The pandemic has parents rethinking lots of things and birthday parties is one of them. It’s time to repurpose the smash cake for downsized celebrations where your invite list is simply family or a few close friends. Any way you slice it, these fourteen bakeries are baking up four-, five- and six-inch cakes that are the perfect size for your next birthday bash or smash cake celebration.

The Sweet Side

Kara Burfeind says that she has been baking longer than she can remember and can’t think of many other things that she enjoys more, except maybe decorating her prized pieces. After graduating from the Bonnie Gordon College of Confectionary Arts in Toronto, she opened The Sweet Side bakery offering French macarons, her famous carrot cake by the slice and many other desserts. If a tiny cake is what you need, count on her to design a cake you won't forget.

254 N.E. 45th St.
Seattle, WA
206-547-2253
Online: thesweetsideseattle.com

Sugar n Flakes Bakery

The bakers at Sugar n Flakes Bakery are firm believers that birthdays are special for all us, regardless of age. If small is what you need, they've got you covered with a six-inch cake (smash or otherwise) that feeds six to eight people. Even this downsized version comes with flavors a-plenty, although vanilla cake with vanilla buttercream is the go-to choice for baby's first. And if gluten-free or vegan tops your cake-needs list, they can help with that too. Cakes of this size start at $45 and usually cap around $95, depending on your design ideas. Make sure to give the bakers two to three days advance notice when you order. Then it's off to celebrate your big day in the tastiest way!

227 Bellevue Way N.E.
Bellevue, WA
425-455-8569
Online: sugarnflakes.com

photo: Cecile Saintobert

Gateau Plateau

Keep it small with this home-based vegan bakery in Sammamish. Baker Cecile Saintobert is passionate about baking, and it should come as no surprise since she grew up above her family's patisserie in France. We love that she keeps cakes simple with just seven flavors to choose from, and she's committed to high-quality, organic ingredients and no GMOs (psst... even her food coloring is natural). Everything is baked fresh on demand, and she can turn cakes around in just a day if you're in a pinch. Her petite three-layer, four-inch cakes are just $14.50, and if you need a larger cake she can do that too. Perfect for baby's first or your pandemic-era party, these cakes are always sweet crowd pleasers.

1812 223rd Pl. N.E.
Sammamish, WA
425-922-8197
Online: gateauplateau.com

photo: courtesy Seatown Sweets

Seatown Sweets

If a classic smash cake (vanilla cake with vanilla buttercream) is what you're after, look no further than Seatown Sweets. Head Baker, Kayla Heffner rocks this classic four-inch cake with the best of them, and you can keep it simple ($15) or choose a more detailed ($20) or elaborate ($25) cake to add personality to your party. If you want to branch out a bit, you can play with chocolate and vanilla flavor pairings, and choose more or less decoration on six-inch party cakes that serve up to 12. Prices range from $36-$48. But if really want to kick it up a notch, you can't go wrong with a classic or signature six-inch cake where parents can play with flavors and decorations to suit their party palette. Whatever cake combo you choose, be sure to order it at least two days in advance, and if you want to get creative with a custom order, just email info@seatownsweets.com.

12815 N.E. 124th St., Ste. Q
Kirkland, WA
425-605-9537
Online: seatownsweets.com

Jenny Cookies

Though Jenny Keller has made a name for herself baking cookies, her skills are not limited to just cookie dough. She brings as much creativity to her cakes (and other confections) as she does to her tasty cookies. In fact, she's baked for many celebrities and large brands wanting beautiful desserts for their own parties, but she is just as happy creating such delights for us everyday folk as well. Her bakeshop can be found in Old Town Lake Stevens where she specializes in creative and delicious desserts for all occasions.

12420 20th St. N.E.
Lake Stevens, WA
425-322-4847
Online: jennycookiesbakeshop.com

photo: courtesy Annabella Chiocco

Sprinkles and Sweets

If you're looking for cute, custom small cakes, reach out to Annabella Chiocco at Sprinkles and Sweets. She brings her eye for design to each confection she makes, be it cakes, cookies or festive Rice Krispy treats. This mom-preneur can also help with tablescape design (think: decor, balloons, even flowers), because details matter, even if you're hosting a smaller-than-usual party. Her five- and six-inch cakes start at $55 and need to be ordered one week in advance. Please give her two to three weeks for tablescape decor.

3409 27th Ave. W.
Seattle, WA
206-419-5688
Online: facebook.com/sprinklesandsweets

Trophy

You already know Trophy for their amazing cupcakes, but did you know they also bake bigger cakes too? In addition to their creative six-inch party cakes, you can now order a Decorate-Your-Own “Blue Magic Cake” kit for your next tiny bash. Starting with your choice of chocolate or vanilla cake, they do all the hard work (baking, stacking the five layers and frosting them with their signature aqua buttercream), while you get to do the fun part. Each kit comes with DIY decorations like dark chocolate in a small pastry bag for the perfect drip, Yumfetti sprinkles, a trio of colorful macarons, striped meringues and marshmallows, even edible flowers and classic frosted animal cookies. Be sure to place your order at least two days before the celebration to get your cake in time. Party on!

2612 N.E. Village Ln.
Seattle, WA

1815 N. 45th St.
Seattle WA

700 110th Ave. N.E.
Bellevue, WA

19510 144th Ave. N.E., Ste. B-1
Woodinville, WA

206-632-7020
Online: trophycupcakes.com

Flying Apron

Now for something completely different. Can a bakery that offers 100% certified gluten-free and plant-based sweets be any good? Of course! Flying Apron took flight in the early 2000s before the trends, and they haven’t changed their ways since, except to continually improve their products and designs. Today they operate two bakeries in Seattle. When it comes to small cakes, they've got both four-inch and six-inch options, so you can feed anywhere from four up to twelve people. These two-layer cakes stand four inches high and start at $30 for the four-inch and $45 for the six-inch. Make sure to give them at least 72 hours to get your cake ready for pick up.

3510 Fremont Ave. N.
Seattle, WA

4709 California Ave. S.W.
Seattle, WA

206-442-1115
Online: flyingapron.com

Despi Delite Bakery

Those living in Seattle and north of the city can experience the family traditions of Despi Delite, a family-owned, Filipino bakery. They can make your downsized party come to life with a six-inch cake that feeds six to eight guests. They start at just $20 for a basic round cake and are easily customizable. Choose from a variety of cake flavors (they have ube!), fillings and frostings. Then add flair with a personal theme. Families can even put an edible photo on a small cake if they'd like. Whatever cake option you choose, expect it to be delicious. Some delivery is available.

27011 15th Ave. S.
Seattle, WA
206-325-3033

3713 Broadway
Everett, WA
425-249-2295

Online: despidelitebakery.com

photo: Madison Park Bakery

Madison Park Bakery

Madison Park Bakery has served the community a wide variety of specialty cakes and other sweet-tooth goodies since 1929. Karen and Terry Hofman bake from scratch and consider themselves to be old-fashioned bakers. And when it comes to cakes, we think they just might offer the largest variety of flavors in the area. It's where you'll find flavors you won't see anywhere else like apple spice and cheesecake paired with tantalizing fillings like marionberry or apricot. Mix and match your faves for a one-of-a-kind small cake that's the right size for your celebration.

4214 E. Madison St.
Seattle, WA
206-322-3238
Online: madisonparkbakery.net

KJ's Cakery Bakery

When it comes to small cakes, we think the 6" x 5" Celebration Tall Cakes well.. take the cake. Bakery owner Kathy Jo Miller has creative kid-friendly combos, like strawberry lemonade, banana pudding and birthday explosion, that add a festive flair to even the smallest birthday bash. Cakes start at $45 and need to be ordered at least two weeks in advance for pick-up at the old-fashioned candy store (be sure to check out the cotton candy and sammies when you're there). Psst.. the secret's out on this relatively new bakery, so be sure to order with plenty of time to spare.

205 Central Ave. N., #102
Kent, WA
253-277-2516
Online: kjscakerybakery.com

photo: Mike's Amazing Cakes

Mike's Amazing Cakes

Mike McCarey is not just a master of baking. His artwork is on another level. And his desire isn’t to create art that he is happy with, but a tempting desert that “wows” his clients as well. As Mike says, “we will take your cake fantasy and turn it into a tangible reality.” Mike began his career at a cooking school in Denver, Colorado before working as a pastry chef for a variety of hotels and restaurants. Then, he made his way to Seattle to focus his skills solely on cake. His clients have included celebrities, Disney, Microsoft, Starbucks and even the Smithsonian. Using only the highest quality ingredients for all of his natural fillings and flavors, Mike and his crew create special somethings all year long. Your final creation can be picked up from the shop or be delivered to a wide area locally.

4134 148th Ave. N.E.
Redmond, WA
425-869-2992
Online: mikesamazingcakes.com

Baked

You may be familiar with Kristina Serfass and not even know it. That’s because she is a two-time winner of Food Network’s “Cake Wars” TV series. Kristina got her love for baking from her Sicilian grandmother and her artistic talents from her German mother. Although her bakery usually focuses on elaborate custom cakes, they also offer some fun small cake options that make pandemic-sized birthdays special. We've got a soft spot for the cake decorating kits (choose from Kiddos, Unicorn or Woodland). They range in price from $45-$75 and each includes everything you need to make your four-inch cake as festive as you can. The best part? Each cake can also be ordered in six-inch and seven-inch sizes.

2604 California Ave. S.W.
Seattle, WA
206-307-4847
Online: custombakedcakes.com

Cakes by Ilse

Ilse ter Heerdt Idema is a PME certified master cake decorator who got her start in the Netherlands before offering her wares here in the Northwest. Since that time, she has honed her skills even further receiving PME diplomas for sugarpaste, royal icing and piping and sugar flowers. Having only been a resident of Seattle since December 2018, she is still relatively new, but making her presence known. She is always looking for the best recipes and ingredients to serve her customers, including many European brands, while also minimizing her plastic usage as much as possible during the baking and decorating process in her home.

503-389-0346
Online: cakesbyilse.com

–Jeffrey Totey

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