It’s not a birthday without cake. While whipping up a whimsical, gourmet baked creation can be a ton of fun, it can also cause all sorts of stresses for the home cook.
Those who’d prefer to forgo their birthday baking responsibilities will be happy to note that Vancouver is home to an array of cake shops, all of which are more than happy to create a masterpiece on your behalf.
Offering unique and delicious cake designs, here is a list of places who create the best (hassle-free) birthday cakes in Vancouver.
This long standing bakery in Burnaby prides itself on offering a varied selection of cakes, including popular and traditional European buttercream cakes, tortes, and specially decorated custom-designed cakes, which can be topped with an impressive selection of edible decorations, decals, and plastic ornaments.
Address: 4058 Hastings Street, Burnaby
In addition to offering a mouthwatering array of baked temptations at their Powell Street retail space, Cadeaux Bakery also whips up a range of impressively-crafted made-to-order cakes, perfect for any birthday celebration. To ensure freshness all of Cadeaux’s cakes are created to order with love and natural ingredients. Current flavour combinations include chocolate, vanilla bean, dark chocolate praline, lavender mocha, and lemon meringue.
Address: 172 Powell Street
It should comes as no surprise that butter is at the heart of all cooking at Butter Baked Goods. Alongside adorable and moreish individual treats, like scones, muffins, and buns, Butter Baked Goods offers sophisticated triple layer cakes worthy of being the centre of attention at any birthday soirée. A particular favourite is the coconut covered vanilla cake, which comes with a cream cheese buttercream filling.
Address: 4907 MacKenzie Street
Although Anjan has a Monday to Friday office job, baking is her real passion. As a certified pastry chef, Anjan’s spare time is dedicated to creating custom-designed birthday cakes, as well as cookies and chocolates. Whilst the most popular flavours are Lemon, Earl Grey with Orange, Salted Caramel, and Red Velvet with cream cheese, Anjan will create any flavour combo a customer desires. All cakes are made from scratch with the finest quality ingredients, and are masterfully decorated.
Catering to the sweet tooth, this artisanal patisserie explores traditional French-inspired recipes and flavours while handcrafting desserts to more contemporary palettes. In addition to the assortment of delicate and beautifully presented treats on display at the Homer Street outpost, Ganache Patisserie also crafts custom-designed cakes. Whether you want your cake to resemble a designer handbag, an exotic car, or a baby animal, Ganache Patisserie has got you covered.
Address: 1262 Homer Street
Located in Kitsilano, this independent cake shop offers a range of beautifully decorated cakes. Proudly using only the finest ingredients including real butter, cream, and pure Belgian Chocolate, Sweet Obsession promises customers no artificial flavours and or ingredients. Cakes on offer include the wickedly good Bittersweet Chocolate Buttercream Cake–an incredibly dense chocolate cake, layered with bittersweet chocolate buttercream.
Address: 2611 West 16th Avenue, Kitsilano
Known for their vibrantly-coloured macarons, Coal Harbour’s Soirette also creates an exquisite range of cakes including custom-made luxury varieties (ideal for cutting into on your birthday) and stunning macaron towers. Visually stunning these cakes taste just as good as they look.
Address: 1433 West Pender Street
If ice cream cake is your jam, you best be hitting up Dairy Queen when your birthday rolls around. The fast food chain offers a variety of frozen cakes made with layers of their vanilla and chocolate soft serve. Ordered online, customers have the option to choose between Dairy Queen’s original round cake, Blizzard Cakes, and Log Cakes.
Address: Various locations