Wednesday, 5 January 2011

Edinburgh Cakes: Loopy Lorna's, Bibi's and Mimi's

Oops. Due to a terminal lack of time before Christmas I have been quite a while without blogging. I have been thinking about and eating a lot of food though, and that's nearly just as good. Specifically, I have been eating lots of cake and here are some reviews and pics from three cake places which opened last year in Edinburgh: Loopy Lorna's Tea House second branch in Morningside, Bibi's Bakery on Hanover Street and Mimi's Bakehouse on the Shore in Leith. These are all big beautiful cakes and cupcakes, laden with frosting - no shy fairy cakes with drippy down icing to be found here.

Cake selection at Loopy Lorna's

The second Loopy Lorna's opened last summer on the ground floor of the Church Hill Theatre. It is a girly but grand kind of place - the floor is pretty printed grass, the space is light and airy with the wood panelling of the theatre not letting the girliness go overboard. A clown called Mrs Mash comes to entertain kids and they have cupcake quizzes - this is yummy mummy territory and kids are happily welcomed. It is still a palace of tea and all of the teapots come with sweet handknitted cosies.

There's a breakfast & lunch menu, afternoon tea, and a tea menu which is extensive without being overwhelming. At the counter is a huge display of towering cakes, luscious traybakes, biscuits and cupcakes too. Everything looks very tempting and I decided to try the summery sounding pineapple coconut cake. This was a sponge heavy with desiccated coconut and piled high with fluffy sunshine yellow pineapple icing. Impressive looking but sadly the sponge was rather dry and although it was tasty, the huge amounts of icing made the experience slightly sickly. I think I just picked the wrong thing though as my dining companions had much more luck with their choices - scones with cream and jam, and an Aero traybake slice. The scones were light, fluffy and deliciously freshly baked and the Aero slice was amazingly good - a chocolatey biscuity base with a creamy mint middle and chocolate and chunks of Aero on top - everyone was jealous of this choice! There is a huge choice available at Loopy Lorna's so you'll certainly find something you'll be satisfied with, even if like me, you're not a fan of large amounts of frosting. Next time I might try a piece of this beauty - one of the most magnificent sponge cakes I've ever seen!

Mega-Sponge at Loopy Lorna's

Bibi's Bakery is a small boutique bakery specialising in cupcakes and brownies. The Hanover Street location is their second branch, having originally opened in St Andrews. Beautifully decorated cupcakes are displayed in their elegant shop front and you can see their bakers hard at work through the window on Rose Street. There's no space to stop so you get to take them home to enjoy at your leisure (or nibble on whilst you are out and about).

Bibi's Bakery cupcakes

All cupcakes and brownies at Bibi's are a very reasonable £1.50. The flavours range from regular victoria sponge, lemon, double chocolate to the more exotic cookies and cream, red velvet, hazelnut latte and blueberry cream cheese, all of them laden with beautifully piped icing. There are always a few different brownie flavours available too - a cranberry & white chocolate flavour was available on my visit. The cupcakes I tried were gorgeous and moist - again, just a leetle bit too much icing for my tastes. I also had a brownie and I really enjoyed this, more so than the cupcakes even. The quality of the chocolate in the brownie could be tasted in every bite - highly recommended! Bibi's also stock cake decorating accessories in store and if you are so inspired, hold cupcake decorating classes. An evening class of 2 hours costs £25 which is great value, a day class can cost £125 and includes extra goodies. You can also pre-order to pick them up for a party or present.

Mimi's Bakehouse and it's gloriously large cake portions

Last on the cake round up is Mimi's, on the Shore in Leith, which is an all round fabulous place to eat. We visited one snowy weekend and were muchly cheered by the hearty food menu - luxury stovies, hot pots, sandwiches you actually want to try, savoury tarts and quesadillas. It's a lovely place to sit down with a cuppa and have a meal - very sophisticated decor of pale blue and black, with the occasional burlesque lady illustrated very tastefully on the walls, and specials written in chalk by the cake selections. And there are some super special cakes here - lamingtons, colourful battenberg, pavlova, whoopie pies - it's great to see these inventive choices, alongside traditional favourites with a twist like carrot and lime cake. I had a very filling roast pork and apple chutney sandwich with crisps and salad and took home a carrot and lime cake and a strawberry meringue to enjoy for afters. The meringue tasted as good as it looked:

The carrot cake was also delicious - dense but still light and with a real lime flavour. I am very keen to go back for an afternoon tea there - you can BYO for a small fee so a very cheap champagne afternoon tea is on the cards sometime soon. They also do cakes to order - I've already signed my boyfriend up to the cake club. Mimi's really have a quality and creativity in their baking which makes it stand out a bit from the others - all of them serve excellent cakes but Mimi's is exceptional baking by any standards.


Alison said...

Love this post! I have had the meringue you had as well, it was HUGE. Loudons opened today with an amazing range of cakes, so visit when you can :)

Katey said...

Thanks! I think I first heard about Mimi's through Edinburgh Spotlight :-)
Looking forward to trying Loudons and stuffing myself with more cake!

Chiara said...

I have been meaning to try Mimi's for ages. Your post has definitely sold it to me, and I will be visiting as soon as my homemade challenge comes to an end. Thanks for posting this!

Katey said...

Your homemade challenge is very inspiring - the last time I made my own stock was when I was in home economics class! I'm trying to make soup for my lunches every day so I should give it a go again. Mimi's is wonderful, I need a another visit soon!

Alan Woodfield said...

Having already tried the cake at Mimi's I can confirm that it is indeed tremendous. What an exciting addition to Edinburgh and cannot wait for my next visit.

Katey said...

Yes, I'm looking forward to another visit too - can't wait to try more cakes and stovies!

Unknown said...

i can't wait to go to Mimi's. I've heard a lot of good comments about that place and now I'm getting interested.cakes on line

Anonymous said...

Sadly, Loopy Lorna's has closed down (no idea why) and as at Sept 2011, is up for sale though it's branch in the Churchill Theatre is still open.

Lals & Alex said...

Have you been to cuckoos bakery at the bottom of dundas st? You can sit in unlike at bibi's and they serve artisan roast coffee there too. I like you think that there is too much icing on the bibi's cupcake but the ones at cuckoos are iced by hand rather than piped so there is a better ratio of icing to cake.

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