Dessert-shrinking technology gave us the cupcake, the baked rhode island, and the gingerbread studio apartment. Nibble a little with this Groupon.
- $12 for one dozen Very Vanilla, Sinfully Chocolate, and Chocolate Peanut Butter mini cupcakes (a $24 value)
Sugar Mountain Bake Shoppe
Riley Greider is the mind, hands, and sweet teeth behind Sugar Mountain Bake Shoppe, a gourmet bakery specializing in cupcakes. More than 128 flavors rotate across the shop’s menu in groups of 13 to 20 each day, baked daily in small batches from fresh ingredients.
With such an enormous repertoire of recipes, the cupcake case has room for classics such as carrot cake alongside fancier flavors such as cinnamon french toast and cherry crème brûlée—not to mention the decidedly outlandish, such as loaded baked potato and Game Day Chili. While retaining a home-baked look, many of the cakelets wear elaborate toppers of sprinkles, frosting swirls, or fruit. All this creativity won the shop the title of Best Cupcakes in City Newspaper’s 2011 Readers’ Choice poll.