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Buttercup Cakes & Farm House Frosting

Santa Cruz, California

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23 December 2019

Great location to chill, eat some good food. Staff treated us so nice. Prices were fair. They have so many great reviews for a reason.

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20 December 2019

Amazing, fluffy, airy cakes, in standard, vegan, and gluten free options. and as a non-vegan, non-GF eater, their GF and Vegan options taste like the real thing, unlike other bakeries. Plus they do custom cakes, and have savory treats. This is a quality bakery in downtown. More...

Reviewed on Facebook

16 December 2019

I had a cousin come into town and she asked me to go back here. This place has a good feel to it. Wish it was closer to my house, I would come every week.

Reviewed on Google Maps

9 December 2019

So glad we found this place! The cupcakes and coffee were delicious! The space is elegantly decorated and inviting. Great for a quick sweet bite!

Reviewed on Google Maps

9 December 2019

The homemade food gets 5 stars. The prices are high.

Reviewed on Google Maps

8 December 2019

I ordered my daughter’s birthday cake from here based on a recommendation from my employer. My baby girl turned two and has some food allergies that make getting a cake a challenge. Buttercup Cakes was able to not only work with her restrictions but to make an amazing cake that was enjoyed by all 20 people at her party today, including the birthday girl and me! I’ve been eating with her same restrictions because I’m a nursing mamma, so getting to truly enjoy a cake was an unheard of experience, so thank you SO much for making a beautiful dairy, soy, and gluten free cake that was also truly delicious! More...

Reviewed on Facebook

7 December 2019

They did a wedding cake and cupcakes for our wedding. Everything was as delicious and beautiful as I could have hoped for. Their wedding and event coordinator, Annie, was wonderful to work with...very professional and very sweet:

Hi there Annie!

I'm sorry this took me even 2 weeks to write, I wanted to send you a great big thank you the day after our wedding!

But here is a 2 week late GREAT BIG THANK YOU!!!!!

The cake, and your arrangement and decoration of the cake was SO BEAUTIFUL! You really hit it out of the park, and I just can't thank you enough, really so beautiful! The flowers on the cake were perfect and stunning, and side note...
everything was, of course, DELICIOUS!!!! Every flavor was a hit...I just should have ordered double the amount of the carrot cake cupcakes! Other than the wedding cake itself, people went bananas over the carrot cake!
Thank you so much for everything, what a lovely and special part of our wedding celebration!
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Reviewed on WeddingWire

6 December 2019

Perfect atmosphere to enjoy a cup of chai tea. Very friendly staff. Loved it!

Reviewed on Facebook

29 October 2019

These guys are the best! They offered up different options for our budget at the wedding and really made it a personal experience that we will never forget. This was the best tasting cake I have ever tasted! So worth it!!! Their customer service was amazing as well so all around PERFECTION!!! I would definately buy again or just stop by their shop and say hello!!!! More...

Reviewed on WeddingWire

17 October 2019

We ordered our 4 tiered wedding cake from Buttercup Cakes (triple orange and german chocolate) and it was beautiful and delicious. The cake was so moist and tasted so fresh. More...

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14 October 2019

loved the food. the service was slow

Reviewed on Facebook

22 September 2019

Cute little place. We went pretty late on a Saturday night so I had no idea if any variety would be left, but they managed to have all 4 mini cupcake flavors I wanted to try. The woman at the counter even went to the back to grab me a flavor that wasn't up front. There were some interesting flavor choices so I appreciated the mini sized option so I could try them all. They also seemed to have a lot of vegan options if that's something your into. More...

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15 September 2019

Exquisite baked goods. Best cupcakes ever! And they have a mini version.. Discovered them before they moved from their older, tiny space, and they've expanded now in the quaint space next to Peet's. Sometimes, it seems like their servers need more training in actual customer service, but I've also had some lovely servers who seemed to know the ropes. Having had a business, I know it's hard to stay on top of everything, but good service is critical. Very original business with amazing desserts. Don't miss it! More...

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7 September 2019

I had a lovely experience here. It was very modern and trendy inside. The staff was very friendly. They had a very unique treats. And they were reasonably priced. I was very surprised with the desserts I got to try. Love it! More...

Reviewed on Facebook

14 August 2019

After sampling some mini-cupcakes from Buttercup Cakes & Farm House Frosting we were ready to hire them on-the-spot. We're so happy we did! We originally ordered a 2-tiered cake and 120 mini-cupcakes to feed our 105 guests but, before the event we added on another 100 mini-cupcakes...that left us with a good amount of leftovers & we enjoyed them for the next few days after our wedding.

I am honestly bewildered by how delicious everything was!! It tastes so good it seems impossible. We had some bramble cupcakes, some mocha cupcakes & a vanilla-almond cake with vanilla icing. All our guests were complimenting the cakes too!

On top of all of that, for a small and very fair extra fee, the Buttercup team will beautifully arrange your dessert table. It is definitely worth it! Our dessert table was gorgeous!
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Reviewed on WeddingWire

8 August 2019

Beautiful desserts, fantastic service, and absolutely delicious.

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15 July 2019

Teatime is delightful! Orange cake with earl grey icing is soooo delicious

Reviewed on Facebook

10 July 2019

I swear to you, this is the best cake you'll ever eat in Santa Cruz county. I love this bakery. I love their flavors. I love their promise to keeping things local, sustainable and organic whenever possible. I love their seasonality. I love that the owner delivers cakes and cupcakes personally. This bakery is one of a kind. More...

Reviewed on WeddingWire

9 July 2019

They made our gluten free wedding cake and it was absolutely perfect! We were planning a Big Sur wedding all the way from Atlanta, GA and it was nerve wrecking that we didn't get to taste any of our dishes, so it was a huge relief when we took a bite out of the cake that it was absolutely delicious. Annie was very patient with me and was very accommodating that my aunt wanted to decorate the cake for us! She worked with my aunt on what was needed and it ended up being absolutely gorgeous. More...

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6 July 2019

Buttercup absolutely knocked our wedding cakes out of the park. They were delicious and received all the rave reviews from our guests.

We got them involved early on in the process and were made immediate fans. Throughout the year before the wedding we would stop in and taste more of their wares at their store front in downtown Santa Cruz—we even took one of their cupcake decorating classes!

Despite having the skills to now do it ourselves (har, har) we kept them on and on the day of the wedding they were amazing. Though I don't know that the bride and groom had any interactions with them personally, I do know they came in and setup on time and left an amazing spread of cupcakes and a small two-tiered cake in their wake.

It was gorgeous and delicious and everything we wanted.
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Reviewed on WeddingWire

30 June 2019

We hired Buttercup Cakes for our wedding. We contacted the bakery and Annie invited us in to sample the different cupcakes (so much fun! ) and decided which ones we wanted for the wedding. We ended up ordering 3 different types of cupcakes and one small cake to cut. The variety of cupcakes gave us a lot to work with and helped us have a dessert table with a little bit of everything for everyone. The spread was beautiful and they also provided us silver rounds for rent. The Bramble flavor (raspberry and rose) has to be our favorite. Thank you so much Annie and the rest of Buttercup Cakes! More...

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26 May 2019

My wife and I booked Buttercup for both cupcakes and a small wedding cake for our May 2019 wedding. They were easy to work with, professional, and delicious! Our tasting was a fun and low-pressure experience.

On the day of our wedding, our guests were SO excited to try the cupcakes. We got 5 exciting flavors… about 250 cupcakes for a wedding of 115 people. The small, 2-tier cake we got was the perfect size for our cutting, and the whole display (cupcakes + cake) looked magical.

We can’t recommend Buttercup enough!
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Reviewed on WeddingWire

21 May 2019

This location is one of my favorites. The service here is attentive. The place has a cool feel to it. Food is like a restaurant in Jacksonville I loved.

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18 May 2019

you won't be disappointed in the menu and service. definitely worth a return trip. it has a good interior. food is like a restaurant in louisville i liked.

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18 May 2019

Wow! Such a delightful little shop. We had a chocolate/chocolate cupcake and a sweet little chocolate cupcake with vanilla, chocolate a d strawberry icing soooooo bomb.

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27 April 2019

Buttercup Bakery was a dream to work with! They had so many options available and we were able to get just what we wanted. The display looked amazing and we got so many compliments on the cupcakes! Highly recommend! More...

Reviewed on WeddingWire

25 April 2019

Desserts are a little pricey but great customer service and delicious treats.

Reviewed on Google Maps

21 April 2019

Loved the coffee, blueberry lemon muffin and the open window seat.

Reviewed on Facebook

26 March 2019

Well hello big kid sugar shop and more!! If you can decide on a dessert, you can also order drinks and food, or how about a cute tea party? Absolutely adorable & quaint set up for tea time! I will have to try that some day! The Cherry Crumb mini pie was to die for! The staff is super friendly and quick. Forgot our cookie, but was quick to hand one over ☺️ More...

Reviewed on Google Maps

24 February 2019

Mouth in Nirvana. The passion fruit minis, Earl Grey Blood Orange, rasberry, gluten free that you cannot tell is gluten free. ... Oh my heavens. I have not found such delicious ly dangerous cupcakes anywhere. Real, fresh, high quality ingredients. Thank God I moved or I would just be a new lumpy rug in a corner at their new location. More...

Reviewed on Google Maps

22 February 2019

The cutest little cupcake shop!

Reviewed on Facebook

17 February 2019

Carrot Cake is so good. Moist just right. Sweetness is just right.

Reviewed on Facebook

26 December 2018

This place has coffee drinks as well, and the atmosphere is fabulous, calming and slightly Steampunk in that Dickensian way. Wonderful cakes and homemade tasties, both sweet and savory, as well. More...

Reviewed on Google Maps

24 December 2018

lové the ginger bread and kits they make.

Reviewed on Facebook

17 October 2018

Buttercup did the cake (and cupcakes) for our wedding this weekend, and they nailed it! About a quarter of our guests are either non-dairy, vegan, gluten-free, or some combination. Half the bakers we talked to didn't know how to accommodate that... but it didn't phase Buttercup at all. We got a mix of 6 flavors so everyone had at least one they'd like... and everyone loved them! Plus they did a gorgeous job on the presentation, with multiple layers on stacked wooden tree rounds. (It's a shame you can't post pictures in Yelp reviews.) They also catered a tea party for the bridal shower. The sandwiches were amazing, and all the guests loved it. More...

Reviewed on Facebook

13 October 2018

Buttercup did the cake (and cupcakes) for our wedding this weekend, and they nailed it!

About a quarter of our guests are either non-dairy, vegan, gluten-free, or some combination. Half the bakers we talked to didn't know how to accommodate that... but it didn't phase Buttercup at all. We got a mix of 6 flavors so everyone had at least one they'd like... and everyone loved them!

Plus they did a gorgeous job on the presentation, with multiple layers on stacked wooden tree rounds.

They also catered a tea party for the bridal shower. The sandwiches and cookies were delicious, and all the guests loved it.
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Reviewed on WeddingWire

9 August 2018

Place was Small but it felt like hard work came together! The display was beautiful, and there were so many options to choose from. The Cupcake girl was very knowledgeable and she tried to find my likes vs dislikes to choose the best treat! What a great way to spend my birthday! More...

Reviewed on Facebook

9 August 2018

Omg., Hands up for the best options in dietary needs.. I had to get Vegan/Gluten/Nut Free items and this place could do all three in one. As where other locations it was one or the other..Thank you for making my special day so wonderful for all to enjoy More...

Reviewed on Facebook

21 July 2018

Buttercup Cakes recently provided the cupcakes for my daughter’s wedding. Not only were they delicious, but the cupcakes were displayed beautifully on silver platters on the table. Thank you for being a part of our celebration, we couldn’t have done it without you. More...

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2 July 2018

We had tea and everything was so good and the server was very attentive. We had such a fun and relaxing time. Will definitely do tea again here.

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29 June 2018

We ordered or wedding cake from here and finally got to taste it last weekend. All week we have been hearing from guests that it was the best cake they have ever had. We are so thankful our caterers set aside some big slices for us to enjoy throughout the week. Furthermore the bakery, and Annie, were fantastic, taking us through a delicious tasting and walking us through more details than any other bakery we tasted cake at. It left us with the perfect cake for the perfect day. We’d highly recommend for anyone looking for tasty cupcakes or a wedding cake. More...

Reviewed on Google Maps

29 May 2018

The Savory Tea was perfect! Service was great and the food and tea was delicious and plentiful.

Reviewed on Facebook

25 May 2018

High tea was lovely, but very expensive. Something to experience once. The overall experience would have been much more enjoyable if the large party directly next to us kept their small children more under control, but unfortunately they just screamed into our ears for most of our time there. The menu lists scones, but you only get one scone. The gluten free cupcakes are much drier than the regular ones. More...

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22 April 2018

My sister and I love buttercup cakes. We always make it a point to stop in when I’m back home. The staff is always friendly and the cupcakes are amazing!

Reviewed on Facebook

22 April 2018

My favorite bakery in Santa Cruz! There are always 3 or 4 vegan cupcake flavors and often other delicious vegan options. I especially love their vegan muffins. I have ordered the gluten free & vegan chocolate strawberry buttercream cake for birthdays and no one knows it is vegan/gf! So delicious! More...

Reviewed on Facebook

4 April 2018

Super cute decorations. All (and I mean all) the foods and drinks were so delicious. My boyfriend and I were just taking a stroll downtown Santa Cruz and found this gem. They serve afternoon tea with reasonable price. We did half Cream Tea (not a lot of food) and half Savory Tea (3 choices of food) and shared among us. It’s overall a great experience. Totally gonna come back for this one day. More...

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