Sugar High: The Haute 5 Bakeries in Honolulu

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Got a sweet tooth? Confections can cure a broken heart, provide the best remedy for a cold, add romance to an haute date, and offer the ultimate finale to any meal. Although this piece made me pack on a few pounds, every bite was well-worth it. Check out our Haute 5 bakeries in Honolulu.

1 Liliha Bakery

Crazy for coco puffs? A neighborhood favorite since 1950, Liliha Bakery delivers! This is the place your parents told you about when they were growing up — the one that they’d pop into after school to trade some coins for a sweet treat. The landmark bakery continues to be a local favorite for friends to gather over good conversation and families to pick up potluck items. Although the Chantilly and chocolate cakes were this bakery's best sellers for the first 20 years, the coco puff craze took over around the ’70s. Selling between 4,800 and 7,200 puffs per day, Liliha Bakery is haute and here to stay.

515 N. Kuakini St

2 Satura Cakes

The cakes, confections, and cookies at this spot are almost too pretty to eat. Each sweet is created as if it's a true piece of art. Attention to detail and color is Satura Cakes thing. The haute bakery specializes in unique, high-quality desserts — all made with organic, local ingredients. Founder and fellow cake enthusiast Hiro Tamaki joined forces with renowned pastry chefs Masahito Motohashi and Seung Jo to form a highly skilled culinary team representing some of the finest baked goods found on the island. Satura Cakes selection represents a fusion of Japanese and European baking styles. In addition to striking cakes, fans can indulge in green tea cannolis, fondant chocolate and caramel nut tart.

Ward Centre
1200 Ala Moana Blvd. #601

3 Leonard's Bakery

Since 1952, Leonard's Bakery has been the mainstay favorite that fulfills all malasada lovers’ fantasies. For the uninitiated, a malasada is a Portuguese confection made of egg-sized balls of dough that are deep-fried in oil until the crust is golden brown with a light and fluffy inside. The malasada is basically Hawaii’s favorite doughnut, minus the hole and Leonard’s is the best place to find your favorite flavor be it plain sugar, cinnamon or with “ono” (meaning delicious in Hawaiian) fillings like custard, chocolate or haupia. In 2010, Leonard’s started special flavors of the month. Through the end of September you can pick up pineapple and in October, try banana.

933 Kapahulu Ave

4 JJ French Pastry

JJ French Pastry is an authentic French patisserie set in the heart of Kaimuki. For those seeking the finest in French delicacies, this is your one-stop shop. Known best for their chocolate pyramid cake that comes in a myriad of sizes, the cute café also offers a variety of fruity tartines and full-sized cakes. JJ's desserts are so sweet, they can also be found at well-known restaurants: Chai’s Island Bistro, Signa Thai Restaurant and Keo’s Thai Cuisine.

3447 Waialae Ave

5 Cake Couture

Craving a cupcake? They’ve only been the most popular sweet treat of the decade and Cake Couture competes with the best of them. Giving Sprinkles and Magnolia a run for their money, the East Oahu cupcake store often sells out by noon boasting an array of flavors of the day like vanilla, red velvet, chocolate, coconut, and orange creamsicle. The major highlight here is the couture counter featuring more creative cupcakes in flavor and form like chocolate haupia, hazelnut buttercream, and German chocolate.

Aina Haina Shopping Center
820 W. Hind Drive #112

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