A piece of cake!
When it comes to choosing a dessert for that special occasion, the options are endless. From birthday cakes to anniversary cakes to graduation cakes to cupcakes, we’ve eaten our way around town, sourcing a little something to satisfy each and every sweet tooth (at the expense of our expanding waistlines). The icing on the cake? There are desserts for every occasion, from your kiddo’s next birthday party cake, to gluten-free game-changers, to elaborate anniversary desserts. We’ve even including a selection of alternative “cake” varieties to give you something a little different. We promise, no belly will be left empty!
This mother and son team sure are maniacs when it comes to all things baking! Whether you’re after cupcakes, cake pops, naked cake, a detailed fondant creation or a multi-tiered mega cake, this duo has you covered. Baking Maniac uses only the best organic ingredients to customise over 40 delicious flavours. The kids are sure to delight at the sight of the Rocky Road, S’mores or Cookies N Cream cakes, while the Chocolate Ganache, Red Velvet, Carrot or Victoria Sponge cakes will satisfy the traditionalists amongst us. There is even gluten-free, vegan and eggless cakes for those who’d normally miss out on the sweet treats at birthday parties.
The team takes its customer service seriously. You can rest assured that the utmost care and attention to detail will be put into both the design and execution to ensure your dream cake comes true!
Sassy Mama tip: There are also baking workshops on offer which make for a great birthday party or after-school activity.
Cupcakes and theme cakes are always winners when it comes to celebrating a child’s birthday! I Love Babycakes delivers that homestyle flavour and taste that never fail to please. Its unique designs cover everything from toddler favourites Peppa Pig and The Hungry Little Caterpillar to Disney and sports designs for older kids. Let’s not forget something to celebrate the grown ups with — customised cakes, cupcakes or even cookies for your next baby shower, graduation, anniversary or anything in between!
This passion driven bakery started in India and made its way to Hong Kong early in 2019. It’s quickly becoming a favourite and is willing to share its secrets! There’s DIY baking kits so you can try your hand at home, or master the techniques from the experts with a baking class (for adults and kids!) in the Wan Chai cooking studio. Their best selling products are also available on Deliveroo with 120-minutes notice for delivery.
Use code “SMHK10” for 10% off your first order with I Love Babycakes (valid until 30, November 2020).
When you want to celebrate life’s delicious moments with an elegant cake that tastes as good as it looks, contact Jouer. Specialising in layered cakes, macarons and artful accessories, this pastry brand helps by infusing a little “joie de vivre” (the joy of living!) into every delightful detail. With a focus on quality, premium ingredients, you’ll find a playful take on familiar flavours. We love the look of the Strawberry Lemonade Cake (pictured), but also can’t wait to try the “Swirl” Marble Red Velvet, Raspberry Bellini Cake or the Jujube Vegan Ginger Cake. Not only are the cakes photogenic, but delicious too — don’t count on there being leftovers! Whether you’re in need of a birthday, wedding or gender reveal cake, complete with festive cake toppers for that extra touch, Jouer can deliver the goods — there’s even free delivery on purchases over $1,000.
Use discount code JOUER4Sassy and enjoy 10% off.
Calling all choc-a-holics. Direct from down under, Australia’s favourite smash cake is now available in Hong Kong. It’s sure to impress your guests at your next celebration. Each “cake” comes packed full of up to 3kg of quality Aussie sweets — enough to satisfy every sweet tooth around. There’s a smash cake to suit all celebrations, whether it’s a classic kids birthday party or anniversary. We especially like the idea of smashing your cake for a fun take on a gender reveal! These reasonably priced cakes (starting at $699) are more than a sweet piñata, the signature design is an edible work of art. You can personalise your cake with a chocolate plaque and, with a little advance notice, the team can even customise it with some of your favourite sweets. There are smash cakes… and then there are Sydney Smashcakes!
Best Cakes for Kids’ Birthday Parties
For a truly personalised cake, how about immortalising the birthday boy or girl in sugar? Japneet Chahal at Party Mate Cakes is an expert in sugar art and can craft something that guests will still be talking about at next year’s bash (check out the photo gallery on Party Mate Cakes Facebook for more examples!).
Sweet Secrets offers a fantastic range, from standard quick-fix cakes to express birthday cakes, and it even offers a gluten-free selection. This delightful hub for all things sweet provides over 40 flavours to choose from. Plus, it provides an Art cakes service ensuring your vision for your pride and joy is executed with love, care and attention. There is a lead time of one to two weeks, and for a 2D Art cake, the price starts from $880, while 3D Art cakes starts from $1,800.
Whether your child wants a 3D superhero extravaganza or an exact replica of her favourite pet, Complete Deelite will not disappoint. However, if it just a “cake to go” you’re after (we’ve all be there with our last minute panics!), then check out Complete Deelite’s menu to choose from. The only request is that you give as little as six hours advance warning for your very own minion, or two working days notice for a tiara fit for 30 to 40 people. With an eye for design and a real talent for fondant sculpture, these cakes will leave you wanting to go home and sign up for a master class in cake decorating.
Expect exquisite made-to-order creations for all types of celebrations from this high-end local cake shop. Make sure you book at least two weeks in advance to reserve your handcrafted cake, as there is limited availability. Many of the options allow you to choose the flavour of the buttercream cake (earl grey, vanilla, honey yuzu or chocolate). Just add $200 to the price tag if you want to slice into a vanilla rainbow cake! We like the focus on using natural ingredients for flavouring (think tea leaves, Valrhona Chocolate, 100% fruit puree and organic rose water), cutting down on unnecessary sugary sweetness. Don’t forget about its cupcakes, which are equally pretty and can be themed to suit the occasion (birthday, baby shower etc.).
If you’re looking for elegant, bespoke cakes that deliver on both flavour and style, make sure you reach out to Sugar Me Kissery. They only produce one-off sculpted cakes to order, so you know you are getting something truly unique. Simply fill out the online form with your request and the passionate team will help turn your cake dream into a reality (expect a response within 48 hours, but note you will need to pre-order at least one month in advance of your deadline)! If you need a helping hand to get started, browse the gallery on its website and check out Sugar Me Kissery’s Facebook page for inspiration. Its designs certainly have the WOW factor (their motto is “we bake stories”) and are guaranteed to be an instant hit with the recipient. Your imagination is the only limit!
Whipping up bespoke creations for any occasion, Vive Cake Boutique caters to those who want a truly unique cake. With flavours such as Yuzu Meringue, Rose Penelope (made with rose, lychee and raspberry mousse) and Oreo Galaxy, its cakes are creative and ideal for celebrations of all kinds. Plus, with its Central location, it’s easier than ever to check out the options in person!
Best Cakes for Grown-Up Celebrations
You’ll be in “love at first bite.” From handcrafted sugar decorations to premium European chocolate, Ms B’s Cakery takes you straight to cake heaven. These desserts aren’t for your average party; be prepared to be dazzled by the elite level of these beauties. Its speciality cakes are truly mesmerising and are works of art, but the real showstopper has to be the Madame Butterfly. You know it’s a Ms B’s when you see a fluttering butterfly gently balancing on the top of a cake (these cakes are often replicated but never executed as well as the original), and if that isn’t enough, ingredients such as pistachio, chocolate chiffon and apricot compote should tempt your taste buds!
If you’re looking for a sophisticated cake for mature palettes, then head to the Mandarin Cake Shop. It’s an adult’s tuck shop and its creations will surely impress the one you’re looking to spoil. Its opera cakes will surely be a hit with layers of delicate sponge and indulgent ganache. Looking for something less rich? Try the acclaimed classic Mandarin cheesecake or mango coconut mousse cake, tasty enough to impress any partygoer. You can download an order form online to pre-order your cakes (500g per cake and price varies).
These indulgent adult-enticing cakes may just put you in a chocolate coma. The trusted designs at Cova offer the finest ingredients from around the world, heavenly flavours and an elegant aesthetic. If layers of sponge cake filled with chocolate and cream, surrounded by a fort of chocolate-dipped profiteroles get your salivary glands excited than the signature St. Honoré is the Cova cake for you (the cheesecake is pretty darn good, too!).
Seeking a truly showstopping cake? Look no further than Patisserie Tony Wong, where you can find stunning rose-shaped cakes in a variety of flavours and colours, in addition to an extensive range of classic favourites. With four locations, more than 40 years of experience, and seemingly endless accolades and awards, quality and passion are guaranteed at this patisserie.
Alternative “Cake” Options
One of Sassy Mama’s firm favourites (it’s a much-needed pit-stop after a busy morning!), we could not prepare a list of top cakes without including this household name. Create a cake stand of cupcakes in a variety of flavours, and save on the cake plates and cutlery (just an idea!). When the words S’mores & Oreos appear on the same menu you just know the birthday kid will be smiling from ear to ear. Its central kitchen churns out (on average) thousands of cupcakes a day, so its craft has definitely been perfected! The red velvet is our go-to.
Calling all health-conscious parents! The Cakery was conceived by passionate baker and mother of two Shirley Kwok. These gourmet guilt-free cupcakes are gluten-free, paleo or made with wholewheat flour, and are low in refined sugar. Think you’ll be sacrificing on flavour? Wrong! These (basically) taste the same as the sugar-stuffed ones! Who said you can’t have your cake and eat it too?
The Cakery, Shop 303, Landmark, 15 Queen’s Road Central, Central, Hong Kong, 6683 3833
Known for its absolutely tantalising signature mille-crêpes cakes, Lady M has made its way from New York to HK. While the service can be hit or miss, the super-thin crêpes with a thin layer of fresh cream in between each one makes for a surprisingly light cake variation! Make sure to check out the Earl Grey mille-crêpe.
Add a splash of colour to the birthday table with macarons. This pastry chef sure knows how to add flavour to these “jewels” of confection, and a tower of flowing macarons will have any French patisserie-lover drooling. It will have your child’s imagination running wild. Birthday kid not a cake fan? These may be a great alternative. We’re especially loving its signature flavours, such as the sea salt caramel or the passionfruit almond cream. It also provides a limited offer list too if the signatures were not enough to tantalise your taste buds.
This is another one for health fans. This rustic gluten-free cake shop has quickly become a Soho staple. With its dairy-free and vegan options, signature flavours such as double Earl Grey and strawberry shortcake won’t disappoint. The ingredient-driven establishment is allergy-friendly and has something for everyone. If you’re keen for something other than a cake, batches of tarts and chiffon cupcakes are also available.
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in April 2016, and most recently updated on 13, August 2020.
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Featured image courtesy of Getty, image 1 courtesy of Baking Maniac, image 2 courtesy of I Love Babycakes, image 3 courtesy of Jouer, image 4 courtesy of Sydney Smashcakes, image 5 courtesy of Party Mate Cakes via Facebook, image 6 courtesy of Ms B’s Cakery via Facebook, image 7 courtesy of Sift Desserts via Facebook