London's best cupcakes

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The combination of sweet icing and fluffy sponge in an irresistibly cute package is our tea-time treat of choice. Here's our guide to the bakeries, cafes, tea rooms and coffee shops baking London's best cupcakes

  • London's best cupcakes

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      Bake-a-boo

      86 Mill Lane, NW6 1NL (020 7435 1666/www.bake-a-boo.com).

      This West Hampstead tea room taps in to the girlie side of things, even paying homage to Carrie from ‘Sex and the City’ with a cupcake flavoured with vanilla, cranberry and Cointreau – the ‘Carrie’ Cosmopolitan. There are gluten- and dairy-free creations too. Read more

  • Bea's of Bloomsbury

    44 Theobalds Rd, WC1X 8NW (020 7242 8330/www.beasofbloomsbury.com); 83 Watling St, EC4M 9BX (7242 8330).

    Best known for its light buttercream frostings, such as a deliciously tart raspberry number atop rich chocolate cake. Get your fix from either the Bloomsbury original or the new branch at One New Change near St Paul’s Cathedral. Read more

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    Crumbs & Doilies

    Partridges Fine Food Market, Duke of York Square, SW3 4LY (10am-4pm Sat/www.crumbsanddoilies.co.uk); Chocodeli, 24 Upper Tachbrook St, SW1V 1SW (9.30am-5.30pm Fri; 9am-5.30pm Sat).

    This market favourite is still going strong, trading in crowd-pleasing cupcake flavours from salted caramel (made with proper Maldon sea salt) to raspberry and white chocolate. There are vegan cupcakes, too.

  • Hummingbird Bakery

    133 Portobello Rd, W11 2DY (020 7229 6446/ www.hummingbirdbakery.com); 47 Old Brompton Rd, SW7 3JP (7851 1795); 155a Wardour St, W1F 8WG (7851 1795).

    For ultimate US-style cupcakes. They tend to err on the sweet side, but the range of flavours is a big plus. Strawberry cheesecake, for example, is vanilla sponge with strawberries, cream cheese frosting and a sprinkling of crushed digestive biscuits. It’s recently launched a ‘Made Without’ range, which means cupcakes made without gluten. Read more

  • Violet

    47 Wilton Way, E8 3ED (020 7275 8360/www.violetcakes.com).

    Pastry chef Clare Ptak brought her beautifully made cupcakes to Broadway Market in 2005, and finally opened her own café in increasingly trendy Wilton Way, Hackney, in 2010. The signature is a candied violet cupcake, though we’ve a soft spot for the mellow coconut milk creation. The mini bite-sized cupcakes are perfect for a spontaneous treat. Read more

  • Buttercup Cake Shop

    16 St Alban’s Grove, W8 5BP (020 7937 1473/www.buttercupcakeshop.co.uk); 1/F (outside Habitat), Westfield London, W12 7SL (8746 0333).

    US favourites such as red velvet and banana split make up a good chunk of the flavours on offer here, but there are some British concessions, too, such as Bounty bar. The main shop is in Kensington but a kiosk at Westfield London provides sweet respite in between shopping sprees.

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Andy
Andy

It's surprising that Hummingbird made the list. To say they're on the sweeter side is an understatement. They make me gag they're so sweet. They use to be my favourite until I found the Kooky Bakes ones at Selfridges. Oh my gosh! Seriously these cakes are the best. I swear to god they do the best red velvet ever!!

Matthew Warren
Matthew Warren

The National Cupcake Champions last year were Upsy Daisy Bakery from Stamford Brook, Hammersmith, West London and they are AMAZING!!! The Mojito cupcake is incredible and they do a great range of traditional English breakfast, brunch & lunch dishes freshly made to order. A beautiful place & a cracking cup of coffee too!!! Happy :)

Nausher A
Nausher A

Hummingbird should be higher on the list

Debbie Edwards
Debbie Edwards

After reading great reviews about Wraggamuffins I decided to try them for myself when I threw a birthday dinner party. These cupcakes are INSANE! Seriously, I've had good cupcakes here in London but these have this little something extra. Sponge, icing, customer service, everything was top notch! They're getting amazing reviews for a reason :-) One place I would steer clear of is Hummingbird, their cupcakes are dry and tasteless.

Sally Ann
Sally Ann

Read all the reviews and then picked the ones that seemed to get the best reviews for the sponge .. We ordered from Flavourtown and ladies let me say OMG. Thanks for the helpful reviews guys this is some amazing cake

Nicki Calandro
Nicki Calandro

@Ella G thanks for recommending Wraggamuffins. I ordered from them for my birthday and everyone was totally blown away! The cupcake sponge was so moist, and the fillings gorgeous! Honestly, we couldn't quite get over how much flavour they had, you can tell they're handmade and a lot of effort goes into to them. By far the best I've had, EVER! And I'm a New Yorker!

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carla freitas

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London Cupcakes
London Cupcakes

Some tasty little numbers here but still very surprised that there was no measure of what makes these cupcake producers the best. People tend to look at hell of lot of variables when ordering cupcakes (price, quantity, type of cake, vegan, fairtrade, etc.) so the notion of the best seems a little misplaced.

Joanna
Joanna

These reviews are brilliant! I read them all and ordered my husbands 40th cupcakes from Flavourtown. . They do this thing based on a Reeses peanutbutter cup and I think my husband loves those cakes more than me. They call them gourmet cupcakes and now I see why. Outstanding

Veronica
Veronica

I thought I was starting to go off cupcakes until I found this stall in soho market called Molly Bakes. So much better than any other poor excuses for cakes I have tried in this city. Sponge was moist flavoursome not too sweet. Buttercream was pure heaven thick and creamy not grainy and cloying. I've been sending everyone in my office to try them. Some of the guys are hooked on their brownies too.

Beth
Beth

All of the reviews of Flavourtown Bakery here are true. We ordered cupcakes for my little girls birthday with one-off decorations and they were gorgeous. . Like little works of art AND they tasted even better. Someone on here said something about their frosting and OMG they were right.

Anne
Anne

Hello my name is Anne from Hungary. I would like to learn how to make cupcakes, but I don't know which bakery to choose, anybody can help me to choose the best workshop ( in London)???. I'm looking for the best in this job because I really want to learn from the best . Thank You.

Nadia
Nadia

Sophie .. Thank you so much for pointing me towards Flavourtown bakery. We order a few dozen for my daughters birthday last week and these are hands down the most amazing moist cakes I've ever had. If you get the chance check these guys out because the stuff they make is amazing. Friendly as well.

Melly S
Melly S

Wraggamuffins did my wedding cupcakes last year, they were absolutely divine! If I'm ordering lots then I'll get them from there, however if I want just one quick cupcake then it has to be Lola's cupcakes in Mayfair. Both are amazing!

Ilana
Ilana

Had the most incredible chocolate chip cookie dough and a red velvet by Kooky Bakes from Selfridges.

Sophie
Sophie

I have to say Flavourtown Bakery as well. I've had Red Velvet so many times but nothing is as soft and moist as theirs and OMG that frosting! These guys are at Spitalfields market on Saturday's and me and my besties go there at least twice a month.. I think you can order for delivery as well. Seriously blow the rest out of the water.. I want their frosting recipe YUM

Ella G.
Ella G.

By far the best around are Wraggamuffins! No question! I love cupcakes and they do the most amazing fluffy buttercream and the cakes have fillings inside them. GORGEOUS! I also like the Cat and the Cream, again they're amazing, especially as they're vegan, dairy free, gluten free... fab!

Julia
Julia

Milly and Grace bake the most delicious cupcakes and cakes you will ever taste! Beautifully decorated and as light as air. Made to order with organic butter and free range eggs, they can be boxed and delivered fresh to your door...or you can arrange to pick them up . With cupcakes for all occasions they are fast becoming the No 1 favourite with young mothers in London. And they deliver Nationwide too. Yummy! millyandgrace.co.uk

Mario
Mario

Tried to find some of these in the directory at London Cupcakes. Does Timeout referesh this list?

Paula
Paula

We ordered a birthday cake and cupcakes from Flavourtown Bakery... A Mazing! The best choccy cake and frosting I've ever had and the Red Velvet cupcakes were to die for. These his don't have a shop but bake to order I think.

Natalia
Natalia

I would recommend "The Outsider Tart" - an absolute gem! They have a stall at the southbank/royal festival hall at the weekends.. ...check it out :)

Renee
Renee

Kooky Bakes at Bricklane Markets is the BEST!!! He also does amazing whoopie pies. All amazing and quirky flavours.

Cake Fanatic!
Cake Fanatic!

She's back in April I believe, although I'm not sure that she's officially announced that yet. Whoops! Ha ha. I'm so excited I'm going to get to eat a Wraggamuffins cupcake again, especially as my birthday is in May so it's perfect timing! She did my birthday cupcakes last year and they were so delicious. We even had strangers who weren't part of my party coming up and nabbing them! For anyone who hasn't tried one yet you have to check them out, they're fantastic.

Ian
Ian

Oh my god, Wraggamuffins! YES! I found out this week that she's coming back too. I loved the peanut butter truffles she did, I know this is a thread about cake, but those were amazing. Does anyone know when she's reopening?

Lucy
Lucy

I was in Balham this week and had a some fantastic cupcakes at Bertie & Boo cafe. Great flavours ( rose, lavender, Apple, Chocolate & Orange among others ). Nice friendly staff on the high street.

Jo D
Jo D

Tried Hummingbird again this week as it was a colleague's birthday - they have gone really downhill. I remember when I first tried them about 5 years ago they were good, it seems once these cupcake places get big they forget to add any flavour to their cakes. The cakes were dry, the frosting was too sweet and had no vanilla, the chocolate sponge did not taste of anything (certainly not chocolate), the carrot cake was bland and dry, the vanilla cake was like cardboard. Total waste of money.

Cake Fanatic!
Cake Fanatic!

I was addicted to Wraggamuffins before she moved to the US, but I hear through Facebook that she's moving back next year (yay!). Her cupcakes were amazing because they weren't too sweet like most of the others, and you could actually taste the flavour without feeling like you've just had a mouthful of sugar. She did others bits and pieces too, so I'm really happy she's coming back.

Tonia
Tonia

I have to say I have tried many cupcakes in London and most have disappointed especially from the big bakeries such as Lolas, Hummingbird, Ella's et al. There's too many cupcakes now and most of them are not very good. I did quite like Cat & the Cream when I tried theirs and Violets is also good. I recently came across a stall called Molly Bakes near Broadway Market, I'd never heard of them before but later found out they are stocked in Selfridges and have quite the celebrity following. A brilliant find, the two cupcakes I tried were divine. Their flavours range from classic to unusual, I tried salted caramel, matcha green tea and carrot (seriously the best carrot cake I have ever had). If I lived in East London I'd go get some every week but then I'd be the size of a house!

shadab alam
shadab alam

red velwet cup cake was very hummmmmmmmmyyyyyyyyyyyy

Maria
Maria

Sweet Tooth make delicious cakes and cupcakes to order and deliver, if you cant catch them at one of their pop up market places! www.indulgemysweettooth.com

felicity
felicity

I highly recommend the shop 'Ms Cupcake' in Brixton. They sell the most delicious vegan cakes- but you can't even tell they're vegan! really lovely, beautifully presenting, shop is like a delightful 50s style shop/diner. they have a stall in greenwhich market too.

Penny
Penny

ive just discovered maria louie on Northcote road, so unusual and yummy!

Jenny
Jenny

Rosie's cakery She dose not have a shop, but works from a kitchen in south London. I ordered some cupcakes for a friends baby shower and they were truly amazing www.rosiescakery.com/. you really must try them :)

Laila
Laila

The best Cupcakes in London have to be from Crumbs Couture!!!! Delish!

Sask
Sask

Ella's cakes in Covent Garden. How can you pass by without having to go in to buy a cake?? Lovely shop, lovely cakes. It's a real shopping treat. Last time I was there I bought a cake each for friends I was having dinner with later that night - they were so chuffed. We cut them up after dinner for "petit fours"....delicious!!!

W
W

The most amazing cupcakes in London are made by a small boutique bakery company called Victoria's Kitchen. Literally divine! www.victorias-kitchen.com

V
V

Peggy Porschen's!

Helen w
Helen w

I vote Hummingbird, found the best Red Velvet moist with sweet buttercream frosting yummmm!

Lilla
Lilla

Everyone should try the cupcake stall in the new part of Camden market! I think it's called Mimi's Cupcakes. She makes loads of different flavours, my personal faveourite being peanut butter and chocolate :-)

Lost in London
Lost in London

For me the best cupcakes I've tasted so far in London are the one from Ella's Bakehouse in Covent Garden.

Rebecca
Rebecca

My friend Amy is starting up her own cupcakery called YayCakes! She's fantastic, and you can find her on Facebook (cos that's where all the cool kids hang out these days.)

David Blatt
David Blatt

Of course, I meant to type "wedding cake" not "wedding". Sorry for any confusion.

David Blatt
David Blatt

I haven't seen any mention of CAT AND THE CREAM. The company was featured in last years's article and I keep going back to Whole Foods in Camden to buy their cup cakes. I've yet to taste better. I believe it's run by the young girl I met on their stall at Borough Market some time back. I can't talk about ingredients, all I can say is that they taste natural and fantastic. I even got together with a close friend and we ordered her wedding through them. That's one of their strengths, cakes "made to measure".

Little miss cupcake
Little miss cupcake

Sweet Couture have the best cupcakes I've tasted in London!!!! I had an amazing carrot and red velvet the other day from their boutique which is the CUTEST little shop i've seen.

holly
holly

The best cupcakes ever are made at home in an aga with organic and locally sourced ingredients in a beautiful buckinghamshire village.....see website: www.scrummyyummycupcakes.com .........delicious, scrummy cakes I have ever bought!! :)

Charlies
Charlies

I agree Ms Cupcakes cakes are AMAZING, really original flavours, moist! I'm not vegan either. Hummingbird cupcakes are dry, have too much icing and look like mass produced rubbish.

cakexpert
cakexpert

Sprinkalicious bakery do the best cupcakes in London hands down. I used to buy at Hummingbirds but find the cupcakes way too expensive and very dissapointing, I've tried Lola's but found them too dry and they just look too artificial. Buttercup cupcakes are way too big, more like a muffin with some frosting. Sprinkalicious have really good flavours and the best thing is that they are fresh moist and sooooo good! www.sprinkaliciousbakery.co.uk