Cupcake's mini cupcakes: 100 Favorite Dishes, No. 73

A whimsical treat for any occasion
A whimsical treat for any occasion
Mo Perry

Sometimes we feel inspired to make a gesture--a little something to say thank you or good job, or add a touch of brightness to the day. At such times, options are limited. You can swing by Super America for a box of doughnuts, grab a dozen bagels from Bruegger's, or spend a night slaving away in the kitchen over a homemade delicacy. Or you can head to Cupcake and pick up a dozen whimsical, artful, delicious baubles sure to brighten even the dullest work meeting or overtime shift.

Mad Calf, Paris Hilton, and Chocolate Peanut Butter cupcakes
Mad Calf, Paris Hilton, and Chocolate Peanut Butter cupcakes
Mo Perry

The best thing about Cupcake's cupcakes is the variety, both of flavors and sizes. Their brochure boasts pictures and descriptions of 60 different cupcakes with creative names and endearing designs, ranging from the Claire Huxtable ("chocolate cupcake dipped in chocolate ganache and decorated with sprinkles") to the Toad Stool ("vanilla cupcake with red frosting with white fondant spots--very Alice in Wonderland"). Seventeen of the cupcakes are available in miniature size--perfect for the thrifty or those counting their Weight Watchers points.

Cupcake's brochure details their 60 cupcake styles and flavors
Cupcake's brochure details their 60 cupcake styles and flavors
Mo Perry

The cupcakes are soft, supple, and perfectly sweet without being cloying. The tufts of frosting are buttery, creamy, and generous, and the adorable designs are as pleasing to the eye as they are to the mouth.

The cupcakes are baked fresh daily, but you never know on any given day what flavors you'll have to choose from, as the bakers whip up a different assortment each day. Call in advance if you know you want a specific flavor. Otherwise, enjoy the adventure of picking out a new random sampling on each visit. Assorted dozens are $15 for the minis and $30 for regular size.

CUPCAKE 3338 University Ave. SE., Minneapolis 612.378.4818

Hungry for more? The dishes in our countdown thus far are linked below:

No. 74: Willy D's ribs No. 75: Salsa a la Salsa's fried chocolate truffles No. 76: Anodyne's artichoke melt No. 77: Origami's steamed duck No. 78: B.T. McElrath's Salty Dog bar No. 79: Mozza Mia's house-made limoncello No. 80: Salty Tart Bakery's pastry cream-filled brioche
No. 81: Little Szechuan's bamboo tips with chili sauce
No. 82: Oceanaire's Jumbo Lump Crab Cake
No. 83: Aperitif's Nonni's Meatballs
No. 84: Christos's Saganaki
No. 85: Seven Stars' Sesame Bagel
No. 86: Hell's Kitchen Lemon Ricotta Hotcakes
No. 87: Blackbird banh mi
No. 88: Tank Goodness chocolate chip cookies
No. 89: Sole Cafe's gal bee
No. 90: Porter & Frye's El Pelon
No. 91: Coffee News' fish and chips
No. 92: Bread & Chocolate's Fabulous Fudge Bar
No. 93: People's Organic Panna Cotta
No. 94: Sea Salt Eatery Crawdad Po' Boy
No. 95: Fuji Ya's Tofu Don
No. 96: Ike's Food and Cocktails The Weekender Bloody Mary
No. 97: Punch's Toto pizza
No. 98: Stockholm Pie Company's peanut butter fudge cream pie
No. 99: Dogwood Coffee Co.'s macchiato
No. 100: Al's Breakfast buttermilk pancakes

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