I started with Sweet Mandy B's (1209 W Webster Ave, Lincoln Park). This one came highly recommended by a few local friends. The shop was bright, feminine and cheery. The display of cupcakes and cakes was mouth watering. And my banana, chocolate chip cupcake was delightful. My only complaint? The icing. I'm not a huge fan of sugar icing. So although Sweet Mandy B's cake was delectable, the icing (because of my personal preference) left me with a bit of a sugar rush.
But, I have to say my heart belongs to Molly's Cupcakes (2536 N Clark St, Lincoln Park). Maybe it's the name. Maybe it's the fact that these were my birthday cupcakes. But, I'm pretty sure it's just because they were delicious. Molly's cupcakes were a bit more flashy than the cupcakes I usually gravitate toward. Filled with creams, fruits and special surprises Molly's are what my girlfriend refers to as "sexy" cupcakes. There is a lot going on with these cups of cake. But all of it works. They smelled so good coming out of the box even my cat wanted to try them. But you can bet your sweet bippy I didn't share a bite.
Are you a fan of simple or "sexy" cupcakes?
Which cupcake bakery should be next on my list?