Have Your Cake And Eat It, Too

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January 8, 2017

Story By: Yu Shing Ting | Photos by: Cake Works

Two-tier layered naked cake with fresh protea flowers and bird cake topper

Two-tier layered naked cake with fresh protea flowers and bird cake topper

Heads up: Cake Works on South King Street is temporarily closed through Jan. 19 because of structural renovations. Not to worry, though — you can still find its popular cupcakes, French macarons, decorated cookies, bars and more at its Navy Exchange (NEX) Mall location at Pearl Harbor (the food court is open to the public). Customers also can contact the bakery through its website (cakeworkshi.com) or by phone (946-4333).

Chef/owner Abigail Langlas opened Cake Works in 2008, followed by a second shop at the NEX about three years ago. The full-service bakery specializes in custom cakes and desserts, with an emphasis on scratch baking and quality ingredients, including local products and flavors, like lilikoi and Kona coffee.


According to Cake Works chef and owner Abigail Langlas, the hot trend in wedding cakes has been naked cakes. “There’s no frosting or very little frosting, and maybe a thin scraping of icing on the outside, but you can still see the cake inside,” she explains. “It can be designed with flowers or fresh berries. It’s very simple but they look yummy.”

Hand-painted cake with gold leaf and flower accents

Hand-painted cake with gold leaf and flower accents

For Langlas and her team, there’s no limit to the kind of cake they can create. Whether it’s for a wedding or other special occasions, “if you dream it, they can make it.” Custom cake options include 3D-sculpted cakes, 2D-shaped cakes, and round or square decorated cakes.

Call Cake Works for details on pricing or to set up a cake consultation/tasting. Planning ahead with six to eights weeks of advance notice is recommended.

Cake Works

Honolulu | Nex At Pearl Harbor

2820 S. King St.
Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; temporarily closed until Jan. 19

NEX at Pearl Harbor:
4725 Bougainville Drive
Tuesday-Saturday, noon-7 p.m., Sunday-Monday, noon-5 p.m.

Honolulu, HI 96818

Honolulu, HI 96826

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