But fret not! As you may already know, Chicago has plenty of other shops to suit a variety of tastes. Here are several and their top sellers — the widely beloved red velvet and beyond.
1208 W. Webster
Top seller: Classic yellow cake with vanilla buttercream frosting
“It’s classic, homestyle — the way your mom or grandma would have made it,” says supervisor Jordan Hutton. “It’s the childhood appeal and reminiscent of younger days.”
229 W. Madison
Top seller: “Not-Your-Mother’s-Salted-Caramel,” a “gourmet, airy devil’s food cake” that’s “enlivened with caramel inside and generously topped with salted caramel buttercream.”
1 E. Delaware Place
Top seller: Red velvet — red cocoa cakes with cream cheese frosting and a white chocolate square on top. Salted caramel is a close second.
50 E. Walton
Top seller: Southern style red velvet — light red chocolate cake topped with cream cheese frosting. Inspired founder Candace Nelson’s husband’s southern roots.
115 N. Wabash
Top seller: Red velvet with cream cheese frosting
705 W. Belden
Top seller: depends on the season. Summer: fruity flavors such as chocolate passion fruit and key lime pie; Fall: pumpkin s’mores, pumpkin latte; Winter: triple chocolate, peppermint, eggnog; Spring: s’mores, banana Nutella. (Swirlz uses Italian buttercream, which is lighter and less sweet than its American counterpart.)
2536 N. Clark
Top seller: The “Ron Bennington.” Named after a New York radio host (Molly’s also has locations in New York and Iowa City), it’s chocolate cakes filled with peanut butter topped with chocolate ganache and a Butterfinger.
1030 W. Taylor
Top seller: red velvet with cream cheese frosting