We are a cupcake family. Some people get excited about ice cream with the return of warm weather, but we enjoy picking up a pack of cupcakes and heading to the park for a sweet treat at the playground after dinner. I passed this craving on to my oldest daughter in utero with a weekly after lunch cuppie (Holy Cow Cupcakes, may you rest in peace) and my youngest does tricks for licks of icing. Lucky for us, there are so many great options for cupcakes in Indy!

The Flying Cupcake

Say local cupcakes in Indy and the first name that comes to mind is The Flying Cupcake. With several locations in central Indiana, there’s bound to be one nearby. The Flying Cupcake is a special favorite of those with food-allergies, and their N. Illinois location is home to their RAW menu, featuring a full range of gluten free and vegan (dairy-free!) cupcake options. You might also see TFC’s trucks, Petunia and Penelope, out at various events though out the summer, bringing the goodness to you! TFC also hosts super cute Cupcake Parties at their Carmel and Greenwood locations – this is a great idea for an Indianapolis area birthday party!

Gigi’s Cupcakes

If you love icing, Gigi’s Cupcakes may be the best spot for you. There are 2 locally-owned franchise locations of this Nashville-based chain, and they have a signature way of piling on the creamy goodness! Gigi’s also has 2 cupcake trucks, Pinky and Scarlett, that are favorites around town and I’m a huge fan of their order online feature! Don’t forget to check out their gluten-free varieties (at least 3 every day), as well as their bread loaves, cheesecakes (cupcake sized!), and stuffed cookies.

Cupcakes on the Northside of Indianapolis

Vanilla Bean Bakery, in North Willow, doesn’t just make cupcakes, but boy do they excel at them! They make the most adorable- and delicious- custom cuppies. Perfect for a birthday party of any theme. If you aren’t a north sider, Kim’s Kake Kreations is the south side’s best bet for custom party cupcakes (don’t let the old Burger King building fool you- they KNOW how to bake and amazing cupcake… and they even deliver! Closer to Broad Ripple? You must check out Sweetie’s! Don’t miss the Sweeties Cart at Banker’s Life Fieldhouse and their cupcake truck out and about town, and enjoy the convenience of online ordering.

Smallcakes Cupcakery in Greenwood & Broad Ripple

We spent some time enjoying cupcakes at Smallcakes Cupcakery & Creamery in Broad Ripple and Greenwood. They’re famous for their wonderful array of cupcake and frosting flavors, but we’re obsessed with their Smallcakes Smash, an ice cream treat with cupcakes, kind of like a “freak shake.” Smallcakes Cupcakery also has gluten free and dairy free options.

11068743_928764676485_748097300_oAnother name in cupcakes you’ll hear come up again and again is The Confectioneiress and there is a reason why her cuppies have a cult following- they are decadent! Head up to Zionsville to see why these cupcakes are delicious AND beautiful- you should probably try a French Macaron while you are there.

Don’t be discouraged if the cupcake craving hits and you are near one of these fine establishments- many chain restaurants and groceries have some pretty incredible offerings. Can’t give up ice cream, but still want a cuppie? Try Cold Stone’s version, sold in singles or 6-packs. I’ve never regretted a chocolate cupcake after lunch at Panera- they make vanilla and carrot on the daily too! It’s also a little known fact that the bakers at Kroger, Meijer, and Target all whip up cupcakes in-house made with love- always check the case for the really special, fresh stuff. Whole Foods and Fresh Thyme’s selections often rival some of the specialty shops and often with special ingredients. Need melt-in-you-mouth cupcakes for a big party at a low price? We also know Costco makes amazing sheet cakes… they’re just as good in individual form!

Allergy Friendly Cupcakes

We’re been fans of No Label at the Table Food Company for a while but now we’re even bigger fans! Our friend Julia tells us that No Label is a gluten free facility that will work to accommodate just about any food allergy, even when it comes to cupcakes! As we mentioned, Smallcakes Cupcakery has gluten free and dairy free cupcakes and do does the Flying Cupcake. Gigi’s cupcakes offers three gluten free options daily.

Nosh Dessert Parlour in Mooresville

This beautiful bakery is great for grab and go. Each week you’ll find new cupcake flavors reflective of the seasons and holidays.

Also, in the case are beautiful mousse domes.

Am I missing your beloved cupcakery? An amazing booth at your favorite farmer’s market? CLUE ME IN! Enjoy discovering all the pint-sized treats Indy has to offer.