I'm an actress and freelance writer living in North London
Published April 10th 2011
I don't think I have ever met anyone who doesn't like cake, I find that often I don't even need an excuse to indulge. But luckily London is filled with cake shops, designed to meet all of your cake needs.
Primrose Bakery is based in Primrose Hill, a stones throw away from Regent's Park, and hidden away on the corner of a tree lined street, it has all the charm of a traditional cake shop with a little bit of an edge.
Serving an array of cupcakes, loaf cakes, birthday cakes and brownies, there is always something new to be found. It is the kind of cake shop where you feel you need to take photos of your cake before you eat it, and who can go wrong with edible glitter. The always have endless supplies of traditional flavours such as vanilla and strawberry, but also have special additions depending on when you visit. Flavours include cookies and cream, and my absolute favourite Chocolate and Marshmallow, that was the one with the edible glitter!
If you can't make your way there, or you have loved them so much you want more, they also have a website where you can order specialised cupcakes, or just spoil yourself with a larger supply. Their very special and unusual wedding cakes are very popular, leaving your guests wanting more! Local clients include Kate Moss and U2, and considering how slimline Ms Miss stays, you now have no excuse not to indulge.
Prices start from £1.25 for a mini cupcake
Candy Cakes has branches all over London, my favourite being in Covent Garden. You cannot miss the shop, it is possibly one of the most brightly coloured shops I have ever come across, and the cakes don't disappoint either. In any colour you can imagine, they range from chocolate, vanilla and blueberry (all with their individual touches, topped with brightly coloured icing and sweets), through to full birthday cakes. They also do a range of unusual milkshakes (oreo milkshake, anyone?) more traditional cakes and even cakes with your name on. You can design and order your perfect cake with their online personal cake designer, as well as a full range of products to choose from. At around £4 for a candy cake cupcake, they are a little more pricey, but they will last you for both lunch and dinner.
Covent Garden shop: Covent Garden Piazza WC2E 8RA Check the website for more details and locations.
Roni's Bagel Bakery
For something more unusual cake-wise, why not head to West Hampstead. Roni's Bagel Bakery, sells a range of more traditional cakes. Everything from cheesecakes, pastries, to a gigantic slabs of chocolate mousse. The Bakery is on West End lane, and also serves a variety of breads and fresh bagels. The staff are friendly and approachable, and everything is made fresh in store, so there is something new everyday.
Best of all? It is open until midnight during the week, how can you go wrong! Location: 250 West End Lane, W.Hampstead, NW6 1LG
Prices start from around 75p for some smaller pastries