13 Best Cake Shops In Honolulu You Need to Try
Do you have a sweet tooth? If so, Honolulu is the place to be! With its amazing selection of cake shops, you’ll be spoiled for choice.
All of us need a sweet treat now and then. Honolulu certainly does not hold back on its various cake shops, with all different kinds of inspirations and influences. From traditional Hawaiian bakeries to more modern cafes, there’s something for everyone. We also love the variety in the desserts, cakes, and pastries, with influences from French and Japanese cuisine.
Custom cakes and cupcakes are also available at most of the cake shops, with individual decorations and unique additions to cakes for weddings, birthdays, baby or bridal showers, and any other special occasions.
Our Top Picks:
- Cake Works Bakery
- Patisserie La Palme D’Or
- Elvin’s Bakery
- A Cake Life
- kulu kulu
- Honu Bakery
- Sugarlina Bakeshop
- JJ SQUARED Bakery
- Lee’s Bakery & Kitchen
- EPI-YA Boulangerie & Patisserie
- Otto Cake
- Pu’uwai Aloha Bakery
1. Cake Works Bakery
Hours Of Operation: Mon – Tues: 9:00am – 4:00pm (for pick up only), Wed – Sat: 9:00am – 5:00pm, Sun: 9:00am – 4:00pm
⭐ RATING: 4.4 out of 5
Location: 2820 S King St, Honolulu, HI 96826
Cake Works specializes in designer and wedding cakes for all occasions and special events. They also make custom-made decorated cookies and desserts. They offer traditional macarons in different flavors and cupcakes in three different sizes. The shop is owned by Chef Abigail Langlas.
Why we love this place: It is a top-tier boutique bakery in Honolulu. They have great quality ingredients, and their cakes, cookies, and desserts taste wonderful and look incredible. The variety is quite extensive, and you can also custom order for a specific event, however big or small.
2. Patisserie La Palme D’Or
Hours Of Operation: Daily Mon – Sun: 9:30am – 7:00pm
⭐ RATING: 4.3 out of 5
Location: 1450 Ala Moana Blvd, Honolulu, HI 96814
This cake shop combines French and Japanese styles and flavors in its products. They have several different dessert and pastry options, including croissant sandwiches. You can also order 1- to 3-tier wedding cakes.
Why we love this place: You can order a slice of cake just for you or order a whole cake to share for a celebratory event. They have interesting and unique flavor pairings, such as green tea, chocolate cake (La Matcha Cake), and traditional items like tiramisu and lemon tart.
3. Elvin’s Bakery
Hours Of Operation: Tues – Sat: 8:00am – 5:00pm, Sun: 8:00am – 4:00pm
⭐ RATING: 4.4 out of 5
Location: 1210 Dillingham Blvd, Honolulu, HI 96817
Elvin’s Bakery is an easy-going casual spot to get coffee, tea, and pastries. It is a family-owned business that opened in 2003. They bake about 50 cakes and 300 to 400 pastries daily, which shows exactly how popular they are.
Why we love this place: We love the friendly staff and welcoming environment here. They offer personalized cakes (like a wedding cake), but there are also plenty of daily options available, like marble cheesecake, coffee cake, chocolate dream cake, and mango mousse cake.
Tips: Try the Mooncake during the Mid-Autumn Festival. They also have savory pastries like croissants and sausage rolls if you don’t feel like having something sweet.
Hours Of Operation: Thurs – Sat: 10:00am – 5:00pm
⭐ RATING: 4.6 out of 5
Location: 808 Sheridan St SUITE 308, Honolulu, HI 96814
CakeM is a cake shop with birthday, anniversary, and other special occasion cakes. They do smaller cakes, cupcakes, and whole cakes too. You can add different accessories to your order, such as candles, décors like flowers, or writing.
Why we love this place: One of their feature items is their 7″ Fruit Tart, which looks too good to eat and is also deliciously fresh with seasonal fruits. They use truly fresh ingredients, and their cakes are very high quality. It is nice to buy a gift card from them if you’re not exactly sure what someone would want.
Tips: Dine-in is currently not available.
5. A Cake Life
Hours Of Operation: Tues, Thurs and Fri: 9:00am – 5:00pm, Wed & Sat: 9:00am – 12:00pm, Sun: 9:00am for pick-ups only
⭐ RATING: 4.2 out of 5
Location: 2320 S King St, Honolulu, HI 96826
A Cake Life is an award-winning cake shop where custom cakes is their specialty. The owner of this cake shop is Kristin Kato, who’s motto is “There’s no life like a cake life!” This also inspired the name.
Why we love this place: Try their popular flavors Yellow Butter Cake with fresh strawberry cream filling and the Red Velvet with cream cheese frosting. The cakes for special events include bridal showers, baby showers, birthdays, weddings, and any other celebrations.
6. kulu kulu
Hours Of Operation: Daily: 8:30am – 7:00pm at Hobron Ln, 10:00am – 9:00pm at Kalakaua Ave
⭐ RATING: 4.4 and 4.5 out of 5
Location: Two locations: 2233 Kalakaua Ave #B1b Honolulu, 96815 and 438 Hobron Ln #102 Honolulu, 96815
Kulu kulu is a Japanese-style cake shop. They have traditional desserts and pastries, but also many that are tropical flavored. Ice cream with all different flavors is also available, which is a must on those very hot days. They seem to have the whole package: everyday pastries and cakes and more extravagant and unique ones for events and celebrations.
Why we love this place: Kulu kulu offers specials and new desserts or pastries for certain months or celebratory days like the 4th of July and Father’s Day. Everything tastes as good as it looks. If you are visiting Honolulu, kulu kulu is one of the best places to go for a light and fluffy cream puff.
7. Honu Bakery
Hours Of Operation: Open from Mon – Sat: 7:00am – 7:00pm at School St and Mon – Sat: 7:00am – 6:30pm at King St
⭐ RATING: 4.5 out of 5
Location: Two locations: 1620 N School St, Honolulu, HI 96817 and 1495 S King St #103, Honolulu Hi 96814
Honu Bakery has two spots: the original one on King Street, which started as a Boulangerie Bakery, and the latest location at Kamehameha Shopping Center (N School Street). They offer cakes (whole and sliced), cupcakes, pastries, and cookies, as well as fresh bread and buns. Their Turtle Bread is their signature bread, which is delicious and simply a must-try.
Why we love this place: The best thing about Honu Bakery is the creativity seen in their pastries and desserts. Their cakes and cupcakes are decorated in various ways, with cute designs and appealing art.
8. Sugarlina Bakeshop
Hours Of Operation: Daily: Mon – Sun: 10:00am – 9:00pm
⭐ RATING: 4.5 out of 5
Location: 1200 Ala Moana Blvd Suite 6000130, Honolulu, HI 96814
This bakery focuses on cupcakes, cakes, and macarons. It is a small but cute shop with praise going to their decorations on the cupcakes and cakes. The owner and pastry chef is committed to bringing the most aesthetically pleasing pastries to market, where looking at and tasting them will be an amazing experience.
Why we love this place: Attention to detail is something we love Sugarlina for. Their creations are purely “Instagrammable”. The taste matches the looks, the icing is not too sweet, and the cupcake is perfectly moist on the inside. The icing also tastes quite strongly like the flavor of the cupcake, whether that is mango, peanut butter, chocolate, or guava.
9. JJ SQUARED Bakery
Hours Of Operation: Daily: Mon – Sun: 9:00am – 6:00pm
⭐ RATING: 4.5 out of 5
Location: 7 locations total. We’ll review the one in Pacific Guardian Tower, 1440 Kapiolani Blvd, Honolulu, HI 96814
JJ SQUARED Bakery has a dual purpose: a cafe and a bakery. When the bakery first began, the main inspiration came from the Taiwanese bakeries, but with the growth and change in demands around them, the products changed to accommodate everyone. They are unique in how they prepare their pastries and desserts, incorporating styles and ingredients from Asian cuisine and traditional French pastries.
Why we love this place: The “East meets West” idea behind this bakery is what makes it appealing. The focus on affordability is another plus in our book, as the products are high-quality and perfectly baked. The cakes are also not too sweet, having just the right amount.
10. Lee’s Bakery & Kitchen
Hours Of Operation: Daily: Mon – Sat: 5:00am – 5:00pm, Sun: 5:00am – 4:00pm
⭐ RATING: 4.6 out of 5
Location: 125 N King St, Honolulu, HI 96817
Lee’s Bakery is known for providing some of the best baked goods in Honolulu. It is a family-owned small business that offers cakes, pies, and cookies. Lee’s is a favorite stop for many in the morning for a quick coffee and accompanying pastry.
Why we love this place: They have the best authentic pies, including custard, pumpkin, apple, apricot, peach, and pear pies. The filling is scrumptious, and the crust is perfectly flaky. If you’re craving some pie, Lee’s Bakery is the place to go.
11. EPI-YA Boulangerie & Patisserie
Hours Of Operation: Wed – Mon: 6:00am – 6:30pm (closed Tues)
⭐ RATING: 4.7 out of 5
Location: In Times Arcade, 1296 S Beretania St #105, Honolulu, HI 96814
This is a small local French bakery that has the biggest heart when it comes to the best desserts and pastries. While their sweet treats are great, they also have savory options like ham and cheese rolls or small pizzas. They also have freshly baked bread.
Why we love this place: The best ingredients are selected for their baked goods. This bakery also focuses on excluding all preservatives in its foods and creating the best quality products. The smells and flavors remind us of a bakery in France and can easily become a regular place for residents in Honolulu.
12. Otto Cake
Hours Of Operation: Daily: Mon – Sat: 11:00am – 7:00pm, Sun: 11:00am – 3:00pm
⭐ RATING: 4.7 out of 5
Location: 1127 12th Ave, Honolulu, HI 96816
Otto Cake is all about one specific type of cake: cheesecake! Their story began in 1990 when this particular cheesecake was taken to a potluck and became famous on that very day. Over the years, they have had over 286 cheesecake flavors, with at least nine flavors available in the bakery daily. You can also order whole cheesecakes for events and occasions. Additionally, this cake shop also sells carrot cakes, brownies, and other cakes.
Why we love this place: Otto Cake has the best cheesecake in Hawaii. They manage to perfectly combine the sweet and fresh taste of cheesecake in all their various flavors.
13. Pu’uwai Aloha Bakery
Hours Of Operation: Open on Tues: 8:00am – 1:00pm and Fri: 8:00am – 4:00pm; All other days by appointment only
⭐ RATING: 4.8 out of 5
Location: 1670 Lusitana St, Honolulu, HI 96813
This is the best place for those that are craving something rich and sweet but need a gluten-free option. Pu’uwai Aloha Bakery is dedicated to bringing you all the gluten-free cakes and cupcakes. They also use organic ingredients, which are locally sourced and have vegan and sugar-free alternatives.
Why we love this place: The best thing about this bakery is that they give those that are gluten-free the option to indulge in wonderfully fresh and appetizing sweet treats. The decorations on the custom-made cakes and cupcakes are also crafted beautifully. They offer holiday menus, for instance, a special Christmas menu with a wide range of gluten-free sweet and savory items.
The Wrap Up
Whether you’re looking for a special birthday cake, a custom wedding cake, or just a delicious treat, these Honolulu cake shops have you covered. From classic Hawaiian flavors to contemporary designs, these bakeries will make your sweet dreams come true.
So, what are you waiting for? Get started on your cake shop hopping today!
Mahalo for reading our post! Until next time, happy cake eating!
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