From simple sponges to cute cupcakes and teetering towers of temptation, everyone loves cake.
It’s the perfect treat with an afternoon tea or coffee – or even with an evening cocktail.
If you want to have your cake and eat it, check out our list of ten perfect places to treat yourself to cake in Manchester.
Brighten up a miserable Mancunian day with a mahousive slice of Rainbow cake pic.twitter.com/8B6z9DtVVY
— Teacup Kitchen (@teacupandcakes) May 6, 2015
Co-owned by Manchester DJ Mr Scruff, Teacup is the place to go for tea aficionados and boasts the very best and broadest selection of loose leaf tea available in the UK, with rare, beyond rare and premium teas available. Cakes are all baked in-house, and available to take away – portions are huge, but they’ll package up anything you can’t finish so you can take it home. Try the famous Rainbow cake, the decadent Red Velvet, or the Lemon-licious, alongside daily specials.
55 Thomas Street, M4 1NA – teacupandcakes
Home Sweet Home
Who gives a damn if Monday is cold and wet and gross when we put WHOLE KINDER BUENOS ON CAKES 😍 pic.twitter.com/njNefbmN3g
— Home Sweet Home GN (@homesweethomegn) October 5, 2015
With one of the most decadent and jaw-dropping cake counters in the city, no cake lover should miss a trip to Home Sweet Home in the Northern Quarter. Expect creative cakes topped with whole chocolate bars, Jaffa cakes, sweets, biscuits and all sorts of goodies – and be prepared for a frankly terrifying sugar rush. It’s totally worth it, though. In their words, they’re the greatest little cake and shake joint in the wild wild (north) west – and they’ll soon be opening a second branch in the Great Northern.
49-51 Edge St, M4 1HW – homesweethomenq.com
Richmond Tea Rooms
This Alice in Wonderland inspired tearooms with totally OTT decor, which gives a knowing nod towards a Tim Burton inspired design, is a fun place to stop for cocktails and cakes – and they also do a great selection of loose leaf teas. Cakes – including Boston Cream Cake, warm Chocolate Fudge Cake, Lemon Drizzle, and Coffee and Walnut – can be served with ice cream, cream or custard.
15 Richmond St, M1 3HZ – richmondtearooms
— Sugar Junction (@sugarjunction) September 24, 2015
Sugar Junction in the Northern Quarter serves tea and homemade cakes with a vintage vibe – think China tea sets, pin-up and war posters, and music that makes you feel like you’ve stepped back in time. They’re also open until 11pm at weekends, perfect for catching up with friends over a classy cuppa – there are 18 blends of tea available. Or treat yourself to cake and a cocktail. We love the double chocolate Oreo cake.
60 Tib Street, M4 1LG – sugarjunction.co.uk
— Claudia Allenby (@claudiaallenby) August 30, 2015
Bonbon, brought to you from the team behind neighbouring Teacup Kitchen, is an artisan chocolatier and café with a lovely boutique feel. They offer great quality coffee alongside stunning hot chocolate – a rich Latin-American style chocolate espresso, often cited as the best in the city. Cakes are gorgeous, and you must try the bonbons, handmade on site and crafted from world-renowned Valrhona chocolate, whilst you’re there. The brownies are superb, as you’d expect from this chocolate haven.
9 John Street, M4 1EQ – bonbonchocolate.co.uk
— Tea 42 (@tea42uk) September 17, 2015
Check out the display at Tea 42 for a selection of fresh, homemade cakes. If you can’t decide what to go for, or you want to try more than one, you can choose a small slice tasting selection of three selected cakes from their cabinet for £6.50. There are an extensive range of gluten free options available.
58 High St, M4 1EF – tea42restaurants.com
Hey Little Cupcake!
— Spinningfields (@Spinningfields) September 16, 2015
You’ll find freshly baked Cupcakes, Cakepops and Brownies every day at Hello Little Cupcake! in Spinningfields, and they also have a concession at Selfridges in the Trafford Centre. Try the new Reese’s Peanut Butter Brownies, plus one of their extensive range of cupcakes – from La Paris, a chocolate sponge filled with strawberry fluff filling and topped with strawberry buttercream and hearts, to Red Velvet, or Manchester’s Mint, topped with peppermint buttercream, cocoa sprinkles and an After Eight.
2 Hardman Street, M3 3HF – heylittlecupcake.co.uk
— Proper Tea (@propertearooms) September 21, 2015
Brought to you by tea fanatic Yvette Fielding, this contemporary take on the traditional British tearoom at Manchester Cathedral serves fine loose leaf teas alongside fresh homemade meals and delicious hand crafted treats. The heart-shaped scones are super cute with clotted cream, or try one of the selection of freshly baked cakes and biscuits.
Cathedral Yard, M3 1SQ – properteadeveloper.com
Fig + Sparrow
This independent design shop and coffee house in the Northern Quarter also does a great line in cakes alongside selling desirable kitchen and homeware. Freshly baked homemade cakes might include Bakewell or apple and pecan slices, or a banana or Earl Grey tea loaf. There are plenty of gluten free and vegan options, too.
20 Oldham St, M1 1JA – figandsparrow.co.uk
The Vienna Coffee House
— Luke Cronshaw (@LukeCronshaw) September 28, 2015
For coffee and food in the traditional Viennese KaffeeHaus style, visit this lovely café for a taste of Viennese culture in Manchester. Try the speciality coffees – Fiaker is a double mocha with whipped cream and cherry, or there is a range of hot chocolate or teas. Check out the fresh selection of cakes in their chiller cabinet to enjoy with a coffee, or you can take any cake away, boxed up for just £2.50.
74 Mosley St, M2 3LW – theviennacoffeehouse.co.uk
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