America's Best New Cupcakes

With America's cupcake obsession showing no signs of waning, talented pastry chefs at some of the best bakeries in the country are cra...

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Cupcake, Minneapolis

When F&W's editors first reported on this Minneapolis favorite in 2005, it was selling 30 cupcake varieties. Today, the shop has more than 70 flavors and earlier this year was named the Grand Champion of the Food Network's Cupcake Wars television cooking competition show. "We recently added 16 cupcakes because people saw them on TV and wanted to buy them," says owner Kevin VanDeraa. Among the new flavors, VanDeraa's favorite is the Handle with Caramel, a caramel-filled chocolate cupcake with caramel mousse on top, dipped in chocolate ganache, then topped with chocolate drizzle and a caramel candy. "It delivers caramel in three ways: liquid caramel sauce, whipped caramel and caramel filling," he says.

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