Cupcake Charlie's sprang into existence because of the recession and proved that even during hard times everyone loves a good cupcake. This family-run business began when Michael's aunt, Penny, needed a career change after the real estate market went belly-up. Penny followed her passion and opened the first Cupcake Charlie's on Cape Cod. Michael jumped in on the family cupcake craze and runs the second location with his wife in Plymouth, Mass. Their motto is "life is short, eat a cupcake!" This family is witty and loaded with snappy comebacks. Above all, Michael and his aunt take great pride in their hometown as well as in their delicious cupcakes.
WINNER!: Jessica Cuff
The foundation of The Coffee Shop is as unique as its bakers. This converted maintenance garage sits in the middle of a working neighborhood farm within the beautiful community of Agritopia, Ariz. It's a family business run by the quirky and gregarious Jessica Cuff. This mom of two started baking as a teenager under the guidance and expertise of her own mother. Jessica and her sister Jenna are known for their unusual cupcakes, such as the coffee and cigarette cupcakes. They love coming up with shockingly different flavors. The sisters are a mixture of high fashion and rock 'n' roll, which is the same style that goes into every cupcake.
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The Perfect Circle Cupcakery was established in December 2008, in a cozy, small-town neighborhood of historic Old Towne Orange, Calif. Alyssa Magliato is the founder and baker of this gourmet cupcakery. She bakes everything from scratch every day, and is ready to take her business to the next level.
Erica Tucker is a native Texan with a passion for baking as big as her home state. She grew up in the kitchen learning from her Grandma Mimi and her mom. At every family gathering, Erica took over the dessert department and her reputation even followed her to college. She was the "go-to" girl for sweets while studying at The University of Texas. Living in Los Angeles for the past three years, Erica decided to reach an even larger mass of sweet lovers by starting an online dessert-delivery service. She specializes in mini cupcakes because they are the perfect bite-size treat. She considers herself a fondant specialist and says she is known for her crazy decorations.
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