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Kara's Cupcakes

Cupcake Shop, Bakery, and Dessert Shop$$$$
Palo Alto
  • Vanessa F.
    "Get the chocolate velvet and red velvet."(4 Tips)
    "Get some Blue Bottle Coffee to go with your S'mores cupcake!"(4 Tips)
    Michelle D.
    "Aside from that, I love the fleur de sel and the banana caramel."(2 Tips)
    Glennia C.
    "Best carrot cake cupcake in town."(2 Tips)
36 Tips and reviews
  • cupcakes
  • chocolate velvet
  • fleur de sel
  • red velvet desserts
  • Blue Bottle coffee
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  • Mona D.
    Mona DAugust 21, 2016
    I think I'm the only one not liking icing in here. Tried different flavors but icing always too almond tasting like.
  • Andrew R.
    Andrew RichJune 23, 2016
    Coconut dark chocolate cupcakes
  • Alice F.
    Alice FangJuly 3, 2015
    Can't go wrong with red velvet but every flavor is worth a try.
  • Rohini J.
    Rohini JalanJanuary 2, 2014
    They serve blue bottle coffee! Best cupcakes in town!
  • Julie P.
    Julie ParkerOctober 7, 2013
    We had little mini cupcakes today with our Main Street Hub logo. That was cool.
  • Douglas G.
    Douglas GraySeptember 20, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    They run out of the best flavors (like raspberry!) at the end of the day, so get there early.
  • Peter W.
    Peter WaynerAugust 4, 2013
    Try a cupcake. They named the place after them, after all.
  • Rachelle
    RachelleJuly 22, 2013
    Idk anymore...their cupcakes are dry...
  • Eryn W.
    Eryn WellsMay 12, 2013
    Love the Red Velvet and Fleur de Sel!
  • Larry C.
    Larry ChuMarch 29, 2013
    Get the secret Samoan cupcake when they have it. Mmmmm.
  • Michelle D.
    Michelle Dela CruzJanuary 22, 2013
    I always try to come in at least once a month because of the monthly flavor. Aside from that, I love the fleur de sel and the banana caramel.
  • Katie L.
    Katie LernihanOctober 5, 2012
    Get a raspberry cheesecake cupcake to help fight breast cancer for the whole month of October 15% of the proceeds go to this.
  • Robert G.
    Robert GAugust 16, 2012
    Ok if you're too lazy to make them yourself. If Sprinkles is the Rolls-Royce of cupcakes, Kara's is the Ford Fiesta.
  • Vanessa F.
    Vanessa FlanaganMay 12, 2012
    Get the chocolate velvet and red velvet.
  • Stephanie K.
    Stephanie KuaMay 5, 2012
    Java cupcake is the best!
  • Rohini J.
    Rohini JalanJanuary 23, 2012
    Fleur de Sal and Neapolitan are delish!
  • Rohini J.
    Rohini JalanJanuary 15, 2012
    Best cupcakes ever! The lemon and raspberry chocolate ones are their specialty.
  • InExile
    InExileNovember 1, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Now serving Blue Bottle Coffee!
  • Stephany
    StephanyOctober 4, 2011
    Get some Blue Bottle Coffee to go with your S'mores cupcake!
  • Lisa B.
    Lisa BaoMay 30, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Passion fruit is delicious
  • Gilt City
    Gilt CityApril 5, 2011
    This Sunday, Gilt City members can join E&O, Slanted Door, Range, One Market, Kara's Cupcakes and more as SF's best wineries, mixologists and restaurants convene for an evening to benefit Japan.
  • SF Weekly
    SF WeeklyFebruary 11, 2011
    SF Weekly's Best of Winner 2010 - Reader's Poll - BEST CUPCAKES
  • Waynn L.
    Waynn LueJanuary 30, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    They have blue bottle coffee now!
  • Foodspotting
    FoodspottingNovember 24, 2010
    Try the Cupcakes
  • Amanda L.
    Amanda LeathernNovember 9, 2010
    they make 4 different gluten free cupcakes daily -- no special order necessary! yummm
  • Chet N.
    Chet Nichols IIIJuly 24, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    sweet chocolate is amazing. chocolate velvet is awesome too, but I get tired of buttercream frosting after a while.
  • Susan L.
    Susan LApril 13, 2010
    S'mores is my new favorite flavor. Meyer Lemon is still a close second though.
  • Glennia C.
    Glennia CampbellMarch 21, 2010
    Best carrot cake cupcake in town.
  • Chet N.
    Chet Nichols IIIMarch 20, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    I've been on a banana kick lately. The frosting on them is awesome.
  • Jenny D.
    Jenny DFebruary 10, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Smores! One is not enough.
  • Jenny D.
    Jenny DFebruary 9, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Chocolate velvet and java. It's all about the buttercream frosting.
  • Jamie P.
    Jamie PearsonDecember 30, 2009
    Sweet vanilla? Yes. Chocolate and salt cupcakes? NO!
  • Chet N.
    Chet Nichols IIIDecember 20, 2009
    Been here 10+ times
    I was trying to think of one to say is the best, but they all rock. Be adventurous!
  • Braden L.
    Braden LarmonNovember 12, 2009
    the milk chocolate pb cupcake is amazing!
  • Christian T.
    Christian TomNovember 8, 2009
    Chocolate velvet is good
  • Anh P.
    Anh PNovember 2, 2010
    Fleur de sal is to die for
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