It probably goes without saying, but this feature is NSFHP (Not Suitable For Hungry People, that is).
Blame it on The Great British Bake Off or an increasing craving for comfort food, but there’s a nationwide obsession with baking going on, and here at WOW247 we’re more than willing to reap the rewards…er, cast an objective eye for your sake, dear readers.
With that in mind, we thought it high time for a round-up of some of the best bakeries and cake emporiums in Glasgow.
Whether they’re slaving over a hot oven in house or buying in the best from small-time Glasgow bakers, these places have some mouthwatering treats – and we have the photos to prove it.
Read on for meringue-sweet suggestions – and don’t say we didn’t warn you about the resulting cake cravings.
If it were up to us, we’d let these brownies do the talking. Right up until we shoved them in our mouths, all in one go. We once said that Bakery47 was sure-fire way to up your picnic game – but we’ll take peanut brownies, fresh bread and shiny, glaze-y pastries all year round, thanks. The southside bakery has a hipster sheen to it, as do the tons of cafes across Glasgow stocking their wares (see the delightful Meadow Road), but we say the cakes speak for themselves.
76 Victoria Road, G42 7AA, bakery47.com
The Hidden Lane Tearoom
Long live The Hidden Lane Tearoom – and so say all of us cake lovers. We raved about the place for afternoon tea, but if it’s a case of cake for one instead of sharing, or you’re just in the mood for less sandwich and more sugar then you can’t go far wrong with this heavenly vintage tearoom. Whether it’s a classic victoria sponge or a chocolate beetroot concoction, we’ll take two – that’s cakes, not slices.
1103 Argyle St, G3 8ND, thehiddenlanetearoom.com
My Home Bakery
This corner shop in Partick has pitched it right from the outside, with just enough nostalgic charm to remind you of Glasgow bakers of old, and yet a bit of a chic sheen too. If you’re enticed in by amusing thoughts for the day (“Skinny people are easier to kidnap” being one) then you’ll find one of the best selections in the city. No, really – Glasgow punters have even voted the place to number one on TripAdvisor. Anyway…a few choice words for you: cinnamon brioche. Fluffy meringues. CHOCOLATE VOLCANO CAKE. All the cakes please, all the cakes now.
59 Hyndland St, G11 5PS, facebook.com/myhomebakeryglasgow
Pudding Lane Cafe
— Lorna Gilmour (@lornagilmour) October 13, 2012
It’s the place with the tartan tea cosies! Yes, your pot of earl grey is kept all the warmer with a touch of Scottish pride – but we’re not here to talk about a cuppa, are we? Instead, let’s focus on the homemade sweet treats to go alongside; bakewell tart, lemon victoria sponge and towering scones. It’s not fancy, but it is packed to the rafters with regulars – and they bake stollens to order for the festive season. Hello cakey Christmas bliss.
1109 Pollokshaws Road, G41 3YG, facebook.com/puddinglaneglasgow
The Cup & Saucer
Another one of our afternoon tea specials, we just couldn’t resist a return visit to your nan’s new favourite tea shop. The Cresswell Lane tearoom takes vintage to a new level, all mismatched china and retro furniture. Three words: peanut butter bundt. Need we torture you more with talk of Creme Egg brownies, French macarons or red velvet cake you could happily lie down and go to sleep on? Shove the wireless on and settle in comfortably – we’re here for the long haul.
De Courcys Arcade, 5-21 Cresswell Lane, G12 8AA, facebook.com/thecupandsaucertearoom
Once Upon a Tart
Merchant City bound? Then you can’t miss Once Upon A Tart – quite literally, with that black and pink decor. ‘Is is a cafe, a cyber goth shop or a tattoo parlour?’ you’ll wonder as you peruse trendy King St – and then you’ll enter, like Alice down the rabbit hole, and realise what you’ve been missing. Chocolate financiers, for one, or toffee popcorn loaf. You can’t unsee Once Upon A Tart – and with those glass-domed cakes enticing you back, who would want to?
45 King St, G1 5RA, onceuponatart.co.uk
The Yarn Cake
Remember when Bake Off set the challengers the task of recreating perfectly piped Mokatines? Let’s be honest – few of them looked like this. West end cafe and wool shop (yes, you read that right) The Yarn Cake seems to have mastered the cake part. The yarn part? Well, that’s up to you – but there’s plenty of delectable delights on offer while you perfect you purl stitch. A new hobby with a side of genoise sponge? Woolly jumpers all round!
148 Queen Margaret Drive, G20 8NY, theyarncake.co.uk
Tapa Organic Bakehouse
Glasgow foodies know all about Tapa’s wonderful coffee and its bread, with many a posh deli stocking it for artisanal sandwich purposes. But the Dennistoun bakehouse also deals in sweet treats, from vegan cupcakes to plum polenta cakes and rich custard-filled tarts, and dishes them out to another two branches in the southside and in the village of Kilmacolm. Keep dishing them our way too, thanks Tapa – those cherry brownies make it all worthwhile.
19-21 Whitehill St, G31 2LH or 721 Pollokshaws Road, G41 2AA, tapaorganic.com
Great Western Road is back on the up these days, with plenty of posh nosh to keep westenders happy and full. Cottonrake took over from the old school bakers on the corner of the GWR and Bank St, and has since traded on greedy passing students and cake lovers to breathe life back into the site. This is baking at its fanciest, all crisp pastry edges and perfect curls. Oh, and the smoothest, densest chocolate cake in the land. Those crunchy meringue peaks will entice you in every time – and yet a visit to Cottonrake still feels like a special occasion.
497 Great Western Road, G12 8HL, cottonrake.com
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It’s a bit of a cheat, we know. This city centre dessert stop trades in ice cream floats and mammoth sundaes – the kind of place with its own jukebox and a gaggle of girls in pop socks (okay, we made that last one up). Still, this enormous, oozing, ganache-laden delight says all we need to know. For those less than enamoured with frosty ice cream, JellyBear’s pick of decadent American-style cakes are just the ticket. And they’re bought in from local bakers like Sweet Tooth Bakery (above), which means there’s a lot of love in that peanut butter frosting. Commencing drool, preparing for full cake-in-face gorge.
72 Ingram St, G1 1EX, facebook.com/JellyBearUK
Main image: JellyBear