Sometimes, or maybe more often than “sometimes”, we all need a little something sweet in our lives. And there is nothing quite like a decadent and moisture-rich cupcake to chase away the bad day blues or celebrate someone’s good news. Whatever the occasion, even if it’s just a day in bed with snacks and Netflix, cupcakes are here for you and they’re here to stay.

Ottawa has no shortage of quality bakeries to obtain your sugar fix from. In fact, a quick Google search can seem almost overwhelming with possibilities! But donut fret (yay, baking puns!) because in this list we’ve broken down ten of the most awesome cupcake shops around. From the most sugary of rich chocolate treats to gluten-free and health conscious options, we’re about to list ten real contenders in the running for the title of Ottawa’s Best Cupcake EVER.

1). The Cupcake Lounge
6 Byward Market Square, Ottawa, ON K1N 9B8, Canada

The Cupcake Lounge has two locations in Ottawa for your convenience. And as if that wasn’t easy enough, this company also offers delivery to your home or your business! It literally cannot get any easier to get your fix for sweets sated when you choose The Cupcake Lounge. Let’s get down to what’s really important, here: the cupcakes themselves. With over fifty cupcake flavors, including seasonal options, there is something new to try every day of the week! The vast variety will make your birthday party, work meeting or even wedding something truly sweet. And in case that doesn’t sound sweet enough, The Cupcake Lounge even offers a wide variety of gluten-free options to cater to customers with sensitivities. For a rich dine-in experience at one of their two Ottawa locations, customers can kick back to some light jazz and find the best coffee or port to pair with their latest favorite cupcake.

2). Thimble Cakes
369 Bank St, Ottawa, ON K2P 1Y2, Canada

Fancy some adorable desserts to make any occasion at all feel luxurious and more than just a little sweet? Thimble Cakes has your back! Customers with nut, sesame, honey, egg, and gelatin issues especially should treat themselves here, because absolutely none of these amazing cakes are made with any of those ingredients-a rare find. And to top it off, they even have gluten-free, vegan and soy-free options! There’s no excuse now if you’re craving something amazing for dessert.
But if you’re not craving too much sweetness, you can even order mini-cupcakes! They pack the same punch of flavor, but are even more adorable. How is that even possible?

3). Strawberry Blonde Bakery
114B Grange Ave, Ottawa, ON K1Y 3B1, Canada

This unique bakery puts its focus on serving all customers, including (and maybe especially) those with food allergies and sensitivities. Their entire menu is free of gluten and nuts, and is totally vegan! There’s no need to worry about cross-contamination here, and all of their sweet treats taste just as good-or even better, they’d say-than those made with gluten, nuts and animal by-products.

4).  BakeMob
428 Viewmount Dr, Nepean, ON K2E 7P5, Canada

Though Bake Mob definitely offers a lot more than cupcakes, these adorable treats are really a shining gem on their menu. You can mix, match and customize your cupcakes with different flavors of not only cake and icing, but also add-ons such as coconut flakes, shaved chocolate and everybody’s favorite: sprinkles. Because sprinkles make everything taste better, right?

5). Stella Luna Gelato Cafe
1103 Bank St, Ottawa, ON K1S 3X4, Canada

While Stella Luna specializes in delicious gelato, their cupcakes are nothing to turn your nose up at. Whether you want a fresh dessert after a hot meal or something sweet to take home and enjoy later, Stella Luna has got you covered! This European-style restaurant is family-owned and one-hundred percent dedicated to offering the best service and the very best European-inspired products to customers in Ottawa. While they are certainly known for their sinfully decadent gelato, there is nothing quite like a cupcake from Stella Luna, enjoyed with a nice, hot cappuccino on a cozy night.

6). Beyond the Batter Bakery
1791 Stone Church Rd E, Hamilton, ON L8W 3Y5, Canada

I am not kidding when I tell you that Beyond the Batter has every single flavor that you can dream of! If variety is the spice of life, then consider your life to be quite spiced up when you take a gander at the massive menu for just the cupcakes alone! Try one every day of the week, and you might just get to try them all before the year is over. If you do, give yourself a pat on the back, because you are a champion of sweet things and decadent treats.
And if you need just one more reason to order from this bakery: everything that is not sold is donated to area shelters. Pretty sweet, isn’t it?

7). Second Avenue Sweets
151A Second Ave, Ottawa, ON K1S 2H6, Canada

Since 2007, Second Avenue Sweets has provided from-scratch and small-batch cakes and cupcakes to residents of Ottawa. You never have to worry about freshness here, nor do you have to fret about the use of additives or preservatives. This shop is so popular that even for a small order many people have to order in advance to get their fill of these sweet, made-from-scratch confections. The wait is worth it.

8). Trillium Bakery
1181 Bank St, Ottawa, ON K1S 3X7, Canada

For 36 years, Trillium Bakery has been serving Ottawa with a premier menu of items that are just perfect for anybody with allergies and food sensitivities. Their ingredients are all locally-sourced and amazingly delicious when blended together to create the perfect cupcake for absolutely anyone. If you are on a special diet for any reason, you can stop in at Trillium and enjoy a truly guilt-free and scrumptious cupcake like none other.
Who says that cupcakes can’t be good for you?

9). Life of Pie
1134 Bank St, Ottawa, ON K1S 3X6, Canada

Life of Pie makes everything from scratch, and is best known for their pies and cakes. But the cupcakes are definitely worthy of a mention! Even though you have to wait for the order to be made, that first savory bite will make it all worthwhile.

10). V’s Cupcakes
5556 Manotick Main Street, Ottawa, ON K4M 1A3, Canada

Although V’s Cupcakes offers a variety of other treats, their cupcakes are their real crowning glory! With many options to choose from, either their ‘everyday cupcake’ options, to their specialized daily menus, there is something for every sweet tooth at V’s. They are happy to serve all customers of Ottawa, including walk-in orders for orders of 24 or less cupcakes. Sounds like a pretty sweet deal to me!