Atlantans have fully embraced the cupcake fad, likely because cupcakes make us feel the minimum “eaters remorse” by packing the perfect amount of indulgence into a small package. The following are some Atlanta cupcakeries that are mixing it up with unique flavor combinations and presentations.
Caryn’s Cakes: Located in a nondescript building in West Midtown, I was initially lured into Caryn’s Cakes by the cupcake-shaped sign they place out at the street corner. “You need a cupcake NOW,” it reads. Their rotating cupcake selections are as delicious as they are unique: maple bacon, applesauce, and chocolate hazelnut are a few of my favorites. So, how do they come up with their flavor combinations?
CamiCakes is a 3-location chain started by Andra Hall and named for her daughter, Camille. CamiCakes’ cupcakes, topped with a swirly pillow of icing and a flavor-identifying candy, are super cute and the staff is super charming. On one visit, after paying for my loot, the young man ringing me up closed with: “Yo. Have a yummy day.” After my CamiCakes indulgence, my day certainly was yummy!
It says something when a bakery’s cupcakes are good enough to launch a franchise. Gigi’s Cupcakes (in Buckhead and Sandy Springs) started in 2008 in Nashville, TN. Today, there are 21 of these sweet shops in 9 states! These cupcakes aren’t for those who are fickle about frosting—Gigi’s piles it high in a variety of sweet tooth-tingling flavors, like Kentucky Bourbon Pie, Tiramisu, and Candied Sweet Potato.