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The Twin Cities’ Coolest Cupcake Creators

Nine bakeries for sweet treats

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Celebration for getting through another day
| A Cupcake Social / Facebook

Although the cupcake trend has supposedly cooled, a scan through social media still shows a lot of love for the diminutive cakes piled high with frosting.

The Twin Cities cupcake scene features colorful concoctions loaded with sprinkles, elegant cupcakes worthy of a special occasion, seasonal flavors, gluten-free and vegan options — a little something for everyone, at budget-friendly prices.

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Nadia Cakes

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Nadia Cakes is beloved for its rotating selection of clever seasonal cupcakes (notably, the rainbow-hued Unicorn Poop, available for April Fool’s Day). Daily flavors include lemon drop, triple chocolate, and the famous Cupcake Wars Winning Cheesecake, which helped the bakery win that Food Network series. It’s topped with berry compote and a graham cracker crumble. The bakery even offers dog-friendly cupcakes for Fido, and there’s an additional location in Woodbury.

Lemon cakes with raspberry, blackberry, and blueberry cream cheese frosting
Nadia Cakes

Amy's Cupcake Shoppe

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The ever-changing weekly lineup at Amy’s features tasty standards like vanilla and salted caramel as well as unique flavors such as chocolate-peanut butter-banana, and hazelnut-mocha. Gluten-free and vegan cupcakes are available too.

Sweet Retreat Cupcake Boutique

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The bakery case at Sweet Retreat Cupcake Boutique features a dozen classic flavors available daily, including a kid-friendly funfetti cupcake covered with sprinkles and a sophisticated mocha cupcake topped with espresso buttercream. Special seasonal flavors range from the familiar — pumpkin, strawberry rhubarb, apple pie — to the unexpected, like a pink lemonade cupcake complete with a tiny straw.

Wuollet Bakery

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Wuollet’s cupcakes come in an array of classic cake flavors like carrot, devil’s food, and red velvet. The Lady Baltimore cupcake, made with the delicate white cake often served at weddings, is an elegant choice too, and there’s also a pink version topped with pastel confetti. Additional Wuollet’s locations include the Minneapolis Skyway, St. Paul, Robbinsdale, and Wayzata.

Lemon Lady Baltimore cake with blueberry filling
Wuollet Bakery

The Copper Hen Cakery & Kitchen

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The Copper Hen’s selection of classic cupcakes include golden butter vanilla, carrot, and red velvet; there’s also a gluten-free chocolate option. Toast the end of a fabulous brunch (yes, Copper Hen does those too) with a champagne cupcake or a featured seasonal flavor like banana chai.

Coffee caramel cupcake
The Copper Hen Cakery & Kitchen

Angel Food Bakery & Donut Bar

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At Angel Food Bakery, inspiration isn’t limited to standard cake flavors — the extensive rotating lineup includes key lime pie and fruit cobbler. The bestselling Hell’s Peanut Butter Cup cupcake features a house made peanut butter filling, peanut butter buttercream, and dark chocolate ganache. Vegan, dairy-free, egg-free, and gluten-free cupcakes can be custom-baked to order, and there’s also an MSP airport location for gifts or a pre-flight sugar fix.

Cocoa & Fig

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Cocoa & Fig offers elegant cupcakes with a focus on nuanced flavors, like the signature Black Velvet cupcake — a riff on classic red velvet, but with twice as much cocoa and half as much red coloring. Other cupcakes available daily include lemon raspberry and chocolate salted caramel. The bakery case also features rotating seasonal and specialty flavors like cookies and cream and caramel macchiato, and an additional location in Edina serves the suburbs.

Key lime cupcakes
Cocoa & Fig

A Cupcake Social

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The rotating weekly menu at A Cupcake Social always includes the popular Simply Vanilla, a rich red velvet, decadent Death by Chocolate, and the Oreo crumble-topped Mississippi Mud. The selection is rounded out with a range of rotating choices, from the rich dulce de leche to a spicy chili chocolate.

The Buttered Tin

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The Buttered Tin’s signature cupcake is an inspired take on a snack time favorite: a homemade Ho Ho made with fluffy chocolate cake, filled with whipped cream and topped with dark chocolate ganache. Other flavors rotate daily, ranging from classic carrot cake to the cherry-topped Hot Fudge Sundae.

Margarita cupcakes
The Buttered Tin

Nadia Cakes

Nadia Cakes is beloved for its rotating selection of clever seasonal cupcakes (notably, the rainbow-hued Unicorn Poop, available for April Fool’s Day). Daily flavors include lemon drop, triple chocolate, and the famous Cupcake Wars Winning Cheesecake, which helped the bakery win that Food Network series. It’s topped with berry compote and a graham cracker crumble. The bakery even offers dog-friendly cupcakes for Fido, and there’s an additional location in Woodbury.

Lemon cakes with raspberry, blackberry, and blueberry cream cheese frosting
Nadia Cakes

Amy's Cupcake Shoppe

The ever-changing weekly lineup at Amy’s features tasty standards like vanilla and salted caramel as well as unique flavors such as chocolate-peanut butter-banana, and hazelnut-mocha. Gluten-free and vegan cupcakes are available too.

Sweet Retreat Cupcake Boutique

The bakery case at Sweet Retreat Cupcake Boutique features a dozen classic flavors available daily, including a kid-friendly funfetti cupcake covered with sprinkles and a sophisticated mocha cupcake topped with espresso buttercream. Special seasonal flavors range from the familiar — pumpkin, strawberry rhubarb, apple pie — to the unexpected, like a pink lemonade cupcake complete with a tiny straw.

Wuollet Bakery

Wuollet’s cupcakes come in an array of classic cake flavors like carrot, devil’s food, and red velvet. The Lady Baltimore cupcake, made with the delicate white cake often served at weddings, is an elegant choice too, and there’s also a pink version topped with pastel confetti. Additional Wuollet’s locations include the Minneapolis Skyway, St. Paul, Robbinsdale, and Wayzata.

Lemon Lady Baltimore cake with blueberry filling
Wuollet Bakery

The Copper Hen Cakery & Kitchen

The Copper Hen’s selection of classic cupcakes include golden butter vanilla, carrot, and red velvet; there’s also a gluten-free chocolate option. Toast the end of a fabulous brunch (yes, Copper Hen does those too) with a champagne cupcake or a featured seasonal flavor like banana chai.

Coffee caramel cupcake
The Copper Hen Cakery & Kitchen

Angel Food Bakery & Donut Bar

At Angel Food Bakery, inspiration isn’t limited to standard cake flavors — the extensive rotating lineup includes key lime pie and fruit cobbler. The bestselling Hell’s Peanut Butter Cup cupcake features a house made peanut butter filling, peanut butter buttercream, and dark chocolate ganache. Vegan, dairy-free, egg-free, and gluten-free cupcakes can be custom-baked to order, and there’s also an MSP airport location for gifts or a pre-flight sugar fix.

Cocoa & Fig

Cocoa & Fig offers elegant cupcakes with a focus on nuanced flavors, like the signature Black Velvet cupcake — a riff on classic red velvet, but with twice as much cocoa and half as much red coloring. Other cupcakes available daily include lemon raspberry and chocolate salted caramel. The bakery case also features rotating seasonal and specialty flavors like cookies and cream and caramel macchiato, and an additional location in Edina serves the suburbs.

Key lime cupcakes
Cocoa & Fig

A Cupcake Social

The rotating weekly menu at A Cupcake Social always includes the popular Simply Vanilla, a rich red velvet, decadent Death by Chocolate, and the Oreo crumble-topped Mississippi Mud. The selection is rounded out with a range of rotating choices, from the rich dulce de leche to a spicy chili chocolate.

The Buttered Tin

The Buttered Tin’s signature cupcake is an inspired take on a snack time favorite: a homemade Ho Ho made with fluffy chocolate cake, filled with whipped cream and topped with dark chocolate ganache. Other flavors rotate daily, ranging from classic carrot cake to the cherry-topped Hot Fudge Sundae.

Margarita cupcakes
The Buttered Tin

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