If you've ever attempted to make a cake for a special occasion that varied even slightly from the traditional round-with-frosting model, you'll know that having a good cake shop on speed dial is a necessity.
Lucky us, Brisbane's best cake shops have a wealth of experience (and creativity to boot!), all of whom are more than happy to save you from last-minute decorating disasters or unexpected office birthdays.
Whether you're catering for a big bash or just want a pretty little table topper for a birthday do, we've rounded up Brisbane's best cake shops to help you out.
The Welsh Lady
One slice of the Welsh Lady's Death by Chocolate and you'll never look at a packet mix cake again. This talented lady is not afraid of cocoa (she's got six chocolate cakes on her kickin' cake menu, at last count), and she also does pies, fruit plans, pavlovas, cheesecake, roulades… you name it, she's baking it. Brides-to-be, she also does wedding cakes, so get on the phone!
Cake & Bake
Brisbane baking legend, Jocelyn Hancock is behind Brisbane bakery Cake & Bake. A haven of delicious homemade goodies in West End, all of Hancock's signature cakes and slices, savoury items will be baked fresh daily, while fresh rolls (using homemade relishes and a selection of good, clean salads) will be up for grabs at lunch.
Botanica Real Food
The team at Botanica mercilessly bake gorgeous little cakes then sit them right in the shop window to tempt passers by. It’s hard to choose a favourite and sort of unfair until you’ve personally tried every single one. A good starting point are the bar cakes, of which there are a few flavours to choose from including Chocolate and Raspberry or Ginger and Golden Syrup with Poached Pear. Because they taste so good, the guys at Botanica sell them by the box, if you please, and the individual servings mean the calories sort of, kind of, don’t count.
Chester Street Bakery and Bar
Newstead's Chester Street is a new Brisbane cake shop that's won our hearts with their creative and totally irresistible cake menu. Not just home to the classics (though they are here, too), Chester Street has created such sliceable delights as an Oreo cake, a salted caramel and chocolate cake, Nutella pavlova, and red velvet cake. They also do a range of gluten-free cakes, as well as cheesecakes, roulades, tarts, and basic sponges. It's cake-central up in here!
Vanilla Pod Specialty Cake kitchen
Ascot Bakery and Café Vanilla Pod have become so well known for their cakes that they've opened a cake-specific offshoot—the Vanilla Pod Specialty Cake Kitchen. Specialty and bespoke cakes are the name of the game at their new Albion store. Wedding cakes, birthday cakes, baby shower cakes; name an occasion and this new Brisbane cake shop will sort you out.
Clayfield's favourite French bakery and cake shop, French Patisserie, create cakes for special occasions, and have a range in-store to take away if you're in a rush. Their truffle gateau is something to behold, and their croquembouches are legendary on Brisbane's northside.
Sol Natural Foods
Are you vegan? Do you like cake? The team at Sol Natural Foods have you covered with an amazing range of vegan cakes that are sure to hit the spot. While most of their goodies rotate as cabinet specials, like vegan chocolate peanut butter cake, there are a few you really should keep your eyes out for. Like the chocolate vegan mud cake, complete with coconut and dark chocolate icing, covered in fresh strawberries and blueberries. It looks more like a magical fairy feast than a cake, but it tastes dang good.
Flour & Chocolate
A word to the wise, don’t go to Flour & Chocolate on an empty stomach or you’ll come out with bags upon bags of goodies to feast on. In terms of cakes, Lachlan and the team at F&C aren't messing around. If you can tear yourself away from all the other goodies on offer, get stuck into the Flourless Chocolate & Hazelnut cake, a rich and dense flourless chocolate cake made with hazelnut meal and topped with dark chocolate ganache and, oh my, toffee shards. What a time to be alive.
Pamela, you legend. Out of this quaint Paddington cottage spills all the cakes and sweet treats your party could ever need. Pamela's cakes are traditional favourites: think chocolate sour cream cake, flourless chocolate and almond, and cherry and ricotta. Available both in round and log form, and with the option to add writing or fresh flowers, this is a Brisbane cake-catering classic. And, not only does Pammy do cakes, but she can also cater your dinner party with an epic dessert—with lemon delicious, stick date pudding, crème caramel, and apple crumble available for take away, among others.
Fortitude Valley and Albion
Flourless chocolate cake. Malted chocolate layer cake. Passionfruit butter cake. Poached fruit and ricotta cake. The names alone are enough to incite salivary production. James Street's Jocelyn's are famous for their cake-creating prowess, and for good reason—these baked and frosted bad boys are the stuff of crumby dreams. Hot tip: When popping in to pick up your cake, grab a salted caramel tart to reward yourself for your organisational awesomeness.
Jocelyn's Provisions | Image credit: Hayley Williamson