One of the most exciting parts about a baby’s first birthday is giving them their first cake. Of course, the goal is that they smash it into pieces in front of your friends and family. I’m sure for your child’s cake smash session you want the cutest cake you can find! As a baby and kid milestone photographer, I have seen countless cakes smashed. Therefore, I have seen some amazing cakes and spoken with many baking professionals. That is to say, here are my top nine best bakeries in Columbus, Ohio.
Owned by Karla Vilchinsky, Frost My Heart is definitely one of the best Ohio bakeries, offfering a variety of baked goods. For example, you can get cakes, cupcakes, brownies, cookies, and more. This bakery can, and has, made cakes in a variety of themes and shapes, including superheroes, Ghostbusters, Cookie Monster, Baby Shark, and more. Additionally, their cakes are bright, colorful, and perfect to suit the little ones in your life. As a result, they were the runner-up for the best bakery in Delaware in the Delaware Gazette in 2015.
Next, Sugarplum Fairy prides itself not only on making delicious cakes, but in making edible works of art. Firstly, this bakery has been running for over thirty years, headed by the Sugarplum Fairy herself, Jennifer Haerstock. Secondly, it is marketed as a “home-based cottage business” with a magical and personal touch behind every cake made. This bakery has earned a solid five out of five stars on Facebook from pleased customers who brought home wonderful cakes for their celebrations. Therefore, fans definitely consider Sugarplum as one of the best bakeries in Columbus Ohio!
Third is another cottage-based business that prides itself on making beautiful and delicious cakes, cookies, and cupcakes for any event. Christa has been baking for over twelve years — her business originally began as a hobby stemming from a passion for baking. She specializes not only in traditional cakes but in cookie cakes, too, something that sets her apart from other bakers. Like the other bakeries on this list, she has nothing but rave reviews from pleased customers. Therefore, she is also ranked one of the best bakeries in Columbus Ohio!
Located in the quaint German Village, Nursery Lane Baking Co. specializes in both buttercream cakes and cookies. This bakery was started by Lauren Moffatt in 2019. It was named after her love of florals and the alley behind her house. Some of her specialty flavors include White Almond, Lavender and Early Gray, and classics such as chocolate and vanilla. Her cakes are elegant and simple, perfect for your baby to smash right into.
Kyra’s Cupcake Boutique makes a variety of treats including cakes, chocolate-covered strawberries, cake pops, chocolate-covered oreos and, of course cupcakes. Her treat boxes, filled with these aforementioned goodies, would make a wonderful centerpiece alongside one of her cakes. Additionally, the cakes themselves are colorful and come in a variety of different themes. Above all, Kyra comes highly recommended by satisfied customers.
Sweet and Shiny makes cakes for all occasions and celebrations. Firstly, every single one of their cakes are beautiful, creative, and full of life, with themes from Broadway musical Hamilton to Toy Story. They have many customization options. For example, you can go from something as simple as vanilla with buttercream frosting, to chai spice with chocolate ganache. In addition, they even have margarita-themed cakes. Of course, these are probably more appropriate for the adults in your life! The options are endless.
Just Frost It makes a plethora of yummy and colorful cakes, but they also have a few tricks up their sleeves that set them apart from other bakeries. They make custom macarons and cupcake bouquets. These are perfect for any occasion. As a result, Just Frost It has earned a five out of five stars from satisfied customers on Facebook.
While Smallcakes specializes in cupcakes, they also make delicious cakes in a variety of amazing flavors — pink chocolate or vanilla, peanut butter cup, Boston Creme Pie, lemon drop, and more. Similarly, they make their own ice cream fresh daily, so they can supply all the desserts for your kiddo’s birthday party easily. Like the other bakeries on this list, they have many satisfied customers.
Last but not least, Bumble’s makes custom cakes, cookies, and pies. This bakery all began when owner Maddie won Best of Show at the Franklin County Fair for her delicious and beautiful decorated sugar cookies at age thirteen. These award-winning cookies would make a wonderful companion to any of their cakes, equally as stunning and yummy.
In conclusion, every bakery on this list is a favorite of mine and definitely one of the best bakeries in Columbus, Ohio! Each has its own unique niche in the baking industry, making everything from cakes and cupcakes to pies, macarons, and cookies. Surely, one of them will supply the perfect smashable cake for a baby’s birthday in any theme. In addition, you may want to throw in a dozen cookies or a cupcake bouquet.
Stacey Ash is a kid photographer in Powell, servicing all of Central Ohio. To book your Columbus, Ohio cake smash, visit www.staceyashphoto.com.
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Contributing writer: Sara Landon
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