Let them Eat Cake
Marie Antoinette knew what she was talking about when she (supposedly) uttered the now infamous line. Everyone needs cake at certain times and as Autumn is now creeping up on us, comfort food is the one thing that will get us through the dark days ahead!
Luckily, we are spoilt for choice in Dublin when it good cake. Below are some local spots that will satisfy any sweet tooth:
Queen of Tarts
If you haven’t heard of this cafe then you aren’t a true cake lover! Queen of Tarts is a patisserie and cafe and everything is baked fresh on the premises.The cake counter is, in a word, enchanting and displays all types of cakes such as rich chocolate fudge cake, Baileys chocolate chip cheesecake and Carrot Cake (if you want to fool yourself that you are going for the healthy option). My advice- be firm in your resolve as to what you want- I often start floundering when I have to commit to one type cake in the face of so many amazing options.
Known as one of Dublin’s best kept secrets given it is so hard to find (it’s at the back of a stationery shop), this oasis on Camden street is a great place to go if you are in need of a sugar high. Recommendations include the chocolate biscuit cake,the coffee and walnut cake and any of the brownies or rice-crispy squares. If you want to be self-sufficient when it comes to cake eating, they also do baking classes!
If you like coffee cake, you need to go here. It’s best to go at the end of the day when they sometimes have half a cake le and give it all to you for the price of one slice!
Winnies Craft Cafe
This is a charming cafe just o the dual carriage that is part of a craft shop. Crafts and cake- such a wholesome combination!
Fallon & Byrne Food Hall
This food hall takes food very seriously and the cake section is no exception- they have cakes to suit all tastes and is a perfect place to go if you want to get something for a special occasion.
Avoca has over 12 cafes throughout Ireland and is one of the best places to go for comfort food, particularly dessert! Their lemon curd cake is very tasty, as are their roulades and cheesecakes. To justify all the eating, it’s best to go to one of the Avocas outside of Dublin such as Powerscourt and go for a big walk before indulging!
Phoenix Park Cafe
Voted one of the top 10 independent cafes in Ireland, this is a great spot to go for homemade cakes and there is a lovely patio outside if it’s a sunny day.