Catering for a crowd? We reveal some of Dubai’s best cakes for large groups, from birthday parties and baby showers to last-minute sugar fixes.

Cakes by Heidi, Steigenberger Hotel

For a cake with serious wow-factor, choose one of the show-stopping creations from Nickola Dsouza, the culinary whiz behind Cakes by Heidi at the Steigenberger Hotel. From multi-layered creations topped with edible flowers and gold leaf to artistic ‘brushstroke’ cakes (above), these stunners are sure to impress.

Best for… edible works of art

Brothaus Bakery Bistro, Steigenberger Hotel, Business Bay, Dubai, tel: 04 369 0000, visit: steigenberger.com

Sugarmoo

Tell me I’m not the only one who’s forgotten to arrange a birthday cake for my husband until the day of? Sugarmoo comes to the rescue with their 90-minute delivery of party-ready 8-inch cakes, including the brand-spanking White Velvet Party Cake and the lush Gulab Jamun Pudding Cake (above). Larger sizes are available with 24 hours’ notice.

Best for… a last-minute sugar fix

Dar Wasl Mall, Jumeirah, Dubai, tel: 04 399 7371, visit: sugarmoo.com

Katie Makes Cakes

What to do when your little one comes to you with an elaborate request for their birthday cake? Before you find yourself scraping frosting off the ceiling, call in the professionals. Kate McIlveen of Katie Makes Cakes can craft the perfect princess, unicorn or Harry Potter cake, so there are no tears (yours or your child’s) on the big day.

Best for… kids’ birthday parties

Visit: katiemakescakes.com

Melange

Nadia Parekh made the switch from neuroscience to baking mind-bending cakes, and now runs Mélange catering company from her home (along with the drool-worthy Instagram account @melangedubai). Nadia’s a master at manipulating textured buttercream, creating pretty pastel cakes adorned with flowers, gold leaf, torched meringue and luscious drips. 

Best for… pretty cakes that pop

Visit: melangeme.com

L’ETO

For a fruity twist at your next celebration, order a L’ETO dessert topped with fruit and fresh blooms. Try the delicate rose and lychee cake adorned with rosebuds, the iconic honey cake, or a custom gradient cake decorated with berries, meringues and macarons. For an eye-catching design at a garden party, order the green herb cake enriched with fresh spinach (above).

Best for… something fresh and fruity

At various locations in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, visit: letocaffe.ae

Sugaholic Bakeshop

From baby showers to product launches, Sugaholic Bakehouse will bring your dream designs to life. Sisters Ravisha and Sneha have been weaving sweet magic since launching Sugaholic from their home kitchen in 2010, and now produce bespoke creations for events, plus the ever-popular Malteser, M&M and Ferrero Rocher cakes.

Best for… bespoke designs for your big event

4A St, Al Karama, Dubai, tel: 04 357 9333, visit: sugaholic.com