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Magnolia Bakery

Bakery, Cupcake Shop, and Coffee Shop$$$$
The Loop, Chicago
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  • Jamie O.
    "Banana pudding, red velvet cake, and the cheesecakes are my favorite"(41 Tips)
    Diana C.
    "The icebox cake is delicious!"(4 Tips)
    Swati G.
    "Get the red velvet cupcake!"(4 Tips)
    Rowena R.
    "The white chocolate and macadamia nut cheesecake is fab!"(21 Tips)
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  • Vitalina S.
    Vitalina S.September 4, 2015
    This place is da bomb!! Honestly , their iced caramel coffee, cheesecake and Chicago cupcake it amazing!! A bit too sweet for me, but anyways one of fav places! Service is nice. Vibe adorable 💓
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsMay 13, 2013
    The ultra-creamy texture of the banana pudding is interrupted with small chunks of banana and, best of all, Nilla Wafers that turn to tender cake after bathing in the pudding for a day or two.
  • SEE R.
    SEE RIDDLEMay 1, 2016
    The cheesecake was the best that I have ever had. The texture was perfect. The perfect amount of sweetness and creaminess. Vanilla bean, keylime and caramel pecan---delicious cheesecake...sooo good!
    Upvoted Oct 1
  • Alexandros P.
    Alexandros PlexidasDecember 6, 2014
    We tried the vanilla bean and the caramel pecan cupcakes. Both of them were delicious but not so different one from another, except for the topping. But anyway totally worth trying them!
  • Anamaria H.
    Anamaria HernandezSeptember 24, 2013
    Wait for the girl to put out samples. Then order a cupcake. The lemon one has a whipped frosting and has a bit of lemon custard stuffed inside it. Highly recommend!
  • Rowena R.
    Rowena R.January 22, 2013
    Get the banana bread pudding! But if they're out, get a cheesecake! Best cheesecake I've ever had. The white chocolate and macadamia nut cheesecake is fab!
  • Stefanie
    StefanieSeptember 17, 2014
    I like the old school bakery look and style of Magnolia and I won't turn down one of their cupcakes but I would pass this place up for Sprinkles any day of the week.
  • Joely L.
    Joely LaraJanuary 24, 2015
    The Red Velvet CheeseCake was soooo good! , and you could have that with their fresh water which is complimentary!
  • Chris W.
    Chris WilliamsOctober 31, 2013
    I love the friendly atmosphere of the place but as a baker and pastry chef myself I prefer my own goodies
  • Julie T.
    Julie ThereseJanuary 3, 2012
    The red velvet is amazing! You gotta get it with the cream cheese frosting! Ask them if they can frost one for you fresh...sometimes the frosting can get "crusty".
  • Nely R.
    Nely ReyesJanuary 28, 2016
    Like and oldie and classic bakery, everything looked delicious and also the coffee is great! :D
  • Samar H.
    Samar HamdanSeptember 18
    Amazing bakery. Well Known for banana pudding ( with d8fferent flavors ) but I love the cheesecake !
  • Kate G.
    Kate GAugust 12, 2013
    Amazing.... Banana pudding to die for! Use to look forward to magnolias whenever I was in NYC but now it's in chi!!!! Yayyy!!!
  • Chicago Tribune
    Chicago TribuneAugust 1, 2014
    The red velvet with vanilla buttercream is the best of the bunch: richer than plain vanilla, more complex than chocolate, luscious and buttery but not overly sweet. Read more
  • Gnr
    GnrJune 30, 2015
    No need to exaggerate the banana pudding..too much butter and cream in it..tastes good but it's heavy..meşhur olduğu için banana puding denenebilir ama çok yağlı ve ağır bir puding.tadı fena değil..
  • Cassie S.
    Cassie StutzOctober 12, 2016
    Coffee was out of this world! Decor is adorable, staff is super friendly and the food is to die for.
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoOctober 31, 2011
    The dense cake and achingly sweet frosting evoke nostalgia for kiddie birthday parties, but the cutesy lace curtains and not-too-sweet icebox cake are timeless. Read more
  • My N.
    My NguyenMarch 24, 2016
    Had the blueberry cheesecake and the chocolate banana pudding. Cute bakery and cute desserts too! Fluffy and not too sweet :)
  • Pauline R.
    Pauline RemyMarch 14, 2013
    My cupcake was really good! (Caramel) and the friend i was with told me he preferred his to the one he took at Molly's cupcakes!
  • Jake S.
    Jake SmithApril 9, 2013
    I recommend the S'mores cupcake; the frosting is made from roasted marshmallows, and there is a surprise chocolate center.
  • Diana C.
    Diana ChenOctober 13, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    The icebox cake is delicious! And red velvet cupcake. Idk how they make their frosting but it is so light and tastes different from regular frosting.
  • Brock G.
    Brock GregoryJanuary 25, 2013
    I can pass on the cupcakes but banana pudding is AWESOME!!!! I always make a stop when I'm visiting Chicago or NYC.
  • Leticia S.
    Leticia SilvaJanuary 23, 2015
    I tried the banana pudding and it was the extremely good! The staff is super nice, I really like this little bakery
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoOctober 20, 2011
    The dense cake and achingly sweet frosting evoke nostalgia for kiddie birthday parties, but the cutesy lace curtains and not-too-sweet icebox cake are timeless.
  • Rohit S.
    Rohit SaneOctober 7, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Lot of people love the Banana pudding here, but I am in love with their Red Velvet cupcake and the German cake
  • Taylor S.
    Taylor SAugust 9, 2013
    Best banana pudding ever!! Made with real, whole bananas. None of that premade, instant pudding stuff! Must try!
  • sharif n.
    sharif nassrSeptember 9, 2012
    The banana pudding and peanut-butter & jelly cupcakes are to die for. Love the NYC, London, & Dubai locations also!
  • Brandon S.
    Brandon SullivanFebruary 18, 2013
    This place is kitschy and charming. Known for their banana pudding, and for good reason: it's delicious.
  • Dan C.
    Dan CraigJuly 23, 2014
    Eat those cupcakes. Eat all the cupcakes. They also have a little gluten-free cakey thing.
  • Chris S.
    Chris SpillmanSeptember 26, 2012
    The Apple muffin is unbelievable. Whoever thought huge huge chunks equalled deliciousity was absolutely brilliant.
  • Yagmur K.
    Yagmur KAugust 1, 2016
    The red velvet was the most driest dessert that I had, I didn't want to finish the mini one. Banana pudding may be good but the red velvet is so overrated
  • Kyle O.
    Kyle OttenhoffOctober 1, 2013
    It's good. It's a little bit over priced and you think you're getting a huge cupcake for what you pay but you're getting only a regular size cupcake if not a little bit smaller.
  • Eddy G.
    Eddy GonzalezNovember 2, 2015
    The banana budding is amazing, the cakes are small but can feed two. Cute date spot.
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoFebruary 17, 2012
    It's easy to see how the sweets here became a New York—and now international—addiction: It'd be healthier to mainline sugar than to eat one of these cupcakes. Read more
  • Peter H.
    Peter HardersOctober 7, 2011
    You would think after opening several stores they'd know what they're doing. The order & check-out is confusing. It's bizarre they don't have enough treats during peak times. Hoping it gets better.
  • Sarah C.
    Sarah ChandlerSeptember 13, 2012
    Red velvet and vanilla are a safe choice. They are very good, as expected!
  • Dalia Z.
    Dalia ZaghabahSeptember 17, 2016
    Best Banana Pudding 👍🏼
  • Walt W.
    Walt WalkerMay 21, 2013
    The Chicago chocolate cupcake was my favorite. Simple and flavorful
  • Jamie O.
    Jamie OldsJanuary 27, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Banana pudding, red velvet cake, and the cheesecakes are my favorite
  • Ë-Râe Š.
    Ë-Râe ŠheeñMarch 19, 2013
    I love meringue cookies in general but Magnolia's meringue icing has strong fishy smell and unpleasant raw egg taste. Maybe I had too much expectation because of their reputation.
  • Shahad A.
    Shahad AlissaSeptember 1
    German chocolate cupcake,, amazing. Topped with coconuts 😋
  • Sabrina M.
    Sabrina MJanuary 16, 2013
    The cupcakes are mostly terrible but the Snickers Pie & banana pudding are hands down winners!
  • Yu C.
    Yu ChenJuly 20, 2014
    Pistachio cupcake = delicious! Perfect amount of sweetness, not excessive
  • Lena S.
    Lena Strong-MorrisApril 25, 2014
    If you love pistachio. you will love their Pistachio Cake.
  • Kirstjen L.
    Kirstjen LorenzAugust 8, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    I don't think I've ever been to another pastry shop that puts LESS care into packaging your purchases. They will smash & smear everything they box up for you so that it looks absolutely ugly.
  • Gabs E.
    Gabs EspinoJanuary 28, 2016
    So delicious!! Caramel cupcake is the best!
  • Luvvie
    LuvvieOctober 16, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The red velvet cheesecake is to die for. And the german chocolate cake is delicious!
  • Peyton K.
    Peyton KellerJuly 21, 2016
    The chocolate cheesecake is amazing!!! 🍫🎂🍰🧀
  • Nely R.
    Nely ReyesJanuary 28, 2016
    Omg! The banana pudding! sooooooo good! <3
  • Emrah Y.
    Emrah YalcinalpAugust 15, 2014
    Banana pudding is a must whenever you see a Magnolia Bakery!
  • 👑 Nica E.
    👑 Nica Ella 👑February 10, 2015
    Banana pudding is a must. I can't pass this place without getting the urge.
  • Matt D.
    Matt DickerMay 21
    Been here 5+ times
    You can't go wrong with anything on the menu, but the chocolate cake is the star of the menu.
  • Dave N.
    Dave NathanNovember 6, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    There are 15 minute standing zone spots directly in front of the Oriental Theatre if you have a car.
  • Lisa W.
    Lisa WMay 13, 2012
    Skip the infamous cupcakes and get the banana pudding or a slice of ice box cake instead.
  • Maryam M.
    Maryam MalikMay 18, 2014
    Banana pudding oooh so good & hummingbird cupcakes are heavenly
  • Luvvie
    LuvvieOctober 31, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Their red velvet cheesecake is amazing! But they sell out everyday by 1pm.
  • Nikki S.
    Nikki SoonMarch 17, 2015
    Banana pudding and peanut butter ice box are to die for!
  • Todd C.
    Todd CarpenterNovember 5, 2011
    The chocolate chocolate muffin is really good, but I still like Sugar Bliss on Wabash better.
  • AD A.
    AD AzAugust 7, 2016
    I tried the milk chocolate cake at New York branch it was incredible unfortunately in this branch it's not the same, so far this place is better.
  • Tom K.
    Tom K.May 11, 2013
    You are out of your mind if you don't get the banana bread pudding.
  • Elaine C.
    Elaine ClarkMarch 17
    Been here 100+ times
    The Banana Pudding and Chocolate Banana Pudding is to DIE for!!!
  • Andy W.
    Andy WDecember 10, 2012
    Delicious and great service. Good crowd for a Sunday in the Loop.
  • Chris S.
    Chris SpillmanJuly 25, 2012
    Best muffin ever. Apple cranberry walnut. With 1-inch chunks of apple.
  • Rebecca
    RebeccaOctober 19, 2013
    Cute place but the order and check out process still needs work. Of the three drinks we ordered, we had to send one back (not what we ordered), and they forgot to make another.
  • Katie M.
    Katie McCormickSeptember 27, 2015
    Banana cupcake with chocolate buttercream icing! Yum!
  • Etosha M.
    Etosha MohMarch 17, 2013
    The girls who work here are fab, customer service all the way!
  • Bero S.
    Bero SMarch 25
    You must try Banana pudding !!!! The best!
  • Edwin F.
    Edwin FungDecember 3, 2011
    Treat yourself to a large Hot Chocolate & a slice of vanilla cake w/ vanilla buttercream
  • Katharine S.
    Katharine SpencerOctober 24, 2016
    The carrot cake cupcakes are dreamy <3
  • Jason A. M.
    Jason A. MillerJuly 26, 2013
    All products are certified kosher!
  • Lulwa A.
    Lulwa AlfadalhFebruary 17, 2013
    The banana pudding is the best!! Its a must!!
  • Topher S.
    Topher SterlingAugust 14, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Cake with buttercream frosting!
  • Samantha H.
    Samantha HillApril 25, 2015
    The banana pudding is amazing! It's an authentic southern recipe that thick and creamy.
  • Giovanna M.
    Best cheesecake brownie!
  • GENELL B.
    GENELL BANKSMarch 22, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Try the caramel cake with meringue frosting!!! Omg!!!
  • Maggie
    MaggieApril 4, 2013
    Caramel Pecan Cheesecake! Yum!
  • Carola C.
    Carola CrAugust 21, 2014
    Lollapalooza cupcake was delightful
  • Lorri B.
    Lorri BasileAugust 1, 2016
    The cupcakes and cake are amazing!
  • Ella K.
    Ella KnoxAugust 19, 2014
    Vanilla bean cheesecake....needs no more descriptions than the name.
  • Angela S.
    Angela SoOctober 2, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Get a big slice of the caramel cake -- DE-LISH!
  • Meagan A.
    Meagan AnneOctober 10, 2013
    Amazing !!! Try the caramel cupcakes!! Yum
  • Corinne
    CorinneAugust 7, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    I'm obsessed with the banana pudding. Run... Don't walk!
  • Sanaa K.
    Sanaa KFebruary 21, 2013
    Forget the cupcakes try the banana pudding
  • Timothy S.
    Timothy StentaJanuary 13, 2014
    Banana Pudding hands down worlds best
  • Lillian L.
    Lillian LinMay 6, 2012
    The caramel cake really sucks, don't get it! It's too dry and the cream has vert little flavor
  • J T.
    J TOctober 31, 2011
    Skip the cupcakes - go for the banana pudding!
  • Kate Y.
    Kate YanMarch 18, 2016
    They've got chocolate banana pudding here!
  • Kiran S R.
    Kiran S RizeOctober 29, 2014
    Amazing Staff and amazing deserts
  • Tulin K.
    Tulin KaynakNovember 20, 2015
    Banana puding :)
  • Angie K.
    Angie KJune 25, 2012
    Red velvet cupcake is simply orgasmic.
  • Anamaria H.
    Anamaria HernandezNovember 8, 2013
    Try the magic cookie bar! It's delicious!
  • Konark U.
    Konark UpadhyayMay 10, 2014
    Raspberry white mocha with red velvet cake
  • Nabat Y.
    Banana pudding is the best of the best
  • Neil C.
    Neil CDecember 5, 2012
    Had a white chocolate macadamia cake. It was only ok, not the freshest. No queue when I was here.
  • Audrey W.
    Audrey WeidmanMay 31, 2012
    Rhubarb fans come in for rhubarb muffins and pie
  • Nancy S.
    Nancy SibajaFebruary 17, 2012
    My friend recommended the banana cream pie omgosh its wicked gd
  • Aubrey L.
    Aubrey LynnFebruary 18, 2012
    Go to Sprinkles or, better yet, Molly's instead. Employees are either really nice or flat out rude. They wouldn't take my preorder for a "mix of 18 cupcakes." Expensive for an average cupcake.
  • Hyejin P.
    Hyejin ParkMarch 4, 2013
    The banana pudding is awesome :)
  • Karyn T.
    Karyn TanisOctober 20, 2011
    Tis the season to try the pumpkin cupcakes with maple cream cheese frosting
  • John K.
    John KhuuJanuary 16, 2015
    Everyone working here looked like they hated themselves. For $3.50, the cupcakes were literally bite sized. Truly disappointed.
  • Caitlin
    CaitlinJuly 13, 2013
    Carrot cake cupcakes were the best!!
  • Laura L.
    Laura LambrightSeptember 2, 2012
    Mini cheesecakes are definitely a win.
  • Sarah K.
    Sarah K.January 25
    The cutest bakery in the loop.
  • iAbeer
    iAbeerJuly 4, 2015
    Amazing cupcakes here i ate ...
  • Mai
    MaiAugust 17, 2013
    Smore cupcakes was dry....blah, save yourself the $3.86
  • kate r.
    kate readerApril 9, 2013
    Pumpkin Pecan Bar...holy crap! So yummy!!!
  • Elizabeth G.
    Elizabeth GuerreroDecember 31, 2012
    Such a cute place to stop and grab something sweet.
  • Adam E.
    Adam EvansMarch 10, 2013
    The red velvet cake is like woah.
  • Amina A.
    Amina AbdullaDecember 17, 2011
    best vanilla bean cheesecake
  • Tj S.
    Tj SmithMay 3, 2013
    Blueberry Crumb!!!! Amazing!!
  • Amanda C.
    Amanda CooperFebruary 8, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The banana pudding is to die for!
  • Jeff C.
    Jeff CarterAugust 11, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Cupcakes and banana pudding
  • Teresa
    TeresaFebruary 23, 2015
    Love the cheesecake
  • Jasmine D.
    Jasmine DavilaDecember 2, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Chocolate Pudding Pie
  • Swati G.
    Swati GuptaAugust 8, 2012
    Get the red velvet cupcake!
  • Jillian B.
    Jillian BJune 4, 2013
    Get the banana pudding.
  • Blunt R.
    Blunt RobbinsSeptember 7, 2013
    Yummy even several hours later
  • Jasmine D.
    Jasmine DavilaNovember 2, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Icebox Cake
  • Esther S.
    Esther ShamieOctober 26, 2014
    Banana cream pie! 🙋
  • Katja H.
    Katja HalversonOctober 12, 2011
    PB&J Cupcake is incredible!!!
  • Randy E.
    Randy EscaladaDecember 31, 2014
    Banana pastry!
  • Müge Ö.
    Müge Ö.October 14, 2012
    Banana pudding is amazing!!
  • Rebecca M.
    Rebecca Miles-SteinerOctober 27, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Many members of the staff can be incredibly rude. Don't come here to overpay for a mediocre cupcake and snide service.
  • Emilia M.
    Emilia MondragónSeptember 10, 2013
    Zomg cheesecake!
  • Bergen D.
    Bergen DelisiApril 10, 2015
    Banana pudding
  • Kevin
    KevinJuly 24, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Banana pudding
  • Subhro M.
    Subhro MJanuary 26, 2016
    Banana pudding
  • Gloria C.
    Gloria ChinJanuary 17, 2013
    banana pudding!
  • Alma K.
    Alma KleinOctober 6, 2011
    They really need to rethink they're check out line
  • Lorrane N.
    Lorrane NascimentoApril 15, 2012
    They used to have better cupcakes before it became an internatinal chain... :(
  • Ben A.
    Ben AcostaMarch 1, 2016
    Nothing sadder than bad cake. The specialty cake we ordered was dry and stale (a real shame)
  • Ryan K.
    Ryan KelleyOctober 18, 2011
    Cheesecake... yum!
  • Aga T.
    Aga TomczykJune 30, 2012
    Had the Orange Date Cupcake. Nothing special. Definitely not worth the $4.
  • Kyle M.
    Kyle MSeptember 21, 2013
    EAT THESE CUPCAKES
  • Stephen R.
    Stephen ReginaldOctober 7, 2011
    No better no worse than cupcakes from a truck.
  • Ricardo B.
    Ricardo BoucaultNovember 10, 2015
    Tudo muito bom! Mas os cupcakes são a melhor pedida!
  • Cecília A.
    Cecília AkNovember 8, 2014
    Experimentei e adorei: Pumpkin Cheesecake!!! 😋
  • Pilot C.
    Pilot CientaNovember 23, 2016
    Amo el carrot cup cake
  • Ana V.
    Ana VhJuly 8, 2016
    Love it! 💖
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