Sunshine Bakery, Leeds
If you want to dive into a divine cupcake, make for this gloriously kitsch bakery in Chapel Allerton. Baker and former Marco Pierre White acolyte David Bennett is Cupcake Champion of Britain, and it’s true, the banana and mango with toasted almonds and mascarpone is a thing of great beauty. Don’t panic chocoholics, you’re catered for in spades; there’s chocolate with orange, with raspberry, with strawberry and with er chocolate.
Sunshine’s not just about cake; there’s bread to take home and hearty soups and paninis to eat in, along with a very good lamb kofta burger which arrives in a home made tomato and olive bun with rocket salad. But in our view, top of the chart is the sublime pork and apple sausage roll; the fat daddy of all rolls, succulent, properly seasoned and served with home made piccalilli and a snappy little salad, a give-away at £4.
All this and good coffee and tea served in cute mismatching china – the vibe here is vintage, with mock flock wallpaper, frilly lampshades like your aunty Rita’s and roses on the net tablecloths. It’s a tiny, joyous little caff serving great food full of love.
And we can let you in on a little secret. Once or twice a week you can eat here in the evening, a sort of secret supper club. They don’t advertise, ring for details.