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Cupcake craze continues, more Father’s Day options and restaurant news

Dulce Vegan Bakery (photos by Jenny Turknett)

With three new cupcake shops opening this summer, the cupcake craze appears to be going strong.

Already open is The Cup Gourmet, touting itself as “a gourmet cupcake cafe.” The Cup serves a variety of cupcakes, cheesecakes, coffees and teas. Cupcake flavors run the gamut from the classic red velvet and carrot to the more exotic key lime sublime and brown sugar with rum sauce. The Cup Gourmet also offers a rotating menu of gluten-free and vegan cupcakes. 7 a.m.- 8 p.m. Mondays-Wednesdays, 7 a.m.- 9 p.m. Thursdays-Fridays, 8 a.m.- 9 p.m. Saturdays, 8 a.m.- 7 p.m. Sundays. 705 Town Blvd., Atlanta. 678-705-9883. $.

Also opening this month is The Great Cupcake Company, an all-natural bakery that uses 70% organic ingredients and offers vegan and gluten-free options. Expect to find 12 of the shop’s 21 rotating flavors available in the bakery case each day. Customers — my kids included — will delight in the “cupcake creation station” where you can design your own cupcake. 10 a.m.- 10 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, 11 a.m.- 7 p.m. Sundays. 2829 Peachtree Road, Atlanta. 404-343-1963. $.

Later this summer, Buckhead’s popular CamiCakes will open a second location in Vinings in the former Sweet Pockets spot. 10:30 a.m.- 8:30 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays. 4438 Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta. 770-431-6611. $.

In other news:

Openings:

  • Quickly has opened another Atlanta location in Duluth. Quickly is known for its bubble teas and brown sugar shaved ice but also serves savory specialties such as fish cakes, octopus balls and noodle soups. 11 a.m.- midnight, daily. 3780 Old Norcross Road, Duluth. 770-476-5988. $.
  • Cowlicks Yogurt and Floats recently set up shop in Vinings and has another location planned for Dunwoody. Cowlicks is a twist on an old soda fountain, offering self-serve yogurt and floats. They offer 10 yogurt flavors and 28 topping choices for you to customize your cool treats. 11 a.m.- 10 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, 11 a.m.- 11 p.m. Fridays-Sundays. 2460 Cumberland Pkwy., Atlanta. 770-433-9008. $.

More Father’s Day dining:

Since I originally posted a list of ideas for Father’s Day dining, I received information about a number of additional restaurant specials for Sunday. Below are more options for celebrating Dad this weekend.

  • Double Zero Napoletana will be open on Father’s Day this Sunday. Dads will be treated to a Castellucci Hospitality Group gift card good towards a meal at Double Zero Napoletana, Sugo or Iberian Pig, as well as a free golf swing analysis with Craig Forney, one of Georgia’s top golf instructors.  4-9 p.m. Sunday, June 19. 5825 Roswell Road, Atlanta. 404-991-3666. $$-$$$$.
  • This weekend, West Egg Café will offer what they call “father-friendly” brunch items (both Saturday and Sunday 8 a.m.- 5 p.m.). Additionally, they will have the Wednesday night $10 Burger and Pint special on Sunday night. The special includes the double-patty burger with American cheese and either a beer or from-scratch milkshake. 8 a.m.- 10 p.m. Sunday. 1100 Howell Mill Road, Atlanta. 404-872-3973.
  • All Georgia Yoforia stores are recognizing Father’s Day from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Sunday, June 19th with free Yoforia (up to $5) for Dads.
  • Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta’s Park 75 has a special day planned for Dads who are Harley-Davidson aficionados. During brunch with what they call “manly favorites,” motorcycles will be will be on display and two will be available for test drives. (Must have appropriate license and clothing.) 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Sunday, June 19. 75 14th St., Atlanta. 404-253-3840. $65 adults, $30 children 6+, free for kids 5 and under.

–by Jenny Turknett, Food & More blog

– Jenny Turknett writes about Southern and Neighborhood Fare for the AJC Dining Team. She also publishes her own blog, Going Low Carb.


24 comments Add your comment

Lex

June 17th, 2011
11:46 am

I LOVE THE CUP GOURMENT. Cupcakes are my thing. I literally try them every where I go to see who’s the best in the city. In the ATL, it’s definitely The Cup Gourmet, hands down!!!

Paul

June 17th, 2011
4:58 pm

Octopus balls? I’ll pass.

I

June 17th, 2011
6:27 pm

Didn’t have a great first experience at the Cupcake Gourmet… Over priced and the cupcakes were just ok… I spent $10 on a cupcake, a kiddie cupcake that was stale and a ice tea…??? Camicakes is my place!!! Always on point!

Dani.

June 17th, 2011
6:51 pm

I’d love to try these places! I’m still struggling to find the best red velvet cupcake. I’m surprised at how many people will dye a cake red and call it red velvet, without any cocoa whatsoever! I tried a nice spot in Hapeville called Buttercream which was nice. Recently, we went to West Egg Cafe and their butter cupcakes and coca cola cupcakes were to die for! Must try!

Kate

June 17th, 2011
6:59 pm

Cafe Amore in Lawrenceville has the best Red Velvet cupcakes anywhere!!!

Edward

June 17th, 2011
7:13 pm

I’m interested in trying The Great Cupcake Company. I’m a cupcake purist and I’m typically disappointed in the offerings of most bakeries. I live a block from CamiCakes and I just can’t recommend them at all. They are horrid. But, they look amazing, incredibly beautiful to behold and look so appetizing. I guess many people value appearance over substance and the popularity of CamiCakes is just like the rest of our culture.

Benita Wheeler

June 17th, 2011
8:21 pm

Cupcakes and chocolate, a great remix.

LitlPoot

June 17th, 2011
8:32 pm

Miss Mamie’s on the Marietta Square is the best cupcake shop around. Stop by & try it!!

RealCupcakesofAtlanta

June 17th, 2011
9:01 pm

Gimme Some Suga Bakery Bar is the best in town. It’s in Suwanee…check it out. They have over 30 flavors…best cupcakes around. Also, the cheesecakes are better than any “factory” in town.

Lisa

June 18th, 2011
6:16 am

Sweet Cheats has opened in Cabbagetown on Kirkwood. Delicious cupcakes and other treats.

Andrew S

June 18th, 2011
9:21 am

best cupcakes are CLEARLY Atlanta Cupcake Factory! and they’re so nice!

E

June 18th, 2011
10:05 am

In my opinion, the cupcakes at CamiCakes never disappoint. I think they are some of the best cupcakes in Atlanta. THEY ARE ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!!!!! I can’t wait until the new lcation opens, as it’ll be closer to my home.

uncle martin

June 18th, 2011
6:58 pm

Oh for god’s sake. When are they going to open a cupcake/taco joint?

Linda

June 19th, 2011
11:34 am

I have not tried CamiCakes but have tried most of the rest and I think the the best around are at Little Cake on Roswell Rd. in Buckhead. They were voted best Red Velvet Cupcake in Atlanta. Several have rated them better than the highly rated Magnolia Bakery cupcakes in NYC.

Grby

June 19th, 2011
11:45 am

Me and My Babycakes in downtown Jonesboro have wonderful cupcakes. Delish!

Randall

June 19th, 2011
11:51 am

Gigi’s Cupcake in Buckhead at Roswell Road and Piedmont hands down the BEST CUPCAKE in Buckhead… make it Atlanta for that matter! Hands down the BEST!

Lucious

June 19th, 2011
12:24 pm

Michelle loved cupcakes. We had little princess cupcakes and mermaids on her last birthday. I wish she was here and not just because it’s father’s day. I just wish she was here. I miss her everyday. I know he works in mysterious ways, but why her? I don’t wish this on anyone. She loved the princess ones the best.

Octopus Rex

June 19th, 2011
1:42 pm

@Paul, you do realize an octopus doesn’t have balls, what’s the issue? You’re tight, loosen up!

Future Cupcakery Owner

June 19th, 2011
10:52 pm

I have tried some of the cupcake bakeries and I was disappointed as well. You can tell a lot of people don’t know what “real” cakes should taste like because CamiCakes i tried and they were okay. I would prefer Atlanta Cupcake Factory over Cami Cakes any day. Some other places I tried were okay, but I would never go there again due to their cupcakes and the prices.

Grandcupcake Wizard

June 19th, 2011
10:59 pm

@Future Cupcakery Owner. So tell us, what should “real” cupcakes tastes like? Most everyone who’s posted are happy with their favorite cupcake baker. Or are you going got keep it a secret. What are ALL of the cup cake bakers doing wrong? Is it the ingredients they are using, the ovens, etc? Help us out.

Edward

June 20th, 2011
10:04 am

My problem with most of the cupcakes is that the cake is a dry, crumbly platform for a cloyingly sweet glop of artfully-decorated frosting. How anyone can stomach that sickeningly sweet frosting with the texture of Crisco shortening is beyond me. Yes, it is really pretty and looks so yummy, but there just isn’t anything to back it up. The cake has become just a delivery vehicle and is sorely neglected. Even a Betty Crocker cake mix would be an improvement.

The cakes, including cupcakes, at many of the nicer bakeries around town suffer from a tendency to value appearance over quality. BakeShop, for example, makes some beautiful cakes, but the quality of the actual cake is horrible. Over-beaten, over-leavened simply to make a BIG fluffy cake doesn’t produce something great in the mouth. Likewise for Alon’s, who used to be great but has fallen victim to the same affliction. The only bakery that seems to still value what a cake is supposed to be is Henri’s in Buckhead. A cake with a great, moist texture that doesn’t fall apart on the plate and doesn’t induce a mad rush for something to drink simply to wash it down or cut the sweetness of a grotesque frosting.

Yes, I bake (as a hobby) and learned years ago how to make a decent cake (and cupcake) and make great frostings. It seems our culture, including our food, has succumbed to the “appearance is everything” fad.

John Kessler

June 20th, 2011
1:03 pm

Here’s my cupcake rant: I regret the change in icing aesthetic. A thick blanket of icing that slightly overlaps the circumference of the cake is a good thing. A tapering tower of frosting as tall as the cupcake itself is a bad thing.

Speedygurl

June 20th, 2011
3:27 pm

Gimme Some Suga Bakery Bar is the best in town. It’s in Suwanee…check it out. They have over 30 flavors…best cupcakes around. Also, the cheesecakes are better than any “factory” in town.

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