Cupcakes have inspired the creation of many reality television shows and countless bake shops throughout the United States. It’s no surprise seeing as this seemingly effortless dessert is scrumptious, perfectly portioned, and extremely versatile. What more could a dedicated sweet tooth desire?

Whilst its initial concept was simple—moist cake topped with sugary frosting—the cupcake has since risen past its humble origins. These days, it’s not unusual to encounter fancy cupcakes topped or filled with gourmet ingredients such as maple bacon icing or mixed berry compote. Satisfying dessert lovers of all ages and palates, cupcakes won’t disappear from the culinary scene any time soon. With that in mind, here is your guide to the best cupcakes in each of the 50 states. We hope you saved room for dessert!

The Best Cupcakes in the U.S.

Homewood, AL
Cupcake Mountain Cupcakery
Bozeman, MT
Kastle’s Kreations
Homewood, AL
Jones Bros. Cupcakes
Omaha, NE
Urban Cookies Bakeshop
Phoenix, AZ
Mix Cupcake Co.
Reno, NV
SugarDumplin's Cupcakes
Homewood, AL
New Hampshire
Queen City Cupcakes
Manchester, NH
Kara’s Cupcakes
San Francisco, CA
New Jersey
Cupcake Magician
Red Bank, NJ
Church of Cupcakes
Denver, CO
New Mexico
Gold Rush Cupcakes
Albuquerque, NM
NoRA Cupcake Company
Middletown, CT
New York*
Magnolia Bakery
New York, NY
Sweet Somethings Desserts
Wilmington, DE
North Carolina
Happycakes Cupcakery nc
Homewood, AL
Sweeter Days Bake Shop
Fort Lauderdale, FL
North Dakota
Fargo, ND
The Atlanta Cupcake Factory
Atlanta, GA
The Cute Little Cake Shop
Strongsville, OH
Hokulani Bake Shop
Honolulu, HI
Cuppies & Joe
Oklahoma City, OK
Sugar Rush Cupcakery
Boise, ID
Saint Cupcake
Portland, OR
Molly’s Cupcakes
Chicago, IL
Pamcakes Cupcakery
Philadelphia, PA
The Flying Cupcake Bakery
Indianapolis, IN
Rhode Island
Sweet Indulgence
Cranston, RI
Scratch Cupcakery
Cedar Falls, IA
South Carolina
Cupcake Down South
Charleston, SC
Billy Vanilly
Topeka, KS
South Dakota
Oh My Cupcakes!
Sioux Falls, SD
Cake Flour
Louisville, KY
The Cupcake Collection
Nashville, TN
The Kupcake Factory
Homewood, AL
Crave Cupcakes
Houston, TX
East End Cupcakes
Portland, ME
Cupcake Chic
Orem, UT
Georgetown Cupcake
Bethesda, MD
my little cupcake
Burlington, VT
Worcester, MA
Alexandria Cupcake
Alexandria, VA
SugarHigh Bakery
Homewood, AL
Trophy Cupcakes and Party
Seattle, WA
Sweet Retreat Cupcake Boutique
Minneapolis, MN
West Virginia
The Cupcakerie
Morgantown, WV
For Heaven's Cakes & Catering
Jackson, MS
Tamara's the Cake Guru
Oshkosh, WI
Jilly's Cupcake Bar & Café
St. Louis, MO
Alla Lala Cupcakes and Sweet Things
Homewood, AL
District of Columbia
Baked & Wired
Washington, D.C.

Expert Picks

We reached out to the owners of each of these top cupcake spots to ask which of their tasty treats they'd most recommend, and the results are in!

Happy Cakes (North Carolina): If you're feeling unsure which cupcake to go for, Angela recommends picking a winner with one of the past three of their Cupcake Super bowl champions: Chocolate Caramel Cream (2014), Oreo Overload (2015), or Turtle (2016)

Cupcake Magician (New Jersey): The team at this New Jersey cupcakery advises trying breakfast for dessert with a Pancakes and Bacon cupcake, or Peanut Butter Explosion.

Sweet (Massachusetts): owner Alina is a big fan of her Cannoli Cream Filled Cupcakes. Deliziosa!

Cupcake DownSouth (South Carolina): When in Charleston, you have to get the Bourbon Pecan Pie...cupcake! Or for those who want their cake with more bite, explore the After Dark line of liquor-infused cupcakes.

SugarDumplin's Cupcakes (Arkansas): The colorful cupcakes here include top picks Salted Caramel, Blackberries and Cream, even Strawberry Lemonade!

Gold Rush Cupcakes (New Mexico): Melanie points us to the Cupcake Wars winning Bananas Foster cake, but also encourages visitors to try Goat for the Gold, a combination of vanilla, Bavarian cream, and white wine infused caramel.

Cute Little Cake Shop (Ohio): Cassata cupcake? Why not, says owner Janet. We also like the sound of a Jelly Donut Cupcake. Three sweet things in one!

NoRA Cupcake Company (Connecticut): If you're feeling boozy or seasonal (or both!) try this cupcake shop's signature Irish Car Bomb Cupcake: Guinness chocolate cake, Jameson ganache, Bailey's cream cheese frosting.

Cupcake Mountain Cupcakery (Montana): Who says you can't get a good Key Lime pie outside of Florida? Try the Key Lime Cupcake here for a taste of the Sunshine State anytime.

Tamara's The Cupcake Guru (Wisconsin): If you can't decide which dessert to get, this place has got you covered. Pick up the signature Lick the Bowl cupcake, a mix of brownie batter and cookie dough both inside the cake and topping the frosting.

My Little Cupcake (Vermont): Enjoy an exotic twist on the Salted Caramel cupcake here, as they use Mediterranean sea salt on top of the buttercream icing.

Scratch Cupcakery (Iowa): Cupcake adventurers, this place is for you! In addition to cute cupcake names like Wedding Day and Oh Happy Day, you can also sample a Churro cupcake or even Oatmeal Cream Pie. If there's oats, does that mean it's healthy?

East End Cupcakes (Maine): You've got your chocolate, your salted caramel...put them together and pick up this place's signature cupcake. Or sample a Tiramisu or Carrot Cake cupcake.

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This article was written by Justina Tran.