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Best cupcakes in town?

Much as I love Chicago, I went to Magnolia Bakery in NYC last month and ever since I've been searching fruitlessly for a comparable cupcake here in Chicago. So far, I've found Sweet Mandy B's frosting to taste too much of food coloring. And Southport Grocery's weren't all I'd hoped for either, despite the hype. Over a year ago, I went to Cupcakes in Lakeview and was sorely disappointed in the lack of Buttercream frosting. At least at that time. Any thoughts?

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  1. Magnolia Bakery is pretty fun isn't it? I agree with you on Sweet Mandy B's...I only eat the chocolate frosted ones (they also are oddly lighter tasting than the other buttercream ones). They do not always have them (so call ahead), but whenever Milk & Honey Cafe on West Division St has cupcakes, they are awesome. They've had them a lot recently. Let me know what you think. It's not the kind of place where you can go and buy a dozen like Magnolia Cafe, but if you just want to get your fix, it is perfect.

    1. I had a delicious red velvet cupcake at Fox & Obel Cafe. Because red velvet is so different from other kinds of cupcakes (and usually has cream cheese frosting, although frankly I don't remember if that was true at F &O), I don't know how it would compare to Magnolia (which I adore).

      1. Haven't tried Magnolia, so this is a blind suggestion, but I've had multiple cupcakes from Alliance Bakery on Division just west of Ashland, and love 'em.

        1. Well if you able to venture up to Highwood you will not be disappointed in the Bent Fork which has now forged a great reputation based on their cupcakes. The smaller versions are $1.95 while the larger versions are $2.95. My wife is a cupcake afficianado and she has declared the Bent Fork as her favorite spot.

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          1. re: dlpens

            I agree. Bent Fork is definitely worth the trip. Great cupcakes especially the carrot and red velvet. Delicious!!!

            www.thebentfork.com

          2. I never made it to Magnolia when I was in New York. But I love going into Swirlz here, in Lincoln Park (somewhere near where Lincoln and Orchard Street intersect).