Category: cake

hepworth’s deli, leeds

visiting another city can be quite stressful – especially when it comes to finding somewhere to eat!

luckily, leeds has some great places hidden away down its famous lanes. our current favourite (based on two trips to the city) is hepworth’s delicatessen.

needing some fuel before a huge day shopping for my birthday presents (only 2 weeks to go!), we decided to visit for breakfast/brunch. the atmosphere is really relaxed, with only a small amount of seating available, meaning service never appears rushed and you get their full attention.

decor is fairly rustic, with wooden tables and large hampers of local goods available to purchase, and the menus are both on large blackboards and clipboards on the tables.

l always on the hunt for a sugary start to my day, i went for the french toast.

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it was the perfect portion size and i devoured it all. there was just enough syrup and sugar, with a savoury undertone from the eggy bread that balanced it out. perhaps there could’ve been an option to add some fruit – though i’m sure if i had asked, i would’ve been given something!

2012-08-17 12.40.58the cakes here are also amazing; this rocky road was rich, biscuits, and how about that marshmallow? wow.

if you’re going to leeds, add this place to your list – and try to resist walking away with half of the produce.


unsworth’s yard, cartmel

having never been to cartmel, i had no preconceptions as to what would be there – all i knew was that it is the home of sticky toffee pudding and seat of l’enclume.

little did i know, it’s also the home of the absolute gem named unsworth’s yard.

with a brewery, cheese shop and deli, and wine store/coffee shop all sharing one courtyard, this really is the place to be on a sunny day. there aren’t many tables available so, if you manage to get one, keep hold of it.

2013-09-28 15.11.36you can sample the beer from the microbrewery, which is situated at the back of the yard, and right next to the entrance of the methodist church. beautifully thought out.

if you’re not a beer drinker, you can simply press your nose against the glass of the brewery and marvel at how professional it all looks.

2013-09-28 15.11.53before you decide on what to drink, take a look in the cheese shop – where you’re given a sample of pretty much every cheese they sell. you’re bound to come away with something to nibble on. not a cheese fan either? how about one of these doughnuts instead?

2013-09-28 15.10.28now you can get settle in the sun. i had a small bottle of prosecco to sip – it was the perfect size and companion to the afternoon sun.

2013-09-28 15.29.24there was also an array of cocktails on offer, using a variety of spirits and mixers to suit everyone’s taste.

come in the sun, stay for the afternoon. come in the rain, stay anyway.

rosylee tearoom, manchester

with all the great press newcomer rosylee has been getting, i just had to try it out.

situated on stevenson square, it’s an easy find – just look for the sophisticated white exterior. a great contrast to the bus lanes and traffic outside.

a massive leap away from the bare brick and rolled up jeans of the rest of the northern quarter, rosylee is all about the black & white chequered floor, simple table decorations, and a man playing the piano.

we visited on a saturday afternoon for tea and cake, and indulgence we don’t have too often as we’ve usually stuffed our faces with copious amounts of bbq. however, on this occasion we thought we deserved a treat.

2013-09-21 14.25.49we were seated quickly at the table of our choice and given the lunch menus. having already eaten somewhere else, we spent about 10 minutes trying to get someone’s attention to ask for the cake menu as opposed to the mains. the waitress gladly got it for us and left us to it.

then began the waiting game. it’s quite easy to decide what you want here as there isn’t a huge amount of choice – treats like manchester tart, victoria sponge, or a fruit tartlet, all obviously made with due care and attention – so we were ready quickly.

noone came to our table for at least 15-20 minutes, not even to ask for drinks or check if we were okay, and we eventually had to flag someone down. there are plenty of waiters and waitresses around the place, so why were we left on the side? i came to the conclusion that we were sat in some kind of blind spot, or they were simply so focused on the lunch rush that tea and cake wasn’t important.

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WP_20130921_002once we did get our orders, everything was lovely. simple china, hot drinks served with a lump of both brown and white sugar (so they don’t clutter up your table) and an amaretti biscuit.

2013-09-21 14.42.32i tucked into the rosylee chocolate eclairs; for £3.75, getting two made me feel like i was getting much better value. the cream was delicately piped and had a real kick of vanilla. the only issue was how to eat it without drawing attention to myself i.e. i usually just shove them in my face.

there are some creases in service that need ironing out before i can agree with the other reviews out there; having a great look is one thing, but it can only get you so far.

two magpies bakery, southwold, suffolk

i’ve got one great big, bursting full of seaside goodness post about my recent jaunt to southwold coming up real soon for you – until then, here’s a snippet of my adventure.

naturally, it’s cake based!

2013-08-15 16.33.39the two magpies bakery stands out on the southwold high street – it’s all chalk and brown paper tags, with not a blue rinse in sight.

the window display is enough to get you drooling, but step inside and take a look at the variety of loaves they also have available (don’t be afraid, non-sweet toothers!)

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2013-08-11 15.03.11i have to admit, i visited on two occasions – whoops!

the first trip ended in me walking out with a slice of raspberry bakewell sponge, which was delicious and moist, and lovely with my afternoon cuppa. my pa, ever indulgent, went for the chocolate cupcake sprinkled with gold that you can see towards the top of the above photo; dense with amaretto, it was a great sweet treat – but definitely a treat!

the second visit and i went in at the deep end with a slice (or slab?) or raspberry sponge with limoncello sauce/topping.

2013-08-15 16.44.13what can i say? the whole thing was devoured. the topping was meringue like in texture and flavour, like the perfect boozy lemon meringue, balancing out the sponge perfectly.

a pecan brownie also snuck its way into the box – although i didn’t partake, i only heard good oohs and aahs from those who did.

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if you ever find yourself wandering around the suffolk coast and in need of a piece of cake, try two magpies and you wont be dissapointed.

gorgeous packaging, friendly service and a great selection of treats.

manchester picnic

it seems like manchester gets all its great events at once.

this weekend, the manchester picnic was in full swing – a range of street food traders set up shop in piccadilly gardens, with some music and children’s entertainment.

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i visited twice over the event, once on friday on my lunchbreak and then again on saturday pre-marble arch festival.


manchester picnic (4)friday was an el kantina kind of day. after one of those weeks at work, i needed something a little bit naughty to get me through the afternoon. enter pig candy – something i’d read about on twitter, so my mind was basically already made up.

two small pancakes, two strips of candied bacon, topped with maple syrup & cinnamon dust, and cheese sauce on the side.

manchester picnic (5)to make it even naughtier, the cheese sauce should’ve just been on the bacon/pancakes already. go the whole hog etc. the cinnamon in the cheese sauce was a taste sensation, and despite being on a complete sugar rush for the rest of the afternoon, i would stick to my choice; it took me straight back to america.


as i ended up being out for the majority of my lunch break, i took some goodies back to the office. i have to admit that martins bakery was one of the first stalls we came across, but everything looked so good i had my money out instantly. the bread and pastry treats all looked delicious, but i went for two smartie & chocolate chip cookies and a gooey chocolate brownie.

the brownie was gone almost instantly; it was stick to the roof of your mouth goodness that everyone couldn’t get enough of. the cookies were really crumbly and actually had a hidden depth of flavour, presumably caused by an additional ingredient – i’m thinking oats.


saturday had to be a castro day. i’ve been in love with their street food since last year’s food & drink festival in st.albert’s square – it’s always spot on.

2013-08-03 13.45.49i went for the pulled pork with bbq black eye beans, slaw, bbq sauce and burnt ends. burnt ends aren’t for everyone, but they’re a personal treat – it’s so rare that you find them anywhere, i jump on them when i can. everything was melty and full of flavour, with a real kick of spice, and then these big chunks of chewy burnt ends, adding a different texture to the dish.

i was wearing a cream dress on this occasion – rookie mistake. but worth it.

2013-08-03 13.45.41the other half was feeling hungry, so went straight in for the man vs. food at castro; a homemade dog, topped with pulled pork, slaw, onions, jalapenos, and bbq sauce. my mouth is watering at the thought of it.

he managed to get through it without dropping too much – he would’ve been devastated!

see you there next year!