Update July 2017: Sadly, this shop has shut down… please visit I❤️Cake on Wanchai Road for all your quality baking needs.
No, you don’t have to go all the way to Kowloon to buy baking stuff.
In Wan Chai there are two very good baking accessories and “raw materials” shops. There’s I❤️Cake along Wan Chai road near Heard Street and there’s Baking Story on Wan Chai road near the market.
Both have shelves stacked to the maximum with baking goods. Flour, check. Dried fruit, check. Cake and muffin molds, check. Jelly molds, check. Decorating accessories and sugar in every possible colour and consistency (fondant, icing, paint etc), check. Cake boxes, cards and stickers, check. Cream cheese and whipping cream, butter by the stick, check. Let’s not forget the chocolate. Valhrona 70% dark, check.
The difference I’ve noticed is that I❤️Cake sells equipment like tabletop mixers and different kinds of scales. They also do multi-level came display trays if you’re looking to get very creative with your cupcakes. Baking Story is a little more civilised, there aren’t things piled high in each aisle. In I❤️Cake, you’re perpetually at risk of tipping something over. Furthermore, I❤️Cake does have 2 steps to get up into the shop which is a bummer with a pram/ stroller. And there’s barely any place to park it inside. Baking Story however, has a lift lobby area and is accessible with wheels. That helps. A lot!
So it depends on what you’re after. Now I’ll post the photos so you can see what I mean.
I bought cranberries and white chocolate balls today from Baking Story to make some lactation biscuits for a friend. Here they are placed nicely in a box I bought from Baking Story as well.
Prices are reasonable and you can pay by Octopus. Yay!
They’re open 7 days a week.