first shop in Japan to huge crowds!

▼Of course, we can’t forget the cheesecakes, and there were so many different flavors of them, too!It’s sweet cupcake heaven — Magnolia Bakery opens very first shop in Japan to huge crowds!

▼There were also the standard cookies and brownies …It’s sweet cupcake heaven — Magnolia Bakery opens very first shop in Japan to huge crowds!

▼… as well as ice box cakes and pies. My gosh, where to even begin?It’s sweet cupcake heaven — Magnolia Bakery opens very first shop in Japan to huge crowds!

▼And this is what the other side of the shop looked like. The decor and pastel colors were delightful to look at and retained the atmosphere of the shop in New York.It’s sweet cupcake heaven — Magnolia Bakery opens very first shop in Japan to huge crowds!

▼Magnolia Bakery goods such as cook books, t-shirts, aprons and caps were also available. It’s sweet cupcake heaven — Magnolia Bakery opens very first shop in Japan to huge crowds!

▼Okay, I know I bought too much, but there were so many cakes that looked amazing, I just couldn’t help myself!It’s sweet cupcake heaven — Magnolia Bakery opens very first shop in Japan to huge crowds!

▼Once I stepped outside, as I was one of the very first customers to finish shopping, people were eager to see the actual cupcakes I had bought, including a TV crew who were filming the events surrounding the shop opening, so we decided to open the box of cupcakes and taste one right there!It’s sweet cupcake heaven — Magnolia Bakery opens very first shop in Japan to huge crowds!

▼I chose the “Carrie cupcake”, the vanilla cupcake with pink frosting topped with a sugar daisy, which was inspired by Sex and the City. I actually had a similar cupcake from Magnolia Bakery when I visited New York a few years ago. It’s sweet cupcake heaven — Magnolia Bakery opens very first shop in Japan to huge crowds!

▼Mmm… the cupcake, and the frosting in particular, was quite sweet, with the definite flavor of vanilla, and tasted very much like the one I had in New York. It looks like they didn’t change the flavor of the cupcakes for the Japanese market.It’s sweet cupcake heaven — Magnolia Bakery opens very first shop in Japan to huge crowds!

▼And now, to try the rest of the goodies …It’s sweet cupcake heaven — Magnolia Bakery opens very first shop in Japan to huge crowds!

▼This is the coconut cake, which wasn’t as sweet as it looked. The cake wasn’t soft, but had a pleasantly firm consistency close to that of a muffin or pound cake, which went well with the meringue cream icing topped with flavorful coconut flakes.It’s sweet cupcake heaven — Magnolia Bakery opens very first shop in Japan to huge crowds!

▼And this is the popular red velvet cheesecake — incredibly smooth and not overly sweet, with the chocolate cookie crust adding a nice bit of flavor to the relatively mild cheese component.It’s sweet cupcake heaven — Magnolia Bakery opens very first shop in Japan to huge crowds!

▼And now, onto the cupcakes! Here’s the german chocolate cupcake with an icing containing caramel, coconut and pecan on a chocolate cupcake. The flavor of the chocolate was just rich enough without being too strong, and the texture of the coconut flakes and pecan added a delightful crunch.It’s sweet cupcake heaven — Magnolia Bakery opens very first shop in Japan to huge crowds!

▼Here’s the banana cupcake with chocolate butter cream frosting. Okay, this was completely delightful since banana and chocolate really do go well together. The sweetness of the chocolate complemented the gentle taste of banana perfectly.It’s sweet cupcake heaven — Magnolia Bakery opens very first shop in Japan to huge crowds!

▼This is the banana cupcake topped with caramel meringue cream frosting. The taste of caramel seemed very rich and concentrated in this case, and it was maybe just a little too rich for me. Personally, I thought the chocolate butter cream was a better match for the banana cupcake.It’s sweet cupcake heaven — Magnolia Bakery opens very first shop in Japan to huge crowds!

▼This one is a very “American” creation. It’s a S’mores cupcake — created with mixed chocolate meringue frosting on top of a graham and chocolate ganache based cupcake. I love S’mores, so I just had to get one of these! The frosting was actually quite sweet, but the distinct flavor of graham in the cupcake was simply delightful, the kind of taste that makes you feel like a kid again.It’s sweet cupcake heaven — Magnolia Bakery opens very first shop in Japan to huge crowds!

▼And here we have a classic chocolate on chocolate combination — chocolate buttercream on a chocolate cupcake topped with colorful sprinkles. This was pure, chocolate heaven! The chocolate flavors were sweet without being overbearing, and should be a delight for any chocolate lover, not to mention that the cake looks dark and sinfully delicious.It’s sweet cupcake heaven — Magnolia Bakery opens very first shop in Japan to huge crowds!

▼And last but not least, here’s the banana pudding, which I was dying to try. I opened the lid in anticipation, and …It’s sweet cupcake heaven — Magnolia Bakery opens very first shop in Japan to huge crowds!

▼… heavens, the creamy pudding looked divine! It’s a vanilla pudding containing vanilla wafers and bananas, and it was absolutely dreamy! The vanilla pudding seemed to just melt in my mouth, leaving the mild yet distinct taste of banana. I could eat this forever!It’s sweet cupcake heaven — Magnolia Bakery opens very first shop in Japan to huge crowds!

▼Just see how creamy that pudding is!It’s sweet cupcake heaven — Magnolia Bakery opens very first shop in Japan to huge crowds!

▼Oh, and I also received this cute Magnolia Bakery bag, which they’re giving out to the first 20 customers for the first five days of business.It’s sweet cupcake heaven — Magnolia Bakery opens very first shop in Japan to huge crowds!

▼Yup, I love cupcakes, and I love New York too!It’s sweet cupcake heaven — Magnolia Bakery opens very first shop in Japan to huge crowds!

So, that’s the round-up on the items I tried from Magnolia Bakery’s selection on opening day. It looks like there will be some serious lining up and waiting involved for the foreseeable future if you want to get your hands on their cakes, but since there are many other flavors I still want to try, I know I’ll be going back for more, once the crowd settles down a bit. Well, we’re thrilled there’s another lovely shop we can turn to when we want to satisfy our sweet tooth, because we can’t have too many of those, can we? Thanks for coming to Tokyo, Magnolia Bakery!

Top image: Magnolia Bakery Japan facebook page
All other photos: RocketNews24

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It’s sweet cupcake heaven — Magnolia Bakery opens very first shop in Japan to huge crowds!