Sweet Thing: Cupcakes in Los Angeles

Looking for a little sweet relief? Well, then, it's time to treat yourself to a serious sugar rush. Fro-yo fever has been gaining heat, but we'll always have a special place in our bellies for the cupcake. From baseball-sized creations at Crumbs to ice cream versions at Frosted, LA.'s cupcake craze is still going strong.

Updated: August 19, 2010

LA's Top Cupcakes

Joan's On Third

8350 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048

Sure, this gourmet market-cafe does a little bit of everything for the tragically trendy Hollywood set, but the cupcakes here are no doubt the real stars of the show. Gorgeous raspberry-filled cakes are topped with ribbony pink frosting while the red velvet cupcakes are dense and delicious. It's time these babies got their close up.

Sprinkles Cupcakes

9635 Santa Monica Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

The pint-sized shop that started it all, this cupcakery to the stars bakes up 20 flavors every week. (You can't go wrong with basics like strawberry and vanilla.) Even though it's been open since 2005, Sprinkles still manages to make otherwise seemingly rational people stand outside in line and wait for up to an hour just to get a taste of the sweet things ... if they haven't all been sold, that is.

The Back Door Bakery & Cafe

1710 Silver Lake Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026

Silver Lake sweet tooths with a yen for Hostess cupcakes can't get enough of the homemade--and humongous--versions of the classic at this laidback eatery. Expect twists like raspberry filling and white chocolate frosting swirls.

Auntie Em's Kitchen

4616 Eagle Rock Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90041

Savory classics might lure locals to this Eagle Rock diner, but the real reason people make the pilgrimage from all over L.A. drive? The famous red velvet and coconut cupcakes. Word of advice: Get here early as they usually sell out by the afternoon.

Yummy Cupcakes

2918 W Magnolia Blvd, Burbank, CA 91505

Fro-yo might be the latest sweet trend sweeping L.A., but cupcake mania is far from over. Burbank's gourmet bakery is devoted solely to this sugary icon's existence with 30 selections like the popular red velvet and Hawaiian coconut.

Vanilla Bake Shop

512 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401

The tiny shop on Wilshire looks like a dreamily frosted little cake itself--pale pink buttercream walls, white icing trim, milky white chandeliers and sparkly glass pastry cases. But enough eye candy--the real treats are the sugary cupcakes in rotating flavors like key lime, black and white, and of course, vanilla bean.


11708 San Vicente Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90049

Step inside this retro-chic Brentwood space for the flavors and aromas of grandma's kitchen. While cakes at any size are here for the making (and taking), it's the frosting-filled cupcakes in flavors like chocolate mint and luscious lemon that keep folks coming back for more.

Crumbs Beverly Hills

9465 Santa Monica Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Just a cupcake's throw from Sprinkles (chalk it up to that nervy New York 'tude), this candy-colored emporium doles out the sweet stuff seven days a week. Beneath the gleaming glass case is where you'll find rows of baseball-sized cupcakes in over 30 flavors ranging from cotton candy to ... um, grasshopper.

Buttercake Bakery

10595 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064

"Please stop by, we want to butter you up!" Such is the greeting of this hidden sweet shop tucked behind the chi-chi Sunset Plaza. Aside from the cakes, cookies and fruity tarts, the cupcakes (buttercream, red velvet and chocolate are offered with a variety of frostings) satisfy sweet tooths with their simple, looks-just-like-Mom-made-them goodness.

Magnolia Bakery

8389 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048

NYC's most famous cupcake haven--yes, it's the one from "Sex and the City"--has finally made its way to the West Coast in the form of a spacious, pastel-hued shop serving up cupcakes with those distinct indented frosting swirls. (Psst ... the bakers actually have to train for 40 hours to get the method just right.)

Frosted Cupcakery

1200 N Highland Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038

This cutie pie of a cupcake shop, originally started in Long Beach, offers18 daily flavors that range from chocolate peanut butter and red velvet to royal white buttercream. But the real secret weapon here? Ice cream cupcakes: delectable concoctions of ice cream (in flavors like strawberry and cookies & cream) surrounded by warm, moist cake.