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York, Lancaster and Chester counties have no shortage of sweet shops. Now is the time to find out which one surpasses them all.

Voting is now open for our first round, “Sweet” 16 if you will, as part of the Herald’s Battle of the Sweet Treats Bracket.

It’s pretty straightforward. Just vote for up to four favorites from the donut region. Do the same for the Cupcake region. We’ll finish voting at noon on Wednesday, and the top four from each region will advance to the quarter-finals.

Vote as often as you like by then, and like any good dessert, feel free to share with friends.

We will let you know in advance. Usually a cupcake opponent means a sweet and easy victory. But not in this competition. There are a few big hitters in both areas, from all over the tri-county area.

Check out the contenders:

Donut region

Duck fritters

Call us impatient, but the new Brayden Village store in Fort Mill is slated to open later this month or early next year. It’s the same business as Charlotte’s sites that serve up familiar, fan-favorite, sundae-style seasonal donuts.

Flavors factory

The Lancaster Shop offers full-size, mini-fresh fried cake donuts, made to order with customizable crumbles, drizzles and frostings.

MoMo donuts

The latest entry, MoMo, opened last month in Rock Hill. The shop manufactures cakes, filled and garnished donuts as well as donuts and other sweets.

Rainbow donuts

Near the Moss Justice Center, the store moved this summer from a former York location. Rainbow offers a wide range of donuts and personalized donuts prepared daily.

Rise and Shine Donut Café

The Cherry Road boutique in Rock Hill opened this summer with a menu of donuts, donuts, muffins, éclairs and other hand-baked delicacies.

Southern Olive

Indian Land Bakery offers apple donuts and more, as well as a variety of cupcakes and other baked goods. Including several sweet gluten free options.

sweet dough

The Fort Mill Donut Shop specializes in fresh donuts, éclairs and specialty treats. It is open in a growing area off Dobys Bridge Road.

Orchard of the Hill of the Winds

York Orchard and Cider House is one of the many agrarian delights of West York County that serves up seasonal donuts. Fresh and hot apple cider donuts are an annual fall tradition.

Cupcake region

that of Amélie

The well-established French bakery and cafe downtown offers macaroons and macaroons, pies and pies, éclairs, napoleons and more.

Lady Coffee Cake

Head south where the Fort Lawn store creates a variety of personalized and seasonal cupcakes, cinnamon buns, brownies, and other candy.


Baxter’s area bakery in Fort Mill serves award-winning cupcakes as well as cookies, cake pops, truffles, brownies and more.

Fast Frog Bakery

The Lake Wylie store offers cupcakes, cakes, cookies, cannoli and other personalized treats that include patterns and seasonal specials.

Mado Paris French Bakery & Cafe

The Rock Hill Cafe on Cherry Road offers a variety of French dishes including cakes, pastries, macaroons and pies.

Nothing Bundt Cakes

Tega Cay’s storefront at Stonecrest offers full-size, tiered, and mini Bundt cakes in many flavors. Bundt tours are another option.


The Fort Mill cupcakery and creamery off Fort Mill Parkway offers large personalized cupcakes as well as cakes, cookies and ice cream.

Bakery Z

The downtown Fort Mill site bakes cupcakes, cookies, éclairs and pies daily, as well as several golden croissant options.

Want more?

Like a thin box that only contains a dozen, our region has too much goodness to fit into one rack. There are plenty of other places to try.

There are Krispy Kreme, Dunkin ‘and Cinnabon stores in all three counties. Readers also chose QuikTrip and Publix bakeries. Some spots are mobile, like Lil Orbits of Lancaster and Kritterz Fritterz.

Home options have mushroomed during the pandemic. A few of them are Carolina Sweets Co., Confection3 Cupcakery, Mesha’s Sweet Treats, Sweet Couture and Sweet Kelly’s Bakery.

There are the homemade cinnamon rolls at Our Kitchen in Chester. Farm-fresh donuts at Bush-N-Vine or The Peach Tree Orchard. There’s Dana’s Italian Bakery in York, Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea in Indian Land, and Sugarlicious in Lake Wylie. There are even upcoming attractions like B’zzz Cakes in Indian Land.

The options are almost endless. But which is the best?

The choice is yours.

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John Marks graduated from Furman University in 2004 and joined the Herald in 2005. He covers community growth, municipalities, transportation and education primarily in York and Lancaster counties. The Fort Mill native has won dozens of South Carolina Press Association awards and multiple McClatchy President’s Awards for his media coverage in Fort Mill and Lake Wylie.
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