Billy Vanilly Cup-cakery Open in Manhattan, KS

billy vanilly cupcake

billy vanilly cupcake

I’d heard that cupcakes were coming to Manhattan, and now they’ve arrived. Billy Vanilly claims to be Kansas’s first cupcake bakery (originally called Daddy Cakes cupcakes in Topeka in 2007) that has since been successful at their Massachusetts St. location in Lawrence. They sell several varieties of made-from-scratch, baked fresh daily cupcakes with one of the most popular varieties being the namesake billy vanilly. A special treat at the Manhattan location is ice cream sandwiches made with fresh baked cookies and KSU’s Call Hall ice cream.

Billy Vanilly rotates through lots of different flavors and with weekly specials, sometimes choosing which cupcakes you take home can be a challenge. I’ve tried six and my personal favorite is the peanut butter cup, which boasts an incredibly creamy, peanut buttery frosting. The photo below shows the kinds I’ve sampled: red velvet, oreo, death by chocolate, peanut butter cup, i love lemon and wedding cake. billy vanilly cupcakes

Nine everyday flavors include:

  • billy vanilly – classic vanilla cupcake with vanilla buttercream topped with sprinkles and a cherry
  • the retro – dark chocolate cake filled with vanilla cream dipped in chocolate and topped with swirls
  • death by chocolate – dark chocolate cake with bittersweet ganache dip and chocolate velvet frosting
  • red velvet – southern style buttermilk cake with cheesecake buttercream and candied pecans
  • peanut butter cup – chocolate cake with peanut butter & vanilla frosting and peanut butter cup pieces
  • cookies and cream – chocolate cake with Oreo cookies ‘n’ cream buttercream topped with an Oreo cookie
  • strawberry shortcake – strawberry swirl cake with pink strawberry buttercream – a local favorite!
  • i love lemon – lemon cake with fresh lemon curd topping and tangy lemon frosting
  • 24 carrot – moist carrot spice cake frosted with vanilla buttercream
Manhattan Billy Vanilly

Manhattan Billy Vanilly located near the corner of Bluemont and Tuttle Creek behind Olive Garden

Billy Vanilly Manhattan opened May 15, 2014 and is located at 705 North 3rd Place, Suite D in the strip between Noodles and Wheat State Pizza behind Olive Garden just off Tuttle Creek Blvd at Bluemont Ave. They are open daily from 10am to 9pm and can be reached by phone for special orders at 785-320-6800 or through their Facebook page.


About amy de simone
Amy is an active volunteer, traveler and photographer. She is interested in art, libraries, museums and nonprofits. She holds an M.A. in Library & Information Studies and a B.A. in Italian Language & Literature from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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