Kara’s Cupcakes (Multiple Locations in Northern California)

With “The San Francisco sweet” as their slogan, Kara’s Cupcakes is the perfect place to go if you’re looking for an authentic Bay Area dessert. The first Kara’s Cupcakes was in the Marina District in San Francisco by Kata Haspel Lind and has opened many locations throughout Northern California since.

I have been to two of the locations, and even though they are different, they have a similar atmosphere. Both were very sleek, clean, and modern. The walls and decorations were mostly white with pink and brown decorations, very simple with the main focus on the menus and cupcakes. The cupcakes are displayed in a class case in the center of the store so you can clearly see the flavors before you decide on what exactly you want to order.

The cupcakes are the perfect combination in a cupcake of frosting to cake ratio, and neither are too sweet. In my opinion, the best flavors are the classic ones:  sweet chocolate, sweet vanilla, and red velvet. They have perfected these recipes that takes an old favorite to a whole new level. The red velvet’s cream cheese frosting is both tangy and sweet leaving you wanting more, and for the sweet vanilla they use Madagascar vanilla, that adds an extra richness that you can taste in each bite.

Even though their classics are my favorite, I also love their original flavors as well. My abosulute favorite Kara’s orginal is the fleur de sel, a chocolate cupcake filled with caramel and chocolate ganache and topped with fleur de sel. I honestly think that the combination of chocolate, salt, and caramel is the best, and this cupcake really captures the highlights of each of the ingredients. Whenever I go to Kara’s, I make sure to pick this cupcake up!

Each month they make a limited edition cupcake that fits the theme. For example, in December they featured a peppermint cupcake, which was incredibly delicious and exciting to try. I like this element because it makes having that cupcake feel that much more special.



Fleur de sel cupcake


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