DEMESTIA BAKING COMPANY
When customers talk about quality baking in cupcakes, they are most often talking about the sponge. But the frosting can be just as important. Demestia Baking Company gets its toppings just right: not too sweet; not too sticky and packed with plenty of flavor.
GINA'S AMAZING GOURMET CUPCAKES
"Amazing" doesn't even begin to describe the sweet treats available at Gina's (located in Costa's Deli). An accomplished sugar artist, Gina Costa has years in the specialty cake business, and her White Russian and Bailey's Irish Cream cupcakes prove it.
A PIECE OF CAKE AND CANDY, TOO!
Pastry artists usually save their top-notch fondant skills for major projects like wedding cakes. But this bakery in Elkins Park offers big-time style to small-bite cupcakes. As a result, they taste as good as they look.
ALICE BAKERY & CONFECTIONARY
The “Alice” here is the mother of bakery chef Dennis Darr; her encouragement led him to bake for his third-grade classmates. The pride of those original batches continues to today, as Darr mixes quality ingredients – butter from Europe and real vanilla beans – into every cupcake he produces.
FORTY FOOT CAFE
Culinary Arts Institute at Montgomery County Community College
Want to sample sweets from an up-and-comer in the local culinary field? Give these students a shot. Baked goods – often including cupcakes – are on sale Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to noon. The retail portion of the Culinary Arts Institute provides not only a retail outlet for evolving pastry skills, its revenue helps defray the cost of competition and event fees, aprons and other program-related investments.
KRIEBELS CUSTOM BAKERY
One of Kriebels’ signature cupcakes begins with tins lined with ruffled paper that are then packed with a graham-cracker crust. Pipe in a creamy batter (plain or marbled with chocolate), bake and top with either buttercream or a dollop of cherries. Voilà. A cheesecake cupcake.
LILY OF THE VALLEY CUPCAKERY
It’s a bit of wordplay that takes a “cupcake” “bakery” to a cupcakery. That display of inventiveness is also apparent on the cupcake menu, with interesting flavor blends like lemon-berry, sweet-potato cheesecake and apple pie.
Lochel’s cupcake varieties cover nearly 50 variations, meaning a customer could purchase a full four dozen without repeating any flavors. Calories aside, a sampler like that would be a delicious way to try off-the-cuff cupcakes made in the style of bananas foster, cannoli, lemon merengue, peppermint patty and orange creamsicle.
The traditional baked items of Italy are deliciously and gorgeously presented to customers at Nonno’s, from cannoli to sfogliatelle and everything in between. You’d think just about any baker could succeed with a red velvet cupcake, but Nonno’s elevates them to something truly decadent.
VELVET SKY BAKERY & CAFE
The bakers at Velvet Sky push their creativity to the limits every single day, coming up with 40 individual flavors. There are not many places other than here in Jenkintown that offer the savory-sweet flavor of a Caprese cupcake made with tomato sponge, fresh basil buttercream and an aged balsamic drizzle.
This quaint Ardmore shop has been satisfying Montgomery County sweet-tooths for more than 50 years. Viking’s version of the traditional cupcake is called a “mini-cake.” It is a little larger than the standard fare (but at a friendly price), and it features more real estate for eye-popping decorations.
Way back in 1919, Herman Weinrich arrived at Ellis Island from Germany and brought his baking skills with him. In 1952, his family opened a Willow Grove location and ever since, it has been a local icon for treats from the oven. The staff’s pastry arts skills extend even to the cupcakes, which are miniature beauties to be hold. And taste amazing.