The Great British Bake Off is back! Its return is timed perfectly with the fast-approaching end of summer, so we can now chuck the bikinis to one side and get stuck in that icing. Here are 5 bakeries that we know would have Mary and Paul licking their lips.
1. Primrose Bakery
Masters of the cupcake, Primrose Bakery, aren’t afraid to get a bit boozy with their bakes. Amongst their selection of cupcakes is an entire ‘cocktail cupcake menu’, with flavours ranging from espresso martini to gin and tonic. Safe to say that Mary Berry would be extremely satisfied.
Find in Primrose Hill, Kensington High Street and Covent Garden.
2. Violet Cakes
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This lovely bakery-come-cafe is run by Claire Ptak, who started off in Broadway Market. Expect fresh, seasonal flavours incorporated in her recipes – substance, as Queen Berry would say.
47 Wilton Way, E8 3ED
3. Victoria Yum
This self-proclaimed ‘bitesized’ Hackney-based bakery (they’re actually located in a car park!) regularly bakes to order, however, they are open for retail on Saturdays at Netil Market.
Netil Market, Westgate Street, E8 3RL
4. Lily Vanilli
This little gem just off Columbia Road is only open on Sundays, offering a weekly changing seasonal menu. Lily Jones, the the baker behind all the gorgeous, elegant cakes, bakes to order and has worked on some pretty amazing projects with the likes of Fortnum and Mason (she helped with their Alice in Wonderland theme display).
6 The Courtyard, Ezra St, E2 7RH
5. Kooky Bakes
If you’re after some sweeeeet American bakes, look no further. Kooky Bakes whisks up the best from the US of A, from Whoopie Pies to Kooky Cup Cakes. You can find them on Saturdays at Brockley Market.