Local Business: Molly's Cupcakes


Molly’s Cupcakes—14 South Clinton Street, Iowa City

New York, Chicago, and… Iowa City? These are three places not usually uttered in the same breath. But a recent addition to the heart of Iowa City’s downtown area provides the connection.

Molly’s Cupcakes opened in Iowa City over the summer, bringing its sweet treats from the Big Apple and Windy City, to the mouths of Iowa City residents.

Iowa native Jaime Smith is the reason Molly’s ended up in Iowa City. After graduating from college, Smith moved to Chicago and worked at Molly’s Cupcakes. Last year, she asked John Nicolaides (founder/CEO of Molly’s) if she could open up a store in Iowa City. He said yes, and she made it happen.

The reception of the Iowa City branch has been excellent. Not only do they provide good eats, but Molly’s also adds to the culture of the downtown area by offering an alternative to the usual activities (drinking at bars). Molly’s stays open late on the weekends and often attracts throngs of students who are looking for a place to hang out (and eat delicious cupcakes).

Molly’s is a sweet tooth safe haven for these Iowa City residents. Bakers make cupcakes from scratch every day, and let the customer create their own sugar filled destiny. Try a red velvet cupcake with a cream cheese frosting. And you can’t go wrong with a traditional chocolate cupcake with French buttercream frosting (and if you are into the whole French thing, get the center filled with crème brulee). They have vegan and gluten free options, as well as seasonal specialties such as pumpkin spice and gingerbread flavors. The bottom line is this: if you want something deliciously sweet, they’ve got you covered.

Nicolaides’ inspiration for Molly’s Cupcakes was his third grade teacher (Molly, of course), who often brought scrumptious cupcakes to class.

Molly’s Cupcakes shows its appreciation for the educational community by donating a portion of its profits to community schools.