Everyone loves a delectable treat, right! And Raleigh has many decadent bakeries, cupcake and dessert shops that cater both to the sweet tooth and visual eye. So, whether you are heading out to work and just need a little something sweet to complement your cup of coffee, breaking away for an afternoon confection, or trying to find “the go-to place” to grab a late night pastry, consider one of these heavenly cupcake spots in Raleigh that will not disappoint.

We are pretty sure you will want to hit up all these local Insta worthy destinations sooner than later in Raleigh. Just try and control yourself and don’t rush into all five businesses on the same day. Your dentist wouldn’t be pleased if they found out!

The Cupcake Shoppe

Located only minutes from downtown Raleigh and located in the always happening Glenwood South district, The Cupcake Shoppe is just gorgeous all-around! This cupcake destination is bright and beautiful. The menu offers 12-15 specialty cupcakes and other creative confections like breakfast pastries, croissants, brownies, seasonal bars & cookies, ice cream sandwiches, homemade marshmallows and more. Additionally, the shop makes gluten-free options in-house and offers a full line of coffee and espresso drinks.

Cake Couture Boutique

Located adjacent to the massive Triangle Town Center mall in Northeast Raleigh, Cake Couture makes gorgeous wedding cakes. Also, they offer a nice variety of cupcakes, gourmet candy bars as well as a full range of catering. With weekly flavors such as pineapple upside down and candy bar crunch, it would definitely worth a visit!

Edible Art Bakery & Dessert Cafe

Winner of numerous industry and critic awards, Edible Art Bakery & Dessert Cafe is in a perfect location to satisfy your sweet tooth either before or after strolling the shops of North Hills. The café menu, known for its signature scratch bakery operation, offers cupcake flavors including Almond Amaretto, Champagne Raspberry, and Caramel Apple. Other items include cakes, pies, cheesecake, cookies, and tiramisu.


Nestled in the heart of Cameron Village, Sugarland is the only bakery in North Carolina with a full bar! Martha Stewart and Southern Living rave about Sugarland wedding cakes and birthday cakes. Also seen on the Food Network, the Today Show, Good Morning America, Sugarland provides a sweet rolodex of cupcakes, gelatos, pastries, and cakes. The daily cupcake du jour menu leaves you anticipating the next visit. Their flagship location in Chapel Hill is also definitely worth a visit.

Gigi’s Cupcakes

The story of Gigi’s Cupcakes is quite remarkable. Gigi’s real dream was to become a singer/songwriter. So, she formed a band and began doing her own shows and making demo tapes. But, fate paired Gigi with something sweeter. Known for its one-of-a-kind cupcakes and signature icing swirl, Gigi’s Cupcakes are available not only in-person for pickup at one of the local stores — but the cupcakes can also be ordered online, shipped right to your doorstep!

Gigi’s has two locations in Raleigh, one over in Brier Creek and another just outside of Cameron Village near Wade Ave.

Cupcakes are calling your name!

The options of desserts to be had in Raleigh continues to expand each and every year. Whether you are having a cupcake, cookie, slice of cake, or other sweet pleasure, be sure to always support local businesses found in and around the heart of the City of Oaks. And don’t forget to savor the sweetness that yummy desserts deliver right to your tummy.

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This post was created in collaboration with the Downtown Raleigh Blog editorial team and 919 Blog contributor Carla Williams for exclusive digital publication via The Triangle Blog Network