Cake lovers – throw down that shop-bought muffin and step away from the supermarket victoria sponge. It’s time to start treating yourself to the best.
We’ve compiled a definitive list of the top ten places in Edinburgh for fresh and mouth-watering cake, made with love by people who adore cake just as much as you do.
— lovecrumbs (@hellolovecrumbs) April 10, 2015
They don’t do soup or sandwiches at Lovecrumbs – only delicious cake, tasty tea and incredible coffee may pass your lips once you’ve entered their doors. Sit in – if you can find a seat, that is – and soak up one of the trendiest yet unpretentious café atmospheres in Edinburgh. Specialising in gorgeous-looking cakes with unusual (but brilliant) flavour combinations, you can expect to find everything from rose and bergamot to pumpkin coffee cake waiting for you in the shop’s quirky wardrobe display case.
Their exquisitely gooey brownies are out of this world, and the Lovecrumbs bakers often think of vegan and gluten-free cake fans so nobody has to miss out. Located just off the Grassmarket and flanked by a strip club or two, Lovecrumbs has helped to claim the formerly dodgy West Port area back in the name of cake – although you will still bump into the odd stag night outside.
155 West Port, EH3 9DP – more info
The Manna House Bakery & Patisserie
Treats in the counter today – basil cake and our new mint crisp delice pic.twitter.com/plhtmK8qix
— Manna House Bakery (@mannahousebaker) March 8, 2015
Primarily a bakery with a few tables both inside and out, everything sold in Manna House on Easter Road is hand-prepared and baked in the kitchen at the back of the shop, using traditional and family recipes. There are breads, quiche, sandwiches and the like on offer here, but obviously we’re far more interested in the cake. Lucky for us, Manna House also hand prepares all of their cakes and fine French patisserie which change seasonally – a major plus for any serial cake offenders. Whether you’re in the mood for a hearty slice of carrot cake or a delicate meringue, you won’t go disappointed or hungry here.
22-24 Easter Road, EH7 5RG – more info
Conveniently located slap-bang in the city centre for any mid-shopping spree sugar crashes, Bibi’s Bakery is a tiny shop with a huge selection of tantalising cupcakes. You can’t sit in here, but you can take as many sweet treats as you can carry away with you, as well as commissioning personalised, full-size celebration cakes made to the same luscious recipes. We can’t get enough of the zesty chocolate orange or Nutella cupcakes, but there are plenty of seasonal flavours to tempt you as well.
37 Hanover Street, EH2 2PJ – more info
Now making larger cakes at the weekend. Perfect end to a BBQ methinks pic.twitter.com/1rAXtjq2xg
— Patisserie Madeleine (@patisseriemadel) July 13, 2013
With the feel of a traditional French café at the heart of Stockbridge, Patisserie Madeleine is known for its perfect pastries and more-ish macarons. Anyone walking past the window of this small yet inviting café will be drawn in by the awe-inspiring array of cakes, pastries and other delights on display. The patisserie’s fearless French chef – who makes everything on the premises – is a pastry expert and a connoisseur of unusual flavour pairings. Unsure about trying a mango eclair, or a rose and orange flower macaron? Live a little – you won’t regret it.
27b Raeburn Place, EH4 1HU – more info
Popular Bathgate brand Artisan Cheesecakes has branched out and opened its first Edinburgh premises in Bruntsfield. As you may have guessed, this place is all about the cheesecake and they have new and exciting flavours on sale every single day. Previous drool-inducing cheesecakes have included Oreo truffle and lemon meringue, but each new flavour seems to be better than the last. We’re just happy to see someone step up to the plate and fill a distinct cheesecake-shaped hole in our lives.
104 Bruntsfield Place, EH10 4ES – more info
Loudons Café and Bakery
Tasting as good as they look. Fab fresh fruit creme patissiere tarts pic.twitter.com/g5LkoazQ
— Loudons (@Loudons_Edin) August 1, 2012
Loudons is a one-stop-shop for relaxation, refreshment and – most importantly – cake. Found just off the beaten track of Lothian Road, you’re more likely to find a comfy seat and a comforting slice of something sweet here than you are at a cramped city-centre chain – plus, the cake is way better at Loudons. Their on-site bakers produce fresh scones, pastries and a wide variety of cakes daily – from fresh fruit and cream tarts (that look almost to good to eat) to coconut and raspberry cake. Welcoming, spacious and one of the most chilled-out Edinburgh cafés we know of, you’ll probably want to stick around for another slice (or two) here once you get cosy.
94b Fountainbridge, EH3 9QA – more info
Now operating from two different Edinburgh locations after recently opening a second premises in Bruntsfield, Cuckoo’s Bakery have never lost sight of their goal – to provide Auld Reekie with some truly fantastic cupcakes. Sit in and savour an award-winning white chocolate and raspberry affair at their Dundas Street tearoom, or grab a sticky toffee pudding cupcake to go from the Bruntsfield shop. If you can’t make it out, Cuckoo’s will deliver for special occasions (dangerous, we know) and their kooky and creative seasonal cakes are worth watching out for.
150 Dundas Street, EH3 5DQ / 116 Bruntsfield Place, EH10 4ES – more info
we're opening from 12 for treeeats, come visit us! pic.twitter.com/BBY54j9hLh
— TWELVE TRIANGLES (@twelvetriangles) March 31, 2015
Donut fans do not panic, we haven’t forgotten about you. New bakery kid on the block Twelve Triangles in Leith (little sister business to Lovecrumbs) is now providing a constant supply of sugary, delicious donut-goodness alongside their home-made bread, croissants and the odd chocolate brownie. But what kind of donuts, you ask? You think it and Twelve Triangles will bake it – at least that’s how it seems to us. We’ve seen everything from apple and cinnamon to peanut butter chocolate on the menu, not to mention classic vanilla custard, raspberry jam and maple pecan custard. Is there a pool of drool on your keyboard yet?
90 Brunswick Street, EH7 5HU – more info
Specialising in magical French macarons – but also serving up delectable eclairs and other pastries – a visit to Mademoiselle Macaron on Grindlay Street (opposite the Lyceum Theatre) is like stepping into a Parisian boutique café. You can lounge on a luxurious chaise-longue as you decide which of the ever-changing macaron flavours you’d like to try first. There’s even a miniature replica of the Eiffel Tower built into the shop’s decor, where you can sit and sip on Steampunk Coffee to accompany your macarons.
Some of our favourites are the good old pistachio, Innis & Gunn beer, gingerbread and Hendricks Gin flavours. Best of all, the adorable to-go coffee cups here have space for a macaron, so you can take a sweet treat away with you to enjoy later.
22 Grindlay Street, EH3 9AP – more info
Mimi’s Bakehouse/Picnic Parlour
— Mimi's Bakehouse (@mimisbakehouse) April 10, 2015
Last but not least comes the bonafide Edinburgh cake institution known as Mimi’s Bakehouse. Their motto is “It’s all about the cake”, and who can argue with that? Relax in at Mimi’s award-winning café (the original Bakehouse) in Leith, or stop by the newer, more central Picnic Parlour on the Canongate for a takeaway taste sensation. As well as their famous cupcakes and tray bakes, Mimi’s now serve cake flavoured ice cream – perfect for a cake-addict on a sunny day. That being said, you just can’t beat one of their coconut snowball cupcakes for a naughty-but-nice, nostalgic treat.
63 The Shore, EH6 6RA / 250 Canongate EH8 8AA – more info
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