It’s A Sweet Life! 8 Magical Cake Shops Across the USA

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If you’re looking for a cake that’s as Instagrammable as it is delicious, you’re in for a treat! From life-sized doll cakes to nostalgia-inspired creations, these cake shops across the USA offer a slice of magic you won’t want to miss. 

Charm City Cakes (Baltimore, MD)

Made famous by the show “Ace of Cakes,” Charm City Cakes is where cake artistry reaches new heights. Located in Baltimore, MD, this shop turns custom cake requests into unbelievable works of art. Whether it’s a realistic cake designed to look like a stack of books or a bag of chips, this team never fails to impress. You can even learn from the masters in one of their in-studio or private classes. 

Milk Bar (New York, NY) 

Founded by renowned pastry chef Christina Tosi, Milk Bar in New York City is legendary for its delectable treats. Order the award-winning Birthday Cake made with vanilla rainbow cake, layers of creamy frosting, and crunchy cake crumbs. Or, try the Milk Bar Pie that put this shop on the map – you won’t be able to resist the sticky, buttery, and salty-sweet filling. Don’t worry if you can’t make it to NYC—they ship nationwide! 

CakeLife Bake Shop (Philadelphia, PA)

Located in Philadelphia, CakeLife Bake Shop gained fame as a “Best of Philly” winner and former star of “Cake Boss: Next Great Baker.” And if that’s not enough, they also baked birthday cakes for Beyoncé—twice. The shop rotates its selection every month, so there’s always something new to enjoy. Try the Campfire Cocoa cake frosted with hot chocolate whipped cream and topped with candied cocoa nibs and toasted housemade marshmallows. 

Carlo’s Bakery (Hoboken, NJ)

No cake tour across the USA would be complete without a stop at Carlo’s Bakery, home of the original Cake Boss, Buddy Valastro. Its flagship location sits in Hoboken, New Jersey, where the team is known for elaborate designs like the Rainbow Cake, a sky-high treat consisting of six layers of rainbow-colored vanilla cake filled with sweet vanilla icing and topped with rainbow sprinkles. Grab a few cannolis while you’re there, and thank us later!

CakeMonkey Bakery (Los Angeles, CA)

CakeMonkey Bakery in sunny Los Angeles specializes in nostalgic, bite-sized treats that bring a modern twist to the classics we know and love. Take a sweet trip down memory lane with snacks like the El Rollo (inspired by Hostess’ Ho Ho), made from chocolate cake rolled up with vanilla buttercream and coated with bittersweet chocolate. And don’t miss the Cakewiches—drool-worthy cake sandwiches in flavors like raspberry red velvet and peanut butter and marshmallow. 

Outrageous Cakes (Tampa, FL)

True to its name, Outrageous Cakes in Tampa creates jaw-dropping cakes that are as bold in flavor as they are in design. The shop specializes in custom cakes, cake pops, cake jars, cupcakes, cookies, and cereal bars. Each creation is original, so you’ll never see two of the same. Create your own custom work of art from more than twenty cake flavors, from cannoli and confetti to salted caramel and white chocolate raspberry. 

Absolutely Edible Cakes & Catering (Rowlett, TX)

Not only are these cakes edible—they’re incredible. At Absolutely Edible Cakes in Rowlett, Texas, creativity takes center stage. Whether you’re searching for a life-sized doll made of cake or a simple yet scrumptious German chocolate cake, you can find it here. Do yourself a favor and try the Sweet Potato Thang that made Chef Nikki famous. This modern twist on a sweet potato pie has been served on holiday tables all over the country. 

Dempsey Bakery (Little Rock, AR)

If you have a tough time finding allergy-friendly treats, this is the spot for you. Little Rock’s Dempsey Bakery is a haven for anyone with dietary restrictions, offering a wide range of gluten-free, soy-free, dairy-free, and nut-free cakes, cookies, and sweet breads that taste just as great as the alternative. Start with a chocolate or vanilla base, then let the team work their magic to bring your vision to life. 

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