Doesn’t the sight of a carrot cake make you want to swoon over its moist, carrot-loaded cake with a cloud of cream cheese coated all over its blissfully dark-to-brown-sugar skin? We know it does that to us. Although we live in fashion shows by day and fine dining restaurants by night, when hunger arises, what we first think of is always simple, comfort food. And carrot cake just so happens to be included in that stated food group.
Though the carrot cake is quite far-famed in the dessert category, it is nearly impossible to find a legit, crave-worthy one in Bangkok. So to keep you in the know for the best places to get the best eats in town, we’ve curated a roundup of eateries our editors always go back to for our favourite, tried-and-tested carrot cakes. Scroll down to see which one on the list would match up to your standards.
Dean & Deluca – Kankanit Wichiantanon’s pick
Dean & Deluca, Unit 104, 1 F/L, Park Ventures Ecoplex 57 Wireless Road, Bangkok, +662 108 2200
Open: Mon-Sun, 7 am-8 pm.
Yellow Spoon – Alisha Pawa’s pick
Situated in Ekkamai Complex, Yellow Spoon’s concept focuses on the use of all organic ingredients, with each pastry containing the least possible amount of sugar — or none at all. Alisha, who’s secretly a fitness buff, loves to get her sugar fix here by having not one but several sweet treats in one sitting, and among the lineup of desserts is their nutrient-rich Carrot Cake (THB 130). With not too much of the frosting and sugar proportion in this cake, the guilty pleasure is cut in half and makes you feel just a tiny bit better about your sweet indulging session.
Yellow Spoon, 379/15 Ekkamai Complex (between Ekkamai 19 and 21), Sukhumvit 63, Bangkok, +6685 482 2842
Open: Mon-Sun, 10 am-8pm.
Holey Artisan Bakery – Kankanit Wichiantanon’s pick
When thinking of a bakery that delivers utmost comfort, Holey Artisan Bakery always tops my baked goods-obsessed list. And not only does Holey know how to make a mean baguette, brioche, croissant, white- and whole-grain loaves, the bread-focused haunt also makes a great selection of drool-inducing desserts like doughnuts and cookies. One of my usuals here is the dramatic, three-layer Carrot Cake that always drives my inner sweet geek crazy with its fluffy lusciousness. Those who, hands down, love nuts in your desserts, every bite of this carrot cake is guaranteed to be filled with chunky-sized chopped walnuts.
Holey Artisan Bakery, 245/12 Sukhumvit Soi 31, Bangkok, +66 2 101 1427
Open: Mon-Sun, 6:30 am-7 pm.
Dusit Gourmet – Lisa Gries’ pick
Set in a semi-colonial house, Dusit Gourmet by Baan Dusit Thani is a café with an extensive menu crammed with a selection of substantial meals, light bites, pastries, caffeinated and concocted drinks. And although Lisa usually goes wild for their Panini Tuna Melt (THB 275), one thing she would actually always go back for is their Carrot Cake (THB 120). Cut into a petite square, the two-layer dessert consists of thin, neatly frosted cream cheese and raisin-spiked carrot cake. It has the right ratio of frosting to cake, and a size that doesn’t create a messy situation every time you cut into it.
Dusit Gourmet, Baan Dusit Thani, 116 Saladaeng Road, Silom, +662 200 9009
Open: Mon-Sun, 7 am-11 pm.
Kalapapruek – Karn Chatikavanij’s pick
When asking where our style writer, Karn, likes to dine in her neighbourhood of Silom, her answer is always the folks-y Thai restaurant, Kalapapruek. There, she goes all out with a table studded with traditional Thai dishes like Deep-fried Fluffy Minced Prawn with fresh green Mango Spicy Salad (THB 190), Stir-fried Crispy Pork in Red Chili Paste (THB 165), and Fried Tiger Prawns in Tamarind Sauce (THB 380). She also states that the dessert section is something not to be missed because her favourite carrot cake happens to dwell here. The cake is small with a simple-looking appearance but loaded with carrot-y and cream cheese-y flavours which always hit all the right spots.
Kalapapruek, 27 Pramuan Road, Silom, Bang Rak, +662 236 4335
Open: Mon-Sat, 8 am-6 pm; Sun, 8 am-3 pm.