A Sweet Vacation

Sweet treats in Carolina Beach and Wilmington are not hard to find! Whether you are looking for ice cream, donuts, fudge or not-your-average cupcake, look no further than our list below. We have you covered on so many different dessert categories, you may want to hit up each one on your vacation in the Carolina Beach area. If you want to stay in your beach-front house but are craving sweets, a lot of these places offer delivery. Make your vacation even sweeter with these top dessert spots.


Big Apple Cafe & Bakery

Owned by a mother-daughter duo, this bakery is the perfect spot for breakfast before the beach. Monkey bread, strudels, and scones will get you started off right, or come back later for a Buckeye or whoopie pie. If you are celebrating a birthday at the beach (or just a Wednesday), order a custom cake!

Island Ice Factory

If you are looking for a variety of ice cream, Island Ice Factory is the spot. Italian ice, gelato, and sundaes are all on the menu. Right on the boardwalk, it is conveniently located to all the hotspots in Carolina Beach!

Britt’s Donut Shop

No dessert list is complete without the ever-popular Britt’s Donuts. Get in line at the small shop that boasts only glazed donuts and read our blog on this boardwalk staple here.

The Fudgeboat

Hand made butter and cream fudge is the perfect dessert any time of year. Red velvet fudge? Yes, please. Go beyond fudge with chocolate covered strawberries or fudge kissing turtles. If you don’t want something super sweet, try some glazed cinnamon nuts or gourmet caramel popcorn.


The Peppered Cupcake

Have you ever had a savory cupcake? If not, it will blow your mind. The juxtaposition of flavors at The Peppered Cupcake (hence the name) will make you indecisive on whether or not you are a sweet or savory lover. Frostings are fresh, finished when you order and made that day. They deliver and offer curbside service. They have a large range of flavors, 10-15 a day, so get an assortment of a dozen and share. These are not your everyday flavors either – Maple Bacon, Jasmine Vanilla, Sweet Tater & Molasses, Almond Joy, Jalapeno Strawberry?

Insomnia Cookies

Sometimes the cookie craving hits and you have to do something about it. Insomnia Cookies will deliver cookies up to 3am to satisfy your sweet tooth. They even have an app to make it much easier. From traditional cookies, to cookie sandwiches (cookiewiches), cookie cakes, ice cream and brownies a la mode – you are set!

Our Crepes And More

Our Crepes And More is a real French Creperie, family owned and operated, dedicated to an authentic crepe experience. Savory or sweet, the crepes are made from scratch. You can order from the menu or create your own. They are sensitive to anyone who is vegan or has a special dietary requirement without compromising the taste. Whether you’re feeling sweet with the “New Orleans” or a little spicy with the savory “Tahiti”, you won’t be disappointed!

Bitty & Beau’s

This is an unique and very sweet customer experience. The shop is run by people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, making this coffee shop “more than a cup of coffee.” You can stop in for a cup of coffee, smoothie or sweet treats like cinnamon rolls or honey buns. The celebrate diversity through coffee and are changing the world one cup at a time.