Violet Cakes will make ravishingly regal pastries for the likes of you and me.
Unless you’re on a celebrity news blackout, you’ll probably be aware that there’s a royal wedding in the offing. Recently, news leaked through that Harry and Meghan have chosen the baker who’ll be making the wedding cake, and she’s one of Hackney’s own. Claire Ptak may be Californian through and through, but her bakery Violet Cakes is one of the capital’s favourites.
Though Violet Cakes will soon be consorting with the royals, they haven’t lost sight of their roots. Their humble Hackney shop has been serving cupcakes, scones, and other delights to hungry customers since 2010.
Violet Cakes has made their name by embracing highly seasonal ingredients. Indeed, it’s what got them the royal wedding gig: the cake that will satisfy the royal palate will be a seriously springtime lemon and elderflower creation. Because you were just dying to know that. Other seasonal flavours include cherries and blueberries in the summer, figs and apples in autumn, and oranges and grapefruit to ward off the cold of winter.
As is required of all London cakes and bakeries, Violet Cakes will also make you a very pretty coffee. Naturally, they’ll pose very obediently for your Instagram feed before consumption.
Creations from Violet Cakes are made with organic ingredients where possible, and this extends to their range of savoury and brunch options. By all accounts they’re rather lovely, with the recent kimchi and blue cheese toastie being a particular standout.
Violet Cakes can also whip you up a bespoke wedding cake, as recent news has hinted. They come in all sorts of flavours and styles, and you’ll be given the royal treatment even if you aren’t actually in line to the throne.
Violet Cakes got their start at Broadway Market, and to this day they maintain a store there. You can find them handing out goodies on Saturdays between 9am and 4pm. But for a perfect weekend outing, there are few things that beat picking up a butterscotch blondie from Violet Cakes and taking a stroll around the streets of Hackney.
Location: 47 Wilton Way, Hackney, E8 3ED. Nearest stations are Hackney Downs and Hackney Central. See them on Google Maps.
Opening hours: 8am-6pm (Monday to Friday), 9:30am-6pm (Saturdays and Sundays)
Price: cakes and other nibbles start from around £2, coffees start from around £2.50.
More information: head to their website.
Featured image: @violetcakeslondon