Where Summer Creations are Icing on the CakeFeatures Inside Feature
May 29, 2016
Story By: Kyle Galdeira | Photos by: LAWRENCE TABUDLO
With the summer months upon us, the talented team of culinary wizards at Cake Works has crafted a host of sweet treats featuring seasonal flavors and whimsical designs for customers to marvel at — and enjoy.
While painters transform canvas and sculptors mold clay and stone, the team at Cake Works incorporates quality ingredients, skilled craftsmanship and an endless supply of imagination in what amount to classic — yet edible — works of art. Chef and owner Abigail Langlas opened Cake Works on South King Street, across the street from Hawaiian Humane Society, in 2008 as a way to purvey a host of uniquely designed cakes, pastries, cookies, cupcakes and countless other sweet treats produced by the full-service bakery. “I named it Cake Works because it’s a team effort — I don’t make everything all by myself, we’re all part of the team,” Langlas says. “We all come together to make each cake work. We also try to incorporate local products and flavors when possible, and bring in some of the European flavors as well.”
Langlas draws inspiration from more than two decades of experience that has taken her full circle from her native Big Island to England and France and back to high-end eateries here in Hawaii.
Just in time for a summer full of action-packed blockbusters on the big screen and comic book conventions, Cake Works is offering freshly made Hand-Painted Superhero Macarons ($4 each) featuring assorted flavors and designs. Some of the popular macarons are decorated with heroes the likes of Spider-Man,
The Incredible Hulk, Deadpool and The Avengers, as well as villains like Venom.
“We went with a playful, lighter theme that fits the summer perfectly,” says Langlas.
Cake Works also has created Father’s Day Cup-cakes ($4.75 each or $27 for set of six) just in time for the upcoming special occasion.
Ice Cream Cone Cake Pops ($6 each) also steal the show as multiple flavors and designs feature a tantalizing combination of chocolate-dipped cake and chocolate ganache in a tasty cone. Nothing says summer like ice cream, so these sweet treats hit the spot — and without the stress and mess of a traditional cone.
Custom cakes and cookies from Cake Works can be crafted for any occasion —including weddings, birthdays and graduations — and usually feature designs and details only limited by one’s imagination. Three-dimensional sculpted cakes require the most skill, expertise, planning and execution time, but result in edible masterpieces. Some of Cake Works’ 3-D cakes have featured cartoon characters, sports figures and memorabilia, animals, gift boxes and suitcases — the possibilities are limitless.
Two-dimensional cakes are cut and shaped from sheet cake, and formed into amazing designs. The 2-D option is a bit more practical, and past Cake Works projects have showcased motorcycles, space ships, ninja warriors and, of course, SpongeBob. Cakes also may include edible photo images, which can be accompanied by supplementary decorations — a reasonable option when customizing a cake. Prices for customized items vary by size and detail, and like all desserts crafted at Cake Works, they are made from scratch and to order.
2820 S. King St., Honolulu
Open Daily, 9 A.M. To 7 P.M. And Until 6 P.M. On Sunday