Whether piled high or tiny and tasty, these treats take the cake.
There’s a popular quote that you’ve probably seen on Instagram or Pinterest, about how cupcakes are muffins that believed in miracles. We like to think so. Don’t get us wrong, muffins are magical too, but there’s something so special, so sparkly, and so wonderful about a chocolate cupcake. Or vanilla. Or strawberry. Or lemon. Or sweet potato-pecan cupcakes with cream cheese frosting. Like Momma says, it takes all kinds of kinds.
We decided to take a look around the South and see who’s serving up the best of these mini sweet treats. Some are bite-sized and some you’ll need to eat with a fork, a knife, and maybe even a bib. Some are rich, and some are delicate and airy. Some are salty, though most are sweet. But they’re all drool-worthy, and coming out of some of our favorite Southern kitchens.
From big-name shops like Gigi’s which you can find all over the South now, to smaller operations like Dreamcakes tucked away in a quaint neighborhood right here in our hometown of Birmingham, there’s always a place to grab a baked-from-scratch cupcake around the South. These places serve up red velvet cupcakes and birthday cupcakes, but also inventive flavors, like the dirty chai at Baked and Wired in Washington, DC, or Almond Apricot at Magpies in Knoxville, Tennessee.