The best cake shops in London
Of all the days of the year, National Cake Day must be one of the most exciting. It is celebrated on 26 November and is the perfect excuse to enjoy some light and fluffy sponge, highly decorated miniatures or rich and decadent chocolate cake.
If your visit to London happens to coincide with this auspicious occasion, then you will have your pick of cake shops to help you mark the day. Here, we demonstrate which of these establishments can really rise to the occasion and satisfy your cake fix.
Peggy Porschen’s Parlour
Instagram favourite, Peggy Porschen’s is an oasis of pastel calm in bustling London, which will charm you before you have even walked through the flower-bedecked doorway. The cakes match the décor and whether you opt for a vanilla salted caramel cupcake crowned in smooth icing or a perfect macaron, you won’t be disappointed.
Bea’s Cake Boutique
With locations across London, Bea’s of Bloomsbury is on hand for cake cravings wherever you are in the city. From exquisitely decorated cupcakes to fine pastries and whole cakes, there’s no shortage of choice at Bea’s. Opt for one of the seasonal treats on offer or push the boat out and enjoy afternoon tea in style.
Primrose Bakery could not be more convenient for your stay at the Royal Garden Hotel, as there is a branch right on Kensington High Street. As well as fabulous cupcakes and mini cupcakes, layer cakes and other treats, there’s an extensive free from range, meaning there’s no excuse not to indulge. The range of cocktail cupcakes is particularly special.
This distinctive Japanese cake shop serves up vibrant flavours like matcha and yuzu in perfectly constructed confections. The house speciality is milles crepes – a complete cake made from layers of French pancakes sandwiched together with the lightest of custard fillings – which can be ordered by the slice and feature ingredients such as coconut, chocolate, vanilla and matcha.
Cutter & Squidge
Your eye will instantly be drawn to the long counter displaying all manner of sumptuous cakes that seemingly stretches on to infinity when you step inside Cutter & Squidge. The light, airy space is the perfect setting to enjoy the creations of two baking-mad sisters. Their philosophy is to be sparing with the fat and sugar, using just enough to bring out the flavours. This makes Cutter & Squidge a great place to celebrate National Cake Day without the guilt.
Dominique Ansel Bakery
Having wowed cake lovers in New York and Tokyo, Dominique Ansel has brought its immaculately executed cakes and pastries to London. Many of the classic patisserie techniques used in the bakery have been given a modern twist. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the world-famous cronut, which seamlessly merges the croissant with the doughnut. And if you want to see how such alchemy is achieved, you can watch the delicacies being created in the open kitchen.
Maitre Choux Artiste Patissier
For those with a sweet tooth, but looking for an alternative to cake, there’s no better place than Maitre Choux in South Kensington. As the name suggests, this artisan patissier specialises in all things relating to choux pastry. The eclairs, choux and chouquettes at this bakery are works of art, with the very finest ingredients used to create astonishing flavours. The Persian pistachio eclair will live on in the memory of your taste buds for long after you’ve finished the last morsel.
Peggy Porschen's Cupcake
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