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Kara's Cupcakes is the vision of executive pastry chef, Kara Lind. A somewhat rebellious child, Kara's sweet tooth is almost legendary in her family. The daughter of a dentist, Kara's love for sweet treats was discouraged by her parents. She learned early in childhood to hide candy and other sweets throughout her family home. This appreciation of sweets is among Kara's earliest and strongest memories. As an advertising sales executive and passionate home baker, Kara realized the importance of following her dreams and enrolled in pastry school. With the goal of furthering her baking skill set, she diligently embraced this program. A small word of mouth cupcake catering business soon was born. It quickly became so popular that demand for her cupcakes exceeded her ability to fill the orders. Before long the first Kara's Cupcakes bakery and retail store opened in San Francisco, followed by a retail outlet in historic Ghirardelli Square. Even now, a new mom with five busy stores selling her famous cupcakes, Kara can still be found most mornings working in the kitchen with her dedicated pastry staff. She visits the farmers markets regularly, looking for inspiration, and sourcing seasonal items for upcoming cupcakes flavors. Thankfully, as the owner of a cupcake bakery she no longer needs to hide sweets, preferring to share her new finds.

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Phone: (415) 563-2252

Phone: (415) 563-2223

Primary Phone: (415) 563-2223

Primary Phone: (415) 563-2252

TollFree: (866) 554-2253

Payment method
cash, check, amex, all major credit cards, master card, visa
Price Range
Northwest San Francisco, Marina District

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Bakeries, Caterers, Restaurants
Other Information

Parking: Street

Bike Parking: Yes

Specialties: Weddings

Cuisine: American

Price Range : Average


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Provided by Citysearch - 
Best cupcakes in SF!

I absolutely love Kara's cupcakes. The flavors are delicious and flavorful. I usually don't like frosting, but I eat it off their cupcakes every time. Not only are they tasty, but they are so adorable. They are perfect treat for any celebration. I got an opportunity to meet THE Kara and she was so nice. I almost asked her for a picture, because to me she is an SF celebrity. Keep up the good work!



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Moist Bundles of Sweet Happiness

I think my headline says it all. However I will say a very sweet cake and a very sweet frosting can be a bit much. Maybe they should make one less sweet than the other. Oh never mind. That's a lousy idea.



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Don't do it!

I love cupcakes, and Kara's come with a good reputation, albeit a high price tag. However, I refuse to support a business owned by someone as unkind as Kara. I've seen managers with various managing styles, but I have never seen someone berate their staff the way Kara has (maybe with the exception of Gordon Ramsey from Hell's Kitchen). Cupcakes are supposed to be happy, friendly food (although not so friendly in terms of calories), but instead, my experience was tainted by the owner's harsh words to an employee. It seems like a really hostile, unhealthy environment to work in, and I will NOT be returning.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Yummy cupcakes!

I LOVE these cupcakes. The best is that they are moist, and the frosting is quite divine! I love the Meyer Lemon, the Coconut, and the Chocolate Velvet. I did get Sibby's for a recent party, and they were very cute, but not nearly as moist as Kara's.

Gotta be gentle with these darlings, since they will melt if kept out too long. They are also easily squished in the box.



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When a friend who lives in the neighborhood told me about a new cupcake shop, I couldn't wait to try it!

It's a really cute space, the product looks good in the case, etc., but I was really dissapointed in the cupcakes themselves. It's like the whole thing is just a cute gimmick. I purchased 6 different flavors, all of the them were, IMHO, kind of dry and not particularly tasty. I could make better ones myself at home.

I guess I'll just have to stick with Sibby's, so far the best cupcakes I've ever had in my life. On par or even better than Sprinkles in L.A.

I can honestly say I won't be going back for seconds.



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Don't expect it to be like Sprinkles Cupcakes. You will be dissapointed.

If you are a fan of Sprinkles Cupcakes in Beverly Hills & Newport Beach and you are looking for a cupcake bakery that will compare, you will not find it here. I purchased half a dozen cupcakes in all different flavors just to see if I would find one I really liked but unfortunately I didn't. To those Sprinkles lovers... Don't waste your time. If you've never been to Sprinkles then I'd try Kara's.



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Good --but there are better cupcakes in the City

Although the shop is cute (reminscent of sprinkles), the displays are nice, the cupcake itself is inconsistant. With 6 visits there to date and i find the quality varies with each visit. Being somewhat addicted to cupcakes, I will still stop in, hoping to find the quality up. Mostly either too dry or overbaked, same with the icing, sometimes too little icing. i tend to point and pick my specific cupcake rather than leave it to the server. Other places with a more consistant product (although everyone seems to be the same pricing in the $3-$3.50 range) are Miette's at the Ferry Building, Noe Valley Bakery on 24th Str and recently, i tried the Cal-Mart on California in Laurel Village, and was surprised to find a decent cupcake plus mini sizes also. The best is still the orginal Sprinkles, who may be coming to SF area! Check out their website for ""coming locations""!



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Tasted all the flavors except 3. The only cupcake I like is the Fleur Del Sel. It is yummy but not mind-blowing. Great treat especially when someone else if buying.



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Overpriced and underwhelming

Everyone loves a great cupcake, right ? That's what I was expecting when I sank my teeth into my first Kara's Cupcake. Sadly, I was very disappointed. These are some EXPENSIVE cupcakes which makes a customer expect something more than 3 bites. If I ate a ""regular"" size c upcake, I can only imagine how small a mini is! On top of the fact that these cupcakes are over-priced (especially for the size), they aren't that great. Sure, they're OK, but for that price and the small size, I had much higher expectations re: the taste. If you have money to throw away and no sense of taste and you want to pay a lot for a little, this is the place to go.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Cupcakes Yum!

If you are looking for a real quality cupcake this is the place. No more searching, grab your wallet and head to Kara's. These cupcakes are deliciously good without being too rich. If you arrive early enough you might be able to snag a mini so run on over. Besides the actual cupcakes the store has a sleek and modern design with the cupcakes framed in glass cases. Kara herself is often there and always checking in to make sure her customers are fully satisfied. If you go, do yourself the favor and don't just get one, trust me you will won't regret it!



Provided by Citysearch - 
best cupcakes anywhere!!!

I just tried kara's cupcakes. What an amazing bakery. First of all, the space is so cute. Clean and modern without being sterile. Very well thought out, and well executed. A super fun store. Unique, and pink.

Oh, yeah, and the cupcakes. How about the best cupcakes anywhere!! I had heard about his place and was sure the cupcakes would follow the trend of bland dry cake topped with overly sweet frosting. No Way. Kara's cupcakes are like a dream. Moist cake, lots of flavor ( especially the chocolate ) and real complex frosting. She makes mostly buttercreams, which are delicious, but the sweet frostings she offers are not too sweet, and the cream cheese is oh so tasty.

The cupcakes are even more pretty than the pink store, with a display case showing all the yummy flavors.

I cant wait to go back and try more ( they have a dozen choices or so ) , especially the filled ones ( passion fruit and lemon ).

Friendly staff, perfect little cupcakes and a jewel box like store...all reasons to try this new bakery in the marina...



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Where's the quality control?

Being a cupcake connoisseur, I rushed to Kara's Cupcakes as soon as it opened. Love the concept, love the sweet little shop, but was very underwhelmed by the product. I bought several cupcakes and the quality varied by individual cupcake -- one was too dry, one was undercooked, a couple had less frosting than the others, one was borderline burnt. Figuring it had just opened and needed to work out the kinks, I have gone back twice since and had the same experience. You can just look at the cupcakes in the case and see the varying degrees of ""doneness"" and frosting coverage. Maybe they're a bit rushed and overwhelmed back in the kitchen. By contrast, Sprinkels in L.A. is a great cupcake store and turns out a consistently great cupcake -- they do a much higher volume and still get it right. And look at Miette's in our own backyard (San Francisco, at the Ferry Building). I've never gotten a cupcake there that wasn't perfection, and you can count on the quality being consistent week after week, cupcake by cupcake.



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Just went there and got small 8 cupcakes, which cost me a whopping $24.00. The cupcakes are good, though, but I wouldn't revisit, unless I really wanted empty my wallet and spend $3 per cake. I would recommend trying it, but only for the curiousity factor.



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Cute Cupcakes in the Marina

It's a good business idea - organically-made cupcakes in the Marina - and only cupcakes - but couldn't it have been better? Granted, I've only tried one cupcake - the passion fruit - but I was left feeling disappointed. I love the cupcake-only idea - makes me think of castles and lands where they would have one little shop for cupcakes, one for cookies, one for cakes ... My point is, there is so much room for creativity here! And for $3 a cupcake, I expect something grand - what I got was a nice cupcake in a nice little pink shop, in a neighborhood where for most people, $3 is nothing. It's 'just okay' to me. That being said, I think it's great that they use all organic, locally-produced ingredients - it's definitely worth a try, but I would stick to one of the more traditional cupcakes.