It feels better if you have an excuse to eat cake, less of a luxury more of a necessity, so with no birthday in sight we jumped at the chance to celebrate a Sunday with some help from Mimi’s Bakehouse in Leith. We’re pretty familiar with Edinburgh’s cake shop scene, Mimi’s is one of our most regular haunts. We live dangerously close to The Shore, it’s a wonder we’ve not asked to move in!
The café shares some of the same qualities as the Tardis, not only does the 1940s decor make it feel like you have travelled back in time but it is much bigger on the inside than you would think.
Luckily we got to Mimi’s just in time, they were about to close and could only offer a cakeaway, this was ideal as it was exactly what we wanted. We had an afternoon of binge-watching planned, there needed to be sufficient sugar to get us through the night.
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A Feast for Easter
An Easter theme ran through all of the cakes, there was a good selection on offer and after much deliberation, we settled on the white chocolate cheesecake and red velvet chocolate cake.
Whilst waiting for the cakes to be boxed up I took a little look around, every little detail in the café was perfect, Mimi had clearly put a great deal of thought into the look and feel of the place. There were also a few non-edible items for sale, these would no doubt make perfect gifts for any baking enthusiast. Even the box for our cakes was cool, a really unusual design that tied in nicely with the cafe’s style:
After what seemed like a lifetime to get home and tuck in, we found that there was a slight mix up with our order, whilst the cheesecake was present we’d been given the wrong chocolate cake (no red velvet with white chocolate frosting, just plain milk chocolate). This was disappointing as we had made it clear which chocolate cake we wanted when ordering, but we soon got over this mild frustration soon after our first taste of the cheesecake…
Mimi’s cheesecake was amazing, so smooth, not too rich and a buttery biscuit base that would satisfy even Gregg Wallace. Whilst the chocolate cake was tasty and incredibly moist it just couldn’t live up to the standard of the cheesecake. I’ve eaten my fair share cheesecakes in my time and can say without a doubt that this is the best, I may consider printing out a photo for my desk at work.
At first the price seemed a bit steep, it was around £8 for the two slices, however, the portions were very generously sized. Overall I would say that the price to slice ratio was more than fair.
Mimi’s motto is “it’s all about the cake!” and with cake this good you don’t need anything else.
In future, we’ll be finding more and more excuses to eat cake!
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