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My soon-to-be 13-year-old niece is going to be visiting in a couple of weeks and I'd like to get some cupcakes to celebrate her upcoming birthday. Any suggestions on some great ones? I've not tried Cupcake on University in Mpls yet, but from their website it looks like they have some great varieties - just not sure how they taste. St. Paul or Minneapolis locations reasonably close to St. Paul are preferred (I don't want to drive all over to get these). Oh - and unlike many others, I don't really like the Miel y Leche cupcakes. I like the idea of her variety, but not the dryness and lack of filling in her cupcakes. Thanks!

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  1. I was at Franklin Street Bakery the other day and the cupcakes looked incredible. They had some cute pink ones -- I didn't note the flavor. Sorry.

    1. Yum! Kitchen & Bakery on Minnetonka Blvd in St. Louis Park. Not only do they have an great bakery and cupcakes, their menu is outstanding.

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      Yum!
      4000 Minnetonka Blvd, Minneapolis, MN 55416

      1. I've eaten at Cupcake many times - they are so delicious! If you have time to stop in, they sell "mini" cupcakes - try a sample or two. The variety that they make changes daily; I believe they stock about 10-12 choices on any given day. I also recommend their food - the quiches are lovely, and their breakfast menu goes all day.

        They really make phenomenal cupcakes. Moist, usually a filling, crazy light yet decadent frosting... *drool*

        The only downside for me is the price - at around $3 a cupcake, it can add up sooner than you think. However, if they were cheaper, I'd be going there a lot more, so my gym thanks them. :)

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        1. re: anoxora

          I'll double down on Cupcake. Great selection, great flavors.

          1. re: Jordan

            I also like the cupcakes at Cupcake. I particularly enjoy the Boston Cream and the Carrot Cakes. I also love the little baby cupcakes. Great when you want just a taste, but don't want/need a whole cupcake.

            The Salty Tart at the Midtown Global Market also has great cupcakes. The variety is much smaller, but worth seeking out. The chocolate creme fraiche cupcake is great. Moist, not overly sweet. I would guess it was frosted with an Italian Meringue Buttercream. It's not a cupcake, but the pastry-filled brioche is also wonderful.

            1. re: BigSal

              Funny (not funny ha ha, funny odd), I've always found the cupcakes at Cupcake to be very dry and the opposite to be true of Miel y Leche. :shrug:

              Maybe it has to do with how fresh they are when I get them. I really think that good cupcakes do not stay fresh for very long.

              Will have to try some at the Salty Tart!

              1. re: turtlebella

                I have to agree that Cupcake's cupcakes are dry and in general unpleasant. I haven't tried Miel y Leche yet (can't wait to, but for some reason I just haven't made it happen, so I guess I can wait to).

                I'd recommend the cupcakes at A Piece of Cake on Selby in St. Paul, especially the coconut one with coconut cream cheese frosting. Yum.

                I haven't had the cupcakes at Salty Tart, but I have had other things and been blown away. I think it's a very safe bet that their cupcakes would be delicious.

                1. re: ShinyCake

                  I'll jump on board the dry cupcake train. I've also not had luck with Cupcake, I've been there three times for lunch (having a cupcake each time for dessert) and although the sandiwches are great, all three cupcakes I had were delicious is flavor but the cake was dry. My "best cupcake" vote still goes to Yum! Kitchen & Bakery.

                  I also agree with you on A Piece of Cake on Selby. Great cupcakes and maybe the best rice krispy treat I've ever had.

              2. re: BigSal

                I've had two cupcakes at Salty Tart and had to throw them away because they were dry and stale. Everything else at S.T. has been great--but not the cupcakes.

                I second MSPD's recommendation for Franklin Street Bakery.

                Cupcake is pretty good, but mostly because of its emphasis on cupcakes gives you more flavors. But, FSB's are better.

                ~TDQ

          2. I would recommend the cupcakes at Salty Tart in the Midtown Global Market. I had some sort of chocolate cake with a dulce de leche filling a few weeks ago and it was divine. We also picked up some delicious cookies there.

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            Salty Tart
            920 E Lake St Ste 158, Minneapolis, MN 55407

            1. I had Cupcake's cupcakes at my wedding. We got both the Triple Vanilla and Triple Chocolate. They were made fresh that morning, and were moist and out of this world! I highly recommend them. Also, we had about 2 dozen left over, and they were great even 3 days later.