Simply Scrumptious Mail-Order Cupcakes
For Chocolate Lovers
Decadent chocolate cake and a fudgy ganache filling make these goodies from Godiva (yes, Godiva) pure heaven.
To buy: $28 (plus shipping) for six cupcakes, godiva.com for info.
For Frosting Fanatics
For some people, the cake is beside the point. Delaware’s Sweet-N-Sassy Cupcakes is rightly famous for its luscious buttercream frosting, applied in gorgeously high swirls.
To buy: $50 (plus shipping) for 12 cupcakes, sascupcakes.com.
For Big Appetites
Featuring flavors like Red Velvet, Cookie Dough, and Devil’s Food, the Best Seller Collection from Crumbs Bake Shop is packed with six jumbo “signature” cupcakes—each a whopping 6 ounces and some 4 inches high.
To buy: $27 (plus shipping) for six cupcakes, crumbs.com.
For Bons Vivants
Decidedly grown-up liquor-infused desserts from Chicago’s More Cupcakes have no artificial flavorings, just clean, pure ingredients that come through with every bite. Try the improbably delicious White Russian, Piña Colada, and Lemon Drop varieties.
To buy: $60 (plus shipping) for 12 cupcakes, morecupcakes.com.
Cupcake kits from Portland, Oregon's hip Saint Cupcake allow you to skip the baking and go straight to the fun part—decorating. Simply choose the number and flavor of cupcakes you’d like (we love the chocolate chip), frostings (ahh, hot fudge), and toppers. When the cute pink box arrives, just open it up and get to it.
To buy: $17.50 (plus shipping) for six cupcakes, 503-997-3674.
For Candy Connoisseurs
The two sisters behind Washington, D.C.’s Georgetown Cupcake (of DC Cupcakes fame) craft a stellar dessert from light-as-air cake and glossy, not-too-sweet frosting. New to their mail-order lineup: three candy bar–inspired varieties (chocolate coconut, chocolate peanut butter crunch, and chocolate hazelnut). Yum.
To buy: $29 (plus shipping) for 12 cupcakes, georgetowncupcake.com.
For Gluten-Free Gourmands
New Yorkers with food sensitivities flock to Babycakes for its standout treats. Now, the rest of the country can enjoy the shop’s delicious gluten-free vanilla, chocolate, and carrot cupcakes. The agave-sweetened pastries arrive “naked,” along with a jar of coconut milk vanilla frosting. Ice them when you are ready to eat. Bonus: The cupcakes and frosting are vegan, too.
To buy: $43.50 (plus shipping) for 12 cupcakes, babycakesnyc.com for information. Orders must be placed by phone: 212-677-5047.
For Special Occasions
Adorable fondant toppers on super-moist cupcakes from the San Francisco Bay area’s Teacake Bake Shop can mark any special celebration: pink teddy bears for a baby shower, pastel daisies for a birthday party, miniature wedding cakes for…well, you get the picture.
To buy: $30 (plus shipping) for six cupcakes, teacakebakeshop.com.
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