Over the Rainbow
With more cupcakes then you can probably count, there is something for everyone at this inventive cupcakery. Pastry chef Roman Blas’ crazy, savory, and decadent flavors have garnered attention from major outlets like Food & Wine Magazine and the Food Network. With spot-on presentation and a variety that appeals to every cupcake lover, you’ll be Over the Rainbow if you visit this bakery.
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While the Midnight Sun Cakery focuses a lot of their energy on signature cakes and stunning wedding cakes, they certainly don’t forget the small things. Each month they feature a special sale on their unique flavors, giving patrons something special to look forward to.
With at least 15 flavors available every day, Caketini promises cupcakes that are twice as big (and twice as tasty) as their cupcake competitors. We can say for sure that these cupcakes are some of the most beautiful we’ve seen: each cupcake is frosted and swirled with subtle signature designs that makes it as much a treat for your eyes as it is for your taste buds. Try their request-only chocolate silk cupcake, a chocolate cake topped with buttercream and chocolate truffle drizzle.
Big Sugar Bakeshop
If you are looking to get a sweet, homey fix, visit the Big Sugar Bakeshop. Modeled after the notion that a bakery should be quaint and kitschy, Big Sugar Bakeshop has both permanent flavors and rotating specials. One of their daily options, the Double Coconut (a coconut cake with coconut-cream cheese frosting), is reason enough to stop by this bakery regularly!
Since 1984, this bakery has been servicing the people of Torrance and vicinity with quality pastries, wedding cakes, and, of course, cupcakes. While this bakery only has a little over 15 cupcakes (hey, they’re baking a lot of other things, too) their selections are solid and consistent every time. Try the chocolate blossom or maple bacon cupcakes for a delicious gourmet cupcake experience.
Who could argue with a motto like “Cupcakes are good for the soul”? Since 2008, this cupcakery has been creating 30 flavors from scratch under this maxim, and their loyal customers couldn’t be happier! One of our favorites has to be the Tiffany cupcake, a vanilla bean cupcake with Tiffany-blue colored vanilla buttercream, decorated with edible sugar pearls. How cute!
Happy Cakes Bakeshop
Happy Cakes Bakeshop is a third-time finalist on our annual list. We couldn’t agree more! Now that Happy Cakes has opened their third location, it is evident that they are committed to spreading joy through their baked goods. With options like their black and white cupcake, a “marble chocolate and vanilla cupcake topped with a swirl of both chocolate and vanilla butter cream,” how could you not be happy?
Getting a cupcake at Hokulani Bake Shop is like getting a slice of heaven in paradise. You’ll feel totally spoiled! Inspired by the island it inhabits, this bakeshop makes fresh, natural, and delicious cupcakes for everyone to enjoy. If you really want to get into the Hawaiian spirit, try their Paradise Coconut Cupcake: it’s filled with toasted coconut flakes and topped with their signature buttercream frosting.
Mix Cupcake Co.
A mouthwatering swirl of frosting, a few delicate adornments, and a moist cake are all essentials to a delicious cupcake. Mix Cupcake Co. offers patrons all that and more. With over 16 killer flavors, this cupcakery can cater any party and make your event a success. Try the Raspberry Beret and Dippity Do-Da for cupcakes whimsical in both name and flavor.
Sift Dessert Bar is a high-end sweet shop that offers delicacies like whoopie cookies, ice cream sammys, and crispy cakes. But that doesn’t undermine their excellent cupcake offerings. Try their sweet, pastel-shaded offerings, with cute names like the red velvet Ooh La La and the punny sprinkled cupcake Sprinkle Me Pink.
One look at Robicelli's glimmering cupcakes and we know you’ll be smitten. With a rotating menu of interesting flavors that they update for their customers on Tumblr, Robicelli’s cupcakes are legendary. They have too many flavors to count — there is no way of guaranteeing what you will get. Life is more exciting that way, though, so why shouldn’t your cupcake be equally as thrilling?
A two-time winner of Cupcake Wars, this bakery is frequented by loyal fans and celebrities alike. Their cupcakes come in a variety of flavors that range from savory to sweet, and their baking skills are considered flawlessly consistent by their fan base. If you can catch it, try the chai spice cupcake for a unique, refreshingly flavored treat.
The Sweet Boutique
This boutique bakery’s history is the epitome of the American dream. The self-taught baker and cake designer Christine Nguyen began her now-booming business as a hobby, but passion quickly turned into profit once people got a taste of her delicious confections. Though The Sweet Boutique is a purveyor of many sweets, their cupcakes are towering examples of how gourmet this humble-beginning bakery is. Their Nutella cupcake is filled with ooey-gooey Nutella and topped with Nutella cream frosting.
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Though this cupcake place may have fallen a bit on our list, it absolutely remains one of the best in the nation. Whether the cupcakes are smothered in chocolate and peanut butter sauce or are simple yellow cakes topped with chocolate buttercream frosting, they’re unanimously loved by anyone who makes a pilgrimage here.
A vegan bakery that makes you forget about the fact that it is vegan is a winner in our book. Their animal-product-free treats are extremely tasty, and their cupcakes are no different. You have to call ahead or stop by early to catch the cupcake flavors for the day, but we promise the preparationn is worth it.
No gimmicks, no hoopla. This tasty bakery has fun just by making quality accessible cupcakes. Their menu flavors are all familiar treats we’ve comforted and rewarded ourselves with for decades, and their commitment to quality over quantity is admirable.
This sweet little bakery in the sunny state of Florida will put a smile on your face. The clean, crisp presentation and towers of icing practically speak for themselves. Stop by for a flavor of the day, which could include something super decadent like their chocolate peanut butter.
Using high-quality ingredients and putting them to work in imaginative ways, Sweet Times in Miami knows a thing or two about crowd-pleasing cupcakes. Their creative catalog includes rotating flavors that are nothing short of inspiring. Try their Chococonut, a chocolate cake with coconut buttercream and toasted coconut flakes. Not in Miami? No worries. Sweet Times is now a franchise, so this bakery could be coming to a town near you!
This incredible bakery has shops scattered all throughout Miami, and there are understated but overly delicious cupcakes to be had at each one. With generous dollops of frosting plopped in the center of their moist cupcakes, this bakery delights all of their visitors. Adventurous folks will love the rotating menu, full of options like French toast, a “maple cinnamon cake topped with maple buttercream and cinnamon toast crunch streusel.”
This husband and wife team turned their home-based company into a full-fledged bakery with roots planted in pure passion and talent. These cupcakes deliver with each glitter-dusted fleck. Try a customer favorite like the salted caramel cupcake.
Polka Dot Bake Shop
e are so happy to see that this bakery moved up on our list! A kosher-certified, female-led bakery, the Polka Dot Bake Shop proudly makes batches of cupcakes from scratch. Adorned with their signature icing swirl, these elegantly crafted confections pack a powerful flavor punch with their wide daily varieties.
Simply put, Simply Cakes is simply amazing. Their from-scratch methods produce cupcakes that are pure quality in taste and appearance: you’ll be able to tell after just one bite. And for your first bite, we recommend sinking your teeth into a Raspberry Pop!, a yellow cupcake filled with raspberry mousse and topped with raspberry buttercream.
If genius can be disguised as madness, well, bring on the crazy! This incredible cupcakery embraces the sugared insanity and churns out unique and artful cupcakes in the process. They post their “crazy” cupcake flavors every day at 10 a.m. (recent selections include a caramel cupcake topped with bacon and a tiny pancake), but be sure to call ahead — they often sell out quickly!
From-scratch, small-batch batters made throughout the day make for delicious and fresh cupcakes no matter what time you enter the Shoppe. And if variety is the spice of life, man, is this place livin’ it up. While there are everyday basic flavors, each day of the week has a special menu that features cupcakes like snickerdoodle and Italian cream.
This bakery has major design prowess and the flavors to make their cakes even more beautiful! Their expertise expands far beyond cupcakes (try their artisanal breads and breakfast pastries), but the cupcakes are where the true joy lies. The Lemon Lust cupcake, made with fresh lemon juice, lemon zest, and lemon curd, topped with lemon buttercream, is the perfect way to celebrate spring.
If you’re looking for event cupcakes that are as beautiful as they are delicious, Incredible Edibles Bakery can definitely whip up something to your fancy. Their cupcakes come in an array of interesting flavors, like orange Creamsicle with Bavarian cream, and the bakery is more than willing to experiment with cupcake flavor combinations to make your event unique and extra tasty.
These cupcakes are so famous, they are named after the stars! Sample signature sweets like the Clint Eastwood, a dark chocolate and white chocolate cupcake; the Elvis, a banana cupcake with a creamy chocolate filling and peanut butter cream cheese icing; or even the Al Pacino, a chocolate cupcake with a caramel center and mocha frosting, topped with chocolate-covered espresso beans.
This good old Southern bakery does sweets just right, and their cupcakes are living proof. From mini to regular sized, these cupcakes are light, airy, and topped with just the right amount of frosting. With over 25 flavors available, they’re sure to delight everyone!
Gigi’s Cupcakes is now producing some of the tastiest sweets you can find. Don’t believe us? Try the triple chocolate torte. The rich, dark chocolate cake with a brownie texture is baked without flour and topped with chocolate ganache, sugared rose, and powdered sugar. Or indulge in a little White Midnight Magic: a dark chocolate cake with dark chocolate chips, topped with a white cream cheese frosting and chocolate chips. You’re welcome.
These gourmet cupcakes are elegant enough for any sweets lover with refined tastes. The bakers at Just Cupcakes are uniquely crafty, and their cupcakes feature a ton of sweet little extras, like decorative candies and specialty fillings.
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Want something truly sweet? Try a cupcake from Sweet Things Bakery — you will not be disappointed. While the shop, of course, has flavors like vanilla and chocolate, they also challenge their patrons’ palates with flavors like lavender and honey.
Oak Mill Bakery
Need to impress hungry guests? Order up a set of these event cupcakes and your friends and family will leave satisfied. Oak Mill Bakery makes gorgeous themed cupcakes that are actually delicious. Check out their frequently requested rainbow cupcakes, described as “jumbo cupcakes with light blue buttercream frosting designed to look like clouds, fondant rainbows, and butterflies, with silver edible beads on top.”
Simple, artistic, and memorable, Forever More boutique cupcakes deliver on consistency and flavor. Using exclusive and high-end ingredients, these cupcakes are blissful to bite into. Try the signature More cupcake: a dark Valrhona chocolate cake laden with ethereal cream and topped with a pristine chocolate ganache.
West Town Bakery & Diner boasts flavorful organic cupcakes that make a simple statement. While the presentation won’t blow you away, don’t be so hasty to judge a book by its cover. Customers love this local bakery and diner that offers an array of other pastries, like flavorful cake balls and seasonal sweets. But if it’s the cupcakes you are after (as you well should be), order the Chocolate Chocolate Cupcake, a doubly decadent cupcake that promises to delight.
Sarah's Cake Shop
Sarah’s Cake Shop offers a variety of basic and specialty cupcakes on rotation, topped with a basic buttercream swirl (that can be flavored). If you’re looking for a classic cake, try the shop’s mini Twix cupcake, a “caramel cake baked on shortbread cookie crumb, filled with caramel, topped with chocolate frosting, dipped in ganache, and sprinkled with shortbread crumbs.”
Go ahead, treat yourself. And if you do, try to do so at the Sweet Indulgence cake shop. The cupcakes hardly need an introduction. Literally one look and you’ll feel your will crumbling. The best advice we have is to try not to eat your computer screen as you browse from home.
Jones Bros. Cupcakes has a flavor catalog with some delectable fixed cupcake flavors like the red velvet and the black and white. It is completely acceptable to gorge on a classic cupcake with gourmet flair, but if you stop there, you’ll be missing out. Oh, and that root beer float cupcake? It consists of chocolate root beer cake with vanilla bean icing, root beer ganache drizzle, and a chocolate straw.
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Trademarked as ULTRAmoist cakes, these little bites are a total treat. The Cake Gallery has mastered the cake-to-frosting ratio on each of their cupcakes, and provides patrons with uniquely enticing flavors. Try the banana split (which looks like an actual bowl of ice cream), “a banana cake filled with strawberry and a dollop of pineapple, iced in whip, dipped in chocolate, and topped with nuts and a cherry.”
We’ll have moore of everything, please! While this bakery bakes some fabulous cookies, their cupcakes are their crowning achievement. Though they only came in second place during their stint on Cupcake Wars, they still won a place in our hearts this year! Try their apple pie cupcake or their fudge sundae cupcake for a unique taste.
Oh My Cupcakes! Gourmet Cupcakery
The Oh My Cupcakes! Gourmet Cupcakery, run by self-styled “cupcake ninjas,” has plenty of cupcakes worth gasping over. Their cupcake called Mr. Grumpypants will cure any bad day. It’s “filled with fudge Oreo cookies and infused with whipped chocolate mousse, then topped with chocolate cream cheese frosting and a crushed fudge Oreo cookie garnish.”
If you’re fixin’ for a sweet, this is the place to go. This bakery does a touch of everything, but their cupcakes are certainly a standout. They offer fresh-batch cupcakes in a rotating catalog of flavors daily, and they even create artisanal event cupcakes to make your momentous occasion a little sweeter.
This year, Hello Cupcake has come to take a rightful place higher on the list. This super-sweet and super-delicious bakery really knows how to bring life into their confections. They have options like the “peanut butter blossom,” “vanilla gorilla,” and “you tart!” Those three alone are enough to make anyone smile!
While this bakery does not offer an astounding array of flavors for their event cupcakes, they do know how to make a classically beautiful dessert. These little bites of heaven are artfully crafted to accentuate an event. You won’t believe some of the stunning things they have done with these cupcakes. While their flavor profiles are rather basic, they can be made gourmet with filling additions like whipped white chocolate mousse and special hazelnut buttercream.
The best part about Treat Cupcake Bar? They make every day worthy of a gourmet cupcake. Sprinkle Me Silly, one of their so-called “everyday” cupcakes, is made with a confetti cake and buttercream frosting and topped with sprinkles. One of their more decadent cupcakes, which only makes an appearance seasonally, has to be the raspberry white chocolate, a golden cake with a layer of white chocolate, all topped with raspberry buttercream frosting. Whatever you crave, this cupcakery will deliver you a cupcake that fulfills its promises on looks and taste.
East End Cupcakes
With an array of impressive flavors available here, you can customize your cupcake to your liking, choosing from dozens of cake and buttercream bases. Though the bakery wants you to get adventurous, they do have a few solid flavor combinations to suggest. Just chat with one of the friendly staff members for your cupcake inspiration!
A vegan cupcake that tastes incredible? We love a good cruelty-free baked good! You won’t believe their delicious chocolate pink cherry cupcake, made with a chocolate cupcake and topped with “tinted pink very vanilla vegan buttercream, pink sugar, and capped with a pretty pink cherry.”
There is no denying that Palermo’s Bakery has incredible design skills. This fresh and delicious bakery produces incredible-looking cupcakes that taste equally delicious. Try their unique banana Oreo cupcake, which is made with vanilla cake, whipped cream, Oreo crumbs, and a banana slice on top!
If there is any club to be a part of, this is it. Dessert Club, ChikaLicious doesn’t just “do” cupcakes: they take them to the next level. With innovative flavors that draw inspiration from international cuisines, integrating stunning design and execution, these cupcakes are not to be missed.
While this couture cake art studio specializes in wedding cakes, their ridiculously gorgeous and delicious cupcakes are not to be overlooked. Creating an assortment of cake flavors from sweet (like the “Madagascar Vanilla Bean Butter”) to savory (Like the “Chinese 5 Spice” infused cupcake), this bakery delivers some of the tastiest cupcakes in the New York City area.
From dessert tables to birthday parties, Sugar Coated’s cupcakes have consistently flawless presentations. Their artistry is almost unparalleled, and they offer an array of styles that will work for anyone’s special day from ornate butterflies to mini birdcages. Try ordering mocha buttercream cupcakes or a fresh fruit filled cupcake for a really signature taste.
Since 1889, Bredenbeck's Bakery in Philadelphia has been baking confections that delight and inspire local patrons. Their cupcakes are available only for special events, but their batter and quality are so delicious, our panelists had to see them on our list! Check out their unique designs for cupcakes that will complement any event you’re hosting!
When you drive around in a pink cupcake truck bearing delicious gifts of gourmet cupcakes, the world will hardly think of you as “twisted.” In fact, people get excited when the sisterly team behind Twisted Sisters Cupcakes rolls into town. And can you blame them? The sisters recently brought back a crowd-pleasing Key lime pie cupcake, but make sure you catch it while you can! This mobile truck changes their menu almost as often as they move their cupcakery.
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Sometimes the most beautiful things in life come in the most surprising packages. While the cupcakes at Flavor are undoubtedly gorgeous, their no-frills, all-flavor attitude has landed them a loyal local base. Their triumphant win on season four of Cupcake Wars didn’t hurt either. They surprise guests daily with a unique cupcake of the day, and offer tasty flavors patrons can count on, like mint Oreo and Boston cream.
How can you argue with a slogan like “Cupcakes make everything better?” We couldn’t agree more! This family-owned and -operated cupcakery offers patrons an overwhelmingly delicious-looking number of cupcakes to try. While they rotate between 16 to 19 flavors a day, the list of made-to-order flavors is seemingly endless. If you can, try to catch the blueberry pancake cupcakes for a delicious excuse to start your day off with a sweet, or totally treat yourself with one of their special flavors like the Cinnamonster.
With a passion for sweets and rockabilly style, Hardcore Sweet Cupcakes is nothing short of show-stopping. Combining artistic and musical influences, this cupcakery is full of wacky names and challenging concoctions. One of our favorites has to be the chicken ‘n’ waffles, a buttermilk waffle white cake with cinnamon cream cheese frosting topped with crispy fried chicken and waffle bits, then drizzled with maple syrup.
Baked & Wired, who playfully refer to themselves as “The Other Georgetown” because of their proximity to the iconic bakery, are known for their consistent delivery of from-scratch baked goods. While they do offer more than just “cakecups,” this bakery’s many flavors are reason enough to keep returning. We recommend trying the dirty chai cakecup, a vanilla cake blended with chai spices and topped with espresso buttercream frosting.
The Flying Cupcake
With a striking signature pastel color palette, The Flying Cupcake will fly away with your heart after just one nibble. The cupcakes are delectably labeled with creative names that will entice you to keep trying more! Try the “It's Not a HoHo,” a chocolate cupcake filled with vanilla cream and covered in chocolate ganache.
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The national cupcakery may be all bells and whistles with their marketing strategies, but when it comes to their cupcakes, they are very straightforward. Simple flavors, simple frosting, and simple décor make their patrons line up around the block. Their loyal fan base bumped them up quite a bit on our list this year!
When Kara Haspel Ling left her job as an advertising sales executive to enroll in pastry school, no one knew she'd turn out to be the founder of a West Coast icon. Her consistently beautiful signature domes of frosting sit on top of artisanal cupcakes you’ll likely never forget. With over a dozen signature flavors, it is tough to choose which one to try first! We say go for the flourless chocolate cake, a fudgy cupcake sprinkled with confectioners sugar.
While this iconic bakery is known for their tasty and jaw-dropping wedding cakes, they are no strangers to the art of cupcake-making. Their line of classic flavors, like chocolate peanut butter and strawberries and cream, never disappoints. You’ll fall in love with these sweet treats, with their dreamy, thick swirls of frosting on top.
Lisa Watson and Peter Shanky’s attention to detail and extensive candy experience at Cupcake Jones shine through in their flavor profiles and gorgeous cupcake display. Their menu — including both hand-candied rose petal and carrot cupcakes — proves that quality is definitely better than quantity. If you want to be dazzled, try their Velvet Painting cupcake, a “red velvet cake filled with vanilla bean pastry cream, topped with cream cheese icing and a hand candied rose petal.”
From its inception, Misha’s Cupcakes was designed for family. The owner began this delicious cupcakery as a way to spend time with her newborn daughter (and to make a few extra bucks). A successful business blossomed a few years later, and now it’s one of the finest cupcake joints in Miami. Be sure to check the site for the current flavors, as they change with the seasons!
That one Cupcake Place
That One Cupcake Place is anything but an ordinary cupcakery. Since they have opened, they have created over 56 flavors to add to the equally diverse and delicious menu. Their sweet orange berry cupcake, made with a sweet orange cake and strawberry cream cheese frosting, will transport you to a refreshing spring day, while the more adventurous cupcake enthusiast will enjoy the bubblegum cupcake, a bubblegum-flavored cake with bubblegum-flavored buttercream.
When Jennifer Appel branched out on her own to build Buttercup Bake Shop just four years after opening Magnolia Bakery in 1996, she set out to create old-fashioned American desserts with a fresh perspective. Her bakery has been frequented by plenty of celebrity sweet tooth patrons, like Martha Stewart, and delivers fresh cupcake flavors daily. Try her Devil Dog cupcake for starters: a chocolate cake with a touch of meringue frosting!
In a world where cupcakes are loaded with towering amounts of sugary frosting, it is refreshing to see a cupcake excel with a simple swirl of flavorful icing. However, these have more to offer than expert icing, with an ooey-gooey mousse flavoring that consistently surprises and delights guests. Try out flavors like the cannoli cupcake: a vanilla cake base filled with cannoli cream, topped with French vanilla buttercream, and adorned with cannoli shell pieces.
NoRA Cupcake Company
NoRA Cupcake Company proudly boasts over 100 cupcake flavors on their full menu, and promises that their sweets will blow you away. While their cocktail-inspired line of cupcakes plays off of flavors found behind the bar, there are plenty of family-friendly cake options to enjoy! Something from the C&C menu (cookies- and candy-inspired) or their savory cupcakes may just tickle your fancy.
The Cup cupcakes boast just the right amount of frosting to be delicious and decadent without overdoing it. These cupcakes come in a variety of styles ranging from sweet to savory. For example, the “cuppa coffee” cupcake is a unique sour cream cake base topped with cinnamon streusel and a sugar glaze drizzle.
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Inspired by the joy that he saw filling the cupcakeries on a visit to New York City, founder Matt Fracker decided to leave the world of teaching and bring a gourmet bakery of his own making to this Richmond suburb. The cupcakes live up to their name with their generous frostings, and Fracker’s mission to deliver fresh cakes will make any sweet lover smile. With thick frosting piled on top of a soft cake and adorned with an adorable fondant heart, you’ll be licking your smiling lips after just one bite!
The folks at the Cupcake Magician may actually be baking wizards — their treats are bound to inspire and amaze! Promising to make any event magical, this cupcakery offers customers a ton of regularly flavored cupcakes, like the peanut butter explosion, and popular “filled” cupcakes, like hot chocolate, for those craving an especially decadent treat.
If you’ve got a big appetite for cupcakes, you’ve come to the right place, friend. These gourmet cupcakes weigh nearly half a pound each — hefty enough to stand on their own against the likes of brunch. Try their pink velvet cupcake, topped with cream cheese, caramel buttercream, and a crunchy pecan praline, for a unique and flavorful cupcake experience.
An artisan bakery dedicated to small-batch baking, Atlanta Cupcake Factory operates on a philosophy centered around interesting and unique flavor profiles. Brown butter rosemary, Key lime, and coconut almond cupcakes are just some of the seasonal sweets you can enjoy this time of year. Be sure to follow up frequently with this bakery, as their commitment to freshness means an ever-evolving menu!
Built on the belief that Old World baking charm is something worth implementing daily, Fate Cakes has high standards regarding what makes a good cupcake. Just look at the way the chocolate sauce rolls down the mountain of frosting on that mocha latte cupcake!
A funky cafe in Madison, Cupcakes-A-Go-Go offers a full selection of coffee, espresso, and, of course, cupcakes. With a variety of cupcake toppings — from glazes to ganaches, mascarpone frosting piled high, and even homemade meringue and marshmallow — each cupcake has the potential to be a delicious and unique cake. They offer an array of traditional flavors, but really get creative with their premium cupcakes, like the Turtle cheesecake and the chocolate whiskey maple bacon varieties.
This iconic New York bakery’s claim to fame came when the four sassy ladies on Sex and the City ate their delicious treats. While the banana pudding is to die for, fans are still in love with their cupcakes, hence why they’ve jumped significantly on our 2015 list. With a rotating line-up of featured cupcakes, Magnolia ensures its fans plenty of unique flavors and incomprehensible amounts of sweet frosting. If you can catch it, try the peanut butter cake with a gooey semi-sweet ganache filling. It is topped with a peanut butter cream cheese frosting.
This Boston bake shoppe is known for their from-scratch batters and hefty plumes of frosting. This cupcakery has dozens and dozens of flavors, but their signature cupcake, the Lulu, is especially notable: it’s a delicious batter cake with a cream-filled center. Other flavors range from the tart and tasty lemon curd to the super sweet brownie sundae.
Boston's Sweet Bakery offers a list of cupcake flavors that seems to keep growing. Looking for something light but decadent? Their classic Boston cream pie flavor is a sweet chiffon cake filled with homemade pastry cream. It is topped with chocolate ganache and a frosting “cherry.”
Let Them Eat Cake
Specializing in event cupcakes, Let Them Eat Cake artfully combines personalized creations with signature flavors for truly beautiful cupcakes. They come in a variety of flavors, beginning with almond white cake and ranging all the way to ginger peach.
This Jersey-born-and-bred cupcakery is led by the strong-spirited Michelle Spell, who began Ava’s Cupcakes as a part-time gig to support her family of six. Shortly after she opened, she took home the first place spot on the Food Network’s caking competition Cupcake Wars. While Ava’s offers a plethora of cupcakes to choose from, Ava’s Chocolate, a decadent chocolate cake topped with milk chocolate buttercream, is a must-try.
Baked by Melissa
Inspired by the carefree rock 'n’ roll culture of the ‘60s and ‘70s and the idea that people should be able to taste more flavors without a guilt trip, Baked by Melissa has skyrocketed to the height of New York City cupcake fame. The miniature cupcakes are adorably small but extremely well-designed. Just look at the new Cupcarone, a mini cupcake topped with a tiny macaron, if you need proof that amazing things can come in the littlest of packages. The best part is that you don’t have to be a New York resident to enjoy these treats: They now ship nationwide!
Looking for a specialty cupcake? Look no further than Haute So Sweet in the heart of New York City. Haute So Sweet is known for their decorative wedding cakes, but their cupcakes are equally ornate, and their beauty is backed up by a flavorful, moist execution. Try the Nutella or vanilla rosé Champagne for a flavor that will surprise and delight your guests.
Kiss My Cake
You may just want to kiss the chef and not the cake once you get a look at the sweet options. The icing base is a Swiss meringue buttercream, and every single one of the cupcakes has a signature filling, which can feature caramels, ganaches, buttercreams, and jams. The basic vanilla cake is created with Madagascar-bourbon vanilla beans, while the chocolate cakes are made with finely processed Dutch cocoa powder.
On Chestnut Street in downtown Philadelphia, Brown Betty Dessert Boutique churns out rich — in taste and family history — cupcakes every day. Don’t believe us? Just check out their wide-ranging menu. With traditional pound cake cupcakes with chocolate frosting and signature cupcakes like Company’s Comin’, there are plenty of choices to satisfy any sweet craving.
This Philly cupcake shop caught the eye of the cupcake nation when its bakers triumphantly won Cupcake Wars. While you can purchase the cupcake they concocted on the show, there are other flavors worth doing a double-take over. The chocolate dulce is a notable choice: It’s comprised of a chocolate cake and filled with decadent dulce de leche, then topped with a finishing touch of dulce buttercream.
An intricate swirling structure of frosting atop a moist, freshly baked cupcake from The Pinkitzel Cupcakes & Candy is guaranteed to please. This bakery not only makes some of the most gourmet cupcakes around, they also sell over 100 varieties of loose candy, making theirs the ultimate sweet house in Oklahoma City. As for the cupcakes, indulge in the Birthday Surprise, which is a vanilla cake with a pink almond buttercream and pastel sprinkles, for a treat that will make you feel like every day is your special day.
Philly Cupcake: A Cupcakery Boutique
Philly Cupcake is overflowing with a seemingly endless list of flavors. This cupcakery has a knack for not only a great-tasting product but a fabulous-looking one, too. For a unique flavor experience, try the strawberry lemonade cupcake.
It isn’t every day you find a bakery that is so accommodating. Awsome Sweets makes fabulous event cupcakes catered to your every whim, and we aren’t just talking about their many flavors. They even cater to your preferred size, offering mini, standard, and jumbo cupcakes.
With their loveable mascot and their company motto (Life’s too short... Eat a cupcake), Cupcake Charlie’s delivers fresh, frosted cupcakes that will make your day. The Grammy’s Carrot Cake and the Charlie’s Chocolate Chip are both shining examples of what it means to be a cupcake. Make sure you pop by to check out the cupcake of the day, chosen from over 137 varieties, in addition to the decadent daily flavor specials.
The bakers at Irene's Cakes by Design are exemplary at crafting cakes into signature works of art. Their cupcakes receive this master-level touch as well. Have an event coming up? This bakery will create a cupcake bar that is full of flavor and style, each cupcake making its own unique mark on your celebration.
My Little Cupcake
Trust us: despite the fact that these sweets are baked in miniature, there is nothing “little” about these cupcakes. These cups of heaven are piled high with frosting and, when the cupcake calls for it, smothered in it. The flavor is big-time as well, with a wide variety of options sure to appeal to everyone.
Whether it is in the shop or on the truck, there are a plethora (15 or more flavors daily to be exact) of tasty options available at Dreamcakes Bakery. The thing about these delicious cakes is that they actually look like they were dreamt up during a magical tea party. With a billowing topper of fluffy frosting and a delicate design, these cupcakes are a work of art. If you can catch it, try the fluffernutter cupcake, a peanut butter cake with marshmallow meringue that’s topped with a peanut butter cookie.
Butter Lane Cupcakes
Making a huge jump in the list this year as a fan favorite, this Brooklyn-based bakeshop has all of the decadence the name implies. Not only can you take home amazing cupcakes, you can get a few recipes, too. Butter Lane will teach you how to make the cake and the frosting. You have to give them props for being so confident in their cakes that they give recipes away! Of course, it’s probably easier to just eat a vanilla cupcake with raspberry frosting here and leave the baking to the professionals.
Over the years, Buzz Bakery has become known for their amazing cakes and cupcakes. Not only are they gorgeously executed, their signature flavors leave a lasting impression. We recommend trying out the Cookie Monster or the Buzz Signature for a cupcake that you won’t soon forget.
Inching their way into the top 10 as another voter favorite is the classic cake shop Sweet Mandy B's. Available in mini, standard, or jumbo size, their sweets will delight and satisfy any craving a patron may have. Try the banana chocolate chip for a unique flavor, or go ahead and treat yourself to a filled cupcake with a creamy, delicious center.
While the variety of cupcakes rotate daily in-house, this “gentleman’s bakery” (it is owned and operated by two very entrepreneurial fellows) does not disappoint when it comes to taste or presentation. The cupcakes are freshly made and consistently delicious. Try the “sweet and salty” so you can get the best of both worlds!
Their notoriety and loyal fan base speak volumes about the well-known Georgetown Cupcake. Katherine Kallinis Berman and Sophie Kallinis LaMontagne, cofounders of the cupcakery, grace their offerings with an inward swirl of frosting that is both sleek and sexy — but above all, their cakes are consistently beautiful and delicious.
Pink Cake Box
Pink Cake Box is a critically acclaimed bakery that features sweets ranging from the tiniest of cupcakes to a towering wedding cake structure. Pink Cake Box will take your breath away with their sculptural masterpieces and cakes so moist and delicious, you won’t even care how beautiful they are. Flavors include hazelnut Frangelico, pink Champagne cake, spiced pumpkin, and dozens more. Try this amazing bakeshop for a specialty experience you’d be hard-pressed to find elsewhere across the nation.
Whipped Bakeshop focuses on fresh, impactful flavors, and can artfully customize any cupcake order. Take a bite into their Vanilla Buttermilk — it has a light, melt-in-your-mouth texture that perfectly complements any of their illustrious frosting favors.
Coming into the top five thanks to our panelists, Molly’s Cupcakes in Chicago has sweets that really pack a flavorful punch. To customize your own, simply pick a cake flavor, choose a frosting, and then make it yourself with an array of tasty toppings. They’ll bake it right in front of your eyes and are happy to accommodate even the wildest of cravings. Try one of their center-filled cupcakes for a truly tasty experience.
Red Velvet Cupcakery has been delighting guests and patrons with elegant and understated cupcakes since 2008. Hungry customers will enjoy a variety of selections that not only surprise, like the peanut butter cup, but tantalize, like the white and black velvet cake options.
A homestyle bakery located in the very heart of Park Slope, this family-friendly sweet shop has something that will appeal to anyone who pops by. Their cupcakes are some of the most decadent in the country, and they were nominated and voted for by our panelists across the board. Try their candy bar cake — a chocolate cake with peanut buttercream and assorted candies — to really tickle your taste buds. Oh, and if you want to make cupcakes almost as amazingly as the Buttermilk bakers, don’t sweat it. Just sign up for one of their cupcake-baking classes!
And this year, none other than Billy’s Bakery was ranked number one by our panelists. This simple bakery was founded in 2003 by two college friends who shared a passion for pastry. Their 1940s-styled stores — they have three locations — boast recipes from the same era; they are time-honored and -tested baked goods. The banana Nutella cupcake elegantly blends classic and new flavors, while the carrot cupcake is a seasonal, classic favorite everyone will enjoy.