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!
Next time you’re looking for a cake for a special occasion, why not check out Jouer. This French inspired patisserie certainly knows how to create good looking sweet treats. Their layered cakes are particularly easy on the eye and the palate, not to mention seriously photogenic. Our personal favourite is the S’mores chocolate cake (from $128), which has layers of cocoa and salted mascarpone cream, graham cracker crumbs and burnt mini marshmallows (salivating yet?)! They also stock a good range of cake toppers for every occasion (starting from just $55), to help add that special finishing touch. The brand prides itself on using premium ingredients and flavours, and promises to infuse some joie de vivre into every bake. For the vegans out there, don’t despair! There are plenty of options available for you too, including a Chrysanthemum Goji Berry cake with whipped honey coconut cream and honeycomb crunch topping. They also have a great range of savoury treats (mini beef wellington or rosemary mushroom tart, anyone?), which are perfect to serve as party canapés. Don’t forget to subscribe to the company’s e-newsletter to receive 10% off your first online purchase!
Phoenix Sweets has now taken up residence in Tai Kwun, after previously operating out of PMQ. Expect exquisite made-to-order creations for all types of celebrations from this high-end local cake shop. We love the rainbow mermaid butter cream cake (from $1,030). The recipient’s name and/or a short birthday message can be iced on for no additional cost. But make sure you book at least two weeks in advance online to reserve your handcrafted cake, as there is limited availability. Many of the options allow you to choose the flavour of the butter cream 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.). The Princess set (12 pieces for $420) is sure to be a hit with little girls.
Sassy Mama readers will receive 12 mini cupcakes free with any order over $2000, using the discount code SASSY2019DIS
Sugar Me Kissery
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. Their designs certainly have the WOW factor (their motto is “we bake stories”) and are guaranteed to be an instant hit with the recipient, so your imagination is the only limit! We think their sugar figurine cake toppers are super cute (especially the baby shark character cake!). You can choose from a list of flavours, including vanilla, chocolate, caramel, banana, lemon, earl grey, yuzu, apple cinnamon (yum) and even dark beer! And if you’re in the market for something smaller, don’t forget they also do made-to-order cupcakes and pastries. If it doesn’t suit you to go to the shop to collect your creation, for an extra fee delivery can be arranged throughout Hong Kong.
Best Cakes for Kids’ Birthday Parties
Party Mate Cakes
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 30-40 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.
Best Cakes for Grown Up Celebrations
Bakes by Tania
We can completely vouch for this one! Its aim is simple: to make your “inner foodie squeal in delight.” This bakery works by combining classic flavours and ingredients, and mixing them with whimsical florals and a wide array of bits and bobs (think gold foil and galaxy swirls!) to ensure that every cake is its own piece of art! The floral designs are truly #instagoals.
Ms B’s Cakery
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!
Mandarin Cake Shop
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!).
Patisserie Tony Wong
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?
Where: Central – Shop 303, Landmark, 15 Queen’s Road Central, Central, Hong Kong; Causeway Bay – Shop 124, Lee Garden Two, 28 Yun Ping Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
Contact: Central – 6683 3833, Causeway Bay – 2816 1838; [email protected], www.thecakery.com
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.
Little Miss Macarons
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.
Oh, health fans, we’ve got you covered! 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.
Where: 4 Shin Hing Street, Central, Hong Kong
Contact: 3689 7269, www.sweetpea-cafe-hk.myshopify.com
Who couldn’t be wowed by a 12-year-old who decided to turn his love for cupcakes into his job? A true passion project, this mother-and-son team bake from the heart and its showstopping creations will satisfy any and all cravings. Needless to say, we’re big fans of Baking Maniac (Ankrish even made cupcakes for the Sassy Mama team for Christmas one year!). Expect a seriously extensive range of flavours (Masala Chai, Chilli Bomb, Mars Bar, just to name a few) customisable cake pops, and more.
Whipping up bespoke creations for any occasion, Vive 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 new Central location, it’s easier than ever to check out the options in person!
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in April 2016, and updated in February 2018 and January 2019.
Featured Image courtesy of Hanna Pedroza via Unsplash, Image #1 courtesy of Jouer, Image #2 courtesy of Phoenix Sweets, Image #3 courtesy of Sugar Me Kissery, Image #4 courtesy of Complete Deelite via Facebook, Image #5 courtesy of Bakes by Tania via Instagram, Image #6 courtesy of Cova via Instagram, Image #7 courtesy of Sift via Facebook, Image #8 courtesy of Little Miss Macarons via Facebook, Image #9 courtesy of Vive via Facebook