Victoria Sponge, Bakewells and Black Forest Gateau are among the most consumed cakes among us Brits. Lemon Drizzle and Carrot Cake are also up there but weirdly, Cheesecake (originally from the Greeks) is on a par with chocolate cake as one of the most popular cakes in the UK. If you live in London, you probably have a plethora of cake delivery options from local bakeries but if you live farther afield, ordering cake subscription boxes is an ideal way to savour different cake flavours from around the country without having to shop.
In our round-up of the best cake subscription boxes we’ve focused on seeking out family-run cake subscription services delivering home-baked cakes and other sweet bakes with a sprinkling of healthy alternatives. If you are a budding baker and want to bake your own cakes, have a read of our blog article on the Best cake baking subscriptions.
Best cake subscription boxes in the UK
Cake Tasting Club
Best vegetarian cake variety in a box
Vikki and her family bake a selection of truly traditional hand-baked cakes and brownies paired with sachets of tea and coffee to send out to subscribers once a month with a variety of subscription options. All their bakes are vegetarian, except for the free range eggs, and wrapped in snazzy ethical packaging by Vegware. Instead of getting a whole cake in your box, you get several portions of the monthly bakes. In the Classic Box you’ll get four portions for £15 a month. In the Sharing Box you get eight portions for £26 a month. The Taster Box is a good starter option of three mini portions for just £8 a box. For £16 per month you can get a delivery of Vikki’s Box, which contains 4 portions of Victoria Sandwich cakes. The boxes are expertly packed to avoid mess and fit through the letterbox and each month, one lucky newsletter subscriber gets a free box of cake.
Meg Rivers Cake Club Subscription
Best whole cake subscription
The Meg Rivers Cake Club has been in the business of delivering cakes for more than 15 years so you can rest assured that you’ll get quality and customer service. They also make cakes to order for weddings and other special occasions. Sign up for the Cake Club Recurring subscription for a minimum of three months and you’ll get a surprise cake in its entirety delivered to your door for £25 per month. Pre pay for six or 12 months at a time and you’ll save up to £50. Subscribers get seasonal treats including a Simnel Cake at Easter and a fully iced Christmas Cake in December. Another perk of the Cake Club Pre Pay subscription is that you can order your first cake to be delivered on a date of your choosing for a special occasion. After that you’ll receive your cake boxes at the beginning of each month.
Little Bee Bakes
Best no nonsense cake subscription
If you just want a straight up surprise cake delivery each month and you aren’t fussed about dietary trends then you can’t go wrong setting up a rolling monthly subscription with Little Bee Bakes to have a letterbox-sized box of 6 freshly baked cake slices delivered each month from mother and daughter bakers Linda and Jess. For £14 per month they’ll send you 2 slices each of three different types of bake in each monthly box. As well as cake slices, your box might have other delights such as sticky flapjacks, buttery cookies and brownies. The subscription boxes are biodegradable and use recyclable packaging. Postage is included in the price. Choose subscriptions ranging between 3 months, 6 months and 12 months.
Ridiculously Rich by Alana
Best naughty but nice cake subscription
Alana Spencer became a self-taught chocolatier at age 16 and began selling her luxury chocolates to local shops in her home town in Wales. Luxurious sweetness is her trademark for a cake delivery service that has grown into 50 nationwide franchises after winning a £250,000 investment from Lord Sugar on BBC One’s ‘The Apprentice’. Join Alana’s subscription club and you can get a weekly, fortnightly or monthly delivery of her latest mouthwatering original creations, which are guaranteed to be unashamedly rich with no holds barred on the sugar content. You get six slices of different cakes in each box. Our box included Biscoff and Malteaser Fudge Slice Slice, a Smarties Cookie Cake Bar and a Jaffa Cake ‘Brondie’. The cakes are freshly baked and have a shelf life of about 10 days.
The Guilder Green
Best gluten-free cake subscription
Guilder Green owner Natasha in Liverpool is dedicated to making delicious gluten-free cakes packed full of natural ingredients. There’s just one subscription option available: pre pay for 3 months of monthly deliveries of 4 bakes in each box, which is usually a mix of cakes, brownies, bars and cookies, as well as two teabags from Liverpool Tea. Natasha really does focus on being ‘green’. The cake slices are wrapped in bio-based film in boxes that fit through your letterbox, and all the packaging is either recyclable or biodegradable and compostable. The cakes are different every month and sent out on the third Thursday of every month and should reach you within two days.
Best community support cake subscription
Rosemarie runs her cake subscription service from the Isle of Harris in the Outer Hebrides in Scotland, where employment among the island’s youth is low. Buying cakes from Rosemarie means you’ll also be helping support youngsters in her community. Her mission is to donate £1 from every order directly to supporting local youth groups with an ambition to eventually train and employ young people in her bakery. Rosemarie’s Pantry cake subscription options are for weekly or monthly deliveries of her lovely home-baked cakes. For each delivery you’ll get a different cake weighing about 700g and cut into 8 slices.
Best themed cake subscription
This is one of the best themed cake subscriptions we’ve come across. The beautiful boxes open up to reveal a bounty of sweet treats in all shapes and sizes. Each month’s box is a new surprise theme, which might include new cake flavours, cake jars, brownies, blondies, doughnuts and more. These cake boxes make great gifts too, and you can make a one-off order to try it out first. Cake & Doughnut subscribers can save money on birthday cake orders too.
Candy’s Cup Cakes
Best customizable cake in a box
Candy’s Cup Cakes gets a special mention for their customizable boxes of cakes. They don’t offer a rolling subscription but when you order one-off deliveries of Cake-in-a-Box from Candy’s Cup Cakes you can choose from a variety of different flavours. You get four sizeable slices of cake in each box. There’s no healthy eating nonsense going on here. You are guaranteed to get a sugar rush from their cakes such as the Sticky Toffee Sponge and Red Velvet. All the cakes have glorious vanilla buttercream fillings and are packed in an eco-friendly box. These cakes in a box cost £10 each for next-day delivery. Postage is not included in the box price, which depends on your location.
Cake subscription boxes: The verdict
Cake subscriptions are very reasonable when you consider that on average we spend anywhere between £2.74 and £5 on a single slice of cake when we buy one from a local bakery. Vegan options are scant on the ground because you really need eggs to make cakes so even the vegetarian subscription boxes use eggs in their cake recipes.
You’ve probably noticed that most of these boxes contain slices of cakes as they are less likely to get damaged or cause a mess in transit. The Meg Rivers Cake Club subscription is the only one to send a whole cake in a box.