Best Los Angeles Cupcakes
Founder Erin McKenna sites that when “in a city dominated by cupcakes overflowing with sugar, flour and butter cream, it’s easy for those with persnickety diets to feel left out.” So, she came up with all-natural, organic and yummy alternatives free from the common allergens: wheat, gluten, dairy, casein and eggs. “White sugar will never be found in our bakery, nor will we ever use toxic chemical sweeteners” says their website. Cleverly disguising Agave nectar in lieu of sugar, it’s hard to tell they’re healthy. Don’t miss the carrot cake cupcake!
130 East 6th Street Los Angeles (213) 623-5555
Joan’s On Third is a haven for foodies. Gourmet everything, including their cupcakes. Don’t miss the dark chocolate cupcake with real coconut frosting or the white chocolate curls atop a decadent raspberry cupcake.
8350 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048
Large cupcakes, bite-size cupcakes, hi-top cupcakes, frosting shots, pupcakes, ice cream cupcakes and cupcake of the month… simply put, this cupcakery is magnificent. Big in social media and part of the mobile food truck community, follow them @frostedtweets to find out where you can grab one on the go!
1200 North Highland Avenue (in Hollywood) Los Angeles (323) 467-1080
An Eagle Rock institution, this cozy diner offers up a great old school cupcake with a twist. Order more than one for a “taste-test”- you’ll be thanking us here at Adventuregirl.com. Coconut cupcakes, red velvet and their seasonal specialty, strawberry with orange cream cheese frosting. Yum!
4616 Eagle Rock Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90041 (323) 255-0800
Yummy Cakes in a Jar put this cupcakery on the map. Voted #1 cupcake in Los Angeles last year by City Search fans, these cupcakes are beautiful, with more than a dozen flavors to choose from. Cupcake Biscotti, Cupcake Truffles, Cupcake on a Stick, Cupcake pies, Frosting Bon Bons all to die for. Here’s just a couple of their accolades! A Rachael Ray “Fave” featured in ‘Every Day with Rachael Ray”, recipient of “4 out of 4 Bees” in US Weekly Buzzzz-o-Meter… need we say more.
2918 W Magnolia Blvd, Burbank, CA 91505 (818) 558-1080
The NYC transplant making good in Los Angeles, was originally made famous by one Carrie Bradshaw, you know- from that little show called “Sex and the City”. They even made the Carrie Cupcake, a vanilla cupcake with pink butter crème frosting completed with white sugar daisy on top. More than a dozen to choose from, solid choices are the hummingbird, German chocolate, s’mores, snickerdoodle, truffled chocolate and lemon. Heck, they’re all fab. Right, Carrie?
8389 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048 (323) 951-0636
Another NYC import wielding the likes of more than thirty cupcake flavors. Home to the colossal cupcake also known as The Colossal Crumb tower, stands at about six and a half inches high and comes in carrot, baby booey, and chocolate-sunday flavors. Serves 6-8 people, but here at Adventuregirl.com, we know we can polish off one each.
3939 Cross Creek Road Malibu, CA 90265 (310) 456-3700/ 6801 Hollywood Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90028 (323) 462-1300/ 216 North Larchmont Boulevard Los Angeles (323) 464-8400
Brentwood got happier the day SusieCakes came to town. Dubbed the “All American Bakery” by its founders, the shop is reminiscent of a retro bakespace with a modern clean look. The frosting filled cupcakes are what local’s come for. Luscious Lemon, peanut butter chocolate, chocolate mint, Susie Blue vanilla are scrumptious.
11708 San Vicente Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90049 (310) 442-2253
Buttercake Bakery at Sunset Plaza is where you’ll find the off-the-radar-satiating-a-sweettooth celebrity spot– Sharon Stone Nikki Hilton, Rachel Bilson, and Khloe Kardashian with hubby Lamar Odon hit this cupcake palace for homemade delectables the way Mom used to make ‘um. Red velvet, chocolate, mocha are solid choices, or live a little by trying a cream cheese cupcake or cookies & cream cupcake.
8616 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069 (310) 855-0770
Candace Nelson, The Food Network’s Cupcake Wars panel judge and founder of Sprinkles Cupcakes, literally jump-started the L.A. cupcake craze in 2005, when she and her husband opened a small shop in Beverly Hills. The foodie news broke about the “cupcake with the center candy dot on top”, and soon lines wrapped around the block. Twenty cupcake flavors on the menu, so use the online calendar to decipher what flavors are slated for which day. (We’re dark chocolate-coconut icing fans on Wednesdays and Saturdays for this crew!) Don’t miss: Madagascar bourbon vanilla.
9635 South Santa Monica Boulevard Beverly Hills, CA 90210 (310) 274-8765
Five blocks from the beach and a block off Third Street Promenade, this postcard perfect cupcakery looks like a movie set complete with Audrey Heburn-esque decor, beautiful cupcake cases and white chandeliers. Combine fun in the sun, some shopping and then hoof it over to VBS! Flavors rotate each day, but don’t miss out on unique items like Meyer lemon raspberry, fleur de sel (sea salt), key lime and their blackberry passion fruit.
512 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401 (310) 458-6644Photo: SusieCakes