Independent Hackney-based bakery The Proof delivers fresh puddings and cakes to Londoners’ doorsteps. Founded by former music journalist and self-taught baker, Francesca Strange, the young bakery has recently added profiteroles) to its menu of delicious desserts. The assemble-at-home ‘Proofiteroles’ arrive with an array of toppings and require just enough assembly to convince your dinner guests that you baked them from scratch. Elsewhere, The Proof Box makes an ideal gift or dinner party accessory. The eco-friendly package contains a selection of four pairs of miniature desserts (eight pieces in total), which rotate seasonally, ensuring there is something for everyone.
Dee's Basement was set up when Dee was in her final year of university in 2017. Having trained at some of London's top establishments – such as Konditor and Cook, Lola's Cupcakes and Primrose Bakery – this entrepreneur aspires to become one of the best confectionery artists in the industry. Ready-to-order cakes are available to purchase online, and comprise everything from colourful traybakes to boxes of ‘mystery cookies’ and three-tier celebration cakes.
April’s Baker is a cake company set up by Roxy Mankoo, who trained at Le Cordon Bleu, and has worked at notable bakeries in London and New York – including Lily Vanilli and Ron Ben-Israel Cakes. Launched in November 2019, April’s Baker has since dedicated itself to creating cakes that showcase a glimmer of fantasy and capture vintage elegance. Each bake is inspired by the dreamy landscapes of Wes Anderson, pastel palettes used by Miu Miu, and a nod to the artistic decorations of artist Scott Hove.
Celebrate a loved one, a special occasion or just treat yourself by ordering one of Clementine’s Cakes. Born out of lockdown and the desire to show friends and family what they really mean to us, Clementine’s Cakes combines art and baking to create memorable celebration cakes. Each bake is entirely different in its design and is baked in Clementine’s kitchen. We love the look of one of her recent bakes, which was covered in dried fruit and edible flowers.
Cake or Death
Katie Cross started her vegan cake business in early 2019. Starting with wholesale baked goods and bespoke birthday cakes, Katie quickly realised how popular Cake or Death’s brownies were. Once the pandemic hit, Katie pivoted the business from wholesale to consumer letterbox brownies: Cake or Death increased turnover by an incredible 300% in three months as customers ordered brownies for themselves and sent packages to loved ones. Based in Dalston, Katie’s delicious brownies can be sent anywhere in the UK by post, packaged up in a pink leopard-print gift box. All are dairy free and egg free and most flavours are also gluten free. If you’re sending as a gift, you can write a personal message to the recipient when you check out.
Cutter & Squidge
Cutter & Squidge is run by two food-obsessed sisters, who describe themselves as “a bit health conscious and not fans of overly fatty or sugar-laden foods”. Therefore, it makes sense that most of their sweet creations only use just enough fat and sugar content to make something delicious. We’re a big fan of their ‘Biskies’ – a biscuit, cookie or cake sandwiched with lightened buttercream, homemade jam and caramel. We love the look of their new range of nationwide postable cakes, too – and as each one is sent in a beautiful embossed tin, it makes an ideal present.
Anges de Sucre
French for ‘sugar angels,’ Anges de Sucre is an award-winning sweet shop in the heart of Kensington, founded by Kuwait-born Londoner Reshmi Bennett, who trained in classical French cuisine in Paris at École Grégoire Ferrandi. Combining classic French techniques with flavours from around the world, Anges de Sucre offers a selection of jewel-like marshmallows and macarons, alongside its own inventions such as ‘Muffles’ (a marshmallow-truffle hybrid) and ‘Tremendous Teacakes’. Need a showstopper? Look to the team’s bestselling ‘Doughnut Cookie Monster Cake’, which is topped with Oreos and doughnuts.
Fancy a cake that’s vegan, gluten, dairy, and refined sugar-free, plus packed with superfoods? Look no further than The Hardihood. The team’s genuinely delicious gateaux aren’t soft, uncooked mixtures, but perfectly delectable cakes all cooked below 48°C to ensure the highest concentration of nutrients. This is the place to look for healthy versions of treats, including red velvet cupcakes made with beetroot, dark chocolate truffles made with cacao and raw hot cross buns.
Officially the best cupcakes in London (according to multiple awards and media accolades). When it comes to design, quality ingredients and, well, flavour, Flavourtown packs a punch. Its cupcakes are stocked in Harrods and Selfridges and can be delivered across the capital. We also like the look of its ‘Ultimate Birthday Day’, filled with vanilla ‘funfetti’ and covered in colourful sprinkles. Bespoke commissions – no matter how outlandish – are also encouraged.
Long considered the A-list and fashion crowds’ go-to baker for one-of-a-kind masterpieces, Lily Jones is a self-taught baker known for her innovative cake designs, with clients including Elton John, Lady Gaga, Madonna, Alexander McQueen, Kate Moss and Shrimps. Lily has written three bestselling recipe books: Sweet Tooth, A Zombie Ate My Cupcake and #BakeForSyria, which went straight to number one on Amazon in 2018. Her Bakewell tarts have developed a cult following among east Londoners – who flock to her Columbia Road shop – but you can order her brownies, cupcakes and celebration cakes online. We’ve got our eye on her double chocolate pretzel creation.
You can’t miss Michelin-starred baker Joaquim Prat’s delicate and finely decorated éclairs on Instagram – and they taste just as good as they look. Using only the lightest choux pastry, this South Kensington bakery creates hand-crafted French classics with a twist. If you’re in need of a present idea, look to its Choux Boxes, which include a mix of delicate flowers and two or four éclairs of your choice. Our favourite flavour has to be salted butter with homemade caramel.
Often heralded as ‘the cutest café in London’, cake creator Peggy Porschen’s fairytale-like parlours in Chelsea and Belgravia have been the backdrop of thousands of Instagram posts. When it comes to cakes available for delivery, customers can opt for cupcakes, layer cakes, tray bakes, one- or two-tier party cakes and vegan options, plus additional extras such as bottles of rosé champagne and party accessories like gold candles. We love the look of the pretty-in-pink 'Ring o' Roses' celebration cake, which comes with edible wafer roses and pastel pink buttercream.
Crumbs & Doilies
Crumbs & Doilies cakes are free from artificial flavours and additives and only use the very best natural ingredients available, including organic free-range eggs, Lescure AOC butter, Organic Doves Farm flour, Tate & Lyle sugars and Callebaut chocolate and cocoa. Its meringues, curds, sauces, brittles and caramels are made from scratch every day, and each cake is baked and decorated fresh to order. We’ve got our eye on the raspberry and white chocolate cake – four layers of raspberry ripple sponge filled and decorated with white chocolate buttercream and raspberry, finished off with a white chocolate drip, gold leaf chocolates, raspberry meringues and extra gold leaf detailing.
Cakes by Robin
Since training at Squires Kitchen International School, Robin Green has been honing her cake design skills from her cake studio in south-west London. These days, her company Cakes by Robin is known for making show-stopping cakes for any occasion. Away from her elaborate wedding cakes, customers can order anniversary cakes, birthday cakes, cupcakes and more for home delivery. If you’re after shaped or themed cakes, this is the place to look.
Konditor is a made-to-order bakery specialising in personalised celebration cakes. The company was founded in 1993 by Gerhard Jenne as ‘Konditor & Cook’ but changed its name to Konditor in 2018. The team serves a selection of celebration cakes, classic cakes and brownies, all of which are available for London and nationwide delivery. All bakes are handmade to order and use top ingredients. For something seasonal, look to the autumnal-coloured rich toffee and date sponge, with layers of caramel and creamy vanilla mascarpone frosting, finished with a caramel drizzle.
Primrose Bakery was founded in 2004. Its bakery in Primrose Hill delivers across London, and the team has five bestselling cookbooks and an app to its name. All the ingredients used in its cakes are seasonal, well sourced and of the highest quality, and everything is hand iced and baked in small batches to give the impression of simple, old-fashioned cooking. Cupcakes, tiered cakes, loaves, pies, tarts and celebration cakes can all be ordered online. At this time of year, we’re keen to order one of the kitchen’s treacle tarts or pumpkin or apple pies.