Do you have a sweet tooth but a not so sweet budget? Moxie Cup, located at 184 Main St. in New Paltz, is the place for you. With many of their delicious desserts starting at $3, it’s a “sweet” deal your wallet can also feel good about. Josie Eriole, the owner of Moxie Cup gave me the inside scoop on all things cupcakes.
“Moxie Cup came to be when I was having foot surgery and it took me out of commission from singing professionally,” Eriole said. “I wanted to do something different and looked at my other passions. Baking was definitely one of them! And there was nowhere at that time to get a really great gourmet cupcake. So I opened Moxie!”
But Moxie doesn’t just do cupcakes, they offer many other delicious pastries and coffee products.
“All our products are made from scratch, something that most places cannot say,” Eriole said. “We make killer savory scones. The spinach feta is my favorite. We also have a full espresso bar, which of course features a lot of house made syrups and sauces. We do not use any artificial flavors in anything in the shop.”
The aspect of community is very important to Moxie Cup. They participate in many New Paltz community events including the Halloween Parade where they had 1,000 cupcakes to give away to the community.
“We love being a part of the New Paltz community,” Eriole said. “I’m very generous with campus events and there are a couple of charities in town that we regularly donate to, such as Family of New Paltz.”
And with the holidays coming up, I was curious to see what Moxie was mixing up.
“We just started a new drink!” Eriole said. “It’s a white chocolate cranberry mocha. As well as a local eggnog latte (made with Ronnybrook eggnog) We also have a peppermint mocha cupcake and a gingerbread cupcake which is one of my favorites.”
Moxie Cup, is such a nice, cozy place to hang out. With bright pink walls and inspirational pillows on the bench seats, it looks like a picture-worthy scene right from a interior designer’s Instagram account. But then I was presented with the most beautiful sight; a pastry case filled with cupcakes.
“Probably our most popular cupcake is the Salt Away My Sugar,” Eriole said. “It’s a chocolate cake with a housemade caramel filling and French sea salt on top.”
I had to try the crowd favorite. This is the cupcake I always indulge in when I go to Moxie. The housemade caramel filling is rich and smooth with the chocolate cake being moist and sweet. The salt is a perfect savory hint to a decadent cupcake.
But I also decided to try something new, the “Annie,” which is a red velvet cupcake with cream cheese frosting and cake crumbles. It was just as delicious as the first cupcake. Rich, decadent, delicious.
And with the 10 percent discount to anyone with a student ID, your wallet and your stomach will be smiling.
Moxie Cup can be found on facebook.com/moxiecup, Instagram, Twitter @moxiecup and on their website, moxiecup.com. Moxie Cup is open Sunday-Thursday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday-Saturday 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.