Made with love and lots of sugar, Austin is home to some of the tastiest baked goods around. From homemade pies to extremely large donuts, there’s no shortage of sweets in the city. Here are some of the best Austin bakeries where you can indulge in some deliciousness.
Sugar Mama’s Bakeshop is a local Austin bakery praised for their spongy mouthwatering cupcakes, plus they work to create a more green environment using only renewable and compostable materials. Everything in their shop is made from scratch with locally sourced eggs and no preservatives. Try their Apocalypse Cupcake, winner of Food Network’s Cupcake Wars, made with rich Valrhona cake, spicy chipotle filling, and frosted with chocolate buttercream. For a non-cupcake treat, indulge in their homemade pastry pop tart with your choice of chocolate hazelnut, triple berry, or bacon-onion jam filling.
Grab some coffee and a morning danish at Upper Crust Bakery. This local bakery features scrumptious sweets made from scratch with all-natural ingredients. Try their croissants or pre-order some of their seasonal pies; this fall, you can choose from pumpkin, strawberry rhubarb, blueberry, and more.
Blackbird Bakery is a completely gluten-free bakery with pastries that taste as incredible, if not more so, as traditional baked goods. The owner, Karen Morgan, creates the recipes for every treat and even sells her own Blackbird Bakery gluten-free flour blends. You can also find some of her recipes on the Blackbird Bakery website. Try her seasonal tarts like the Raspberry Italian Meringue or order some Creamy Almond Danishes. Also, try some donut holes glazed or sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar. The Amish White Bread is also a favorite among customers.
You’ll thoroughly enjoy Capital City Bakery with their tasty 100 percent vegan baked goods. Besides their mission to promote health and protect animals, they frequently buy local and organic ingredients. Their cupcakes are moist and fluffy with creamy frosting, and whether you’re vegan or not, you’ll appreciate the delectable taste. Try their Fauxstess chocolate cupcake filled with cream, topped with dark chocolate buttercream and a vanilla swirl on top. Their Carrot Pumpkin cupcake with vegan cream cheese spread on top is also a delightful option.
Key Lime Pie at Quack's 43rd Street Bakery | Courtesy of Dan Brennan
In the middle of Hyde Park is Quack’s 43rd Street Bakery, the cutest neighborhood bakeshop. They offer desserts, a deli, coffee, plus a great atmosphere in which to sit and enjoy their delicious menu. Try their Sour Cream Coffee Cake with some organic fair trade coffee on the side, or savor any one of their pies like the freshly baked Apple Cinnamon Pie or perhaps any of their specialty cupcakes.
Tiny Pies is owned, created and shared by the mother-daughter duo Kit and Amanda. It’s just like mom made it but smaller. The quality of the pies is evident in every bite of their seasonal pie flavors. Right now, you can try Strawberry Basil, Nutella, Key Lime, Texas Two Step, and more.
Blue Note Bakery is your go-to for custom cake designs, perfect for every event from weddings to birthday parties. The bakery does a great job of creating fun, artfully designed cakes without sacrificing taste. They’ll first meet with you to discuss your event and vision for the cake, and then together, you’ll go over the design and cake flavors. The best way to truly appreciate this bakery, aside from eating their cakes, is by browsing the photos of past cakes created for every theme and event imaginable.
The concept is simple: Voodoo Doughnut creates crazy delicious, crazy looking donuts. Try their new Pot Hole Doughnut topped with frosting and Oreos or Tex-Ass Challenge Doughnut – so big that if you finish in 80 seconds or less, you get your money back. The experience alone is worth the trip.