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Food & Drink

Taste the best cakes in Dubai

Mon, April 3, 2023

Why settle for ordinary? Sample these indulgent slices from Dubai's leading bakeries.

Why settle for ordinary? Sample these indulgent slices from Dubai's leading bakeries.


Home Bakery

Home Bakery

From perfect brownies to signature gooey 'chewy melt' cookies, Hind Al Mulla's Home Bakery is a beacon for Dubai's sweet-loving locals and visitors. Multi-tiered cakes, available by the slice and whole for celebrations, are a speciality too. Home Bakery stands out for its regional flavours, such as the towering rose muhalabiya pistachio baklava, saffron and karak French toast, and a host of milk cakes.

Grab a slice: The hazelnut crunch cake, surrounded by Ferrero Rocher chocolate, is a sensory masterpiece.



This small-batch artisanal bakery has had great success with collaborations, pop-ups and limited-edition 'drops' of special treats – but luckily its Business Bay studio is where you can always find your favourites. From the 'Quarantine' chocolate salted-caramel cake, devised to spread happiness during the pandemic, to a mocha hazelnut option inspired by Dame Zaha Hadid, whether you are after cookies, tarts or slices, you'll find them at Nadia Parekh's sweet shop.

Grab a slice: The creamy, dreamy coconut cake – coconut cloud sponge, shredded coconut cream cheese and toasted coconut flakes – transports you instantly to the tropics.


Magnolia Bakery

Magnolia - The Best Cake in Dubai

There's an element of nostalgia associated with Magnolia Bakery, given its link to the fictional Carrie Bradshaw and her iconic television show, but it still delivers the goods. This New York City icon, credited with starting the craze for pastel-coloured cupcakes, still sells its signature buttercream frosting-topped desserts, but is now equally famous for banana pudding and other American bakes like brownies and blondies.

Grab a slice: The decadent German chocolate cake is sweet, superb and all things nice.


Hummingbird Bakery

hummingbird bakery Dubai

Cupcake fans have a soft spot for this London import that is known for popularising its trademark red velvet as a flavour. From multi-coloured rainbow slices to fancy unicorn-themed novelty cakes, Hummingbird is sure to bring a smile to every face.

Grab a slice: The red velvet is moist and moreish – there's a reason why it made Hummingbird Bakery famous the world over.


Cipriani Dolci

cipriani Dubai

The feather-light vanilla meringue cake – a signature dessert that originated from Harry's Bar in Venice – is an institution. Soft sponge, fluffy Chantilly cream and torched meringue combine to create a memorable finish to a classic Italian meal. It is much emulated but never bettered, or even equalled. Their tiramisu, pistachio bomboloni (like a doughnut) and citrusy Sicilian cannoli are sublime too, as is the prime setting in the Fashion Avenue's soaring atrium at Dubai Mall.

Grab a slice: It looks like a big slice but the vanilla meringue cake is so divine, you won't want to share.




This Instagrammable cafe serves up a counter full of fabulous cakes that are as delicious to eat as they are pretty to photograph. You'll get everything from gluten-free, vegan and low-calorie slices – the Green Herb cake is a real conversation starter – to milk cakes and mousse cakes. Team a treat with one of their smooth coffees for the perfect pick-me-up.

Grab a slice: The rose and lychee cake is a pretty pink confection that's as pleasing to the eye as to the palate.


Varak Dubai

Varak is the story of a true homegrown hero brand. What started as a few cake orders for personal celebrations a few years ago has now turned into a successful boutique bakehouse in Business Bay. Come here to try decadent cakes (free from fondant and made using the freshest ingredients) like chocolate hazelnut crunch, rose pistachio and mango cream – a bestselling seasonal favourite. The bakery also offers rich travel cakes, delicious trifles and brittles, and savoury nut mixes – with concoctions like miso ghee foxnuts and tikka masala cashews that make the perfect gift for any occasion.

Grab a slice: Their chocolate salted caramel and German Black Forest cakes perfectly define what edible luxury (Varak's tagline) stands for.


Cake Bloom

Cake Bloom Dubai

The very first Korean bakery to open in Dubai, Cake Bloom makes all its cakes by hand in its Jumeirah kitchen, and also has a convenient location in Dubai Hills Mall. It uses the finest ingredients and offers flavours including sweet melon, pistachio, dalgona, black sesame, raspberry and more. And all of Cake Bloom's mini BB cakes are gluten-free!

Grab a slice: Try Cake Bloom's signature vanilla cream with fresh strawberries BB cake – their signature dish, and the perfect personal treat.


Mister Baker

For over 30 years, Mister Baker has been elevating special occasions and birthday parties in Dubai by providing cake-tacular centrepieces. It has expanded into a sweet mini-empire with several stores across the city, from Mirdif to Jumeirah Lakes Towers, so it's never been easier to secure a customised, themed confection or just a simple yet utterly delicious sponge cake.

Grab a slice: If you have the time, order a customised classic as Mister Baker can concoct themed scenes from Bambi to fruit-topped fantasies.


Katrina Sweets & Confectionary

This cake shop, originally a small family-run business, was founded in 2007 in Mirdif. But its humble beginnings didn’t stop it from becoming one of the most well-known bakeries in the city today, boasting a portfolio of over 3,000 delicious products. Their honey cake – think layers of deliciously fresh whipped cream between a syrupy sponge – is on the top of every dessert lover’s list. With an indulgent menu that serves up a wide choice of cakes, cookies and freshly baked bread, Katrina Sweets now has several outlets all over the city.

Grab a slice: Katrina has built its considerable cake empire on the strength of its honey cake, so that's definitely the one to try.



Summer Desert

For a light and delicious dessert, head over to Jun’s where Chef Kelvin Cheung has been busy in the kitchen whipping up Kelvin’s Cakes – a new collection of sweet treats ranging from mango to carrot, red velvet and chocolate. Like the rest of the Jun’s menu, the cakes are inspired by the chef’s Chinese heritage and North American upbringing, seamlessly blending eastern and western flavours to create a unique, yet delicious, outcome.

Grab a slice: 'Hong', which is the Chinese character for red, is Chef Kelvin’s take on a red velvet, combining red sponge, buttercream, cream cheese frosting, and house-baked Oreos. This is one you won’t want to share.

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