Charlotte Wedding Treats: Cupcakes

Delish Gourmet Cupcakes
Custom cupcakes make great wedding favors and treats for rehearsal dinners and welcome bags and basket for wedding guests.

Cupcakes in lieu of a wedding cake? Yep, you’ll be seeing it more and more. (And we don’t mind the trend at all!) We checked in with local cupcake bakeries for the details on their cupcake options—for flavors, designs, ordering, and more.

Delish Gourmet Cupcakes

Owner Aryn Keogh (who’s twenty-one years old) bakes every cupcake herself and creates all decorations (butterflies made with rice paper, flowers made of icing) and enlists the help of family and friends to help with the delivery. She creates her designs from various inspirations—a pretty fabric she sees, her mother’s artwork—and everything is edible. Cupcake trees and stands are available for rental for display. $36 per dozen includes delivery, 704-724-7743,


Take your pick from Vanilla Cream, Lemon Raspberry, Carrot Pecan, Coconut Cloud, Boston Creme, Chocolate Espresso, and Chocolate Chocolate (yes, they are as good as they sound!) cupcake flavors of yellow cake, devils food cake, and carrot cake iced with buttercream icing and each injected with a pastry cream filling. $27 per dozen, 4245 Park Rd., 704-375-7400,

Polka-Dot Bake Shop

Polka-Dot on Park Road cupcake dozens start at $25 (and you’ll need to order at least forty-eight hours in advance) with additional costs based on design and decoration. Add tinted icing for $.25 per cupcake, monograms, messages, or polka-dots for $.50 each or a custom-designed hand decoration for $1 per cupcake. 1730 E. Woodlawn Rd., 704-523-5001,

SAS Cupcakes

The SAS Cupcakes wedding assortment includes a dozen vanilla, chocolate, or red velvet cake topped with buttercream icing decorated with a wedding congratulations pennant. $49.95, 9941 Rea Rd., 704-295-1777,

The Blushing Bake Shop

Stop by the store and pick up just one ($2.75 each) or for quantities of six or more, prices range from $2 to $2.50 each. This pricing includes two color tints on light buttercream icing with a simple design for no additional charge. If you’re hunting for cupcakes that match the theme or decor of your wedding, Blushing’s custom couture cupcakes are what to ask for. For an additional $.25 to $.75 (per cupcake) you can have custom cupcakes with intricate designs. Cupcake bouquets are available—a small bouquet is five cupcakes, $30 and a large is twelve cupcakes with embellishments—and can also be customized. 14825 Ballantyne Village Way, 704-369-5800,

For Goodness Cakes

Haines Barksdale of For Goodness Cakes creates colorful, fun, creative cupcakes in her "bakement," her basement level baking kitchen from any flavor that you like (she’ll fill them, too!) and work with you to design a creative custom designed top to each. Prices start at $2.50 or $12 per dozen for mini-cupcakes. 704-905-6739,

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