Piece of cake: Easy choices in Vancouver for your next slice

Big celebrations with lots of people call for the commitment of a full cake, but there are times when you just need treat yourself for a job well done — or for no reason at all. Here are a few great places for decadent cake by the slice in Vancouver. [Image credit: iStock.com/john shepherd]

Sweet Obsession

2611 16th Ave W, Vancouver, BC V6K 3C2

Check out Sweet Obsession’s vast selection of cakes, and then sit down and savour a slice of your choosing. This small, cozy patisserie is nestled into a quiet residential area at the edge of Kitsilano and offers a rotating menu of unique and delicious cakes. They also have wonderful daily specials and frequently roll out new flavours to try.

Breka Bakery & Cafe

6533 Fraser St, Vancouver, BC V5X 3T4

This European style bakery is open 24 hours a day for those late night cake cravings. Breka’s rich and creamy German chocolate cake might keep you up until dawn, it’s so good, but it’s well worth it. There’s always room in their generous seating area and lots of beverage options to choose from on their tea and coffee menu.

Cadeaux Bakery Inc

172 Powell St, Vancouver, BC V6A 1G1

As you would expect from a bakery named after the French word for “presents,” every cake here is like a small gift from the heavens. The star attraction is the London Fog, a delectable white vanilla-bean cake with white chocolate mousse and milk chocolate Earl Grey ganache. Go ahead and treat yourself. You deserve it.

Ganache Patisserie

1262 Homer St, Vancouver, BC V6B 2Y5

This posh Parisian-style and artisan bakery in Yaletown makes modern French cakes, macarons and wedding cakes that will leave you wanting more. The cakes are small enough to order multiple flavours at once, and they’re served on dainty white ceramic plates. The Matcha-Exotique and the combination of the week are not to be missed.

Aquilini Thierry Ltd

1059 Alberni St, Vancouver, BC V6E 1A1

Do not miss out on Thierry’s Chocolate Marquise cake made with hazelnut dacquoise and salted caramel. Located in the West End, this high-end, Parisian-style bakery is open seven days a week and has a fully licensed bar. It’s the perfect place to go with a friend or a date for cake, a cocktail and a long conversation.

Cafe Trafiq

4216 Main St, Vancouver, BC V5V 3P9

More than a wonderful bakery, Trafiq also makes a great spot for lunch — try their velvety smooth quiche. And there’s no way you can’t follow up with a slice of cake. Their absolute must-try slice of cake is without a doubt the Earl Grey. Once you've had your fill, work it off a little by strolling and exploring the charming Mount Pleasant neighbourhood.

MIX The Bakery

4430 10th Ave W, Vancouver, BC V6R 2H9

Point Grey residents are so very lucky to have Mix in their hood, while the rest of us have to travel from other parts of the city to devour a slice of their divine Sour Cream Coffee Cake. Enjoy some lunch while you’re there, stock up on fresh baked bread, and you’ll be set until your next trip up West 10th Avenue.

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