There’s something about mini desserts that make us love them in such a big way. It could be that we convince ourselves that the bite size sweet packs few calories and that just one more bite will do no harm. Whatever the reason, we are totally enamored by these petite pastries and dug up five bakeries where you can satisfy your sweet tooth in three bites or less. Our love affair with these mini sweets just got even stronger.


Yummy Cupcake
Yummy Cupcake opened its doors last summer and has been serving up bite-sized (and full-sized) goodness in Encinitas ever since. Our favorite thing about this local bakery is the vast variety of flavors they offer each and every day. Check out their daily flavor calendar and pick from more than 17 flavors daily including gluten-free, sugar-free and vegan options.

What we’re sweet on: The pancakes and bacon mini cupcake. Yes, you read correctly, and it’s everything you can imagine and more.

1514 Encinitas Boulevard
Encinitas, Ca 92024

Town Bakery
Walk into this Del Mar bakery and your taste buds will squeal with delight. The bakery is cozy and nostalgic and offers all of your old school favorites. From whoopie pies to custom ice cream sandwiches this bakery has it all.

12925 El Camino Real, AA5
San Diego, CA 92130
Del Mar Highlands Town Center

What we’re sweet on: Strawberry Rhubarb pie pocket, the perfect bite sized pie that fits in the palm of your hand.


Sweet Cheeks Bakery
Sweet Cheeks Bakery does not have a storefront, but they have a kitchen and tasting room and are definitely worth contacting if you’re planning a party or looking for the perfect customized dessert for a special event. We know a few LEGO fanatics who would flip over these adorable LEGO cookies.

4564 Alvarado Canyon Road Suite A
San Diego Ca 92120

What we’re sweet on
: The blueberry lemon mini tart


Nothing Bundt The Cake
There’s something to be said for doing one thing really well. Nothing Bundt the Cake has perfected the bundt cake and we couldn’t be more grateful. Although the recipe for the cake stays the same the popular brand offers different sizes to accomodate all gatherings.

What we’re sweet on: The red velvet bundtini with signature cream cheese frosting. Make that a dozen please!

Multiple locations in San Diego


Extraordinary Desserts
Any San Diegan will tell you that a visit to Extraordinary Desserts is more than a visit to a bakery, it’s a true experience in the art of dessert making. Extraordinary Desserts has topped the lists of best desserts in San Diego for years and we can easily see why. They bring a truly unique and artful approach to desserts. These sweets are almost too pretty to eat … almost.

What we’re sweet on: The petite extraordinary brownie

Little Italy
1430 Union Street
San Diego, Ca 92101

Balboa Park
2929 Fifth Avenue
San Diego, Ca 92103

Do you have a favorite local bakery to pick up mini desserts? We’d love to hear about it.

— Aimee Della Bitta