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!
Best Cakes for Kids’ Birthday Parties
Sugar Me creates sculptural works of art, so if you’re after a show-stopper, then look no further. Your child’s cake will come alive with these whimsical designs and intricate details. From carousels to ferris wheels, Sugar Me HK knows no boundaries when it comes to a design brief. Its flavours vary from a classic vanilla to dark chocolate mud cake with chocolate ganache (drool). Cake sizes range from 4″ to 10″, so Sugar Me HK can accommodate a whole army of tweenagers.
Sugar Me HK, www.sugarmehk.com, 6110 8967
For a truly personalised cake, how about the birthday boy or girl immortalised 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 provide over 40 flavours to choose from. Plus, it provides an Art cakes service ensuring your vision for your pride and joy are 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 Artcake starts from $1800.
Sweet Secrets, www.sweetsecrets.com.hk, 2545 8886
(Note: she is currently taking a break and not accepting any new orders.) If you’re looking for something that will not only tickle your kiddo’s fancy (hello, Paw Patrol cake), but is also delicious, look no further than Citrus Sweets. Former Sassy Mama Editor, Kat, can vouch it’s her go-to cake place for her kiddos. The creations are thoughtful and impeccably presented, so it’s no surprise the last slice is always fought over in her household.
Whether your child wants a 3D super hero 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.
Complete Deelite, www.completedeelite.com, 3167 7022
This Tai Kwun-based bakery is passionate about creating unique cakes made with love, finesse and the finest ingredients available. Whether you’re after a fun cake for the kids or a more elegant cake for grownups, Phoenix Sweets is able to whip up the sweet creation of your dreams. With options such as traditional buttercream cakes to more unusual, artisanal creations (the Amethyst Cake is particularly stunning), it’s hard to go wrong with this cakery!
Best Cakes for Grown Up Celebrations
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.
Bakes by Tania, www.bakesbytania.com
You’ll be in ‘love at first bite.’ From handcrafted sugar decorations to premium European chocolate, Ms B’s Cakery takes you straight to pastry heaven. These desserts aren’t for your average party; be prepared to be dazzled by the elite level of these beauties. Its specialty 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!
Ms B’s Cakery, www.msbscakery.hk, 2815 8303
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 its 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).
Mandarin Cake Shop, www.mandarinoriental.com, 2825 4008
Three friends with a passion for baking came together and created The Sweet Tooth Fairies. Its whimsical cakes are completely customisable for every treat lover, and are appropriate for any occasion. The beautiful designs, made from buttercream and fondant, we be the delight of every little belly as well as all the mamas and papas around too!
The Sweet Tooth Fairies, www.hirelyevents.com/vendors/the-sweet-tooth-fairies, [email protected]
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 elegant aesthetic. If layers of sponge cake filled with chocolate and cream and surrounded by a fort of chocolate dipped profiteroles get your salivary glands excited then the signature St. Honoré is the Cova cake for you (the cheesecake is pretty darn good, too!).
Cova, www.cova.com.hk, 2832 9008
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.
Patisserie Tony Wong, patisserietonywong.com,
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.
Sift, www.siftdesserts.com, 2870 3887
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. Sound like you’ll be sacrificing 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, www.thecakeryhk.com, 6688 6883
Known for its absolutely tantalising signature mille-crêpes cakes, Lady M has made its way from New York to HK and we’re not mad about it. While the service can be hit or miss, the super thin crêpes with a thin layer of fresh cream in between each layer makes for a surprisingly light cake variation! Make sure to check out the Earl Grey mille-crêpe.
Lady M, www.ladymhk.com
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. The birthday kid isn’t 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 tastebuds.
Little Miss Macarons, www.littlemissmacarons.com, 9862 6635
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.
Sweetpea Café, www.facebook.com/SweetpeaPatisserieHK/, 4 Shin Hing Street, Central, 3689 7269
Who couldn’t be wowed by a 12-year-old who decided to make his love for cupcakes his passion? 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 brand 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.
Feature image via of sugarandcloth.com, sourced via Pinterest; image #1 courtesy of Sugar Me HK, sourced via Facebook; image #2 courtesy of Sweet Secrets, sourced via Facebook; image #3 courtesy of Complete Deelite, sourced via Facebook; image #4 courtesy of Bakes by Tania, sourced via Instagram; image #5 courtesy of The Mandarin Cake Shop, sourced via Facebook; image #6 courtesy of Cova, sourced via Facebook; image #7 courtesy of Sweetpea Cafe, sourced via Facebook; image #8 courtesy of Lady M Hong Kong, sourced via Facebook; image #9 courtesy of Baking Maniac, sourced via Facebook.