Cupcakes

Buy cupcakes on line and have them delivered:

  • In Los Angeles and New York there is a bakery called Erin McKenna’s Babycakes. They offer natural and organic carrot, vanilla, chocolate and red velvet cupcakes with a choice of frostings. All items are sweetened with agave. The cupcakes are all vegan and gluten free. They will ship anywhere by Fed Ex, or deliver within New York, LA and Orlando. If you are outside of the metro bakerys, the cupcakes are delivered with frosting on the side. https://www.erinmckennasbakery.com/ 
  • Using recipes from Perfect Endings, Williams-Sonoma has cupcakes baked fresh (9 cupcakes in three flavors – another special treat), available to order at: http://www.williams-sonoma.com

Pick them up or get local delivery:

  • If you’re in Washington, D.C. check out Hello Cupcake and enjoy organic cupcakes made with all-natural and local ingredients. They even have gluten free and vegan cupcakes.
  • In Boston, go to Sweet Cupcakes. They specialize only in cupcakes, will deliver (in the Boston area) , and take special custom orders.
  • In Los Angeles, San Francisco, Dallas, Houston, and Phoenix you will find Sprinkles with 20 different flavors of cupcakes.
  • New York City has the famous Magnolia’s in three locations for fantastic cupcakes. There are always lines around the block, but they will deliver.
  • Baked by Melissa: These are miniature stuffed cupcakes, in 7 different flavors. There are cookies and cream, s’mores, and peanut butter and jelly to name a few. The photos are mouth watering. Delivery only in NYC. If you’re in the Big Apple, however, sample these quarter-sized delicious concoctions.
  • Crumbs has stores in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and California. They bake other things besides cupcakes. For locations go to www.crumbs.com.

Bake:

We have two favorite cupcake mixes that we think are the very best. The first and absolute favorite is the Barefoot Contessa’s. Sold through Stonewall Kitchen, these cupcake and frosting mixes come in the following flavors: vanilla with vanilla or milk chocolate frosting, coconut, and chocolate with chocolate or peanut butter frosting.

Then there are the mixes made by Sprinkles, the L.A. cupcake shop mentioned above. These mixes come in chocolate, lemon, red velvet and vanilla. They also come with a cute “dot” for the top of each cupcake. You have to make your own icing, but they provide a recipe. These are available from Williams-Sonoma.

Accessorize:

Who knew that cupcakes had so many accessory possibilities?

Dress them up with these gorgeous and fun grease proof baking cups from http://www.beryls.com/. Choose striped, swirly, solid, polka-dot or multi-colored, or go for a motif such as hearts, sports, holiday, animal print, Spider Man, Winnie the Pooh, and many more. Oh, the fun we can have! If that weren’t exciting enough, the cups can be made of paper, foil or glassine, and come in different shapes like tulip.

tulip shaped cupcake holders

Transporting cupcakes leads us to another accessory category: cupcake carriers. I was given a fantastic bright blue three-story cupcake schlepper as a gift. I adore it because it holds enough cupcakes for the birthday celebration at school or the dessert for the team dinner. It’s called the Cupcake Courier and it holds 36 cupcakes. $47.99

cupcake courierNot taking the cupcakes anywhere but want to display them at home? Try the three story wire cupcake stand from Crate and Barrel. $29.95.

Or choose a cupcake tree from Martha Stewart , for $18.98.

Cupcake treeFor more recipes, Martha Stewart featured cupcakes in this  Living issue. Here is her Christmas Tree cupcake video.