Edinburgh isn’t short of a sweet treat! Here are some of my favourite cafes to grab dessert…
If I was going to have a cake, my first choice would be a cupcake or a traybake. Boy am I glad I tried Cuckoos Bakery – their cupcakes are out of this world! The ratio of icing to sponge was right up my street, with a mountain of chocolate layered on top. I chose the Cupcake of the Week, which was raspberry and Nutella, but I will most certainly be returning to try the highly rated sticky toffee because my first taste of Cuckoos was an absolute delight. Head to Dundas Street or Bruntsfield for a cupcake to remember.
One of my favourite birthday cakes came in the shape of an Artisan cheesecake. The cheesecake itself was incredibly soft and creamy, with a very luxurious base; each bite just melts in your mouth! The flavours they have on offer all sound delicious, but the chocolate and salted caramel brownie is one that never disappoints! You can find this 10/10 dessert also in Bruntsfield.
When I think of homemade cake in Edinburgh, I think of Love Crumbs. It’s such a cute café, off of Lothian Road, with a few tables scattered around, so you can sit down with a paper and enjoy some tea and cake. It’s definitely a place to while away the afternoon. There is a selection of big, beautiful cakes for you to choose a slice (or 2) of. The cakes are usually delicate in design and flavour, but made quite the impression on my taste buds.
The best part about Instagram is finding fantastic looking foods to try. After seeing an image of a Marshmallow Lady milkshake, I headed straight for the shop in Cannonmills. Here, Nicole not only sells her marshmallows, but makes them as well. There are so many fluffy cubes to choose from, but you are encouraged to try before you buy (this doesn’t make things easier)! The Marshmallow Lady can also be spotted at food markets around Edinburgh, where you can get your hands on a delightful s’more marshmallow or a marshmallow doughnut.
I can’t talk about Edinburgh desserts and not mention Mimi’s. The love story between Edinburgh and this bakehouse started in Leith, but as the love grew Mimi’s expanded to Corstorphine and the Royal Mile. Here you will find the tastiest traybakes! Personally, my 2 favourites are the Jammy Dodger slice and the Oreo slice. They can be quite sweet, and filling, because they are huge slices, but it just means more for later! Mimi’s also provides scrumptious afternoon teas, cakes and drinks.
Coro the Chocolate Café
With a name including the words chocolate and café, how can you not want to visit Coro’s?! Situated in in both Cannonmills and Frederick Street, this is the perfect place to spend an afternoon indulging with friends. The menu has a huge range of items, including crepes, pancakes and sundaes, but for me the highlight is the waffles. My friend, Christine, and I shared a salted caramel crepe and half an Oreo waffle. The crepe was good, but dry in comparison to the waffle, which completely stole the show.
Mary’s Milk Bar
At first glance you may think, “ice cream, that’s only for summer” and dismiss Mary’s Milk Bar for other times of year. That would be a mistake. My first visit to Mary’s Milk Bar was in Autumn, just as the weather was getting chilly, and I wasn’t disappointed. Yes, the ice cream is delicious, but at Mary’s you get so much more. Go in winter and try a hot chocolate float, made from homemade ice cream and hand-crafted chocolate. Or, visit on a Friday and sample the delight of mixing Mary’s ice cream with a Twelve Triangles doughnut.