The 7 Most Amazing Cake Shops in Chicago

Chicago is not only the home of the Cubs, the Bulls, and Lake Michigan, but it also happens to boast some of the most amazing bakeries in the United States! So whether you’re an Illinois native or a tourist in the Windy City, any of our top 7 cake shop picks will leave you wanting for more!

Amy Beck Cake Design

Amy Beck’s confection shop is located in the River West neighborhood and specializes in creative made-to-order cakes for special occasions. Amy takes her baking tasks seriously and produces cakes that are truly something to behold by following the latest trends and listening carefully to the wants and needs of her customers.

Amy Beck opened her first establishment in a 700 square foot space back in 2006. Since then, her cakes have been featured on national television, which skyrocketed her popularity and because of the sudden demand for her cakes, she had to move up to her current establishment in 2011.

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Customers say that Amy is fun to work with and that her custom cakes are not only creative and made exactly how they want them to look; they are as equally delicious.

Sweet Mandy B’s

When you first step into Sweet Mandy B’s, it’s almost as if you have taken a trip back in time with its old-fashioned décor and use of pastel colors. However, this is only a pre-cursor to the main attraction, which is the sweets! From cookies to pies, cupcakes to custom cakes, they can do it all it seems when you look at their extensive menu.

Sweet Mandy B’s was established in 2002 after founder Cindy and her children, Mandy and Brian, found joy in making sweets for their friends and family. Since then, they have become an integral part of Chicago for many faithful customers.

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Glowing reviews from customers have told us that Sweet Mandy B’s is a one-stop shop for amazing banana pudding, red velvet cupcakes, and amazing custom cakes.

GBD Cakes and Sweets

GBD Cakes and Sweets specializes in custom, made-to-order cakes and sweets perfect for any occasion. With a variety of delectable custom cakes, specially decorated cookies, and other sweet treats, they are sure to have the perfect dessert for your special occasions!

GBD Cakes and Sweets was founded by mother and daughter duo Maria and Victoria Maya after a picture of one of the cakes they made for a family function was posted to Facebook and a steady stream of inquiries and orders began coming in. Once this happened, Maria and Victoria realized that they might just have something with their confectionary creations.

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Customers say that the custom-made cakes from GBD Cakes and Sweets are not only delicious, but that their prices are also very reasonable and that they will practically bend over backwards to make your custom order just right.

Urban Icing

Urban Icing is the newest confection shop in Chicago; it’s a cozy shop and event space that is mostly decorated and furnished in white, making it a bright and cheery place to enjoy custom made sweets. Their designer cakes and cupcakes can be adorned with their incredibly intricate and exquisite hand-crafted edible figurines, which gives their desserts a unique 3D effect.

They don’t only make custom cakes and cupcakes, but they also make other desserts that are also customizable.

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According to customers, custom cakes from Urban Icing are not only an incredible sight to behold, but they also offer a symphony of flavors that tantalize the taste buds.

Magnolia Bakery

Unlike our other selections, Magnolia Bakery is part of a chain of bakeries. However, this doesn’t mean that their cakes and other sweets aren’t delicious! The storefront stirs nostalgia with its vintage décor and a warm, inviting atmosphere. With other US locations in New York, Los Angeles, Boston, and Washington D.C, Magnolia Bakery not only offers cakes but also pies, cookies, edible sugar decorations, and even their own chocolate bars!

Magnolia got its start in New York City’s West Village in 1996, and from there became beloved for their take on classic desserts. Magnolia is also unique from our other selections because it offers nation-wide shipping of its sweets.

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Customers rave about Magnolia’s banana pudding, and they also talk about their amazing coffee and lattes.

Bjorn Cakes

Bjorn Cakes specializes in designer cakes and cupcakes that can be made-to-order for any occasion! Proudly advertising the fact that they are the only company in the city that uses organic butter and eggs in their products, as well as their impressive gallery of exquisitely detailed custom cakes, it is clear that this confection shop cares about quality.

Credited as the #1 Cake Shop and a 5-Star business on Yelp, it’s not hard to see why this shop was in our top 7 picks.

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From what customers have said about Bjorn Cakes, this company is dedicated not only to quality but also to amazing customer service. They also rave about how beautiful and tasty the custom cakes are, especially strawberry shortcake with vanilla buttercream.

Kristoffer’s Cakes

Kristoffer’s Cakes specializes in the famous Tres Leches cakes, which is impressive to begin with, however they also offer different types of tamales and espresso beverages, making them another unique pick for our top 7 list.

When you walk into the little corner storefront, you can see a variety of their Tres Leches cakes whole and by the slice in their display case located right under the cash register. Their chef Cristina is always experimenting and coming up with new flavor options for their decadent cakes.

Word on The Street

Customers absolutely love the RumChatta and Abuelita Tres Leche cakes, as well as the customer service.