Saturday, July 11, 2009

Cupcakes in Vegas

Cupcakes in Vegas

I was in Las Vegas over the Fourth of July and received the sweetest surprise!

Cupcakes in Vegas

Cupcakes!!! And lots of them.

Cupcakes in Vegas

They were from Kari and Brian of Retro Bakery. I “met” Kari through flickr when she was documenting her adventures in opening a bakery and I’ve been keeping up with her on Twitter, knowing that the next time I visited Las Vegas, I wanted to rent a car and surprise her at the bakery.

Fun! Fun! Fun! I’ve only been to a few cupcake bakeries. Sprinkles Cupcakes in Dallas and The Atlanta Cupcake Factory in Georgia. I know. There’s something enormously wrong with that picture. So I was really excited to see Retro and check out their cupcakes.

Big problem. Right before I left, she announced they were going to be closed on the day I could come visit. On vacation of all things. Just my luck. Needless to say, I was bummed.

But, Kari did the sweetest thing. She sent some to the hotel for me the last day they were open. The Fourth of July. I couldn’t believe it. I mean I’ve certainly never had cupcakes delivered to my room before. The bellman brought them up and for a minute I thought I was going to have to fight the guy for them. Even after I tipped him, he kept going on about them. I guess he wanted me to give him one. Well, that didn’t happen. Sorry Mr. Bellman. These were all staying with me!

Cupcakes in Vegas

Can you blame me. I mean look at them. They tasted just as good as they look. And really moist too.

Cupcakes in Vegas

In the back is Pink Lemonade (Lemon cake topped with pink lemonade buttercream and hot pink glitter sugar). In the front: Hop Scotch (Vanilla cake topped with vanilla buttercream dipped in butterscotch ganache) This was one of my favorites!

Cupcakes in Vegas

Here we have Cinnamon Toast (Vanilla cake topped with cinnamon buttercream dusted with cinnamon and sugar). YUM!

Cupcakes in Vegas

And here… Milk & Cookies (Chocolate-chip cake topped with vanilla buttercream and a freshly baked mini chocolate chip cookie.) This is all wrong and all right, all at the same time. Another fave!

Cupcakes in Vegas

Left: Apple Cider (Cinnamon swirl cake topped with apple cider buttercream dusted with cinnamon and sugar) Front: Mint Chocolate Chip (Chocolate cake topped with green mint buttercream and mini chocolate chips) Right: Red, White & Blueberry (Blueberry cake topped with strawberry buttercream) This might have been my most fave. But it’s a toss up with the Hopscotch.

Oh and, sorry about the lighting on some of these pics. The room didn’t have the best angle for natural light.

Cupcakes in Vegas

But who cares about lighting when you have this much chocolate to look at. Left: Chocolate Fountain (Chocolate cake topped with chocolate buttercream and dipped in chocolate ganache). Right: Chocolate Covered Banana (Chocolate cake topped with banana buttercream dipped in chocolate ganache and sprinkled with walnuts) Back: Peanut Butter Cup (Chocolate cake topped with peanut butter buttercream and dark chocolate shavings) Who am I kidding… these were all faves.

Cupcakes in Vegas

But I didn’t actually eat them then.

Cupcakes in Vegas

I left them all alone in the room while we went to get dinner. It was difficult, but I knew if I tasted even one, it would be all over. By the way, if you’ve been to Vegas, you can probably guess where I stayed by now.

Cupcakes in Vegas

And, later when we returned.

Cupcakes in Vegas

Let’s just say there was a little cupcake carnage during the taste testing. I won’t give you all the messy details, but I’m glad there wasn’t a camera filming me.

And the best thing about these cupcakes, was having the rest of them again for breakfast.

Cupcakes in Vegas

Thanks so much for the Retro cupcakes, Kari & Brian. I hope to really meet you guys next time.

Do you have a cupcake bakery in your area that you want to try? One that you love or one that you’ve just heard of? I would love to hear your recommendations.

Steph said...

The Cocoa Bean in Rexburg, ID is so fun and tasty! I wish we had more cupcake bakeries around here.

July 11, 2009 06:31 PM
Amanda Sevall said...

I love Kara's Cupcakes:

They have several locations in San Francisco and the surrounding Bay Area. YUM!

July 11, 2009 06:42 PM
Kiery said...

I agree with Lindsey, The Sweet Tooth Fairy in Provo IS AMAZING!!!

I love the Raspberry Lemonade!

July 11, 2009 07:09 PM
Anonymous said...

Fantastic! Sorry you missed the tour but sweet of them to leave samples for you. Hope you had plenty of protein at supper to offset the sugar rush!

I'd love to be able to dip like they did the hopscotch and the chocolate cakes… can you share some of your wisdom in that regard? Thanks!

July 11, 2009 07:09 PM
jori-o said...

Mmmm…I live close to the Retro Bakery and their treats are muy delicioso! I might have to make a cupcake run there this afternoon….

July 11, 2009 07:13 PM
Anonymous said...

I second the comment about Society Bakery in Dallas, TX. Hands down they are the best cupcakes I have ever tasted! I love them so much I am having them do my wedding cakes!

July 11, 2009 07:22 PM
Ashley Brooke said...

Oh YuM! I would have done the same thing, taste a little of them ALLLL!

And lovely pics even if the lighting was perfect :) I have been meaning to ask though: how do you get your pics this large when you upload them to your post?

I select the large size option but still mine aren't so big :(

Just thought I'd ask!

Thanks as always Bakerella!!

July 11, 2009 07:23 PM
ab5cgang said...

Oh my goodness!!!! I am going to Vegas next weekend. I so want to try to find these cupcakes. They all looked so yummy. Cant wait.

July 11, 2009 07:29 PM
Anonymous said...

Big Fat Cupcake in Denver has great cupcakes. My only complaint is that they are too big, believe it or not!

July 11, 2009 07:36 PM
Flavia said...

What great cupcakes to get as a gift! Here in Houston, we have a great cupcake bakery called "Crave". it is located in Uptown Park in the Galleria area.

July 11, 2009 07:48 PM
cran said...

Nostalgia Cupcakes in Annapolis, MD is wonderful. So far I've tried the lemonade with a spoon of raspberry jam inside, the salted caramel, and the coconut with a dollop of pineapple filling inside. Their "everyday" chocolate is fantastic too. If you get there, be sure to go well before closing because if they sell out, they close early!

July 11, 2009 07:56 PM
Jennifer B said...

Another vote here for Trophy Cupcake in Seattle. Fantastic Location, fantastic flavors. My only complaint is that my favorite flavor of theirs (green tea) has fallen off the menu.

But the triple chocolate, triple coconut, Chai cardamom, and Lemon are also great. Seriously I've tried them all and all are worth it!

July 11, 2009 08:10 PM
Chris and Teresa Clark said...

A new cupcake shop opened recently in Greenwood, Ind. (a suburb of Indianapolis) Even though I've only tried a few, Our Bake Shoppe has some great flavors! Check them out at

July 11, 2009 08:35 PM
verlindahenning said...

Muddy's Bake Shop in Memphis, Tennessee!

July 11, 2009 09:00 PM
It's Bunny! said...

I just adore the Atlanta Cupcake Factory, it's such a treat to go! My favorite is the Salted Carmel Sugar Cookie


July 11, 2009 09:12 PM
akhoosier said...

I have to second "Jilly's Cupcake Bar" in St. Louis on Delmar.


July 11, 2009 09:22 PM
Heidi Angulo said...

This blog has a HUGE list of cupcakeries all over the US:

I live in California's bay area. I love Kara's Cupcakes.

July 11, 2009 09:30 PM
shrimpjive said...

I love Magpie's in Knoxville. Those girls rock cupcakes.

July 11, 2009 09:44 PM
Erin said...

That Hopscotch has my name all over it!

Nashville has Gigi's, the Painted Cupcake, and Cupcake Collection (the only one I haven't been to!). Plus some of the bakeries also sell cupcakes.

July 11, 2009 09:46 PM
Monique said...

Kara's cupcakes in Palo Alto, California. My favorite is the Fleur De Sel, which is a chocolate cupcake with caramel filling, ganache frosting and salt on top. Yum!

July 11, 2009 10:25 PM
Jennifer said...

I'd totally love to find a cupcake bakery somewhere here in Ottawa, though I've never really thought of it before. I'll definitly be looking for one know, thanks for the inspiration.

July 11, 2009 10:28 PM
Bridget said...

Oh, are you kidding?!? That's the coolest room service EVER!!! I really had no desire to go back to Vegas….until NOW

July 11, 2009 10:31 PM
Wonderfully Made Designs said...

We have two places in Knoxville, TN. The Cupcakery and Cities Cupcakes. They are both amazing.

July 11, 2009 10:34 PM
Samara Link said...

How very nice. That was a really thoughtful thing of them to do. Such a fun gift! They look a.m.a.z.i.n.g. I like Tammie Coe in Phoenix!! So worth it if you're in the area. There are two locations — one at 7th Ave and I-10 which is the one I usually go to, but there's one by La Grande Orange (five miles from airport) that I would suggest so you could hit up La Grande Orange for a meal and then Tammie Coe for dessert.

July 11, 2009 10:45 PM
Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for your inspireing blog!
Your photos are great and you make everything look so delicious. I never have time to try your recepies myself, but your blog makes me dream…

There is a swedish photografer who makes very romantic cupcakes for weddings, etc.
If your want to check out her blog:

July 11, 2009 10:49 PM
Kristen said...

the sweet tooth fairy bakeshop in Provo, Ut..hands down, the best cupcake around! My favorite is the Raspberry lemonade..yum!!

July 11, 2009 10:52 PM
Kimberly said...

There is a fantastic little cupcake place in Ghiradelli Square in San Francisco. Kara's Cupcakes…I had the most amazing cupcake! YUM! It was vanilla cupcake filled with passion fruit curd and topped with coconut cream cheese frosting. Oh. My. Love. It was AMAZING!

July 11, 2009 10:56 PM
Jill said...

If you ever find yourself in Idaho, you must check out Lilly Jane's Cupcakes in Eagle, just outside of Boise!

July 11, 2009 11:06 PM
NicNacManiac said...

I've never seen cupcakes dipped in ganache before!! You must be the luckiest person in the world. I'll bet they tasted so much better than they looked and they looked utterly scrumptious!!
Hugs, Nerina :)

July 11, 2009 11:07 PM
Hannah said...

I live in Salt Lake City, Utah. There are a couple of really cute cupcake shops here. My favorite is So Cupcake.
They have a pretty cute website too.
My favorite is probably the Hanky Panky Red Velvet. It's delicious. another good one is Mini's Cupcakes

July 11, 2009 11:27 PM
Becky said...

Okay, I LOVE RETRO! and hop scotch is my favorite. i love anything dipped and it reminded me of butterscotch dilly bars from dairy queen.

If you are ever in Utah you must hit up some of our cupcakeries/bakeries

*Mini's Gourmet (Salt Lake City)
*So Cupcake (Salt Lake City)
*The Sweet Tooth Fairy (Provo, UT)
*Cupcake Chic (Sold in various coffee shops in Utah Valley)

I have favorites at all places! But my very favorite at the moment is the Neopolitan cupcake from Cupcake Chic. It's a deep chocoalte and vanilla cupcake with fresh strawberry frosting made with fresh strawberry puree!

So glad you got to try Retro! Happy 4th!

July 11, 2009 11:32 PM
Jenn @ youknow... that blog? said...

If you're ever in Toronto and head west of it (haha) there's a fabulous little place in Milton called "Flour Girls". Besides the Milton Choristers and the Main Street Quartet, they are the best kept secrets in Ontario! ;)

Flour Girls cupcakes are awesome!

July 11, 2009 11:37 PM
Crazy Lady said...

Kupcakz in Tulsa, OK!!

The Sooner than Later and Pretty in Pink are the best!!

Another one I didn't know about until just now:
Hello Cupcake!

Seems to be an order by phone only.

July 11, 2009 11:46 PM
Sarah said...

I haven't been yet, but a new place just opened up in Austin, TX called Delish and it's supposed to be great:

Also, in Austin there's a guy who sells cupcakes out of an airstream trailer and they are yummy and super popular:

July 12, 2009 12:13 AM
Baking Monster said...

I went to that bakery when I was there!!!Their the best!

July 12, 2009 12:41 AM
Lynn B said...

I live near Austin. I will have to check out that new place Delish that Sarah mentioned. I had a cupcake from Hill Country Cupcake this morning at the Sunset Valley Farmers Market. Their creations are so darn yummy and a plus is they are made from organic and when possible, local ingredients. I could eat one after another if I let myself. Hey Cupcake is good. I have been to The Cupcakery in Frisco, TX and Sprinkles in Dallas. Both were delicious although I have to say one of them tasted like they may refrigerate their wares a little bit too long and that's a turn-off.
Those cupcakes from Retro Bakery look soooo mmmm gooood!

July 12, 2009 12:45 AM
tburwinkle said...

I second Trophy cupcakes in Seattle, but my first choice would, of course be my own kitchen :). You have an open invitation to come visit and have some of my cupcakes anytime :).

July 12, 2009 12:46 AM
kate said...

here in orlando, fl we have sweets! by good golly miss holly. the cupcakes are as great as the name!

July 12, 2009 12:52 AM
Valerina said...

A cookie whoopie pie cupcake! I've died and gone to heaven! These are adorable.

July 12, 2009 12:53 AM
Elaine said...

OMG those look divine!! and they sound even better!! :)

I was just in Santa Barbara this past week and wanted so badly to get over to Crush Cupcake on Anacapa St. We even drove by (but they were closed early) The store is just at the bottom of the hill where we stay, but it was a crazy time for us visiting family…I almost cried when I realized we wouldn't get to go there! :(

Locally I have a few places to hit: New York Cupcake, Trophy Cupcake, and Cupcake Royale…all are delicioso!

July 12, 2009 01:34 AM
Sacha said...

The story about the bellman is hilarious! If I were him, I would have fought you for them. Well, maybe not, but i would have sprained my ankle in your room somehow to make you feel sorry for me. Then maybe you would have given me one while waiting for help to come. Or maybe not… Ha ha!

July 12, 2009 01:53 AM
Zahra said...

Georgetown Cupcake in Washington DC is my favorite.

July 12, 2009 01:53 AM
S Bates said...

AUSTIN: Hey Cupcake! The best – Red Velvet cupcakes with cream cheese icing!….so moist and delish. My husband likes the Double Dose – chocolate with chocolate. You can get any cupcake with a shot of whipped cream inserted in the middle for free! They have 3 locations….YUMMMMMM

July 12, 2009 02:00 AM
prettygreengirl said...

Wow, you are so lucky! Those look amazing!

If you're ever in SF, try That Takes the Cake. I think it's waaay better than Kara's. :) The chocolate with raspberry buttercream is the best cupcake I've ever had in my life!

July 12, 2009 02:14 AM
Amy said...

Oh, I REALLY want to make cupcakes right now!

We do have a cupcake bakery in the unnamed city we live near but I wasn't thrilled with their cupcakes, so I'm not giving any details. Too ordinary and tasted the same as the grocery store. Not bad or anything, just not what I expected from a cupcake-only bakery.

I sure wish we had a Retro!!!

July 12, 2009 02:24 AM
Dorci said...

Those look absolutely amazing. I just ate dinner and then a half pint of Haagen-Dazs Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough ice cream and my mouth is still watering looking at those and reading all the awesome flavors. Especially the ones with the ganache….

July 12, 2009 02:31 AM
Momo said...

If you're ever in San Francisco, there's a couple I'm pretty fond of. My favorite is Kara's Cupcakes in Ghirardelli Square, but they're huge so be prepared to have to eat them in more than one sitting.
Also, when you're in Ghirardelli Square, there's free chocolate to be had. So really, what's not to like!?


July 12, 2009 02:32 AM
justk8 said...

someone else posted a comment about our town knoxville, tn but we have three wonderful cupcake bakeries, instead of two! Magpies (best icing i've ever had) The Cupcakery (big and luscious) and Cities Cupcakes (interesting flavors)

July 12, 2009 02:37 AM
Nephthis said...

The flavors seem great, but… honestly? The frosting looks like little turds. It looks like someone took a nice, neat and tidy poo on the cupcakes.
Especially the brown one.
*shivers* Ick.

July 12, 2009 02:48 AM
Jen said...

There is the BEST cupcake shoppe in Houston, TX called Sugarbaby's! Check them out at

And trust me…the decor is almost as yummy as the cupcakes! :)

July 12, 2009 02:54 AM
Elisa said...

That chocolate chip cookie one would be my best friend! Oh how I love a good cupcake!

July 12, 2009 03:09 AM
The Greedy's said...

Ok I all wanna know where you stayed!!!

Seriously those look awesome, I live in Henderson and have been to the cupcakery here, wasn't impressed maybe I should make the drive over there.

Oh and really I can't guess where you stayed, please let me in on the secret.

July 12, 2009 03:12 AM
Cate said...

I love your blog! i live about 45 minutes north of atlanta and will have to check out the bakery you mentioned. i make a caramel apple cookie that i am trying to figure out how to make into a cupcake.

July 12, 2009 03:17 AM
Paula Jay said...

In Jacksonville, FL we have Vanilla's Cupcakery (and if you're familiar with Jacksonville it's in the Avondale area.) My favorites are the Creme Brule and Strawberry Cheesecake.

Unfortunately for my diet it's within walking distance of my apartment. Walking to the cupcake shop counts as exercise, right? :)

July 12, 2009 03:23 AM
Tina Amato said...

Cake Love in D.C. cannot be beat! I know Warren Brown is pretty well-known by now due to his brief stint on Food Network, but truly, his cupcakes, and ESPECIALLY his icing, are incredible. Beyond words. And I love that he's such a purist– even in the little mall-stall Cake Love in Tyson's Corner, Virginia, there's a sign on the wall that reads, "nothing is fat free." Gotta love it.

July 12, 2009 03:27 AM
GirLovesCoffee said...

Cupcake Royale, in the Ballard area in Seattle is great! It's two in one it's located with a coffee house called Cafe Veritas. The website is: – It's great! They even have merchandise – one of their shirts says "legalize frostitution". A bit risque, but funny :)
There's also one in Fort Collins, CO that I want to try – called "Take the Cake" – going there this week while visiting!

July 12, 2009 03:32 AM
rissykay99 said...

Main Street Cupcakes in Hudson, Ohio is amazing. I've had there cupcakes a few times, but this past weekend they did the "cake" for my friends' wedding. Aaaaamazing. If you ever happen to be in Ohio, check them out.

July 12, 2009 03:55 AM
L. said...

Georgetown Cupcake in D.C. is amazing, definitely my favorite cupcakes by far!

July 12, 2009 03:56 AM
Easy Cake Ideas said...

OMG the flavors are out of this world! Now there's another place I'll have to add to my list of things I want to do in Vegas. Thanks Bakerella.


July 12, 2009 04:04 AM
Dee said...

We were in Franklin, TN (just outside Nashville) over the 4th and visited Ivey Cake and had the best Red Velvet and Carrot Cupcakes ever! It was a teeny tiny shop but had some yummy stuff. Here is the web site

July 12, 2009 04:28 AM
Teton Valley Mom said...

Making me hungry just looking at them. They're beautiful! Wish I could hop a flight to Retro right now! Thanks for sharing.

July 12, 2009 04:48 AM
Chelle said...

I live in Vancouver BC, Canada and theres an AWESOME bakery called… CUPCAKES of all things! Haha

July 12, 2009 05:00 AM
dubiousRN said...

Retro Bakery is my local cupcake hotspot. I knew it was them just by looking at the cupcakes. I got a box of them the day before you got yours. I love them. Red, white and blueberry is my new fave. (Glazed donut just got edged out as fave with this current flavor of the month.) I am so excited to see them on your blog. They are an amazing bakery!!!

July 12, 2009 05:36 AM
Jana said...

How very sweeeet of them…quite literally! I bet there are some awesome places around seattle for cupcakes…but bringing my boys anywhere near them would be a BIG mistake…we'll just leave the awesomeness to the pro's and bake some here…

July 12, 2009 05:46 AM
Neil and Lara said...

I live here in Vegas and have totally been wanting to try these! Yay that you got to and you motivated me to head out and grab some! Thanks for the delicious post!

July 12, 2009 05:48 AM
Yabbs said...

Cupcake (Cup as in Cup of coffee) on University Ave in Minneapolis is amazing. Nothing quite as interesting looking as the LV cupcakes, but still some pretty darn amazing tasting cupcakes. I had a Mint Chocolate Chip cupcake there that was amazing!

July 12, 2009 06:00 AM
Erica Wyatt said...

I live in Las Vegas, and these are the best. I have tried some of the others, no names mentioned, but RETRO is the best. I have also tired some fabulous ones in St. George Utah in a little bakery/cafe called 25 Main. AWESOME!!!!

July 12, 2009 06:33 AM
Lady P said...

oh that was just s u c h a good vicarious through Bakerella cupcakathon! hey! let's do that again – another round here, Retro!

July 12, 2009 06:38 AM
Beka said...

I love the Hummingbird bakery in London, especially the red velvet cupcakes.

I'm off to Vegas next year and I'll be sure to try the Retro Bakery- they look delicious.

July 12, 2009 06:45 AM
Vera said...

WOW, simply wow. I don't know what I would've done with myself if I received such a scrumptious package!

July 12, 2009 08:29 AM
Vanessa Tuau said...

Oh YUM!! Why do I open your beautiful blog when I'm hungry?? They look delightful and even more so with your amazing photography:)) Vanessa xx

July 12, 2009 08:46 AM
katherineolivia said...

Oh those look amazing!!!! I could like the computer screen!

July 12, 2009 11:28 AM
tara said...

wow! they are gorgeous !!!!!!!!!

July 12, 2009 12:15 PM
Anonymous said...

When you visit Pittsburgh (home of the Steelers and Penguins!!), try DOZEN BAKE SHOP. The cupcakes are outstanding and they're opening a shop in downtown soon. YUM!

July 12, 2009 12:20 PM
Jennifer Klaussen said...

Georgetown Cupcake in Washington DC is to die for – they have tons of great flavors, but I have to say Vanilla Vanilla is my fav – but for you, Bakerella, you would like Chocolate Cubed (choc cupcake, choc buttercream w/chocolate shavings) YUM YUM!

July 12, 2009 12:26 PM
chicroses said...

Just found your goodness. I love it. Now I want to make either those cheesecake balls or cake balls. Thanks for sharing how to on your cakes and things. Sally

July 12, 2009 01:29 PM
FunnyGirl said...

Society Bakery in Dallas is my favorite place for cupcakes. You can't go wrong with their cinnamon roles either. I love their cakes, bus usually don't need something so big. The strawberry cupcake is my most favorite.

July 12, 2009 01:46 PM
C said...


PS. i still dont know how YOU look like!!!

July 12, 2009 02:10 PM
Anonymous said...

Yum! Yum! It's so hard to find a decent "buttercream" where I live…

I just wanted you to know that the Mint Chocolate Chip Cupcake caught my attention. My Dad, who passed away a year ago at 87, ate anything mint chocolate chip. He would have LOVED these!


July 12, 2009 03:29 PM
Ruth and Dan said...

Those look so yummy!
I live in Albuquerque NM and there is a place called Cake Fetish here and they're soooo good. I can't even pick my fav, they have so many but the two I always get are Half Baked-Chocolate Chip Vanilla Cake, Vanilla Buttercream and a cookie dough center
Amore-Chocolate Cake with Strawberry filling dipped in dark chocolate with a vanila swirl
Ruth Norton

July 12, 2009 03:58 PM
Linsey M. said...

In New Braunfels Texas we have Naegelins Bakery. The oldest bakery in Texas.

Ymmy bread, cakes, and really good gingerbread men!

July 12, 2009 04:16 PM
Kathy A said...

Wow, they look soooooo yummy and what amazing flavors! I am glad you shared them with us, since what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas! LOL

July 12, 2009 04:31 PM
Terri said...

lemonade buttercream???? I'm dying. That sounds amazing…..

July 12, 2009 04:45 PM
Michelle said...

MAN, I'm hungry for cupcakes now!!! I'll have to try that one you said in Atlanta. A 2hr drive for cupcakes is worth it, dontcha think??

July 12, 2009 05:50 PM
katy said...

i definitely would have wanted one of those if i was the bell man.

July 12, 2009 05:50 PM
Anonymous said...

so i'm blurffin' (thats blog surfin' if you didn't know) and my 7 yr old little man is sittin' w/ me and I clicked on your blog and he says "OOohhh, the baking lady, I LOVE the baking lady"!! Soooo cute!!

July 12, 2009 05:52 PM
Emily said...

Yum! My mouth is watering! Can you tell me: was the hopscotch cupcake dipped entirely in butterscotch ganache, paper baking cup and all? It appears that way in the photo. (Or just the top?) Just wondering…

July 12, 2009 06:14 PM
Anonymous said...

molly's bakery in chicago is amazing. the cake is moist, the buttercreams are very flavorful, and the bakery has a lot of "filled" cupcakes with things like mousse inside. i prefer cupcakes with a lot going on, so i think i'd like retro too!

read the menu and be prepared to salivate!

July 12, 2009 06:34 PM
StuffCooksWant said...

OMG! I would never have left those cupcakes alone… did you see what happened to them while you were gone? Looks like someone had a food fight with them. I'll bet the bellman snuck back in there and did all that damage. Couldn't have been YOU, could it? Nooooooo….

Oh, no cupcake bakeries in Austin, except that one in the trailer Hey Cupcake, which is pretty tasty.

July 12, 2009 06:37 PM
McRiguez said...

My favorite here in Portland, Oregon is Cupcake Jones.
Every month they change their cupcakes to reflect what is available at the farmer's market. They use locally grown product and of course, they have their daily regulars: White and Chocolate. I think they are just two years old and getting better and better!

July 12, 2009 06:55 PM
Courtney Beth said...

I live in Knoxville, TN and LOVE Magpies,! They have the best cupcakes around…

July 12, 2009 07:07 PM
Jennifer said...

I live 30 minutes from the Sprinkles in Dallas, but when my husband and I were in Los Angeles, we went to a place called Crumbs that was just a few doors down from Sprinkles. We decided their cupcakes were better than Sprinkles.

July 12, 2009 07:36 PM
Anonymous said...

ohhhh my gosh! the butterscotch ganache looks amazing.

check out this great cupcake shop in the Denver Highland Neighborhood.

July 12, 2009 08:00 PM
Poppyseed said...

I'll put another plug in for The Cupcake Cottage in Fort Worth, TX. The cupcakes are DELICIOUS, made from all-natural ingredients, and the owners are some of the nicest people you'll ever meet. Check out their website at
The best thing about this shop…they bake regular size cupcakes as well as a mini 'babycake' which allows you to sample several different flavors at one sitting!

July 12, 2009 08:01 PM
Megan W said...

I live in Charlotte, NC and love going to Polka Dot Bakeshop. Their Tuxedo cupcake is amazing!

July 12, 2009 08:42 PM
Laur said...

Yum! Was in Madison (WI) the other day and saw a place called Daisy Cafe and Cupcakery. Didn't have time to stop, but wonder if anyone's been there and if it's worth my time?

July 12, 2009 09:25 PM
Christine! said...

Holy cow. LOOK AT THESE CUPCAKES! I haven't been to a lot of cupcakeries here either, but there's a small local one in Long Beach "Miss Priss Cupcakes" that have simple flavors but are really great.

July 12, 2009 09:43 PM
Anonymous said...

If you're ever in Savannah, GA, check out the Cupcake Emporium downtown. They have the best in town!

July 12, 2009 10:09 PM
Pie said...

The only cupcakery I know of in Green Bay is Bouchee- I love their cupcakes! …but that might be because I make them :)

July 12, 2009 10:32 PM
Linnae said...

Dots in Pasadena is AMAZING!!!! They have a strawberry lemonaide that is to die for. Wow…

July 12, 2009 10:40 PM
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