Houston cakes

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When a major event or a loved one’s birthday comes up, cake is basically a necessity. You can opt to bake it yourself, of course, but if you want to feed a lot of people fast, have a professionally decorated cake, or try a flavor combination that may be out of your wheelhouse, a bakery is the way to go.

Cake shops offer pre-made, standard cakes and custom cakes. If you like the look of a standard cake, you can grab it and go. But if you’d prefer a custom cake–maybe you’re planning a baby shower or even a wedding–plan to order it at least 48 hours in advance. If it’s a more elaborate order for a more high-stakes event, you’ll probably want to consult with the bakery and do a round of cake tastings, as well, so give yourself plenty of time. Whatever the occasion, we’ve put together a list of the best Houston cake options for you to consider.

Popular Cakes in Houston

  • chocolate cake
  • red velvet cake
  • carrot cake
  • vegan cake
  • gluten-free cake

Best Cakes in Houston 

1. Dessert Gallery Bakery & Cafe

Houston cakes

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Dessert Gallery Bakery & Cafe is a great place to go for cute, custom-made baked goods. They offer graphics printing on cakes, cupcakes, and cookies to make birthdays, weddings, and baby showers extra special. In addition, they have a more standard line of cakes they call their “everyday cakes” which include Chocolate Euphoria, a chocolate cake with chocolate chunks,  chocolate ganache, and a chocolate glaze on top. There’s also the Strawberry Dream cake and the Toffee-licious cake if you’re not quite as crazy about chocolate. Dessert Gallery has several standng menu items that are suitable for people with dietary restrictions such as gluten-free brownies and vegan whoopie pies. You can also order custom or specialized allergen-friendly items with three days’ advanced notice.
Where: 3600 Kirby Dr # D, Houston, TX 77098

2. Nothing Bundt Cakes

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Nothing Bundt Cakes is a chain that offers a very particular kind of cake: bundt cake. The round, molded cakes come with a layer of cream cheese frosting and are incredibly reliable and consistent. You can order smaller bundtlets or opt for bundtinis to answer your cupcake needs. Nothing Bundt Cakes even offers tiered Bundt Cakes, and is more than happy to customize their cakes (as much as they can be customized) for a wedding or any other event. The flavor range is on the small side, but includes carrot cake, red velvet, chocolate, marble, and white chocolate raspberry. Some locations also carry a gluten-free chocolate chip cookie flavor.
Where: 14555 Memorial Dr Suite 200, Houston, TX 77079

3. Fluff Bake Bar

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Fluff Bake Bar is a great place to get your fix of sweet treats. The patisserie shop is a mix of French pastry technique and trendy, inventive design. The result is always bright, colorful, and delicious. Their most popular flavor it the Veruca Salt cake, which is devil’s food chocolate layered with salted caramel buttercream and pretzel crunch. They also make an incredible red velvet cake with cherry jam and dark chocolate pearls they call black velvet. Cake decoration here is trendy, as well. If you’re looking for a naked cake with a standout flavor combination, this is the place to go.
Where: 1701 W 15th St, Houston, TX 77008

4. Central Market

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Central Market is a grocery store, yes, but their bakery section is actually a great resource, especially if you’re on a tight budget. The flavors are standard: chocolate, vanilla, funfetti, etc. The cakes, cupcakes, and cake pops are consistently tasty. Any of the cakes that are already made can be customized with writing or decoration the same day, but if you’re planning to order a brand-new custom cake, you need to order at least 48 hours in advance.
Where: 3815 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77027

5. Sugar Rush

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Sugar Rush is a cake lover’s paradise. Cake pops, cake balls, sheet cakes, cupcakes, and layer cakes are all on offer here. You can try the classic flavors such as the chocolate, lemon burst cookies n’ creme, or vanilla, or you could check out the rotating signature flavors such as strawberry lemonade, cappuccino crunch,  or peach cobbler. Custom cakes can be pricey but are elaborate made-to-order works of art.
Where: 10908 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77042

6. Moeller’s Bakery

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Moeller’s Bakery is proud to be the oldest family-owned bakery in Houston–they’ve been in business since 1930! Naturally, it has a distinctly retro feel. This cozy little bakery is a great place to order custom cakes. You can choose the plain iced cakes if you’re just in the mood for cake. Sometimes there is no special occasion, after all! If you’re looking for a decorated cake, though, this bakery has pre-set options such as the Area 51 cake and the Barbie cake. You can even order a basic tier wedding cake completely online, with flavor options such as devil’s food, white cake, and yellow cake.
Where: 4201 Bellaire Blvd, Houston, TX 77025

7. 85°C Bakery Cafe

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For some less customized but still amazing Houston cake options, 85°C Bakery Cafe is a Taiwanese bakery with a lot of very polished-looking cakes to choose from. Fresh fruit is a big part of the menu here–most of the cakes have some fruit element. These are great to grab and go because they look very nicely decorated and put together without any customization. Staff will offer a chocolate “Happy Birthday” sign and candles to add to your cake on the way out to make it even simpler for you.
Where: 9750 Bellaire Blvd #168, Houston, TX 77036

8. Rustika Cafe and Bakery

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Rustika Cafe and Bakery has a wide variety of flavors and a knack for pretty decoration. It’s even been been voted one of the best Houston cake shops in the past. Walk by a Rustika location and you’ll see examples of elaborately decorated custom cakes in the window. For flavors, they have standard base sponge flavors such as vanilla and chocolate paired with fillings such as chocolate mocha pecan, fresh berries torte, and pineapple coconut. They also have options such as cuatro leches, Jack Daniels, and carrot Grand Marnier. Rustika has several standard gluten-free options like the flourless chocolate cake or the silk pie. A little of that flourless chocolate cake goes a long way, too; it’s unbelievably fudgy.
Where: 3237 Southwest Fwy, Houston, TX 77027

9. Take the Cake

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Take the Cake makes incredible, vibrantly colored cakes in small batches. Their flavors include options like the Hummingbird cake, which is a spice cake with banana, pineapple, pecans, and cream cheese icing. There’s also the vanilla raspberry, the carrot pineapple, and the chocolate truffle.  Compared to many Houston cake shops, they have a more limited range of flavors, but the upside to that simplicity is consistent excellence, both with the cakes and with the range of filled cupcakes.
Where: 5700 Hwy 6 N #250, Houston, TX 77084

10. 3 Brothers Bakery

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3 Brothers Bakery is a bakery that continues a five-generations-long baking tradition. It holds a special place in many people’s hearts because it was founded by three brothers who fled to the U.S. from Poland in the 1940s. The brothers continued their family’s tradition of baking here in Texas. Here, they’re best known for creating the pumpecapple pie cake. This dessert consists of a three-layer cake with pie inside, cream cheese icing, and caramel drizzle with pecans. They also make incredible 3-D cakes, or cakes that are made more to look like sculptures than real cakes, as well as your standard  event cakes. There are quite a few  custom cake templates to choose from and funfetti, mocha, death by chocolate, and carrot cake are all good flavor options.
Where: 4036 S Braeswood Blvd, Houston, TX 77025

 

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