Cupcakes in Vegas

Cupcakes in Vegas

I was in Las Vegas over the Fourth of July and received the sweetest surprise!

Cupcakes in Vegas

Cupcakes!!! And lots of them.

Cupcakes in Vegas

They were from Kari and Brian of Retro Bakery. I “met” Kari through flickr when she was documenting her adventures in opening a bakery and I’ve been keeping up with her on Twitter, knowing that the next time I visited Las Vegas, I wanted to rent a car and surprise her at the bakery.

Fun! Fun! Fun! I’ve only been to a few cupcake bakeries. Sprinkles Cupcakes in Dallas and The Atlanta Cupcake Factory in Georgia. I know. There’s something enormously wrong with that picture. So I was really excited to see Retro and check out their cupcakes.

Big problem. Right before I left, she announced they were going to be closed on the day I could come visit. On vacation of all things. Just my luck. Needless to say, I was bummed.

But, Kari did the sweetest thing. She sent some to the hotel for me the last day they were open. The Fourth of July. I couldn’t believe it. I mean I’ve certainly never had cupcakes delivered to my room before. The bellman brought them up and for a minute I thought I was going to have to fight the guy for them. Even after I tipped him, he kept going on about them. I guess he wanted me to give him one. Well, that didn’t happen. Sorry Mr. Bellman. These were all staying with me!

Cupcakes in Vegas

Can you blame me. I mean look at them. They tasted just as good as they look. And really moist too.

Cupcakes in Vegas

In the back is Pink Lemonade (Lemon cake topped with pink lemonade buttercream and hot pink glitter sugar). In the front: Hop Scotch (Vanilla cake topped with vanilla buttercream dipped in butterscotch ganache) This was one of my favorites!

Cupcakes in Vegas

Here we have Cinnamon Toast (Vanilla cake topped with cinnamon buttercream dusted with cinnamon and sugar). YUM!

Cupcakes in Vegas

And here… Milk & Cookies (Chocolate-chip cake topped with vanilla buttercream and a freshly baked mini chocolate chip cookie.) This is all wrong and all right, all at the same time. Another fave!

Cupcakes in Vegas

Left: Apple Cider (Cinnamon swirl cake topped with apple cider buttercream dusted with cinnamon and sugar) Front: Mint Chocolate Chip (Chocolate cake topped with green mint buttercream and mini chocolate chips) Right: Red, White & Blueberry (Blueberry cake topped with strawberry buttercream) This might have been my most fave. But it’s a toss up with the Hopscotch.

Oh and, sorry about the lighting on some of these pics. The room didn’t have the best angle for natural light.

Cupcakes in Vegas

But who cares about lighting when you have this much chocolate to look at. Left: Chocolate Fountain (Chocolate cake topped with chocolate buttercream and dipped in chocolate ganache). Right: Chocolate Covered Banana (Chocolate cake topped with banana buttercream dipped in chocolate ganache and sprinkled with walnuts) Back: Peanut Butter Cup (Chocolate cake topped with peanut butter buttercream and dark chocolate shavings) Who am I kidding… these were all faves.

Cupcakes in Vegas

But I didn’t actually eat them then.

Cupcakes in Vegas

I left them all alone in the room while we went to get dinner. It was difficult, but I knew if I tasted even one, it would be all over. By the way, if you’ve been to Vegas, you can probably guess where I stayed by now.

Cupcakes in Vegas

And, later when we returned.

Cupcakes in Vegas

Let’s just say there was a little cupcake carnage during the taste testing. I won’t give you all the messy details, but I’m glad there wasn’t a camera filming me.

And the best thing about these cupcakes, was having the rest of them again for breakfast.

Cupcakes in Vegas

Thanks so much for the Retro cupcakes, Kari & Brian. I hope to really meet you guys next time.

Do you have a cupcake bakery in your area that you want to try? One that you love or one that you’ve just heard of? I would love to hear your recommendations.

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318 comments on “Cupcakes in Vegas”

  1. Love it! I live in vegas and have been thinking of going to culinary school for patissarie and baking, with the dream of eventually having my own bakery. I'll have to check you out for sure!

  2. There is a great little cupcake bakery in Provo, Utah called "The Sweet Tooth Fairy". They are delicious and the shop is so cute. My favorite cupcake from there (so far)is the red velvet with vanilla frosting.

  3. oh my god… those flavours are great…i would totally eat the whole box

  4. Forget dinner!…those cupcakes would have been dinner!!! Holy cow do they look awesome!!!

  5. Wow, now that is awesome and they look so yummy!!! :)

    Funny we should be talking about cupcakes…come check out our blog for details on a Cupcake(SOAP!!!) giveaway!!

  6. I think I just gained 5 lbs. just reading that post. They look fantastic! And I love the imaginative way they look at cupcakes!

  7. I'm not sure if you ever get to Canada, but everyone in Victoria, BC is talking about Ooh La La Cupcakes:

  8. So incredibly thoughtful! What a fantastic way to celebrate. We're heading to Vegas on our around the world tour, so I will have to check them out. Thanks for the heads up!

  9. That was so sweet of her. The cupcakes all look scrumptious! I think the red, white and blueberry would be one of my faves too :-)

  10. If your ever in Seattle, I would love to visit either one or ALL of these cupcake shops with you=):Trophy Cupcakes, Cupcake Royale, & The Yellow Leaf Cupcake Co. I have never been there and I live a little over an hour away! One place I have been that is much closer to me is hello, cupcake which is in Tacoma. I did my the taste too=) If I remember correctly I bought every flavor they had. Take a look=)

  11. Those look SO good!

  12. Yes! Their cupcakes do rock! So glad you were able to try them. Hopscotch is also one of my favs.

  13. Those look SO good! The pink lemonade, all the chocolate ones, and the…you know what, ALL of them!

  14. OH YEAH!!! As a Vegas resident, I can say how awesome the Retro Bakery is. Hope you had a great time while you were here!!!

  15. Retro Bakery = AWESOME!
    I ate there the last time I was in town visiting my brother and sister-in-law. We all got one, split it into 4 pieces and then tried each others. Best dessert I've had in a long time.

  16. There is a great cupcake shop in Melbourne here in Australia called 'Crabapple Bakery'. We are heading to the states for a holiday in Sept, will be going to Vegas and I've just added to the list of places I must go, Retro bakery here I come!!

  17. The cupcakes look delicious. I like the sound of the pink lemonade one. You are very lucky to taste test them :)


  18. Thinking of coming to Brisbane, Australia?

    I want to visit this Cupcake shop in our city:

  19. Sift Cupcakery in Cotati, CA and Napa, CA. They are simply DELISH!!!!!

    My fav is only avail during Christmas but it is Peppermint!!!!

  20. My old high school friend and I are currently on a hunt to find the best dessert in Seattle, and there's a couple of cupcake places on our list. We go out every Tuesday (dinner + desert), and I love every minute of it! So far our favorite place is Tango, and it's best to go on a Tuesday.

  21. You deserve every one! :D

  22. I'm salivating! Those flavors sounds delish!

  23. I've been wanting to check out The Cupcake Station in Birmingham, Michigan. I've been to Cake Nouveau in Ann Arbor and the cupcakes there were pretty darn good!

  24. You are so lucky! A vacation and every cupcake of the flavor rainbow!!
    We have a cupcake bakery in my neighborhood, never been but now I'm cravin cupcakes. Today may be the day to give them a try:)

  25. I WISH!!!!!!
    These look s good my mouth is watering, and I'm a lover of cupcakes! WOW! THESE LOOK AMAZING!

    I haven't eaten a decent cupcake since I' moved to Scotland!

  26. oh YUM! They all looked sooooo delicous! Gotta love cupcakes!

  27. O DELICIOUS! I love the choc chip cookie one, I will have to try that soon!!! Love your website Bakerella, i am so inspired, and south africans are loving cake balls!!

  28. they do look delish…sadly i haven't found anything 'to die for' here in my town. Nothing. Nada. Zip.

    It's sad, I know.

  29. The Cupcakery in Vegas has the best cupcakes ever (and I mean better than anything I have found in NY, LA or Chicago).

    In Des Moines, check out Carefree Patisserie.

  30. Retro Bakery is bar far the best in source for cupcakes in Vegas… they're awesome!

  31. Haha I bet those were good. They looked good.

    The carnage!

  32. I've been to Cupcake Station in Birmingham, MI and was not impressed. The decoration was OK – nothing special and the cake was dry. I've not been to the place in Ann Arbor.

  33. In Albuquerque, New Mexico there is a shop called Cake Fetish. What I love about them is the frosting, so creamy and not too sweet. Perfect!

    And by the way, I saw your shout-out in Cookie Magazine. I had to re-read it because I thought for sure that's not the same Bakerella that I read? But it is!

  34. hi bakerella! you are one luncky gal! I haven't been to any cupcakeries – but i made your buttercream recipe for my own cupcakes this past weekend (for my twins's first birthday!). you can see pics at the buttercream was the hit of the party! Thank you!

  35. I haven't made it there yet but I am excited to try Babycakes in Lexington, KY.

  36. We live in Baton Rouge and sadly, there are no good cupcake shops. There is one place, but it has the misfortune of sharing a lobby with a hair salon…plus we just can't figure out why their cuppy cakes are so dry and dense…luckily The Fresh Market sells BIG cupcakes for .99…..which will have to do for now. This is why we LOVE hearing about other shops! OMG! All the new flavors to try out at home! My 4 year old loves our 'experiments' =)

  37. The next time I'm in Vegas I'm totally trying that place. I was going to say I want to try this place called Sweet Tooth Fairy…but someone already wrote about it! :) Must be good and I should go try it. Can I have a pre=baby cupcake to celebrate that she is almost here??

  38. if you're ever in the midwest, try babycakes ( in the rivermarket in downtown kansas city, mo. delish!

    those cupcakes look gorgeous! i absolutely wouldn't have been able to wait.

  39. These look AMAZING! I want to experiment and try them all now!!

  40. Our favorite is the Cupcake Cottage in Fort Worth. They have the sweetest little store and the yummiest, all natural ingredients, cupcakes!

  41. if you're ever in NYC, you've GOT to go visit Magnolia Bakery ( They are quite famous, Sarah Jessica Parker loves their cupcakes too. =) I've had a lot of cupcakes and theirs is one of a kind. There is just something about the dense & buttery cake & the pretty pastel frosting.
    Also, I've heard Crumbs is good too. =) (really BIG cupcakes) (

    Please go try them if you're ever in New York!! You won't be disappointed! =)

  42. DC has recently taken off with the cupcake craze, but I haven't had one since it hit and I don't feel any sense of urgency. I love the idea of cupcake bakeries, but when you can't even count how many there are in our little city, well, I don't want to waste my time with sub-par cupcakes! I'd love it if anyone has recommendations in the district.

  43. Now that looked so GOOD!!! You amke me want to go bake to Vegas….. We got engaged there 8 years ago and have vowed to go back but children and life have come to prevent this now these cupcakes and needing a vacation REALLY bad are making it a top priority!!!!!!!!!!!

  44. What a cupcake adventure. Don't you just love it when something looks great and tastes great? What a fun, fun treat. ~Kelly

    unDeniably Domestic

  45. In Kansas City (right downtown near the Market) there is a wonderful cupcake bakery called "BabyCakes" ! isn't that the cutest! They make handmade chocolates as well!

  46. Wow, wow, wow! Those are fantastic! I totally want to try making the ones with the chocolate chip cookie on top next time I need to make a dessert!!! Yum!

  47. Must. leave. house. find. cupcake. Holy moly. What a wonderful surprise! Thanks for letting us share vicariously.

  48. If you're ever in Memphis, TN, you've got to try Muddy's Bake Shop –

  49. Oh, yes, Bakerella! You must check out Swirlz in Chicago. But I warn you…they'll make you all tingly.

    And if you DO come to Chicago, hit me up…we'll meet for cupcakes!

  50. Honestly, if someone would have delivered those to me, I would have sat down and cried. Clutching them tightly of course. Then I would have grabbed a large glass of milk and found a place to be alone. Just me and the cupcakes.(good book title)

  51. Yes! I have to tell you I think you left the best cupcakes behind in Dallas by going to Sprinkles…Celebrity Bakery has a better cupcake, for sure. But, IMHO, the best cupcake in Dallas is at Society Bakery-like your friend in Las Vegas, they are all about the buttercream! They were voted one of the ten best cupcakes in the US by the Ellen Degeneres show a while back. And-they give 10% of all profits to charity. There is also a new place in town-near downtown called the Cupcakery. I'll be checking that place out soon to see how it measures up. So, when next in Dallas, please check out some of these places!

  52. We were in vegas too on the 4th! I wish I could have met you guys. Oh well, another time!

  53. Near Raleigh, NC: Cupcake Envy! They make some of the most creative mini-cakes and cupcakes that I've ever seen.

  54. Those look so wonderful, my mouth was watering just looking at the pics.

    I wish we did have a cupcake bakery, oh how I wish we did!!!

  55. Mmmmmm…YUMMY!!!! Not sure if you ever make it up to Canada, but if you ever find your way to Manitoba, visit Winnipeg and hit up 'The Cupcakery'…DELICIOUS!!!

  56. You must try a little shop in Ft Myers, FL called Robins Nest. She makes the most AMAZING orange mimosa cupcakes. You have not lived till you have tried one!

  57. No, I don't think we have a cupcake bakery, but I would seriously LOVE to open one.

    Those look DELISH!

  58. Oh my gosh! That is probably the best surprise ever! How many people get off a plane, tired and wanting to crash and are greeted with something that fabulous!
    You, my friend know how to make the right connections.

  59. I live in Cleveland, and a delightful little bakery opened up last year in the Tremont neighborhood. I haven't been there yet, but a friend of mine has, and she loves it! Last Fall, I was going to have a few friends over for dinner on my birthday, and I ended up cancelling because I came down with a nasty sinus infection. My friend brought me cupcakes from this bakery on my birthday. You can get to their website here: A Cookie and a Cupcake.

  60. I have been to Sprinkles in Scottsdale and I went to another cupcake place, but they were dry so I won't mention their name.

    Not sure I could pick out a favorite in the cupcakes you got! The pink lemonade one sounds divine, and I ADORE chocolate and peanut butter…difficult decisions.

  61. Those look divine! In Salt Lake City, UT, the best cupcake place is Mini's.

  62. If you are in St. Louis, you need to try Jilly's Cupcake Bar on Delmar. They have delicious huge cupcakes in exciting flavors. My favorite is Chocolate Thunder. It is a chocolate lovers dream!!!! How cool is that…go on vacation and get lots of cupcakes delivered to you room service style!!! You are one lucky girl!

  63. We liv in Henderson, NV which is just next to Vegas. Retro Bakery is about 45 minutes away on the North side of town so we go to the Cupcakery out by us.

    They are delectable! You can get a single cupcake and put it in a little box to give as a gift. Love it! My favorite is their Red Velvet but the ganoche filled ones are divine as well.

  64. Those cupcakes are incredible! I love the unique flavor pairings.

    In Chicago I've been wanting to try Bleeding Heart Bakery. Maybe I will do that today!

    I used to live in New York City and had two favorite cupcake shops. In my Brooklyn neighborhood I frequented the Little Cupcake Bakeshop. In Manhattan I was a big fan of Magnolia Bakery.

    You should plan a bakery tour of the U.S. so we can continue to eat vicariously through you! Thanks for all your baking inspirations!

  65. AZ….Tammy Coe Cpcakes. She makes wedding cakes too. DO NOT come to visit here until September. This weekend the temp. is going to be 118F!!! You and your cupcakes would melt into the pavement!

  66. If you're ever in Fort Collins, CO, go to the Buttercream Cupcakery. It is sooooooooo good!!!!

  67. Looks yummy! We havent had a chance yet to visit any of the cupcake shops around Denver Co. yet but there are quite a few. I really want to get up to Boulder to Tee and Cakes which has some really creative flavors such as just noticed a beer cupcake (dont think I'll try that one) but the one I really want to try is the chocolate bacon cupcake.

  68. The Cupcake Station in Birmingham, Michigan has great cupcakes! My favorite is the Creme Francaise. A dark chocolate cake with French Buttercream. Sinful!

  69. I live in Orange County, CA and there is a bakery about 20 minutes away called Dolcissimo. My brother and sister-in-law had their cupcakes at their wedding and I didn't believe them when they said they are better than Sprinkles. Then I tried them…wow! So much better than Sprinkles! They had a snickerdoodle cupcake which was amazing!

  70. I live in Georgia, so Im DEFINATELY going to have to check out the cupcake bakery in Atlanta. Thanks for the tip!

  71. Isn't that something. I live in Las Vegas and never heard of Retro Bakery. Now I must go try their cupcakes!! Thanks for sharing. The cookies and milk looks amazing!

  72. I HAVE to go there. Those look so so so amazing! I want the milk and cookies one!

  73. In albuquerque i think the best is cupcakeology although state street cafe makes some pretty mean cupcakes too and their choc cake is to die for!

  74. I am going to Vegas next week and making my list of bakeries to visit…some people shop, some people visit tourist attractions…I cupcake! This was one of the ones on my list to try so I am glad you liked it!

  75. Those look amazing! I love the old school look of the way the buttercream is swirled, and dipping them in ganache I've not seen.

    We have a prinkles down here but there have been a bunch of cupcake places opening up.

    Come visit So Cal!

  76. So glad Yummy in my Tummy posted. I live in the Seattle area and was just thinking that I've never seen a cupcake bakery. Now I know where to go!

    Retro Bakery's cupcakes look (and sound) sensational! I'm hungry… :)

  77. In Salt Lake I love Mini's and in Provo I give my vote to Sugar Tooth Fairy. ;)

    For a great list of Utah Cupcakeries try here:

  78. When in Kansas City, a visit to Cupcake ala Mode is a must! I'm very fond of their Bella Nutella cupcake with hazelnut buttercream, a pirouette cookie and a hazelnut truffle. Yum!

  79. If you're ever in Seattle, Trophy Cupcakes and Cupcake Royale are both amazing! Cupcake Royale has the BEST salted caramel chocolate cupcakes.

  80. yes yes yes i HIGHLY recommend GiGi's Cupcakes here in Nashville, TN. the website is and some of my favs are orange dreamsicle and the pumpkin cream. SO SO SO GOOD!

  81. here in west los angeles there is a fabulous little cupcake bakery called "hotcakes bakes" – best. cupcakes. ever. yum.

  82. Retro Bakery in Las Vegas has the BEST cupcakes in town!

    I have tried The Cupcakery many times, hoping they would taste as good as they look. Each time I was disappointed, especially considering what they cost. They were extremely dry, and the flavors had a chemical aftertaste which makes me think they don't use real flavorings.

    Retro is always moist and delicious! I might have to go there later today…….

  83. I can't recommend one in Tulsa because the only one we have is just okay, but in Oklahoma City, Cuppies and Joe is delish! I love the Mary Poppins one the best. And in Nashville I've had Gigi's Cupcakes – yum! But the best is Saint Cupcake in Portland, Oregon. I even had my husband bring me a box home from a business trip once.

  84. Those look delicious! I have been going to all the cupcake shops in the LA area to try to determine who has the best cupcakes. So far, my two favorites are Becker's Bakery in Manhattan Beach (so amazing!) and Violet's Cupcakes in Pasadena(amazing too!).

  85. We have "The Cupcakery" here in Frisco, TX (just north of Dallas). There is also one in Vegas.

  86. I love SO CUPCAKE in Holladay Utah. They are SOOO good! Love the lemon. Mmmmm…going to wait for my birthday though…only a few months away!

  87. Those look DIVINE.

    I'm pretty sure we'll be in vegas later this year, now I must try these.

  88. Those look so good. If you ever happen to be in Pittsburgh you have to stop into Dozen Bakery.
    Try the East End Stout. A chocolate cake made with a local stout beer…yum!

  89. We have one in Puyallup, WA called "Indulge…Cupcakes." Some of my favorites of theirs are Lemon w/ rasperry filling and lemon cream cheese frosting, Orange Dreamsicle, and they have a FABULOUS Strawberry Shortcake one with strawberry filling and a ribbon of strawberry through the frosting. My husband also loves their Carmel Macchiato. (It's a coffee thing:P) We ordered a bunch for our daughter's first birthday and they were a HIT!

  90. I live in Vegas but haven't been to Retro yet. Have tried the Cupcakery but was disappointed. Glad you enjoyed yourself! *Ü*

  91. Yum! do you have any piggie cake pops? My daughter is turning 8 next month and wants a piggie party. I thought piggie pops would be so cute.

    mamaduso5 at gmail dot com

  92. Holy moly! I'm glad they are no where near me!!!! I would NOT be able to resist a daily visit.

  93. Sounds incredible! Who knew there could be so many flavors for cupcakes?

    I saw your name in the latest issue of Cookie magazine! Congrats!


  95. i have not been, but have heard that these are fantastic in Denver
    Happy Cakes

    when i was in l.a. we drove by the place that is so famous and has a line around it, but my friend told me that i MUST go to this other, hole in the wall one, instead. there, i got a red velvet cupcake and a carrot cake one. i do not like cake, and i do not like frosting. i was not planning on falling in love that day. i ate both before the plane took off


    In Calgary, Alberta, Canada! My favourite is the Dirty Blonde!

  97. A truly great (and somewhat new) cupcake bakery in Chicago that you should check out is called Phoebe's Cupcakes. My roommate and I just discovered them in our neighborhood. The bakery itself is so cute and charming, and the cupcakes themselves are to die for! Any Bakerella readers in the Chicago/Lakeview area should give it a try. :)

  98. Just another reason to want to visit Vegas!! Those look sooo good!!

  99. The Cupcakery in Vegas is really good and they just opened one near me in Frisco,TX – Try the
    "Oh my gosh Ganache!"

  100. Those look delicious and I can't wait for my next trip to Vegas to try them!
    Some of my favorite shops:
    Sibby's Cupcakery – San Mateo, CA
    Yummy Cupcakes – Burbank, CA
    Crumb's Bakeshop – Beverly Hills, CA

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