Reader Recommended: Best Birthday Cakes

We asked both the Kidlist Facebook page and email subscribers to share their favorite places to get a birthday cake (or cupcakes) and all of the responses were awesome! So here’s the compiled list of the reader recommended best birthday cakes. Please note that we were not able to include home-based bakers in this list.*

Reader Recommended: Best Birthday Cakes and Treats

All of the following bakeries were recommended by Kidlist readers and some chose to upgrade their listing to include more information and photographs. Thank you to our bakery sponsors for making this article possible and creating beautiful and delicious treats for our kids!


Sue’s Cakery
29 S Prospect Avenue
Clarendon Hills, IL 60514
(630) 789-2253

There’s nothing more exciting for a child than their birthday…and a great cake can make the day magical.  Whatever your child’s obsession is for that day…Minions, Frozen, Pac-Man, whatever…Sue can design it and bring it life.

Sue uses only the finest ingredients in her cakes and everything is made on-site to ensure it is absolutely incredible. Her buttercream frosting is made fresh every day and is so light and delicious. Her cakes look amazing and taste even better.

Sue can also supplement any cake design with decorated cookies and cupcakes…perfect for take home treats.

Call Sue and let her make your child’s dream a reality.


My Grandpa’s Store
202 N Waiola Avenue
La Grange, IL 60525
(708) 354-2717

“Once we decide on a theme for the party, we look online for images of cakes my sons like. When I call Gina, I can tell her which cake to pull up for the “model”, and her finished product is always GORGEOUS! But any sweet-a-holic knows that it’s not just about appearances…the cake needs to taste good, too; and hers always do. Our family and friends have asked for her info time and time again because they are so impressed, and we are happy to pass it along!” -Pam

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Weber’s Bakery
7055 W. Archer Ave.
Chicago, IL 60638

“Our go-to is the atomic cake.” -Pam

“I live near O’Hare now, but still make the trip because their cakes are THAT good.” -Lisa


Original Rainbow Cone
9233 S Western Avenue
Chicago, IL 60643
(773) 238-7075

“Cake from either ORC in Beverly or at the creamery in Orland.” -Pam


Sweet Ali’s
13 W 1st Street
Hinsdale, IL 60521
(630) 908-7175

“Gluten-free option” -Tina


Kirschbaum’s Bakery
825 Burlington Avenue
Western Springs, IL 60558
(708) 246-2894


Orland Park Bakery
14850 South La Grange Road
Orland Park, IL 60462
(708) 349-8516

“Phenomenal! They will pretty much make anything you ask for and their pricing is the most reasonable I’ve found around!” -Claudia


Chubby Love Bake Shop
Oak Park, IL


Lezza Spumoni & Desserts
544 Spring Road
Elmhurst, IL 60126
(630) 530-0630

“The best cannoli cakes!” -Tina


Toni Patisserie and Café
51 S Washington Street
Hinsdale, IL 60521
(630) 789-2020


Sweet Mandy B’s
1208 W Webster Avenue
Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 244-1174

“It’s worth the drive! We still do it!” -Shalee


Kirsten’s Danish Bakery
94 Burr Ridge Parkway
Burr Ridge, IL 60527
(630) 655-2066

Their cakes are my favorite!!” -Susan

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Oak Mill Bakery
2480 S. Wolf Road
Des Plaines, IL 60018
(847) 257-0990

“I had a custom birthday cake made for my daughter’s first birthday (so delicious that people took slices home after the party) and a store bought one (from them) for her second birthday. I highly recommend the custom order.” -Jill


The Cakery
937 Oak Street
North Aurora, IL 60542
(630) 892-0771

“My absolute favorite cakes.” -Susan


Aracelys Bakery
15 W Harris Avenue
La Grange, IL 60525
(708) 352-1767

“The best red velvet cake on earth! My kids both love it and request it each year for their birthdays!” -Kristi


Pastel Bakery
4814 S Pulaski Road
Chicago, IL 60632
(773) 523-5595


Smallcakes Cupcakery and Creamery
various locations

“The best cupcakes are Small Cakes.” -Susan


Kramer Foods
16 Grant Square
Hinsdale, IL 60521
(630) 323-0135


Whole Foods Market
various locations

“Whole Foods Market is one of the few “big” grocery stores in the area that will produce a cake without using any artificial food coloring by default, it’s not a special request. We have some friends that are allergic to blue dyes and those are in virtually everything, even white frosting. The prices are very reasonable. They cannot honor other ingredients based requests (like making a diary free cake), but will topping related requests like no peanut and nut-free.” -Steve


various locations in the southwest suburbs

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“They use a frosting called ‘bettercream’ which is a combination of whipped cream and buttercream so it’s light and perfectly sweet. Yummy!” -Kristen


Baskins Robbins
various locations


various locations

“The Chicago buttercream frosting is so good, great prices, and nice selection of designs to choose from or they will create a custom design for you.” -Andrea

“Mariano’s in Westmont! Delicious, reasonably priced & super cute design options. The designers are surprisingly talented. I thought designers at a grocery store bakery may be less skilled than at a bakery but that was not the case. I brought in a photo of a Batman cake my son found online and the designer created an even better version on a sheet cake. Big hit at the party!” -Christina

“Great cake and they can do some awesome designs as well!” -Alison

“Our local Mariano’s always does a great job.” -Erin


Standard Market
locations in Westmont and Naperville

“Especially the dark chocolate layer!” -Myriah


You’ll also want to check out our Birthday Party Guide for location and entertainment options to plan amazing birthday parties for your kids!


*It is unlawful for individuals to sell baked goods from home unless they have a commercial kitchen, separate from their personal kitchen, that is licensed by the health authority of the appropriate county. Since we do not know any home-based bakers personally, we could not make an accurate assessment. If you are looking to hire a home-based baker, please verify that they work in a commercial kitchen or contact the health department.

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Annie Tandy
Annie loves making great memories with her kids and started Kidlist in 2011 so she can help others do the same! Besides finding fun and exciting things to do, Annie, her husband, and their kids enjoy caring for their chickens and hanging out with them in the backyard. Click here to read about Annie's chickens and see pictures! She also finds joy in gardening, home improvement projects, knitting, soap making, and painting along with being active in her community, church, and as a board member of the Western Springs Business Association. Click here to follow Annie on Instagram.

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