Hidden Gems – Cup & Cake in Queenstown

Don’t you just love it when you discover a new spot simply by accident?
When all you do is aimlessly roam the streets, looking for a bite to eat, no fancy guide leading your steps?
When you decide to go down this small street, peek into the patio, climb these stairs and there it is?
A place full of warmth, laughter and delicious food?
This is what happened when we got caught in a sudden downpour while exploring Queenstown. We were wet and cold, hungry and tired and every place we came across was crowded.
But then we took a wrong turn, walking down a cobbled street and I spotted the promising sign:
Cup & Cake

Can it get much better than that?
Let´s step inside and see.

The „Cup & Cake“ is a small café and take-away with just a few spots to sit, located in the Cupcake Lane (no joke) between Church Street and Seare Lane, Queenstown, New Zealand.

There is a retro feeling to the decoration which can easily be described as a bloggers dream: florals, mirrors and fairy lights, the essentials for picture taking, already provided.
If I had had my makeup bag with me, I would have spend the afternoon snapping Pinterest-worthy product pictures for sure!

The interior. Decoration inspiration everywhere.

To distract you even more, you can watch the lovely stuff prepare the delicacies, add the finishing touches to the decoration and chat about all things bakery.

Tiny red marzipan flowers
But enough interior, lets take a look at what we were really there for: The food!
A giant buttercream wedding cake on display. Additional decoration possible 
One of the many flavors: Banana Chocolate Cupcakes
So after taking a dozen pictures and going back and forth in deciding for a flavor, I finally settled for this:
So yummy

A pot of „Lady Grey“ and a Passionfruit Vanilla Cupcake with Chocolate Chips.

Now for those of you wondering:
Of course I dropped that I was planning to do a blogpost and thus took so many pictures.
They smiled, but I still had to pay for my cupcake. Guess what?
Whenever I get back to Queenstown, I will gladly do it again!

So if you are looking for a cake, branded cupcakes or other sweet treats that are available gluten and dairy free as well as vegan, click here to see what they offer!

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  • The cupcakes look so delicious and the teapot is so beautiful! Thanks for sharing!


  • I'm not really one for pastries and pies and buttery or creamy desserts. But as long as they have something chocolatey to choose from I'm game!

  • The place looks really cute- would be perfect for me and you to sit down and chat. I am in for tea and cupcakes, I love Lady Grey tea!

  • I'm not someone who eats tons of sweets but gosh this looks delicious!

    xx N
    Naomi in Wonderland

  • Omg that passionfruit cupcake! Yuuuuuuum xx

  • How adorable! Everything looks so yummy!


  • I just couldn't not share this deliciousness. Do you eat Cupcakes?

  • I am sure there is chocolate, but I cant remember exactly. I left on a sugar high, and everything was warm and fuzzy for the rest of the day.

  • Okay, so we just need a date and book the flights. Quite a journey for a cuppa, but you´d be totally worth it.

  • You cant eat tons of Cupcakes anyway. They seem so small at first, but all the cream makes you feel full quite quickly.

  • It was delicious. Sweet, but with a little sour flavor, and then the dark chocolate chips… I am craving one right now!

  • Erin MacNeil

    Ahh, that place looks so wonderful! I love that you can watch the staff finish and decorate the treats, it definitely adds to the experience. Maybe even adds to a sort of home-y-ness that the decor and cups, saucers, and teapot. So lovely 🙂

  • Denise

    That's amazing! I loved the teapot and cup and the place looks super sweet! Not only because of the marvellous cupcakes, but the decoration! I looove cakes and cupcakes, so that would be a good place for me!

  • I guess I am spoiled by growing up in Heidelberg, where there is a special place to eat behind every corner. Will your new place offer a bigger variety?

  • Everything was picked out with so much thoughtfulness and the stuff was very friendly, answering my (many) questions patiently. Do you prefer that Boho vibe for your actual home, too?

  • Nothing better than a sweet pick me up on a rainy day. And tea can make (almost) everything right. Have you ever tried making cupcakes yourself?

  • Beauty Follower

    Wow the cake looks so delicious!


  • Pam Scalfi

    these cupcakes look so yummy! Passion fruit and vanilla sounds awesome!
    Pam xo/ Pam Scalfi♥

  • Erin MacNeil

    I haven't really had my own home yet. I lived the university dorm/parents' home on breaks live for a few years. In theory, though, I definitely would try for a boho look. I do like the minimalist thing, but I don't think I could manage it, haha.

  • Yousra

    What a cute cafe! The cakes look delicious!

    Yousra | http://www.mystictales.co

  • Laura Catalina Rueda

    Wow it looks amazing! Nice post:)


  • I just recently found a lovely little bakery, myself. I love the teapot!

  • Passionfruit vanilla, hmm, that sounds tasty! <3
    Schönes Wochenende.

  • Carly

    Such a cute little place and those cakes look amazing!
    Dresses & Denim

  • There's a Cupcake Lane? I need to look into this. 😀

  • Lucky you for having found such a pretty cafe as shelter! The buttercream wedding cake looks so delicious!

    Reg of heyrocketgirl.com

  • I didn't try the cake, just the cupcakes, which were delicious. Are you a cake or a cupcake girl?

  • The Passion fruit adds a little zing to the sweetness, a match made in heaven. Which flavour do you prefer?

  • It really was a lucky find. Have you been to New Zealand?

  • Thank you.

  • Ha, I am quite happy that this one is 24 hours by flight away, otherwise I would be there everyday, stuffing my face with cupcakes.

  • Danke, Dir auch ein schönes Wochenende. Geniesst Du die Wärme?

  • I was so happy to find this shelter on an otherwise completely unpleasant and rainy day.

  • I didn't know it was called this until I wrote this blog post…

  • Yes, nothing better on a rainy and cold day. Any cool places you discovered recently?

  • I had a minimalistic style, but then I had a baby…

  • The only thing better than cake is prettily decorate cake, after all! 😉 It's great that you can even see the 'behind the scenes' part of the marzipan being styled!

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice x

  • Yes, I could have spend hours there, but Little Bean wanted to move on as soon as the rain had stopped.

  • Erin MacNeil

    Hahaha, I've heard that happens! 😉

  • Oh my gosh how amazing do those cakes look? They look incredible xx

    Gemma ♥ | Miss Makeup Magpie

  • Banana and chocolate is one of my favourite flavour combos!!

    Kat ♥ http://www.pastelwhimsy.com

  • I bet you would have loved it there. Little treats and then a 3 mile run, isn't that the new goal?

  • Don't they? I could have spend the whole day there eating!

  • the cupcakes are so cute! <3


  • Glamoury armory

    Oh, what a wonderful place!! deliciousness!!! I love your behind the scenes pictures! xx

    Glamoury Armory Blog

  • This looks so quaint and cute! Those banana choice cupcakes have my name all over them! Haha




  • I LOVE CUPCAKES! That looks so tasty..YUM!

    http://catheartbudget.blogspot.com XO

  • Dankeschön. Ja, es gibt gutes Wetter hier. 🙂 x

  • Yes! That is one of the main reasons I exercise, so I can eat more sweets :0 🙂

    Kat ♥ http://www.pastelwhimsy.com

  • I don't like the taste of banana too much, but I guess in a cupcake you can never go wrong.

  • What is your favorite flavor?

  • It was easy to get beautiful pictures, everything was right there to get photographed.

  • And so tasty! Do you like cupcakes?

  • The best reason.

  • Ich freu mich schon aufs Heimkommen, hier in Nordnorwegen war es dann doch etwas kühl.

  • Beautiful and yummi looking cupcakes. 🙂


  • You should have tasted them…

  • Looks delicious, I had an encounter like this back when I went to Cabo San Jose, in Baja California. My husband and I ran into a little indian restaurant. It has three tables; and had a very homey feel. The food was great and not something we had normally tried.

    xo maariasan.com

  • Pam Scalfi

    ever had cookies and cream cupcakes? THE best are from this little shop by where I live, totally underrated family owned shop but amazing stuff! 🙂

    Pam xo/ Pam Scalfi♥

  • Looks great! such a bummer we didn't discover the store when we were there!


  • Cookies and Cream Cupcakes? That sounds like a dream come true.

  • When have you been to Queenstown?

  • These places are the best. Have you shared the address anywhere or are you going to keep it a secret?

  • Don't they?

  • I was there in October 2014 🙂

  • Ah, only recently. How long did you stay? And did you do a blogpost about it?

  • I unfortunately didn't take pictures or get the name down! 🙁 I regret it now, because when I came back I realized it would of been nice to write about the food I ate while there. I've learned my lesson though. haha. XO

  • Next time.

  • Not yet but I will 🙂

  • Keep me posted!