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Birthdays are a joyous celebration that can be made even more exciting with just the right birthday cake. Not everyone has the time, skill, or desire to bake a cake from scratch, making a delivery service the perfect option for anyone wanting an artfully made, delicious birthday cake without the mess.
To make the decision-making process easier, we’ve rounded up the best birthday cake delivery services. These options cater to everyone, whether the person whose birthday you are celebrating craves chocolate, has dietary restrictions, or is a foodie who demands only the best. If it’s a last-minute decision, there are even companies to get the cake delivered fast.
Bake Me a Wish’s large selection, easy ordering options, and fair shipping costs led us to choose the company as best overall birthday cake delivery service
Pros and Cons
Large cakes that will feed up to 24 people
Personalized gift card and gift box
Daily deals and loyalty program
Shipping costs extra
No allergen-specific cakes
Founded by a guy who wanted to send a birthday cake to his mother, Bake Me A Wish earns the best overall rating for its large selection, easy ordering capabilities, and reasonable shipping costs. With selections like strawberry funfetti cake, golden fudge celebration cake, and rainbow cake, you will find the perfect flavor for whoever is celebrating.
If you are throwing a birthday bash, Bake Me a Wish offers cakes with personalized birthday messages, as well as bakery towers that include cookies, cupcakes, brownies, and other goodies. Plus, every birthday cake comes in a colorful gift box along with a personalized birthday card.
Prices are competitive, and for extra savings, you can check out the company's daily deal, and sign up for their loyalty program to get rewards and discount codes. Bake Me A Wish also has certified kosher cakes
We chose Instacart as the best company for those on a budget because it delivers local cakes from affordable grocers.
Pros and Cons
Choose from local grocers
Minimal delivery fees
Fewer specialized options than other companies
Not every birthday cake needs to be iconic, shipped overnight, or cost you an arm and a leg. Sometimes the local market has just what you need and can help when you are too busy to leave home to get it.
Operating in over 5,000 North American cities, Instacart leverages technology to connect you with one of its personal shoppers, who fulfill your order and deliver it to your door within hours. When compared with overnight shipping costs, Instacart’s delivery fees are minimal, plus the company offers monthly and yearly memberships available that include free delivery on orders over $35.
Instacart has partnered with national chains like Costco, Target, and Kroger, so birthday cake options include everything from Kirkland’s signature 12'' cheesecake to a box of eight Little Debbie birthday cakes (Target). Just put "cake" on your shopping list, and search different stores until you find what you want—or at least something close enough.
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Why We Chose It
Goldbelly reigns as best for foodies because of the iconic foods and culinary creations that the company delivers.
Pros and Cons
Vegan, gluten-free, kosher, and paleo cakes
Hard-to-find and unique cakes
Some bakeries are exclusive to Goldbelly
Shipping times vary by bakeries' locations
Goldbellys curated online marketplace is a hub of North America’s most notable culinary creations. The company says they believe in the power of food and its ability to bring comfort and connection. The marketplace features items like St-Viateur’s bagels from Montreal, “Pie Holes” from Los Angeles, and a whole lot more gourmet and specialty items. When you’re shopping for that iconic birthday cake for a foodie in your life, Goldbelly is the place to start.
Their website or smartphone app offers cakes from many of America’s leading bakeries such as Ovenly, Carlo’s, Gambino’s, Carousel, We Take the Cake, and Caroline’s. Many bakeries, such as Red Truck, sell online exclusively through Goldbelly.
Goldbelly facilitates the ordering and shipping process, in many cases with free shipping. A few shops do charge an extra shipping fee and you can pay for faster shipping. The prices of cakes vary a lot depending on the cake and shop. However, given that this is a specialty and gourmet service, it is not always the cheapest option. Goldbelly’s offers an extensive selection with something for everyone, including vegan, paleo, kosher, and even gluten-free cakes.
The company ships to all 50 states and shipping times vary, as many bakeries only ship on certain days of the week.
We chose Milk Bar as most festive because of the depth of craft put into each cake.
Pros and Cons
Run by James Beard award-winning chef Christina Tosi
Birthday gift sets
Only two cake options
Are you looking for a cake that delivers the ultimate birthday essence? Check out Milk Bar’s birthday cakes. There are two choices: birthday cake, chocolate birthday cake, plus gluten-free versions.
But what Milk Bar’s menu lacks in breadth it more than makes up for with depth of craft. The website describes how the Milk Bar team worked for more than two years—led by founder and James Beard award-winning pastry chef Christina Tosi—to achieve the perfect nostalgic birthday funfetti flavor. With that kind of commitment and attention to detail, it is no wonder that Milk Bar has garnered heaps of positive press and hundreds of enthusiastic customer reviews.
Prices start at $52, plus shipping for the 6-inch birthday cake. Milk Bar also offers birthday gift sets that include additional items such as cake truffles, cookies, Milk Bar pie, and Christina Tosi’s book, "All About Cake". You can order ahead and even select a specific delivery day up to 30 days in advance.
They offer more than 60 different cakes, 16 of which are loaded with chocolate, which led us to choose Carousel Cakes as best for chocolate lovers.
Pros and Cons
Especially for chocolate lovers
Variety of fun flavors
All cakes are certified kosher
High end prices
Only ships four days per week
If your birthday recipient loves chocolate, you may want to browse the goodies from Carousel Cakes of Nanuet, New York. Founded in 1965, Carousel is a trusted institution. The bakery's online menu offers a large selection of cakes, 16 made with chocolate, including Chocolate Rum Cake, New York Blackout, and Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cake.
In addition to its chocolate specialties, Carousel also crafts quintessential birthday flavors like its Nonpareil "Giggle" Cake. (Fun fact: Carousel's blue and red velvet cakes have been featured on Oprah’s list of favorite things.) All of Carousel's cakes are certified kosher.
Carousel ships their cakes through Goldbelly or NYC Delivery Doorman and also has in-person sales for less money at their bakery outlet store. For example, the Chocolate Outrage Cake sells for $49 at Goldbelly and $17 at the store.
Shipments are only Monday through Friday, so we advise taking that into consideration when planning your purchase.
Caroline’s Cakes is dedicated to operating a nut-free bakery (plus offers gluten-free options) leading us to choose the company as best for food sensitivities.
Pros and Cons
10 whimsical birthday cakes
Commitment to a nut-free bakery
Some options are limited
Among the many reasons Caroline’s Cakes stands out is its commitment to operating a nut-free bakery. Caroline’s employs strict measures to ensure no nuts can sneak in to spoil your birthday celebration. The bakery also has gluten-free options.
Caroline’s website offers a wide variety of cakes and other goodies, including 10 whimsical birthday cakes. Flavors include their famous seven-layer lemon cake, caramel cake, signature rainbow cake, and four-layer chocolate devil’s food cake. If you can’t decide which flavor you want, check out the "half cakes" option, allowing you to combine two different flavors into one cake.
Each round, nine-inch cake serves between 14 and 20 people and starts around $70, plus shipping. For an extra fee, there's also an option to add a set of polka dot plates, tableware, and candles that spell out "happy birthday" to your order.
We chose Send a Cake as most customizable because of the personalized cake explosion boxes.
Pros and Cons
Can add own photos to box
Order in advance
Shipping is not free and charged per box
Birthday cakes don’t have to involve a big party. When you want to send all your birthday love to one individual, look no further than the personalized cake explosion boxes from Send A Cake.
Choose a flavor among eight options plus an extra limited-time flavor, a box design, and up to 10 additional decorations to create a customized experience your loved one will never forget. You can spell the recipient’s name on the lid in bejeweled letters, add wind-up butterflies that emerge from the box, add your own photos to be printed on the inside of the box, and more. The mini cakes are three inches in diameter and come in flavors such as confetti sprinkle, chocolate tuxedo, and red velvet sparkle.
Send A Cake offers delivery six days a week. They also accept orders well in advance. In fact, with Send A Cake, you could arrange your whole year of birthday gifting in one day.
Postmates’ delivery from local restaurants led us to choose the company as the best local option.
Pros and Cons
Cakes delivered from favorite restaurants
Supports local small businesses
Delivery times and fees vary
Like Instacart, Postmates is a technology platform for local couriers. But instead of partnering with grocery stores, Postmates focuses on shops and restaurants.
In fact, Postmates really shines by featuring popular neighborhood establishments. Founder Bastian Lehmann has referred to his company as "the anti-Amazon," because while Amazon threatens local proprietors with crushing competition, Postmates helps mom-and-pop shops join the ever-growing, on-demand marketplace.
Postmates operates in thousands of cities in the U.S. which may cause delivery times and fees to vary but generally are under two hours and $10, respectively. For example, if the options in your area allow, you could plan a birthday party in the morning, order and receive the cake, all before the sun goes down.
How Far in Advance Do I Need to Order From a Birthday Cake Delivery Service?
Many birthday cake delivery services ship the day after an order is placed. Some, such as Postmates or Instacart, may even deliver the same day. Other companies allow you to order in advance based on calendar availability.
Does a Birthday Cake Delivery Service Allow Customization?
Most offer customization, but check first to be sure. For example, Carousel Cakes allows you to choose a custom cake flavor, filling, and frosting for a unique cake. In addition, you can supply a design or drawing for the decorator to use when decorating the cake.
How Much Does a Birthday Cake Delivery Service Cost?
Prices vary but average between $50 and $120 for a 10-inch cake.
In choosing the best birthday cake delivery services, we sought out companies that offered a variety of selections, but also those with fewer selections yet delivered craft and unique products. Other criteria we used included whether companies provide customization and/or cater to food sensitivities. Further, we looked at local options for the quickest delivery.
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