Whether you’re in need of a celebratory sweet centrepiece or simply require a little treat to keep you company while you put the kettle on, the following bakeries are making a name for themselves in the saccharine department. But, don’t take our word for it, this is the time to conduct some of your own ‘research’.
1. Salon De Cake K’ Road
The Caker’s new premises is a girly wonderland for cake pickups and consultations. For those in dire need of a fix, there will be a selection of takeaway mini cakes on offer as well as ’emergency’ cakes to save desperate individuals from the perils of forgetting an important occasion.
2. Amano Bakery Britomart
Offering a modern spin on the classic bakery, those with a sweet tooth should indulge in the bounty of classic French and Italian pastries here; personally, we can’t think of a better start to the day than a Maritozzi (flaky choux pastry filled with vanilla bean custard, almond and almond flakes).
3. Moustache Milk & Cookie Bar K’ Road
Staying true to what they know (and what we want) the cookie connoisseurs are serving up all their classics along with an ever-revolving ‘cookie of the week’, milks, shakes and coffees at this prime pit stop.
4. 4&20 Remuera
While you’ve probably already heard of the lauded European bakery, its recently-added baked NY cheesecake features a Belgian brownie is enough to make you weak at the knees while its selection of Christmas treats, including a sensation spiced Sri Lankan Christmas cake, is a cut above.
5. Kitchen of Treats
If the chocolate and butterscotch caramel cake featuring Lewis Road Creamery’s new chocolate butter is anything to go by, Liv Glazebrook’s boutique handmade treats made with fresh ingredients and beautiful blooms will not disappoint.
6. Little & Friday Newmarket
The light-filled, minimalist space is in keeping with Little & Friday’s new Douglas Street digs that opened in the latter half of last year. Allowing for a vast number more patrons than before, aside from the epic doughnuts and baked eats, many will be happy to hear that a full day menu will now be available here as well as at the Belmont and Ponsonby stores.
7. Baker & Co Glendowie
22-year-old Tasmyn Gordon stole our hearts the moment she came onto the sweet-treat scene last year. And with a peanut butter cheesecake dipped in dark choc and drizzled with salted caramel, an apple, custard and caramel rendition and a ‘Top Deck’ homage that’s filled with white chocolate custard and dipped in chocolate ganache, is it any wonder why?!
8. Bluebell’s Cakery Hillsborough
Those privy to baker Karla Goodwin’s incredible edible delights have rendered her cult-cakery a go-to for festive occasion cakes as well as the source for all things necessary to accompany a good ol’ cuppa tea and catch-up.
9. Petal on Hurstmere Takapuna
Renowned for creating some sensational flavour-ways — the classics include Balsamic Strawberry, Hazelnut & Chocolate, Lemon Tart and Hawkes Bay Peach — it’s difficult not to fall head over heels into the cabinet of freshly baked, aromatic sweetness. And with 18 incredible choices, there’s arguably a cupcake for everyone.
10. Bondie Designer Cupcakes Rosedale
Bondie is renowned for her smorgasbord of delicious, freshly baked cupcakes whose flavours include everything from Perky Nana, Pic’s Peanut Butter to Chocolate Salted Caramel and Gluten Free Cocoa.
11. Melie’s Kitchen
Known for her cult-followed cupcakes and almost-too-pretty-to-cut-into cakes, Amelia Ferrier of Melie’s Kitchen’s repertoire also includes tarts and pies as well as slices and pastries destined to make your mouth water at the mere mention of their combinations. To peruse her past creations, click here.
12. Cake & Co Freeman’s Bay
Knowing full well that size does matter, Jackie King of Cake & Co’s mini cupcakes are perfectly portioned morsels of heaven, ready to be popped and savoured — ideal for great gatherings when you don’t want the fuss of cutting and serving. But for maximum wow factor, her stunning cakes can’t be beat either.