Best Cupcakes in Austin – 2017 City Guide

February 28, 2017

This guide to best cupcakes in Austin is part of the Austin Food Blogger Alliance’s 2017 City Guide. #atxbesteats

I became obsessed with cupcakes about 10 years ago. Obsessed! This was when the cupcake trend was growing and new cupcake shops were popping up left and right. I had cupcake memorabilia, I made cupcakes all the time, and I sought out new cupcake shops. I’m not quite as obsessed now, but it still ranks as my top dessert choice. If offered, I probably wouldn’t turn down a cupcake.

Though after eating all of these cupcakes (for research! ;)) in about two weeks, I can easily say that it will be a short while before I want to have another cupcake. I’m a sweets person but there’s only so much sugar I can take! I know, my life is so hard.

I can safely say that cupcakes are alive and well in Austin, and what seemed to be a “trend” about 10 years ago is still a beloved dessert. Austin has plenty of places to enjoy cupcakes, and I’ve listed 12 locally-owned places (in alphabetical order) to grab a cupcake. Some are specifically cupcake shops and some are bakeries. I’ve included recommended flavors, and you’ll see, my go-to is usually anything with strawberries!

Baked by Amy’s
13265 North HWY 183, Austin, Texas 78750
Details: from the same people of Amy’s Ice Cream; bright bakery that also hosts parties
Most Popular Flavor: Tres Leches, Chocolate Tres Leches
My Recommendation: Tres Leches

Bribery Bakery
2013 Wells Branch Pkwy #109, Austin, TX 78728 OR 1900 Simond Ave. #300, Austin, TX 78723
Details: cute bakery by Chef Jodi Elliott; Wells Branch is homey-feeling while Simond location is glam
Most Popular Flavor: Red Velvet
My Recommendation: Red Velvet

Capital City Bakery
2211 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78702
Details: 100% vegan but you can’t tell!
Most Popular Flavor: Strawberry Blonde (strawberry cake with strawberry buttercream)
My Recommendation: Classic Vanilla Cake with Chocolate Frosting

Crema Bakery and Café
9001 Brodie Ln B3, Austin, TX 78748
Details: Bake shop in far South Austin with a variety of sweet treats
Most Popular Flavor: Strawberry and Cream
My Recommendation: Salted Caramel

8650 Spicewood Springs Rd #105, Austin, TX 78759
Details: Sweet cupcakery in Northwest Austin.
Most Popular Flavor: Blue Velvet (wedding cake)
My Recommendation: Oreo, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup

Hey Cupcake
5530 Burnet Road, Austin, TX 78756 OR 1511 S. Congress, Austin, TX 78704 OR 1720 Barton Springs Rd., Austin, TX 78704
Details: If not the OG cupcake spot in Austin, it’s the most recognizable with cupcake-topped trailer
Most Popular Flavor: Sweetberry (strawberry cake with strawberry cream cheese frosting)
My Recommendation: Sweetberry (strawberry cake with strawberry cream cheese frosting)

Polkadots Cupcake Factory
2826 Rio Grande St B, Austin, TX 78705
Details: Cute bakery in West Campus by UT; light and fluffy cake and frosting
Most Popular Flavor: Black Bottom (chocolate cake with vanilla frosting), Vanilla Chocolate Chip (vanilla cake with chocolate frosting and topped with chocolate chips)
My Recommendation: Strawberry Shortcake (vanilla cake with strawberry frosting), Salted Cookie Dough, Honey and Chai

Quack’s 43rd Street Bakery
411 E 43rd St, Austin, TX 78751
Details: tucked away in Hyde Park; popular study/hang-out spot; best value – cupcakes are huge!
Most Popular Flavor: Cream-filled or Chocolate with Cream Cheese Frosting
My Recommendation: Cherry Chocolate

Skull & Cakebones
3991 E Hwy 290 a, Dripping Springs, TX 78620
Details: specializes in products that are all-natural, vegan, non-GMO, with local ingredients
Most Popular Flavor: Chocolate
My Recommendation: Matcha Mint Buttercream

Sugar Mama’s Bakeshop
1905 S 1st St, Austin, TX 78704 and 2406 Manor Road Suite B, Austin, Texas 78722
Details: bakery with two locations and an abundance of flavors!
Most Popular Flavor: Southern Belle (red velvet), Jack’s Lemon
My Recommendation: Strawberry Love (vanilla cake with strawberries, strawberry cream cheese frosting)

Walton’s Fancy and Staple
609 W 6th St, Austin, TX 78701
Details: Cute restaurant and bakery on West 6th
Most Popular Flavor: Lemon and Blueberry
My Recommendation: Lemon and Blueberry

Wild Wood Bakehouse
3016 Guadalupe St #200, Austin, TX 78705
Details: Gluten-free restaurant and bakery located in Central Austin
Most Popular Flavor: Red Velvet
My Recommendation: Red Velvet

I’m sure you’re curious to know my very favorites of this list. Though all of them were good, my top three are Polkadots Cupcake Factory, Baked by Amy’s, and Capital City Bakery.

Are you a cupcake fan like me? Let me know your favorite flavor in a comment below!

This guide is part of the Austin Food Blogger Alliance’s 2017 City Guide. Check out more of the best eats in Austin, curated by Austin food bloggers, on the full list of guides.

P.S. Check out my guide to Best North Austin Restaurants, Best Pastries in Austin, and my Favorite Restaurants in Austin.

P.S.S. How far does my cupcake obsession go? Around the world! I made a map of the cupcakes I’ve eaten – ENJOY.

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  • Your cupcake map is SO neat! Great roundup here. I have yet to try any of these places so I better get on it.

    • I’m not obsessed about cupcakes at all! 😉 KAYLIN. We are going to eat some cupcakes together. That makes me so sad! Haha