Scratch Cupcakes in Lancaster County PA: Baked Fresh & Fantastic!

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There’s a sweet little cupcakery here in Lancaster County, PA  that I’ve fallen completely in love with. Scratch has a shop in Lititz and Ephrata and I think I can safely say they have the best cupcakes I’ve ever had. In my life.  I have a friend who’s my go-to for all the best local hot spots and she told me a hundred times, “Lindsay, you *have* to go to Scratch!”  So one day I went and now I’m addicted. The end.   Okay, actually that’s the beginning. Let me tell you about your new favorite cupcakes!

Scratch Cupcakes in Lancaster PA

The owner of Scratch is a sweet lady named Laura who I can’t say enough about.  Like so many of us, she’s a busy mom and wife and she has an amazing product and thriving business.  A big kudos to her.  I’ve been in both the Ephrata and Lititz shop (stop, I was working, I had to!) and the cupcakes aren’t the only sweet things about Scratch. Both shops are adorable and I was so impressed by the friendly staff working at each location. They were so nice to my kids and helped me make the impossible decisions on which cupcakes to grab to fill this box.

Scratch Cupcakes in Lancaster PA

These are the ones we selected. You might notice a couple of duplicates in there.  Some things are just every-man-for-himself at my house.  My daughter and I were not about to share a Cookie Dough cupcake with each other. I love her, but get your own, kid.  And so that’s what we did.

Scratch Cupcakes in Lancaster PA

Leo got first pick and went with the Cookies & Cream.  You can imagine how hard it was to choose. Just look at them.  Nom nom.

Scratch Cupcakes in Lancaster PA

My husband and son both ate the Cookies & Cream, a moist chocolate cupcake topped with Oreo buttercream frosting and an Oreo cookie.  I was cut from the queue to try this one but both of my guys said this one was their ultimate favorite!

Scratch Cupcakes in Lancaster PA

This is the lovely Strawberry Shortcake cookie.  We love the special little toppers on each cupcake! The vanilla cupcake was soooo moist and the strawberry buttercream icing was perfect. Just enough strawberry flavor that you knew what you were eating but it wasn’t a fake, overpowering flavor. They nailed it!

Scratch Cupcakes in Lancaster PA

Scratch has a couple of seasonal cupcakes that they feature and when we stopped in this Pumpkin Patch cupcake was on the shelf and we grabbed one. It’s a pumpkin spice cupcake with pumpkin spice buttercream icing. If you like all things pumpkin, ’tis the season after all, you’ll love this one.  In the Ephrata shop they even sell lattes which is perfect with this treat!

Scratch Cupcakes in Lancaster PA

Can you guess what flavor this is? If you guess Twix you guessed right! Brown sugar buttermilk cake filled with chocolate ganache, topped with caramel buttercream, caramel & ganache drizzle, and freshly chopped twix candy bars.  ‘Nuf said.

Scratch Cupcakes in Lancaster PA

This one…oh, this one. I loved it so much. This is the Salted Caramel cupcake. Caramel-filled brown sugar buttermilk cake topped with salted caramel buttercream, salted caramel drizzle, sugar sprinkle, and a white fondant flower.  Did you see the part where the cupcake is filled with caramel?  I mean, this shouldn’t even be legal.

Scratch Cupcakes in Lancaster PA

It was fair week in town when we stopped in so Scratch was featuring something special in honor of the festivities: Raspberry Cotton Candy cupcakes! In addition to being beautiful, they were delicious!  What’s not to like about cotton candy buttercream frosting?

Scratch Cupcakes in Lancaster PA

I’m a total chocolate peanut butter addict so this one had my name all over it.  The Peanut Butter Lover cupcake is fantastic: moist chocolate cake and peanut butter icing.  Win.

Scratch Cupcakes in Lancaster PA

The sweet gal that helped us in the Lititz shop told me this one is her absolute favorite because it has a bit of everything in it. This is the Dirty Blonde: Caramel-filled moist vanilla cake topped with peanut butter buttercream, homemade caramel, and chocolate ganache drizzle.  This was my daughter’s favorite, my beloved child that wouldn’t share with me.  I think it’s sort of similar to the Salted Caramel so I know it was amazing.

Scratch Cupcakes in Lancaster PA

And I’ve saved the best for last because seriously, look at that.  That’s the Cookie Dough cupcake and I daydream about that little ball of cookie dough on top.  I don’t even have words to tell you how good this cupcake is.  It’s close-your-eyes-and-say-mmm good.  The cupcake is vanilla and the icing is brown sugar buttercream plus chocolate chips and that egg-free ball of cookie dough.  I have to go get one tomorrow. Is it tomorrow yet?

Now that I have you drooling all over your keyboard (don’t worry, I’m drooling too) there are a few things about Scratch you’ll want to know:

Follow on Facebook for up-to-date news.  This is where the give you discount codes (all the time!) and tell you what they’re featuring each day and when they sell out.

They use the very  best ingredients.  I love cupcakes and I’ve had a few in my day. You can tell with the first bite that this isn’t just another cupcakery.  This is for real fantastic stuff and that’s not just a line they feed you.  No additives, no preservatives, all good stuff.

They will bake for your special occasion.  Having a party?  If you need special cupcakes for a birthday or holiday get together, or whatever you’re partying over, Scratch is now taking special orders.  If you want to WOW your guests, here ya go.

If you’re local to the Lancaster area or within driving distance, you definitely have to make a Scratch stop.  Seriously, they’re worth a drive, they’re THAT good.  Be sure to check their hours on their website and get up-to-date info on what’s in stock on their Facebook page.  Follow along on Twitter, too!

Do you feel a let down after drooling over these pictures? Well guess what?  Scratch is generously offering one of my readers a DOZEN FREE CUPCAKES!  Woohoo!  Be sure to share this giveaway, open to anyone who can get to the Lititz or Ephrata store in Pennsylvania to pick them up (they don’t ship), with your friends.  Or don’t. I completely understand wanting to hoard them.     😉       This giveaway will close on October 18. You can enter to win [HERE]!


  1. Kasey says

    I have tried all of these except for the raspberry cotton candy so I would want to try that one! These are amazing cupcakes! Perfect amount of everything, not to sweet…they are just right! :)

  2. says

    Laurie’s cupcakes are fabulous just as you stated in your review. We have been visiting the Lititz shop for a while now and I have to say that the cupcakes are the best I have ever had. They are simply addictive and I guarantee you will be making repeat trips. I would love to win some. It’s always a good time to have a Scratch cupcake!

  3. Brandi says

    I love this cupcake store. The dangerous part is I can walk to it from my home. Lol! I Love the Salted Caramel and the Davis as well as all the others. Lol! Our little town of Ephrata is blessed to have Scratch and they are amazing because they use some of their profits as donations to important charities throughout the world! It also makes me happy to see someone who I went to High School succeed! Way to go Laura :-)

  4. Tammy says

    We love Scratch! The chocolate ganache they use is yummy. Salted carmel is out of this world! Any chocolate cake is incredible! Well like you said, its above and beyond a cupcakery!

  5. Martha Smith says

    I have tried most of the cupcakes that you mentioned and they are all so good but I missed the cotton candy one so I would love to try that one. We are so happy she has opened a store in Ephrata.


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