5 Best Bakeries For Unique Birthday Cakes
Let me just put it out there: I really, really love eating cake. One of the reasons why I look forward to birthday celebrations is because I've an excuse to eat as much cake as I like. I also always look forward to trying new flavours, and I think cake decoration is an art. There’s nothing wrong with buying cakes from your regular, run-of-the-mill commercial bakeries, but sometimes, you just want something more unique. Something that you wouldn’t be able to buy from just any bakery. Or maybe you want a bespoke cake that’s made especially for the birthday boy/girl. Just in case you didn’t know where to look, we’ve rounded up a list of five artisanal bakeries to order the cake of your dreams from.
Ugly Cake Shop
Don’t let the name fool you, for the cakes from this bakery are far from ugly! They’re called Ugly Cakes because the owners don’t use artificial ingredients or colouring, fondant and marzipan, which are typically used in cake decoration. As much as possible, Ugly Cake Shop tries to cut down on the sugar content, so even if you’re on a diet, you definitely can afford to indulge in a sweet treat from here. For those who want something different, the Fried Chicken Cornbread Cake is a sweet-and-salty cornbread cake that’s as delicious as it is unique. In addition, 20% of the proceeds from each cake goes to feeding a group of underprivileged schoolchildren in Timor Leste. Now you can satisfy those sugary cravings, celebrate a special occasion and give back to society all at the same time. Place your orders here.
Starting out as an online shop, this family-run business has come a long way from its humble beginnings. It’s particularly famous for its spin on the well-loved Nyonya delicacy, the kueh salat, and its yummy red velvet cake. Its non-cake offerings are just as fantastic, and its melt-in-your-mouth chocolate brownies with gold frosting are (almost) worth more than gold. Chalk Farm switches up its menu regularly with fresh options every month, so there’s always something new to try. If you have certain special requests, the bakery is usually more than happy to accommodate – a major plus point! Place your orders online or give them a call if you’re looking to order a customised cake.
Jo Takes The Cake
If I had to describe their cakes in only four words, I'd say that they’re gastronomic works of art. Have a look at their website and you’ll know exactly what I mean! All cakes are specially designed by Jo, the owner of the bakery, and she specialises in custom-made, hand-decorated cakes. If you’ve got a rough sketch of your dream cake, you can trust her to turn your fantasy into reality. Jo Takes The Cake is also famous for its cupcakes, so there’s an alternative option for those who aren’t into cakes that much. To place an order, email firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also have a look at their other designs here.
If you’re really big on fancy cake decoration, then Bloomsbury Bakers is absolutely perfect for you. Its stunning creations include a unicorn cake and even custom-made 3D cakes so gorgeous that you can barely bring yourself to eat them. Of course, the cakes taste as great as they appear! Bloomsbury uses buttercream, (which all their customised cakes are covered in), so I’m pretty sure you won’t be disappointed if you’ve got a major sweet tooth. They’ve also put together some really impressive dessert tables, so you might want to give them a call if you’re planning on throwing a party. Place your orders here.
Corine and Cake
What I love about Corine and Cake is that they have such a wide range of cakes you can choose from, with an extensive list of customisable cakes that leaves you simply spoilt for choice. There's even an adorable Chanel-themed cake with a bag and makeup set – I’m sure cake lovers would agree that’s better than the actual thing right? I also particularly love its Oreo Explosion, and they’re so generous with the cookies that you'll have your Oreo craving satisfied for a long time. For those who are allergic to eggs, fret not! You can still enjoy Corine and Cake’s delectable desserts as they also offer eggless and sugarless options. Place your orders here.