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11 Cake Shops in Portland for Any Occasion

From the hole-in-the-wall bakeries to the fancy patisseries

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In Portland, desserts are serious business: From Portland’s various doughnut shops to its cabal of cookies, the city digs its sweets. But nothing feels quite as celebratory as a five-layer cake slathered in buttercream, dripping with chocolate, or all of the above. This enduring symbol of festive celebration doesn’t have to be homemade to be from the heart — below, find an assortment of bakeries across Portland offering impeccably decorated, delicious cakes for any special occasion, all without sacrificing great taste. For more desserts, check out our bakery map.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Miss Zumstein Bakery, Coffee Shop, Cakes & Desserts

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5027 NE 42nd Ave
Portland, OR 97218
(971) 279-2746
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A cozy neighborhood cafe, Miss Zumstein features an array of pastries, snacks, and cake-by-the-slice. Proprietor Anja Spence opened the shop after years as a pastry chef at renowned spots like Castagna and Genoa (RIP), and her custom cakes are especially sought after.

Carrot cake at Miss Zumstein
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2. Back To Eden Bakery

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2215-2217 NE Alberta St
Portland, OR 97211
(503) 477-5022
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Vegan and gluten-free cake fanatics, rejoice: Back to Eden features delicious desserts from a careful kitchen — no gluten, wheat, dairy, eggs, or meat. The cupcakes and cake slices can be paired with house-made vegan ice cream or soft serve. There’s plenty of seating for families, and the menu also includes savory choices if you’re looking for a meal before dessert.

3. Helen Bernhard Bakery

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Helen Bernhard Bakery‎ in Portland, OR, 1717 NE Broadway St, Portland
OR 97232, USA

This old-school Irvington bakery has been operating since 1924 and is the Platonic ideal of the classic American bakery. The glass cases at Helen Bernhard Bakery are practically overflowing with frosted sugar cookies, doughnuts, pastries, petit fours, and full cakes. The bakery has earned its stay in the Portland scene with delicious custom cakes for every style, from airbrushed beauties like the best version of a grocery store cake, or detailed, fondant affairs.

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4. Papa Haydn

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701 NW 23rd Ave
Portland, OR 97210
(503) 228-7317
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Papa Haydn is one of the pillars of the Portland cake scene, running strong since 1978. The bakery and restaurant’s two locations offer standout classic American cakes and single slices for dessert. The Triple Chocolate Cake is hard to beat, and history buffs will want to try the American Cassata, a variation of the Italian classic that’s original to Portland. Those dining in should get a reservation — there’s plenty of seating in the dining room, but both locations are popular for birthdays and special occasions.

5. Pix Patisserie / Bar Vivant

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2225 E Burnside St
Portland, OR 97214
(971) 271-7166
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Pix Patisserie is known for intricately designed sweets, as well as an award-winning wine list and solid beer selection. The dining room can be a bit overwhelming, but the large space is highlighted with vintage French decor. The patisserie is open until midnight every night, making it a perfect post-dinner date stop.

6. Saint Cupcake

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1138 SW Morrison St
Portland, OR 97205
(503) 473-8760
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Saint Cupcake has been a go-to for cupcakes since the mid-2000s cupcake mania. All the flavors, like the crowd-pleasing Big Top (vanilla with chocolate chips and colorful frosting) and Red Velvet, are also available in miniature as dots. The cheery downtown location is spacious, with giant windows and a whisk-shaped bike rack out front. The bakery also makes custom cakes, and make wedding cupcake towers feel fresh.

7. Jaciva's Bakery And Chocolatier

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4733 SE Hawthorne Blvd
Portland, OR 97215
(503) 234-8115
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Since 1986, Jaciva’s has been a staple for birthday and wedding cakes ranging from the cutesy to the ornate, creating geodes with rock candy and gravity-defying, cake-topping towers of doughnuts. Cakes run a little sweet, making them a good choice for birthdays; the Hawthorne bakery retained its ‘80s vibes, interior-wise, with a case of pastries perfect for kids who want to pick and choose.

8. Farina Bakery

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1852 SE Hawthorne Blvd
Portland, OR 97214
(971) 279-5939
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While most known for its Parisian macarons, this Hawthorne bakery has a wide selection of pastries and baked goods. Farina Bakery offers show-stopping custom cakes, ranging from 6-inch mini cakes to full-blown tiered wedding cakes. The SE Hawthorne store has a rustic, woodsy feel, a collection of quaint mismatched seats and tables, and a colorful mural for cheer.

9. The Cakery

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6306 SW Capitol Hwy
Portland, OR 97239
(503) 546-3737
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An offshoot of the Hillside favorite Baker & Spice, the Cakery specializes in stunning custom cakes. The bakers require a 72-hour lead time for cakes, and also sell cake-making equipment, stands, and copies of their cookbook Vintage Cakes (for those looking for a more DIY approach).

10. Garden Home Marketplace

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7410 SW Oleson Rd
Portland, OR 97223
(503) 244-9061
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Garden Home Marketplace, also known as Bales & Lamb’s Marketplace and once known as Lamb’s Thriftway, is the underdog bakery secret for those in the know. Yes, it’s a grocery store bakery, but its often-goofily-decorated cakes — including this hilariously terrifying Pennywise cake — are inexpensive and surprisingly tasty, holding their own alongside the tiered show-stoppers at Portland’s more notable bakeries. Its buttercream frosting is a must.

11. Piece of Cake Bakery

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8306 SE 17th Ave
Portland, OR 97202
(503) 234-9445
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Piece of Cake is a Sellwood institution, featuring a huge variety of vegan and wheat-free options (including tofu cheesecakes!) as well as more traditional options. Cake aficionados can partake in a slice or cupcake, but the bakery shines in the custom decorations and specialty, pre-ordered cakes. The Pinterest-ready designs are perfect for baby showers, big birthdays, or bachelor / bachelorette parties.

1. Miss Zumstein Bakery, Coffee Shop, Cakes & Desserts

5027 NE 42nd Ave, Portland, OR 97218
Carrot cake at Miss Zumstein
Brooke Jackson-Glidden/EPDX

A cozy neighborhood cafe, Miss Zumstein features an array of pastries, snacks, and cake-by-the-slice. Proprietor Anja Spence opened the shop after years as a pastry chef at renowned spots like Castagna and Genoa (RIP), and her custom cakes are especially sought after.

5027 NE 42nd Ave
Portland, OR 97218

2. Back To Eden Bakery

2215-2217 NE Alberta St, Portland, OR 97211

Vegan and gluten-free cake fanatics, rejoice: Back to Eden features delicious desserts from a careful kitchen — no gluten, wheat, dairy, eggs, or meat. The cupcakes and cake slices can be paired with house-made vegan ice cream or soft serve. There’s plenty of seating for families, and the menu also includes savory choices if you’re looking for a meal before dessert.

2215-2217 NE Alberta St
Portland, OR 97211

3. Helen Bernhard Bakery

Helen Bernhard Bakery‎ in Portland, OR, 1717 NE Broadway St, Portland, OR 97232, USA

This old-school Irvington bakery has been operating since 1924 and is the Platonic ideal of the classic American bakery. The glass cases at Helen Bernhard Bakery are practically overflowing with frosted sugar cookies, doughnuts, pastries, petit fours, and full cakes. The bakery has earned its stay in the Portland scene with delicious custom cakes for every style, from airbrushed beauties like the best version of a grocery store cake, or detailed, fondant affairs.

Helen Bernhard Bakery‎ in Portland, OR, 1717 NE Broadway St, Portland
OR 97232, USA

4. Papa Haydn

701 NW 23rd Ave, Portland, OR 97210

Papa Haydn is one of the pillars of the Portland cake scene, running strong since 1978. The bakery and restaurant’s two locations offer standout classic American cakes and single slices for dessert. The Triple Chocolate Cake is hard to beat, and history buffs will want to try the American Cassata, a variation of the Italian classic that’s original to Portland. Those dining in should get a reservation — there’s plenty of seating in the dining room, but both locations are popular for birthdays and special occasions.

701 NW 23rd Ave
Portland, OR 97210

5. Pix Patisserie / Bar Vivant

2225 E Burnside St, Portland, OR 97214

Pix Patisserie is known for intricately designed sweets, as well as an award-winning wine list and solid beer selection. The dining room can be a bit overwhelming, but the large space is highlighted with vintage French decor. The patisserie is open until midnight every night, making it a perfect post-dinner date stop.

2225 E Burnside St
Portland, OR 97214

6. Saint Cupcake

1138 SW Morrison St, Portland, OR 97205

Saint Cupcake has been a go-to for cupcakes since the mid-2000s cupcake mania. All the flavors, like the crowd-pleasing Big Top (vanilla with chocolate chips and colorful frosting) and Red Velvet, are also available in miniature as dots. The cheery downtown location is spacious, with giant windows and a whisk-shaped bike rack out front. The bakery also makes custom cakes, and make wedding cupcake towers feel fresh.

1138 SW Morrison St
Portland, OR 97205

7. Jaciva's Bakery And Chocolatier

4733 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97215

Since 1986, Jaciva’s has been a staple for birthday and wedding cakes ranging from the cutesy to the ornate, creating geodes with rock candy and gravity-defying, cake-topping towers of doughnuts. Cakes run a little sweet, making them a good choice for birthdays; the Hawthorne bakery retained its ‘80s vibes, interior-wise, with a case of pastries perfect for kids who want to pick and choose.

4733 SE Hawthorne Blvd
Portland, OR 97215

8. Farina Bakery

1852 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97214

While most known for its Parisian macarons, this Hawthorne bakery has a wide selection of pastries and baked goods. Farina Bakery offers show-stopping custom cakes, ranging from 6-inch mini cakes to full-blown tiered wedding cakes. The SE Hawthorne store has a rustic, woodsy feel, a collection of quaint mismatched seats and tables, and a colorful mural for cheer.

1852 SE Hawthorne Blvd
Portland, OR 97214

9. The Cakery

6306 SW Capitol Hwy, Portland, OR 97239

An offshoot of the Hillside favorite Baker & Spice, the Cakery specializes in stunning custom cakes. The bakers require a 72-hour lead time for cakes, and also sell cake-making equipment, stands, and copies of their cookbook Vintage Cakes (for those looking for a more DIY approach).

6306 SW Capitol Hwy
Portland, OR 97239

10. Garden Home Marketplace

7410 SW Oleson Rd, Portland, OR 97223

Garden Home Marketplace, also known as Bales & Lamb’s Marketplace and once known as Lamb’s Thriftway, is the underdog bakery secret for those in the know. Yes, it’s a grocery store bakery, but its often-goofily-decorated cakes — including this hilariously terrifying Pennywise cake — are inexpensive and surprisingly tasty, holding their own alongside the tiered show-stoppers at Portland’s more notable bakeries. Its buttercream frosting is a must.

7410 SW Oleson Rd
Portland, OR 97223

11. Piece of Cake Bakery

8306 SE 17th Ave, Portland, OR 97202

Piece of Cake is a Sellwood institution, featuring a huge variety of vegan and wheat-free options (including tofu cheesecakes!) as well as more traditional options. Cake aficionados can partake in a slice or cupcake, but the bakery shines in the custom decorations and specialty, pre-ordered cakes. The Pinterest-ready designs are perfect for baby showers, big birthdays, or bachelor / bachelorette parties.

8306 SE 17th Ave
Portland, OR 97202

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