CINCINNATI - Grace Yek took on the challenge of finding out whether cupcakes are still selling in the Tri-State. Meanwhile, Julie Nieson Gosdin got an equally tough assignment: round up a list of local places where you can find great cupcakes, including vegan and gluten-free. Let's just say, mission accomplished!
I'm smiling. It's hard not to when you have cupcakes dancing in your head. The dreamy frosting begs grazing, and the "me" size cake pumps instant sunshine into the day. Is it any wonder cupcakes have become a national craze?
Recently, however, the folding of the national cupcake chain, Crumbs Bake Shop, cast an ominous shadow over our cupcake nation. Are gourmet cupcakes on their way out? After all, food trend oracles have been predicting the implosion of the gourmet cupcake bubble for years now.
They cite reasons like overpricing and oversupply. Besides, they say, people have moved on to other things. Ever tried a cronut? It's the result of crossing a donut with a croissant.
We're not just talking about any cupcakes. These cupcakes are dressed to the nines on prom night: impeccable taste, and perfectly accessorized with incredible frosting updos.
WCPO Insiders can read the results of Grace's visits to two local cupcakeries to learn whether cupcakes are still hot in the Tri-State. And, see Julie's list of local purveyors of cupcakes, including places that offer vegan and gluten-free options.