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The Best Cakes in Austin: Where To Have Your Cake and Eat it Too!

Who doesn’t like cake? This classic dessert comes in so many flavors and designs, it’s easy to find one you like. Whether you’re a traditionalist that sticks to chocolate cake or an adventurous eater that likes new ingredients like taro, cake is a dessert that delivers the (baked!) goods. Lucky for you, Austin, Texas does cakes better than anyone else. From pies and cookies to kolaches and cakes, Austin hits the mark when it comes to indulging a sweet tooth. Here’s where to go for the best cakes in Austin.

The Best Cakes in Austin: Where To Go for Delicious Goodness

Here’s where to go for the best cakes in Austin. From cheesecake to cake balls and classic chocolate recipes, you’ll find a sweet treat you’ll love. Best of all, these cake shops are located all across the city so you can always grab something sweet, whether you’re in Hyde Park, by Bee Cave, or on S Congress Ave.

1. Sugar Mama’s Bakeshop

No list of the best dessert in Austin is complete without mentioning Sugar Mama’s Bakeshop. This cake shop offers constantly changing seasonal menus so there’s always a new flavor to discover. Here, you can get everything from a slice of pumpkin cake to a pet portrait cake for a special furry friend’s birthday. Stop in to see what’s on the menu or order ahead for a custom cake.

2. La Mexicana Bakery

Not only can you get delicious Mexican cakes at this panaderia, but you can indulge at any time you want since they’re open 24 hours a day. At La Mexicana Bakery, you have to try the Tres Leches Cake and don’t miss their Chocoflanes.

3. Capital City Bakery

Located in East Austin at 2211 e Cesar Chavez St, Capital City Bakery offers a huge selection of vegan sweets made from natural ingredients including more than a dozen cake flavors. Most cakes come with cream cheese or buttercream frosting and you’ll find flavors including s’mores, funfetti, and lavender lemonade.

4. Tous Les Jours

Tous Les Jours epitomizes everything we love about Austin. It’s a French-Korean infusion bakery serving up unique takes on classic tastes. It’s a little bit weird — in quintessential Austin fashion — and a whole lotta good. Try the Green Tea Cloud Cake or the Mango Cloud Cake for a delicious bite of tangy and sweet flavors.

5. Upper Crust Bakery

Located at 4508 Burnet Rd, Upper Crust Bakery is one of the best bakeries in Austin. From brownies, cinnamon rolls, and bread to their delightful cakes, this sweet shop is the place to go for baked goods. Try the Chocolate Italian Cream Cake to satisfy a sweet tooth or go for the Carrot Cake to indulge without as much guilt.

6. La Patisserie

La Patisserie is an authentic French bakery serving up traditional baked goods including croissants, macarons, and cake. Their Vanilla Bean Cake is to die for and you can’t go wrong with the Chocolate Raspberry Pistachio Cake either. They also offer vegan and gluten-free cakes and a red velvet cake that we think is unbeatable.

7. 1886 Cafe and Bakery

This swanky little cafe and bakery is located in the Driskill — an iconic Austin hotel known for its luxury at a great value. Stop by 1886 Cafe and Bakery and soak in the Victorian-themed decor and sip on bubbly while devouring a Texas-shaped waffle. Follow it up with their signature 1886 Chocolate Cake.

8. 85°C Bakery Cafe

When you walk into 85°C Bakery Cafe, you’re greeted by a display case filled to the brim with sweet delights from cakes and puff pastries to sweetbreads. Buy a slice of cake or order the whole darn thing. Their Black Forest Cake and Coconut Custard Roll are among our favorites.

9. Lady Quackenbush’s Cakery

Lady Quackenbush’s Cakery specializes in incredible layer cakes that will have you coming back for more. Quack’s Vegan Chocolate Ganache Cake is a great choice and Austinites also rave about their Peanut Butter Chocolate Cake. Stop in to pick up a slice of heaven or call ahead and order custom cakes for a special event.

10. Joann’s

Over on South Congress Ave, you’ll find Joann’s, a restaurant and bar that also offers delicious cakes. Their Margarita Tart and Double Chocolate Sprinkle Cake are popular choices and you can make it even sweeter by adding a few scoops of ice cream.

11. Irene’s

Irene’s is a fun retro bar and restaurant known as one of the top spots to go for brunch in Austin. While not a traditional cakery, this restaurant offers one of the best strawberry cakes you can find in town. Stuffed with strawberry jam and layered with cream cheese frosting, it’s not to be missed!

Nothing’s Sweeter Than Life in Austin

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With these best cakes in Austin, you’re sure to find something sweet on your next adventure through the city. From high-quality wedding cakes made with exquisitely draped fondant by award-winning pastry chefs to classic slices of chocolate cake and cheesecake, there’s something for everyone.

Looking for other places where you can get freshly baked goods and delicious sweet treats? Don’t miss our breakdowns of the best coffee shops in Austin and best cupcakes in Austin. You’re sure to find a spot to indulge your sweet tooth whether you need a birthday cake, a custom cake for a special occasion, or a baked good to pair with your morning cup of java.

At ATX Guides, we show you why Austin is the best city on the planet. From awe-inspiring vistas to fun live music venues, you’ll discover new ways to enjoy the city that likes to keep things weird.

Erika Marty
Erika Marty

Erika is an avid traveler who has been to more than 60 countries where she finds food, activities, and hidden locales for touring like a local. When she’s not writing, she enjoys mountain biking, hiking, and planning her next adventure.

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