The best (and most unusual) places in Scotland known for great baking

As the Great British Bake Off returns to our screens, we take a look at the best places in Scotland to visit for a cake or two.

Published 28th Aug 2018
Updated 9 th Aug 2023

From small town cafes and delicious breads to home-baking found in an unusual spot, these baking hot spots are well worth trying.

Cakes in the Call Box

( Cladich, Argyll And Bute PA33 1BQ)


Picture: Cakes in the Call Box Facebook

Pick up a homemade treat from this decommissioned phone box in Argyll thanks to local bakers, Holly Ford and Bron Campbell.

Friends Holly Ford and Bron Campbell decided to use their talents for baking and spread a little sweetness to Cladich and beyond by opening their shop Cakes in the Call Box last year.

Holly and Bron gave the phone box some much needed TLC with a lick of paint, installed shelves and added some decorations.

Every day they bring a selection of homemade cakes and tray bakes to sell to locals and passersby who can leave a donation in the honesty box in the phone box.

Mimi's Bakehouse

(63 Shore, Edinburgh EH6 6RA)


Picture: Mimi's Bakehouse Facebook

This award winning family run bakery has three other outlets in Edinburgh, and is a popular spot for afternoon tea.

Serving up a selection of homemade cakes, it’s also a good lunch spot especially if you can grab an outside table on a warm day.

The skilled bakery team is led by Mimi’s daughter and Head Baker, Gemma Clearie who works hard to create a mix of traditional classics and creative inventions.

Bad Girl Bakery

(Forbes Buildings, 7, Great N Rd, Muir of Ord IV6 7TP)


Picture: Bad Girl Bakery Facebook

Indulge in a sweet treat from family-run Bad Girl Bakery, located near Inverness.

The bakery has had such success that the cafe now supply cakes, bakes and biscuits to the National Trust for Scotland and the Caledonian Sleeper.

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Cakes from Bad Girl Bakery often have hidden centres or something extra special about them - jammy crumbles or hidden surprises like Orkney Fudge.

The menu changes with the seasons and cakes - which include lemon and coconut squares; raspberry and white chocolate layer cake and jammy dodger muffins - are made fresh daily so once they're gone, they're gone.

Tantrum Doughnuts

(27 Old Dumbarton Rd Glasgow G3 8RD)

baking doughnuts

Picture: Tantrum Doughnuts Facebook

Despite the stressful sounding name, Tantrum Doughnuts has made its mark on Glasgow’s west end culinary scene with aplomb after moving to Old Dumbarton Road earlier last year.

The success has been so great that the shop opened a second outlet on Gordon Street in the city centre earlier this year.

Selling handmade brioche and old fashioned doughnuts in imaginative, seasonal flavours such as Raspberry Jam, Almond Old Fashioned, Candied bacon and French toast glaze, Tiramisu and Pistachio and Hibiscus, Tantrum is an ideal place to go if you have a sweet tooth.

Bakery Andante

(352 Morningside Rd, Edinburgh EH10 4QL)


Picture: Andante Facebook

Meaning 'at a slower tempo', Andante take their take to make proper bread using locally sourced ingredients, meaning this is one of the top bakeries to try when in Edinburgh.

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Popular with visitors and locals, Andante don't use additives or artificial improvers, and their bread - which includes a moreish apple and balsamic vinegar combo - can be found at local farmer's markets as well as in store.

Known for cake making, experimental jam recipes, Champagne, whisky and gin drinking (and the inability to cook Gnocchi), Rosalind is the Food and Drink Editor and whisky writer for The Scotsman, as well as hosting Scran, The Scotsman's food and drink podcast.
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