So you’ve decided to have a destination wedding or celebrate an anniversary or momentous birthday on Kauai. With stunning white sand beaches, magical sunsets and lush tropical foliage everywhere you look, Kauai’s natural beauty sets the backdrop for the dream event. Fortunately, Kauai boasts a reputable list of island bakers who work with local farmers, incorporating seasonal island grown fresh fruits and locally-made ingredients into all of their creations. We’ve taken the difficulty out of finding a baker and listed a few of our favorites below.
Contemporary Flavors Catering
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A culinary leader in the Hawaii Regional Cuisine movement, Executive Chef Mark Oyama is renowned throughout Hawaii and the world. Chef Mark and his talented team, who he personally trains, artfully infuses Hawaii’s unique tropical flavors into delightful melt-in-your-mouth masterpieces. For instance, the Lilikoi Dream is a delicate white cake brushed with vanilla bean syrup and filled with a lilikoi (passion fruit) curd. Coconut lovers find utter satisfaction in the Toasted Hawaiian, a coconut cake with a light rum glaze, filled with layers of toasted macadamia nut pastry cream and pineapple buttercream. Chef Oyama doesn’t stop at cakes, offering a full spectrum of desserts, such as his signature chocolate macadamia nut crunch bars, assorted eclair’s, french macarons, and mini cheesecakes in mango, coconut toffee and more. Cake prices start at $30 for a quarter sheet and increase in size and number of tiers.
To discuss your catering needs, call (808) 245-2522.
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Ko Bakery has been a well kept secret by Kauai residents, who discovered a while ago where to go when in need of the best pineapple upside down cake on island. Located about 20 minutes from Poipu, Ko Bakery is a local gem offering a variety of biscotti, cookies, pastries and made to order cakes for all special occasions. Their Hula Baby Gourmet biscotti, in a variety of flavors such as Kauai Coffee Crunch, Lilikoi Cranberry and Chocomacs, is bursting with flavor and satisfying crunch, often enjoyed straight out of the package or dunked in a cup of Ko Bakery’s specialty brewed coffee. If the idea of the Haupia Lime cake, with three layers of moist haupia (coconut pudding) inside of the butter cake and frosted with a Kauai lime buttercream, doesn’t make you drool with desire, the POG cake, a lilikoi buttercream frosted cake with two layers of orange and guava cake and guava puree definitely will. With so many cake flavors made in mini and full sized cakes, you can order multiple mini cakes for your special occasion or request to create a one of a kind specialty multi-tiered wedding cakes, beautiful decorated with fruits and tropical flowers. Cake prices start at $34. Ko Bakery is open Monday through Friday, 6 am to 2 pm,
Call (808) 212-9437 to place orders.
They say the best things come in small packages, and this is definitely true when it comes to Kawaii Cupake, who uses only organic eggs, butter and milk in their delectable individual sized treats. Kawaii, pronounced similar to Kauai, is the Japanese term for something cute or pretty. Kawaii Cupcake can design any cupcake or cake for your wedding, birthday party, baby shower, etc., offering islandwide delivery and vegan and gluten free options. Owner Kristine Ishikawa started Kawaii Cupcake by baking one flavor of cupcakes per week, modeled after the movie Julie and Julia. This led to the creation of more than 60 cupcake flavors, ranging from traditional flavors to exotic, such as the Irish Car Bomb, chocolate blackberry cabernet, azuki green tea, or lychee rose water cupcake. Tiered cupcake towers with a small round cake as the top tier are available, as well as homemade tiered donut cakes. Kawaii Cupcake requires a $200 minimum order per event. Pricing is $40 per flavor for 12 regular size cupcakes or 24 mini cupcakes.
To place an order, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (808) 635-2827.
The Right Slice
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Fruit pies, cream pies, pot pies, oh my! The Right Slice in Kalaheo, located 15 minutes from Poipu, offers a variety of sweet and savory pies that can be pre-ordered online or picked up at their shop. Their most popular items are the mango lilikoi pie, chicken pot pie, and lilikoi cheesecake. Try one of their rich and gooey pies, such as their chocolate coconut macaroon pie, macadamia nut pie or haupia purple sweet potato pie. The Right Slice offers individual portions and full sized pies, ranging from $10.50 to $65 at their full service bakery in Kalaheo. There’s a good chance you will become addicted their delectable pies while visiting Kauai, if that happens don’t worry! They allow online orders and will ship to anywhere in the US with 48-hour advance notice. The Right Slice in Kalaheo is open Sunday 11 am to 4 pm and Mon-Sat 11 am to 6 pm, with a “Pie on the Fly” kiosk at Harbor Mall in Lihue that gets refilled daily at 10 am. In Poipu, their pies are sold at the Kukuiula Culinary Market on Wednesdays from 3:30-4:30 pm.
Call (808) 212-5798 to pre-order pies for your special event.
Haole Girl Island Sweets
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Described as a European style patisserie with an island twist, Haole Girl Island Sweets have been delighting taste buds with their flaky, hand stuffed croissants and specialty cakes for many years. Owner Judy had a successful career as an executive pastry chef for five star resorts before branching out to open her own bakery. Haole Girl Island Sweets supports local Kauai farmers in their dessert creations, with unique cake flavors such as apple-banana, carrot/pineapple and almond joconde. Haole Girl Island Sweets can customize your dream wedding cake with iced or fresh florals, for a Hawaiian themed wedding cake topped with beautiful flowers representing the islands. Adding to the array of desserts offered by Haole Girl Island Sweets are assorted cheesecakes in flavors such as passion swirl, key lime mojito, or sticky bun with caramel and macadamia nuts). Haole Girl Island Sweets bakery is located in Kapaa, but they have a large presence at several farmer’s markets throughout the island. On Wednesdays, they can be found at the Kukuiula Culinary Market in Poipu from 3:30 pm to 6 pm. Cake prices start at $10 per person and cake tasting is available at their Kapaa bakery.
To set up a cake tasting or place an order, call (808) 822-2253 or email email@example.com.