Top Cupcakes in LA

If you're looking for a little sweet relief then you're in for a real treat. From a famous red velvet at Auntie Em's to ice cream versions at Frosted Cupcakery, find out where to indulge in the best cupcakes in Los Angeles. (Photo: Magnolia cupcakes by Kelly Wardle)

Updated: October 01, 2009

Los Angeles Cupcakes

Mrs Beasley's Bakery

16573 Ventura Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 91436

One of eight locations of the local chain, this sweet spot offers loads of other sweets like cookies and cakes, but fans also dig the gigantic, frosting-focused cupcakes.

Joan's On Third

8350 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048

This perpetually busy Third Street cafe hawks gourmet goodies like the beautifully presented raspberry cupcake topped with frosted curls.

Auntie Em's Kitchen

4616 Eagle Rock Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90041

This popular Eagle Rock diner dishes out breakfast, lunch and homemade sweets like the get-'em-before-they-sell-out red velvet and coconut cupcakes.

Yummy Cupcakes

2918 W Magnolia Blvd, Burbank, CA 91505

Though there are several locations around the LA area, this charming, pink-tastic original also has a cute shop next to its bakery, so guests can grab a cupcake-print apron, painting, note cards and just about everything else as well as yummy cupcakes in 19 daily flavor combinations.

Frosted Cupcakery

195 Claremont Ave, Long Beach, CA 90803

For cupcakes in the LBC, this spot offers all the standards, along with ice cream cupcakes! Bonus: there's another location in Hollywood.

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 the sweet treats with those distinct indented frosting swirls.

Crumbs Bakeshop Malibu

3939 Cross Creek Road, Suite 120, Malibu, CA 90265

Yet another LA outpost of this NYC import, this candy-colored emporium is sweetening up Malibu with its gleaming glass case of baseball-sized cupcakes in over 30 flavors.


11708 San Vicente Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90049

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

Buttercake Bakery

8616 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069

This hidden find tucked behind Sunset Plaza is where you'll find cakes, cookies and, of course, cupcakes that are adorably simple with their looks-just-like-Mom-made-them goodness.

Vanilla Bake Shop

512 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401

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