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The Absolute Best Cupcakes in Chicago

In Chicago, you can find the best restaurants, bars, clubs, ect. But what you really need to know about are the best cupcake shops that Chicago has to offer. Not only are these shops popular to locals, but some have won national awards for their creations. Here are our top 4 cupcake shops to visit in the city of chicago.


Sweet Mandy B’s


Sweet Mandy B’s is located in Lincoln Park at 1208 W. Webster, Chicago, IL. It’s shop is around the corner from Trebes Park, where you can sit and have a picnic with the cupcakes you just picked up. Sweet Mandy B’s is best known for their buttercream frosting which is heavenly. When choosing which cupcake you should order, their cookie monster cupcake is highly recommended. It is created by baking yellow cake over a chocolate chip cookie, topped with a blend of chocolate and vanilla buttercream and mini chocolate chips. For someone who may not be much of a chocolate lover, the banana cupcake with vanilla buttercream and white chocolate chips is going to be your favorite. They also make this with chocolate buttercream as well.


As of July, Sweet Mandy B’s is asking that you place your order online at least 20 minutes before picking up. Order online here.


Molly’s Cupcakes


You can find Molly’s Cupcakes at multiple locations in the city. They are located in Lincoln Park, River East, West Loop, South Loop, and Naperville. They were the winner of Cupcake Wars season finale on the Food Network and were voted one of the 10 best cupcake bakeries in the country by USA today. The most recommended cupcakes are the famous center-filled ones like the cake batter, cookie monster, and cookies n cream flavors. Molly’s also donates a portion of their earnings to help local schools, so eat up!


Visit their website here.



Magnolia Bakery


Magnolia Bakery is located at 108 N. State Street at Block 37 in the loop. They have an amazing selection of cupcakes but are most well known for their famous banana pudding. This isn’t just any banana pudding though. This banana pudding is layered with vanilla wafers, fresh bananas, and creamy vanilla pudding. Their chocolate version of this includes oreo wafers, chocolate shavings, fresh bananas, and creamy chocolate pudding.


Top choices of cupcakes from Magnolia’s would be their peanut butter and jelly cupcake that is made out of peanut butter cake, jelly filling, and peanut butter buttercream. In addition, their truffle cupcake with devil’s food cake, chocolate or white chocolate filling, and covered in chocolate ganache is a top choice as well.


To check out their menu, click here.


Sprinkles Cupcakes


To finish this list off, Sprinkles Cupcakes has dessert for all kinds of people. They have amazing gluten free, dairy free, and vegan options that are known to be just as great as their classic flavors. Their gluten free red velvet cupcakes are a top favorite and are said to taste incredible. Additionally, you have the option to personalize your cupcakes with messages that can be thank you, congratulations, happy birthday, or truly whatever you want. Sprinkles has thought of it all by including what they call “pupcakes” to their website. Now you can treat your dog to something sweet as well.


Click here to visit their website.


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