Whether it's pies, cakes or pudding you crave, these restaurants, bakeries and food trucks serve some of the best desserts in Austin. They're also excellent venues for casual first dates. Even if you two end up not liking each other, hey, everyone gets dessert.
Located on the ground floor of the historic Driskill Hotel, the 1886 Cafe & Bakery is best known for its decadent 1886 chocolate cake.
The recipe has been around since the hotel opened, so you know there must be something special about it. Made with generous amounts of buttermilk and topped with a chocolate ganache icing, the cake is an ideal way to top off a special evening. 604 Brazos Street; (512) 391-7066
2. Tiny Pies
If the name alone doesn’t lure you in, the display case full of little delights certainly will. Need a pick-me-up for a struggling relationship? How about a heart-shaped pie on a stick? Regulars gush about the miniature coconut cream and pecan pies. 5035 Burnet Road, Suite 100; (512) 916-0184
Cupcakes in every variety imaginable are the specialty here, but they also have cookies, bars, pies and full-size cakes. Don’t miss the red velvet and carrot cupcakes. 1905 South 1st Street; (512) 448-3727
This south Austin food stand has developed a fanatical following for doing one thing brilliantly: frozen bananas.
The treats come slathered in peanut butter, chocolate, nuts or even caramel macchiato. 603 West Live Oak Street
Located just west of the University of Texas campus, Cow Tipping Creamery is a favorite among the college crowd. The much-beloved Salty Sweet is a tall cone stuffed with soft-serve, chocolate fudge and peanut butter crunchies.
The Red Velvet Cake shake is another winner. 2512 Rio Grande Street; (512) 538-4039
One of the few all-vegan bakeries in Austin, Capital City doesn’t scrimp on the deliciousness. Even though the ingredient list may be limited, there is still plenty of variety on the menu. Choose from cupcakes, layer cakes, bars, tarts and more. 2211 East Cesar Chavez; (512) 666-7437
Specializing in cream puffs, Cream Whiskers makes pastries that have a light crunch or a heavier, cookie-like crunch. Both are amazing and chock full of fillings such as strawberry cheesecake and fresh strawberries. 2222 Rio Grande Street; (512) 394-7657
Featuring both traditional and vegan treats, Sugar Circus makes everything from creative cupcakes to whoopie pies. The Vixen cupcakes are a must-have; they’re made with dark chocolate cake and rich chocolate icing. The downtown location makes them the go-to choice for office parties. 2613 East 5th Street, (512) 761-4100
9. Snow Monster
This is no ordinary snowcone. The creations at Snow Monster are made with ultra-delicate shaved ice that really does have the texture of snow. Some of the desserts are so massive, they fill a regular-sized dinner plate.
Many of the desserts have an Asian flair, served with tapioca, mango and taro jelly. 11220 North Lamar Boulevard, suite B275; (512) 551-3238
10. Fried and True
Funnel cakes are the main attraction at this food trailer, but they also make fried PB&J sandwiches, fried Oreos and chocolate-covered candied bacon. Want something spicy? Go for the fried Sriracha grilled cheese. East 6th Street and Waller Street
The donuts at Gourdough’s don’t respect boundaries. They show up as hamburger buns, sandwich wraps and even as the foundation for a chicken-fried steak entrée. In the safer space of donut as dessert, the restaurant also has plenty to offer. Standouts include Mama’s Cake, with yellow cake batter filling and chocolate fudge icing, and the Southern Belle, with pecan pie filling, cream cheese icing and candied pecans.
2700 South Lamar Boulevard; (512) 912-9070
12. Hey Cupcake
If you want to see your kid get excited beyond all reason, just make a stop at Hey Cupcake. The bright colors, the cool Airstream trailer, the delicious smells; it’s sometimes too much for full-grown adults to handle. The most popular flavors are Red Velvet, Vanilla Dream, and Sweetberry. The whimsical decor of the trailer, the park, and the cupcakes make this a cheerful spot for all ages.