There are no bad cupcakes. Just to make that clear.

If there’s one thing I love, it’s ending my day with a sweet little treat. So I’ve been on a mission to find the best cupcakes in Fayetteville, North Carolina!

I haven’t made homemade cupcakes in forever because nothing beats a decadent, perfectly flavored, professionally baked cupcake. Regular or bite-size, I will happily try them all!

Did you know that cupcakes weren’t “invented” until 1796?! Sure, people were baking cakes long before then, but according to lots of cupcake companies (including Food 52 Blog), the first appearance of the recipe for a “light cake in small cups” came from Amelia Simmons in American Cook.

American Cookery, or, to give its full title: American Cookery, or the Art of Dressing Viands, Fish, Poultry and Vegetables, and the Best Modes of Making Pastes, Puffs, Pies, Tarts, Puddings, Custards and Preserves and All Kinds of Cakes from the Imperial Plumb to Plain Cake. Adapted to This Country, and All Grades of Life (catchy, right?), is considered by food historians to be the first cookbook published in the U.S. by an American.”

The name for the cupcake didn’t really come around until sometime around 1828 in another cookbook, by a woman named Eliza Leslie.

Today, cupcakes are everywhere, and finding the best ones in Fayetteville is no easy task. But we’re happy to keep trying!

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