HI, I’m Demetra personal chef and food blogger at SweetSavant.com. Thanks so much to 365AtlantaFamily for the opportunity to write this guest post.
Top 10 Birthday Cakes in Atlanta
When it’s time for a birthday cake around my house I usually make one that fits the personality of the birthday boy or girl, like this Funnel Cake Birthday Cake I made for my daughter’s birthday http://sweetsavant.com/2015/03/31/birthday-funnel-cake/
Sometimes making a cake from scratch just isn’t in the cards and you need to pick up a delicious cake for your party. Here are my TOP TEN places to get Birthday Cakes in and around Atlanta. This list is in no particular order, just some fantastic shops that are dedicated to quality and creativity.
Cami Cakes (Buckhead, Camp Creek, Vinings, Alpharetta, Smyrna)
Cami Cakes has locations all over Georgia and in Florida and they’re growing fast. Cami Cakes (named for owner Andra Hall’s daughter) specializes in delicious cupcakes but they make some absolutely fantastic full sized cakes for birthdays and all occasions. Like me, Andra Hall’s love of cooking started with an Easy Bake Oven. You can get a 2 layer 9 inch cake in any flavor currently on the menu like Banana Cream, Red Velvet, Salted Caramel, Key Lime, Chocolate Peanut Butter Cream, Pineapple Toasted Coconut and so many, many more. Visit the website www.camicakes.com to vote on her next location and maybe she’ll open one near you.
Mae’s Bakery (Lenox Rd- Atlanta)
Mae’s Bakery makes the most amazing custom cakes. I mean, just look at this gnome cake. It’s AMAZING (oh I said that already. It bears repeating). Beth Castro fulfilled her lifelong dream of owning her own bakery with the opening of Mae’s Bakery. Self-taught, Beth’s passion for delicious treats shows in the high quality of her work. The bakery is named after Beth’s daughter. When you visit to pick up your AMAZING custom cake be sure to order a cup of Counter Culture-Chemex Coffee, the by-the-cup, certified organic, Counter Culture coffees at Mae’s Bakery change seasonally www.maesbakeryatl.com
Alon’s (Decatur, Dunwoody)
Winner-Best of Atlanta awards since 1992, Alon’s is a European style bakery. They boast flavors like “Chocolate Louise”- Named for Alon’s Aunt, it’s a rich chocolate cake, topped with silky chocolate hazelnut cream You can even get a Croquembouche at Alon’s-a cone of cream puffs filled with vanilla custard bound together with a caramel cage. www.alons.com
Sweet Hut Bakery and Café (Duluth, Midtown, Doraville)
With three locations in and around Atlanta Sweet Hut boasts a most unique variety of flavors for their full sized cakes-Passion Fruit Cheesecake , Strawberry Yogurt Mousse, TARO “unique taro root, native to Southern India and Southeast Asia”, Red Velvet and Pandan a tropical plant widely in Southeast Asian cooking as a flavoring. You won’t be able to resist the fantastic array of reasonably priced buns and treats, both sweet and savory, offered at Sweet Hut when you visit. Sip a little bubble tea while you’re there. www.sweethutbakery.com
Ratio Bakeshop (Decatur)
Let’s talk about some of Ratio’s cake flavors- Honey Cake with Goat Cheese Buttercream, Carrot Cardamom Cake (Available gluten free), Vegan Chocolate Cake, Coconut Lime- I’d choose that for my birthday cake, I LOVE coconut. Just listen to the description “Coconut cake soaked in coconut cream, with refreshing lime buttercream frosting. A taste of the tropics” www.ratiobakeshop.com
Whole Foods (8 Locations all across Atlanta)
With a commitment to high quality ingredients Whole Foods promises products “free of artificial preservatives, colors, flavors, sweeteners, and hydrogenated fats” that goes for their birthday cakes as well. Check with your favorite location and ask if they can make you a ¼ or ½ sheet cake, even a vegan one. www.wholefoodsmarket.com
Alpine Bakery (Alpharetta)
Alpine Bakery and Trattoria holds a special place in my heart, it’s where my husband got my birthday cake, mmmm COCONUT CREAM! It is SO GOOD! When we had friends over last month for a small get together I was asked “What can I bring?” My answer? COCONUT CREAM CAKE from Alpine Bakery. Other cake flavors include Bananas Foster European Torte, Opera Torte (Almond sponge cake soaked in coffee liqueur and coated in chocolate ganache) www.alpinebakeryandtrattoria.com
Apple Butter Bakery (Stone Mountain)
When she was 21 Executive Pastry Chef Shellane Brown made her first birthday cake for a friend and hasn’t looked back since. Apple Butter Bakery can make custom cakes that have to be seen to be believed, the level of detail is incredible. Mix and match cake and filling flavors to your liking: Cake flavors include White Chocolate, Red Delicious, Key Lime and more. Filling flavors include (but not limited to) Apple Butter, Fresh Strawberry, Chocolate Ganache and Cookies and Cream) www.applebutterbakery.com
Piece of cake (Alpharetta, Buckhead, Camp Creek, Collier Rd, Decatur, Dunwoody, John’s Creek, Vinings)
I asked my fantastic food blogging buddies at the Atlanta Food Bloggers’ Society (www.atlantafoodbloggersociety.com ) about their favorite place to get a birthday cake and the overwhelming favorite is Piece Of Cake. Choose from Hummingbird Cake (contains no actual hummingbirds), Red Velvet, Strawberry and so much more. www.pieceofcakeinc.com
Nothing Bundt Cake (Sandy Springs, Alpharetta, Cumming)
Birthday Cakes don’t have to be layer cake, for a little something different try a beautifully decorated Bundt cake from Nothing Bundt Cakes. They come in a variety of sizes from tiny to massive but for a birthday party of up to 20 guests the 10 inch Bundt cake is perfect. For a larger party get an 8 inch Bundt cake stacked on top of a 10 inch Bundt cake to serve up to 30 guests www.nothingbundtcakes.com