Put this number in your phone: 323-951-0636. Those are the digits for Magnolia Bakery, opening tomorrow around noon (if everything goes according to plan), and your direct line to cupcakes without any crazy-making lines or parking drama.
Give the number a buzz; tell the folks when you’ll be ready for your fix and what you’d like (we imagine it will be one of the famed vanilla or chocolate treats, or perhaps some other piece of freshly baked Southern comfort, like red velvet with whipped vanilla icing or Hummingbird with sweet cream cheese icing). They’ll let you know whether to meet them on Orlando or in the alley behind the shop.
However, during opening week, you actually have go in. (Aw, shucks, you have to subject yourself to the darling bakery and sweet, intoxicating aroma of deliciousness). Unlike the original bread box of a location in the West Village, the homey, art deco-inspired West Coast outpost allows for a lot more room for coffee cakes and muffins in the mornings, plus signature cakes, icebox desserts, cookies, cheesecakes, brownies, and bars throughout the day.
Magnolia Bakery, 8389 West Third Street, at North Orlando Avenue, Mid-City West (323-951-0636 or magnoliabakery.com).
Photo: Courtesy of Magnolia Bakery
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