The quaint little outdoor mall, The Forum at Norcross, is perfect for a place like Gigi’s Cupcakes. The big glass cases at the shop entrance is like a glimpse of confectionery heaven. The staff don cute pink aprons as they help customers decide from among their many tempting flavors. Choose from Wedding Cake, Coconut Cream Pie, Strawberry Shortcake or Merry Margarita. And frosting-lovers, rejoice! The amount of the frosting is equal to the amount of cake.
This sweet dream started in founder Gina “Gigi” Butler’s kitchen. At first she faced several financial problems, but with help from her parents and brother Steve, she opened the first Gigi’s Cupcakes in 2008 with great success. Three years later, Gigi’s Cupcakes has grown into a franchise with 36 locations in 16 states.
Each one of Gigi’s cupcakes is adorably topped with treats corresponding to their name. Atop the Key Lime Pie cupcake, you’ll find crushed vanilla wafers and a key lime slice gummy. The Peanut Butter Cup cupcake is drizzled with chocolate and adorned with honey roasted peanuts. Then there is the banana split cupcake — it’s especially adorable and delicious. The cake base is strawberry-flavored and incredibly moist. Plus there’s a marshmallow filling that will leave you wanting more. The banana frosting is divine and the chocolate ganache is perfection. Then you get a crunch from chopped nuts on top and the best part, the banana chip. Finish it all off with the customary maraschino cherry.
If you’re not thrilled about the massive heap of frosting, give the S’mores cupcake a try. Instead of the saccharine confectioner’s sugar frosting, you’ll be greeted with vanilla fluff, which isn’t as sweet but just as tasty. The milk chocolate base has tiny chocolate chips baked in, giving the cupcake an added bonus. Graham cracker crumbs rim the edge of the vanilla fluff, and toasted (yes, toasted!) marshmallows make the perfect bed for a Hershey’s chocolate square.
Whether you opt for the classic Carrot Cake cupcake or take a dive into the Hunka Chunka Banana Love cupcake (a banana nut cake with banana frosting), you’ll find that you’ll be coming back for more of Gigi’s fun and scrumptious sweetness.
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3655 Roswell Road Suite 218