Whether you’re searching for cupcakes, a character cake, a gluten-free option or a good old-fashioned sheet cake, we’ve got the best options to make planning your kiddo’s birthday bash a well, er…piece of cake!

Parents and kids alike will be thrilled to see the distinctive pink box that means only one thing – a Remo Borrachini’s cake. Serving up sweet treats since 1922, Borrachini’s is one of the best deals in town for a classic sheet cake. With themes ranging from princesses to pirates – they do it all. Bonus tip: hit their well-stocked party supply section and make it one-stop shopping.

Trophy Cupcakes and Party
The cupcake craze is still going strong, and Trophy promises to “design the curious and remarkable” for your birthday boy or girl. Parents will appreciate the quality ingredients, including free-range eggs and Valharona cocoa – kids will just love the taste. While you’re there, check out their nicely curated selection of vintage-inspired cake toppers and party decorations.

Cupcake Royale
Not many cupcake bakeries can say they were the original, but Cupcake Royale can. In fact, they were the nation’s first cupcake bakery and cafe to open outside of NYC. These deliciously satisfying made-from-scratch cupcakes even come in a super cool party cart that you can rent, and it even comes accompanied by a friendly cupcake server.

Pinkabella Cupcakes
With dozens and dozens of flavors and cupcake varieties to choose from, you won’t have any trouble picking out the perfect selection of delectable little treats for your little ones next party. Don’t see a flavor you like? They’ll make a custom flavor just for you!

Madison Park Bakery
Another Seattle classic – Madison Park Bakery has been baking cakes from scratch since 1929. They can do a variety of designs, but we suggest you go for the rainbow layer cake – six brightly colored layers, one for each color of the rainbow.

North Hill Bakery
The motto at this Capitol Hill Bakery is “there is more to cake than round or square.” In addition to sheet and layer cakes, they can make a cut out cake in whatever shape your little one fancies. Want a cake in the shape of a butterfly or airplane? No problem!

Remember ice cream cakes? How about a gelato cake instead! Gelatiamo’s Torta Gelata has two layers of gelato on top of Italian sponge cake. The cake is typically soaked in rum, but can be left out on request. We suggest ordering two – a sans-rum version for the kiddos and a regular one for the grown-ups. Just don’t forget which is which!

Columbia City Bakery
Columbia City Bakery is the perfect bakery for a classic birthday cake. Their chocolate, black forrest, coconut, and carrot cakes have people of all ages ooing and awing (and drooling).

Cake Fixation
This mom-owned business specializes in custom cakes, taking a limited number of orders each week. The owner, Stephanie, will work with you to design a one of a kind cake in any theme you can imagine. Cakes can be picked up in Redmond, and delivery is available to the Eastside.

Flying Apron
There’s no reason that a gluten-free party has to be a cake-free party. Not only are Flying Apron’s cakes all gluten-free, they’re also wheat-free and vegan – but you’d never know it by the taste! Don’t forget to check out their new location in Redmond.

Mike’s Amazing Cakes
Fans of Ace of Cakes will love Mike’s Amazing Cakes, where “anything is possible within the limits of gravity and physics.” Specializing in sculptural 3D cakes, this is the place to go for a truly unique cake that will wow your guests.

Whole Foods
Sure, it’s just one day out of the year, but why load up your kids with artificial colors and preservatives if you don’t have to? Made from only natural ingredients and colorings, a cake from Whole Foods will look and taste just as good (if not better) than any other grocery store cake.

PCC Natural Markets
Started as a small ‘food buying club’ these co-op markets put forth some of the best offerings of natural food.  Their cakes aren’t bad either.  Make sure to give the German chocolate cake a look as it is also available in vegan chocolate!

New York Cupcakes
The east coast meets west over delicious cupcakes.  Take a ride across the country on a delicious highway of cupcakes.

Cakes.com brings the idea of convenience to a whole different level. Simply order your birthday cake online and then select a local bakery near you that will make your creation. Their options range from Winnie-the-Pooh cakes to Barbie cakes to Spongebob to dinosaur cakes, and much more!

Stuffed Cakes
Stuffed Cakes are exactly what you think they are — stuffed cake! This bakery makes smaller-sized cakes (their largest is 10”) and each are filled with sauces, fruit, or candy. Added bonus: they have a very simple ordering menu – pick your cake, frosting, and filling and voila, you’re done!

Share the love with other Seattle moms and dads whose kiddos have birthdays coming up — what’s your favorite bakery to buy your little ones’ birthday cake?

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