The Top 50 Cupcakes in America

From Georgetown Cupcake in Washington, D.C., to Crumbs Bake Shop in New York City and even the year-old shop around the corner, find out which cupcakery is home to the number one cupcake in America

Cupcakes from Huckleberry Bakery and Cafe in California.
Huckleberry Bakery and Café
A plate of cupcakes from Huckleberry Bakery and Cafe in California.

Check out an alphabetical list of all the cupcake contenders' ratings, and their to-die-for cupcakes. All categories are out of 10 points. 

Bakery Must-Try Cupcake Menu Cupcake Design Frosting-to-Cake Ratio
Abby Girl Sweets – OH Lemon-licious 6 6 9
Cake Studio – AK Chocolate Merlot 7 6 9
Angel Cups – ND Honey Pear 7 7 10
AnnOlivia's – MS Raspberry Delight 7 6 7
Ava's Cupcakes –NJ Chocolate Cannoli 8 7 6
Baked – NY Caramel Apple Cups 8 8 6
Baked by Melissa – NY Apple Pie a la Mode 6 8 9
Bee Sweet Cupcakes – LA I Heart Bananas Foster 8 7 6
Bernice's Bakery – MT Chocolate Cherry Coke 6 7 9
Big Sugar Bakeshop – CA Chococcino 6 6 8
Billy's Bakery – NY Banana Nutella 6 8 10
Bleu Squid Bakery – CT Vanilla Chocolate Malted 4 5 10
Blue Smoke Bake Shop – NY Banana-Pecan with Caramel Buttercream 4 6 8
Brown Betty Dessert Boutique – PA Aunt Eva Says 8 7 2
Brown's Bakery – KY Bourbon Pecan 5 3 7
Buttercup Bake Shop – NY Lady Baltimore 5 8 3
Buttercup Happycakes – ID Salted Caramel Chocolate 6 4 7
Buzz Bakery – VA Coco Loco 6 9 9
Cake Couture – HI Red Velvet Cheesecake 6 6 8
Cake Crumbs – CO Cream Cheese on Chocolate 5 4 6
Cake Dreams – MD Cannoli 7 8 9
Cake Fetish Cupcakes – NM Scutterbotch 9 6 4
Cakeology –MA Boston Cream Pie 8 5 6
Charm City Cupcakes – MD Vanilla Lemon Ginger 8 8 10
Crave Bakeshop – OR African Yam 9 9 8
Crumbs Bake Shop – NY Blackbottom Cheesecake Brownie 6 6 2
Crushcakes Cupcakery – CA Buttermilk Crumb Cake 5 6 2
Cupcake – MN Chocolate Passion Fruit 6 5 6
Cupcake – SC Bourbon Pecan Pie 7 6 2
Cupcake Heaven – DE Overstuffed Cannoli 5 4 6
Cupcake Jones – OR What's Up Doc?  9 7 6
Cupcake Royale – WA Tiramisu, Affogato-ized 8 6 9
Cupcakes-A-Go-Go – WI Red Velvet Pomegranate 9 9 9
Cupcakes on Kavanaugh – AR White Chocolate Raspberry 7 8 6
Cupcrazed Cakery – SC Pumpkin Caramel with Cinnamon Buttercream and Candied Pecans 7 6 9
CutieCakes – WY Lemon-Limoncello 7 7 9
Dessert Club ChikaLicious – NY Nutella Nutbomb 7 9 9
Dozen Bake Shop – PA Pumpkin Chai 7 8 6
Georgetown Cupcake – D.C. Chocolate Peanut Butter Swirl 8 7 6
Happy Cakes Bakeshop – CO Pumpkin Pie 9 7 9
Hello Cupcake – D.C. Pumpkin Spice 8 5 10
House of Cupcakes – NJ Fudge Truffle 5 4 4
Huckleberry Bakery and Cafe – CA Zucchini Carrot with Cream Cheese Frosting 6 8 9
Ice It! Bakery – ME Filled Coconut Almond Surprise 7 6 6
Isabelle's Curly Cakes – MA Chocolate and Peanut Butter Cup 8 8 10
Jilly's Cupcake Bar and Cafe – MO French Silk 9 9 5
Jones Bros. Cupcakes – NE German Chocolate 8 7 2
Kara's Cupcakes – CA Fleur de Sel 9 6 8
Leah's Sweet Treats – TX Cranberry Chai 7 5 6
Love at First Bite – CA Razzle Dazzle 6 3 10
Magnolia Bakery – NY Hummingbird 7 7 7
Magpies Cakes –TN Just About Decadent 8 7 6
Mind Over Batter – AZ Caramel Macchiato 5 3 6
Molly's Cupcakes – IL Ron Bennington 9 7 8
My Little Cupcake – VT Vanilla Peach Honey 5 4 9
Nancy's Fancies – RI Wedding Cake 5 6 6
Oh My Cupcakes! Gourmet Cupcakery – SD Stuffed French Toast 8 7 9
Philly Cupcake – PA Jewish Apple Strudel 7 6 2
Pinkitzel Cupcakes and Candy – OK Blueberry Chesecake 7 8 2
Polka Dot Bakeshop – NC Cranberry Orange 9 7 10
Red Velvet Cupcakery – D.C. Summertime 6 6 10
Robicelli's – NY Bourbon Caramel Apple 9 6 9
Saint Cupcake – OR Salty Captain 5 6 8
Scratch Cupcakery – IA Raspberry Love 6 6 2
Sift Cupcakery –CA Battle Royale 9 8 6
Simply Sweet Cupcake Boutique – AL Maple Bacon 8 8 9
Smallcakes Cupcakery – KS Caramel Crunch 5 7 9
Society Bakery – TX Pecan Praline 6 5 9
Sprinkles –  CA Lemon Coconut 8 9 9
Sugar Sweet Sunshine Bakery – NY Sassy Red Velvet 5 5 6
Suite 106 Cupcakery –CA Chocolate Salted Toffee 6 8 8
SusieCakes – CA Mocha 6 7 9
Sweet Mandy B's – IL Pumpkin Cake with Caramel Frosting 6 6 9
Sweet! By Good Golly Miss Holly – FL Tiramisu 7 7 9
Sweetness Bakeshop and Cafe – FL Guayabera 5 6 8
Swirlz Cupcakes – IL Twixie 7 8 9
The Atlanta Cupcake Factory – GA Sugar Cookie Cake with Browned Butter, Rosemary and Pine Nut Frosting 10 10 8
The Cupcakerie – WV Raspberry Kissed Cocoa 8 5 6
The Cupcakery – NV Kir Royale 7 6 9
The Flying Cupcake – IN Zucchini Bikini Buster 7 6 9
The Goodie Girls – CA Scottie 8 7 6
The Perfect Circle Cupcakery – CA Perfect Pumpkin 6 5 6
The Sweet Lobby – D.C. Ginger-White Chocolate 8 7 8
The Sweet Tooth Fairy – UT Fairy Fetti 6 5 6
Trophy Cupcakes and Party – WA Chocolate Espresso Bean 6 5 7
Two Little Red Hens – NY Pumpkin Cake with Pumpkin Apricot Cream Cheese Frosting 7 7 6
Union General Store – MI Delish 8 8 9
Vanilla Bake Shop – CA Blackberry Passion Fruit (filled) 8 4 6
Violet's Cakes – CA South Pacific 4 6 8
White Mountain Cupcakery – NH Boston Cream 8 7 4


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Sorry Daily Meal, but I have to disagree with your list. You not only left off delicious cupcakeries (Crumbs Bakeshop and Cupcake Endulgers Boutique in ATL) but your number 1 spot: Atlanta Cupcake Factory was a big disappointment this weekend. They are definitely NOT the best. Half the cupcakes we had were dry and flavorless. Only 3 out of the 7 we tried would I ever happily eat again. Check out my cupcake blog list if you want some accurate cupcakery ratings: http://asoutherngirlabroad.wordpress.com/category/the-cupcake-chronicles/

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Obviously the writer/rater of Top 50 American Cupcakes left off the MOST important category, taste (texture/flavor). What good is Cupcake Design or Menu without taste? Although the writer alludes to composing this article entirely from internet research from her desk, I feel she should have been more forthcoming, that she didn’t actually taste all the cupcakes. One would assume that when food ratings/lists are compiled that the judge(s) would actually TASTE the items in question.
That being said, I've tried cupcakes from Sprinkles, Sweet Mandy B's, Magnolia, Baked, Angel Cups of Fargo, and countless others across the US. Needless to say, Angel Cups does not come close to the others that I've tried in terms of taste/texture/flavor. I'm extremely surprised that they beat out (or are even considered in the same league with) these world-known bakeries. It is obvious Marilyn picked the world-known favorites along with the out-of-the-way locations simply to fulfill a wide geographical representation. The true, face-to-face, taste rating of cupcakes (in combination with design, menu, cake/frosting ratio) would have been a much more meaningful article. Unfortunately, this article as rated/written from internet research is meaningless and will result in undeserved PR exposure to some establishments. In addition, for a truly well-rounded rating, the ambience of the establishment and customer service should also be included. After all, who wants to eat a great cupcake in an outdated dump?
Also, something appears to be wrong with the accompanying slide show as I’m only able to read individual reviews from 50-28 and then it stops.
As a cupcake enthusiast, I’m very disappointed.

rachelinthecity's picture

I was thinking the same thing. How do you rate cupcakes without including taste? I do agree with some of the placements (Magnolia near the bottom, Sprinkles near the top, for example), but this list just generally makes no sense. I don't understand how "menu" is even judged. And presentation counts for a third of the score? Who cares what it looks like if it tastes horrible? What an odd article.

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