Whipping Up Sweet Holiday TreatsFeatures Inside Feature
December 4, 2016
Story By: Kyle Galdeira | Photos by: Lawrence Tabudlo
Just as 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 creating what amounts to stunning — yet edible — works of art.
And, with Thanksgiving in the books, the holiday season is officially in full force. The talented team of baking wizards at Cake Works has crafted a host of sweet treats featuring seasonal flavors and whimsical designs for customers to marvel at, enjoy and give as gifts to friends, co-workers and loved ones.
Chef and owner Abigail Langlas opened Cake Works on South King Street, across the street from Hawaiian Humane Society, in 2008 and began producing a host of uniquely designed cakes, pastries, cookies, cup-cakes and countless other sweet treats at 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 come together to make each cake work. We also try to incorporate local products and flavors when possible, and bring in 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.
To coincide with the holidays, Cake Works is offering Christmas Stollen ($18.95 for 10-ounce portion and $29.95 for the 20-ounce variety), a German bread traditionally made for Christmas. The bread, which is a perfect gift and pairs well with tea or as a breakfast or dessert item, features fruits, nuts as well as spices and sweet notes.
Cake Works also has Holiday Gift Sets (starting at $17.95 each or two for $30.95) that include three bags filled with a combination of cookies, house-made flavored marshmallows and meringue items, along with a decorated cookie. The gift sets make for great gifts, and can be picked up as pre-arranged sets or crafted to order.
Decorated Holiday Gingerbread Cookies are as beautiful as they are tasty, and are created in the likeness of Christmas trees, snowflakes, snowmen and gingerbread people. The popular cookies come in small ($3.75 each), medium ($4.75 each) and extra-large ($6 each) varieties. Cake Works also has special French Macaron Gift Sets available — the flavor-packed treats are sold in six- and 12-piece arrangements for $13.50 and $25.50, respectively. Holiday flavors and themes have been incorporated in the macarons, including apple pie, pumpkin spice, rum ball and candy cane.
Dessert platters and other holiday items also are available at Cake Works, and Langlas notes that while customers can easily walk in and purchase a variety of items, custom or large orders should be placed in advance.
Throughout the year, 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. These cakes vary in price according to size and detail, and are available in both two- and three-dimensional arrangements. Some of Cake Works’ 3-D cake creations have included cartoon characters, sports figures and memorabilia, animals, gift boxes and suitcases — the possibilities are limitless.
2820 S. King St., Honolulu
Daily, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and until 6 p.m. on Sunday