There is no doubt that Americans love dessert. From iconic apple pie to a warm chocolate fudgy slice of a brownie dripping with vanilla ice-cream to a perfect cupcake, we can’t get enough. And while we may not know the exact origin of cupcakes, according to Humming Bird Bakery, we do know they arrived in the U.S. in 1796. This dainty bite-size bit of heaven is used to celebrate birthday parties, weddings, job promotions, and, quite frankly, sometimes you have a cupcake just because you can. In other words, cupcakes are associated with joyful times, and thus they make us happy.
And though the last year has been challenging and you haven’t been able to see some of those you love, to honor milestones, you can send them some joy by using a cupcake delivery service. Plus, with Mother’s Day just a few months away, why not skip convention — sending flowers — and ship cupcakes instead. And maybe even send some to yourself.
Here are some of the best cupcake delivery services to try right now.
1. Baked by Melissa’s
While cupcakes are already a mini cake, CupCakes by Melissa make ones that are even smaller; they are bite-size. The founder Melissa Ben-Ishay, who has been passionate about baking since she was a kid, wants people to enjoy dessert without feeling guilty. You can order typical flavors, or there are assortments available in nut-free, gluten-free and vegan flavors. And while mini cakes can sometimes be dry, these are moist and tasty.
2. Georgetown Cupcakes
BEST CLASSIC CUPCAKES
Founded by two sisters in 2008 who were inspired by their grandmother, the duo followed their passion and launched Georgetown Cupcake in Washington, DC. Since then, they have opened other locations and also ship their cupcakes including the Everyday Classics. These cupcakes include vanilla, milk chocolate and the much-desired red velvet with vanilla cream cheese and dotted with a red fondant heart. There are also daily specials like a coconut cupcake available on Fridays, as well as daily gluten-free versions.
3. Harry & David
The brand Harry & David knows how to send a gift. And they should since they’ve been pitching their fruit as the perfect business gift since 1934. The aptly named Celebrate Chocolate-Dipped Cupcakes offers six vanilla cakes and six chocolate cakes filled with light and airy buttercream frosting. And for an even smaller and daintier treat, you can also ship their cake pops to someone you love, including yourself.
4. Little GF Chefs
While sending a box filled with sweet treats is a great surprise to receive, sometimes special diets come into play, so it may be easier to DIY it. Well, instead of going old school, you can get a fancy kit and whip up custom cakes that suit those who may have certain allergies or preferences. The products are free from allergens such as wheat, soy, milk and peanuts and each recipe card includes a vegan option. You can also ship the kit directly.
Goldbelly is a marketplace that delivers to your doorstep seemingly endless food choices from well-known brands such as Junior’s Cheesecake, H&H Bagels and Momofuku. And while you can get a meal kit delivered from restaurants owned by fancy-schmancy chefs like Marcus Samuelsson and David Chang, allow us to direct you to the section of the website labeled “Sweet.” This dessert mecca offers choices from Magnolia Bakery (best chocolate cake ever), Brooklyn Cupcake (get the Latino assortment because of the tres leches), and Carousel Cakes because they have much-loved red velvet cupcakes. The only problem you may encounter is resisting the temptation to order everything.
6. Sweetly Spirited Artisan Desserts
If desserts with a kick are something that floats your boat, then Sweetly Spirited is where you need to have your mouse hover and then click. The brand bakes in small batches, which is an excellent way to ensure your cake is moist. You can order unique flavors like Tequila Lime Margarita Cupcake, made with lime and Patron tequila, or Hennessey Cupcake made with the aforementioned spirit, lemon and blood orange juice, plus a mixture of spices in a standard size or mini. Cheers!
7. Wicked Good CupCakes
BEST JAR CUPCAKE
Mom and daughter Tracey Noonan and Danielle Vilagie took their talent for baking to ABC’s Shark Tank in 2013 and made a deal with Kevin O’Leary. Since then, the duo’s Wicked Good Cupcakes have grown, yet still, they continue to produce their treats by hand. Each jar contains about two cupcakes and can last up to 10 days without refrigeration. Dig into their original or gluten-free variations.