A cupcake is a simple one person dessert with not so simple possibilities. You can make a cupcake almost any flavor, making the small cake with icing into one of the most popular desserts out there. They can also come in many sizes making them even that much more versatile. There are two places in our community that have mastered the art of making amazing cupcakes, Molly's Cupcakes and Scratch Cupcakes. Next time you are in town make sure to give them a try!

Molly's Cupcakes

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Molly's Cupcakes is located in Downtown Iowa City on S. Clinton St. Originating in Chicago, but managed by local owners, there are a handful of locations across the country. When you order, you can get fixed assortments or you can create your own. Molly's offers five different kinds of cake in vanilla, chocolate, red velvet, lemon, and carrot. With those come five different types of frostings with vanilla, chocolate, cream cheese, brown butter, and french buttercream. Is your mouth watering yet? Well it will be now once you hear about the center-fillings you can get. Stuff your Molly's Cupcake with fillings like boston cream, mixed berry, brownie batter, and several more options making your possibilities endless. Molly's also makes themed cupcakes for special occasions like birthdays and holidays. Vegan and gluten free cupcakes are also available. Want to have some additional fun? Order an at-home cupcake decorating kit that has all the necessary tools for you to create your own delicious cupcakes. 

Scratch Cupcakery



Located in Coralville on the Iowa River Landing, Scratch Cupcakes has become one of the most popular cupcake names in the state. They started in Cedar Falls and have opened several more locations in Iowa. Scratch has an endless amount of cupcake flavors that range from regulars like vanilla chocolate to unique ones like mango pina colada. You can see their full list here. They have several kinds of frosting depending on what cupcake flavor you get and with that comes even more toppings. Their flavors are rotated in stores so the line-up is different every day and ordering them is done by the amount you want. One could call their cupcake size as above average or big. Scratch also offers do-it-yourself kits where you can make their delicious cupcakes at home.