New Food: BlueBird Cupcakes

Cindy McGee graduated from N.C. State University in August facing a tough job market. Instead of giving up hope, she took her love of baking and started BlueBird Cupcakes, a gourmet cupcake business that is making its debut at the 2010 N.C. State Fair.

The sociology major turned baker offers seven varieties of cupcakes: Snickers, Pumpkin Spice, Caramel Apple, Red Velvet, S’mores, Very Vanilla and Maple Bacon. Cindy says she bakes around 300 cupcakes each night and goes home around midday to bake 300 more. Her dedication ensures that customers will get a quality cupcake no matter when they come to the Fair.

The Deep Fried Crew sampled all seven varieties yesterday. Find out which ones were our favorites in the video below.

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You can find BlueBird Cupcakes in the Kerr Scott Building, and don’t forget to use our food, ride and exhibit finders to plan your trip to the Fair.

About Bearded Lady

Paul Jones blogged for the 2009-2012 N.C. State Fairs. Here's his bio from 2009: Paul Jones, here (a.k.a. Bearded Lady). I love the N.C. State Fair. I love the rides, I love the food, but my favorite part of the Fair is the displays of the unusual. The two-headed snake, the world’s smallest woman, the world’s tallest horse and the list goes on. Originally from South Carolina, I hope that I can bring a different perspective to this blog as I shed light on some of the ordinary, yet extraordinary, aspects of this year’s Fair.


  1. Maple bacon sounds good. You guys are going to gain a load of weight if you keep this up all week.

  2. Where is this bakery normally located (outside the fair)?

    We were already at the state fair and really want to try their cupcakes but its not economical for us to go back into the fair for just a cupcakes.

  3. Baking is some thing that I love to do. Cupcakes are my thing, and I guess I am critical of bakery cupcakes. A person can pay a high price for a gourmet cupcake and then they are dry as bone. But NOT these cupcakes. The caramel apple was AWESOME! The cupcake was very fresh and moist. You will not go wrong with trying Bluebird cupcakes

  4. I totally agree with Bridget! I bought the Smores cupcake and after eating it, turned around and bought two more…another Smores and the Maple Bacon. I told the baker how critical of a cupcake eater I was and how AMAZING her cupcakes were. HIGHLY recommend Bluebird Cupcakes!!

  5. I had a s’mores cupcake and it was hands down the best dessert at the fair and quite possibly the most delicious cupcake I have ever tasted. I hope her business takes off because she has has an amazing talent!

  6. I had a s’mores cupcake and it was hands down the best dessert at the fair and quite possibly the most delicious cupcake I have ever tasted. I hope her business takes off because she has has an amazing talent! I plan

  7. Maybe I should have had a S’mores cupcake because I wasn’t impressed with the Maple-bacon or the Red Velvet. Imitation bacon bits on a “gourmet” cupcake? The Red Velvet was more like a Brown Suede. Not impressed at all. Are my expectations of a gourmet cupcake too high? I do watch Cupcake Wars on Food Network and these wouldn’t have made the cut.

  8. I do not know what Marcus is talking about! I have been to a TON of bakeries around the country (it’s kind of my “thing”) and these are some of the best cupcakes I’ve had. I’ve been to a lot of other bakeries that ONLY make cupcakes and have not been as impressed. The cupcakes I had were light and tasty. The thickest one I had was pumpkin but it was moist and definately one of the best pumpkin cupcakes I’ve had. I also do not like icing. I typically find it leaves a greasy or oily feeling in your mouth. This icing did not. Not only that, but these were interesting. We tried all of them but the Snickers. S’mores had real marshmellow on the top and the cake was so moist it was like melt in your mouth and then a not-too-crispy (yet not soggy) graham cracker “crust” at the bottom. Amazing. Caramel Apple was the first one we tried and it was the perfect cupcake. I was very impressed and can’t wait for Bluebird Cupcakes to open an actual store so that I can skip the other cupcake places in Raleigh. In fact- in the future I will only be ordering cupcakes from Bluebird Cupcakes because I don’t think other stores (such as the Cupcake Bar) can even come close to competing with Bluebird Cupcakes.

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