Beautiful cakes for all occasions
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The Cake Shop specialises in exquisitely hand-crafted, premium celebration cakes for any occasion. We have a team of highly skilled cake designers and decorators who can create a truly personalised and memorable cake which is bound to delight at your special occasion.
We have been trading since 1986 and have two shops, one based in the historic city of Oxford, the other in the market town of Banbury. Our shops are regularly featured in both local and national media.
The Oxford Cake Shop is located within the historic Covered Market and is a focal point for many of the guided walking tours that pass through the city as well as providing locals and tourists with an opportunity to watch our skilled cake artists at work.
Our cakes are made from the highest quality ingredients sourced fresh from the best UK producers, many of which we have been working in partnership with since the business began.
The Cake Shop sells a wide range of cake decorating accessories including edible goods, ribbons, sugarcraft materials, tools and equipment.
Please visit our gallery of exquisite hand-crafted celebration cakes to see examples of our creations or order a celebration cake via our website. To discuss your requirements in more detail with our team of designers, please contact us here or visit one of our shops.
Meet the trader
The Cake Shop team is headed up by Sarah, our Shop Manager. With her team of highly skilled cake decorators, they can make the perfect bespoke cake for any celebration. We’ve enjoyed challenges from recreating college buildings in cake, recreating Madame Bovary’s wedding cake from literary description, to personalised cakes for all occasions. Our head cake designer, Jenny, started with us when she was 15 and has passed on her extensive knowledge to many future cake designers over the last 21 years.
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What are we doing about Covid-19 and food safety?
We are taking every precaution to ensure the safe handling, preparation and delivery of our celebration cakes. We are adhering to these best practices:
- Hand washing after entering the shop and regularly throughout the day
- Wearing clean chef’s coat and apron, with hair tied back
- Wearing face visor and face mask when processing and handling any food products
- Wearing gloves when serving customers and, where appropriate, handling food
- Frequent cleaning of the shop and high-touch points
- Avoiding close contact with other staff as well as customers. We have installed Perspex screens for added protection.
- Training staff on new practices and updates from the government food standards agency
We will encourage our customers to:
- sanitize their hands at our sanitizer stations on entering the shop
- keep 2 metres apart from others
- use contactless payment if possible
Where are your shops located?
The Covered Market, Oxford, OX1 3DZ and 13 Bridge Street, Banbury OX16 5PN
The cake I want isn’t on your website, what can I do?
No problem! Contact The Cake Shop via our contact form and we will be delighted to provide a quote for a bespoke creation. All of our cakes are made to order and it is almost certain that no two cakes are the same. This is because the message, colour scheme and decoration are unique to you. If you have a picture or sketch of the cake you would like, you can email it to us at email@example.com
How long do I need to order in advance?
Our beautiful cakes are hand-crafted. Many can be made within a week, however, our most intricate designs can take up to 14 days (plus delivery). ‘Quick cakes’ can be delivered within one week. If you’re in a hurry and need a cake today, we do have cakes ready for quick customisation so please pop into our Oxford or Banbury shop and we’ll be able to create something for you to take away.
What size cake do I need?
We always advise the right size cake to feed the number of people attending your event or party. However some cakes, especially the novelty-shaped cakes, are only available in one size due to the shape and style of the design. Wherever we mention portions we are basing this on a slice size approximately 6cm by 3.5cm by 1.5cm.
Do you deliver?
Yes, please visit our delivery page.
How long do your cakes last?
The chocolate, vanilla sponge, red velvet and carrot cakes should last 5 days if they are stored at room temperature in a cool place. Once cut the cake should be kept airtight to retain the freshness. Our fruit cakes should last at least three months. Do not put any of our cakes in the fridge, as this will affect the quality. It is possible to freeze leftover cake, however, please be aware that the icing will be impaired.
Can you keep marzipan models from the cake?
These need to be eaten within 3 months. Some of our customers have loved the models so much, they have decided to retain these as keepsakes. In this case, it is recommended that you air-dry them for 3 months. Good results have been achieved by varnishing them with everyday varnish.
What about allergy information?
All our cakes are baked and decorated in an environment where nuts are present, especially marzipan. Unless specified otherwise, cakes may contain NUTS, MILK, EGGS, WHEAT, SOYA, GLUTEN, LUPIN, SESAME SEEDS & SULPHUR DIOXIDE. Please visit out ingredients & allergens page for a full list.