Boston cupcakes - best cupcake shops in Boston

Whether you’re looking to satisfy your sweet tooth or pick up a delicious birthday party treat, cupcakes are always the answer! Finding an amazing cupcake in the Boston area is not difficult — if you know where to look! Here are a few of our favorite Boston cupcakes!

Mike’s Pastry

Boston, Cambridge, Somerville

A trip to Boston isn’t complete without a stop at Mike’s Pastry. (And now it’s even easier to get your fix with locations in Assembly Row and Harvard Square!) You may encounter a crowd, but they are there for a reason! Not only are the cupcakes amazing, the cannoli and lobster tails at this iconic Italian bakery draw tourists from around the world! Bring your appetite, and leave with a signature white box full of pastries for a snack later.

Flour Bakery and Cafe

Boston and Cambridge 

Flour’s slogan is, “Make life sweeter… eat dessert first!” and these are certainly words to live by! Offering vegan, gluten-free, and nut-free pastries, Flour has something (delicious!) for everybody. Come for a cupcake, and don’t forget to try their famous sticky buns — you won’t regret it!

Treat Cupcake Bar


You can choose from a dozen flavors of gourmet cupcakes, or design your own delicious creation at the cupcake bar! Treat also hosts cupcake-decorating birthday parties for kiddos — and ladies nights for the sweet-toothed mamas! This shop also participates in the “Treat Others Well” program, which encourages youth to support local charities and causes. Each month, Treat chooses an applicant and works with them to create a cupcake design to sell for the month. At the end of the month, 25% of the money raised from that cupcake design goes directly toward their cause!

Quebrada Baking Co.

Arlington, Belmont, Watertown, Wellesley

The traditional chocolate cupcake from Quebrada IS something to write home about! The buttercream frosting is simply divine! They also boast an absolutely delicious vegan cupcake, available with either vegan chocolate or vanilla frosting. Be sure to check out the fresh croissants while you are there!

Georgetown Cupcake


If you are a fan of baking shows, you have probably heard about Georgetown Cupcake! Founded by sisters Katherine Kallinis Berman and Sophie Kallinis LaMontagne, Georgetown Cupcake was featured on the TLC show DC Cupcakes. This bakery has brought its cupcakes to Boston — and it certainly lives up to the hype! They boast a staggering amount of creative flavors (including their signature red velvet cupcake — yum!), and you can even place delivery orders on their website!

Cupcake Charlie’s

Plymouth :: Mashpee :: Foxborough :: Wareham :: Newport, RI

Every day, the bakers at Cupcake Charlie’s choose their “flavor of the day” cupcake from one of dozens of unique recipes! You can find out what their flavor of the day is at each location by checking out their social media pages. Each cupcake is hand decorated and baked fresh daily. The “Hostess with the Mostess” cupcake brings you right back to your childhood, complete with the little white icing swirl on top!

Cupcake City


It is clear why Cupcake City was voted best bakery on the North Shore! Their salted caramel cupcake is drool worthy! They offer a wide variety of seasonal cupcakes (hello, December’s Gingerbread cupcake!), and their specialty cupcake menu changes daily. And, if you aren’t going to be heading to Reading anytime soon, don’t fear! Their mobile cupcake truck can be found around the city as well as at some concerts at the Xfinity Center and festivals around the state! It is also available to rent, if you would like delicious cupcakes to come right to your event!

Maine Girl Cupcakes


This one-woman shop began when a stay-at-home mom (whose background was in economics) began making fun cakes and cupcakes for her daughters and their friends. That baking hobby is now a revered local business! Maine Girl Cupcakes offers dozens of unique and exciting flavors, and we love any cupcake where both the cake and the frosting are truly superb! This shop is also a local go-to for birthday party and special event custom orders.

Little Miss Cupcape

Boston, Hyannis

Originally a Cape Cod exclusive, Little Miss Cupcape also has a home on Boston’s Newbury Street for those who need their “cupcape” fix year round! We love this shop’s clever cupcake names — like “dock chocolate raspberry,” “lighthouse lemon,” and “buoy buckeye” — when it’s the dead of winter and we’re missing our beach days. Another perk with this spot? They offer both full size and mini options. You know, in case you need to try them all! 

Oakleaf Cakes Bake Shop


If you’ve ever walked by Oakleaf and gazed through the windows at the whimsical confections, you know this spot is something special. Oakleaf is known for pushing the limits of what is possible in the world of cakes. And their cupcakes show just how good simple, from-scratch baking can be!


This article was originally published in 2019 and has been updated for 2024!

Looking for a cupcake or sweet treat that’s allergy friendly? Check out our roundup of six amazing allergen-safe bakeries in the Boston area!

Deanna Greenstein
Deanna is a mom of five (yes, five) children, who lives in Brockton with her small circus of kids, her husband, their dog Penny, and a few cats. Her life is loud, energetic, mostly fun, often gross (did she mention four of those kids are boys?), and she wouldn't have it any other way. In between carting kids to school, baseball, gymnastics, guitar, dance, track and field and every other kid activity known to mankind, she works as a school bus driver for the city of Brockton, and is the Director of Religious Education at the Unity Church of North Easton, a Unitarian Universalist congregation. Deanna also holds degrees in Elementary Physical Education and Dance Education, which she plans to put back into use one day. At parties, Deanna can often be found hanging out with family pets. She follows her children around with a camera like the paparazzi, is pretty sure that 97% of her blood stream is made of coffee, and her laundry is never done. You can also find her blogging at