When confronted with a glass cabinet stuffed full of cakes, few can resist the sugary allure. Edinburgh has its fair share of top patisseries and baking specialists, and here Morgan Cranch selects five of the best places for cake in the Scottish capital.
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63 Shore (0131 555 5908); more info
How much? Afternoon tea is £14.50 or £21 with a glass of champagne.
Nestled next to the Water of Leith, this thriving family business is a must if you have out-of-town guests visiting, if you want to shout your mum to a nice afternoon tea or if you’re organising a bridal shower party. Open since 2010, the bustling café produces a huge amount of cakes that are made on-site, ranging from simple slices to humongous monstrosities covered in delicious icing.
“It’s all about the cake” reads the quote from Mimi herself, the matriarch of this talented family, positioned correctly above the cake cabinet.
You can enjoy your afternoon tea and cakes in the boudoir themed café, whilst sitting in the huge pink or black velvet armchairs and checking out the pillars decorated with retro pin-up girls; and if it’s a busy day, watch how often new cakes are brought out by the kitchen staff.
Just remember to make a booking, especially during busy trading times such as the weekend or if you’re part of a larger group.
You can also visit Mimi’s Picnic Parlour at 250 Canongate.
155 West Port (0131 629 0626); more info
How much? Baked goods range from £1 for a biscuit to £3 for a triple-decker sponge cake.
A favourite with art students and trendy locals alike, this quirky café has become quite the institution since opening in 2012, with a queue often seen forming from counter to the front door. The Lady Bakers, as they refer to themselves, bake their delicious goodies off-site with seasonal ingredients when they can, so you can get a different cake every time you go, such as a pumpkin bundt or chocolate, orange and pistachio tart.
You can also enjoy your homemade cake with locally sourced tea from Anteaques (Clerk Street) which you can enjoy in a pretty vintage tea cup accompanied with extra hot water brought out in a flask, instead of a pot, or coffee from Artisan Roast; all while sitting in the window box seat to watch people enviously looking at you enjoying your cake.
You can follow the Lady Bakers on Instagram (@hellolovecrumbs) to keep up to date with what flavours they’ll come up with next.
Scrumptiousness Cake Parlour
38 Morningside Road (0131 447 1009); more info
How much? A piece of cheesecake and a cup of tea is £3; a piece of cheesecake by itself is £2.50
A quaint tea parlour that is the perfect spot to take a break from wandering around Bruntsfield or Morningside. It’s a place where you can taste both delicious homemade cupcakes and cheesecakes, as this is also the home of the Original Edinburgh Cheesecake Company.
Not only a great spot for tea and cake, it is also great for parties of any kind; children’s birthdays where your child can leave with a cupcake that they proudly decorated themselves, or cake decorating classes with the girls.
You can also purchase baking utensils at the shop to help you with your own creations at home.
All the cakes are homemade by the owner Sam van Kempen, who fondly remembers the wonderful feeling she got when baking with her Granny and uses that for inspiration for her delicious creations that you can find in the shop.
Unfortunately the tea parlour is currently closed as Sam is moving both the Scrumptiousness tea parlour and the base of the Original Edinburgh Cheesecake Company to St Johns Street in Costorphine, a place she seems to cherish as she named a cheesecake after it.
If you want to keep up to date with the shop’s move you can follow Scrumptiousness and the Original Edinburgh Cheesecake Company on Facebook or if you want to book a party or order a cake, send an email to Sue.
150 Dundas Street (0131 556 6224); more info
How much? Cupcakes range from £2.40 – £2.90 to eat in and takeaway prices range from £2.20 – £2.50
As soon as you enter the teeny café and cupcake parlour in the New Town, your eyes immediately lead you to the reason for your visit; the cupcake cabinet. With so many flavours to choose from, it’s almost too hard to decide. Their Black Bottom cupcake saw them take the Bronze Award for Scottish Baker of the Year 2013.
Go there during a holiday and you can most likely taste a festive creation. Last week they were selling a turkey cupcake (aptly named “Bernard the Turkey”) for American Thanksgiving; a chocolate and crushed Oreo sponge, filled with sea salted caramel and finished with chocolate buttercream.
Every Friday you can enjoy cocktail themed flavours for their daily special. The best way to find out what cupcake flavours they’ll come up with next is to follow Cuckoo’s Facebook page.
23/4 Howe Street (0131 556 8403); more info
How much? £9.35 for two lattes, a fruit scone and a chocolate brownie.
Situated below street level, this rustic and warm café gives off a locals’ vibe, and has you instantly wishing you were one of their regulars. Making great use of locally sourced ingredients daily on their menu, you’ll be glad you walked down those stairs. Owned and run by Joe and Marie, a husband and wife team who produce not only breakfast and lunch but delicious homemade scones, sweet loaves, cakes and slices. Grab a coffee and the most delicious brownie (or the peanut butter and chocolate slice if they have it) and take a window seat and watch the foot traffic above go by.
The trade of their baking sees their loaves, cakes and slices being stocked in other great local cafés, including Castello Coffee and Co on Castle Street.
Nicola Brown also mentioned Leo’s Beanery as a top spot in Edinburgh to get brunch. If you have an iPhone, talk to Joe about using an app they’ve created for that regular cup of coffee.
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