Cakes may be for special occasions, but there are no etiquette rules that dictate when one should eat a cupcake. Whether they’re stuffed with buttercream, smothered in edible glitter or decorated to look like unicorns, a cupcake — or two, or three, or four — always makes life better.
Fortunately for cupcake lovers, there’s no shortage of frosting and batter in Las Vegas. From a cupcake ATM to a bakery with its own show on the Food Network, here are five places to grab a dozen cupcakes this weekend in Las Vegas.
A neighborhood favorite
Locals in the Centennial Hills area of Las Vegas love Retro Bakery. The neighborhood cupcake shop is known for its flavored buttercream frostings, which makes an appearance on inventive cupcake flavors such as the Cherry Coke cupcake, the apple cider cupcake, and the delightfully technicolor Sour Patch cupcake. Vegan and gluten-free cupcakes are available, and for those who aren’t quite satisfied with just one cupcake, full-size cakes in most cupcake flavors can be ordered.
Retro Bakery, 7785 N. Durango Road; 702-586-3740
A bakery with its own TV show
Freed’s Bakery may have gained national fame in 2017 with a starring role on Vegas Cakes on the Food Network, but Las Vegans have been obsessed with the family-owned bakery for decades. In addition to the jaw-dropping feats of cake seen on TV, Freed’s Bakery also makes decadent cupcakes. Classic flavors include chocolate peanut butter cup, red velvet, chocolate maple bacon, and mint chocolate chip.
Freed’s Bakery, 9815 S. Eastern Ave.; 702-456-7762
Cupcakes that were meant for the stage
Two stage performers turned bakers started Showboy Bakeshop, so it makes sense that their cupcake creations have a flair for the dramatic. The cupcake bakery has two Las Vegas locations, where dessert lovers can choose from cupcakes dusted with edible glitter, stars and music notes with fitting names such as The Headliner (vanilla cake and vanilla buttercream) and All That Razz (raspberry filled raspberry cake with raspberry buttercream). For a show stopping bite of fruit and frosting, Lulu’s Strawberry Dream (strawberry filled strawberry cake with cream cheese frosting) is an especially wonderful cupcake.
Showboy Bakeshop, 3370 S. Hualapai Way; 702-359-0200
For anyone who has ever said, “I’d order that cupcake if it had a different frosting,” Mad Hatter Cupcakes has the solution. The bakeshop features fully customizable cupcakes. Diners can choose their cupcake flavor, filling, frosting and add toppings. Whether they’re in the mood for a coconut cupcake with white chocolate ganache filling, banana rum frosting and gummy strawberries on top or just a simple coffee cupcake with java bean frosting, Mad Hatter Cupcakes can make it happen.
Mad Hatter Cupcakes, 4195 S. Grand Canyon Pkwy., Suite 105; 702-893-2253
A cupcake ATM
The problem with cupcakes — perhaps the only problem — is that they’re hard to find at 3 a.m. This isn’t an issue at Sprinkles Cupcakes & Ice Cream, which offers a continuously re-stocked cupcake ATM on The Linq Promenade with flavors including red velvet, chocolate coconut and salted caramel. The actual store itself serves the same cravable cupcakes plus ice cream and cookies too.
Sprinkles, The Linq Promenade, 3545 Las Vegas Blvd. S.; 702-733-0522