Cakes are the actual best. Be it big or small, topped with outrageous goodies or simply iced (we don’t discriminate), cake is always a good time. If you’re on the same cake buzz as us, you’ll be pleased to hear that we’ve made finding Auckland’s best cakes our personal mission.
The best cakes in Auckland can be found in all corners of our city. Auckland’s best cakes live out North, South, East and West. Heck, some of Auckland’s best cakes are even whipped up in people’s home kitchens and sold through the interwebs.
To help you fulfill those fluffy, frosted cravings, we’ve compiled this life-changing list. Get ready for a sugar-overload because here are the best cake spots in Auckland.
Cakes In Central Auckland
Amy’s Secret Kitchen, Ponsonby: Sisters Amy and Charlotte of Amy’s Secret Kitchen are responsible for whipping up some of Auckland’s best bespoke cakes. Their customised cakes are a product of some legit cake-makin’ magic. From gold leaf-adorned doughnuts to macarons, toasted meringue and edible flowers, it’s no wonder these girls are known for making some of the best (and most beautiful) cakes in Auckland. Oh, and it’s also one of the best cake delivery services in Auckland. Get amongst the Valrhona Dulcey chocolate as it’s rich, it’s sweet, it’s decadent and it’s a crime to not try this flavour.
Bluebell’s Cakery, Hillsborough & Kingsland: With not one but two locations—Hillsborough and Kingsland, Bluebell’s Cakery is Auckland cake royalty. They’re all about the naked, rustic look with a perfect drizzle and are partial to popping a doughnut or three on top. They’re also pros when it comes to cupcakes, doughnuts and other delicious treats but their cakes are where it’s at. Although all their flavours are amazing, you can’t go past their banana caramel. The caramel is the perfect sweetness while the banana adds so much depth to the flavour, do us a favour and get it!
The Caker, K’Road: Jordan Rondel, founder and creator of The Caker and her team of girls aren’t only talented in baking but also coming out with innovative flavours every single month. They have their classics that are here to stay like their double layer almond butter and raspberry which literally tastes like an almond butter and jelly sandwich on crack, flourless dark chocolate and fig and raspberry just to name a few. But some of their monthly cakes are not to be missed as they are truly a one of a kind! We’re talking hot cross bun cakes for the Easter month, rum and eggnog cake for the festive Christmas season, golden oat cookie crumble for Anzac Day and dark chocolate peanut butter, just because they can.
Cake & Co, Ponsonby: Cake & Co cater to all those niggly dietary restrictions, making them your go-to if you need a cake for that ingredient-specific loved one/client/friend/fellow cake-lover. Our pick is the chocolate caramel cake topped with popcorn—it’s one of the best cakes in Auckland, fo sho. If you’re looking for something to please the more mature taste buds, plum and pistachio would be the go-to. The plum adds tartness which balances out the sweetness of the sponge cake and buttercream and the pistachio adds that extra crunch that nobody could complain about.
Coffee Pen, Eden Terrace: Tucked away on Eden Terrace is this quaint little cafe operated by just two people. One person is churning out some of the best coffee in town while one is baking away some of the best cakes in Auckland. Their cabinet is always changing so stay up to date on their insta-stories to see the special of the day. If you see banoffee or matcha cheesecake on your screen, make sure you run as these sell out quick!
Frasers, Mt Eden: Frasers is a local Mt. Eden fave for late night dessert and for very good reason. The freshly made cakes are always shining brightly in their glass fridges and it’s impossible to resist. Most famous for their New York baked cheesecake, Frasers also do some other flavours that are not to be missed. The black forest gateaux is the perfect in-between of chocolatey richness and fruity freshness as the cake itself is moist and decadent and the whipped cream filling and fresh berries really lighten things up and balance everything to perfection,
Mezze Bar, Durham Street East: We know what you are all thinking. Cake? At a Mediterranean restaurant? The answer is yes and you need to trust us. Mezze Bar no doubt serve some tasty meals but their cake slices in the cabinet are heavenly homemade goodness. With a range of classic flavours, our go-to would have to be the chocolate buttermilk. The cake is moist and they microwave it before serving so it’s warm and the chocolate ganache is melted to be all ooey and gooey. Paired with a side of cream and you have pure happiness on a plate.
Mint Cakery, Pt Chev: Sometimes you really, really don’t want to share your cake. When this happens (and you don’t want to look selfish for smashing a huge cake by yourself), head to Mint Cakery for their baby cakes. These cute wee cakes are perfect for one and come in flavours such as pear and salted caramel, chocolate and mint, and lemon meringue. Mint Cakery also makes cakes big enough for six to 40 people if you decide to finally share Auckland’s best cakes love.
Best Cakes On The North Shore
Adela Cake, Forrest Hill: A new approach to cake which sound a little whacky but taste so right! Adela Cake is a home business that takes custom orders and it’s worth it as these cakes are so damn tasty. The recipe they use at Adela has a way of creating some of the spongiest, softest cakes and the cream is light and airy which makes you just want another slice. The earl grey chiffon cake is so fragrant but we also suggest going for the selection of Swiss roll cakes as they’re 10/10. Some of the most popular ones being soybean flour, strawberry matcha, cherry tiramisu and pumpkin, don’t knock it till you try it!
Corelli’s, Devonport: We feel as though carrot cakes are a highly underrated flavour of cake and that is because you haven’t tried Corelli’s carrot cake! Six bucks for the biggest slice with a side of yogurt and fruit, this Devonport gem knows how to serve up cake by the slice. The carrot cake is absolutely loaded with sultanas and nuts, you get a mix of textures every single bite you take. Also, they do not go light with the cream cheese frosting as they pile it not only on top but also in between the layers of moist carrot cake!
Coast Cakes Ltd, Whangaparoua: Coast Cakes began as a hobby more than a decade ago, and today, it’s a full-blown cake making business. They can make every wacky cake request come to life, making sure it tastes absolutely delicious, too. Whether you’re wanting something fun with vibrant coloured fondant or natural with butter cream and flowers, Coast Cakes will cater to anything you have in mind. The flavours they offer are also to die for and it seems as though they know how to bake any cake from the book. Chocolate, red velvet, carrot, caramel and literally 14 more flavours on their menu!
House of Chocolate Dessert Cafe, Takapuna: As the name suggests, Takapuna’s House of Chocolate Dessert Cafe is a sweet time. While they have all sorts of chocolatey, sugary treats, their cakes deserve a shout-out. You can either enjoy a slice in-store or put in an order. The in-house mini-cakes are seriously not to be missed. The Oreo cake is a rich chocolate cake with a cream cheese vanilla frosting, topped with an Oreo cookie. It doesn’t stop there, there’s another whole Oreo cookie hiding in the frosting between the two layers of cake! As for their whole cakes to order, just commit to a four layered tiered lemon curd cake as it’s out of this world and you won’t just finish off with a slice and you’ll be thankful than you have four layers of it.
Little & Friday, Belmont & Newmarket: Although they have a bakery in Newmarket, the OG is Belmont and is where it all began so we are listing it under the North Shore! Their mini cakes in the cabinet are all worth a try as they’re just as yummy as each other. Little & Friday also do whole cakes, made to custom orders as they are fully aware that they’re stuff is too good to stop at just one mini-cake! Try their hazelnut baci cake and try tell us otherwise. The cake itself is flourless which means it’s dense and the hazelnut ganache tastes like Nutella. To make it even better, chopped hazelnuts coat the sides of the cake to add more texture to this epic creation.
Cakes In East Auckland
Sugarcoated, Mt Wellington: Tina, the lovely lady behind Sugarcoated claims she makes ‘art you can eat’. One look at her cakes and you can’t help but agree. Her marble fondant cakes are totally hypnotic and basically too pretty to even consider eating.
Bang Bang Meringue, Howick: It’s official. Not only do Bang Bang Meringue make some of the best cakes in Auckland, they also have one of the best names. This Howick cakery makes Trolls cakes, unicorn cakes, Elmo cakes, Tinkerbell cakes...basically everything and anything from your childhood dreams.
Cakes In South Auckland
Sugar & Spice, Manukau: Mel Hurst aka Sugar Mama of Sugar & Spice can turn anything, we repeat, ANYTHING into a cake. Her custom-made 3D cakes are nothing short of mind-boggling. Thus far she’s brought Moana, the Holy Bible, Pooh Bear and Noah’s Ark, amongst many, many more, to life. Her XXX Adult Novelty cakes are also a hoot.
Miss B Cakery, Manurewa: Some people don’t actually like cakes that much. We know, we know, it’s shocking but it’s true. This is where Miss B Cakery steps in. She is responsible for introducing Auckland to the famous French mille cake. Meaning “thousand crepe cake”, Miss B takes crepes and delicately places them on top of each other to create a pancake-meets-cake masterpiece. And yes, it’s one of Auckland’s best cakes.
Scrumptious Cakes, Manukau: Joanne Tan of Scrumptious Cakes knows her stuff. Her cake creativity knows no bounds and sees her whipping up Beauty and the Beast, Rapunzel, mermaid and princess cakes on the reg. Check out her cakes here and prepare to be amazed.
Cakes In West Auckland
Sweet Bite Cakes, Henderson: Sweet Bites Cakes is a reminder that cakes don’t have to be round. From lighthouses to pokemon and Angry Bird, there’s nothing they can’t make edible. If crazy cakes ain’t your thing, Sweet Bites Cakes also make stunning, more simplistic cakes for any occasion.
Jenna Maree Cakes, West Harbour: Drizzle cakes never get old, and Jenna Maree has the drizzle down pat. Her cakes are a thing of beauty and our clearly made with a heck of a lot of love. She even made a dog cake for a vet once! Definitely in the line-up for the best cake in Auckland.
Niu Cakery, New Lynn: Get excited, folks! Not only does Niu Cakery one of the best cake shops in Auckland, it’s run by a 23-year-old guy! Meet Niuafe, a self-taught Tongan lad who prides himself on making everything from scratch and with love. Check out his cakes here—amazing, right?!
Best Cakes Online
Hello Delicious: After setting up a little dessert stall at the weekend La Cigale French Markets at the end of 2017, Hello Delicious gained the reputation amongst Aucklanders that she baked the best banana salted caramel cake in Auckland. After getting a wave of customers, the cake shop has hit the digi-world and they're taking orders to make as many Aucklanders as happy as possible!
MegR Cakes: Meg has made a cake for the one and only Richie McCaw, so she automatically gets a spot on this list. Even so, Meg is a genius cake maker in her own right, making some of the best bespoke cakes in Auckland. Be it a wedding cake to remember or something cray cray (our pick is a dragon), MegR Cakes won’t let you down.
Our Little Kitchen Co: You follow Our Little Kitchen Co on Instagram at your own risk. As soon as one of Briar’s cakes pops up on your feed, you’ll want it in your mouth. Think boozy cakes, Nutella cakes, doughnut cakes, rainbow cakes and candy cakes that continue to keep Our Little Kitchen Co in Auckland’s best cake ranks.
Neat Cakes: First up, we love the motto ‘Neat Cakes for neat people’. One look at Jessica Orsbourn’s cakes and you fall in love, one bite and you’ve decided that yep, she makes some of the best cakes in Auckland. Flavour wise, we’re talkin’ cookies ‘n’ cream, chocolate salted caramel and lemon meringue. Mmm, mmm!
Niamh’s Cakes: Located on the North Shore but running business online, Niamh Gibson is a 22 year old with mad talent when it comes to baking cakes. It started off as a hobby she would do from time to time for friend’s birthdays but her cakes are so good that it has turned in to a full-on business! When Niamh’s Cakes say “chocolate cake,” she REALLY means it. The moist chocolate cake is cut in the multiple layers, filled with chocolate buttercream frosting to make a chocolate tower and the toppings consist of every chocolate bar known to man and the most amazing ganache that you need to try.
Melie’s Kitchen: She’s the sprightly age of 18 but Amelia Ferrier is seriously winning at life. Not only does she make some of Auckland’s best cakes, she’s published a cookbook. Her cakes became Auckland-famous for her use of fresh flowers, rustic shards and pretty piping, and flavours such as creme brulee and s’mores.
Sweet Cheeks: Forner pastry chef and dessert master Claudia Long from Gemmayze St is now putting her business on Instagram and is accepting special orders through the sneaky DM. Just scroll through Clauda's Instagram and mesmerize at the beautiful creations. The torched meringue not only makes her creations stunning but also adds a sophisticated element!
Caco Cakes and Cupcakes: The epic Auckland cakes continue! Caco Cakes and Cupcakes have created a range of beautiful cakes and show no signs of slowing down. We’re obsessed with the oh-so funky rainbow drip cake. Head to their Facebook page for all the deets—you might find your new favourite cake in Auckland.
Cakes by Joni: It hasn't been too long since Joni has started up her online cake shop but she's sure one to keep an eye out for! Joni's cakes are versatile and can be enjoyed by anyone. Whether you're wanting something extra and epic or something simple and classic, Joni has got you covered. Also, wait till you see what she tops her cakes with, whole chocolate bars, macarons, cookies and more!
Cakes by Kobi: Another purveyor of amazing cakes, Cakes by Kobi is quickly moving up Auckland’s best cakes lists. Her lolly cake looks like a bit of us but check out all her creations here and find your fave—they’re all ah-mazing.
Courtney Lee Cakery: No matter what occasion you need your cake for, Courtney Lee has got you covered. This clever chick is constantly pushing the boundaries and therefore produces some of Auckland’s best cakes. We’re currently obsessed with her obsession with gold painted ganache and monochrome icing.
Bespoke Cakery: We love how Aucklanders are using the web to sell delicious treats and Gabrielle Smith of Bespoke cakery is one of them. This gal knows exactly how to make your cake dreams come true. To make things even better, she tops her cakes with the likes of peanut butter cups, popcorn, marshmallows and macarons for some of the best cakes in Auckland (and maybe some of the best cakes in NZ!)
The Ku Cakery: Last but certainly not least is The Ku Cakery. These custom cakes are gorgeous but it’s the floral work that caught our attention. Delicate fondant flowers adorn The Ku Cakery’s cakes and we still can’t believe they’re not real! Brides, get in touch, you might have found your wedding cake.
Image Credit: Bluebells, Mint Cakery