Where to buy the perfect birthday cake in Vancouver

You can’t have a proper birthday party unless you have a delicious birthday cake! With the diverse food scene in Vancouver, there are many fabulous bakeries where you can find the perfect celebratory treat. Make your big day a little sweeter this year and pick up the perfect cake to fit your style.

Liberty Bakery

3699 Main St, Vancouver, BC V5V 3N6

Liberty Bakery has been a Mount Pleasant landmark for years. The talented pastry chef here creates cakes that are not only beautiful to look at, but also deliver complex flavours such orange-basil infused ganache and coconut pudding mousse between layers of moist sponge. Visit this Main Street bakery to pick up a celebratory cake that will be talked about until your next birthday!

Butter Baked Goods Ltd

4907 MacKenzie St, Vancouver, BC V6N 1G8

Stepping into Butter Baked Goods is like stepping into your grandmother’s home. With its pink rose patterned wallpaper and mint green accents, this bakery is far too cute to express in words. And there’s a reason the café is called Butter: their signature buttercream cakes are deliciously moist and iced in a classic fashion with roses and piping. Cakes are available in simple, nostalgic flavours such as vanilla sponge with vanilla buttercream icing as well as contemporary favourites like chocolate peanut butter.

Aquilini Thierry Ltd

1059 Alberni St, Vancouver, BC V6E 1A1

Specializing in chocolates and French pastries, Thierry Chocolates transforms their cakes into impressive works of art. They are one of the few bakeries to do alcohol infused confections, such as their Tiramisu soaked in coffee and Kahlua. If you want everyone to be happy at your party, choose a boozy cake from Thierry!

Faubourg Bakery

2156 W 41st, Vancouver, BC V6M 1Z6

Faubourg is a gourmet French patisserie offering mouth-watering pastries and macarons. With classically trained French pastry chefs in the kitchen, their artisanal opera cakes (coffee-soaked almond sponge cake layered with dark chocolate ganache and coffee buttercream) cannot be beat. A birthday cake from this elegant bakery will give you a taste of Paris in every bite.

Beta5 Chocolates

413 Industrial Ave, Vancouver, BC V6A 2P8

Beta 5 Chocolates isn’t technically a bakery, but that doesn’t stop them from making amazing cakes! Their cream puff cakes are one of a kind in Vancouver. Be prepared for layers of decadent pastry cream and sponge topped off with their signature light and fluffy cream puffs. 

Bella Gelateria

1001 Cordova St W, Vancouver, BC V6C 0B7

If you are still a kid at heart and want frozen cake for adults, Bella Gelateria is the place to go. These creamy gelato cakes feature their many award-winning gelato flavours with decorative chocolate piping. If you are looking for a vegan and gluten-free cake, their sorbetto cakes are for you! All of their frozen cakes can be customized with the flavours you want; unique options include black sesame, lavender and Earl Grey, and banana bread.

If you want to mix up your regular study routine, skip the library and hit up a local café or bakery to get through your exam material. These student-friendly spots around Vancouver have strong coffee, free Wi-Fi, ample seating, and plenty of electrical outlets to keep your computer powered up through your cram session. Some are even open around the clock for the occasional nighttime grind.
When the temperature drops, it’s time for hot chocolate. This rich, creamy childhood classic gets a sophisticated twist thanks to the fine chocolatiers and baristas in the Lower Mainland. The tough part is deciding whether you want your hot chocolate with or without whipped cream!
Afternoon tea is the perfect excuse to dress up and enjoy the finer things in life. Pay a visit to these Vancouver teashops and indulge in a cup of tasty loose-leaf tea alongside delectable baked goods, petit fours and savoury finger sandwiches all plated on elegant tiered serving trays. The best part, you don’t even have to share!
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