10. Frosted Cupcakery – Los Angeles
From the bacon cornbread cupcakes that LA Weekly says "tastes like bacon and maple syrup, without all the stickiness" to the chocolate malt and PB& J flavors, you'll fee like a kid again, until you show them ID on your birthday. But then it's all good because you get a free cupcake! HiTtops (buttercream frosting sandwiched in between two mini cupcakes) are a hit, too.
9. Camicakes – Atlanta
8. American Cupcake – San Francisco
Cotton candy, red velvet and salty caramel flavors line up along fun offerings like cupcake flights: a tasting menu of cupcakes and 3 beers or wines with names like the Walk of Shame and the Tunnel of Love.
7. Hey Cupcake! – Austin
The strawberry cupcake is a hot commodity when they have it - it "always runs out". While the red velvet is the acid test here (and a "fan favorite"), the Michael Jackson will have you Moonwalking with joy.
6. Crave Cupcakes – Houston
Get your milk in a chilled old-fashioned glass milk bottle, "great with a dark chocolate cupcake! Red velvet and latte cupcakes raise the bar here, and they offer freshly baked Nutella cupcakes on special days.
5. The Little Cupcake Bakeshop - New York, NY
Classic flavors like red velvet and carrot cake share the stage with new twists like the Mott Street (a tiramisu inspired cupcake), blue velvet and ice box cake. This eco-conscious boite is carbon-neutral and developed Frosting Global Warming, a guide with ideas for ordinary folks to practice sustainability at work and in their daily lives.
4. Cupcake Café - New York, NY
This Hell’s Kitchen staple has been doing cupcakes well before they were in such vogue. Topped with buttercream and decorated with their signature flowers, they even decorated with a fave baseball team’s colors and logo for the fellas who love their cake. Other treats: Mike's hot chocolate and pumpkin donuts. Butter pecan and vanilla cupcakes are favorites.
3. Molly’s Cupcakes – Chicago
If you read our round up of the Top 10 Sweetest Cities, you already know about Molly's: Feel like a kid licking the bowl again with a raw cookie dough centered Cookee Monster or cake batter flavor, or choose their hallmark Ron Bennington (filled with peanut butter). Intelligentsia coffee is a perfect pairing.
2. Cupcake Royale– Seattle
Salted Caramel, Red Velvet, carrot cake are all fan favorites of this perennial Seattle Weekly "Reader’s Choice" award winner. Seasonal treats are fun and funky, like March’s Whiskey Maple flavor and pumpkin spice in the fall.
1. Georgetown Cupcake – Washington, DC
The red velvet is the fave pick here, but you can have some fun--and free--cupcakes--http://georgetowncupcake.com/if you follow them on Twitter. Despite the long lines, the 'cakes are "worth the wait" and your tastebuds will thank you!