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By Tammi Edwards on April 8th, 2019
The great Yellowhammer State earns the distinction of being the first state featured in our “Great State Cupcake Debate”. If you are looking for a hint into what we think of the selection and variety in Alabama, just know that the old adages about southern cooking should probably be expanded to include southern cooking and baking. So take some time to scroll through the shops, and let the debate begin!
This Homewood bakery earned its spot on the list thanks to an innovative business strategy and a staggering variety of flavors and designs. They don’t just sell plain old cupcakes every day, their clever cupcake schedule introduces new flavors like Mississippi Mud and Banana Pudding throughout the month and they also keep customer favorites like Caramel Sea Salt Mocha and Chocolate High readily available every day. The shop is run by the mother-daughter combination of Jan (CEO) and Katie (Creative Director) Moon and the shop has released its own “Big Book of Cupcakes” and has its own cupcake truck that travels around the Birmingham area ensuring their product is available to everyone who wants them.
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Recently named Montgomery’s Best Cupcake by a local magazine, Megalicious Cupcakes makes up for their relative lack of diversity in flavors by picking a dozen or so flavors and making sure they make those cupcakes great. From their chocolate cupcakes topped with delicious caramel buttercream to their Pina Colada cupcake which can be made with or without alcohol, Megalicious delivers some of the tastiest cupcakes in the Southeast.
It is not every day that someone can turn their passion into a flourishing business, but that is exactly what Tish did. A love for baking quickly turned into a privately-owned cupcakery that has become one of the best places in Alabama to satiate your sweet tooth. In addition to the nearly 50 different types of cupcakes – including mouth-watering flavors like Raspberry Lemonade and Italian Cream – the shop offers three different sizes and only uses fresh ingredients to ensure a quality product. It can’t be easy to bake a litany of cupcakes from scratch every morning, but that is what it takes to earn the rave reviews that Cupcakes by Tish has collected since its inception.
They may not have an official storefront but that hasn’t stopped Cooper Cupcakes from making a name for itself as one of the best cupcake shops in the Montgomery area. If you are looking for a large cupcake shop with an impersonal feel, then Cooper Cupcakes isn’t for you. But if you have a hankering for freshly made and delicious Red Velvet cupcakes delivered with a personal touch, then you will be hard-pressed to find a better place to satisfy those cravings.
Any cupcake shop looking to make a lasting impression should take presentation seriously. At Twist Cupcakes, it is clear that customers appreciate not only the storefront’s décor but also the effective and clean designs of the cakes themselves. The shop combines a solid variety of flavors with an attention to detail in their baking and an emphasis on customer service to leave a lasting impression on their customers. If you are a cupcake purist and only care about how they taste, make sure to try the salted caramel cupcake or the Irish cream cupcake, you can’t go wrong with either one.
From the rhyming name of the shop to the daily rotating cast of cupcakes, it isn’t hard to see why Simply Sweet Cupcake Boutique has become one of the more well-known cupcake shops in the Mobile area. Not only do they have a staggering variety of flavors, but they also encourage customers to come up with their own themes or design ideas and then they will work with those customers to create original designs for their tasty treats. From the presentation to the taste, Simply Sweet is a must-eat for cupcake enthusiasts who find themselves in Mobile.
Ever wonder how the sausage cupcake gets made? Head over to Sweets in Tuscaloosa where you can watch the staff design your cupcakes up close and personal. The shop is the brainchild of two experienced bakers and their experience shines through in the taste and design of their cakes. They even push the envelope with three-dimensional cupcakes that have become wildly popular in the area. Their cakes have a tendency to be slightly larger than what you might expect, but most would consider that to be a good thing, especially after you have the chance to bite into their freshly baked and delicious cakes.
We aren’t sure why, but it always seems like a family-owned bakery provides a more pleasant experience both in terms of atmosphere and taste than a large, impersonal, chain store, and Celebrations is no exception. Located in Northport, Celebrations bakes far more than just cupcakes, and they pride themselves on thinking outside of the box when it comes to cake designs, styles, and colors. Not impressed by the staff’s design? That is okay because Celebrations will also let you custom-design your own cake or cupcake and then use their design expertise to turn your vision into a reality.
When it comes to buttery treats that will leave you hankering for more, look no further than Flour Girls, a cozy shop in Mobile that uses real butter cakes and buttercream icing to make their cupcakes’ taste a memorable one. It is always a good sign when your customers enjoy your product, and the loyal denizens of Flour Girls don’t just like the cupcakes, they swear by them. The shop won’t wow you with fancy designs or overly artistic icing displays, but they make up for it by creating some of the most delicious cupcakes in the Southeast and adding caring customer service to help leave customers with a lasting impression.
We would be remiss if we didn’t give Mary Cesar, the owner, and operator of this well-known pastry shop, some credit for larking out on her own and creating a Northport favorite. Her route to cake-making was rather circuitous, but now she uses her degree in cake design and experience working in a variety of kitchens to create some of the more impressive cupcakes in terms of taste and design. Of course, her specialty is wedding cakes, and her cupcakes fall under the “other pastries” category. But that doesn’t mean they should be forgotten about either. So if you are looking for an excellent combination of taste and style, Mary’s is a great place to start.
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