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36 Best Cupcake Franchises in USA for 2022 (UPDATED RANKINGS)

Here is the top 36 best Cupcake Franchises you can start in USA:

1. Denny's Inc.

  • Investments $228,000
  • Year Brand Started – 1953
  • Year Franchising Started – 1963
  • Offices – 1721

Franchise details: Denny's Inc.
Official site

In 1953, Harold Butler opened Danny's Donuts in Lakewood, California. Six years later, there were 20 shops in the chain and the company changed its name to Denny's. In 1966, the company went public, and in 1977, they introduced the Grand Slam breakfast. Today, Denny's locations serve breakfast, lunch and dinner choices 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Its corporate headquarters is in Spartanburg, South Carolina.

2. Nothing Bundt Cakes

  • Investments $ 392,875
  • Franchise fee $30,000
  • Year Brand Started – 1997
  • Year Franchising Started – 2006
  • Offices – 168

Franchise details: Nothing Bundt Cakes
Official site

Founders Debra Shwetz and Dena Tripp started Nothing Bundt Cakes in Las Vegas in 1997, simply to please their family and friends. Needless to say, thousands of other people became just as excited about our delicious cakes as they were. By using the purest ingredients, handcrafted recipes and imaginative decorations, Nothing Bundt Cakes has grown into the warm brand that it is today.

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3. The Original Pancake House

  • Investments $ 372,500
  • Franchise fee $60,000
  • Year Brand Started – 1953
  • Offices – 129

Franchise details: The Original Pancake House
Official site

The Original Pancake House was founded in Portland, Oregon in 1953 by Les Highet and Erma Hueneke. Drawing upon their many years of experience in the culinary field, and their extensive working knowledge of authentic national and ethnic pancake recipes they were able to offer without compromise this unique and original menu which has gained national acclaim.

4. Gigi's Cupcakes LLC

  • Investments $ 237,200
  • Franchise fee $35,000
  • Year Brand Started – 2007
  • Year Franchising Started – 2008
  • Offices – 91

Franchise details: Gigi's Cupcakes LLC
Official site

Gina "Gigi" Butler started Gigi's Cupcakes after her brother visited a cupcake shop in New York and told her that her recipes were better and she should open her own shop where she lived in Nashville, Tennessee. She continued running her cleaning business during the day, and at night she began baking dozens of cupcakes in her kitchen, and sold them to friends who were pharmaceutical sales reps to take on their medical staff visits. In 2008, she opened her shop. The shop's landlord, Alan Thompson, had a background in franchising, so with his advice and assistance, along with that of her family, she began franchising.

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5. Sertinos Coffee and Café

  • Investments $ 335,000
  • Franchise fee $35,000
  • Year Brand Started – 2007
  • Year Franchising Started – 2007
  • Offices – 60

Franchise details: Sertinos Coffee and Cafe
Official site

Sertinos Coffee Shops offer whole bean coffee and loose leaf teas, brewing equipment, decorative mugs, travel cups and home brewing accessories.

Sertinos Cafe TV Ad 2008

6. Paciugo Gelato Caffe

  • Investments $103,500
  • Franchise fee $20,000
  • Year Brand Started – 2000
  • Year Franchising Started – 2004
  • Offices – 36

Franchise details: Paciugo Gelato Caffe
Official site

Paciugo is a Gelato Caffè. Gelato is a traditional Italian ice cream that serves as a sweet, premium alternative to traditional frozen treats.

Paciugo Gelato & Caffe

7. Breadsmith

  • Investments $ 354,250
  • Franchise fee $30,000
  • Year Brand Started – 1993
  • Year Franchising Started – 1993
  • Offices – 31

Franchise details: Breadsmith
Official site

While studying in Norway, college student Dan Sterling got his first taste of European bread. Sterling returned to the United States and graduated from Harvard Business School before starting his own company. But he never lost his love of bread, and after volunteering to help a local bakery with its accounting, he decided to launch a bakery of his own. He opened the first Breadsmith location in 1993, and the company began franchising in 1994.

8. D.P. Dough

  • Investments $ 142,956
  • Franchise fee $30,000
  • Year Brand Started – 1987
  • Year Franchising Started – 1996
  • Offices – 27

Franchise details: D.P. Dough
Official site

In the mid 1980′s, a dude and his mom came up with an idea that would change college life forever: calzones! Dan (the dude) and Penny (his mom) named their new restaurant D.P. Dough after their initials. The first D.P. Dough opened in 1987. Today, D.P. Dough delivers ooey, gooey, cheesy happiness on and around college campuses throughout the United States.

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9. Symposium Café

  • Investments $ 816,500
  • Franchise fee $50,000
  • Year Brand Started – 1996
  • Year Franchising Started – 2004
  • Offices – 22

Franchise details: Symposium Cafe
Official site

Symposium Cafe Restaurant & Lounge is a unique, exciting, food service concept: an upscale, licensed, full service restaurant chain; with a restaurant menu that caters to a variety of meal categories (breakfast, brunch, burgers, and much more) and includes decadent desserts, European coffees and specialty beverages. Each location is open 7 days, from early morning to late.

Symposium Cafe Restaurant & Lounge Video Tour

10. N.Y.C. Bagel & Sandwich Shop

  • Investments $50,000
  • Franchise fee $24,500
  • Year Brand Started – 1994
  • Year Franchising Started – 1994
  • Offices – 20

Franchise details: N.Y.C. Bagel & Sandwich Shop
Official site

You'll find that N.Y.C. Bagel & Sandwich Shop runs rings around other bagel shops with a delicious array of complementary foods.

11. Brooklyn Water Bagel

  • Investments $250,000
  • Year Brand Started – 2007
  • Year Franchising Started – 2007
  • Offices – 18

Franchise details: Brooklyn Water Bagel
Official site

Believing that there are no shortcuts to creating quality products, Brooklyn Water Bagel.® never deviates from the old-world artisan recipe for making bagels and uses only the freshest, highest-quality ingredients, including our proprietary water.

Brooklyn Water Coffee

12. Chock Full O Nuts

  • Investments $ 272,500
  • Franchise fee $3,000
  • Year Brand Started – 1932
  • Year Franchising Started – 1932
  • Offices – 14

Franchise details: Chock Full O Nuts
Official site

Finest blends of 100% Arabica Coffee. 80 years in business, 3 superb concepts, comprehensive training, exceptional ongoing support, Lowest Franchise Fees in the Coffee sector! No required ongoing advertising and currently not charging royalties!

Chock Full o' Nuts Coffee commercial

13. Middleway Foods

  • Investments $ 92,700
  • Franchise fee $30,000
  • Year Brand Started – 2009
  • Year Franchising Started – 2015
  • Offices – 12

Franchise details: Middleway Foods
Official site

Middleway Food’s goals started with a checklists: low start-up cost, shorter business hours, limited overhead, no working at night, happy employees, healthy margins, and a steady ROI (Return on Investment).

14. House of Bread

  • Investments $157,000
  • Franchise fee $35,000
  • Year Brand Started – 1996
  • Year Franchising Started – 1998
  • Offices – 9

Franchise details: House of Bread
Official site

After spending six years as a lawyer, Sheila McCann decided to do something different with her life. At Harvard Business School, she researched several business ideas before settling on a bread bakery. McCann had fond memories of baking with her grandmother as a child in Montana. Inspired by her grandmother’s spirit of independence and endurance, she founded House of Bread in San Luis Obispo in 1996.

15. Yummy Cupcakes

  • Investments $ 185,679
  • Franchise fee $35,000
  • Year Brand Started – 2004
  • Year Franchising Started – 2011
  • Offices – 9

Franchise details: Yummy Cupcakes
Official site

Yummy Cupcakes® was founded by Executive Chef Tiffini Soforenko with the idea that cupcakes could be enjoyed more often than just special occasions, could be created in gourmet-style, and could be offered in a wide variety of flavors. In March 2004, Tiffini joined forces with husband Nik and mother Brogan, left the corporate world and together created Yummy Cupcakes®.

Yummy Cupcakes Franchise Opportunity

16. Million Snacks

  • Investments $ 109,050
  • Franchise fee $2,000
  • Year Brand Started – 2009
  • Year Franchising Started – 2009
  • Offices – 6

Franchise details: Million Snacks

At Million Snacks our mission is to give everyone an opportunity to own their own business while securing their future and financial goals. We know that taking the plunge into owning a business can be difficult, especially after layoffs or career changes.

17. House of Chimney Cakes

  • Investments $ 103,720
  • Year Brand Started – 2017
  • Year Franchising Started – 2019
  • Offices – 5

Franchise details: House of Chimney Cakes
Official site

Chimney cakes have become widely popular among dessert lovers. A crispy cylinder-shaped tower of dough loaded with the most decadent fillings and toppings – what’s not to love? From an idea born out of love and passion for desserts, House Of Chimney Cakes was started because we wanted to introduce the taste of this traditional Hungarian food to an American market.

House of Chimney Cakes Franchise Offering

18. Pinkabella

  • Investments $ 97,260
  • Franchise fee $25,000
  • Year Brand Started – 2009
  • Year Franchising Started – 2015
  • Offices – 4

Franchise details: Pinkabella
Official site

When asked the question how long have I been baking, the truth is for as long I could recite the alphabet. My love for baking began with my grandma and mother, who always baked homemade goodies from scratch. I started out thinking a cupcake company which catered to special events would be a great idea. Little did I know, the requests for daily cupcakes would become a regular occurrence, which inspired me to open a cupcake bakery. I love anything cute and my SWEET love for cute little cakes and cupcakes is the passion that drives me. Besides… cute doesn’t need a reason, so celebrate any occasion without needing an occasion at all!

Turning Passion Into Profit - (The Journey of Pinkabella Cupcakes)

Video about franchise Pinkabella:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NbOiFwSx5kM

19. House of Cupcakes

  • Investments $ 259,250
  • Franchise fee $25,000
  • Year Brand Started – 2008
  • Year Franchising Started – 2013
  • Offices – 4

Franchise details: House of Cupcakes
Official site

Welcome to House of Cupcakes, your destination for the world's most delicious cupcakes, cookies, doughnuts and more! We are so excited to offer our scrumptious, award-winning treats, baked fresh daily to help you celebrate life's every special occasion.

House of Cupcakes

20. Bakers Bodega

  • Investments $50,000
  • Year Brand Started – 2009
  • Year Franchising Started – 2014
  • Offices – 3

Franchise details: Bakers Bodega
Official site

Our founder, Leopoldo Lopez Jr., started out in his family business back in 1965. In a grocery store serving the border town of San Ysidro and soon grew to include a wholesale division. The wholesale division of the store took off and by 1981, the company purchased a warehouse facility to house it.

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21. Crumb & Get It Cookie Co.

  • Investments $ 128,700
  • Franchise fee $30,000
  • Year Brand Started – 2006
  • Year Franchising Started – 2013
  • Offices – 3

Franchise details: Crumb & Get It Cookie Co.
Official site

My name is Andi and I am the chief cookie architect. For many years I have wanted to start a cookie business. I have enjoyed making custom-themed cookies for my own kids' parties and for the special events of close friends.

Crumb & Get It Cookie Company

22. Jimmy's Seaside Fries

  • Investments $ 105,600
  • Franchise fee $25,000
  • Year Brand Started – 2012
  • Year Franchising Started – 2012
  • Offices – 3

Franchise details: Jimmy's Seaside Fries

Jimmy's Seaside Fries is a special franchise concept that three friends have created. Three friends that love what they do!! It is who we are. We create opportunities for people to own their own business or a second form of revenue to better enrich their lives.

Jimmy's Seaside Fries

23. Churro Stix

  • Investments $ 132,500
  • Franchise fee $30,000
  • Year Brand Started – 2014
  • Year Franchising Started – 2016
  • Offices – 3

Franchise details: Churro Stix
Official site

The first Churro Stix opened in January 2014 in Canoga Park, California. Our passion for hand crafted, made to order churros was deep rooted long before. Bringing fresh churros (and we mean fresh…our batter is made fresh multiple times daily) to a mall is just the beginning.

24. I Heart Mac and Cheese

  • Investments $ 164,600
  • Franchise fee $3,000
  • Year Brand Started – 2015
  • Year Franchising Started – 2017
  • Offices – 2

Franchise details: I Heart Mac and Cheese
Official site

Who doesn’t like macaroni and cheese? Often listed as one of the most sought-after and popular comfort foods in the world, macaroni and cheese appeals to everyone. Our chef-inspired beginnings launched the I Heart Mac & Cheese concept in South Florida in 2015.

I Heart Mac & Cheese: Franchising

25. The Dapper Doughnut

  • Investments $77,000
  • Franchise fee $25,000
  • Year Brand Started – 2015
  • Year Franchising Started – 2015
  • Offices – 2

Franchise details: The Dapper Doughnut
Official site

A great opportunity to be involved with a low-cost, hot, made-to-order mini donut concept. Our franchise model includes: unit sales, food truck sales, and catering sales opportunities.

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26. SMOOSH

  • Investments $ 176,850
  • Franchise fee $30,000
  • Year Brand Started – 2014
  • Year Franchising Started – 2018
  • Offices – 2

Franchise details: SMOOSH
Official site

SMOOSH first opened as a food truck in 2014, in Houston, Texas. Smoosh’s main specialty is their ice cream sandwich, which has been a huge hit.

27. Better Than Sex

  • Investments $ 241,650
  • Franchise fee $39,900
  • Year Brand Started – 2008
  • Year Franchising Started – 2017
  • Offices – 2

Franchise details: Better Than Sex
Official site

It’s all about culture. At Better Than Sex-A Dessert Restaurant we strive for a culture of passionate people with a desire to serve. We are not looking to build a traditional franchise system with a large network of people only interested in an investment. We are looking for a select few partners that have passion for the concept, will be great brand ambassadors, and bring a desire to help make this a better business for all of us.

Better Than Sex Desserts | Franchise Opportunity Video | Faceless Marketing

28. Waffle Brothers

  • Investments $ 236,600
  • Franchise fee $32,500
  • Year Brand Started – 2006
  • Year Franchising Started – 2013
  • Offices – 2

Franchise details: Waffle Brothers
Official site

The business of Master Franchising is growing as more and more people find out about the opportunity to own, develop and support a territory through franchising.

Waffle Brothers Franchise Presentation

29. Eddie Bulls Cookie Dough

  • Investments $ 174,150
  • Franchise fee $25,000
  • Year Brand Started – 2017
  • Year Franchising Started – 2018
  • Offices – 1

Franchise details: Eddie Bulls Cookie Dough

Eddie Bulls Cookie Dough is made from scratch and manufactured small batched in a variety of big flavors.

Food & Fun in Tampa Bay - Eddie Bull's Cookie Dough

30. Brain Freeze

  • Investments $ 200,150
  • Franchise fee $30,000
  • Year Brand Started – 2012
  • Year Franchising Started – 2018
  • Offices – 1

Franchise details: Brain Freeze

Brain Freeze Cafe serves great food made with only the finest and freshest ingredients. The food can be served for all meals but is usually purchased for lunch and dinner.

31. Mom's Table

  • Investments $ 94,600
  • Franchise fee $30,000
  • Year Brand Started – 2008
  • Year Franchising Started – 2018
  • Offices – 1

Franchise details: Mom's Table
Official site

Eating home-cooked meals five or more days a week is associated with a longer life. Those mental health benefits increase considerably when we eat home-cooked meals with other people.

32. CrepeTime!

  • Investments $100,000
  • Year Brand Started – 2003
  • Year Franchising Started – 2018
  • Offices – 1

Franchise details: CrepeTime!

For 15 years we have been asked "When will you open a crepe café in my part of town?" Our response was to bring our crepe chefs to you! We have performed over 4200 events in 8 states.

33. Little Dessert Shop

  • Investments $ 87,995
  • Year Brand Started – 2014

Franchise details: Little Dessert Shop
Official site

Little Dessert Shop offers a friendly and vibrant atmosphere for the finest dessert experience.

Little Dessert Shop Bloxwich - A Store of Pure Indulgence - Dessert Parlour

34. Uncle Fluffy

  • Investments $70,000
  • Franchise fee $50,000

Franchise details: Uncle Fluffy
Official site

Uncle Fluffy's famous jiggly Japanese cheesecake is carefully made of ingredients in precise quantities, every ingredient is mixed and baked in a top secretive process. Be part of the Japanese cheesecake franchise family and take advantage of Uncle Fluffy best franchise opportunity.

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35. I love Panzerotti

  • Investments $50,000
  • Year Brand Started – 2018

Franchise details:I love Panzerotti
Official site

I Love Panzerotti is a brand founded in 2018 with the mission to export one of Italy’s most beloved food: the Panzerotto. It was born as a crowdfunded campaign among 170 Italian friends.

I Love Panzerotti Franchising

36. Les Moulins La Fayette

  • Investments $280,000

Franchise details: Les Moulins La Fayette
Official site

French-style bakeries are world-famous for their bread and pastries. But there are few French bakeries in North America because of the training and skill required to make the breads and pastries. Les Moulins La Fayette is bringing the taste and experience of France to cities in the US through franchising.

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