Planning a birthday party is meant to be a celebration but sometimes all the details can be stressful. You have the balloons and the streamers, and the invitations are sent for the big event—but what about the cake? Every great birthday party needs a delicious cake as a tasty finale and there are many places in Ottawa where you can find a favourite flavour, design or cake that serves most dietary restrictions.
We’ve gathered some delicious birthday cake options to help you narrow down your search. All you have to do is order or walk in to buy, and show up like the birthday party hero you are.
The Cake Shoppe
We know you’ll love the custom and ready-made cakes at The Cake Shoppe. They are decorative and stylish, and include cake designs with sprinkles, bright colours or trends like emoji cakes. The Cake Shoppe, located on Wellington Street, is nut free and while custom cakes can be ordered in advance, you can also find ready-made cakes to pick up for the last minute party at the shop.
On Preston Street, you’ll find a decadent selection of cakes that can be the star of your birthday party at Simply Biscotti. Try something drizzled in caramel or anything made with chocolate. The shop is open seven days a week so you’ll never be without cake again!
If there are dietary concerns to take into account before ordering your birthday cake, look no further than Thimble Cakes. While these cakes may skip certain ingredients like nuts, honey, eggs, sesame, gelatin and more, they don’t skip out on taste. Gluten-free, vegan, soy free and other options are available.
Sugar and Spice Bakery
If your child loves Paw Patrol, Toy Story, or other popular characters, it seems like Sugar and Spice Bakery can create almost anything with stunning precision. We love the realism in these cake designs made with fondant, but if you prefer a birthday cake without a specific character, beautiful and simple creations can also be ordered. Most importantly, the cakes taste amazing.
The Merry Dairy
We love The Merry Dairy, but did you know they have cakes available? No matter the season, kids love an ice cream cake (and adults do too, right?) Treat every guest at the party to a The Merry Dairy ice cream cake. Their vanilla funfetti or Oreo ice cream cakes are available to order for pick up, and custom writing can be added to any cake. The cakes are nut and peanut free.
Strawberry Blonde Bakery
For a delicious vegan, gluten-free and nut free cake, turn to Strawberry Blonde Bakery for your celebration. Choose a classic like vanilla or chocolate, or try something a little different (and just as delicious) like the lime coconut or red velvet cake.
Artistic Cake Design
Since 1977, Artistic Cake Design (on Clyde Avenue) has been making deliciously beautiful cakes for special occasions like birthdays. Choose from a variety of tasty flavours like chocolate, cherry or spice cake, and fillings like caramel or cherry. Whether you are ordering for your child’s first birthday or their 18th, these will definitely be popular.
Do you remember how sad many of us were when Holland’s Cake and Shake announced it was closing? The good news is, you can still order their cakes from the Morning Owl! We already love the coffee and food at Morning Owl, so this seems even better than imagined. You can order your cake online, or contact them for a custom creation.
The Joy of Gluten Free
If you are in need of a gluten-free cake that you’ll be proud to put birthday candles on, check out The Joy of Gluten Free. Their cakes are gluten-free, peanut-free and wheat-free and certain ones are also dairy-free and vegan. There are two locations (Greenbank Road, and Bank Street), and we are already drooling over the cake options like caramel, s’mores and mint chocolate.
The Cupcake Lounge
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Don’t let the name fool you, The Cupcake Lounge is also in the business of creating beautiful, delicious full-sized cakes for your next birthday party. Choose from a classic flavour or deluxe flavour in a selection of sizes (depending on how many people you are feeding, or how much you want to have leftover!) You can also select their simple happy birthday cake with a happy birthday topper and sprinkles on the side for an understated, but incredibly yummy, cake.
Feature image photo credit: Thimble Cakes