3 local spots make list of ‘Best Cupcakes in America”

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HARTFORD – Three Connecticut bakeries have made The Daily Meal‘s list of 101 Best Cupcakes.

NoRA Cupcake Company of Middletown was the highest ranking local spot. They landed at #36.

Credit: NoRA Cupcake Company on Facebook

Credit: NoRA Cupcake Company on Facebook

NoRA Cupcake Company proudly boasts over 100 cupcake flavors on their full menu, and promises that their sweets will blow you away. While their cocktail-inspired line of cupcakes plays off of flavors found behind the bar, there are plenty of family-friendly cake options to enjoy! Something from the C&C menu (cookies- and candy-inspired) or their savory cupcakes may just tickle your fancy.

J Cakes in North Branford took spot #37.

In a world where cupcakes are loaded with towering amounts of sugary frosting, it is refreshing to see a cupcake excel with a simple swirl of flavorful icing. However, J Cakes have more to offer than expert icing, with an ooey-gooey mousse flavoring that consistently surprises and delights guests. Try out flavors like the cannoli cupcake: a vanilla cake base filled with cannoli cream, topped with French vanilla buttercream, and adorned with cannoli shell pieces.

Hardcore Sweet Cupcakes in Waterbury landed at #47.

With a passion for sweets and rockabilly style, Hardcore Sweet Cupcakes is nothing short of show-stopping. Combining artistic and musical influences, this cupcakery is full of wacky names and challenging concoctions. One of our favorites has to be the chicken ‘n’ waffles, a buttermilk waffle white cake with cinnamon cream cheese frosting  topped with crispy fried chicken and waffle bits, then drizzled with maple syrup.

The number one cupcake shop, according to the list, isn’t too far away either. They deemed Billy’s Bakery in New York City the champion of cupcakes in America.

About a dozen other New England and Tri-State area shops received the honor.  You can read the full list here.