1584 Hopkins St, Berkeley
Ordered a birthday cake for my daughter. I wanted something very specific and they came through. Chocolate cake with strawberry and custard filling.Will definitely use them again.
Hands down, the place in Berkeley to get a birthday cake. The chocolate hazelnut cake is to die for (so rich but, but soooo good).
It's a cute little bakery that has nice pastries and friendly people.
I've tried several cakes from Hopkin's Street Bakery over the years, with the most recently tried being their strawberry/fruits basket cake, red velvet, and mango mousse. Out of those 3, I'd say the mango mousse cake is the most worth it.Mango Mousse Cake (moist yellow cake, layered with tropical mango mousse and topped with a mango fruit miroir) - you can get a sizable 10" cake for a decent price (under $40, but sure if they've raised the price over the past year), and it looks absolutely amazing. It tastes really light, flavorful, without being overly sweet as most cakes in my opinion. It was a hit amongst family that doesn't really enjoy sweets in general. It's one of those cakes that I don't feel guilty of eating as it's very refreshing, has great texture, and such. Red Velvet Cake - the daughter chose red velvet for her recent birthday, and the cake came out beautiful. The taste of the cake didn't stand out compared to red velvet cakes I've had, but it did look really good. The chocolate covered strawberries on top weren't sweet though, but the cream cheese frosting was one of the better ones I've had. The layers of the frosting with the cake wen't really well together, and wasn't overly sweet. Fruits Basket Cake - I stumbled across this cake one day when the bakery I usually go to was closed, so I headed to Hopkins St Bakery to see what cakes they had available that day. They didn't have a plain cheesecake available (another birthday request from a fam member), and the birthday girl wasn't a fan of coconut, so I went with the fruits cake, which was described to me as a strawberry cake. The inside was moist yellow cake, fresh strawberries, and fluffy whipped cream. It was pretty good, and the cream was really light. Some enjoyed it (I really did), but others who were more into "traditional" frosting didn't enjoy the cream portion as much. Pretty good cake with fresh fruit. Chocolate Cake (devil's food cake, layered with French chocolate ganache) - if you want chocolate and more chocolate, then this one is for you! Once a while, the fam wants something chocolate, and this cake does it for them each time. Just a small slice, and it's satisfying. Thick, dense, chocolatey. Italian Creme (espresso drizzled yellow cake, Marsala wine custard, finished with a ladyfinger crust and a dusting of chocolate flakes) - a family member bought this cake believing she heard "italian cheesecake," and did not expect something that was slightly coffee-flavored. She and her kids weren't really a fan of it, but I loved it! It's really close to a tiramisu in terms of flavors and the ladyfingers, and it was just so good. I'd definitely get one of these myself one day.
Great cakes and cookies for a very reasonable price.
Made a Really great cake for a special occasion. Looked amazing, tasted better. Well done and thanks!
The chocolate cake I ordered got tave reviews.
This is my go-to place whenever I need a beautiful, delicious cake. Hubby has sweet tooth and really enjoy their chocolate cakes. I like savory, so I would stop by every now and then to get their tasty and fulfilling pasties (both the beef pasties & cheese and mushroom pasties are equally delish!). Cashiers are mostly friendly & quite efficient, although there were a couple times I had a cashier who was rather rude, especially after he saw that I didn't leave a tip. Ha! Anyways, it didn't stop me from coming back for those yummy pasties and chocolate cakes!
Fresh delicious breakfast pastries. Got a beautiful chocolate cup cake that was so dry it fell apart when I unwrapped it. Would like to try their cakes though. Will always go back for pastries.
I didn't realize how much I loved Hopkins Bakery until my commute took me to a different part of the Bay. The bombolini are still absolutely delicious. There's something nostalgic about the brown sugar and plump raisins in the Freak Out cookies. HSB now also has Cornish Pasties (they call them "British Pasties") which I haven't seen anywhere else locally and are dead on with lovely pastry and tender filling. Worth every single calorie.
This review is specifically for their mango mousse cake - my parents and I love it. My parents are picky about desserts but they love that Hopkins doesn't make it too sweet. The flavors aren't artificial-tasting, the icing is creamy, the lady fingers are always a great texture, and the cake is gorgeous! It was my mom's birthday recently so of course she requested the mango mousse. I called the morning of to ask them to set aside one for me, and they also helped write "Happy Birthday" at the top of the cake. They are always nice and helpful with their service. I've also never seen it too crowded inside (it's a pretty small interior). Overall, I would recommend trying out the mango mousse cake. I definitely need to try out all their other products too, haha.
Great tasting dessert, service could be better. Went in to ask about gluten free desserts and guy was short in responses and mostly unfriendly. Niceties go a long way! Dessert was delicious but lots of great tasting options in Bay Area.
We are a regular at this bakery. Don't get fooled by the looks of this place. I challenge you to find another bakery that makes delicious cakes and pastries as Hopkins Street Bakery. They make their pastries and cakes fresh every morning. Try their fruit basket and mango mousse cakes..Highly recommend this place.
Best freaking Coffee Crunch Cake! Always got it for Birthdays and it never fails to satisfy!
1584 Hopkins St, Berkeley, CA 94707