No, I don’t mean Disneyland.
I mean, of course, The Atlanta Cupcake Factory on Highland Avenue in Atlanta, Georgia.
I was first introduced to The Atlanta Cupcake Factory (situated conveniently down the street from my office) in July of 2008. I remember the exact date not only because their cupcakes rocked my culinary world, but also because that is when BFF Lauren Gilstrap started planning her post-wedding party.
You see, Lauren and her lovely wife Melissa got married in San Francisco on July 11, 2008. I was an honorary bridesmaid from afar. When they returned to Atlanta, it was decided that they should throw a post-wedding shindig to celebrate their nuptials with friends and family in the area. This is when the search for the perfect cupcake began and very quickly ended with our introduction to Jamie at the Atlanta Cupcake Factory. Lauren and I, of course, felt obligated to taste every cupcake flavor they make…multiple times. The sacrifices you make as an honorary bridesmaid.
Jamie and crew did an amazing job making beautiful and tasty cupcakes with cherry blossom detail for their October wedding shindig and Lauren and I became regular visitors to the happiest little shop on the planet. The Atlanta Cupcake Factory was a delicious oasis during our lunchtime jaunts away from the office to the happy delight of our taste buds (if not our waistlines), coworkers (who often received cupcake treats) and significant others (who we brought cupcakes home to several times a week).
Two and a half years and god knows how many cupcakes later we still visit The Atlanta Cupcake Factory regularly for our fix of both Jamie’s warm smile and a little sugary afternoon delight. Between me, Lauren, Melissa, G and our colleagues we’ve probably tried (and fallen in love with) every one of their dozens of flavors.
Lauren and my favorite is Peanut Butter Banana (banana cupcake with to die for peanut butter frosting).
G and Mellie can’t resist Chocolate El Diablo (chocolate cupcake with chocolate cayenne frosting).
Other favorites amongst friends and colleagues are Sugar Cookie Latte, Sugar Cookie Salted Caramel, Sweet Potato Bourbon, Red Velvet, Chocolate/Chocolate, Peppermint White Chocolate, Strawberry, Key Lime, Lemon Blueberry and the unexpectedly amazing Sugar Cookie with Rosemary Brown Butter. I could go on and on and on and on and on and well, you get the picture.
The bottom line is that these are the best cupcakes in the city and if you haven’t tried one yet you are REALLY missing out.