Cupcakes are the perfect treat, offering all the flavor and creativity of a full-sized cake without the hassle. In Lehigh Valley, we’re spoiled for choice with an array of bakeries crafting these delightful confections. To help you find the best, we embarked on a cupcake crawl through the region. After sampling countless cupcakes, we've narrowed down the top six bakeries you must visit for the ultimate cupcake experience.

Best Overall: 

Luna’s Bakery

1120 Linden St., Allentown

This perpetually crowded Puerto Rican bakery in Old Allentown does it all: pan sobado, flans, empanadillas, and so much more. While Luna's cupcake selection is often limited to two or three varieties, Luna’s makes up in quality what they lack in quantity. Chocolate glazes that gleam in the sunlight. Whipped cream that sits like a pillow. And the cake itself—light, airy, and moist—barely needs adornment. But, what the heck, throw an Oreo on top just because. 

An oreo cupcake from Luna's Bakery in Allentown, Pa.

Most Creative: 

Sweet Girlz Bakery

40 N 3rd St., Easton

Their cupcake names say it all: Tandy Cake, Pumpkin Pancake, Pink Lemonade, Over the Rainbow. Sweet Girlz has been in business for more than 10 years serving unexpectedly delicious flavors that include ingredients from everything to bacon and brownies to maple syrup and garlic (yes, really!). Girlz also offers mini, gluten-free, and vegan cupcakes too. Look for Sweet Girlz at PA Bacon Fest serving up sweet and salty bacon cupcake creations.

A rainbow cupcake from Sweet Girlz Bakery in Easton, Pa.

Most Decadent: 


333 Front St., Catasauqua and in Allentown Fairgrounds Farmers Market

If you’re into cupcakes with some height, Blondies towering creations don’t disappoint. Rich cake batter forms a base for stacked creations that layer atop strawberry jam, peanut butter frosting, chopped peanuts, and roasted peanut sauce (the formidable PB & Jelly cupcake) or chocolate buttercream, a banana chip, walnuts, chocolate chips, and a duo of caramel and chocolate drizzles (the Chunky Monkey).

A cupcake from Blondies in Catasauqua, Pa.

Best Traditional: 

Egypt Star Bakery

• 608 North Front Street, Allentown
• 45 North Front Street, Coplay
• 2225 MacArthur Road, Whitehall
• 415 Chestnut Street, Emmaus

This local chain has been in business for more than 80 years, cranking out kiffles, lekvar buns, and more. Egypt Star's cupcakes aren’t over-the-top, and most days the Star only offers chocolate and vanilla varieties, but it’s the simplicity of their cupcakes that makes them stand out. The right amount of cupcake, balanced perfectly with not-too-much icing, and just a shower of sprinkles. It’s a back-to-basics cupcake for when you inevitably crave one.

A cupcake from Egypt Star Bakery in Allentown, Pa.

Best Vegan: 

Vegan Treats

1444 Linden St., Bethlehem

A Bethlehem-based institution since 1998, Vegan Treats' bakers do their thing without milk, eggs, or any animal products. In what can only be described as kitchen wizardry, the team continually pulls off intensely flavor vegan spins on classic desserts. They don’t always have cupcakes on sale (call ahead), but when they do, ohhhhh wow.

Vegan Treats in Bethlehem, PA | Discover Lehigh Valley, PA

Best Gluten Free: 

Jaquelyn's on Main

201 N Main St, Coopersburg, PA 18036

When it comes to gluten-free cupcakes, Jaquelyn's on Main in Coopersburg stands out as a top contender. Known for their dedication to quality and flavor, Jaquelyn's offers a variety of gluten-free options that are sure to satisfy any sweet tooth. Each bite reveals a perfectly moist and fluffy texture that's often hard to achieve in gluten-free baked goods. Stop by to try these jumbo cupcakes in chocolate peanut butter and other flavors, or place a custom order in whatever flavor you'd like!

Jaquelyn's on Main Gluten Free Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcake in Coopersburg, PA

Most Stunning: 

Cake & Corolla

118 Northampton Street, Easton

If you’re looking for a cupcake to impress, head to Cake & Corolla. This bakery mounds thick twirls of frosting that spiral upward in tiers from a sturdy cake base. Then the bakers bestow that frosting with some kind of edible crown jewel: a peanut butter cup, juicy raspberry, or chocolate-covered strawberry. If you’re ordering them to-go, be extra careful around that Easton traffic circle. You wouldn’t want to accidentally topple a frosting tower and have to eat the results before you reach your destination … would you?

Beautiful cupcakes at Cake & Corolla in Easton, Pa.