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Best Gourmet Cupcakes in Vancouver

Best Gourmet Cupcakes in Vancouver

Vancouver has had a sudden burst of great bakeries popping up – from Le Petit Belge on Robson to the most recently opened PureBread Bakery on Hastings. We now have a huge selection of bakeries and among them a cornucopia of cupcake shops.

Below is our guide to finding the best in the city.

Best Gourmet Cupcakes in Vancouver

Best Gourmet Cupcakes in Vancouver

Cupcakes by Heather & Lori: Denman Street + many more

Really, we owe the birth of the cupcake trend in Vancouver to Cupcakes by Heather and Lori. They began in 2002 when Vancouver’s cupcake scene was seriously lacking. The pretty décor and adorable cupcakes of their original shop on Denman earned them the reputation for consistently pretty cakes and super sweet frosting. Cupcakes by Heather and Lori is now the most convenient of the cupcake shops in Vancouver, with their ten shops scattered about town.  For a brief time they even had a TV show about their success and how they turned their little shop into a sizable franchise. Their popularity and success has paved the way for other cupcake shops to open.

Here are a couple of alternatives that set the bar higher:


Best Gourmet Cupcakes in Vancouver

ManCakes: 288 Robson Street

For those who appreciate the harmony and magic produced by complimentary flavours – Mancakes is the place to go. The product of three guys from Vancouver in search of a less “frilly” cupcake with more robust and complex flavours, Mancakes offers some novel options – and they deliver! Some flavours sound like they might be cocktails rather than cupcakes, like whiskey lime and tequila pineapple, while others definitely sound like cakes for men, King Kong and Bacon Chili Chocolate, for example. For the Fall season they also have a Pumpkin Spice Latte cupcake.

Update – Mancakes has closed their Robson location indefinitely, and plans to re-open, or find a new location in the coming months.


Best Gourmet Cupcakes in Vancouver

Cassia Cupcakery: 1706 Commercial Drive

Cassia Cupcakery is a petite boutique bakery offering organic coffee and tea, retro soft drinks and of course, scrumptious cupcakes. They have all the usual flavours and a few interesting twists, like cappuccino frosting and their original cream cheese cupcake. They also offer a delicious range suited to those with dietary restrictions, like gluten-free, dairy free and vegan. As a bonus, if you buy a pack of 6 cupcakes or more you get them tax free.


These are two of my favourite cupcake spots. What are yours? Let us know in the comments!


Best Gourmet Cupcakes in Vancouver  by Savannah Duggan

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