Portland is arguably one of the best culinary cities in the United States, and this is especially true when it comes to its impressive selection of bakeries and cake shops that sprinkle the city with delight like powdered sugar from a sifter. Whether you are looking for sculpted birthday cakes, fancy wedding cakes, or a single piece of sponge cake, there’s so much to sate your sweet tooth in Portland. As a matter of fact, nothing can be better than a tasty treat from around the corner to escape the frenetic energy of the city. Here are the best places in Portland to buy a cake and eat it, too…
1. Unicorn Bake Shop – for fun cakes including Vegan, Gluten-Free, and Traditional
Unicorn Bake Shop has long been considered one of the best places to visit for delectable cakes in southeast Portland. The small bakery on Gladstone Street offers a great variety of cakes, cupcakes, bars, and other treats with gluten-free, nut-free, soy-free, and dairy-free options.
Though the shop specializes in traditional American sweets like cotton candy, they also experiment with new combinations of flavors to delight you. They have different flavors for cupcakes every month. You can have pretty much any flavor from banana pudding to french silk pie to peanut butter. Unicorn Bake Shop is open Wednesdays through Sundays between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.
Address: 2824 SE Gladstone St, Portland, OR 97202, United States
2. Baker & Spice – a cake shop that incorporates top-notch local and seasonal ingredients into their goods
A snug bakery and cafe featuring homemade cakes and pastries in a wide range of flavors including chocolate, latte, mocha, carrot, lemon, and coconut among others. The bakery’s signature cupcakes come in chocolate flavor with vanilla buttercream frosting, chocolate ganache drip, and candy sprinkles on the top.
Located in Hillsdale Shopping Center in southwest Portland, The Cakery specializes in birthday and wedding cakes by cookbook author Julie Richardson.
If you want to have something classic, go for The Cakery’s German Chocolate Cake which is a devil’s cake, topped with a traditional toasted pecan and coconut custard and enrobed in dark chocolate ganache. The Cakery is open Wednesdays through Fridays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. On Saturdays and Sundays, they stay open between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Address: 6306 SW Capitol Hwy, Portland, OR 97239, United States
3. Piece of Cake – a long-running cake specialist with vegan and gluten-free options is known for its cute and quirky vibe
A bakery selling traditional American cakes, vegan cakes, gluten-free cakes, cheesecakes, and pies. No bakery can outperform this long-running cake specialist when it comes to traditional American treats like red hot chocolate cake, banana pineapple cake, and scarlet red velvet chip cake, all of which are fluffy and perfectly baked.
One of the most unique options on the menu is Chocolate Raspberry Buttercream Ganache which is a raspberry-filled chocolate cake with buttercream frosting and chocolate ganache drip.
If you are looking for something outlandish, try the Marionberry Poppyseed which is a four-layered moist poppyseed cake filled with marionberry preserves and iced in cream cheese. Mah-velous Carrot Cake is one of the best gluten-free and dairy-free options on the menu. Piece of Cake is open Mondays through Sundays at different timings, mostly between 9 a.m. and 8 p.m.
Address: 8306 SE 17th Ave, Portland, OR 97202, United States
4. Farina Bakery – specializes in Parisian macarons, wedding cakes, and other delicious treats
A warm, cheerful bakeshop selling beautiful custom cakes, handcrafted macarons, and pastries. They make custom cakes in a wide variety of flavors, ranging from coffee cream to peanut butter.
They offer some of the finest pastries in southeast Portland. Raspberry Danish is what you should order if you want to enjoy an innovative combination of raspberry and cheese. Farina Bakery is open Tuesdays through Sundays from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Address: 1852 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97214, United States
5. Dream Cakes – a small female-owned cake bakery perfect for weddings, birthdays and anniversaries
A female-owned bakery specializing in cakes for celebrations like birthdays, weddings, and anniversaries. If you are looking for basic flavors, go for their white cake which comes with homemade lemon curd and fresh berry filling.
Other options on the menu include carrot cake, dark chocolate, coconut butter, red velvet, and lemon cake. You can also order a customized cake and choose your own flavor, fillings, frosting, dressing, and preserves. Dream Cakes is open on Fridays and Saturdays between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Address: 2450 NE Sandy Blvd, Portland, OR 97232, United States
6. Sweetpea Baking Co. – a vegan business featuring wedding cakes and baked goods in a cool space
A coffee shop specializing in vegan wedding cakes, baked goods, and light fare. The shop’s cake menu features mouth-watering chocolate cakes, such as Chocolate Peanut Butter, Chocolate Raspberry, German Chocolate, and the most famous Chocolate Decadence and Tuxedo.
If you want to have the most delicious banana cake in Portland, go for Elvis on their menu which comes with a peanut butter frosting, chocolate ganache drizzle, and chopped peanut sprinkles.
You can also savor cheesecakes in many different flavors including brownie chunk, turtle, raspberry, marionberry, key lime, and peanut butter chocolate chip. Sweetpea Baking Co. is open daily between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Address: 1205 SE Stark St, Portland, OR 97214, United States
7. Petunia’s Pies & Pastries – a cute and hip cafe making creative vegan and gluten-free baked goods and cakes
A warm, fashionable cafe and bakery whipping up cakes, baked goods, soups, ice cream, and cocktails. They have a sizable cake menu featuring cupcakes, cheesecakes, layer cakes, pastries, and pies.
The stunner is the Confetti Cake which is a vanilla cake with sprinkles baked inside and vanilla buttercream frosting with rainbow sprinkles. Petunia’s Pies & Pastries is open Mondays through Sundays from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Address: 610 SW 12th Ave, Portland, OR 97205, United States
8. Tiny Moreso – an awesome vegan, gluten-free cafe and dessert shop
A vegan cafe featuring a perfectly curated selection of cakes, desserts, smoothies, and snacks. The top sellers include Rawdacious Cheesecake, Housemade Truffle, and Peanut Butter Rice Crispies.
They also made custom homemade cakes for birthdays, anniversaries, and other celebrations. Tiny Moreso is open Sundays through Thursdays between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. They close at 5 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.
Address: 4520 NE 42nd Ave, Portland, OR 97218, United States
9. VilleVelo Bake Shop – for a great range of delicious cakes and other baked goods
A low-key bakery doling out a handsome array of cakes and traditional treats like peanut butter cookies, old-fashioned pecan pie, cheesecake cookies, and banana pudding. It is perhaps the only dedicated American bakery in the neighborhood.
The chef, Jeffery, makes the tastiest red velvet cookies in northeast Portland. You can savor tasty treats at VilleVelo Bake Shop Wednesdays through Sundays between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Address: 1465 NE Prescott St Suite D, Portland, OR 97211, United States
10. Portland Style Cheesecake & Dessert Co. – for exquisite, mouth-watering breads and desserts
A long-established bakery that has recently become a part of Marsee Baking. Kim Haines, the former owner of Portland Style Cheesecake & Dessert Co, offered the most finger-licking cakes and cheesecakes in the city for more than 27 years.
The bakery has a sizable menu featuring bagels, cakes, bread, cheesecakes, muffins, scones, and donuts. Tangerine Dream is one of the most unique options on their menu. You must also try the incredibly moist carrot cake if you want to have something between sweet and savory. You can visit the bakery on Mondays through Fridays between 7:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. They are closed on Wednesdays.
Address: 9100 N Vancouver Ave, Portland, OR 97217, United States
11. Shoofly Vegan Bakery and Cafe – a fantastic vegan spot for baked goods and cakes
A vegan bakery and cafe whipping up pies, custom cakes, cupcakes, and cookie trays among other treats. Blackout Cake, Carrot Cake, Chocolate Brownie Cake, and Mint Chocolate Chip Cake are among their bestsellers.
The Rocky Road is the tastiest chocolate treat available at the cafe. It is a chocolate cake layered with homemade butterscotch filling, covered with chocolate fudge icing, and topped with dandies Marshmallow and toasted walnuts. You can visit the bakery Mondays through Saturdays between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Address: 2505 SE 11th Ave Suite 101, Portland, OR 97202, United States
12. Gluten Free Gem – an independent, family-run bakery located in Portland’s Lloyd District perfect for gluten-free cakes
An independent family-run bakery that has been offering gluten-free treats in Portland’s Lloyd District for more than 15 years. They have an extensive menu featuring cakes, donuts, cookies, brownies, muffins, cinnamon rolls, and soft pretzels with dairy-free, gluten-free, and egg-free options.
The fluffiest and most moist treat on the menu is Tiramisu Cake, a three-layered vanilla cake doused in cold brew coffee, filled with mascarpone, and sprinkled with cocoa powder. Gluten Free Gem is open daily between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Address: 140 NE Broadway, Portland, OR 97232, United States
13. Orange & Blossom – a modern, farm-focused, plant-based/vegan patisserie
A modern, farm-focused patisserie offering French pastries and American-style cakes in a wide variety of delicious flavors, such as maple pecan, passionfruit, red velvet, and peanut butter.
One of the most hyped cakes on the menu is Pistachio Olive Oil which is made from house-ground pistachio flour and organic California olive oil loaf. Orange & Blossom is only open on Saturdays between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Address: 1717 SW Park Ave, Portland, OR 97201, United States
14. Carina’s Bakery – offers hand-made vegan baked goods including amazing cakes, with many gluten free options
Carina’s Bakery is where you’ll find the most exquisite and delectable custom cakes in Beaverton, a 15-minute drive from Portland. It’s definitely worth driving to this elegant bakery because of its outstanding selection of Scandinavian baked goods that are hard to find in other bakeries on the list.
You can order dairy-free, gluten-free, and even egg-free custom cakes from Carina’s Bakery. The bakery is open Mondays through Fridays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. They close at 3 p.m. on weekends.
Address: 4725 SW Lombard Ave # 108, Beaverton, OR 97005, United States
15. Jaciva’s Bakery And Chocolatier – known for great tasting beautiful cakes for weddings, birthdays, anniversaries and more
An old-fashioned bakeshop specializing in housemade wedding cakes. They also sell traditional American treats like pretzels, muffins, pastries, mousse, cinnamon buns, and donuts.
The family-owned businesses make some of the most beautiful wedding cakes in all of Portland. All cakes are fully customizable, allowing you to choose everything from flavor and filling to frosting and dressing. Jaciva’s Bakery And Chocolatier is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Address: 4733 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97215, United States