Milwaukee cupcake guide
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Is there anything more deliciously versatile than the cupcake? It's the go-to dessert for kids' birthday parties but can also be the perfect offering at an elegant adult soiree. Brides love them in bulk as an original and easy alternative to a mountainous wedding cakes. They can also be a treat for one, a sweet pick-me-up on the way home from the office.
Cupcakes are uniquely American desserts and gained popularity in the 19th century – but they've never been hotter than they are now. With shows like the Food Network's "Cupcake Wars," TLC's "DC Cupcakes" and WE's "Cupcake Girls" and competitions like Milwaukee's own Iron Cupcake challenge, there's no escaping this tasty trend.
Here's a comprehensive guide to where to find the most delectable cupcakes in the Milwaukee area. If we've forgotten your favorite bakery, use the Talkback section to let us know.
Aggie's Cakes and Pastries
1800 E. Howard Ave., (414) 482-1288
This long-time Bay View establishment is best known for its full-size cakes, but customers who want to think smaller are also in luck. Aggie's flavors vary day by day, but what never changes is the quality – moist and substantial. The prices are hard to beat, too, ranging from $1.50 to $2.75. We especially like the pumpkin mocha buttercream.
3561 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., (414) 294-4220
Owner Karen Smith is an master at cake decorating and her elaborate wedding and special occasion creations are famous – but she can also do made-to-order cupcakes in every flavor and filling you could possibly imagine.
Classy Girl Cupcakes
825 N. Jefferson St., (414) 270-1877
The location is delicious (right next to Cathedral Square Park) and so are the cupcakes. They offer a rewards system for returning customers and delivery services – because aren't cupcakes better than flowers? Visit their cupcake boutique for all cupcake products, from T-shirts to Band-Aids.
Gigi's Cupcakes of Wauwatosa
2751 N. Mayfair Rd., Wauwatosa, (414) 777-7465
Our favorites are the chocolate chip cookie dough and wedding cake, but there are dozens of other original flavors to choose from. Join the Cupcake Lovers Rewards program and earn a point for every $1 and 50 points equal $5 back! You can even order your cupcakes online. This national chain also has a Madison location.
Honey Pie Cafe
2643 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., (414) 489-7437
This Bay View brunch mecca may seem an unlikely place to find a gourmet cupcake, but they make them fresh here daily with locally-grown products. They're immense, mouth-watering and frosted an inch thick. The chocolate chocolate chip and chocolate malt flavors are great but we liked the cookies n' cream – and the fact that the staff here knows customers by name.
Milwaukee Cupcake Company
316 N. Milwaukee St., (414) 727-1209
Each cupcake is named after an area in Milwaukee. There's the Shorewood (vanilla salted caramel), the Eastsider (straight chocolate), the North Shore (red velvet), the Third Ward (peanut butter cup) and many more, all baked fresh daily with no preservatives. Check back often, because the menu changes. Catering and delivery are available, as well as "mini-cupcakes."
3801 N. Oakland Ave., (414) 810-3997
Cupcakes are available to go but you can always order some coffee and relax in the storefront's small, charming dining room. The red velvet cupcakes are a big hit, but we liked the peanut butter-flavored creations best. Miss Cupcake is known for boozing up their cupcakes, so look for champagne pear and peach bellini flavors.
Miss Julia's Bake Shop
18900 W. Bluemound Rd., Brookfield, (262) 797-9650
Located in the Galleria West Shopping Center, Miss Julia's is "where sweet things happen." Some of the most popular sweet things: red velvet, peanut butter blossom and mint mudslide. But their menu is even more extensive than that: think names like raspberry tart, Suzie Q and Cakewalk!
National Bakery & Deli
3200 S. 16th St., Milwaukee (262) 827-4097
13820 W. Greenfield Ave., Brookfield, (414) 672-1620
5637 Broad St., Greendale (414) 423-4620
It may be famous for paczki, but National Bakery also offers six-packs of yellow and chocolate-filled cupcakes. Why have one when you could have six?
Regina's Bay Bakery
423 E. Silver Spring Dr., 414-332-5340
This North Shore pastry dealer has changed ownership several times over the years, but it's still the place to go in the Bay if you've got a sweet tooth. Ample red velvet and chocolate cupcakes abound, and there's always sure to be a vanilla sprinkle one in stock, as well – and the frosting is lighter than air.
1101 E. Brady St., (414) 272-4623
This Milwaukee institution does more than make cannoli. You can also satisfy your cupcake craving here. Sizes are standard and jumbo (filled) and come in most of the flavors that Sciortino's cakes do. The chocolate truffle and raspberry kiss are especially popular.
817 N. 68th St., (414) 482-0998
Simma's generously frosted Black-Bottom cupcakes have a secret – cheesecake filling! Famous for their wedding cakes, Simma's also makes cupcakes to order, but the Black-Bottom delicacies are available daily – and if you're lucky, some other flavors might be in the case, too.
Sweet Perfections Bake Shoppe
918 N. Barstow St., Waukesha, (262) 446-2253
You've got your traditional favorites – butter, chocolate, red velvet, carrot, banana – for a steal at only $1.75. And then there's the gourmet filled selection with enticing names like Happy Birthday (butter cake filled with funfetti cream!) and Irish Dream (with Bailey's!) starting at $3.75.
2305 N. Prospect Ave., (414) 223-1500
Whole Foods may be your go-to place for flax seed and sushi, but make no mistake: they make a mean cupcake here. All the traditional flavors are available, plus there are offerings for the gluten-free, dairy-free and egg-free crowd. After all, no one should have to go without cupcakes.
Sweet Tooth in Racine is AMAZING!!!! Check them out at www.jussweettooth.com or even on Facebook!
Miss Julia's on Bluemound in Brookfield, too - since you're already listing places outside Milwaukee...
C. Adams Bakery in Mequon has some of the best in the Milwaukee area. Port Rd. south of Mequon Rd.
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