Collected by Andi Fisher, AFAR Local Expert
While cupcakes may be an American invention they can be found all over the world.
228 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014, USA
Molly's Cupcakes on Bleeker has thick, frosting-full treats in favorite flavors. The best, however, is their custom-creations, where you can pick the cake and frosting combination from about 6 choices. My personal favorite is the banana cake with...
123 E 7th St, New York, NY 10009, USA
It often seems there are as many cupcake shops in NYC, as there are hipsters. Everyone has a favorite. Butter Lane on East 7th (and now in Park Slope also on Seventh) is one of mine. They don't have the most inventive flavors in the world, though...
108 Pine St, Seattle, WA 98101, USA
Seattle has become a cupcake town; you can (and I have) had entire conversations debating the merits of various cupcake shops. Cupcake Royale is one of the best, and definitely worth a visit. They have rotating monthly flavors (pictured is the...
20 Rue Henry Monnier, 75009 Paris, France
The tacit canon of dining out while traveling mandates that we indulge in the local fare but if you're spending enough time in one place, why not discover how chefs and bakers locally adapt international classics? One of the most widely-disputed...
453 Rue Saint-Sulpice, Montréal, QC H2Y 2V8, Canada
The strong aroma of sugary goodness hits your nostrils the moment you set foot inside this cupcake heaven. The shop is a calm oasis in the hustle of Old Montreal—a pink oasis, that is. Finding it is easy. What's not easy is resisting the sight...
Hot Springs, AR, USA
I'm not exaggerating when I tell you this is the best cupcake on earth. At this cleverly titled shop in Spa City, equally clever cupcakes are dreamed up by the sweetest woman alive. My favorite treat, the lavender lemon cupcake, is dusted with...
467 W 49th St, New York, NY 10019, USA
They say that you cannot judge a book by its cover, but can you judge a cupcake by its frosting? Cupcake Cafe in New York offers what may well be the richest cupcake one can experience: the frosting is smooth and buttery and the cake itself is...
Smit St, Johannesburg, 2000, South Africa
I've eaten thousands of cupcakes before and never seen this flavor. Rochelle of Rochelle's Cupcakes makes the most delicious, moist cupcakes. I love how she inserts an extra layer of frosting in the middle of the cake. And this is the happy medium...
83 Newbury St, Boston, MA 02116, USA
Georgetown Cupcake is famous from the TLC reality show "DC Cupcakes," but the cupcakes themselves are amazing! They are some of the best cupcakes I have had, and I visited the store twice during my visit. It's located on trendy Newbury St., which...
226 Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris, France
Yes, Angelina on the Rue de Rivoli (around the Tuileries Garden and the Louvre) is a tourist spot, but it is still one of the best places in Paris for hot chocolate. Their menu of pastries and other small dishes is good, but don't miss out on the...
163 Commercial Rd, South Yarra VIC 3141, Australia
Prahran Market and its surrounding merchants get me excited to shop for all things edible. This display of happy cupcakes made me stop and smile on my stroll through one of Melbourne's lively markets. They just made it extra special on a warm,...
312 Wickenden St, Providence, RI 02903, USA
While visiting a friend in Providence, I was taken to The Duck & Bunny for tea and lavander Cupcakes (there are many other options as well for diverse tastes). The atmosphere was both fun and welcoming and eveything was delicious. It was so...
6975 Lebanon Rd #306, Frisco, TX 75034, USA
This little cupcake shop in Frisco makes not only the best looking cupcakes but the best tasting too! Moist, sweet, and ridiculously delicious. A little indulgent, but a these small sweets are worth treating yourself to. Check out my favorites:...
2031 Cameron St, Raleigh, NC 27605, USA
I have a tremendous sweet tooth so when Sugarland Bakery opened up in my neighborhood I almost jumped with excitement. And when my best friend said she was having her wedding cake made there I could have fainted. But seriously, if you love...
24 Tank House Lane, Toronto, ON M5A 3C4, Canada
In an area filled from start to end with small, independent shops, all more interesting than the other, it can get pretty hard to find, excuse the term, a hidden gem. And indeed, it is quite hidden. Nestled in the back of the old Tank House, the...
Hunters Creek, FL 32837, USA
Searching for the Yum Yum Cupcake Truck during your Orlando visit is well-worth the effort! I caught up with these cupcake geniuses at the Maitland Food Truck Cafe and picked up a "sexy six" selection of cupcakes. My favorites were the Lemonata...
151A Second Ave, Ottawa, ON K1S 2H6, Canada
My sweets Achilles' tendon is lemon and Second Avenue Sweets has a scrumptious lemon chiffon cupcake with the perfect amount of icing. Pictured with carrot cake, they also have coconut cream scones, a Friday-only hollow egg bread, numerous citrus...
1022 King St, Alexandria, VA 22314, USA
It seems like there is a cupcake store in every city these days. I generally don’t go in to them – not because I don’t like cupcakes but because I do like cupcakes. At a recent lunch break, I met the two owners of Alexandria Cupcake along with a...
57 Crowfoot Terrace NW, Calgary, AB T3G 4J8, Canada
Indulge your sweet tooth and, and maybe even impress your sweetie with a Crave Cupcake. The classic is the "Crave-O-licious" (chocolate with blue vanilla icing), but sample one with the coconut or peanut butter icing (all made with real butter)...
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