Cupcakes, you’ve been rocking our sweet tooth since 1796 (take that, cronut), so it’s about time we honour you via what we do best—lists. Donuts, wonuts and duffins are cool and all, but as you progress through life, you’ll find that the ol’ fashioned cupcake will never ever let you down when it comes to those 3pm sugar cravings.
And, if you’re gonna sink your teeth into something as sweet and moist (FYI, the first and last time we’ll be using that word) as a cupcake, it might as well be a pretty one. Here’s our picks of the most beautiful cupcakes in Auckland.
Amy’s Secret Kitchen
‘Merica may have dibs on the original cupcake recipe, but sisters Amy and Charlotte make theirs with generous dollops of love, creativity and flair—essential cupcake ingredients, don’t ya know? Based in Ponsonby, Amy’s Secret Kitchen’s cupcake range couldn’t be more Pinterest-worthy if it tried. Do your gram a favour and go for the Beauty Cupcake Pack. Choose between decadent choccie, red velvet, golden vanilla and oh-so sticky caramel topped with perfectly piped pink, lavender or white cream cheese icing. And if that wasn’t enough, the girls also do pupcakes—cupcakes for dogs. CUPCAKES FOR DOGS, PEOPLE.
Hillsborough & Eden Terrace
Oh-so light, oh-so pretty. Bluebell’s Cakery know the way to our heart (and stomachs). They even deliver! Keep things fruity with the lovely lemon curd cupcake before stuffing your face with banana and salted caramel, chocolate and raspberry, and red velvet. Totally delicious—just watch out for cleavage crumbs.
Ah, the old ‘do I need caffeine, do I need sugar or do I need booze’ dilemma. You’ll be pleased to hear that Bloom Cupcakes’ tiramisu cupcake let’s you have all three in one delicious hit. We’re talkin’ espresso-infused cake with coffee Kahlua frosting AND a frosting centre. But wait, there’s more! Can we also tempt you with strawberry choc, salted cream cheese caramel, s’mores, cherry blossom and apple pie? Yep? Sold!
You know when you were a kid, and you had that dream of having a car-shaped birthday cake but ended up with a dry supermarket chocolate log? Well, Sarah of Sweet Temptation can make that dream an epic tasting and looking reality. This clever lady is an icing whiz, turning Minions, Stewie Griffin, Louis Vuitton handbags and that couch from Friends into edible masterpieces. Her cakes are nothing short of amazing, but her cupcakes also blow our minds. These rad little creations can be decorated into quite literally anything. Minecraft? Angry Birds? Boobs? Switch that imagination back on, kiddo.
Cake & Co
Ever heard of a mini mini cake? Well, now you have and trust us, you’re going to want at least five in your mouth, ASAP. These delightful little things are Cake & Co’s take on a mini cupcake. You can demolish them in a bite or two so order a selection and go bonkers. Our faves are caramel spicy chai, mocha, and white chocolate and raspberry. Being the cool cats that they are, Cake & Co also run classes. Sign us up already.
Auckland CBD & Forrest Hill
Spare the lives of those poor little cupcakes you always seem to burn to oblivion (RIP) and leave the cupcake making to the pros a.k.a Delish Cupcakes. Whether you’re after the glorious union of strawberry Oreo, peanut butter surprise, Jaffa, cookies and cream or Ferrero Do Share (although we recommend you don’t), then you’re in luck! They’re beautiful cupcakes and damn delicious beautiful cupcakes at that.
She’s only 17 but if Amelia Ferrier of Melie’s Kitchen went head-to-head, Ninja Cupcake Warrior style, against Martha Stewart in a bake-off, her cupcakes would definitely take the cake (pun intended). These morsels of joy come in an array of ridiculously drool-worthy flavours including malt, banana, PB fudge, cornflake and caramel, s’more and Russian fudge, and key lime pie, mandarin and coconut. And to top it off, they’re quite literally too pretty to eat. Cupcake Gods, help us all.
Sweetie Pie Cupcakes
Your sweet tooth may be begging for mercy right about now, but all of Auckland’s most beautiful cupcakes are yet to be revealed. An entire store dedicated to cupcakes is a winner winner, cupcake dinner in our books. Sweetie Pie change their flavours on the reg, so you’ll have to go everyday to make sure you don’t miss out. Flavours of cupcakes past include sticky date toffee, Nutella, lime sorbet, ginger crunch and caramel explosion. Get in ma belly.
Behold, the mini cake! The Caker’s mini cake is the most kickass cupcake-esque item you’ll ever consume. Is it a cake or is it a cupcake? Truth is, we couldn’t give a damn—it’s that bloody good. Sink your fork into a gluten-free dark chocolate mini cake or a double layer almond butter and raspberry version. These babies are larger than your average cupcake, so go big or go home.
Our extensive research for the best cake in Auckland led us to Monday Cakes, and, luckily for us, they also do a b-e-a-utiful cupcake. Everything Juliet creates is bespoke so you’re guaranteed some truly good looking cupcakes. Edible gold? You’ve got it. Bright green icing? Whatever you want, Monday Cakes will make it happen and make it look stunning.
Hooked on the pretty things in life? You’ll want to dine at Auckland’s Most Beautiful Cafes.
Image credit: Amy’s Secret Kitchen