Birthday parties may look and feel a bit different these days, but that’s no reason to miss out on the very best part: the cake! The city’s best bakeries are ready to make your kiddo’s celebration as special as ever with delicious flavors, almost-too-pretty to eat designs and health protocols in place to keep customers and employees safe. Plus, buying one of these creations is a great way to help support local businesses. So we say, “Let them eat cake!”

 

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Sweet Stacks Cakery

If you’re looking to support an amazing black-owned business that creates mind-blowing cakes, look no further than Sweet Stacks Cakery in Rancho Cucamonga. Celeb cake designer and owner, Dejenia Boyd, is a self-taught master at creating whimsical cakes that practically come to life on the table. All cakes are made from scratch in classic flavors, as well as custom new flavors upon request.

Tip: Sweet Stacks Cakery also offers kids cake making classes from time to time, so be sure to inquire if you're interested.

Sweet Stacks Cakery
Online: sweetstackscakery.com

 

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Top Tier Treats

For super artistic birthday cakes made from scratch, look no further than Top Tier Treats (formerly known as Jamaica’s Cakes with the same owners).  Using the highest quality ingredients, Top Tier never shortcuts their customers by using shortening or freezing cakes ahead of time. The name of the game here is fresh, and almost any idea or request can be accommodated when it comes to the cake’s design. We’d say that’s pretty much license to let your little ones’ imaginations run wild.

Tip: Currently, Top Tier has limited hours, Mon. - Sat., 8a.m. - 4p.m. and items are available for curbside pickup, delivery or takeout with only one family in the bakery at a time.

Top Tier Treats
11511 W. Pico Blvd.
310-478-1971
Online: toptiertreats.com

 

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Amriel’s Cakes

With her background as a crazy talented pastry chef for Charm City Cakes, it’s no wonder Amriel Perches is now running her own fab cake making business, Amriel’s Cakes. With an eagle eye for the smallest details, her cakes have all of Instagram drooling. From a two-tiered cake strewn with exquisite, life-like butterflies to ones featuring kiddie favorites like Paw Patrol, Iron Man and Elsa, Amriel’s creations are works of art themselves. 

Tip: To place an order, check the highlights section of her Instagram page labeled “How to Order” and send your order to cakes.amriel@gmail.com.

Amriel’s Cakes
Online: instagram.com/amriels_cakes

 

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Susie Cakes

Two words: chocolate heaven. That’s the best way we can describe Susie Cakes’s famous Old Fashioned 6-Layer Chocolate Cake, which is one of the very best in the City of Angels. If you have pint-sized chocolate fans at home, we can’t recommend this cake enough. Now, even though we think this particular cake reigns supreme, the myriad other delish flavors on Susie Cakes’s menu like Luscious Lemon or their Vanilla Celebration Cake are incredible as well. Basically, you can’t go wrong with any choice you make.

Tip: Pick-up and Delivery are available and orders can be placed ahead of time online or by contact the location nearest you.

Susie Cakes
Multiple locations
Online: susiecakes.com

 

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Dip’d N Drip’d

When you don’t feel like serving a gigantic cake for a birthday celebration, cake pops can be a swell alternative – especially when it comes to feeding smaller tots. Think less mess and a lot less sugar rush. Dip’d and Drip’d are total pros at the cake pop game, whether you need Frozen themed pops for your Olaf obsessed littles or basketball pops for the tiny ballers in your life. Cake pops can be created on sticks, mini ice cream cones or even as small standalone treats.

Tip: To place an order, email dipdndripd@gmail.com.

Dip’d and Drip’d
Online: instagram.com/dipd_n_dripd

 

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Flour Shop

Amirah Kassem gained legendary fame on social media for her wildly popular explosion cakes. With six rainbow vanilla layers, cream cheese frosting and a fantastic sprinkle surprise bursting from the center, her cakes became an instant hit with celebs and dessert lovers alike at her flagship New York City Bakery. Lucky for us, a pandemic didn’t stop her from opening a West Coast location in the heart of Beverly Hills this past August. Now, Angelenos can her joyful creations as well.

Flour Shop
9495 Santa Monica Blvd.
Beverly Hills
424-389-8889
Online: flourshop.com

 

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Cake Monkey

Cake Monkey produces simply beautiful full-size cakes for any occasion is that’s your jam, but we especially love them for their unique mini layer cakes that serve one person each. These especially come in handy during pandemic times when people might be looking for individualized portions of foods to be safe. These yumtastic 3” tall mini cakes are available in an array of mouthwatering flavors from chocolate caramel and confetti to banana crunch and raspberry red velvet.

Tip: On your way out, don’t forget to grab one of the shop’s famous cakewiches which will immediately transport you back to your childhood.

Cake Monkey
Mid-City and North Hollywood
Online: cakemonkey.com

 

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Cake and Art

Cake and Art’s stunning cakes are not just scrumptious, they are truly inspired works of art. Beloved by the Hollywood community for over 43 years, Cake and Art can literally create just about anything you can dream up – the only limit is your imagination. So whether your kid wants a two-foot tall breakdancing unicorn made of fondant or a 3-D cake that resembles their pup at home, there’s not much these artists can’t pull off.

Tip: Currently, the shop is operating with limited hours, Mon. - Sat., 11a.m. - 3p.m. and orders are available for pickup.

Cake and Art
8709 Santa Monica Blvd.
West Hollywood
310-657-8694
Online: cakeandart.com

–Jennifer O’Brien

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