Three and a half years of living in Manchester meant that I got to sample a lot of cake. And I really do mean a LOT.
Manchester like, defined tea rooms for me. I don’t think I ever really thought of anywhere outside your basic coffee shop chains to go and get tea and cake. Manchester however, has so many places where you can get truly amazing dessert.
You think you’ve tasted good cake? You need to get yourself to Manchester. These are the cafés where I could have eaten cake allll day.
53-55 Thomas Street, Manchester, M4 1NA
In my mind, I think of Teacup as the original place to drink tea and eat cake in Manchester – possibly because it was the first tea room that I went to in the city.
The list of tea they offer is seemingly endless although don’t worry – they do have English Breakfast if you like your tea classic!
I could be wrong, but I also feel like they pretty much invented the rainbow cake. Seven tiers of rainbow sponge, sandwiched with jam and encased with marzipan; it’s something you should try at least once in your life.
Over the years I’ve sampled most of their cakes… peanut butter and cookie dough brownies, red velvet cake, carrot and coconut…
My absolute favourite however, is the pistachio and almond cake. Topped with rosebuds, the sponge is so light it means that you can actually eat more (sneaky, huh?).
I love the brunch at Teacup too – especially the Dippy Duck Eggs (and not just because the name sounds cute). Whenever I had a friend staying over in Manchester, I’d usually take them to Teacup for some form of food – either brunch or cake… often both.
Ahhh I miss Teacup – it’s definitely one of the best places to get cake in Manchester.
15 Richmond Street, Manchester, M1 3HZ
Richmond Tea Rooms really is a place you need to know about – and be on the hunt for – to find it. Nestled down a back street near Sackville Street, it’s certainly not a place you’ll just stumble across (unless you’re curious about the queue of people that are waiting to go in).
Once you’ve opened the door and walked up the stairs, prepare to be transported into Wonderland. And you’ve been invited to the Mad Hatter’s tea party.
The Alice in Wonderland theme is present everywhere, with cute little trinkets dotted around the place. In the corner of the rooms are canopies to give the impression of a room within a room. If you’ve got a special occasion coming up, you may be lucky enough to book one – we had afternoon tea there when I graduated from University.
You need to be prepared to stuff your face when you go to Richmond Tea Rooms, because the food is seriously good. I always start with their rarebit for a main, moving on to cake for dessert.
My recommendation? You can’t beat their triple chocolate fudge cake. I am literally salivating just thinking about it.
60 Tib Street, Manchester, M4 1LG
It took me a long time to visit here, because every time I tried to go the queues were massive (Sugar Junction is much smaller than everywhere else mentioned on this list).
This 1940s style tea room offers lots of choice for brunch and lunch, but one thing you need to make sure is that you save room for cake.
The mac’n’cheese is probably my favourite savoury thing to have; and I enjoyed the Blueberry French Toast, but I’d advise you bring a toothbrush because I’m not joking: it turns your whole mouth (including teeth) bright blue. Not a good look.
The cake on offer changes everyday, but if you’re struggling to decide which slice to have (it’s a tough decision to make), order the cake platter. You get three half slices of cake (which are so big anyway, they’re basically full slices) and are great for sharing. Or to have all to yourself. You decide.
49-51 Edge Street, Manchester, M4 1HW; Deansgate, Manchester, M3 4EN
Hands down the cakes at Home Sweet Home are the craziest cakes you’ll ever see. The icing to sponge ratio must be at least 50:50 – so you’ll need a seriously sweet tooth if you want to give these concoctions a go.
Take a sponge cake: whether it’s plain, chocolate, carrot… you name it. Now add a few inches of icing to it (preferably in a vivid neon shade, with some sparkly glitter). Then add the toppings: jammie dodgers, sweets, lollipops… you name it, and they’ve probably got it on the cake.
I always get a bit overexcited when I see the cakes on offer at Home Sweet Home, and order a slice for myself thinking I can handle it. It’s only when I’m a third of the way through that I remember they’re more like a three person portion.
Many may say these cakes are over-the-top. They’re probably true. But that’s what makes those cakes so amazing.
230 Burton Road, Manchester, M20 2LW
Living in Didsbury, sometimes I wanted cake so badly that I just couldn’t make it into town. Luckily for me, And the Dish ran away with the Spoon was only a two minute walk from my house.
I’m just going to make it clear now: this place is tiny. There must only be about five tables and at least three of them seem to be permanently occupied with young families with massive buggies, meaning there’s no space for maneuvering.
Thank God they offer takeout cake!
They offer a wide selection of cake that changes on a daily basis – but if you’re lucky you’ll visit on a day when they’ve baked cinnamon buns. Sooo good.
Maybe I’m biased, but I firmly believe that if you want to have a truly amazing slice of cake, you need to go to Manchester. I’m thinking of heading up there for the day now, and getting cake for breakfast, lunch and dinner!