We know London loves its bakeries. Well, since it’s National Baking Week, we wanted to discover more of the great bakeries and patisseries the capital has to offer. Prepare for pastries and cupcakes to die for…
Transient bakery Kooky Bakes is only around once or twice a week, but is easily worth the seven-day wait. Now a staple at Sunday Upmarket on Brick Lane, Kooky Bakes can also be found every other Saturday at Brockley Market in Lewisham. The highlight of this fun, down-to-earth bakery has to be their Strawberry Fields and delicious Red Velvet cupcakes. It’s everything a cupcake should be, with a rich, sweet icing smothered atop a moist base. Kooky Bakes has also tried its hand at the cronut (or dosant) and found a winner with their caramel version. It’s so delicious, we believe it could convert all cronut-critics. And if after trying your first Kooky Bakes cake, you really can’t wait a week for more, both Selfridges and Spar stock them.
Americans may not do chocolate as well as us, but they sure can bake. That’s why we’re so thankful for Outsider Tart, a bakery in Chiswick, west London, started by two Americans. Not only does this bakery have the sort of warm charm and service you’d expect from America, but it also has a mammoth range of pastry treats. There are Black Forests, Red Velvets, Lemon Poppies, White Chocolates and more, all made fresh that morning. As well as the cupcakes, there’s also grand cakes, Whoopie Pies, brownies, and dog treats (well it is west London, after all). The bakery also has a savoury section called Blue Plate, named after the dishes the food is served on. Here they have tasty American treats,
and every Saturday night they have a special menu dedicated to one of the 50 states. This Saturday it’s Kentucky – get yourself down there for some deep-fried southern delights!
Our taste buds are leaving Britain again and flying off to Sweden for a fika (a coffee break). Tucked below the arches of Hoxton Overground station, Fabrique do the best Swedish cinnamon buns outside of Stockholm. The shop, which is the first to open outside of Sweden, is dominated by the on-site bakery, which wafts delicious smells and the promise of fresh baked goods. As well as tasty cinnamon rolls, Fabrique sells handmade bread baked with using methods. Britain is definitely having a Scandi moment, and Fabrique is no exception.
This small, family-run bakery specialises in brownies. You can buy gooey original flavours like chocolate, but there’s also triple chocolate blondie, Rocky Road brownie, red velvet brownie with white chocolate pieces and more. Then there are Brownie Box’s cupcakes, muffins, carrot cakes, and meringues. Like these delicious cakes, the service at Brownie Box is sweet too.
Konditor and Cook
As the only bakery with multiple stores, Konditor and Cook is a little on the back foot on this list. But we can’t ignore its out-of-this-world proper cakes for grown-ups. For brownie fans, we recommend the Fudgepacker Brownie with its perfect balance of chocolate and caramel with a sprinkling of toffee. If you want something a little less sweet, try their heavenly carrot cake. But that’s only the tip of the baking goodness to be found under Konditor and Cook’s roof. There are chocolate enrobed cakes, truffles, macaroons, meringues and mini birthday cakes which can be inscribed with your own message in edible glitter. It won’t surprise you that Nigella Lawson is a huge fan of this bakery and so are we!