But I have, on occasion, craved a cupcake, and happen to be a fan of Cupcake Wars, despite having only seen maybe three or four episodes since I don't have cable. There are a lot of bakeries around Utah, especially in the downtown area. In a mood for a cupcake? Here's my 411 on some of the popular bakeries:
So Cupcake is located at 3939 S. Highland Drive in Salt Lake City (more specifically, Holladay.) It shares the building with Cruzrs Saloon. It's a small but cozy shop.
The customer service isn't stellar, and neither are the cupcakes. "Utah's Best Cupcake"? I don't think so. If you're hankering for anything sweet, they'll satisfy, but I prefer more bang for my calorie.
The Sweet Tooth Fairy has several locations throughout the state--the one I visited was in the Family Center at Fort Union, 1140. Cute little shop, good service, though I think I might have unnerved the cashier with my "these better be awesome" attitude. But The Sweet Tooth Fairy has something extra to tout: they actually won Cupcake Wars. With flying colors, might I add.
Good cupcakes--even their cream cheese frosting was pretty good, and I'm not a fan. Better than So Cupcake, but I didn't think it lived up to the hype. I tried three different cupcakes, too, though their cake bites are pretty tasty.
The Cocoa Bean Cupcake Cafe is located in Provo on 1774 N University Parkway. They have a strict cupcake schedule, so if your favorite (the smores one, of course) is only served on a Friday, you'd better hope that sugar-hankering comes on a Friday. They're a cute little shop that also does lemonades and Italian sodas.
TAKE ME TO HEAVEN NOW.
These are the best cupcakes--the best CAKE, period--I've ever had. Ever. Better, even, than PF Chang's Great Wall of Chocolate. Six-out-of-five-stars good. Even if you're not in the mood for dessert, you will be. I recommend The Cocoa Bean with every sweet-craving taste bud I have.
Think you know a cupcake that can compete? Please tell me about it in the comments below!