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The Best Cupcakes In Austin: 11 Spots To Satisfy a Sweet Tooth

Ready to add something sweet to your Austin itinerary or lifestyle? Lucky you, there are dozens of incredible cupcakeries in this lively city. Whether you’re in the city for a weekend or looking to branch out of your local neighborhood to satisfy a sweet tooth, you’ll find what you’re looking for on this list of the best cupcakes in Austin.

The Best Cupcakes In Austin

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When it comes to cupcakes, there’s a flavor for everyone. From savory and salty caramel to sweet chocolate, cupcakes are among the best desserts in Austin. Here are some of our favorite cupcakeries where you can taste the best cupcakes in Austin.

1. Capital City Bakery
2211 E Cesar Chavez St
This cupcakery works hard to be sustainable, using recyclable or biodegradable packaging and sourcing ingredients from local communities. Plus, everything at this bakery is 100% vegan. Started by Kristen in her home in 2010, this bakery then moved to a food truck and now it’s brick and mortar location on East Cesar Chavez St.

Some of our favorite cupcake flavors here include the Tuxedo cupcake, carrot pumpkin, and strawberry blonde.

2. Sugar Mama’s Bake Shop
1905 S 1st St
Using Auntie’s Gluten-Free recipes, Sugar Mama Bake Shop is a great spot for people who want something sweet but need special dietary options. The menu changes each month as the baker partners with local growers to produce fresh and seasonal delights.

On the menu, you’ll find various cupcakes flavors including blackberry lavender, carrot cake, and peanut butter. There’s also a large selection of other baked goods and sweets including macarons, cookies, pies, and cheesecake. Try one of their DIY cupcake kits for a little at-home baking fun or order a custom cake for a special occasion.

3. Zucchini Kill Bakery
701 E 53rd St Suite C
This bakery gets its name from the feminist punk band Bikini Kill. Owned entirely by feminist musician women, this bakery puts a unique spin on everything it does. The names of the cupcakes are inspired by their favorite bands, musicians, and songs — making this spot right at home in the Live Music Capital of the World. Try their Laven-Derketa cupcakes or Annihilation Lime cupcake for a sweet taste of this dessert hotspot. They also offer other baked goods like cinnamon rolls, brownies, and coffin packs — which are to die for! They offer both pick-up and in-house seating.

4. Crema Bakery
9001 Brodie Ln STE B3

This cupcake shop also doubles as a coffeehouse focusing on pastries made from scratch and locally sourced coffee. They offer an array of delicious cupcakes including salted caramel, vanilla with strawberry buttercream, and oreo flavors. They also serve up croissants, scones, muffins, and some of the best donuts in Austin.

5. Quack’s 43rd Street Bakery
411 E 43rd St

All the abled goods at Quack’s are made using high-quality, natural ingredients — without preservatives, high-fructose corn syrup, or additives. None of the doughs are frozen or pre-made mixes. That means every bite here is laden with delicious goodness. The chocolate peanut butter cupcake is out of this world. Plus, they offer mini cupcakes and vegan varieties as well.

6. Polkadots Cupcake Factory
2826 Rio Grande St

This cute little cupcakery is located inside a home built in 1908. With original beam ceilings and quaint touches, it’s the perfect spot to indulge in a sweet treat. There are 12 regular cupcake flavors — six standards that you can find every day and six rotating flavors depending on the season. The daily flavors consist of red velvet, vanilla chocolate chip, blackbottom, vanilla, triple chocolate, and strawberry and cream. Rotating flavors include funfetti, Mexican tres leches, s’mores, and mixed berries chardonnay.

7. Upper Crust Bakery
4508 Burnet Rd

Upper Crust Bakery has been an Austin staple for 28 years and is one of the best bakery spots in Austin. Known for its freshly baked bread and pastries, this hotspot also makes incredible sweets — including cupcakes. Desserts are made fresh on a daily basis using a variety of natural ingredients so the menu changes each day. Swing by and grab a small table with a friend and sink your teeth into a sweet cupcake to start the day off right.

8. Cupprimo
8650 Spicewood Springs Rd #105

At Cupprimo, you can pair your cupcake with a delicious cup of java from Barrett’s Micro Roast Coffee. This top spot was even featured on Cupcake Wars on the Food Network. Our favorite cupcakes here include the blue velvet and birthday cake — topped with colorful sprinkles. Get there early to make sure you get to try the flavor of the day.

9. Hey Cupcake!
807 E 4th St at Native Hostel

This baked good food trailer is impossible to miss — after all, it’s topped with a giant cupcake! Serving Austin, Texas with some of the tastiest cupcakes since 2007, it’s a great spot to hit up when you’re exploring the city. Try the Coco Loco vegan cupcake or go for the Double Dose if you prefer a hefty serving of chocolate.

10. Hayley Cakes and Cookies
1700 S Lamar Blvd (previously 1511 S Congress St)

Looking for cakes, cookies, and cupcakes in Austin, TX? Look no further than Halye Cakes and Cookies. Here, you’ll find everything from classic chocolate chip cookies to cupcakes and pastries. Plus, they even have a cookie club where you can get sweet treats delivered each month. Choose from one of their single flavor cupcakes — like tiramisu, caramel, and lemon drop — or opt for a pre-designed set if you’re hosting a party or bringing some along to one of the best brunch spots in Austin.

11. Sprinkles Cupcakes
3120 Palm Way #3.100

This bakery bakes cupcakes fresh every day and can even ship them nationwide. Their cupcake flavors include cookie, chocolate marshmallow, banana, and lemon blueberry.

Discover The Sweet Side of Austin

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Whether you’re in Hyde Park, South Austin, Bee Cave, or somewhere in between, there’s a delicious cupcakery near you. For the best cupcakes in Austin, head to one of these top spots. You’ll find spots that serve up locally sourced ingredients and options whether you’re vegan or have other dietary restrictions. Best of all, you’ll find friendly service, great food, and good times at all of these cupcake locations.

At ATX Guides, we help you find the top spots in Austin. Whether you’re searching for the best ice cream in Austin or something to do, we’ve got you covered. Explore our site to find new things to do in your neighborhood or plan a trip to the beautiful city of Austin with friends and family.

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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