The 18 Best Places to Order Birthday Cakes in the Twin Cities

best places to order birthday cakes

It’s that special big day, and you need a cake.

Forget slaving away making your own or getting something bland from the supermarket. The Twin Cities are packed with amazing bakeries ready to design the beautiful (and delicious) birthday cake of your dreams!

Here are our choices for the best places to order birthday cakes around Minneapolis, St. Paul, and the Twin Cities.

P.S. – Looking to round out your birthday celebrations? Don’t miss our guides to:

Map of Places to Order Birthday Cakes in the Twin Cities

Birthday Cakes in Minneapolis 

A Baker’s Wife 

I promise you’ll find plenty of upscale pastries and unicorn glitter on the list below… So instead, we start our list of best places to order birthday cakes with a classic.  

A Baker’s Wife on 28th and 42nd has been supplying traditional birthday cakes to South Minneapolis families for more than 25 years. Need a sheet cake to feed an army? The Lady Baltimore and Devil’s Food marble is a local favorite.  

Black Walnut Bakery

Let’s start by saying we love the tag line at Black Walnut:  “Black Walnut is in the bake, about the bake and makes the bake, daily.” That bake includes one of the Twin Cities’ best spots for special order birthday cakes.

Their Cassis Vanilla Bavarian and Pineapple Coconut Meringue cakes are towering (4 layers + filling) and so popular they also sell them by the slice right out of the bakery case.

The Copper Hen Cakery & Kitchen

Carmel Drip with Gold, Rainbow Sprinkle, or just a simple Rustic Iced… It doesn’t matter what option you choose from The Copper Hen’s stunning list of custom cakes. Your birthday party guests will approve.

They’ve made our lists for Best Farm to Table Restaurants and Best Bloody Mary so it’s only fitting that the cakery makes the birthday cake list also. 

  • Address: 2515 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55404
  • Website: The Copper Hen

Pasteleria Gama

Queen of the Tres Leches, Pasterleia Gama on Lake Street, puts out some showstopper cakes.

Seriously, these are the kind of cakes that get shared millions of times on Tik Tok and are oddly satisfying to scroll through on Facebook. The kind of cakes that complete a quinceañera celebration. And the kind that everyone asks for a second slice.

This is a well-known local spot for a reason.

  • Address:  1703 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55407
  • Website:  Pasteleria Gama

Patisserie 46 

When airfare to Paris isn’t an option for this year’s birthday gift, bring a little bit of France back home with a birthday cake from Patisserie 46.

Located on the corner of 46th and Grand Ave in South Minneapolis (sister location Rose Street Patisserie on Snelling and Selby), they offer some of the Twin Cities’ best selection of traditional French bakery and cakes. 

  • Address:  4552 Grand Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55419
  • Website: Patisserie 46

Thirsty Whale Bakery

Need a birthday cake that perfectly matches your theme? Planning something a little unusual or off-the-wall to celebrate this year? The team at Thirsty Whale never backs away from a cake challenge.

Send them the details and watch the creativity flow–they’re ready to take your custom cake order to a whole new level.

Vegan East

If you’re looking for a vegan, egg-free, or dairy-free custom cake, Vegan East is your top choice in the Twin Cities.

Head baker Sheila Xiong opened their first location in 2016 to fill a gap in providing high-quality vegan bakery in Minneapolis. They now have more than 30 flavors of cakes and offer a specialty “cake of the month” flavor that always looks so…so…good. 

  • Address:  3 locations – Uptown, Northeast, and White Bear Lake
  • Website: Vegan East

Birthday Cakes in St. Paul 

A Piece of Cake 

Don’t let the tiny size of this Selby Avenue cafe deter you–the birthday cakes here come with BIG flavors. They’ve been making classic white cream soufflé, red velvet, and our personal favorite–carrot cake–for special occasions since 1985. 

Bravo! Cafe & Bakery 

Located on Grand and Lexington Avenue in St. Paul, Bravo! is one of the few places in the Twin Cities you’ll find traditional Chinese-style fruit cakes. Their fresh whipped cream frosting and fruit-forward flavors like strawberry, mango, and pineapple are unlike anything you’ll find anywhere else on the list.

A local St. Paul secret!


Buttercream cakes have a special place in my heart. When we were wedding cake shopping, I fell so in love with the frosting that we ended up having 4 different flavors of their cakes at our reception!

While they cater to weddings, Buttercream also offers special occasion birthday cakes and dessert spreads. They have locations in St. Paul, Minnetonka, and the Stillwater/Hudson area, with options for delivery and curbside. 

  • Address:  Locations in St. Paul, Minnetonka, Hudson, and Eau Claire Wisconsin
  • Website:  Buttercream

Cafe Latte

You haven’t celebrated a St. Paul birthday until you’ve celebrated with Cafe Latte. One of the quintessential Twin Cities eats, Cafe Latte has been creating made-from-scratch cakes, cheesecakes, and desserts for more than 35 years.

The menu here is full of classics and favorites–don’t miss the vanilla tres leches, classic cheesecake, and German chocolate. All are birthday showstoppers!

  • Address:  850 Grand Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55105
  • Website: Cafe Latte

Marc Heu Patisserie Paris 

Not sure what to get for that special someone? Try combining birthday cake and a French delicacy!

Cakes from Marc Heu are exquisite (and often priced at $50 or more), in part because they use the finest ingredients and traditional French techniques to create a masterpiece of a dessert.

Did we mention the 24K gold leaf finish? 

Wuollet Bakery

One of St. Paul’s longest-running bakeries, Wuollet’s, has been sharing birthdays with families for more than 75 years. (They’re also the sister bakery to A Baker’s Wife, one of our favorites across the river in Minneapolis.)

You’ll find traditional birthday cakes here with none of the fuss. Classic flavors at a price that won’t spoil the party.

  • Address: 1080 Grand Ave, St Paul, MN 55105 (other locations in Edina, Robbinsdale, Wayzata)
  • Website: Wuollet Bakery

Twin Cities Suburbs

Angel Food Bakery

Sometimes by birthday cake, we actually mean donuts. Because not everyone loves birthday cake (gasp!), but c’mon, who doesn’t love donuts?

At least that’s what former “Project Runway” contestant Katy Gerdes thought when she founded Angel Food Bakery in 2012. Their signature donut cakes are made with 3 layers of jumbo yeast-raised donuts covered in buttercream frosting, icing, and sprinkles. 

  • Address:  St. Louis Park and MSP Airport. Birthday cakes also ship nationally with GoldBelly.
  • Website:  Angel Food Bakery

Cake Box Bakery

A popular option for wedding cakes in the Metro, Cake Box also does a top-notch birthday cake business. Well-known for quick turn-around, it’s an excellent spot to check if you’re in a last-minute pinch for a custom cake.

  • Address: 6024 W Broadway Ave, New Hope, MN 55428
  • Website:  Cake Box Bakery

Krown Bakery & Eatery

North Metro favorite, Krown Bakery serves traditional Scandinavian cakes and pastries.

Their Swedish Summer Cake and gluten-free Princess sponge cakes are two local favorites. It’s also one of the few places in the metro to snag a Kransekake, a traditional Norwegian cake made with towering layers and buttercream filling.  

Nadia Cakes

Consistently voted as the premier cupcake and custom cake studio in the Twin Cities, Nadia Cakes has been featured on Food Network shows like Cupcake Wars and Holiday Bake-Off.

Their website guarantees they can handle almost any cake design – for a $25 cake tasting and design session, you can meet with one of their professional cake designers and start planning your dream birthday creation. 

  • Address:  Locations in Woodbury and Maple Grove
  • Website:  Nadia Cakes

Queen of Cakes

We know friends who have been getting celebration cakes from Edina’s Queen of Cakes for years. Voted one of the best wedding cake retailers in the Twin Cities, they’ve also got many choices for kid’s and adult’s birthday cakes.

Expect to give 10-20 days advanced notice and pay a little extra, though. These cakes are fit for royalty!

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