Sometimes you’ve got to take Marie Antoinette’s famous words “Let them eat cake” literally and treat yourself with a big fat piece of sweet goodness. Nothing better than sitting in a cosy cafe in front of a slice of cake… a fork ready to attack in one hand and a steaming hot latte in the other. We pride ourselves on being refined cake connoisseurs at Fountain Court Apartments and have eaten our way through all the best places to get cake in Edinburgh. Tartes, tortes, eclairs, cupcakes, muffins, gateaux, brownies, loafs, scones, sponges, macarons – you name it… we have seen (and eaten) them all.
So here it is our ultimate list of the best places to fix that sweet, sweet craving. Are we missing one of your favourites? Drop us a line on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and we’ll be sure to check it out.
If we could crown the king of all baked goods, it would have to be the cheesecake. Creamy but dense, filling but moreish, tangy but sweet, the cheesecake is the most adored dessert. And Artisan Cheesecakes in Bruntsfield have the cheesecake art down to a tee. With different kinds each day and a cosy sitting area, it’s well worth the short walk from the city centre for a slice.
Our favourite: Magic happens when you fuse cheese cake and black forest gateau. The resulting love child, the Black Forest Cheesecake, is a sweet dream come true, but check with the cafe first if they have it on sale that day.
Address: 104 Bruntsfield Place, EH10 4ES
A local’s favourite in the Tollcross area, this little Polish bakery sells freshly prepared breads and cakes every day. If you walk past as early as 4am, you can see the bakers already slaving away to bring their delicious baking to the people of Edinburgh in the morning. Their cakes are monstrously massive and ridiculously well priced. Still one of Edinburgh’s best kept (cake) secrets, you should give them a try. There is no seating area in the shop but why not take away some goodies and have a little cake picnic?
Our favourite: The Polish Rum Ball. The size and shape of a tennis ball, this piece of chocolaty goodness is made with crumbled cake, loads of nuts and a slight hint of rum flavouring.
Address: 64 Home Street, EH3 9N
This place will be particularly popular in January, when everyone’s keen to jump on the weight-loss waggon, as it seems to sell healthy versions of usually very naughty treats. Grams’ cakes are sugar, dairy, wheat and processed ingredients free, while still being awesomely delicious. The small cafe opposite Haymarket Station also serves hearty lunches and their coffees are worth popping in for too.
Our favourite: The raw snickers is a moreish alternative to the real thing and tastes so much better without the tons of processed sugar.
Address: 16 Clifton Terrace, EH12 5JZ
Tasty Buns Bakery offers no frills baking in a relaxed, laid-back atmosphere. The bakery’s owner can be found behind the counter most days serving imaginative creations to the masses – hungover students and chipper office workers alike. Check out their Instagram page for what’s fresh out the oven.
Our favourite: The Tasty Buns Bakery’s brownies are usually massive and to die for. We recently tried the cheesecake and caramel waffles variety and it was glorious.
Address: 67 Bread Street, EH3 9AH
As if one needs a specific time or setting for eating cake, the British have invented the tradition of having afternoon tea. An official celebration of all things delicious, an afternoon tea will usually include hearty sandwiches, cakes such as cupcakes and scones. A cafe during the day and a gin bar at night, Cup Tea Lounge does all these things right. For only £20, choose from their extensive menu of teas and tuck into a selection of sweets, savouries and scones. They also cater for all types of diets and have vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free and dairy-free options available.
Our favourite: We love their afternoon tea. Obviously.
Address: 9 South Charlotte Street, EH2 4AS
With one branch on the Shore in Leith and one in Old Town, Mimi’s Bakehouse is one of Edinburgh’s well-established favourites for all things baked. Every weekday morning, herds of new mums and trendy students can usually be spotted flocking towards Mimi’s and going in for their coffees and sweet cravings. The interiors are cosy and ideal to take a break from the hustle and bustle of the city centre.
Our favourite: Go and sample their too-pretty-to-eat cupcakes with luscious buttercream icing that will have you lick your fingers.
Address: 250 Canongate, EH8 8AA and 63 Shore, EH6 6RA
Macarons are not technically cake, but who cares?! These little circles of yum are delicious nevertheless. Stepping into Mademoiselle Macaron will make you forget that you are in an Edinburgh side street and transport you straight into one of those tres chic cafes in Paris. Surrounded by beautifully displayed macarons, sip a cup of tea and watch the world go by outside the big windows. Sometimes you can also find them at one of the different markets around the city, just keep an eye out on their social media.
Our favourite: Irn Bru is Scotland’s most popular soft drink, so of course Mademoiselle Macaron created a macaron in exact that flavour. Try it!
Address: 22 Grindlay Street, EH3 9AP
Last but not least, our favourite neighbourhood spot for a bit of cake is Milk. The cafe convinces with a stylish look, uber friendly staff and a range of healthy and yummy options. It’s such a popular concept that by now you can find them in five different spots in and around Edinburgh. In the lovely West End branch, Fountain Court’s guests get a 10% discount on all food.
Favourite: The cakes on offer change daily depending on what’s in season, but we thoroughly enjoyed the polenta and raspberry cake when we visited one sunny day.
Address: 232 Morrison Street, EH3 8EA
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