Us Hongkongers are suckers for anything sweet. Whether it’s a traditional Hong Kong-style sweet soup, some Instagram-worthy treats or matcha desserts, we love them all. There's also a special place in our stomachs when it comes to cakes. Whether you want bite-sized mini cupcakes or elaborate layered cakes, prepare to indulge your sweet tooth as we round up the best cake shops in Hong Kong. By Alice Huang
Hong Kong’s best cake shops
It’s possible to indulge your sweet tooth without feeling guilty thanks to The Cakery’s range of low-sugar (and gluten-free) cupcakes. Surprisingly, the cupcakes here aren’t bland at all, flavours ranging from the classic – like blueberry and carrot cake – to the quirky, like salted caramel popcorn, and avocado and lime. The Cakery also does vegan, organic and paleo baked goods as well as beautifully decorated bespoke cakes too, including ones shaped like giant numbers or flamingos.
The signature mille crêpes cakes at Lady M need no introduction. The frozen signature mille crêpes are even harder to resist during Hong Kong’s hotter months. Dig into a wide array of flavours varying from green tea and rose to coconut and caramel, plus the latest seasonal creation, milk tea mousse.
LIFETASTIC celebrates the romantic and the decadent from its décor to its insta-worthy, gluten-free almond layer cakes. Their claim to fame is the signature watermelon strawberry cake, whose juicy watermelon, almond and rose-scented cream layers are still as popular as ever. Since then, over 20 flavours have been introduced such as dragon fruit and lemon, exotic mango with pomelo and the seasonal fig and charcoal cheese cake. They have locations in Tsim Sha Tsui, Sai Wan and Causeway Bay, with the workshop in Tsuen Wan delivering freshly made cakes to all locations daily. For the ultimate comfort food, grab one of their creamy rice pudding jars. Chocolate, tiramisu and durian flavoured rice pudding are available at the Tsim Sha Tsui and Causeway Bay locations in limited quantity. Keep up with new cake features by giving them a follow on Instagram.
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The cake shop at the Mandarin Oriental has been satisfying sweet tooths since the 1970s. It’s currently led by executive pastry chef Yves Matthey – who won Pastry Chef of the Year at the World Gourmet Summit Awards of Excellence 2017. The signature 1963 cheesecake is a must-try with its melt-in-your-mouth texture. But if you’re looking for something that’s one-of-a-kind, try the mysterious rose petal jam cake – its homemade recipe remains a closely guarded secret.
Talk about showstopping cakes. Ms B's Cakery is the crème de la crème when it comes to designer cakes. The mastermind behind it all is Bonnae Gokson, who is known for her glamorous confections and haute desserts. The dessert names alone are enough of an attention-grabber, such as Better than Sex, Sweet Dreams and Madame Butterfly. But it’s not all about looks. The taste of these cakes is just as good and promises to make anyone to fall in love at first bite – or so it claims on their website.
Renowned pastry chef Tony Wong puts all his passion into his creations, having accumulated more than 30 years of culinary experience. His signature chocolate truffles and mango napoleons attract the young and old alike who line up outside to get one hell of a sweet treat. The rose-shaped cakes are one of the most Insta-worthy desserts this side of town.
Although the eponymous cake designer of this shop was once an accountant, the awards Pang has won in Hong Kong, London and Singapore are proof of her talent. Pang’s signature ‘couture cakes’ are so popular that her going-rate can be up to $1 million dollars for her top of the range. Can’t afford to splurge on such luxury? Pang’s range of (relatively) affordable butter cakes, signature sugar flowers and personalised designs are equally dazzling.
Now in new digs in Tai Kwun, Phoenix Sweets has a reputation for creative, artisanal and highly personalised fondant cakes and confectioneries. Its signature buttercream cakes boast photogenic pastel hues and taste as delightful as they appear. These bespoke creations are offered in a wide variety of themes that go beyond your usual party and wedding standards.
Cakes come in many shapes and forms, and cupcakes are arguably one of the best. They’re small and trick you into eating more than you should. They don’t get any better than Sift’s devilishly good creations. At its take-out shop in Wan Chai, you can pick up everything from mini cupcakes to macaroons to bonbons, with flavours ranging from red velvet (pictured) to s’mores and salted caramel.
With experience at Peggy Porschen – one of London’s leading bridal cake companies – under her belt, cake designer Olivia Chan is an expert when it comes to romantic made-to-order creations, especially for celebrations like weddings and baby showers. Her shop, Sugarcoat, also offers tons of additional tempting sweet treats. The chocolate cake with dark chocolate ganache, and the banana and peanut butter cake are drool-worthy. Opt for the luscious lemon and raspberry cake if you’re looking for something lighter. sugarcoat.hk.