One of the things that comes to mind when people think of South Carolina is food! The reason, you ask? It’s because we do it everyday and we do it well. And, when it comes to baking we are even better! Recipes have been handed down through the generations. Mothers teach daughters and so on and so forth. So, it’s absolutely no wonder that we have some of the best bakeries in the nation. They took those lessons from mom, those recipes, added a bit of themselves, and threw in a bit of magic to make the most mouth-watering concoctions you’ll ever taste. They are so good…you DREAM of eating it again! Here is a list of 20 bakeries that will make you run out and grab some of your own.
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1. The Holy City Cupcakes, Charleston, SC
Okay, guys, this is what I'm talking about! A gentleman who lives in Charleston reached out to us to tell us especially about this bakery. Apparently, they are the BEST around. All of the cupcakes are made from scratch, it is a locally owned and operated store, and best of all? Well, you get to customize your cupcake to your preference. Yes, you heard me correctly. You choose your cake flavor, your icing, and toppings. They also serve cupcake milkshakes! I know! I haven't heard of these anywhere else in the state. So, step on down to the Citadel Mall on West Ashley and pick up some of these.
2. Sweetleighs Cakes and Treats, Florence, SC
This guy is an architect and not just with cakes! He makes these cakes and treats with his own two hands. Each and every one of them so you can taste the love! And, if you don't want to wait for a custom cake, you can find his baked goods at La Dolce Vita and The Clay Pot, both in Florence, SC on Dargan Street.
3. Sweet, Florence, SC
Got a sweet tooth? Then Sweet has the solution! Their bakery has a plexiglass enclosed kitchen so you can watch them make those beautiful and irresistible cupcakes. They have such flavors as Hummingbird, Salted Caramel, and Family Reunion among many other kinds! You can also find them in McLeod's Hospital and Celebration Blvd.
4. CupCrazed Cakery, Fort Mill, SC
This is one amazing place! You may have seen them on Food Network's Cupcake Wars and Rewrapped. They are making some outrageous flavors and they are oh, so pretty!
5. Cupcake Castle, Greer, SC
This place is making "Happiness" a thing in Greer. They have luscious cupcakes -try the Raspberry- and they make a Chai Milkshake which can absolutely make your world go off-kilter and you will never think of a milkshake the same way again.
6. Sweet Carolina Cupcakes, Hilton Head, SC
All homemade goodness here. Their flavors rotate with the seasons, which I love! Right now they are serving things like: Sea Turtle, Moon Pie, Sweet Georgia Brown, and Velvet Elvis. The names themselves just make me what to take that drive again!
7. Vintage Bakery, Columbia, SC
Cakes...beautiful, amazing cakes are made here! And, the flavors are out of this world! They have that hand's own touch that you crave in a true bakery and they are masters of their craft.
8. Cassidy's Cakes, Aiken, SC
They have that down-home southern taste that makes you want to eat their goods day in and day out. They are rich and buttery, and melt in your mouth.
9. LaDolce, Aiken, SC
LaDolce is making some of the most amazing and fantastical creations! I'm in love with the bird egg cupcakes myself. Not only do they taste so good and moist, but they are so pretty to just look at right before you take the first bite.
10. Cakehead Bakeshop, Spartanburg, SC
These guys know what they are doing with those recipes. If you don't believe that you can fall in love with food, you will once you taste these creations! The Maple Caramel cake you see above is absolute heaven in your mouth!
11. The Sweetery, Anderson, Sc
Just magnificence in your mouth. The colors they use and the flavors are just scrumptious. I suggest (if they have it that day) the Butter Pecan Pound Cake. If you do, you won't leave without taking some home!
12. Coccadotts Cake Shop, Myrtle Beach, SC
You may have heard of them since they were on Food Network's Cupcake Wars. These people are crazy inventive and super friendly. Not only do they do cupcakes and birthday cakes, but also gorgeous, breath-taking wedding cakes as well! If you like peanut butter and chocolate...try the OMG! cupcake. You won't be disappointed.
13. Pink Pineapple Bakery, Myrtle Beach, SC
One word...Art! Well, maybe two words: Art and delicious! I've seen many roses on top of cupcakes before, but nothing like this. It is pastry art at its finest and not only pretty people, it is good.
14. Chocolate Moose, Greenville, SC
I guess you can say that food is part visual and part taste because I can't help but look at these beautiful cupcakes that the Chocolate Moose has. It is so difficult to choose which one to take home! By the way the two above are called German Chocolate and Pecan Praline.
15. Crave CupCake Boutique, Beaufort, SC
As you can see the selection is vast and not one of them is bad. When they named the store "Crave", they knew what they were doing! You will crave these time after time.
16. Carrie the Cake Fairy, Beaufort, SC
Unfortunately, I couldn't find a storefront picture, but I'm sure you will be able to find them. As you can see they are versatile in what they make. I tried one of the cupcakes you see up there and although I can't remember the name of it, I can remember the taste and I dream of having another one!
17. Bakehouse, Charleston, SC
Divine! Just divine! They use that personal touch with finesse. It's always nice to have something look good, but tasting good as well is the complete package and they deliver on all counts!
18. Cakes By U, Greenville, SC
This is definitely a unique shop and it's fun! They bake the cakes; you decorate them. Of course, they are right at hand to give you tips on how to make it look like theirs, but what an awesome idea to have customers come in and do it themselves. You take home the cake that you made! Go check them out! It can be a great family night.
19. Carasmatic Creations, Sumter, SC
If you can dream it, they can make it! They have a super friendly staff, not to mention talented! I just couldn't resist the cupcakes. Cupcakes are my favorite thing ever by the way, and they have the cutest assortment with the personal touches.
20. Pawley's Island Bakery, Pawley's Island
Okay, last one promise. Are you drooling yet? I know I am. This bakery is doing all the right things and doing it beautifully! A thought for you: Strawberry Mousse Cupcakes...Oh, My! My tummy never had it so good.
Everyone of them is awesome and I’m sure you’ll be able to find one very close to you! Oh, I need to mention that a lot of them above also have vegan and vegetarian cupcakes and treats for you to choose from as well. There also a few gluten-free options too! So, no excuses! Everyone needs a treat once in a while. What are you favorite bakeries in South Carolina? Tell us in the comments below!