13 OF THE BEST CAKE SHOPS + BAKERIES IN LONDON

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By Jo McCarthy

In the capital, we're spoilt for choice when it comes to bakeries and cake shops, so we nibbled our way around town in an effort to find the best cake shops in London.

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.

13 of the best cakes in London:

Peggy Porschen

Few places in London are as pink, as frilly or as social media friendly as the Peggy Porschen cake shop in London’s Belgravia.

(c) Victoria Metaxas

(c) Victoria Metaxas

Everything tastes just as good as everything looks with the occasion cakes winning on the style and yumminess factor. They also serve a fabulous afternoon tea.

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The Lily Vanilli Bakery

The bakery changes its seasonal menu every week and offers a mouth-watering variety of cakes as well as pastries, soups, fresh juices and their famous sausage rolls and brownies.

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Follow them on Instagram for an idea of what’s baking each week. Vegan and gluten free options are available every Sunday.

Nordic Bakery

Home to quite possibly the best cinnamon buns in London, Nordic Bakery is everything you imagine a beautiful Scandinavian café to be – peaceful and clutter free with a smell that draws you in (by the nose) when you walk by.

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The cinnamon buns are a very generous size and baked on their sides so the sweet cinnamon and butter filling stays inside. Add a sticky, golden glaze which gives a slightly crunchy bite and it’s a veritable party of joy in your mouth!

Try and visit during Cinnamon Bun Week (30 September – 6 October) to join their celebration of one of Scandinavia’s most loved classics – the cinnamon bun.

BREAD AHEAD, BOROUGH MARKET 

Famous for their delicious doughnuts and naturally-fermented sourdough bread, any trip to Borough Market has to include a graze at Bread Ahead.

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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 buns for that hygge feeling on your way to work. 

BLACKBIRD BAKERY

When the Blackbird Bakery opened in the Crystal Palace triangle, I remember the queue in the morning for the buttery croissants and rich coffee; it snaked right around the cake shop in South London!

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Now there are eight 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.

The cafe locations are open all the time so if you miss your weekday treat, you can linger at the weekend.

KIPFERL

When the bustling streets get a little too much, nip into Kipferl to pick up your Austrian classics en route to work.

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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. 

KONDITOR & COOK 

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 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. 

PRIMROSE BAKERY 

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.

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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. 

They sell what we think are the best birthday cakes in London.

CUTTER & SQUIDGE 

Fun shop, fun website, inventive creations - two sisters established this Soho mecca and are always a step ahead of foodie trends.

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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".

ROSALIND MILLER CAKES AT HARRODS

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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. 

ONLINE OPTIONS

If you are finding it hard to leave your desk to get your cake fix, order-in from these London-based online bakeries. 

BAKEMEISTER

Do you need gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free and/or vegan cakes in London?

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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?

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.

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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. 

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.

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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 do you think is the best cake shop in London?