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15 Places You Must Eat Cake Before You Die

It's a London cake bucket list.

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1. The Hummingbird Bakery

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We're here today to talk about cake, not cupcakes. No shade to cupcakes, but sometimes all you want is a thick wedge of cake and cup of tea. Now that we've cleared things up, let's shout out Hummingbird. Probably the most famous bakery in London, it lives up to its reputation. Order the rainbow cake for the 'gram, and the lemon raspberry ripple cake for the taste.

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2. Choccywoccydoodah

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This chocolaterie offers an abundance of chocolate – as the name suggests. But it's the cakes we're here for. Above is the chocolate everything cake: chocolate and Guinness cakes, sandwiched with truffles and caramel. Super decadent and super delicious.

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3. Blackbird Bakery

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This South London bakery has several branches, all of which dish up old-school but delicious bakes. Whether it's the above lemon and poppyseed, or a sticky ginger cake, you're guaranteed something that will pair delightfully with a cuppa.

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4. Victoria Yum

Victoria Yum

The flavours at this East London bakery are a cut above the average. Think: spiced apple and almond, or chocolate, stout & blackcurrant. You should definitely pick up two slices – it would be a pity to miss out.

5. Crumbs and Doilies

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Based near Oxford Circus, Crumbs and Doilies are known for their cupcakes, but their cakes are delicious too. Like this pinata cake aka "4 layers of vanilla sponge filled with mini Smarties and covered in sprinkles." Delicious.

6. Cutter and Squidge

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Soho-based Cutter and Squidge describes itself as an "all natural bakery". If that's important to you in a cake, great – I'll be over here gazing at the beauty of their yuzu and mango dreamcake. They often offer special cakes of the month, and have just started serving afternoon tea!

7. Drink, Shop and Do

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This King's Cross treasure does a great line in cakes by the slice, and they stay open late – which means they're a go-to for any cake emergency. They have old familiars like Victoria sponge, but also more niche flavours, like raspberry, rose, and pistachio. And anecdotally, they tend to have a yummy gluten-free cake on too.

8. Cookies and Scream

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This all-vegan Camden bakery is best known for their amazing ice cream sandwiches, but their vegan cakes are also perfecto. Like this gooey banoffee number.

9. Lola's Cupcakes

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Lola's do cakes as well as cupcakes, you know. And they tend to include trendy ingredients like chia seed, courgette, or kale. But that doesn't mean they don't taste good! I mean, that cake you see before you? It's pomegranate and green tea. And it looks bloody delicious.

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10. Fork Deli

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Home to some truly delicious carrot cake, this Bloomsbury deli is worth the trip. I mean, check out that vanilla cream cheese frosting, decorated with a pleasing crunch of pistachio. Delightful.

12. Gail's Bakery

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With plenty of branches, Gail's is a small chain with consistent quality. Bread is their primary export, but their cakes are unflashy and delicious. Who needs heaps of icing when you've got berries, chocolate, and a gooey centre?

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13. Primrose Bakery

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I'll be up front. These cakes are expensive. That dreamy coconut layer cake you see before you? It's £39.95. But you get 20 portions. Which comes in at under £2 a slice for "moist coconut sponge covered with a pale pink vanilla icing and finished with toasted desiccated coconut." So the moral of the story is to find 19 cake-loving friends (or set up a cake club?) and go to town.

Locations here

14. Peggy Porschen

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Belgravia-based baker Peggy Porschen makes the chicest cakes in all London. She made Kate Moss's wedding cake! And once more, they're a little expensive (but I'm hopeful about the same £2 a slice breakdown as before). But if you've got money in your pocket, my bet is to go with the salted caramel layer cake, and be prepared to share.

15. Aura Rosa

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This friendly Walthamstow bakery doesn't hold back on flavour. Whether it's the unctuous peach melba cake (above) or blueberry and marzipan, there are cake options for every palate. Best to order a couple of slices to be sure.

Update Sadly Aura Rosa has now closed. They will be honouring all orders that have been prepaid.

UPDATE Aura Rosa has now closed :-(

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