We’ve found the best cupcakes in the best bakeries in all 50 states… plus Washington, DC!
Cupcakes might not be the “it” dessert any more, but that doesn’t make them any less tasty. We still want to know: Which ones are the tastiest in each state? That’s a tall order, as the only true way to evaluate a cupcake is by stuffing it in your face, and taste preferences can obviously vary from person to person.
So instead of just this factor, we’ve also added a couple more criteria to the evaluation of these tasty, frosting covered treats. Menu variety was the first thing we looked at, followed by presentation. Rankings were determined based upon consistency and artistic creativity. We looked at social media as well, tabulating the numbers of followers these bake shops have as an indication of how engaged they were with their communities — and vice versa. We then turned to online review sites to help us determine just how satisfied customers were with their cupcake experience. And the last factor was editorial discretion, which took the preceding criteria into consideration along with culinary value and variety. Only one place per state could make the list (plus Washington, D.C., because America!), and here are our results.
The Best Cupcakes in Every State
Cupcakes might not be the “it” dessert any more, but that doesn’t make them any less tasty. Only one place per state could make the list (plus Washington, D.C., because America!), and here are our results.
Alabama: Dreamcakes Bakery, Birmingham
Whether in the shop or on the truck, there are plenty of tasty options available at Dreamcakes Bakery — 15 or more flavors daily, to be exact. 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.
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Alaska: Midnight Sun Cakery, Anchorage
Arizona: Caketini, Scottsdale
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 one 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 by-request-only chocolate silk cupcake, a chocolate cake topped with buttercream and chocolate truffle drizzle.
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Arkansas: Cupcakes on Kavanaugh, Little Rock
Built on the work of four generations of bakers, this cupcakery has industry know-how and inventiveness on their side, featuring both traditional and more unique flavors ranging from cookies ’n cream to oatmeal cream pie. The rum-infused pineapple piña colada cupcake is a life-changing coconut cake, iced with coconut rum buttercream for a delicious confection you’ll be hard pressed to find elsewhere. Plus, the presentation is practically flawless, with a healthy balance between cake and frosting.
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California: Tiffany’s Sweet Spot, La Quinta
Yelp/ Celeste M.
Colorado: Happy Bakeshop, Denver
Connecticut: Sugar Cupcakery & Bakery
Yelp/ Mary M.
Delaware: Sweet Somethings Desserts, Wilmington
Adorning their creations with a fancy wax paper protective liner and an impressive frosting presentation to boot, Sweet Somethings has been catering to its patrons for more than a decade. Though stocked with pies, tarts, and other pastries, Sweet Somethings’ cupcakes continue to blow customers away. The menu is packed with sweet options that range from a chocolate cupcake with Oreo cookie mousse to a light toasted coconut option.
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Florida: Misha’s Cupcakes, Coral Gables
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 also 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 Florida. Be sure to check the site for the current flavors, as they change with the seasons. Some of their flavors for fall include ginger snap, chocolate obsession, and pumpkin dulce de leche.
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Georgia: The Atlanta Cupcake Factory, Atlanta
An artisan bakery dedicated to small-batch baking, The Atlanta Cupcake Factory operates on a philosophy centered around interesting and unique flavor profiles. Sweet potato bourbon, red velvet, and coconut almond cupcakes are just some of the seasonal sweets you can enjoy at different times of year. Be sure to follow up frequently with this bakery, as its commitment to freshness means an ever-evolving menu.
For a great Sweet Potato Cupcake recipe, click here.
Hawaii: Hokulani Bake Shop, Honolulu
Idaho: Sugar Rush Cupcakery, Boise
Photo by Heather M. via Yelp
After a decade of serving some of the best wedding cakes in the region, Family Ties bakery birthed Sugar Rush Cupcakery in order to bring all the deliciousness of the big cakes to a more manageable portion size. Plus, it added some truly outstanding flavors! Whether you go with a safe bet such as peanut butter banana, s’mores, or rocky road, or a wild variety such as spiced chai latte, pink Champagne, or even tomato soup, you’re sure to get a satisfying sugar rush.
Click here to read the Peanut Butter Frosted Banana Bread Cupcakes recipe.
Illinois: Molly’s Cupcakes, Chicago
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 the center-filled cupcakes like crème brûlée, peanut butter Nutella, or Cookie Monster for a truly tasty experience.
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Indiana: The Flying Cupcake, Indianapolis
Iowa: That One Cupcake Place, Hiawatha
That One Cupcake Place is anything but an ordinary cupcakery. Since it opened, it has created more than 112 flavors to add to the equally diverse and delicious menu, from stuffed French toast (maple cinnamon cake with a cream cheese filling and maple buttercream) and That Unicorn (vanilla cake with rainbow vanilla buttercream) to even more adventurous creations like the bubblegum cupcake, a bubblegum-flavored cake with bubblegum-flavored buttercream.
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Kansas: BabyCakes, Kansas City
We’re cheating a bit here, as BabyCakes is actually on the Missouri side of Kansas City, but what’s a mile between friends? With cupcakes available in three sizes, this cupcakery believes in serving sweets that are both delicious and beautiful.
BabyCakes’ presentation is on point, using creative frostings and color combinations. This bakery dishes out a few playful jabs at their competition, saying: “We can proudly say we've never subjected our loyal customers to witness a tacky display of baking debauchery on Battle of the Cupcakes, Cupcake Mafia, Backwoods Cupcake Monsters, Deadliest Cupcakes, Real Cupcakes of New Jersey, Cupcake Dynasty, or any of those other History or ‘Learning’ Channel shows.”
In short, the cupcakes can speak for themselves. The bakery has six consistent flavors year round and dabbles in an array of seasonal flavors like “eggnog cake” and “pumpkin cake” with cream cheese frosting.
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Kentucky: BabyCakes Cupcakes, Lexington
No, you’re not seeing double; we have two shops on this list named BabyCakes — and they coincidentally ended up in back-to-back spots. This bakery is run by a husband-and-wife team that has a thing for cupcakes almost as much as for each other! Drizzled and prepped to look like a cupcake right out of a dream, they offer a variety of adorably named cupcakes that steal your breath away. Our favorite easily has to be the A Rose for Mr. Darcy — white chocolate cupcakes topped with rosewater butter cream. Though the Georgia on My Mind — fresh peach cupcakes with peach butter cream would also be thoroughly enjoyed.
For the Peaches and Cream Cupcakes recipe, click here.
Louisiana: Buttercups Cupcakes, Shreveport and Bossier City
Buttercups Cupcakes has been sifting, stirring, baking, and dolloping its made-from-scratch cupcakes for over 10 years using high quality, pure ingredients — and it even offers vegan and gluten-free options! Choose from options such as vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry all the way down to salted caramel, wedding cake, banana pudding, and whatever happens to be the flavor of the month. One thing that’s not a flavor of the month? Buttercups, which has been delighting customers for more than a decade. They even made the news back in 2007, when actress Katie Holmes ordered eight dozen on her way out of town after filming Mad Money.
For a Vegan and Gluten-Free Chocolate-Coconut Cupcake recipe, click here.
Maine: Let Them Eat Cake, Kennebunk
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 as well as pumpkin and peanut butter.
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Maryland: Flavor Cupcakery & Bake Shop, Bel Air
Massachusetts: Sweet Bakery, Boston
Michigan: Union General Cupcakery, Clarkston
This cupcakery is still impressively operating as an old-fashioned general store. Don’t let the Old World charm and whimsical curiosities fool you, though — the signature cupcakes are piled high with a distinctive tower of frosting and have unique flavor profiles that make them more modern than they probably care to admit! If you make a pilgrimage to this cupcake hotspot, try the “How About Them Apples” caramel apple cupcake topped with caramel buttercream frosting.
Click here to see the Caramel Apple Cinnamon Cake recipe.
Minnesota: Cupcake, Eagan
Well, it doesn’t get any more straightforward than this: a cupcakery named Cupcake that simply sells delicious cupcakes. As a winner of Cupcake Wars, this small Eagan bakery has blown up into a local must-try and gives patrons a large variety of sweets to choose from (including gluten-free and vegan options). How could you not love a U.S. Navy serviceman-turned-pastry chef who makes cupcakes called the “Michelle Obama” and the “Alton Brown”?
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Missisippi: L’Oven Cupcakes, Southaven
Yelp/ Samantha B.
Missouri: Jilly’s Cupcake Bar & Café, St. Louis
Montana: Bernice’s Bakery, Missoula
Nebraska: The Cake Gallery, Omaha
Nevada: Freed’s Bakery, Las Vegas
New Hampshire: White Mountain Cupcakery, Mount Washington Valley
New Jersey: Pink Cake Box, Denville
Pink Cake Box is a critically acclaimed bakery that features sweets ranging from the tiniest of cupcakes to a towering wedding cake structure. This bakery will take your breath away with its sculptural masterpieces and cakes so moist and delicious that you won’t even care how beautiful they are. Flavors include hazelnut Frangelico, pink Champagne cake, pumpkin, and dozens more. Try this amazing bakeshop for a specialty experience you’d be hard-pressed to find anywhere else in the nation.
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New Mexico: Smallcakes, Albuquerque
The owners of New Mexico’s Smallcakes must have been on quite the sugar high when they came up with some of their flavors. If you think varieties like Pink Chocolate and Caramel Crunch sound good, that’s just the beginning. With flavors like Orange Creamsicle and Heavenly Heath, these cupcakes are sure to delight. Pair one with a scoop of homemade gourmet ice cream and you’re sure to get your sugar fix.
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New York: Billy’s Bakery, New York City
Billy’s Bakery was founded in 2003 by two college friends who shared a passion for pastries. The 1940s-styled stores — there are three locations — boast recipes from the same era; they are time-honored and time-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.
For our Carrot Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting recipe, click here.
North Carolina: Simply Cakes, Cary
Simply put, Simply Cakes is simply amazing! Its from-scratch methods produce cupcakes that are pure quality in taste and appearance — and you’ll be able to tell after just one bite. 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.
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North Dakota: Sweet Treats Cupcake Bar & Bakery, Bismarck
Ohio: Fate Cakes, Columbus
Oklahoma: Pinkitzel Cupcakes & Candy, Oklahoma City
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, it also sells more than 100 varieties of loose candy, making it the ultimate sweet house in Oklahoma City. As for the cupcakes, indulge in the Birthday Party — 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.
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Oregon: Cupcake Jones, Portland
Lisa Watson and Peter Shanky’s attention to detail and extensive candy experience at Cupcake Jones shines through in its flavor profiles and gorgeous cupcake display. Its menu — including both hand-candied rose petals and carrot cupcakes — proves that quality is definitely better than quantity. If you want to be dazzled, try the Velvet Painting cupcake, a “red velvet cake filled with vanilla bean pastry cream, topped with cream cheese icing, and a hand-candied rose petal.”
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Pennsylvania: Whipped Bakeshop, Philadelphia
Photo by Es L. via Yelp
Rhode Island: Cupcake Charlie's, Newport
South Carolina: Cupcrazed Cakery, Fort Mill
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. “Crazy” cupcake flavors are posted 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. They also sell more traditional flavors like red velvet and double chocolate if you’re not in the mood to be adventurous.
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South Dakota: The Cake Lady, Sioux Falls
If you’ve got a hankerin’ for something sweet, this is the place to go. The Cake Lady does a touch of everything, but the cupcakes are certainly standouts. It offers fresh-batch cupcakes in a rotating catalog of flavors daily and even creates artisanal event cupcakes to make your momentous occasion a little sweeter.
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Tennessee: Sweet Things Bakery, Nashville
Texas: Toot Sweet Cupcakes & More, Austin
This bakery has major design prowess and the flavors to make its cakes taste as beautiful as they look. Toot Sweet’s expertise expands far beyond cupcakes (try the artisanal breads and breakfast pastries), but the cupcakes are where the true joy lies. The Lemon Lusty cupcake — made with fresh lemon juice, lemon zest, and lemon curd, topped with lemon buttercream — is the perfect way to celebrate spring.
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Utah: So Cupcake, Salt Lake City
Yelp/ Lala P.
So Cupcakes began with a wish, when Celina — the owners’ daughter, who was born with cerebral palsy — was granted a wish from the Make-a-Wish Foundation. In February 2008, So Cupcake was opened in honor of Celena. Their cupcakes range from the everyday So Cocoa Delight to the special So Andes Mint and the seasonal So Gingerbread.
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Vermont: My Little Cupcake, Burlington
Trust us: Despite the fact that these sweets are baked in miniature, there is nothing “little” about these cupcakes. They’re little bits of heaven piled high with frosting or, when the cupcake calls for it, smothered in it. The flavor is big-time as well, with a wide variety of options — from Almond Squared and Lemon Raspberry to Piña Colada and Maple Pumpkin — sure to appeal to everyone.
For this delicious Piña Colada Cupcakes recipe, click here.
Virginia: Buzz Bakeshop, Alexandria
Washington: Cupcake Royale, Seattle
Seattle’s pioneer cupcakery and café really is like cupcake royalty. It proudly claims to be the first real cupcakery outside of New York City and has led the charge in creating subtle, perfected cupcakes that customers love. Being innovative but not too outlandish with its favorites has allowed it to be appreciated for its true baking talents. You can see the classic quality in cupcakes like the lemon cake with lemon buttercream, the red velvet with cream cheese buttercream, and the vanilla cake with vanilla buttercream.
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Washington, D.C.: Red Velvet Cupcakery
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West Virginia: Sweet Confections Bakery, Huntington
These cupcakes are so famous that they are named after the stars who stopped by to eat them! 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.
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Wisconsin: Classy Girl Cupcakes, Milwaukee
If you want something done right, you gotta do it yourself. At least that is what Erica Elia thought when she baked the cupcakes for her own wedding. When her guests told her that they were good enough to sell, she listened! Today, Classy Girl Cupcakes sells cupcakes every which way you can imagine. In the mood for a push-pop cupcake? Check! How about an ooey-gooey cupcake truffle or bomb? Check! And while she does have classic cupcakes in specialty flavors, we are particularly intrigued by the cupcakewiches, which house flavored buttercream between the top and bottom slices of a cupcake. Though she only has five on the menu, we recommend you try the cookies and cream cupcakewich, a Ghirardelli chocolate cupcake encasing Oreo buttercream and rolled in crushed Oreos.
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