Stir up childhood memories with Crumbs’ gourmet nod to the Hostess cupcake. Bigger than the grocery store version, this chocolate cake is filled with vanilla buttercream and topped with chocolate ganache icing.
To buy: $27 for 6 cupcakes, shipping rates vary, crumbs.com.
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For a Patriotic Party
From Labor Day to Election Day, pledge your allegiance to Cupcakes Gourmet’s Americana collection, flavorful mini cupcakes in the colors of the flag: red velvet, classic vanilla, and blueberry cheesecake. Minimum order of two dozen mini cupcakes required for shipping.
Unfortunately, this collection is no longer available, but find similar options atcupcakesgourmet.com.
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For a Wedding
Here comes the buttercream…for engagement parties, bridal showers, or the main event. A dozen SAS Cupcakes―from vanilla topped with sweet vanilla buttercream to decadent triple chocolate filled with dark chocolate ganache―come topped with pennants declaring your choice of four messages.
To buy: $45 for 12 cupcakes, two-day shipping and special handling charges vary, sascupcakes.com.
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For an Anniversary
Tea Cake Bake Shop cupcakes with fondant XO hearts say “I love you” in the most delicious way. Choose from a classic flavor variety, including Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Cupcakes and Chocolate Sour Cream Cupcakes, or a taster’s collection with Pink Velvet cupcakes and Chocolate Sour Cream cupcakes with Coffee Bean Buttercream.
To buy: $45 for 9 cupcakes, additional $7 flat rate for next-day shipping required, teacakebakeshop.com.
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For a Kid’s Big Day
Special occasions call for special treats. Celebrate a return from camp or the first day of school with these milk chocolate- and strawberry-dipped cake cones from Golda & I.
With a few clicks of a mouse, Saint Cupcake lets you customize and send three cupcakes: Choose from eight cake types (including a vegan variety), four icing flavors, and 13 shades of sprinkles. Add baby or congratulations decorations for 50 cents each if you wish.