Sweet Surrender: Cupcakes

Indulge your sweet tooth with these cupcakes from around New Hampshire

There may be a show called "Cupcake Wars." There may be food trucks plying the streets of New York with newly invented flavors that earn legions of fans who follow their every move via Twitter. But here in New Hampshire, there's evidence of a growing cupcake culture. Take a taste test at some of the rising stars, and take heart we are in the game.


Swan Chocolates
436 Daniel Webster Hwy.
(800) 490-SWAN

S'mores, Lemon Curd, Salted Caramel, Red Velvet, Chocolate Cannoli, Peanut Butter Cup, Whoopie Pie Newbie on the cupcake scene. High ratio of frosting to cake. Amazing combinations.

Tip: Try the Salted Caramel Cupcake - it's like eating a chocolate caramel sundae and there's enough to share with a friend.


Shabby Chic
4 Cobbetts Pond Road

Vanilla & Strawberry Swirls, Chocolate with Salted Caramel Swirls, Vanilla & Mango, Vanilla with Banana Split Swirls, Chocolate & Toasted Almond.


Whimsical interior. Display cases showcase cupcakes as pieces of art. Large cupcakes with a tower of Italian butter cream frosting topped off with a piece of candy.

Tip: They have a cupcake camp for kids! (What about us adults?)


Cupcakees 101
132 Rte. 101

Death By Chocolate, Captain Morgan's Spice Rum, Banana With Peanut Butter, Peanut Butter Cup, Hostess Cupcake, Almond Joy

Former accountants took the sweet way out opening this popular shop. Post their daily flavors on their Facebook page.

Tip: Different alcohol-infused cupcake every day (Mudslide, Pina Colada, Margarita, Rum, Appletini and more).


Life is Sweet
499 Washington St.

Cookies 'N Cream, Mom's Carrot, Chocolate Raspberry, Cookie Dough, Chocolate Hazelnut, Brown Sugar, Sour Patch Kid

Look for their pink cupcake truck in Keene selling cupcakes and candy. Cupcakes baked fresh Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Tip: Store on Washington Street open Fridays and Saturdays. Their cupcakes are available every day at the Candy Store at 93 Main St., Keene.


Queen City Cupcakes
790 Elm St.

Rice Krispies Treat, Sweet n' Salty, 5 Layer, Joy of Almond, Lime Coconut Daiquiri, Mallomars, Maple Bacon, Fluffernutter, Irish Coffee, Oreo Cream Cheese, Strawberry Kiwi

Follow on Facebook for daily flavors. Voted NH Magazine's Best of New Hampshire Cupcakes for 2012.

Tip: Once sold out for the day (usually around 2 but it can be earlier), they close shop.

Clyde's Cupcakes
104 Epping Rd., Exeter
Fun flavor names like Plain Jane (vanilla with vanilla buttercream), The Elvis (banana cake filled with banana buttercream topped with peanut butter buttercream and chocolate chips), Bittersweet Babe (rich chocolate cake with chocolate buttercream) Electrifying colors, quirky names and great taste are what Clyde's is known for. In the fun shop you'll also find a large menu that includes cakes, brownies and various "bars" such as the Dream Bar, a coconut square with buttercream frosting with a coconut filling and graham wafer crust.


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