Whether it be cupcakes, cake, cookies, or pastry, Eastern Iowa is home to a bountiful of amazing places to get your sugary fill. Whether you need someone to decorate a cake for a wedding, or you just want a Sunday morning donut, you'll find what you need with these 14 best bakeries in Eastern Iowa.

To make this list, I required each bakery to have above a 4.5-star review on google reviews.

We start with our top 5 in Cedar Falls.

Scratch Cupcakery

According to Scratch Cupcakery's Instagram, they've been making people smile since 2010. They actually have multiple locations, I'm using their Cedar Falls location for the point of the review.

They have a 4.6-star review on google after being reviewed 297 times and are praised by many.

One reviewer loves that they have a really good variety daily.  According to reviewer Sofia "great location on Main St. Good cupcakes with a variety that changes daily."


  Icon Donuts and Sweetery 

The uniqueness of their special donuts is what stands out on their Instagram. They've had something special cooked up for April fool's day, St Patrick's Day, and Fritter Fridays.

I should talk to them about doing a special Flannel Friday donut.

They have an amazing score of 4.8 stars on their google reviews. One reviewer compliments their service and Panida says "My go-to for donuts EVERY TIME!"


Kisha's Deserts and Eatery

This is another bakery location with a fantastic rating on google reviews. Kisha's has been reviewed 26 times and averages a 4.8-star rating.

They're located in the College Square Mall, in Cedar Falls, and have been quoted as being a "fantastic small business." according to this reviewer.

I really love the saying they have on their Instagram. "You are what you eat, so eat something sweet."      

Moo's Bakery   

When it comes to sweets I can't pretend to be an expert but I absolutely love chocolate chip cookies. If Moo's Bakeries signature chocolate chip cookies taste even half as good as they look, sign me up.

Now this may be a little bit of an outlier and I did some research before adding them to our list, they have a 5-star rating on google, with only 1 review. Megan said "I got Moo's Bakery's vegan Valentine's Day box and loved it! Can't wait to try more goodies from there!" 

Megan, we're going to take your word for it and keep Moo's Bakery on the list.


Cedar City Creamery 

When it comes to desserts I'm not a big strawberry fan but this looks awesome! Their strawberry crunch photo on Facebook has 89 likes and it was just posted a few hours ago.

Not only does Cedar City Creamery have a strong 4.8 -star rating, but also has a huge menu.

Some may argue that this isn't necessarily a bakery and it's a creamery, but I see nothing wrong with a little variety added to your life.  

 Let's head over to Waterloo          

Ajla’s Bakery & Grocery  

Look at that thing. Now that's how you make a Sunday. Ajla's Bakery has a 4.5-star rating on google and is praised for its bread. One reviewer says "Come often, always got fresh bread and yummy sweet cakes, awesome prices."

A lof the reviews actually compliment the prices of this location. If you're looking for the best bang for your buck, Ajla's is the place for you.    

  Rockets Bakery 




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One of the most memorable things of my childhood was dad going and getting donuts. Every Sunday morning he would get up before everyone in the family and grab a box of donuts for us as kids.

Rockets reminds me of the place he would stop at.

Rockets Bakery has a 4.5-star review on google and their Instagram makes it appear they specialize in donuts. Rockets will forever have a special place in my heart now.


Try Pie Bakery 

Talk about a pie-lovers dream. With Easter quickly approaching you'd better get your order in from Try Pie sooner rather than later.

They also have a take-and-bake pie for you to try out. I'd be the only person to screw mess up making a pie that's already been made for you.

From Apple, Cherry, Raspberry, Peach, Blackberry, Blueberry, Pumpkin, Pecan, Pumpkin Praline, and Apple Pear Cranberry, Try Pie seems to cover it all.

They have a 4.9-star rating on google and have been reviewed 54 times.

  Homespun Sweets




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With the growing popularity of cake artistry, we had to add Home Spun Sweets to the list. I've never seen the popular Netflix show, Is it Cake?, but I do know someone from Iowa was just there and felt I needed to add this location to the list.

On their Instagram, you can see a wide array of items they have turned into cake. Each is more clever and creative than the last.

Homespun Sweets has a 5-star rating, on google, out of 11 reviews.  

Monster Cookies and More


On their Instagram they have a gingerbread cookie that's 9" long. It has to be one of the most delicious-looking cookies I've ever seen.

Monster Cookies are "so good, you can't just have one" according to Monster Cookies website and I believe them.
When it all comes down to it, cookies really are the best dessert. Monster Cookies has a 4.8-star review on google reviews.
Down to Cedar Rapids
Kathy's Pies and Bakery

 Depending on where you live or where you grew up you might refer to these as "special k bars" or "Scotcheroos." I grew up calling them special k bars and were one of my favorite treats growing up.

Kathy's Pies are dedicated to bringing you the best products in Eastern Iowa according to Kathy's Pies website.

They have a massive selection for you to browse through. From pies, cakes, cookies, bars, cupcakes, and cheesecakes, they've got your dessert needs covered.

Kathy's Pies averages a 4.7-star review on google reviews.


Rustic Hearth Bakery 

If you're someone who loves strawberry-filled Donuts you have to stop by Rustic Hearth Bakery on Saturday evenings. They will have them every Saturday for the month of April.

Their website has these really cool videos where you can actually see how they make their beer bread.

Rustic Hearth Bakery has been rated 4.9-stars on google.


Shawnie Cakes

"Your Local Bakery that bakes with love and soul" is at the very top of their website. Not only that, they can ship nationwide.

If you have friends or family out of state, who are looking for excellent baked goods, Shawniecakes can provide the service they need.

They've actually been featured on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert.


Shawniecakes has a monster 5-star review on google.


The One Cupcake Place

I have never seen this many cupcakes, in one place, in my life! That One Cupcake Place actually has 7 flavors, they do 7 days a week.

Rebecca's review says "The cupcakes I got here are the best cupcakes I've ever had. Most cupcake places just slather a bunch of colorful frosting on some mediocre dry cake. Not this place. Both cake and frosting were excellent."

That One Cupcake Place has a 4.7-star review on google reviews.

If you're in need of sweets, you really can't go wrong with any of these choices. Who knows, maybe moving to Iowa will turn me into a sweets person after all.


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