Shari Preister started Cuppycakes out of the goodness of her heart; she whipped up a batch of gluten-free cupcakes for a friend with a gluten allergy and discovered with relative ease that baking was her calling. She expanded the operation from her kitchen to a storefront space and soon earned a nomination for best cupcake from the Omaha World Herald. With such acclaim, there was no turning back.
Now the bakery makes more than 50 flavors categorized as spicy, fruity, naughty, and fresh that build on the classics or incorporate seasonal trends. Some of these get their inspiration from her sister, a drink mixologist in California. The results translate into Shari’s unique set of cocktail-inspired flavors such as the Margaritaville—margarita cake, key-lime filling, and frosting studded with crushed pretzels. She also makes traditional flavors with a twist, such as the 14 Karrot, a walnut-studded carrot-cake cupcake with cinnamon-cream-cheese frosting. Customers can special-order gluten- or nut-free delectables or drop by on Fridays when gluten-free cupcakes are prepared each week.