As a cake enthusiast, I’m always on the lookout for some nice cakes and came across Lemon Drizzle Tea & Cakes on twitter. They’re a market stall run by Charlotte Gee and Claire Simpson and they sell gorgeous cakes by the slice, individually wrapped. This appealed to my sweet tooth without the negatives of committing to an entire cake. I decided I had to try their slice of Earl Grey cake, made with tea from Saddleworth Tea, so spoke with them on twitter and they kindly reserved me a slice on the day I said I would be visiting!
I met up with both Charlotte and Claire at Levenshulme market as they recently started trading there. They are both very lovely ladies, Charlotte bakes all the cakes and Claire helps promotes them. I was happy to hear that Charlotte and I share the same ethos regarding cakes with frosting; no thank you! We can have a bit but a lot of modern cakes have way too much frosting which albeit can make a cake look pretty, is just not that nice to eat. All of Charlotte’s cakes are without heavy frosting and utterly divine.
The cakes are £2 each or 3 for £5. With my Early Grey cake safely in hand, I proceeded to pick out 2 other slices with much difficulty. I ended up going with the ginger and orange cake and the coconut lime cake. When I got home, I sliced a section off each one and served with some black tea.
Coconut and lime cake
First the coconut and lime cake which I start with this since it seemed like the lightest tasting of the three cakes. The coconut sponge is very moist and the lime drizzle complements it perfectly with its sourness. The drizzle has fresh lime segments stirred into it. If you like lemon drizzle cakes and coconut, I highly recommend this cake.
Ginger and orange cake
The ginger and orange cake combines the flavours of ginger, cinnamon, treacle, golden syrup and orange zest, topped off with orange icing. The cake is very much like a Jamaican ginger cake, but with lovely orange added. It reminds me of Christmas! The sponge is very moist and rich tasting.
Earl Grey tea cake
This lovely tea cake contains fruit which has been soaked in Saddleworth Tea’s Earl Grey overnight. The sponge to this is drier than the other two cakes, so I highly recommend toasting this one with some butter.
Lemon Drizzle Tea & Cakes trade around several markets, including Levenshulme Market, Cheadle Maker’s Market and Chorlton Green Farmer’s Market.
Have you tried the cakes from Lemon Drizzle Tea & Cakes? What are your favourite types of cake?
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