Where to eat cake

We don’t know if it’s more grim news or the return of Bake Off but we’re craving cake. From the Connaught’s new Patisserie to the revival of red velvet cupcakes, these are the top places to eat (or order!) cakes in London:

Best for French Delicacies: The Connaught Patisserie

The opening of the rosy-hued Connaught Patisserie was just the good news we needed this week. Find 10 seasonal patisserie at the counter including Paris-Brest, Apple Tatin and St Honoré, as well as a daily-changing cake and the signature Connaughty Hound – the hotel’s emblem reimagined as a chocolate hazelnut cake.

Fitted to look like a jewellery-box, the shop was designed by Ab Rogers, son of Richard Rogers a longstanding collaborator to the hotel group. This connection means The River Café’s special Chocolate Nemesis is also on the menu – the first time the cake has been available outside of its riverside home. Yum!

Best for Gluten Free: Pearl & Groove

As well as their Portobello Road bakery, Pearl & Groove have just opened a sister site in Exmouth Market. Plus you can order online for home delivery – all their cakes are entirely gluten free and often dairy free too. We recommend these new Squishys that come in good flavours like this salted caramel buttercream.

Best for Halloween: Meringue Girls ghost brownies

Get your order in now for these Halloween treats from the Meringue Girls: dark chocolate and peanut butter brownies topped with mini meringue ghosts. Collect from the Hackney bakery or delivery in London is available Monday to Saturday. If you fancy having a go at making meringue ghosts, baking kits are available here.

Best for Cupcakes: Primrose Bakery

We haven’t had a cupcake for years, but suddenly they seem just right again. Primrose Hill’s Primrose Bakery is the place to order all the classic flavours from chocolate and vanilla to salted caramel and red velvets in boxes of 4-12 cakes.

Best for a Showstopper: Lily Vanilli x Shrimps

It had to be quite some cake to celebrate 10 years’ of Lily Vanilli on Columbia Road. How about an enormous 10-tier buttercream-coated birthday cake filled with Golden Tickets? Stop in at the bakery on 25 October for the celebrations and with each slice bought you’re also in with the chance of winning one of 10 amazing prizes hidden within including a Shrimps Antonia bag, dinner for two at the Marksman pub, lunch for four at Smokestak, a workshop for two at Grace & Thorn, a cake decorating session with Lily and more. The cake will raise money for Unicef’s Save Generation Covid fund – and if you can’t make it to the bakery in person, you can order the brownies online here to support and enter. Good luck!

Best for Panetonne: Pump Street Bakery

Pump Street’s fluffy Italian panettone (by way of Suffolk) sell out every year in a flash. The first batch of 50 have already gone, but sign up to the newsletter here and you’ll be the first to hear when the second batch is live.

Best for Birthday Cakes: Violet Bakery

Violet happily reopened their doors in September. Order the ultimate celebration sponge cakes like this Vanilla Jam Cake. From £40.

— Daisy Allsup
14th October 2020