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Cakes—the most important celebratory treat of all. Whether it’s your bestie’s birthday, a special anniversary, or you’re just in the mood for some sweet spongey goodness, finding one that tastes as heavenly as it looks can often be a difficult task—after all, what good is a cake if you can’t snap a pic and share it on Instagram? Luckily, we’re on a mission to do just that. From dreamy rainbow cakes to bespoke masterpieces, we check out some of Hong Kong’s most Instagrammable cakes and where to get them.
What kind of bakery names themselves Bombshell? One that serves bomb cakes! Bombshell takes creativity to the next level by serving cakes that look like circular bombs. All cake orders come with a wooden hammer, so after you snap your fill of the original, unblemished masterpiece, you can bring the hammer down and smash the cake open. A sweet surprise will come spilling out, including M&Ms, cookies, cupcakes, and more! Prices range from $988 to $4,888, so pick how impressive you want your cake to be.
Bombshell, 118–130 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui | (+852) 6388 9758
After more than five years of operation, Pandora Cake Shop is still one of the most popular places around for an Instagrammable cake. Specialising in three-dimensional confections, owner Jess Leung has won multiple international awards for her cakes, which look like real-life replicas of carousels, teacups, and even Hermès handbags.
In addition to cake pre-orders, you can also book an appointment with Leung and craft your own cake under her tutelage. Prices differ according to the design in mind and time required to make the cake, so make sure you get in touch with her at least three weeks beforehand. A lot of Hong Kong celebrities reach out to Pandora Cake shop to make their own cake for friends, adding a layer of sentimentality to birthday cakes!
Pandora Cake Shop, D2, G/F, TML Tower, 3 Hoi Shing Road, Tsuen Wan | (+852) 6420 0553
In proclamations of love, couples might be moved to say metaphorical vows of giving their partners anything they want, even the moon and stars of the night sky. Little Miss Cakey takes that metaphor a step further and brings it to life with their signature moon-shaped cakes (starting from $650), wrapped in chocolate and encased in glass boxes. You may not be able to physically pluck the moon out of the sky, but this is a good second resort!
Little Miss Cakey, G/F, 7 Fat Fat Building, 2–6 Dechang Lane, Yau Ma Tei | (+852) 5631 7808
Perhaps one of the newest cake shop on this list, Bunphant Cake Studio opened only two years ago, but it’s already making waves in the Hong Kong cake scene. Using dry flowers and fresh plants as their main accessories, the beautifully designed cakes carry a rustic garden theme that is just sooo aesthetically pleasing. Whoever thought that succulents could add so much personality to a dessert?
Bunphant Cake Studio, Room 14, 10/F, Chengye Industrial Building, 19–21 Cheng Yip Street, Kwun Tong | (+852) 9161 4627
Run by a mother-and-son duo, Baking Maniac has been a staple in the Hong Kong baking scene for years, delighting crowds with their fantastic cake pops and personalised cakes. Specialising in fondant cakes, they come up with the craziest creations that are perfect for any party, kid, or adult. Take the 3D Canon EOS 5D camera cake, for example; the attention to detail is just mind-blowing and it’s bound to get any photography fanatic jumping up and down in glee!
Baking Maniac, 5C, Kwai Bo Industrial Building, 40 Wong Chuk Hang Road | (+852) 6699 8093
It’s love at first bite—and we just can’t get enough! Everything from cake jars ($80) to giant cookie cakes ($650), I Love Babycakes has all sorts of baked goods that are guaranteed to rein in those likes. You can also make special requests for bespoke cakes or order one of the many delicious spongey treats from the retail menu. Unfortunately, there is currently no walk-in shop for the bakery, but it does accept orders via email, WhatsApp, and phone at (+852) 9682 0215.
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You can have your cake and eat it too at The Cakery. Offering a range of products that are gluten-free, organic, sugar-free, and vegan-friendly, the bakery strives to bring you delightful treats that satisfy your sweet tooth, without any of the guilt.
Take the Sweet Maize ($880), for example—an extra-large version of the bakery’s popular salted caramel popcorn cupcake. This gluten-free, vegan cake is filled with caramel-infused cream and has a dairy-free chocolate coating. And if you’re looking for a stunner, My Princess ($688) is a four-inch gluten-free champagne cake, decorated with ruby chocolate and sugar-free white chocolate wings. Need we say more?
If luxury is the name of the game, then the fabulous cakes at Ms B’s Cakery will have you spoiled for choice. Known for its special bespoke cakes and beautiful, handcrafted sugar art, Ms B’s has over 40 varieties of cakes that combine flavour, texture, and natural ingredients with creative and exquisite designs.
One of our favourites is the Rainbow Connection (starting from $630), a rainbow chiffon cake layered with fresh fruit and topped with rainbow marshmallow arches. For something more elegant, the Beauty (starting from $1,200) is made with chocolate-covered almonds and nut crunch, decorated with a bed of handcrafted sugar roses in shades of pink, red, and orange.
Sift is surely no stranger to sugar-craving foodies in Hong Kong. Known for its delectable cupcakes, the bakery also offers a whole range of gorgeous cakes to suit every occasion. With three fluffy layers of chiffon cake filled with strawberry cream, chocolate, jam, and fresh strawberries, Rose Petals (starting from $430) is a stunner. You could also opt for something like the Number Cake ($218), which consists of different number-shaped cakes (from zero to nine) all decorated with fresh edible flowers, berries, and meringues—the perfect personal touch for that special someone.
Finding another cake that tastes and looks as divine as the Classic Unicorn (starting from $930) from Phoenix Sweets might be, dare we say, almost impossible. Customers can choose from four wonderful cake fillings (Earl Grey, vanilla, honey yuzu, and chocolate), which are then layered with buttercream of various flavours, or opt for the vanilla-flavoured rainbow layers for an additional $200 to make it even more Insta-worthy.
Another standout masterpiece is the Cookies & Cream (starting from $930), which is drenched in rich, chocolaty goodness. The cake is covered with cookies and cream buttercream, various sweet bits and candy, and a luscious chocolate dripping made from Valrhona chocolate from France.
Last, but certainly not lease, is Vive Cake Boutique. Fulfilling every sweet tooth's dream, the bakery offers some of the most aesthetically-pleasing cakes that look so good, you won’t even want to eat them!
Take the Twinkle Twinkle (starting from $780), a stunning red velvet butter cake with a cream cheese filling, coated in elegant, pastel-coloured cream piping. The Magicorn Dreamland (starting from $980) with macarons, chocolates, candy, meringues, cookies, and sweet confection is just as dreamy. You can even add a sugar decorated balloon and firework candle on top to really make an impression.
Vive Cake Boutique, Shop 3, 1/F, H Queen’s, 80 Queen’s Road Central, Central | (+852) 9602 2869