Best Bakeries in Columbus, Ohio

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The Top 9 Best Bakeries in Columbus and Central Ohio

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.

1. Frost My Heart from – Delaware

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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. 

2. Bakesters – Delaware

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Bakesters creates made-from-scratch cupcakes, bronuts, and seasonal treats available for next day pickup. They also do custom orders for weddings, graduations, corporate events, and other special occasions. The attention to detail in their cakes is amazing.

3. Home Baked Blessings – Lewis Center

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Gina & Kenzie create delicious personalized gourmet cookies, cupcakes and cakes. They have a really strong reputation on social media and their work is beautifully done!

4. Sweets by Christa in Dublin

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Third is another cottage-based business that prides itself on making beautiful and delicious cakes, cookies, and cupcakes for any event. Christa’s 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. Christa even made an appearance on the Food Network as part of the Halloween Baking Championship! Therefore, she is also ranked one of the best bakeries in Columbus Ohio!

5. A Cake for Leroy – Upper Arlington

A Cake for Leroy is something that owner Holly knew she had to do from the beginning. She loved cooking and baking her whole life, even making menus and cooking for her friends as a child. Shre dreamed of one day having her own restaurant or bakery. She found herself as a single mom of 2 and starting a business did not seem like an option. It was only after a conversation with her friend Leroy that she got the inspiration she needed to go for it. A Cake for Leroy offer a wide range of treats, including smash cakes, cookies, cake pops, cinnamon rolls, cookies, and brownies, just to name a few! Her cakes are fun and beautiful and would look great for your upcoming cake smash session.

6. Sugarplum Fairy in Marion

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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!

7. Sweet and Shiny in Clintonville

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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.

8. Smallcakes Columbus in Gahanna

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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.

9. Bumble’s Bake Shop in Powell

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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.

Check out my recent twinkle twinkle cake smash session!

Contributing writer: Sara Landon
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