26.3.19

A Sweet Tooth's Guide to Edinburgh

Sugar and spice and all things nice... I have a constant craving for all things sugary, sweet and decadent. Perhaps working in a patisserie from the age of 13 or having a chef as a father who constantly had me trying his latest creations has influenced my cravings or maybe I just cant resist a good slice of cake?

Anyway, living in Edinburgh I have no shortage of beautiful little bakeries and perfect patisseries to keep my tastebuds well entertained, so to the list...

Artisan Cheesecake
I discovered this place three summers ago when Pokemon Go was huge, they did an incredible pokeball cheesecake and from that day on I was hooked. My two go-to flavours are the banoffee and the jam swiss roll - the latter consists of layers of actual swiss roll with vanilla cheesecake and great swirls of jam. I'm drooling as I type this. 
Image from Artisan Cheesecake Facebook

Considerit
A completely vegan doughnut and chocolate shop, but with zero compromise on taste. I'm in love with the cinnamon sugar doughnut and the cinnamon bun as well as the mulled wine jam doughnut over the Christmas period - a very dangerous place to live five mins away from. I'm yet to try their chocolate but their vegan creme egg is calling my name, so watch this space...

Cuckoo Bakery
Another Bruntsfield gem, although they also have a little section in Harvey Nichols food court if you fancy a sweet treat on the go. Cuckoo does the most perfect looking cupcakes ever, but not only do they look picture perfect they taste incredible to. I had this beautiful rose cupcake for Valentines day, but my fave is the chocolate and sea salted caramel cupcake. They also do quirky cakes, like their pancake stack cupcake on shrove Tuesday - still gutted I missed that.

Mimi's Bakehouse
A more recent discovery, but oh my god, I won't let myself become a stranger. This place does it all, afternoon tea, brunch, home baking and the most incredible hot drinks - think Biscoff hot chocolate and Pumpkin Spiced Lattes all year round. The Biscoff rocky road and Caramel banana cake are two of my firm favourites,  perfectly sweet and indulgent. Their newer city art centre location is in the perfect place for me to pick up a coffee and a cake before a train journey from Waverley - and far superior to Starbucks or Pret. I've yet to brunch here, but trust me its on my list...
Lovecrumbs
A lovely cosy cafe which does the most beautifully flavoured layer cakes, with at least eight unique flavours a day - I love the lemon and rosemary. Other flavours include sweet potato and pecan or spiced honey which I will almost certainly be trying soon... They also use coco chocolatier hot chocolate, which is my absolute fave as well as the most beautiful iced teas.

Marys Milk Bar
THE place to go in Edinburgh for Ice Cream, nestled in the corner of the Grassmarket with stunning views of the castle theres no better place to cool down when Edinburgh gets a taste of sunshine. Another place which loves to experiment with quirky flavours such as blue cheese and walnut butter or tea and biscuits, my go to scoops are the super decadent salted caramel and pecan pie. The interior decor is very kitsch and cute with ice cream cone lights, pastel walls and vintage ice cream parlour details. 
Image taken from Marys Milk Bar Instagram

Thanks for Reading!
Annabelle



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