Indulging your sweet tooth
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In the adapted word of Julie Andrews, macarons and cupcakes and cookies and cakes, these are a few of my favorite things. And the place to get these cherished items is Cake Works, where Chef Abigail “Abi” Langlas bakes up daily delicacies, as well as custom cakes with style and flavor. Ranging from uncomplicated sugar cookies to newly inspired flavors encapsulated in a macaron, Chef Abi reinvents classic flavors in each of her sweets.
“Part of what inspires me in my daily creations is taking playful flavors, like creamsicle and Oreo, and crafting them into a cup-cake or macaron,” explains the master baker, who has owned and operated Cake Works for seven years. “I like to take known, nostalgic flavors and use them in different ways.”
Despite having an array of flavors, sometimes nothing compares to a classic sugar cookie. At Cake Works, you may select from an assortment of shapes and designs. Celebrate your school pride with a University of Hawaii cookie, take a bite into a fall leaf-shaped cookie, or chew on a sugary umbrella and cloud ($3.75-$4.75).
You also can design a custom cookie for any event, and while you’re at it, bite into an enticing macaron. Take pleasure in flavors such as Yuzu, Oreo Cookie, Green Tea, Blue Vanilla, Strawberry Guava, Hawaiian Salt Caramel and more, or put any combination of your own in a box of six ($13.50), 12 ($25.75) or 30 ($67.50) — if you feel like sharing.
While all of the cakes at Cake Works are eye-catching, the Chocolate Extravagance cake is a go-to favorite. This dense, gluten-free, flourless chocolate cake can turn any plain-vanilla fan into a die-hard chocolate lover. “This cake is for the real chocoholic,” says Chef Abi. “It’s like a baked truffle. It is pure indulgence.”
Chef Abi is known for her stylish, custom cakes. “I love the challenge of making realistic-looking cakes. It’s like being an architect. I recently made a cake that looked like fried rice and pork chops!”
Keep an eye out for her fall-inspired flavors, including Reese’s Pieces, Candy Corn and Caramel Apple.
2820 S King St., Honolulu
Monday–Saturday, 9 a.m.–7 p.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m.–6 p.m.