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Editors’ Choice 

Buttermilk Baking Company, Newburyport

Ashley Bush has owned and operated Newburyport’s Buttermilk Baking Company since 2012, a from-scratch spot that serves traditional and gluten-free cupcakes. Cupcakes can be special-ordered in advance, or those looking to satiate an instant sweet-tooth craving can stop by the bakery in person to peruse what’s available. Bush offers all her full-size cake flavors in cupcake options, too. 9 Liberty St., Newburyport, 978-499-8278,

Readers’ Choice

Cupcake City, Reading 

Featuring eight cupcakes daily, as well as several specialty flavors, Karin DiNapoli’s Cupcake City, open since 2011, is a passionate defense of the smaller confection. Gluten-free and vegan options are available on select days, and seasonal flavors rotate with the calendar. The bakery also accepts special and large-format orders for events and weddings. Cupcakes can be ordered online for pickup with 24 hours’ notice. 137 Main St., Reading, 781-944-0400, 
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