The Rest of the Best: Houston's Top 10 Cupcakes

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As seen at our Cupcake Smackdown, people go nuts over tiny cakes.
For the next 20 weeks, we'll be rounding up the runners-up to our 2011 Best of Houston® winners. In many categories, picking each year's winner is no easy task. We'll be spotlighting 20 of those categories, in which the winner had hefty competition from other Houston bars and restaurants.

10. Three Brothers Bakery

In addition to excellent challah bread and all manner of other baked goods, this long-time Houston bakery also makes great cupcakes; there's virtually nothing you can't order from Three Brothers. Our favorite are its baseball cupcakes and moist Italian cream cupcakes with cream cheese icing.

9. MMM Cupcake

This food truck specializes in a variety of fruit-flavored cupcakes, from strawberry-banana to pineapple, but also makes fun flavors like cookies 'n' cream. Its buttercream frostings are great, too, and the rotation even features a tangy lemon cream cheese we can't get enough of.

8. Dessert Gallery

You'll never get a stale, dried-out cupcake here, where everything is baked fresh daily. The inventory goes too quickly for the cupcakes to sit out long, too, which is further proof that the Houston chain deserves all the accolades it gets.

7. Frosted Betty Bake Shop

Sure, you can get standards at Frosted Betty. You can even get some whimsical creations like banana cupcakes with peanut butter cream cheese frosting. But the real draw here are the unique creations like pistachio-cardamom cupcakes, vanilla cupcakes with lychee frosting or Frosted Betty's line of "cocktail cupcakes" that are purpose-built for parties.

6. Bella Cibo

"Unassuming" is the best way to describe this Cypress-area bakery, which blew many Inner Loop cupcakeries away in our Cupcake Smackdown. Not only is the cake always moist and the frosting always whipped, the bakery also specializes in making your cupcakes into any shape or creation you can think of.

5. Fluff Bake Bar

The first of two cupcake purveyors with no actual storefront, Top Chef: Just Desserts contestant Rebecca Masson's cupcakes through her company -- Fluff Bake Bar -- can be ordered online and/or picked up at Revival Market along with her other creations like homemade Fluffernutters and Moon Pies.

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Tiffany
Tiffany

We've had a bunch of these cupcakes. But we live on the north side. I will have to side with Bella Cibo....we think they are under evaluated. Hope to get some more soon.!!

SPURFAN
SPURFAN

do yourselves a biiiig favor and head on over to "World Catering", WC flys under the radar but those in the know need no introduction to Francis' baked treats; when a well known/respected restaurateur (btw whose own "tres leches" is a gold standard) hands you the heavy lifting for their daughter's wedding cake, that sez it all.

Ali
Ali

Celebrity needs to be on this list. Their key-lime is to. die. for. Vanilla lime cake, lime buttercream and sprinkles of graham crackers. YUM. And their vanilla is really different from most others... almost milky and less sweet with a corn-bread consistency. Really yummy and different.

Frosted Betty is my favorite, though. Nicole made my wedding cake which was divine, plus an array of mini cupcakes and cookies. OH MAN HER COOKIES.

guest
guest

Bummed to not see Petite Sweets, 2700 W. Alabama. Susan Molzan is an amazing award winning pastry chef

Sperry22
Sperry22

Treat in Vintage park off of 249 and Louetta - Phenomenal!

Good Grief
Good Grief

I don't get the fascination with cupcakes.

Robert
Robert

You must not have even tried Celebrity, if you did they would be on the list.

Carrie
Carrie

Glad to see Bella Cibo getting a shoutout. They're baked goods are amazing! Try the biscotti, you won't be disappointed.

Maggie
Maggie

My top two: Celebrity Cupcakes and Sprinkles.

Jamie M
Jamie M

I have to be out around reliant center tomorrow and need to pick up some cupcakes for a friends birthday tomorrow night. I am not really familiar with the area...are any of these shops around that area? I've tried Sugarbabies, MMM cupcake & Crave before....out of the 3 I like Sugarbabies the best. Thanks for the help!

SaraJ
SaraJ

With all due respect...really beg to differ with much of this list. Crave is un-doubtedly #1 but....IMO Sugarbabys and Frosted Betty are consistantly too dry. Dessert Gallery is Meh compared to all the local sweeties slingin it in town. 1)Celebrity Cupcakes are dee-lish, 2)ANYONE who lives in N Side of town will tell you that RJ Goodies on Stuebner Airline makes insane cupcakes and 3) there is a new place in Sugar Land (gasp) of all places called All About Cakes that has been open 2 weeks and will be vying for cupcake supremacy in town soon (and they are $3bucks). Their Key Lime cupcake tastes like a slice of pie. It is slap your Mama good. EOW step your cupcake game up!

Robyn Twango
Robyn Twango

Everything I've ever sampled from Dessert Gallery was blech. I don't even understand how they made a best anything list.

Matthew
Matthew

how does Treat in vintage park get left off this list? best cupcakes around. better than crave, better than magnolia bakery in NYC, much better than sugar babies for sure.

Tim
Tim

Quick shoutout for What's Up Cupcake!

Emily
Emily

I would add Sprinkles and Moeller's (on Bellaire) to this list.

Houstess
Houstess

I'm not a big cake fan, but someone brought Crave to the office a few months ago and I had the dulce de leche cupcake.  Which may very well be the single best thing I have ever eaten.  Words cannot describe....

Eric S
Eric S

I seem to post a complaint about these lists every week, which I suppose means they're working as conversation starters. I generally find both Sugarbaby's and Dessert Gallery's frosting to be too sweet. While I am ok with knowing that eating this crap is bad for me, I don't want to feel my teeth rotting with each bite. 

One of my favorites is Celebrity Cupcakes in Rice Village. They always have a good mix of flavors, and the cupcakes have excellent texture and flavor. Also, the mini cupcakes at Petite Sweets are excellent. 

Maggie
Maggie

No cupcakes close to Reliant... your best bet is nearby Rice Village where you can get Crave or Celebrity Cupcakes.

PattyT
PattyT

Have been to All About Cakes and had that key lime cupcake.  They don't pull punches with the flavor.  Makes you pucker.  Yummers!

South West
South West

Agreed. The buttercream alone makes What's Up's better than the five on this list I've tried.

Dessert Gallery? I've tried them at both locations, months apart...and they are ALWAYS dry and tasteless. One was so old the icing had gone rancid.

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