My hubs and I took a trip last week to Marco island, FL. We had been to Naples several times in the past, but wanted to stay on Marco Island on our next trip. Loved it. I heard the food scene on Marco Island was nothing to get excited about, but we found a few fun places.
When I researched, the "Simply Cupcakes" name kept popping up. It was listed as number one "restaurant" on Trip Advisor. I haven't had good luck with TA restaurant reviews, so I always tread cautiously when reading their rec's. That said, I wanted a treat and thought we would give Simply Cupcakes a try. So glad we did. It's a brightly colored (Pink and white, as all cupcake shops should be), little shop tucked back in the "Shops of Olde Marco" a little difficult to find. If you know where the "Snook Inn" is, this is one block left of the Snook. Anyway, a couple from Detroit moved South to try their hand at running a cupcake shop. They have employed two ladies who developed recipes and bake in Naples, cranking out hundreds of cupcakes daily. Out of their little Marco Island shop they were selling out (in high season) I believe they said over 400 hundred cupcakes per day.
The cupcakes- I tried 7 varieties. Well, actually 6, the second day we went back, and I had to get the Olde Marco Key Lime, again. The Red Velvet has a money back guarantee. Really? Yes, it does. Now I'm not a Red Velvet fan, but these were delicious. These were not your average size cupcake. compared to most you purchase, probably about 30 % larger. Moist and delish. Oh, also, most of the cakes were topped with Italian Buttercream. True Italian Buttercream. We also tried the Caramel Pecan, Black Tie, and Mocha cupcakes. All absolutely delicious. My only regret was we didn't find this until the second to last day of our trip. Judy and her husband are delightful. They have a passion for life and their cupcakes. They also sell coffee, and have some cute little tables set up in the shaded courtyard outside the shop. Oh- Also, I saw a sign saying they deliver on orders of a dozen or more.
Address is 174 Royal Palm Drive, Marco Island, FL