When I spotted on Twitter a few weeks ago that my buddy Debs was starting a new series on her blog called pastry pursuits, I immediately offered up my services as a cake date companion….I am just really selfless like that!
Debs new series is all about finding the best independent cake spots in Glasgow, so naturally I was all over that!!!
After a little chat we decided to hit up the wonderful Cottonrake for some scrumptious cake and fun bantz. And I thought since I’ve never actually done a review of this lovely bakery it was about time I rectify that with a proper post.
Located on Great Western Road this bakery may be petite but I can confirm it is perfectly formed. The majority of the shop is made up of a massive counter which is practically groaning under the weight of decadent tarts, tempting biscuits and perfectly risen breads. And while there are a few stools to sit and enjoy a coffee and cake it does get very busy so you may not always be able to get a seat.
The vibe at Cottonrake is very stylish – everything from their cakes, to their counter, to their seated area is insta-fabulous and as pretty as a hip west end picture.
The staff are friendly and always have a smile on their faces. They’re really helpful and knowledgeable about all the goodies on sale, but it’s a very busy bakery so their time to chat is limited, which is totally fair enough.
Right fire up the trumpets and sound the alarm – let’s talk cake!!
As I was meeting Debs mid-morning I deliberately skipped breakfast so that I could enjoy a croissant before indulging in cake. And my goodness what a croissant it was – flaky, well risen, slightly crisp and so large they look like they were on steroids. What I really liked about this pasty was how beautifully defined and airy the layers inside were – a great start to our cake date.
And with breakfast out of the way I felt free to fully indulge in some mega cake tasting.
We kicked things off with the White Chocolate and Raspberry Tart which is surely one of the best cakes in the city. Infact I have lost count how many times I have enjoyed this cake, and never once has it been anything less than divine.
Imagine if you can a large pale crumbly biscuit base filled with a layer of tart sticky raspberry jam, which is made in house. Topped with a thick creamy smooth white chocolate ganache finishes with fresh raspberry and berries – sounds pretty perfect right? This all adds up to a perfectly balanced cake, which never fails to make me feel nearly dizzy with hedonistic pleasure.
Next up we treated ourselves to a Treacle and Roasted Pecan Tart. I can not tell you how much I freaking LOVE pecans. On the whole I am not a huge nut fan, I don’t mind them but I don’t go nuts for them (boom boom….pun intended) but there is something about pecans that I adore.
So this cake is totally up my street. Just like the white chocolate tart the case is beautifully buttery and biscuity, but this base has a slightly caramelized nutty flavour. This was filled with a gooey dense spongy treacle filling and topped with shards of toasted pecans and a pecan crumble of sorts. Another cracker of a cake.
And as if all that wasn’t enough, I was also talked into taking home a pastrami filled roll and a oat and cranberry cookie for a mid-afternoon snack which were both frankly delicious.
Honestly I don’t know how much it all cost because I was ordering stuff and chatting to Debs while paying at the counter – I have a funny feeling that the bill including coffee came to £17. Here is the thing tho I genuinely don’t care what it cost because a trip to Cottonrake is a treat, you can see and taste the work that goes into each item and I have zero issue paying to enjoy such a wonderful cake. I have a funny feeling tho that the tarts are in the region of £3-4 each, so not cheap by any stretch of the imagination – but totally worth it!
I am sure you have guessed by now but Cottonrake is my favourite bakery in the city, it has a cool vibe and the cakes are consistently excellent…what more could you possibly want from a local bakery?