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Magnolia Bakery | A Review

Life is short, eat more cupcakes!

I have to admit that I get a lot of baked goods as gifts. It’s wonderful to receive them but, at times, there is far too much for me to eat in my singledom. Very often, I share the gifts with friends or coworkers simply because if I bring it home, I will eat every crumb by myself. Then I will be in a happy/sad food coma we all know too well.

But these little colorful babies were all mine. You may recognize the name Magnolia from the epic HBO show, Sex and the City, as Miranda and Carrie stuffed their faces with cupcakes in front of the shop and all the women watching swooned at the sugary goodness.


The original spot was founded in New York in 1996 and is known for these adorable, pastel cupcakes that are handmade. I even got the “Carrie” cupcake, which is the little pink darling. So exciting! The most important part? They’re delicious. Sugary sweet and a perfect cupcake size. It felt like home.  As I did not even know this bakery had landed in Korea, I was thrilled with a new option for delightful goodness from America. No one does desserts better than America.*  🙂

*DISCLAIMER: All opinions are my own and no one paid me to shove 4 pastel cupcakes into my mouth. The last opinion is with all respect to other countries who also delight in the fine art of dessert making. Also, be forewarned, my Korean co-teacher also got the cupcakes and her verdict was that they were too sweet. So, these are very American style, which means more butter and sugar than you will ever need in life.

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Magnolia Bakery is found in the Pangyo Hyundai Department Store in Bundang. That can be quite a trek for Seoullites depending on where you are, but you can also order online!


Store Hours: Monday-Thursday: 10:30am-8pm                                                                                                                  Friday-Sunday: 10:30am-8:30pm

Address: 541, Baekhyeon-dong,
Bundang-gu, Seongnam-si
Gyeonggi-do, Korea

Phone: 82-31-525-2505

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