It will be an easy feat to satisfy your sweet tooth when in London, with a selection of top-notch cake shops at your fingertips. Whether you seek a cupcake piled high with buttercream, a piece of sky-high pie or the best brownie, you are sure to have all your sugar cravings fulfilled. From traditional scones with jam and cream to American-inspired whoopie pies, the baked goods in London are taken very seriously. Here’s a glimpse into London’s best cake shops.
Cupcake Jemma has truly made a name for herself with the success of her award-winning bakery, Crumbs and Doilies. Beginning as a popular market stand, the bakery now has two permanent locations across the city, including one in Soho. Specialising in colourful cupcakes, the menu extends to bars, cookies, cakes and sweet treats. You’ll find a strong American influence, from their cookie dough layer cake to caramel pretzel cupcakes and peanut butter and jelly cookies. Their baked goods are truly a work of art, hand decorated and created with the utmost care. Using only the freshest ingredients without any preservatives, they still bake in small batches.
For authentic American-style home-baked desserts, head straight to Hummingbird Bakery. Famous for their red velvet cupcakes, you will find a selection of sumptuous sweet treats, from whoopie pies to cheesecakes. Grab one of their mini Mississippi mud pies or pumpkin pies, or be tempted by their perfectly frosted cupcakes. They also make a selection of cakes to order, including their impressive rainbow layer cake. Those truly taken with their delectable sweets can find their coveted recipes inside their popular cookbooks. The stylish bakery can be found in six locations around the city.
As the name suggests, Kooky Bakes specialises in unique small batch baked goods. The award-winning London-based bakery churns out a wide selection of cakes, slices, brownies, cupcakes and cake pops. Their whoopie pies come in a variety of flavours, from cherry bakewell to peanut butter, while the brownies are stuffed with all kinds of sugary treats, from Oreos to caramel or marshmallows. Sweet and salty lovers will be in heaven with one bite of their signature slice, a delightful tray bake featuring a pretzel base, covered with white and dark chocolate, coconut and pecans all coated in deliciously rich dulce de leche.
Claire Ptak opened her bakery cafe called Violet Cakes in 2010. After beginning as a stall at the famous Broadway Market, the high demand for her baked goods soon resulted in a permanent residence. Flavours change with the seasons but you can expect to find cakes, cupcakes, whoopie pies and biscuits galore. Enjoy a piece of lemon drizzle slice or coconut cake, or perhaps try a pumpkin whoopie pie or a serving of cinnamon bread pudding. Adorning their cakes and cupcakes is their homemade buttercream, flavoured using fresh fruit purees, quality chocolate or homemade caramel.
When you walk into Beas Bloomsbury you will immediately feel at home, with its welcoming atmosphere and inviting decor. The open plan kitchen churns out a host of heavenly treats, including cupcakes, loaf cakes, cookies, brownies and meringues. Enjoy a serving of scones with clotted create and jam or dig into a giant slice of chocolate truffle cake. Their pretty cupcakes come in an assortment of flavours, from cookies and cream to tiramisu or lamington. You can also have the chance to try their range of one-of-a-kind sweets, like duffins filled with Nutella or townies (a tart crossed with a brownie). Take a bag of their freshly made marshmallows home as a souvenir.
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