Allow me to introduce you to my favorite cupcake bakery, The Atlanta Cupcake Factory. I discovered this little jewel a while back when I was in need of 15 dozen cupcakes for a work-related celebration. I must say that from the moment I placed my order to the morning I picked up those 15 boxes of cupcakes, my life hasn't been the same. My order consisted of six different flavors, Vanilla w/Vanilla, Chocolate w/Chocolate, Vanilla w/Chocolate, Vanilla w/Dulce de Leche, Red Velvet and Carrot Cake. I can honestly say that ALL six flavors were OUTSTANDING!! My personal favorite is the Vanilla w/Dulce de Leche. The rich, creamy caramel goodnes of the frosting on a vanilla flavored cupcake is my idea of a few bites of heaven.
To me, a cupcake should be a light, airy, sweet treat, not some heavy block of cake with frosting. ACF's cupcakes fit my idea of what a cupcake should be to the letter. I stop in occasionally to treat myself as well as my great-niece. I'll admit that I'm guilty of starting her little addiction to cupcakes, but I won't take the credit for her sweet tooth in general.
The last time I ordered in mass, was for my sister's birthday celebration at Rathbun's. Now this place deserves a separate post--more to come on Rathbun's. We had two dozen of the Vanilla w/Dulce de Leche and everyone was thrilled with them. I learned that it takes several hours to make the caramel frosting, so you may not see Dulce de Leche on a regular basis, but if you're having a celebration, I'm sure they'll be more than happy to accommodate your request.
I dropped by with two friends this afternoon and they were in cupcake heaven and so was I. As we walked in the tiny shop, the aroma just pulled us in. We could hardly decide which flavors to select. I settled on:
On top of the cupcakes being fabulous, the owner and staff couldn't be more pleasant and friendly. You can instantly detect their love of producing these wonderful treats for us. That is my number one reason for returning time and time again as well as referring everyone I know to them. Good food without great service simply isn't enough to keep me coming back, but the folks at "The Factory" have mastered both.
If you're in the mood for cupcakes, head on over to The Cupcake Factory. You'll be glad you did, but remember to go early, because when they sell out, they're out for the day.
P.S. I somehow managed to only eat one per day until they were gone.