hereA couple of weeks ago, I visited the Great British Cupcakery for the first time with fellow blogger Vicky. It is one of those places I only ever seem to be in the vicinity of when it is closed so you can imagine when both of our days off lined up and we jumped at the chance to pay a visit. We actually we ate our way around Newcastle in the same day but that’s a different story!
Tucked away under the Tyne Bridge, the Great British Cupcakery has garnered an increasing following thanks to their cutesy décor and most importantly their incredible sweet treats. Everything that is on the counter is just crying out for an Instagram photo with all of the filters and hashtags. Maybe that’s the main reason we went…. We are bloggers after all.
Along side an absolute myriad of cakes, tray bakes and milkshakes, GBC offer a range of savoury light lunches which looked lovely but we had only 1 thing on our mind…. The Geet Big Shake. With a nod to it’s Australian roots, this freakshake has become infamous in the city and there was no doubt we had to have one. I pushed aside that old lactose intolerance and ploughed on in to the Honeycomb Milkshake (£5). The girls were great with my request to swap the chocolate banana for a piece of brownie. We couldn’t complete a visit without a good old pot of tea each either!
A massive 1 pint Mason Jar is drizzled with caramel, swathed in chocolate and covered in honeycomb pieces. Sounds good so far doesn’t it? Fill it up with thick luxurious milkshake and top it off with huge scoops of chocolate ganache-like mousse, more drizzled sauce and then in my case a full serving of brownie and for Vicky, a frozen banana-pop covered in chocolate. Mmm!
We both gave up half way through and admitted defeat. We battled the Freak and lost. It was bloody lush though. I can’t wait to taste the new flavours!
With a husband (and a cake loving Mother) waiting for me at home, I picked up a few sweet treats for them to take away. The Red Velvet was super light and moist and most importantly. I hate it when red velvets aren’t actually red! The Salted Caramel Chocolate Cupcake was divine. Absolute cake perfection. I find these fancy cupcakes are quite often style over substance but not at The Great British Cupcakery. The chocolate cake was moist and rich, topped with butter icing and a delicious salted caramel sauce that was actually salty. I’m sure if you’ve read my blog for a while, you’ll know I have issues about salted caramel that isn’t salty! Boo! There was a Rocky Road tray bake but there’s no photographic evidence of that as it was inhaled by the Husband as soon as I walked in the door!
While we visited, we had other diners join our table and come and go thanks to the big communal tables and a first come first served seating basis. You can however reserve a table for afternoon tea – which looked so good! There’s no big deal about the seating, everyone just shuffles up and muddles on. What’s even better is they stock Taste Magazine and during our visit there was people picking up the magazine and enjoying our hard work – MY hard work! No greater proud moment there!
This is definitely a must-visit in Newcastle and while it is a fair walk from Eldon, the Quaylink bus stops not too far away and there is plenty of on-street parking right out side.
The afternoon tea is next on my to try list!
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