With so many dessert stores to choose from, we’ve rounded up the very best to make sure planning your next celebration is a piece of cake!
When it comes to choosing a dessert for that special occasion, the options are endless in Hong Kong. From birthday classics, anniversary pieces to “just because” cupcakes, we’ve eaten our way around town, sourcing a little something to satisfy each and every sweet tooth. There are options for literally every celebration you can think of – all you have to do is choose your favourite slice.
Specialising in cupcakes, theme cakes, cheesecakes, cookies and more, I Love Babycakes promises no fuss and no frills, just great quality bakes. Driven by passion, the bakery currently has branches in both Mumbai, India and Hong Kong. Led by founder Pallavi, whose extensive culinary experience includes workshops at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, everything here is baked from the heart, and this is reflected in the homestyle flavour and feel of the products on offer. Whether you’re after beer-themed cake pops or a Cookie Monster cake, trust us, it’ll be love at first bite! For those interested in getting their hands dirty, Babycakes also offers DIY baking kits, along with baking classes in its Wan Chai cooking studio. Ready, set, bake!
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Baking might not be everybody’s forté, but if you’re looking to add a personal touch to the celebrations, BakeBe’s cake workshops guide you in creating a professional looking cake from scratch! Choose from unicorn cupcakes, piñata cakes, macarons or try your hand at moulding your very own beer mug made from sponge.
We 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 with 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 designs are truly #instagoals. Pricing starts from $800 for a smaller cake and $1,500 for a larger cake.
Craft Cakes and Confections creates beautifully customised, modern cakes that play with nostalgic classics and elegant twists. With the freshest quality ingredients, the experts here focus on creating a well-balanced flavour and texture profile. We can completely vouch that each cake strikes the perfect balance of creamy, light, sweet and stunning. Pick between the theme or style, the colour scheme, and the flavour (including everything from a vanilla bean cream sponge to fresh berry, earl grey, or cookies and cream). The founder, Janice Ho, is a pleasure to work with, and she’s open to accommodate every need to fit within your dream style and ideal budget.
Frosting and flour not for you? Butcher and deli faves Feather & Bone sell unique cheese “cakes” that are a sumptuous, savoury option for special occasions. The cheese wheels change according to the season, but we can guarantee that this unusual centrepiece won’t disappoint. A mini cheese tower is priced at $316, suitable for four to six people, while larger cheese towers start at $2,800.
Feather & Bone, various locations across Hong Kong, various numbers according to location, www.featherandbone.com.hk
A petite boutique, illibakes creates alcohol-infused custom cakes and mini cupcakes with only three to four days lead time. If you have a favourite alcoholic beverage, this place can translate it into a cake, making super personalised gifts. Some of the most popular flavours include Macallan 12 and chocolate, Tanqueray Gin and Tonic, Amaretto Black Forest with fresh dark cherries, Mount Gay XO Rum and salted caramel, and a truly rum-ified minty mojito. You can also select the amount of alcohol you wish to include. Ordering 24 mini cupcakes starts at $850 and up, with an 8-inch double tiered cake starting from $1,110 depending on the alcohol selection, measure per cake and topping creation.
Not a cake fan? 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. We love its signature flavours, especially the sea salt caramel and the passionfruit almond cream. It also provides a limited offer list too, if the signatures were not enough to tantalise your tastebuds.
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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 or something more elegant, 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!
If you’re after a showstopper, look no further. Sugar Me HK creates works of art with whimsical designs and intricate details. From four-tier spectacles to sugar sculptures, there seems to be no limit for a design brief. Its flavours vary from classic vanilla to dark chocolate mud cake with chocolate ganache. Cake sizes range from four-inch to 10-inch, accommodating a whole army of hungry celebrators.
Sweet Secrets offers a fantastic range, with standard quick-fix cakes, express birthday cakes, and even features 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 is executed with love, care and attention. Just remember, there’s a lead time of one to two weeks.
Re-live your wildest childhood dreams and get stuck into a cool creation by Sydney Smash Cakes. Filled with lollies and sweet treats, these cakes ooze creativity and are seriously delicious. Why should babies get all the fun? Cakes start from $699.
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.
Vive Cake Boutique, Kiosk 3D, 3/F, Gateway Arcade, Harbour City, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 5111 4895,
What’s a party without ice cream? XTC Gelato serves scoops galore, but it also whips up a series of delish gelato cakes. Made with all natural ingredients and no nasties, choose from a variety of flavours such as chocolate, blueberry cheesecake and mango coconut – all sure to please even the sweetest tooth.
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These indulgent 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 dipped profiteroles gets your salivary glands excited, then the signature St. Honoré is the cake for you. We also love a classic black forest!
Emack & Bolio’s churns out outrageously good sundaes and delicious scoops of creamy ice cream laden with toppings, but it also creates incredibly moreish ice cream cakes! Order in advance or drop-in to choose from all kinds of flavours including chocolate peanut butter cup, peach melba and vanilla chocolate flake – trust us, you can’t go wrong.
Known for its absolutely tantalising signature mille-crêpes cakes, Lady M has come all the way from New York. While the service can be hit or miss, its super thin crêpes with a thin layer of fresh cream in between each layer make for a surprisingly light cake variation! Make sure to check out the Earl Grey mille-crêpe. We’d recommend calling ahead for availability of its whole cakes, as Lady M tends to only serve by the slice at its locations.
We’ve always got our eye out just in case our beloved Colin the Caterpillar makes an appearance, but even if he fails to show, Marks & Spencer Food stocks a variety of pre-made and packaged cakes that make for a great grab ‘n go option. Alternately, stock up on its soft, freshly baked cookies – we know we wouldn’t mind!
If you’re looking for a sophisticated cake for mature palettes, then head to the Mandarin Cake Shop. It’s a cake lovers’ tuck shop and its creations will surely impress the one you’re looking to spoil. The 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.
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 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!
Seeking a truly show-stopping 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.
One of our firm favourites (it’s a much-needed pit-stop after a busy morning!), we could not prepare a list of the top bakeries without including this household name. Create a cake stand of cupcakes in a variety of flavours and save on plates and cutlery, or go for one of its bespoke cake designs. Its central kitchen churns out thousands of cupcakes a day, so its craft has definitely been perfected! The red velvet is our go-to.
Gluten-Free and Vegan Options
Who couldn’t be wowed by a 12-year-old who decided to turn his love for cupcakes into his career? A true passion project, this mother-and-son team bake from the heart and its show-stopping creations will satisfy any and all cravings. While Baking Maniac doesn’t exclusively offer cakes that are gluten-free or vegan, cakes are also available that are free from dairy, gluten and eggs. Expect a seriously extensive range of flavours (Masala Chai, Chilli Bomb, Mars Bar, to just to name a few) customisable cake pops, and more.
Choice Healthy Foods is all about promoting clean eating, whipping up gluten-free versions of regular food items that those with allergies and the health conscious can enjoy. Handmade and made-to-order, select your requirements and sit back as magic is made in the kitchen.
This rustic gluten-free cake shop has quickly become a SoHo staple. With dairy-free and vegan options and signature flavours such as double Earl Grey and strawberry shortcake, it never disappoints. The ingredient-driven establishment is allergy-friendly and has something for everyone. If you’re keen for a cake alternative, batches of tarts and chiffon cupcakes are also available.
Sweetpea Café, 4 Shin Hing Street, Central, Hong Kong, 3689 7269, www.sweetpea-cafe-hk.myshopify.com
If you’re health conscious but are a sucker for a slice of cake, The Cakery is for you! Conceived by passionate baker Shirley Kwok, these gourmet cupcakes are gluten-free, paleo or made with wholewheat flour, and are low on 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 Kitchen Faerie *Currently on a hiatus.
Specialising in unique hand-made birthday cakes, The Kitchen Faerie crafts Instagram-worthy sweet treats that promise to have the camera eat first. Alongside regular cakes, gluten-free versions can be made by request, so don’t hesitate to send an email and see what this cakery can magic up. Currently, Fabienne (aka The Kitchen Faerie) is taking a pastry-making course, but promises to be back soon – so keep your eyes peeled!
Editor’s note: This article was originally published on 4, September 2018 and was updated on 4, July 2019 by Sakina Abidi.
Featured image courtesy of Vive Cake Boutique via Instagram, image 1 courtesy of I Love Babycakes, image 2 courtesy of Bakebe via Instagram, image 3 courtesy of Feather & Bone, image 4 courtesy of Pheonic Sweets via Facebook, image 5 courtesy of Sydney Smash Cakes, image 6 courtesy of Cova via Facebook, image 7 courtesy of Marks & Spencers, image 8 courtesy of Patisserie Tony Wong via Facebook, image 9 courtesy of Baking Maniac via Instagram, image 10 courtesy of The Cakery via Instagram