DID SOMEONE SAY CAKE? 10 OF THE MOST EXCITING CAKE SHOPS IN LONDON
By Jo McCarthy
According to the Craft Bakers Association, us Brits can't get enough cake, spending a whopping £6.5billion (yes, I had to read that twice!) on the baking industry each year.
In the capital, we're spoilt for choice when it comes to bakeries and cake shops, so we have nibbled our way around town in an effort to find the best cake shops in London.
We've also included some fantastic home-delivery options to try.
BAKED GOODS TO GRAB ON THE WAY TO WORK
Famous for their delicious donuts and naturally-fermented sourdough bread, any trip to Borough Market has to include a graze at Bread Ahead. If you want to learn how to bake your own treats, sign up for one of the workshops, ranging from English Tea Time to Middle Eastern Flatbread courses.
If you can't make it to Borough Market, Bread Ahead have a Shop & Bakery School in Pavilion Road, Chelsea, as well as bakeries in North Audley Street, Mayfair; Beak Street W1F and at the Real Food Market at Kings Cross. Try the fresh-from-the-oven-cinnamon swirls, pictured above, for that hygge feeling on your way to work.
When the Blackbird Bakery opened in the Crystal Palace triangle, I remember there was always a queue in the morning for the buttery croissants and rich coffee. Now there are 8 locations, all strategically placed close to south London train stations so you can grab-and-gobble on your way to work. Bread, pastries, cakes, sandwiches, savouries and cereals are all made by the bakery, and the cafe locations are open all the time so if you miss your weekday treat, you can linger at the weekend.
When the bustling streets get a little too much, nip into Kipferl to pick up your Austrian classics en route to work. The pastries and tarts are rich but not too sweet. Practice saying 'sachertorte' and 'apfelstrudel' before you go in! There are a few gluten-free options, as well as a more extensive lunch menu that might bring you back later in your day.
Be the office favourite and treat your colleagues to breakfast - I would choose the dairy-free apfelkuchen (apple cake with lemon and cinnamon) which is healthy enough for brekkie.
CAKES FOR THE WORK PARTY
Established in Waterloo in 1993, Konditor & Cook now have a legendary status in London as the makers of delicious, beautiful cakes using only the finest natural ingredients. For your work party, try one of the sharing platters or tray bakes.
The peach and raspberry crumble looks amazing and is perfect for summer gatherings - if I was at your work doo, you'd have to fight me for it.
Although Primrose Bakery makes spectacular occasion cakes, it's their 'I wish I could bake like this' classics that make this the perfect bakery for your work party. You could even treat your special colleague to one of the baking classes or cookbooks. Choose from mini-cupcakes, classic layer cakes and the tea-break favourite, the loaf cake.
CAKES FOR SUPER SPECIAL OCCASIONS
Fun shop, fun website, inventive creations - two sisters established this Soho mecca and are always a step ahead of foodie trends. Right now it's the biskies. The sisters explain, "We are a bit health conscious and are not fans of overly fatty or sugar laden foods, so we always keep our fat and sugar content to "just as much as needed to make something delicious".
Sounds perfect for a special occasion without the guilt. Have you tried the Potion Room yet?
I will take 3 of the Billionaire Dream Cake (pictured in the centre above). There are 5 layers of moist chocolate sponge, filled with a smooth premium Belgian chocolate buttercream, handmade shortbread pieces and award winning caramel sauce in each layer. It's sweet, it's crunchy, it has chocolate, and it has salted caramel filled pearls on top of each peak. Like I said, I'll take 3.
For very, very special occasions, these glamorous, luxurious and decadent cakes are hard to beat. Rosalind Miller has an exclusive range of wedding celebration cakes available to buy at the iconic Harrods Food Halls. You can also buy the cupcakes and cake towers at the patisserie counter of the Roastery and Bake Hall every day. Rosalind is based in Brockley and can supply cakes to order.
If you are finding it hard to leave your desk to get your cake fix, order-in from these London-based online bakeries.
Do you need gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free and vegan cakes? Established by South-African born pastry chef Werner Zeilinga, BakeMeister produces a delicious range of cakes including Chocolate and Sour Cherry brownie, Italian Lemon and Almond Cookies and a Mini Carrot Loaf Cake that looks too juicy to eat and has a very low sugar content...so you can have a whole one to yourself, surely?
9. CAKE ME UP
'Making Memories With Cake' is the aim of Ali Anderson's celebration cake business. She has been listed as one of the top three cake makers in Bromley, which is hardly surprising when you look through her show-stopping gallery.
Wedding cakes, elopement cakes, anniversary cakes, Unicorn birthday cakes and 'just-because' cakes are all made to order; use the Flavour Guide to narrow down your choices. Check out the Events page on the Cake Me Up website for details of Ali's Cork and Cake courses in Beckenham. Follow Cake Me Up on Instagram: @cakemeupuk.
10. E K BAKERY
Elizabeth Kerr runs not-for-profit supper clubs, records fascinating podcasts with other foodies (including episode 2 with our most favourite baker Ryan from Borough 22) and has an online arm to her bakery which means we can enjoy her sumptuous creations at home. Choose from interesting flavour combinations such as pistachio and mascarpone, and the vanilla buttermilk cake with kesar mango jam and mascarpone, decorated with pineapple flowers, physalis and oranges. Utterly scrumptiuous.
So foodies, where have we missed? Tell us, we need to know!