Cupcakes just might be America’s favorite dessert. A perfect portion of sweet indulgence, these dessert delights are more than just the simple chocolate or vanilla frosted treats from childhood. Cupcakes now come in all kinds of flavors, such as strawberry champagne, maple bacon and chocolate mint. The first “Best Cupcakes in Tampa” article featured Frosting’s Etc., Wright’s Gourmet House and The Cupcake Spot. This article brings you five more local Tampa Bay bakeries that offer some incredible gourmet cupcakes.
The Cupcake Spot
3225 S MacDill Ave. #103 | Tampa, Fl 33629
405 Central Ave. | St. Petersburg, FL 33701
The Cupcake Spot is one of Tampa’s best places to satisfy and indulge in a sweet craving. The Cupcake Spot is the Bay Area’s first premier bakery dedicated only to cupcakes. From traditional vanilla cupcakes to more exotic and unique treats like its chocolate with curry frosting cupcake, the Cupcake Spot never ceases to amaze its customers with new and inventive (and of course delicious) flavors. With over 20 flavors and various other seasonal flavors, there’s something for every taste and sweet tooth here.
I Love Cupcakes
13220 Belcher Rd.
Largo, FL 33771
I Love Cupcakes in Largo is one of the few gluten-free, egg-free and vegan bakery around. They have a large selection of cupcakes for those on a restricted diet and in addition to non-restricted. They offer 8 to 10 regular flavors a day, including chocolate, vanilla and red velvet. I Love Cupcakes has a large variety of flavors like lime in the coconut, mint julep, strawberries & champagne and French toast with bacon. They specialize in children’s cupcake birthday parties where the kids made, bake and decorate the cupcake they will eat.
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Sweet Divas Chocolates
400 Beach Drive N.E., Suite 181
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Sweet Divas takes chocolate very seriously — you can even find complete and detailed definitions of types of chocolate on its website. However, chocolate is not the only treat you will find here. Sweet Divas also makes specialty coffees and teas, artisan ice cream, muffins and, of course, gourmet cupcakes. Some of the most popular flavors include caramel apple, pumpkin spice, coconut chanel and divas’ double chocolate. Kick back and relax over the weekend while enjoying the “M&M Special,” a mimosa and a fresh-baked muffin served on weekend mornings.
Unforgettable Cupcakes & More
15933 N. Florida Ave.
Lutz, FL 33549
Unforgettable Cupcakes & More spreads the love of gourmet desserts both in the store and in its traveling food truck, Dottie the Unforgettabus. There are dozens of flavors of cupcakes to choose from, including minty mocha, cinnamon explosion, chocolate covered pretzel and maple bacon. In addition to cupcakes, you can also indulge in some gourmet pretzel rods or marshmallow pops. Pretzels and marshmallows are either dipped in or drizzled with gooey stuff like white chocolate, caramel or peanut butter, then sprinkled with toppings such as mini M&Ms, coconut flakes or sprinkles.
Sweet St. Petersburg
1100 4th St. N., Suite 101
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Cupcake lovers can’t do much better than Sweet. There are nearly 30 flavors to choose from, including seasonal flavors like pink lemonade in summer and pumpkin pie in fall. Year-round flavors include tiramisu, cotton candy, pina colada, and many more. If you don’t see a flavor you like, no problem. Sweet has a fun cupcake bar in which you can choose your own cake flavor, icing flavor and toppings to create a custom treat for $3.50. Cake flavors include vanilla, chocolate, red velvet, carrot and white chocolate, which can be iced with vanilla, strawberry, chocolate, cream cheese or lime icing. For a finishing touch, sprinkle on some Oreos, coconut, Pop Rocks or chocolate covered pretzels.
4202 E. Busch Blvd.
Tampa, FL 33617
Cupcake Cache has a huge selection of over 40 flavors. You will find some well-loved favorites, such as cookies and cream or chocolate, right next to some truly unique flavors. One fascinating example is the pepper pirate, which is spice cake filled with white chocolate and pepper jelly and topped with a rum-based frosting. Another interesting concoction is the sweet po’tater, which is spice cake filled with a creamy mixture of sweet potato, brown sugar and raisins, which is then topped with maple milk chocolate icing and bacon chunks. Don’t forget to check out the gourmet menu, which includes flavors like banana split, peanut butter cup and seedless watermelon.
A Piece of Cake
A Piece of Cake has won over 20 awards since 2002. This bakery makes gourmet desserts to order, so you know your cupcakes will be fresh and moist. Cupcakes come in a variety of flavor combinations, such as orange creamsicle, guava and cream cheese swirl, pink champagne and coconut rum. If you’re in the mood for something extra special, you can try the hand-made cake pops — little balls of cake dipped in chocolate. Cake pops come in 10 flavors, including triple chocolate, pineapple coconut and s’mores.
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Amanda Mole has been writing since she was old enough to hold a pencil and cooking since she was tall enough to reach the stove. She believes that food provides more than just vital nutrients: it is an irreplaceable part of countless cultural and social activities. As a Tampa Bay resident for the past 21 years, she is well acquainted with the incredibly diverse range of restaurants, bars, and food festivals that the area has to offer. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.