With its vast selection of flavors—including several vegan and gluten-free options—an elegant aesthetic, a handsome website, and reliable customer service, Georgetown Cupcake earns the best overall title.
Co-founded by two sisters in 2008, Georgetown Cupcake has since rocketed to cupcake fame, thanks in part to cable network TLC, which aired the reality show "D.C. Cupcakes" for three seasons, focusing on the siblings' original Washington, D.C., bakery.
Since its founding, Georgetown Cupcake has expanded, offering a second D.C. area location and bakeries in Boston, New York City, Atlanta, and Los Angeles. Flavors include all the classics and creative twists like a lemon blossom, lava fudge, and monthly seasonal flavors such as raspberry swirl cheesecake, pumpkin spice, and valentine unicorn.
Georgetown Cupcake offers local delivery and nationwide shipping, and a minimum order of one dozen cupcakes is required. You can build your own assortment or choose from a wide variety of pre-packed themed assortments. Most assortments cost around $36 per dozen, plus shipping.
If you prefer to eat your cupcakes with a spoon, Dreamy Creations will be your go-to spot. Their primary mission is to bring sweet happiness to the masses, and they truly deliver.
Located near Los Angeles in Northridge, California, Dreamy Creations is a two-time Food Network's Cupcake Wars winner. Each jar is hand-packed with two mini cupcakes stacked between layers of creamy frosting for a total of four ounces of bliss per treat.
Cupcake jar flavors include campfire, birthday cake, gluten-free and vegan cinnamon dulce latte, red velvet, and more. Dreamy Creations also bakes cookies and brownies, which they offer in addition to their cupcakes in gift box assortments. For the ultimate experience, check out their Variety Set of 12 cupcake jars, featuring all eight flavors.
Dreamy Creations offers cupcake jars for shipping in packs of four, eight, and 12, as well as two different gift boxes that also include their cookies and brownies. Prices are around $50 for four jars, $90 for eight, and $129 for the full dozen, plus shipping. Dreamy Creations ships nationwide.
Carousel Cakes was definitely a contender for the best overall spot. All of their irresistible flavors are amazing, but the Red and Blue Velvet cupcakes stand above the rest, especially considering the Red Velvet, officially known as Oprah's Favorite.
After you try the Velvet, branch out, and taste the others, there are three options besides the Velvet cupcakes: the Classic 12-pack, the Candy 12-pack, and the Best Seller 12-pack flavors like Hostess, carrot, and brownie.
Velvet cupcakes are available in either a 12-pack of six Red Velvet and six Blue Velvet cupcakes or a 12-pack of Oprah's Favorite Red (or Blue) Velvet only. Each bundle of 12 costs roughly $59 plus shipping.
Carousel ships Monday through Thursday to all 50 U.S. states. Alaska and Hawaii incur additional charges.
Sweet Street Desserts is not afraid to innovate, but it's also just as great at sticking to the classics. With classic options to choose from like Chocolate, Vanilla, and Red Velvet, there are even more eclectic flavors like Jelly Roll and Vanilla Bean. No matter what flavor you choose, all of them are topped with rich frosting and filled with luscious, creamy sweetness.
Among flavors like Iced Peanut Butter and Iced Vanilla Bean, flavors include Chocolate cupcake containing bittersweet truffle, the Jelly Roll which is stuffed with raspberry filling, and the Red Velvet filled with chocolate truffle and topped with cream cheese buttermilk frosting. All their flavors are aimed straight at that secret, sweet, soft-spot in your cupcake heart.
Sweet Street Dessert's cupcakes come in packs of 16 for $70, or in a duo of 8 (4 Chocolate and 4 Red Velvet) for $50. All include free standard shipping. Sweet Street Desserts delivers via FedEx to all 50 U.S. States.
The truth is, Brooklyn Cupcake was also a strong contender for Best Jar Cupcake and Best Overall. We just couldn't leave it off this list, so here it is.
Brooklyn Cupcake has several options guaranteed to satisfy the chocolate monster in your belly. First up is the Blackout Cupcake Jar. Each one is filled with layers of chocolate cake, dark chocolate pastry cream, and chocolate ganache. The company claims each jar serves two people, but you'll probably want the treat all to yourself.
Next is Brooklyn's Chocolate Covered Cupcake. Assorted flavors, including strawberry, caramel, peanut butter, and oreo, are dipped and frosted into chocolate ganache. It's as if a cupcake and a bonbon had a big chocolate baby. And that's not all, check out the company's Chocolate Cupcake Assorted Dozen, Samoa Cupcake Jars, and, last but certainly not least, the Chocolate FlanCocho Jar.
All cupcake jars ship in packs of six for about $79. The Chocolate-Covered Cupcakes comes in bundles of six for about $65, or 12 for about $90. Brooklyn Cupcake offers free nationwide shipping through Goldbelly.
The competition in this category was stiffer than a double shot of Wild Turkey, neat. At the end of the night, only one bakery was left standing to claim Best Boozy Cupcakes' title: Sweetly Spirited.
The New Jersey-based company has no storefront, so the only way you can enjoy its sublime creations is to order through its website. Look for flavors like Pink Champagne, Tequila Lime Margarita, Whiskey Sour, Hennessey, and more. There's no word on the official alcohol by volume percentage in these babies. Will the sugar rush hit you before the alcohol? Or vice-versa? You'll just have to find out for yourself.
All Sweetly Spirited cupcakes come in standard or mini-size. The minimum order required for shipping mini cupcakes is a dozen, but the standard size is available in increments of four, six, or 12. The price of all cupcakes comes out to roughly $2-3 each, plus shipping—sweetly Spirited ships to the lower 48 U.S. states.
The next time you want to make baking and decorating part of the party, you must try Red Velvet's cupcake kits.
Founded by two sisters in 2015, its mission is to simplify gourmet desserts for the home baker. You bring the eggs and the tools, and Red Velvet supplies the ingredients, the recipe, the fancy cupcake liners, and the piping bag. All ingredients are pre-measured so that you can get straight to the fun part.
Red Velvet offers four different flavors, including Red Velvet and others such as Nutella, Celebration, and Chocolate. The shop's cupcake liners are free-standing and oven-safe, so you don't even need a muffin pan. A regular sheet pan will do the job.
Each kit makes 18 cupcakes, and the cost is $30 per kit, plus shipping. Shipping is free for orders over $75—red Velvet ships via FedEx to anywhere in the continental United States.
What Is a Cupcake Delivery Service?
A cupcake delivery service is a way to get fresh cupcakes delivered to the home. Some, such as Sweetly Spirited, do not have storefronts and can only be purchased for delivery.
Do I Need to Order Cupcake Delivery Services In Advance?
If a cupcake company is located nearby, you may receive the order within three hours from companies such as Georgetown Cupcake. If the cupcakes need to be shipped, each company sets a policy for how far in advance an order must be made. Most, however, will ship overnight within a few days of ordering. Goldbelly, for example, suggests placing an order early if the cupcakes are needed by a specific date and scheduling them to arrive two or more days before the event.
Can I Personalize a Cupcake Delivery Service Order?
Check with each company about its customization capabilities, but some offer custom frosting colors and custom logos for corporate customers.
How Much Do Cupcake Delivery Services Cost?
Prices are as varied as the type of cupcakes you can order. For example, Carousel Cakes costs about $59 plus shipping per dozen cupcakes. Brooklyn Cupcakes charges $90 for 12, but the order includes free shipping, whereas cupcakes from Dreamy Creations cost about $129 for 12.
How We Chose the Best Cupcake Delivery Services
We considered more than three dozen bakeries for a spot on our list of best cupcake delivery services. We carefully evaluated each bakery, looking at their menu, website, shipping policies, press, and customer reviews.
Georgetown Cupcake, for example, enjoys four-star-plus ratings in hundreds of online reviews. That’s not easy to do these days, especially when you’re cupcake-famous. Sweetly Spirited, on the other hand, got its start at New Jersey farmer’s markets. And now it's holding down that boozy niche and shipping nationwide, earning itself five-star Google reviews in the process.