It’s 7:30 at night and your favorite Food Network show just ended. Of course we’re talking about Cupcake Wars. The only problem is after watching 30 minutes worth of amazing and unique cupcakes you start craving a little guy yourself. Baking them yourself will take far too long and you can’t find a gourmet, perfectly cooked, unique flavored cupcake at the market (or grocery store for some of you). So it is here that you run into the dilemma, how are you going to curve you craving and FAST because we all know places in Tampa tend to close a little on the early side.

There are two bakeries in the South Tampa area that will provide the best cupcakes around, sadly one of them closes at 6 Monday through Friday. Wrights Gourmet Cafe, located on S. Dale Mabry, however you’ll be able to get a cupcake large enough for two to share. Flavors include Alpine, Carrot, Coconut, Hummingbird, Chocolate, Red Velvet, Peanut Butter Chocolate, and Hawaiian Princess. I’ve only had a few of them (Carrot, Red Velvet, and Peanut Butter Chocolate) but the ones I’ve tried were amazing. Cupcakes range in price depending how many you buy from $2.25-$2.75 each. The nice thing about Wrights is that they are a full deli and serve almost everything! Wrights has been around since 1963 and is truly a Tampa staple.

The other fabulous place to go to get a cupcake is Frostings Etc. on S. Howard. While this bakery is newer to the area they offer a variety of desserts, cupcakes of course being the most common. In my opinion the cupcakes at Frostings Etc. are a little bit more unique and include Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, Oatmeal Raisin, Champagne Pearl Belini (just to name a few). Frostings Etc. is open a little later and close at 8 during the week and 10pm on Saturday! (Perfect for those late night hunger cravings). Prices here are a little bit higher than Wrights ranging between $4 and $5 a cupcake,  but your money is well spent. The owner/baker is in bakery all the time and makes you feel right at home. The trick is to get in right before they close and he’ll even hook you up with a few extra cupcakes :)!

Take the test and try them both. Let us know which one you like better!!! Trust me you won’t be disappointed with either option.

– Rob

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