The pick of baked birthday goodies

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The pick of baked birthday goodies

From cheap and cheerful to gratuitously indulgent, Phnom Penh’s bakers have your cake needs covered

BLOOM 
Bloom, best known for their tasty and colourful cupcakes, also does birthday cakes on request. A basic one – in flavours such a chocolate, vanilla, banana or carrot – with a simple message in icing costs $29 with $5 extra for delivery within the city centre. The signature chocolate sachertorte, or Viennese cake, comes particularly recommended. Be warned, their bakers need at least three days notice.

Bloom, #40 Street 222. Tel: 077 757 500.

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RAFFLES
As you would expect from a place that regularly hosts royalty and international figures, Raffles Hotel Le Royal do very elegant cakes – and you don’t even need to be staying there to buy one. Their varieties include chocolate mousse, tiramisu, layered opera, mango, strawberry, black forest and pavlova. They especially recommend the velvet cake, which is made with a choice of fruits. Cakes cost $24 per kilo and require a day’s notice.

Raffles Hotel Le Royal, #92 Rukhak Vithei Daun Penh. Tel: 023 981 888.

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COFFEE BEAN AND TEA LEAF
A relatively cheap and quick option, the Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf does perfectly serviceable cakes with only one day’s notice costing $12 (or $2.75 for a slice). They come in chocolate, Oreo, tiramisu and red velvet. The chain, which was founded in California in 1963, has four locations around town (Phnom Penh Tower, BKK1, Aeon Mall and Vattanac Tower) so there’s never far to go.

Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf, various locations. Tel: 023 988 027.

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Dairy Queen
If you’re looking to indulge in classic American brand-name candies with your birthday cake, look no further than Dairy Queen’s Blizzard Cakes. Vanilla soft-served ice cream cakes come with your choice of M&Ms, Kit-Kat bars and Oreo. Not impressed? Then try the Strawberry CheeseQuake Blizzard Cake layered with vanilla and fudge. All Blizzard cakes are $20, plus $1 for delivery.

Dairy Queen. various locations. Tel: 023 880 880.

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THE SHOP
All of The Shop’s single-serve cakes, such as the bittersweet chocolate mousse and the raspberry mousse, are also available in larger sizes ideal for birthdays. Velvety smooth and intensely chocolatey, they’re rich and indulgent. We’ve got a soft spot for the chocolate; a frothy upper layer on top of a creamier foundation all surrounded by panes of milk chocolate providing a satisfying crunch. Orders need to be made 36 hours in advance, while larger and more advanced cakes need between four and seven days. Prices start from $2.60 per slice.

The Shop, #39 Street 240; The Chocolate Shop, #35 Street 240; and The Shop Too, #38, Street 337. Tel: 023 986 964.

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SOFITEL
Tucked away in a corridor on the ground floor of Hotel Sofitel Phnom Penh Phokeethra is one of the city’s best-kept sweet-toothed secrets. Chocolat, the hotel’s chocolate shop, is a grotto of guilty delights: rich hot chocolate, macarons, truffles. The cakes, priced at about $30, are large, dark and dense. A classy choice for the chocoholic in your life.

Sofitel Phnom Penh Phokeethra, #26 Old August Site, Sothearos Boulevard. Tel: 023 999 200.

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