You had us at “buttercream frosting.” Since 2009, SynDee Bergen and Wendy Thompson have been charming us with their cupcake brilliance, from decadent caramel and black Hawaiian lava salt to lighthearted cassata-inspired strawberry treats. The go-to is a pillowy chocolate cupcake with — what else? — a cookie delectably, adorably nestled into the frosting. All flavors can be enlarged into rich cakes, such as vanilla custard-filled signatures and ribbon-wrapped “vintage” beauties like red velvet and German chocolate. Recently combining forces with their sister operation, the artisan ice cream venture Churned, the new approach elevates the concept of “cake and ice cream” on both sides of town.
Multiple locations, 216-344-9433, acookieandacupcake.com