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Best cupcakes

One of the gorgeous specialty cupcakes from the Lily Torte Baking Company, your pick for best cupcakes in and around Atlanta. Photo courtesy Lily Torte Baking Company

One of the gorgeous specialty cupcakes from the Lily Torte Baking Company, your pick for best cupcakes in and around Atlanta. Photo courtesy Lily Torte Baking Company

lilytortelogoYOUR PICKS
1. Lily Torte Baking Company
You say, “They have so many flavors it is like being a kid in a candy store. My favorites are salted caramel and cookie monster yum” and “Lily Torte has the perfect cupcake for every occasion. Family owned. Great family, even better cupcakes. You can never have just one!”

2. CamiCakes
3. Cake Cafe Atlanta
4. Piece of Cake
5. GiGi’s Cupcakes

Atlanta Cupcake Factory co-owner Jamie Fahey frosts some of the delicious treats available at the Poncey-Highland shop. Photo: John Spink, jspink@ajc.com

Atlanta Cupcake Factory co-owner Jamie Fahey frosts some of the delicious treats available at the Poncey-Highland shop. Photo: John Spink, jspink@ajc.com

OUR PICKS
The AJC dining team’s specialist in Southern and Neighborhood Fare Jenny Turknett says, “Atlanta’s cupcake scene has exploded over the past year. As I compared cupcakes from many of our local shops, the unique strengths of each bakery revealed themselves. Instead of ranking the five best cupcake spots, I offer the best features of five local cupcake bakeries and a few flavors to try (in no particular order).”

Gigi’s Cupcakes, multiple locations
Best feature: Filled cupcakes, which keep the cupcakes moist
Flavor to try: Coconut Cream-filled — A mountain of smooth coconut cream awaits.

Alpine Bakery, Alpharetta
Best feature: Moist and flavorful cake
Flavor to try: Turtle cheesecake — Is it a cake or a cheesecake?

The Atlanta Cupcake Factory, Poncey-Highland
Best feature: Cream-cheese based frostings
Flavor to try: Lemon — It might as well be a lemon meringue pie.

The Great Cupcake Co., Buckhead
Best feature: Fun flavors that venture beyond the traditional
Flavor to try: Creamsicle — Think of a frosted orange from The Varsity.

Jilly’s Cupcakery, Alpharetta
Best Feature: largest selection of miniature cupcakes
Flavor to try: Peanut butter chocolate — Peanut butter buttercream steals the show here.

461 comments Add your comment

CB Jackson

August 29th, 2011
1:12 pm

The Cupcake Crusader and Jilly’s Cupcakery top Caryn’s Cakes and Metrotainment for size, richness, and consistent freshness. THE CUPCAKE CRUSADER and Jilly’s get my vote.

Glennda Baker

August 29th, 2011
1:25 pm

McEntyres Bakery in Smyrna has the freshest and best cupcakes in Atlanta. My favorites are the Red Velvet and the Chocolate / Peanut Butter puffy cupcakes. They are also the most reasonably priced in the city!

Debbie Johnson

August 29th, 2011
1:36 pm

Jilly’s Cupcakery in Alpharetta ….Best cupcakes, best smiles, best customer service. Chocolate Peanut Butter is my fave…Salted Caramel a close second!

Shirelle

August 29th, 2011
1:46 pm

CAMI CAKES of course hands down

Kaitlyn McManus

August 29th, 2011
1:48 pm

JILLY’S CUPCAKERY IS AMAZING!! Honestly though…good size, fresh every day, good selection, great family-run feel, and the cupcakes are delicious :P

Georgiapeach

August 29th, 2011
1:53 pm

CAMI CAKES!!!!!

Nathan

August 29th, 2011
2:00 pm

Atlanta Cupcake Factory is the one for me! I typically find most cupcakes to be overly dry, especially chocolate ones. But I have never had a dry cupcake from them. Case in point: Red Velvet is usually best experienced as a slice of cake, not a cupcake. But I’ll take a Red Velvet Cupcake from Atlanta Cupcake Factory any day! Their menu is definitely one of the most creative and expansive in the Atlanta cupcake world, too. From El Diablo to Chocolate Peanut Butter Bacon, you cannot miss.

Closer to home (I live in East Cobb), Gigi’s makes some very tasty and quite pretty cupcakes. I favor the fall/winter menu over the current spring/summer one, but their cupcakes are as delightful to eat as they are pleasing to the eye.

gritsiam

August 29th, 2011
2:20 pm

Jilly’s in Alpharetta

Dustin

August 29th, 2011
2:23 pm

No doubt, Jilly’s in Alpharetta.

Charity

August 29th, 2011
2:36 pm

Jilly’s Cupcakery in Alpharetta for their salted carmel or maple bacon. Wonderful daily selections keeps things fresh and new for their customers. I’d also have to give a shout-out to Camicakes for their amazing red velvet. I miss Sweet Pockets, though. Nothing like their icing, hands-down!

Tiffany

August 29th, 2011
2:39 pm

My daughter has so many allergies and we have had gluten vegan cupcakes before, but they were always mushy. Jilly’s brought a sprarkle to my daughter’s eyes. These cupcakes are sooooo awsome!!!!! I think if we ever move out of the area we will just have to have them ship overnight!!!!

Pierson

August 29th, 2011
3:00 pm

Publix! They are ALWAYS moist and tasty:-)

Tara

August 29th, 2011
3:07 pm

Jilly’s is by FAR the best!

Mary B

August 29th, 2011
3:13 pm

My husband makes the best cupcakes!

Drake

August 29th, 2011
3:13 pm

Lenox Cupcakes!!

Bridgett

August 29th, 2011
3:13 pm

Cami Cakes is #1

q

August 29th, 2011
3:13 pm

CAMI CAKES! Had four cupcakes on my birthday last week! Yes, they are that good!!

Ossie

August 29th, 2011
3:14 pm

The Cup in the new Brookhaven shopping center….incredible

Elena

August 29th, 2011
3:16 pm

GiGi’s near Perimeter Mall has the best ever!!

kdthevp

August 29th, 2011
3:17 pm

Let there be NO mistaking real cupcake makers for pretenders…..the best two in all of metro Atlanta are Amazing Cakes in Mableton (best kept secret) and Cami Cake. But when it comes to best value and best taste, Amazing Cakes is the undisputed champ!

Who would pay over $3 for a cupcake, anyway? Crazy!

Bethany Usry

August 29th, 2011
3:17 pm

Jilly’s in Alpharetta is the best! The chocolate cake is so moist & all of the cream cheese frostings are amazing!

Tishy

August 29th, 2011
3:17 pm

Jilly’s Cupcakery in Alpharetta are by far the best!! I can’t even choose a favorite flavor because they are ALL so delicious

Eric

August 29th, 2011
3:24 pm

CamiCakes, CamiCakes, CamiCakes all the way.

Lady A

August 29th, 2011
3:26 pm

CAMICAKES! They rock!

Jennifer Johnson

August 29th, 2011
3:30 pm

Cami Cakes and Sweet Cheats in Cabbagetown http://www.sweetcheatsatlanta.com/

Monica

August 29th, 2011
3:31 pm

Cami Cakes!! I love the LEMON DROP. Gigi’s has way too much icing and the cakes do not have enough flavor

KG

August 29th, 2011
3:31 pm

Silver Lining is ATHENS ~ Rocks!!! Hands down the BEST !!!

BamaGrl2004

August 29th, 2011
3:33 pm

Cami Cakes! Their cupcakes are so moist and rich with the perfect amount of icing on top. I love the red velvet, classic cami, and sweet potato flavors.

SLG

August 29th, 2011
3:34 pm

Cami Cakes!!! Especially the red velvet. I’ve tried a lot of cupcakes in my time and Cami’s by far is THE BEST!!!

Peyton

August 29th, 2011
3:34 pm

GiGi’s in Buckhead off Roswell Road!

KW

August 29th, 2011
3:35 pm

Cakes by Darcy! Yummmmmm-my!!!

mmmmmgood

August 29th, 2011
3:35 pm

Had Cami last week for my birthday. AWESOME AWESOME AWESOME.

Gary

August 29th, 2011
3:37 pm

Cloud 9 in Roswell and Cami Cakes!

Renee

August 29th, 2011
3:39 pm

the cupcakes from sweet obsession bakeshop in lawrenceville are amazing!

reader

August 29th, 2011
3:40 pm

Kroger on Lawrenceville Hwy in Tucker. There is an Europian Pastry Chef there of the name Marta. Hers are the best!

Reca

August 29th, 2011
3:42 pm

I reside in Florida…. But Cami cakes reigns supreme from Jax,Florida to ATL.

Emma

August 29th, 2011
3:43 pm

Cake Cafe Atlanta!!!! Made to order!!!!! ALWAYS FRESH!

Courtney

August 29th, 2011
3:44 pm

YumYums all day long! Moist with great, flavorful icing? Always consistent.

Iknowmycake

August 29th, 2011
3:45 pm

I agree 100% with kdthevp. Amazing Cakes in Mableton is by far the best. Cupcakes and cake by the slice yummy!! My favorites are the Amaretto, Key Lime and Red Velvet. Stop by and give em a try.

Iris

August 29th, 2011
3:49 pm

Cami Cakes!! My family’s favorites: Mint Chocolate, Lemon Drop and Red Velvet. I have NEVER had a bad cupcake from this bakery. I only wish she would deliver or open a store in south metro Atlanta.

speedygurl

August 29th, 2011
3:49 pm

Jilly’s in Alpharetta is great! HUMMINGBIRD is my favorite.

Pierre

August 29th, 2011
3:51 pm

Gigi’s in Sandy Springs! One cupcake and you are hooked.

CupcakeConnoisseur

August 29th, 2011
3:54 pm

Camicakes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

matt

August 29th, 2011
3:56 pm

I don’t like Gigi’s. There cupcakes are too “heavy on top”. I think a cupcake should balance moist cake with creamy icing. Cami cakes does this perfectly. Also, if you can get them (they sell out quickly) Henri’s Bakery has sublime chocolate cupcakes.

iluvcupcakes

August 29th, 2011
4:03 pm

Cami Cakes without a doubt!!!!!

Monica Howard

August 29th, 2011
4:06 pm

Lizzie Lu’s Sweet Treats!!!! Yum!
http://www.lizzielusweets.com/

Elizabeth

August 29th, 2011
4:08 pm

“Recovering lawyer” turned baker, La’Keitha provides some criminally good cupcakes over at Sweet Justice. Luckily there are mini-versions so I can minimize the guilt when ordering each of my favorites – strawberry, red velvet, and caramal.

Tiffany

August 29th, 2011
4:10 pm

auburn girl

August 29th, 2011
4:10 pm

GIGI”S champain are the best!!!! just had a wedding shower this weekend and they were all gone,

TeeG

August 29th, 2011
4:11 pm

CAMI CAKES! CAMI CAKES! CAMI CAKES!!! They are like HEAVEN IN YOUR MOUTH!!! HAVE A YUMMY DAY EVERYONE!!!