Violet Cakes

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5 reviews
47 Wilton Way London E8 3ED
About Us

I’m Claire Ptak and along with running my bakery-café, I am a food writer, food and prop stylist, recipe developer and consultant. Violet is my small bakery based in East London. I started my business as a market stall on Broadway Market, cooking from home before opening the café in 2010. All of my cakes are baked with organic and low intervention ingredients. Many of the other ingredients are organic as well, like our Madagascan vanilla pods and pure cane molasses. Limited edition buttercream icings that adorn our birthday cakes, cupcakes, and biscuits, change with the seasons. They are made by whipping up butter and sugar then gently folding in fresh fruit purees, melted Valrhona dark chocolate, freshly brewed espresso, flower cordials or dark caramel made with sea salt.

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Caroline Anders



out of 5 stars

I came all the way from the US to visit this bakery, and it was even better than I expected! I had the green onion toastie, ham toast, egg yolk chocolate chip cookie, citrus oatmeal cookie, and plum cupcake. Everything was DELICIOUS! I'm certainly coming back to buy treats for everyone back home. I'd give 6 stars if I could!




out of 5 stars

American-style cakes are hard to come by in London bakeries in my experience, so this place was such a joy. I travelled all the way from South London to visit Violet and I was not disappointed. Their oat and Californian cookies were also glorious - so chewy. The chocolate sponge cupcake with the violet icing is one of the best cakes I've eaten this year.

Vincenzo Marchese Ragona



out of 5 stars

Lovely bakery in the heart of East London, a lot of character and very good coffee and food. Maybe some of the items in the savoury menu are slightly overpriced but in general is a great spot. Kimchi toastie is a must and so are their baked goods. The location is also gorgeous (even better if sunny)

Lubna SA



out of 5 stars

Nice and quiet cafe. Their cupcakes were really good, one of the best I had, very light and tasty in the same time. Cookies were good as well. Had a coffee as will which was good.The options were limited but I would like to try more things in the future.

Rosana Eats



out of 5 stars

Delicious cakes. I absolutely loved the fact that this venue is in a very quiet road between Hackney and Dalston. Loved also the understated decor and the focus on cakes. I was very pleased with my Amalfi lemon elderflower cake. it was delicious and the cake was the perfect consistency. My other 'love at first bite' was their chocolate cupcake. I usually dislike chocolate in cake but this one didn't have such a decadent after-flavour and it was nice and fudgey at the same time. Loved the flowers on the cakes. Looked so fresh. Only leaving 4 stars as it would be great to have more flexibility over ordered cakes with the icing. Thanks!
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