Best East Bay Birthday Cake Bakeries - 510 Families
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Best East Bay Birthday Cake Bakeries

It’s not a real party unless there’s birthday cake, or so believe my own children. If you’re not a baking sort of parent, you’ll want to keep this list of birthday cake bakeries taped inside your cabinet. Or just order a tower of donuts!

Happy Birthday to your kid! Where to get a birthday cake in the East Bay

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Prices are all over the place. A quarter sheet (layered or not) will probably work best for your standard kid party; 8″ is the standard round size (layered or not, you’ll want to be sure before paying your $50). Then again, the cupcake-cake might be the most genius idea around! We put ballpark prices in to give you an idea of where to start.

Bakeries we love in Oakland & Alameda for cakes & cupcakes

Angel Cakes (Oakland)

Order cupcakes, mini or regular-size in so many flavors. Also offering larger cakes, $55 for an 8”. Order from Angel Cakes >
Location: 745 5th St, Oakland

Avocado & Company (Oakland)

Whether you choose a witty Quarantine message or a simple “Happy Birthday”, the cakes are pretty and yummy with local delivery. My family and I loved the lemon flavor. Order from Avocado & Co. >


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Cupcakin’ Bake Shop (Oakland & Berkeley)

Baking a crazy good assortment of mini and standard cupcakes in glorious flavors with pickup or delivery available. Order from Cupcakin’ >

Feel Good Bakery (Alameda)

Find cookies, cakes and tarts here. Custom cakes available, starting at $45 for an 8″, $100 for a quarter sheet cake. Order from Feel Good >
Location: 1650 Park St, Alameda

James and the Giant Cupcake (3 Oakland locations)

Order minis, regular-size, cupcake decorating kits, or giant cupcakes along with round layer cakes. The petite 4″ 3-layer cake is $25. Flavors change monthly. Online ordering available for pickup or delivery.  Order from James and the Giant Cupcake >

La Farine Bakery (3 Oakland locations)

French pastry shop with many treats to nibble. Classic cakes made with top notch ingredients and creamy fillings. Starting at $38 for an 8”. Order from La Farine >

Miette Cakes (Oakland at Jack London Square)

Fancy, round layer cakes available in 8″ for around $70. Smaller sizes and cupcakes available.  Order from Miette >
Location: 85 Webster St (Jack London Square), Oakland.


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Sugarsweet (Oakland)

With gorgeous and delicious cakes, cupcakes, and cookies, you can’t go wrong with a custom or standard order. 8″ round cake starts at $45. Order from Sugarsweet >

Whisk Cake Creations (Alameda)

Custom cake bakery with crazy delicious flavors in 6″ or 8″ round or their famous toilet paper roll shape. 6″ cakes start at $32. Order from Whisk >

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Cakes & Photos from Whisk Cake Creations

Bakeries we love in Berkeley & Other East Bay

Cupcakin’ Bake Shop (On Telegraph & also Shattuck in Berkeley)

Baking a crazy good assortment of mini and standard cupcakes in glorious flavors with pickup or delivery available. Order from Cupcakin’ >

Love at First Bite Cupcakery (North Berkeley)

Cakes start with a 6″ two-layer cake for $36 and go up from there. Many flavors of cupcakes on the menu. Yum. Order from Love at First Bite >

Masse’s Pastries (North Berkeley)

Pastry shop serves delicate French treats. Round layer cakes available in 8″ size for about $45 in several flavors (including gluten-free options). I promise it will be beautiful. Call Masse’s to place your order.
Location: 1469 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley.

Sweet Adeline Bakeshop (South Berkeley)

Offers special order cakes with 72 hours notice (custom artwork may require 2 weeks notice). Quarter sheet cake is about $50. I’m in love with their pies and tarts. Order from Sweet Adeline >
Location: 3350 Adeline St, Berkeley.

Grocery stores that do cakes just right, many 510 locations

  1. Whole Foods is my personal go-to for single-layer quarter sheet cakes for about $20.
  2. Costco has a bakery that will personalize your sheet cake with classic designs. The price is right at about $0.40 per serving. Must order in person. Suspended during Shelter In Place.
  3. Safeway has sheet cakes and the brilliant cupcake cakes (cupcakes frosted to look like a cake!). Pro tip: buy a smaller cupcake cake and then more cupcakes by the dozen to fill in for quantity.
  4. Lucky Supermarkets offers custom cakes starting at $29.99 for a quarter, $16.99 for an 8″ round. Photo printing options available.

Ice cream birthday cake

  1. Ben and Jerry’s has small, pretty ice cream case in the cold case and ready to go. They also allow you to customize and pre-order online.
  2. Lexie’s Frozen Custard Delivery will make a custom ice cream cake or pie and deliver it to your door, pre-sliced and with a special message. Join the email list for a link to next week’s order form and menu by emailing
  3. Fentons Creamery, Oakland ice cream cakes are colorful with seasonal designs. Visit Fentons website for options >
  4. Baskin Robbins makes delicious, albeit sugary, ice cream cakes. “Always a crowd pleaser,” says Anne Marie, the owner of Grove Street Kids. Custom cakes in 24 hours.

We inquired on the 510Families Facebook page (which you should like, if you don’t already) about favorite birthday cake makers in the East Bay. The responses, together with a few other sources of intel, resulted in this list. For more birthday party ideas, check out our birthday party guide.

Any other local favorites? Tell us your favorites in the comments below.

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