The 10 Best Cake Shops in Iowa!

Whether you are celebrating a wedding, anniversary, or birthday, nothing completes a party quite like an expertly-made cake. From multi-tiered confectionary creations to specialty-made birthday cakes ready to be smashed, all across the state of Iowa you can find dedicated bakers who deliver on all your cake cravings. Whether you’re looking to take some stress out of your wedding plan or you want to surprise a special someone with a custom cake, these 10 awesome shops in Iowa will help you out! 

1. Main Street Cafe and Bakery, Ankeny, IA

Hop on down to Main Street in Ankeny to get the freshest cake options, and the most decorative confections you can find in the Des Moines metro. Not only a great place to get a cup of coffee or full meal, the Main Street Cafe and Bakery also has a long list of drool-inducing specialty cakes they are happy to create. With flavors including the likes of s’more, truffle, coconut and carrot (just to name a few), and birthday cakes ranging from two-tiered creations and dinosaur smash cakes, Main Street is also happy to create something brand new too. Whatever brings you into the doors of the Main Street Cafe, whether it’s the coffee, the cakes or anything off the food menu, you’ll be sure not to leave unsatisfied.

2. Jules Bakery, Marion, IA

Jules Bakery of Marion is dedicated to “serving dessert first,” and whether it’s for a wedding, graduation or any special event, this local bakery can bake whatever you need. Featuring flavors ranging from the traditional white wedding cake to dozens of specialty flavors, each experience with Jules is custom fit to the customer’s needs. Using the freshest ingredients for each confectionary creation that comes out of the oven, no matter the party you’re celebrating, with any cake from Jules Bakery you’ll have one more reason to have a good time.

3. Tip Top Cakes, Coralville, IA

If you are looking for a black belt in the art of baking a cake, look no further than Tip Top Cakes of Coralville. Owner and baker Adam has had a lot of experience in the field, and the awards and portfolio to show for it. Whether you are looking for something traditional, or something to imbue a particular theme, all orders through Tip Top Cakes are custom made to exact specifications. Outside of the wedding cakes, Tip Top Cakes also boasts an impressive menu of specialty cakes, cupcakes and small dessert platters, making sure every sweet tooth is located and satisfied.  

4. Cakes by George, Tama, IA

If you’re planning for a wedding, order from Cakes by George for a stunningly whimsical cake. According to its site, Cakes by George will “bring your vision to life” and “design the wedding cake you’ve always wanted.” This shop will also craft up some incredible, multi-tiered birthday cakes for all ages. You will be blown away by these creations. 

5. Candle Ready Cakes, Dubuque, IA

Ranging from cake balls to specialty cakes of all shapes and sizes, not only does Candle Ready Cakes of Dubuque provide a platform to blow out some candles, but as if someone wished for it, they also provide a tasty treat to cut into. All specialty and wedding cakes are made to order at Candle Ready Cakes, and with a long menu of flavors, fillings and icing, plus the ability to create any shape and size you can conceive, there is little limit to the kind of cake you can get from Candle Ready Cakes. 

6. Ami’s Cakes and Confections, Ames, IA

While nothing caps off a celebration better than a well-made cake, for those with celiac disease or gluten allergies, this keystone party element oftentimes must be left on the table. Understanding and relating to this common dilemma that a lot of people face, Ami’s Cakes and Confections of Ames specializes in gluten-free cakes and ingredients. The gluten-free menu at Ami’s doesn’t inhibit the flavor options or sculpting capabilities, and every order at Ami’s is made to custom order, ensuring you receive exactly what you are looking for in gluten-free cake.  

7. My Girl’s Cake Shop, Davenport, IA

Owner Katie Turner is a master when it comes to designing beautiful cakes and desserts. According to My Girl’s Cake Shop’s website, some popular flavor combos include a peanut butter cup cake made with chocolate cake, peanut butter filling, and classic chocolate buttercream, as well as the “Pink Bubbly” which is made with champagne cake, white chocolate ganache, and strawberry buttercream. 

8. Mimi’s Sweet Cakes and Bakes, Pleasant Hill, IA

Specializing in an assortment of amazing cakes, Mimi’s Sweet Cakes and Bakes can create just about anything your imagination comes up with. With a real knack and typically full schedule of wedding cakes throughout the season, Mimi’s also has quite the reputation for custom-made cakes that are sculpted into many unique and artfully inspired shapes and objects. Of particular note, Mimi’s offers a Smash Cakes, which are small, well-decorated cakes that are perfect for toddlers to dig their hands into as they celebrate their own special birthdays—also making for a very cute collection of photos.

9. Sweetheart Bakery, Clinton, IA

There are about 20 great reasons to visit Sweetheart Bakery in Clinton, and they all surround the sweet smells ranging from donuts and pastries to homemade bread coming out of their oven. Sharing the same storefront with Homer’s Deli, Sweetheart Bakery has a long list of fresh items made daily, and it’s their cakes that have helped keep the doors open for over 60 years. Specializing in wedding, anniversary, birthday and unique occasion cakes, after having perfected their cake recipe for over six decades, there no longer even needs to be a reason to treat yourself to a cake from Sweetheart Bakery. 

10. Creative Cakes, Ft. Dodge, IA

Creative Cakes of Ft. Dodge goes to show that it’s not just the fresh ingredients that make a great cake, it’s the attention to detail on the icing and baking that separates the good from the great. To no surprise, Creative Cakes creates some very creative cakes, and provides a masterful art piece that you might second guess cutting into. Ranging from birthday to anniversary and wedding, for whatever occasion you’re trying to have fun with, all customers need to do is let Creative Cakes know what they want, and they’ll take it from there, delivering just one more reason to celebrate.

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