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Where to Get a Free Cupcake for National Cupcake Day

Free or discounted treats are in store for Friday, Dec. 15

spinner image from left to right cupcakes from cheryls cookies then georgetown cupcakes then magnolia bakery
Courtesy Cheryl’s Cookies / Courtesy Georgetown Cupcake / Courtesy Magnolia Bakery

Cupcakes are arguably the best indulgent treat: cakes portioned perfectly for one. National Cupcake Day is Friday, Dec. 15, and many bakeries are offering free or affordable ways to treat yourself. ​

Check out where to get cupcakes for free or at a discount.​

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The first 25 guests in the door at each bakery on Friday will be treated to a free red velvet cupcake. Sprinkles has various locations throughout nine states. See the locations here

If you’re not quick enough or not a fan of red velvet, you can pick your own flavors online. Order more than $60 worth of cupcakes, and you can get a $15 coupon for your next purchase. The coupon will be made available only to those who opt in to marketing emails, and will be delivered within 48 hours of online purchase. Customers can redeem the coupon Dec. 18, 2023, through Feb. 6, 2024.

Baked by Melissa 

Stop by any of the bakery’s 14 retail locations on Friday to receive a free three-pack of cupcakes. 

From Dec. 14 through Dec. 17, use the code CUPCAKEDAY at checkout online or in person to get $20 off the Holiday Party Cupcake 100-pack, which includes 15 different flavors and retails for $135. 

Additionally, customers can take advantage of a buy one get one 50 percent off deal on Baked by Melissa’s bundles of two Christmas gift boxes or two holiday gift boxes. ​

Wicked Good Cupcakes

Whether you’re craving a classic chocolate sprinkle cupcake or a festive gingerbread eggnog one, Wicked Good Cupcakes is offering free shipping on varieties of their four-packs and larger. Choose from all available flavors to build your own cupcake packs.

Crumbs Bakeshop

Crumbs is offering 15 percent off online orders using the code GBTODAYCUPCAKE. Their flavors vary from the classics (vanilla and chocolate) to strawberry crumb, vanilla coconut, cotton candy and raspberry swirl. 

Georgetown Cupcake

The Washington, D.C., staple is offering 20 percent off orders of the December pre-set assortments. Depending on the dozen you choose, you’ll find holiday season–inspired flavors such as gingerbread cheesecake, sticky toffee pudding, chocolate eggnog and more. Use the code CUPCAKE23 when ordering online on Friday. The code is valid from 8 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. ET. The cupcake shop has locations in D.C., Maryland and Atlanta but ships nationwide. 

Cheryl’s Cookies

Don’t let the name fool you: The cookie place also sells cupcakes — some varieties topped with a cookie for good measure, of course. Use the code 20FORU to receive 20 percent off your online order all day long on Friday.​

Magnolia Bakery

The New York City–based bakery is offering a 15 percent discount on online orders placed on Friday. Use the code NATLCUPCAKEDAY at checkout. 

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