Birthday Cakes in London

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So, you have gone through our lists of the best home entertainment for birthday parties or chosen from the endless venue options in London and have planned your child’s birthday party for every detail… except a cake! No worries, Mama, if you are not adept in the kitchen or if you just don’t have the time or energy, we have done the research on the best places in London. Just remember to grab some candles!

ICE CREAM CAKES

Marble Slab

Marble Slab makes custom cakes, layered cakes, and even low fat fro-yo cakes.

Dairy Queen

Dairy Queen has their classic ice cream cake, as well as Blizzard cakes, Treatzza Pizza, and DQ Tortes.

Baskin Robbins

At Baskin Robbins you can choose the size and shape of your cake, the cake flavour and then add whatever ice cream flavour you would like!

CUPCAKES AND CAKES

Hey, Cupcake!

Hey, Cupcake! makes custom fondant cakes and cupcakes that can either be picked up in the store in their delicious daily flavours or customized for you.

Razzle Dazzle

Razzle Dazzle makes a wide variety of gourmet cupcakes in tempting flavours. You can either choose from their daily flavour selections in store or have custom cupcakes and toppings made to order.

Melrose Bakery

Melrose Bakery does custom cakes, fondant/layered cakes, slab cakes, and cupcakes in many flavours.

Divalicious Desserts

Divalicious does custom cakes, fondant/layered cakes, slab cakes, and cupcakes.

La Noisette Bakery and Deli

La Noisette can make a wide variety of cupcakes and cakes in many flavours.

Heavenly Sweetzations

Heavenly Sweetzations makes slab and fondant cakes, cupcakes, and cookies in a variety of sizes, shapes and flavours.

MegzCakes

MegzCakes makes custom fondant cakes and cupcakes for any occasion.

Bella Bella Nice Custom Cakes

Bella Bella Nice makes custom fondant cakes, layered cakes, and cupcakes.

Ungers Market

Ungers Market has store made cakes available in the centre of the store in a variety of flavours. Large orders can be pre-ordered.

Grocery Stores

Stores such as Costco, Walmart, Loblaws, and Metro can make slab cakes in a variety of flavours, some with customized decorations or pictures. Call or visit your closest store for details.

Gift Guide: Gift Cards

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At Christmas time, people become very divided on the issue of gift cards. One group of people love them for their quickness and ease of purchase. Those same people probably love to receive them as well and shop happily for themselves, selecting the exact item that they want. The other group of people see it as completely impersonal, the lack of thought required defeating the purpose of giving a gift.

Though there is some validity to both sides of the argument, gift cards do provide a great option for families who would like to cut back on the amount of tangible ‘stuff’ that is given and received at Christmas. Toys can be overwhelming. Gift cards can be more than an ‘easy out’, they can also be an invitation to share in an experience at a later date. Here are some of our suggestions:

Coffee Shop

A Tim’s GC is a quick and easy way to say thank you to an adult, but for a child this can be a much bigger adventure. Something as simple as a $5 card allows for two outings for a spontaneous treat. Hot chocolate and a donut? You’ll have to look hard for a kid who wouldn’t want that, from toddler to teenager. A coffee date with your kid is a great opportunity for a little one-on-one time, allowing them to pay makes them feel grown up and special. Tuck one of these in their stocking and schedule an hour over the Christmas holidays where the two of you can get a cup of cheer. Maybe they’ll even splurge on your coffee.

Book Store

Children love hanging out at the library, which is why many book stores have adopted a similar ‘hands on’ philosophy in the kids section. Touch. Read. Look. Play. And Mom, break out that wallet and pay. Or not! A book store is another one of my favourite places to let my children take time and explore. New authors, new stories, new doors opening to their imagination. I have a hard time saying no to a new book, so a GC is a win-win for all of us. A kid in a candy store has nothing on one of my kids in a book store, and allowing them to make their own choices is a great way to encourage that love of reading.

iTunes

If you have any sort of iPad/iPod/iPhone then you probably already know the value of an iTunes GC. While it is easy to stick to those free kids apps, sometimes it is nice to be able to drop a little money on the ones you have to pay for. Music is also a great iTunes purchase or a couple of episodes of their favourite cartoon for those long car rides or endless waiting room waits. Give them the GC as a gift or use it yourself and wrap a bow around the iPod as a hint of where to find their gift.  Continue reading