{Review} Cupcake Berlin – Germany

Cupcake display at Cupcake Berlin

You may have been following along with my posts on Facebook last week when I took a mini vacation with my family to Berlin! We spent 6 days at my friend Dawns apartment which just happened to be right above her cupcake shop, Cupcake Berlin!  I haven’t done a review in a while, so I’m super excited to be able to put together this review of Cupcake Berlin in Germany for you!

Outside Cupcake Berlin with JavaCupcake

Before I even had a chance to visit the inside of her shop… Dawn left me a super sweet 5 pack of her cupcakes! She brought me chocolate peanut butter (YES – peanut butter),  Oreo, Butterscotch Espresso, Vanilla Cream Cheese and Raspberry Vanilla! YUM!

My first reaction… I couldn’t believe HOW BIG these cupcakes were!  Compared to every other cupcake shop I’d been to in Europe, these were giants! Compared to the cupcake shops in the USA, there were right on par!  The beautiful mounds of frosting on top of each cupcake was in perfect proportion to the size of the cake too!  That means each bite of cupcake will get a both frosting and cake.  Yes!

Cupcake 5 box from Cupcake Berlin

The other thing I noticed right off were the toppings on the cupcakes.  No crazy fondant toppers or super fancy embellishments… just simple food toppers that coordinated perfectly with each flavor of cupcake.  Peanuts, an Oreo, espresso beans, berries and coconut candy topped each cupcake.  Personally, this is my favorite way to top a cupcake.  I like to be able to eat the embellishments on my cupcakes… not pick them off and leave them on my plate.

JavaCupcake visits Cupcake Berlin

When the time came to visit Cupcake Berlin, I was pleasantly surprised to find such a cute little shop… both inside and out!  Outside the shop were tables and chairs so that you could enjoy your cupcakes and coffee under the shade of the trees.  Inside were two long tables that could accommodate birthday parties or just a large group of friends enjoying a cupcake treat! While we were there the first time, the shop was booming with people…. a party of at least 10 friends plus every table outside was taken with people eating cupcakes! This was a nice change from most of the other shops I’d been to in Europe.  Cupcake Berlin was a destination.  It was a place to hang out and relax… not just a place for cupcakes.  This vibe, however, seemed to match the entire vibe of Berlin. Every cafe, restaurant and coffee shop all had tables and chairs outside so that people could relax and enjoy life!

Cupcake display at Cupcake Berlin

The display case was full of not only cupcakes… but apple pie, brownies and cheesecake! There were at least 10 different flavors of cupcakes being served that day and I seriously wanted to try a bite of each one! But… I settled on chocolate and my daughter had Oreo.  Both cupcakes were moist and full of chocolaty flavor and the frostings were smooth, creamy and so yum!

Front counter at Cupcake Berlin

American goodies at Cupcake Berlin

Wait… what’s that on those shelves?  Yup, that’s right! Cupcake Berlin also sells Pop Tarts, mac n cheese, American candies, Dr. Pepper and lots of other deliciousness found only in the USA!  How Sweet!

Cupcake Berlin Swag

You could also get push-cakes, American candy and all kinds of other goodies to take home with you.  Cupcake picks, buttons, candles, cupcake boxes, stickers, t-shirts and bags were just some of the Cupcake Berlin swag they had to offer.

Here’s what Cupcake Berlin had in their case: 

  • Vanilla w/ vanilla bc
  • Oreo
  • Chocolate w/ chocolate bc
  • Vanilla/Chocolate with salted caramel
  • Vanilla w/ chocolate bc
  • Vanilla w/ strawberry bc
  • Lemon w/ lemon bc
  • Red Velvet w/ cream cheese
  • Carrot cake
  • Chocolate w/ peanut butter bc
  • Chocolate w/ mint bc
  • Brownies
  • Apple pie slices
  • Cheesecake

Cupcake Berlin cupcake collage

I am in love with Cupcake Berlin.  It is my new favorite cupcake shop in Europe!  And not just because Dawn was such a great hostess (that did help!) but because the cupcakes here are so similar to American style cupcakes!  Their size, flavor and texture are on par with what is sold in the typical American bakery! This was so refreshing!  Cupcake Berlin is the first cupcake shop I’ve been to in Europe that’s been able to accomplish this!

You must know though, that Dawn is originally from Florida, USA.  So, she brought many of these recipes with her from the USA.  BUT, with that said… it’s no small feat to recreate American style cupcakes using German ingredients!  Everything is different in Germany from the flour, sugar and flavoring to the butter and cream!  Nothing is the same! So kudos to Dawn for doing such an amazing job with these cupcakes!

{Workshop} Dirty Little Cupcake Secrets by JavaCupcake & Das Cupcake - 7/21/13 @ Frankfurt, Germany


On a side note… I’m teaching a cupcake class in Frankfurt this July that will tackle this very subject.  I’ll be making an American cupcakes using German ingredients and teaching the students the step-by step process to make them perfectly fluffy and delicious! It’s going to be a lot of fun! Space is limited, so if you’re interested in the class… click HERE for all the details!



Now, that’s not to say that I hate every other cupcake I’ve had in Europe, because I don’t!  I love my friends at Das Cupcake in Frankfurt and Wir Machen Cupcakes in Munich! But because these cupcakes are just like the ones I make and the ones from home… they’re my favorite!

Each cupcake I tasted was moist and flavorful.  They had a big crumb, but were still dense… which I like! The frosting was sweet, but not overpowering and the toppers perfectly matched each flavor of cupcake.  My favorite was the chocolate peanut butter, but I think I’m biased because that’s my favorite flavor of anything!!  My daughter loved the Oreo and my hubby’s favorite was the Butterscotch Espresso.

So, if you’re looking for an American style cupcake shop while you’re in Berlin, definitely hit up Cupcake Berlin!  You will NOT be disappointed!! Make sure to say hi to Dawn and tell her I sent you!!

Cupcake Berlin
Krossener Str. 12, Berlin, DE
030 25768687


Cupcake Berlin Giveaway from

Oh… guess what?  I have a little Cupcake Berlin swag giveaway for you too!

One lucky person will win all this stuff from Cupcake Berlin:

  • T-shirt – women’s L
  • Tote bag
  • Stickers
  • 3 Post cards
  • 1 Button

All you have to do is fill out the entry form below and have a mailing address in the USA or Europe!  (Sorry Canadian fans… I can’t ship easily to you from my military address here in Germany.)

Contest ends Tuesday, June 25 at 8am GMT+1 (local time to me!) and one winner will be chosen, notified and announced within 48 hours. Good luck!

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  1. Rachel

    I’d try anything lemon flavored first!


  2. Maureen

    Vanilla/Chocolate with salted caramel


  3. Lisa

    I would have to go for the peanut butter first!


  4. LLMilitaryWife (@LLMilitaryWife)

    I SO wanted to visit the last two times I was in Berlin and just ran out of time!!!! I think your friend was one of the first who started this European cupcake trend was she not? I swear I first read about her in some newspaper…but can’t remember which one!? Anyway, I will make a concerted effort to go there next time AND I will include her in my weekly blog round up. Boy could I really use a cupcake right now….


    1. Betsy Eves

      There are a couple of cupcake shops in Germany making waves in the cupcake scene…. Wir Machen Cupcakes in Munich and Cupcake Berlin are two of the most influential! Let me know if you swing by the cupcake shop… I’d love to hear what you think!


  5. Sue

    Vanilla/strawberry…. nomnomnom 🙂


  6. Kari M

    I’d try the chocolate peanut butter – Yum!


  7. Marilyn M.

    Vanilla/Chocolate with salted caramel sounds yummy!


  8. Kayle (The Cooking Actress)

    How much fun-Berlin! And how sweet that you got to stay with Dawn! The shop is cute as a button-I love that they sell American stuff 😛 And omg the cupcakes look like perfection-I’m like you, I prefer simple, edible decorations to sily amounts of fondant!


  9. Anni

    I have been to Cupcake Berlin numerous times and it is by far the best cupcake shop in Germany. I love the Oreo Cupcakes, but my favorite is probably the Chocolate with salted caramel.. yums!


  10. Evelyn R

    Vanilla/Chocolate with salted caramel


  11. Kreatita T

    I’d have the vanilla with strawberry bc… but they all look yummmmmmmmmy


  12. Pauline Witmer

    I would be so torn between lemon and red velvet so I would just grab one of each and get my fat kid on!


  13. Pauline W

    I tried doing this on my phone, which proved to be a bit tricky so now I’m at the computer. If this posts twice, my apologies.

    I would be very torn between the lemon and red velvet so since one of the few advantages of being an adult is being able to get two helpings of dessert if I so choose, I would just get both and totally indulge. 🙂


  14. Jackie

    All of the cupcakes look amazing, although I would love to try the butterscotch expresso, sounds like a perfect combo!


  15. Katherine Donovan

    oh my, decisions, decisions. If I HAD to choose one to try first I think it would be Vanilla/Chocolate with salted caramel…..or the red velvet…..or chocolate with peanut butter 🙂


  16. Kara

    The chocolate with peanut butter buttercream sounds delicious.


  17. Roxana

    Vanilla/chocolate with salted caramel bc… Although everything in the pictures looks delish! I don’t know how you managed not to get one of everything. 😉


  18. wen-cassie


    I would definitely try the oreo one!! Oreo is the best!!
    Thank you for the giveaway!!


  19. Jan R

    1st pick out of 6 I would have to sample is the lemon on lemon…YUM!


  20. Jillyn

    Mmm. Hard choice. I’d probably pick red velvet first, with a lemon cupcake immediately after haha.


  21. Abby Ulibarri

    I was in Berlin last February and I wanted to go to Cupcake Berlin but we weren’t there long enough!! The first flavor I would try is chocolate with peanut butter, followed closely by red velvet.


  22. Debbie

    Yummm! Not sure if I’ll ever get to go to Berlin, but I surely hope so 🙂


  23. Debbie

    I think I’d get chocolate salted caramel 😛


  24. Tammy Patterson

    I’d dive into the chocolate peanut butter first…then the apple pie!!!


  25. daisy sosa

    I would love to try vanilla/chocolate with salted caramel, yummmm


  26. Toni

    I would love to try a vanilla with vanilla buttercream first…but would I really be able to stop after just one?


    1. Betsy Eves

      Probably not. hehe I couldn’t! 😉


  27. stacey green

    Why was I not aware of this place when I visited Berlin?! I may have to schedule another visit for foodie exploits!


    1. Betsy Eves

      Yes, definitely! Across the street is an American style restaurant called Dirty South… owned by the same people who own Cupcake Berlin. YUM!


  28. stacey green

    Butterscotch Espresso definitely omg yum!


  29. Krystle

    I always find myself trying a basic vanilla with chocolate frosting.. If a place can do that standard well for me I’m going to love it!


  30. Kristin

    Hi there! Lovely post and giveaway! I’d definintely try the salted caramel. No matter how “on-trend” or “off-trend” it is, it is always one of my favorites. My mouth is actually watering right now HA!

    Thank you for the opportunity!


  31. Jessica

    Definitely the Oreo….. Yummy! 🙂


  32. Rebecca Schear

    Definitely the Vanilla Creamcheese. They all look scrumptious.


  33. Cynthia Duarte

    Yum! Anything with salted caramel!


  34. Cloudberry

    Great giveaway!
    My daughter would have loved to visit a cupcake shop like this…


  35. nichola

    as always everything on your website looks delicious!


  36. Debby

    It would have been tough to choose; but, I probably would have tried the Lemon first. 🙂


  37. Daraya

    I would love to try their chocolate with peanut butter buttercream cupcakes! 🙂


  38. Shanda Kendall

    Red velvet with cream cheese icing YUMM!


  39. Lily

    I would eat the Salted Caramel with chocolate- that sounds like heaven in a cupcake :)! They look absolutely beautiful, the perfect pretty treat! What a perfect indulgence 🙂


  40. ashley

    Raspberry vanilla or butterscotch espresso!


  41. Vanessa S.

    Wow! All the cupcakes look amazing!


  42. Ashley

    I would try the carrot cake. Everyone does it differently.


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