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The best cakes in London

It's time to take the cake! We round up the ten most delicious arrangements of sponge, jam and icing

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We Londoners like a little sweetness in our lives. And it's not all iced buns and victoria sponges – we have baked goods from across the globe right here on our doorstep. As proof, we've picked ten of the most beautiful and delicious cakes we could find in London cafés and bakeries to show that a spoonful of sugar really does help everything go down. 

London's best cakes

Hummingbird Bakery
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Restaurants, Bakeries

Rainbow Cake from Hummingbird Bakery

icon-location-pin Soho

The Childish Delight, £4.50

Hummingbird's Rainbow Cake may not be the most sophisticated flavour sensation, but its dazzling layers, interleaved with white icing, will live for ever in your Instagram hall of fame. For extra kiddy points, order a whole one (£26.95) and request it iced with bubblegum flavour instead of vanilla.

Patisserie Sainte-Anne
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Restaurants, French

Framberry from Patisserie Sainte-Anne

icon-location-pin Hammersmith

The French Fancy, £4

The sharp raspberry mousse and light sponge base within Sainte-Anne's Franberry is coated in a glossy pink white-chocolate icing and casually adorned with macaron halves. It's as if they gave a raspberry slice a delicious manicure.

Primrose Bakery
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Shopping, Bakeries

Cocktail Cupcakes from Primrose Bakery

icon-location-pin Primrose Hill

The Boozy Bake, £3.25 each

Every Friday, this bakery combines cake mix with mixology to create a Cocktail Cupcake flavour. Try the delightful Peach Bellini, its buttery icing laced with sharp champagne and mellow fruity flavours.

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Restaurants, French

Green Tea Strawberry cake from Lanka

icon-location-pin Finchley Road

The Far-East Fusion, £3.80

Japanese chef Masayaki Hara moved to London to work at Le Gavroche in the 1980s, so it will come as no surprise that the baked goods at his welcoming cafe off Finchley Road have an international flavour. This beautiful stack of green tea sponge and white-chocolate icing is as fresh and light as cherry blossom in Monet's Giverny garden.

Peggy Porschen
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Restaurants, Bakeries

Glorious Victoria from Peggy Porschen Cakes

icon-location-pin Belgravia

The Ultimate Classic, £4.20

This understatedly pretty cafe sells huge slices of grandma-friendly layer cakes in classic flavours, and the Glorious Victoria's dusky pink buttercream is iced into swags fit for a palace.

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Restaurants, Swedish

Prinsesstarta from Bageriet

icon-location-pin Covent Garden

Scandinavian Royalty, £3.60

This Swedish classic will be familiar to 'Great British Bake Off' fans. A mound of fluffy sponge, raspberry jam, smooth vanilla custard and fresh cream is shrouded in pale green marzipan, delicately decorated with dark chocolate squiggles and a dusting of icing sugar.

Peyton and Byrne
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Restaurants, British

Carrot Cake from Peyton & Byrne

icon-location-pin St Giles

The Hearty British Staple, £2.70

It's no wonder this veg-laden cake creation is close to the nation's heart when it's as nutty, fruity and moist as Peyton & Byrne's version. Its three layers are melded with a light cream cheese icing, allowing your fork to fuse raisins, walnuts and sponge into a sweet, spiced single mouthful.

Honey & Co
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Restaurants, Middle Eastern

Plum and Pistachio Cake from Honey & Co

icon-location-pin Warren Street

One of Your Five a Day, £3.90

This gloriously sticky, coconutty cake is topped with soft, piquant plums and waxy pistachios; it's a slice that goes beautifully with the morning calm of Honey & Co's welcoming little spot in Fitzrovia.

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Devil's Food Cake from Cocomaya

icon-location-pin Paddington

The Ever-So Chocolatey One, £5.50

If you're loco for cocoa, there's only one thing that will hit your C-spot, and that's a wedge of dense, moist chocolate cake. Cocomaya's rich, thick layers of sponge are smothered in an icing that's just a tiny splash of cream away from pure chocolate (ganache). 

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Shopping, Markets and fairs

Fudgy Peanut Butter Cup Layer Cake from Rubys, Greenwich Market

icon-location-pin Greenwich

The Gluten-Free Godsend, £3.50

This monster slice is gluten-free and vegan yet packed with delicious mischief. Chocolate fudge cake and peanut-butter buttercream are topped with chocolate drizzle and fudge pieces - it's worthy of a prize for freeform innovation.

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Banoffee at Peggy Porschen best cupcakes
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London's best cupcakes

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