Best cakes in Dubai
Time Out goes in search of the scrummiest cakes in Dubai 19 Comments
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Cake is the ultimate celebratory treat, and with Time Out Dubai preparing to celebrate its 10th birthday on October 1, we thought it was high time to dedicate the next five pages to everyone’s favourite dessert. Or snack. Or, occasionally, breakfast. We’ve spent the past few weeks visiting as many restaurants, bakeries and boutique patisseries as possible to sample the city’s sweetest, most sugary offerings.
Our in-depth research showed that cakes of the chocolate variety dominate Dubai’s dessert menus, followed by carrot and the ever-popular cheesecake. Then there are the fruitier cakes, from banana to sumptuous strawberry. You’ll notice that we haven’t included cupcakes (apart from giant ones) because, in our opinion, cupcakes are an entirely different category of cake. Yet there’s still a cake here to suit every taste – providing you have a sweet tooth, of course. In no particular order, take a look at our mammoth list, which will help you to have your cake and eat it. Enjoy!
Baker & Spice’s carrot cake
This moreish treat is one of Baker & Spice’s bestsellers, combining carrot, spices and brown sugar, topped with a cream cheese filling that is deliciously sweet, yet not as sickly as the topping on many other carroty creations. We like the walnutty spiciness and little carrot pieces – surely we can count this as one of our five a day?
If this cake was a person, it would be… Nicole Kidman – the most glamorous carrot-top we know.
Our cake rating: 4/5
Dhs25 per slice; Dhs230 for a whole cake. Baker & Spice, Dukkan Al Manzil, Downtown Dubai (04 427 9856).
Circle’s carrot cake pudding
Served warm, this soft, spicy carrot cake is one of Circle’s specialities. The soft, mildly spicy base is accentuated by fresh, creamy icing – a great way to finish off a long, lazy lunch.
If this cake was a person, it would be… Lindsay Lohan – full-bodied and deliciously naughty.
Our cake rating: 4/5
Dhs22 per slice, Dhs140 for a whole cake. Circle, Dubai Media City (04 391 5170).
The Cakery’s carrot cake
Carrot cakes are two a penny these days, but The Cakery’s version sets itself apart with its rich cream-cheese frosting that offsets the sweet, spongy carrot flavour wonderfully. Meanwhile, the candied walnuts offer a welcome crunch and the ginger biscuit crust – with a hint of lemon – rounds off an excellent cakey treat.
If this cake was a person, it would be… Christian Bale – full of different layers and dimensions.
Our cake rating: 3/5
Dhs150 per 23cm cake. www.thecakerydubai.blogspot.com (050 286 2971).
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