For this Cupcake by Design Cupcakes and Cupcake Toppers Reviews post we received a sample. This post contains affiliate links and if you make a purchase we may be compensated. All opinions are our own.
By Alison Chew
Cupcake by Design
Cupcake by Design is brought to you by the team behind Cookies by Design.
Instead of cookies, Cupcake by Design delivers gourmet cupcakes and cupcake toppers directly to your door nationwide. SHOP NOW >>
Cupcake by Design Pros
Reasonably priced cupcakes with optional themed cupcake toppers
Can select a delivery date up to 8 weeks in advance
Cupcake by Design Cons
Next Day Air shipping is expensive
Only four cupcake topper styles
Can not select your own cupcake flavors when purchasing an assorted pack
How much are Cupcake by Design cupcakes and cupcake toppers?
Cupcake by Design gourmet cupcakes start at $39 per dozen (12) without cupcake toppers.
Cupcakes with toppers start at $43 per dozen.
Cupcake by Design cupcake toppers start at $4 for one dozen. SHOP NOW >>
Where can I purchase Cupcake by Design cupcakes and cupcake toppers?
You can purchase Cupcake by Design cupcakes and cupcake toppers directly from their website.
In addition, you can visit a Cupcake by Design location for in-store pick-up or, in some locations, have your cupcakes hand-delivered. SHOP NOW >>
Where does Cupcake by Design deliver?
Cupcake by Design delivers cupcakes and cupcake toppers across the Continental United States. SHOP NOW >>
How much is Cupcake by Design shipping?
All Cupcake by Design cupcakes are shipped Next Day Air nationwide to ensure freshness.
Shipping is $30 and you can select a delivery date up to 8 weeks in advance at checkout. SHOP NOW >>
Cupcake by Design Reviews
Cupcake by Design delivers standard-size cupcakes along with colorful cupcake toppers directly to your door.
There are six gourmet cupcake flavors to choose from including
Red Velvet Rush
Salted Dulce de Leche Delight
Cupcakes are purchased in packs of 12. You can choose an Assorted Pack with all six flavors or a Single Flavor.
For our Cupcake by Design reviews, we received an Assorted Pack of 12 cupcakes with Heart Toppers. SHOP NOW >>
Cupcake by Design Cupcakes Reviews
Your Cupcake by Design cupcakes will arrive frozen or semi-frozen in a very sturdy box with ice. You can store them at room temperature, in the refrigerator, or in the freezer depending on when you plan on enjoying them.
How long will my cupcakes stay fresh?
Cupcake by Design recommends eating your cupcakes within 24 hours of thawing for optimal freshness.
How do I store my cupcakes?
Cupcake by Design says that cupcakes can be stored at room temperature for 2-4 days, in the refrigerator for 5-7 days, or in the freezer for up to 2 weeks.
Cupcake toppers can be stored in their plastic bags at room temperature or in the refrigerator or freezer.
We stored our cupcakes in the refrigerator for 2 days and then removed them from the refrigerator around 6 hours before eating. They were moist and did not dry out.
Once your cupcakes are thawed you can add your cupcake toppers. SHOP NOW >>
How did our Cupcake by Design Assorted Cupcakes taste?
Salted Dulce de Leche Delight: I was most looking forward to this cupcake and it did not disappoint. I loved the caramel flavor of the dulce de leche cupcake base, buttercream frosting, and drizzle, and they were not overly sweet. Adding the flaky sea salt really made this cupcake stand out!
Triple Chocolate: This cupcake is a chocolate lover’s dream! A rich chocolate cupcake with chocolate buttercream frosting and chocolate drizzle. We added some of the flaky sea salt from the Slated Dulce de Leche cupcakes to the top and they were a hit!
Vanilla Cloud: The Vanilla Cloud cupcake had a vanilla cupcake base with vanilla frosting and was the simplest of the pack. They tasted fine, but there was nothing really special about them.
Birthday Sprinkles: This cupcake screams Happy Birthday! With the bright blue vanilla buttercream frosting, rainbow sprinkles, and vanilla confetti cupcake the Birthday Sprinkles cupcake will bring a festive touch to any birthday celebration. This cupcake tasted like the Vanilla Cloud, but is a lot more fun to look at!
Red Velvet Rush: This red velvet cupcake tasted like authentic red velvet cake and had cream cheese buttercream frosting. We liked the notes of chocolate in the cake but wished that there was more of a cream cheese taste in the frosting.
Lemon Dream: The Lemon Dream cupcake consisted of a lemon cake and a creamy lemon cream cheese buttercream frosting. It was bright and lemony, a perfect ending to a Spring or Summer party. Unlike the Red Velvet Rush, we actually didn’t want more cream cheese flavor in the frosting as it might have overpowered the yummy lemon flavor.
Cupcake by Design edible cupcake toppers add a pop of color to your cupcakes and tie into most party themes.
These cupcakes toppers are made with sugar and are 100% edible.
There are four styles of cupcake toppers available including the Heart, Magical, Baby, and Birthday.
Each cupcake topper style comes in packs of 12 with 7 different topper designs. See the image below for more on each style and design. SHOP NOW >>
In addition, we recently saw a seasonal topper of colorful Cadbury Easter Eggs. These were priced slightly higher than the non-seasonal cupcake toppers and were available for a limited time.
Cupcake toppers arrive in sealed plastic bags ready to top your cupcakes once thawed. SHOP NOW >>
Cupcake by Design cupcake toppers are $4 for a pack of one dozen (12) themed toppers. You can not purchase cupcake toppers without purchasing cupcakes and you can not add on additional toppers.
You can select up to 2 cupcake topper styles per one dozen cupcakes.
TIP: We did notice that we received 2 packs of toppers, each with 7 toppers inside. I don’t know if this is a mistake, but it was nice to have lots of topper options!
We also noticed that when you select a cupcake with no topper you have the option to select up to 2 topper styles for $4. So if you are interested in multiple toppers, you may want to consider navigating the site to the naked cupcakes and then selecting your toppers.
We like that these standard-size cupcakes are shipped fresh and delivered nationwide and that they are reasonably priced at around $3.25 per cupcake. We also like that you can add fun cupcake toppers for various occasions adding a bit of fun and color to your dessert. Ordering up to 8 weeks in advance is a nice feature and great for those who like to plan ahead.
And while we enjoyed the taste of our Cupcake by Design cupcakes, the shipping fee is very expensive. The toppers were a nice touch, but we wish there were more styles to choose from.
We recommend Cupcake by Design cupcakes to those looking to add a special dessert to a party or gathering, those that don’t have gourmet cupcakes options locally, and those who are close to a Cupcake By Design store so that they can skip the high shipping fee and pick them up. SHOP NOW >>