Unicorn cupcakes anyone? The Brits love tucking into a slice of cake with a hot cup of coffee (and the folks of Edinburgh are no exception). When Naked Bakery came along, there wasn’t anyone catering to vegan cake lovers quite the way they’ve managed to do so. I was delighted when they decided to expand from their usual pop-up stall market appearances to their Edinburgh New Town premises.
A 2-minute walk from Edinburgh’s main Princes Street, the little café sells plant-based, raw and gluten-free cakes. They also create magical ‘universe’ donuts and incredible vegan macarons (something vegans only used to be able to dream about!). I’ve still not managed to get through their entire cupcake flavour list, but my personal favourites are the cookie dough, black velvet and white chocolate and raspberry. When I’m looking to take my sugar intake to new levels, I team them with one of their blue coffees or toasted marshmallow hot chocolates.
Instagram enthusiasts will LOVE Naked Bakery. The food is colourful, the shop is decorated with deep purple flower walls and goodies are served alongside golden cutlery and chic crockery. It’s almost impossible to resist boasting about your new tasty goodies. What’s more, they don’t stop at cakes! The café now serves breakfast, brunch and lunch – catering for the city’s vegan junk food market with mac ‘n’ cheese toasties and pink waffles (yup, I said pink waffles!). It’s a wonderfully unique lunch stop in the centre of town.