Cupcake crazy: flagship bakery shuttered for health violations

I don’t get the cupcake craze. Seems like the S&M variant of food porn.

Just don’t tell that to the patrons of a New York Village cupcake shop that was shut down on Valentines Day after city health inspectors discovered it was in cupcakeviolation of at least five “critical” infractions.

DNA info reports the flagship location of Magnolia Bakery, which has been credited with kicking off the last decade’s cupcake craze for cranking out the fluffy, old-school confections along with others — like icebox cakes and cream pies — was cited for having “evidence of mice or live mice” taking residence in the bakery, 1010 WINS News first reported on Saturday.

Other infractions at the Bleecker Street shop noted on the Health Department’s report, filed Feb. 14, state the presence of rats, “filth flies” or food refuse that would indicate the flies, as well as “food not protected from contamination” during preparation, transportation, storage or display.

The report also said raw or prepared food was cross-contaminated, contaminated, or not discarded properly, another critical offense.

The location, which opened in 1996, was the first of the company’s seven stores which now hawk the famous baked goods from New York to L.A. Last year, the company began shipping the delicious cupcakes, which gained fame with an appearance on “Sex and the City,” nationwide.

That would be the porn connection.

The problems with vermin began only after Hurricane Sandy flooding compromised the store and mice came in, a spokeswoman for the chain said.