Tasty Treats in Downtown Santa Cruz

Cupcakes are all the rage, but if you’re anything like me, your waistline is not as happy as your sweet tooth when devouring these tasty treats.

Meet Buttercup Cakes located in downtown Santa Cruz. I was elated to discover this quaint and adorable bakery, specializing in cupcakes that vary from mini to large, with gluten-free and vegan options. All ingredients are natural and locally sourced. Your body just might thank you for indulging.

The flavors are divine and not just your average combinations. Chocolate Chai, Raspberry Red Velvet and Blood Orange Earl Grey are just a few that tickled my taste buds. The shop is locally owned and just four months old, but it's sure to become a destination for Santa Cruz foodies.

Not only are the cupcakes and Farmhouse Frosting absolutely delicious, the shop itself would make Martha Stewart proud. The décor is delightful and just as sweet as the cupcakes themselves. 

Buttercup Cakes has become a regular destination for me whenever I’m downtown, and its location is just around the corner from the movie theater, making for a great post-movie treat that will surely sweeten up your day.

Buttercup Cakes, 109 Locust St., Santa Cruz, (831) 466-0373.

Photos by Sera Michael