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Where to find cupcakes

Basini's mini carrot cupcakes are grounded (not shredded)

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Cupcakes stand alone, but in seemingly endless size and variety.

Starting with the classic vanilla with chocolate frosting, these Long Island boutique bakeries are reinvigorating the cupcake, adding popular candies inside and out and creating cupcakes from more traditional desserts like red-velvet cake, rainbow cookies and waffle cones.

When not re-inventing the cupcake wheel, other listed spots specialize in bulk cupcake orders for weddings. The cupcakes can be served on a platter or displayed on several cake tiers in a soaring tower. Couples can customize the designs, flavors and coors to coordinate with their wedding theme.

When you crave a ready-to-eat treat, these places are ready to help.

--Compiled by Rosemary Olander and Leema Thomas

  • Jess Kennaugh loves nothing better than frosting cupcakes.

    Blondie's Bake Shop Sweets, Specialty 90A Washington Dr. Centerport Jess Kennaugh has been baking since she could reach the kitchen counter. In high school, ...

  • Buttercooky Bakery is located in Floral Park, NY.

    Buttercooky Bakery & Cafe Sweets 217 Jericho Tpke. Floral Park Contact owner and pastry chef Benny Borgognone about custom order cupcakes. Second location in Manhasset. ...

  • Buttercooky Bakery & Cafe in Manhasset. (Jan. 10,

    Buttercooky Bakery & Cafe Bakery-pastry shop 140 Plandome Rd. Manhasset Sells cakes, cupcakes, pastries and cookies. ...

  • Laura Graney, far right, owns Cupcake Corner in

    The Cupcake Corner Dessert, Bakery-pastry shop, Ice cream, Sweets, Coffee 61 New Hyde Park Rd. Garden City The cupcake boom continues. The Cupcake Corner offers a rotating roster of 18-20 flavors of ...

  • Vyancka Kilimet is proprietor of Little Sugar Shop

    Little Sugar Shop Shopping, Sweets, Sweets 4 E. Valley Stream Blvd. Valley Stream The cupcakes are particularly attractive at Little Sugar Shop -- not too big, modestly iced, ...

  • Cupcakes from the Slap Happy Bakery in Wantagh

    Slap-Happy Baking Co. Dessert, Sweets 1875 Wantagh Ave. Wantagh Dozens of varieties, including specialties like "sugar-rush," a filled chocolate-cake and chocolate-fondant-topped concoction, and dulce ...

  • Greg Hendershot, left, Dennis Broadhurst and Andrew Mincher.

    Sugar Rush Sweets, Shopping, Specialty 1030 Park Blvd. Massapequa Park When Andrew Mincher took over Dimonda bakery last year, it was, he said, "strictly old ...

  • Lucille Kelley is the owner of Sweet Lucille's

    Sweet Lucille's Desserts Bakery-pastry shop, Shopping, Specialty 264 W. Main St. Smithtown All through her childhood, Lucille Kelley loved her Aunt Annette's carrot cake. Now it has ...

  • Proprietor Corina Elgart works at her bakery, Taste

    Taste Caterers, Sweets, Food 16 Split Rock Rd. Syosset Taste in Syosset was conceived as a baking studio, where prospective clients could come in, ...

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