Those sweet and savory palm-sized desserts called cupcakes can be found sprinkled throughout the area in all types of traditional and special flavors.
To our delight, many local brands have made the national spotlight, whether appearing on a TV show or garnering prestigious awards.
While we found dozens of great bakeries in and around Dayton – and trust us, there are a lot – here are six locations well worth the visit (and the calories).
Twist Cupcakery: a new Dayton original
25 S. St Clair St., Dayton
Hours: 10:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, closed Sunday and Monday
(937) 771-4099 | twistcupcakery.com | Facebook
The baby cupcake shop in Dayton, which has been around for about a year, draws plenty of sweet teeth. Each cupcake is served with a nontraditional “twist,” provided by the baker or at the request of the customer. It has a chic, feminine ambiance with touches of pink and gray.
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Pricing: $1.75 for traditional flavors in standard size or $19 for a dozen; $2.25 per “twist” specialty flavors in standard sizing or $24 for a dozen; $1 per mini cupcake or $10 a dozen.
Recommended Flavors: Fresh Strawberry, Sweet Potato, Apple Pie
Why? They serve mouth-watering cupcakes in “twisted” flavors like chicken and waffles, Fruity Pebbles, and Girl Scout Thin Mints. Their fillings are fresh ingredients like fresh fruit or fresh sweet potatoes (nothing canned!).
Cake, Hope and Love: a bakery that gives back
1490 N Fairfield Rd., Dayton
Hours: 12-7 p.m. Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, closed Sunday
(937) 912-9253 | http://cakehopeandlove.com/ | Facebook
Cake, Hope and Love keeps pride alive with their famous Buckeye cupcake. This business is heavily involved with providing cupcakes to local nonprofits that benefit the community. They even have a delivery service.
Pricing: $3.25 per standard size, $2 per special order standardized cupcakes, or $36 for a dozen cupcakes.
Recommended Flavors: Buckeye, Birthday Cake
Why? They were awarded second place for best dessert at the 19th Annual Taste of Greene County. With over 200 rotating flavors, including seasonal ones such as peppermint mocha in the winter and several pumpkin flavors in the fall, you’ll never be bored. Cake, Hope and Love partnered with ZombieDogz to create a flavor you can only get by visiting ZombieDogz.
Moore Dessert Please: the competitor
1003 Shroyer Rd., Dayton
Hours: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, closed Sunday and Monday
(937) 297-0293 | http://mooredessertplease.com/ | Facebook
A two-time runner up on the Food Network channel’s Cupcake Wars, Brittany Moore is the young owner of her family-run business, Moore Dessert Please.
Pricing: $2.50 for a standard-sized cupcake or $24 for a dozen; $1.25 for a mini cupcake or $12 for a dozen; $3 for a large signature cupcake or $30 for a dozen
Recommended Flavors: Vanilla or Chocolate Buckeye, Red Velvet, Carrot Cake
Why? With over 90 flavors to choose from, these cupcakes are made with fresh and without preservatives.
Amy Barkalow is the founder and owner of AmyCakes and Cookies and has been featured twice in A Taste of Home magazine, and placed second on Food Network’s Cupcake Wars (Season 8, Episode 8).
Pricing: $2.75 per standard-sized cupcake or $10.50 a dozen; $1 a mini cupcake or $10.50 a dozen
Recommended Flavors: Buckeye, Twinkie, Banana Split
Why? With subtle flavors, these cupcakes don’t overwhelm the mouth with rich sugar, but allow you to taste each flavor on its own. There are more than 50 unique cupcake flavors, not including seasonal flavors, such as Maple Bacon, Oatmeal Cream and Butterfinger.
Gigi’s Cupcakes: a national favorite
3800 Colonel Glenn Hwy., Fairborn
Hours: 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday
(937) 912-9576 | https://gigiscupcakesusa.com/ | Facebook
One of the most well-known cupcake shops, this chain company made headlines when founder and owner Gina “Gigi” Butler took disguise on the show, Undercover Boss in Season 6, Episode 11, recording her thoughts and prayers.
Pricing: $3.25 per standard-sized cupcake or $32.50 for a dozen; $15 for a dozen mini cupcakes
Recommended Flavors: Wedding Cake, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough
Why? A frosting aficionado? “Gigi’s swirl,” the rich, sugary frosting piled high on the cake makes these cupcakes one-of-a-kind. They do good, too, offering student and military discounts. They also donate cupcakes to local businesses, and their vegan cupcakes are sent to the Health Food Store. Whenever a baby is born at Raj Soin Medical Center, the Beavercreek location sends a free cupcake to the baby’s parents.
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