There really is no time like the present to indulge while we bunker up at home waiting for the storm that is the pandemic to pass. And it’s easy to do so when our county is dotted with some of the most creative bakeries in all the lands. I’m talking seriously innovative food porn – made up of sweet combos that we could only think up in our dreams. Luckily for us, Yorkshire bakers have made them a reality, and most are still serving takeaways and deliveries throughout lockdown. Without further ado, here are some of the best dessert bakeries in Yorkshire.
1. Brew and Brownie, York
Well known for their delicious sweet treats served on Museum Street, York, Brew and Brownie is the perfect cake stop – with so much to choose from your eyes will end up bigger than your belly. From stacked pancakes topped with all the good stuff, to homemade cookies, brownies and more – Brew and Brownie is available to order online to enjoy at home, with both brownie boxes and lockdown ‘chocolate and coffee survival’ boxes available to order. Brew and Brownie, 5 Museum Street, York, YO1 7DT.
2. 42nd East Bakehouse, Beverley & Leeds
As Instagrammable as they come, 42nd East Bakehouse regularly experiments with their treats – which range from gooey cookies and cheesecake, to brownies and donuts. Everything they bake will have you drooling on sight alone – in particular their gooey brookies and tiered cookie pies filled with faves such as Oreo and biscoff. There’s two sites across Yorkshire – including Beverley and Leeds – with postal orders available across the UK. 42nd East Bakehouse, St Mary’s Arcade, Beverley, HU17 8DG | Leeds Corn Exchange, Call Lane, Leeds, LS1 7BR.
3. Doh’Hut, Leeds
Another great spot in Leeds for those with a keen sweet tooth, Doh’Hut are specialists in doughnuts – in particular, the sugared, stuffed variety. Think traditional raspberry jam, chocolate ganache, and weekly specials such as lemon curd, milky bar and even toffee apple. Doh’Hut, 2 Treveylan Square, Leeds, LS1 6ED.
4. Doe Bakehouse, Harrogate & York
Doe Bakehouse knows good desserts, and they go all out with the aesthetics, too. Think pink-topped hot chocolates, colourful glazed ring donuts, and gooey everything. Their rocky road, in particular, is to die for and comes in an array of flavours, in addition to their show-stopping donuts which regularly sell out. Pick them up in-store or order online. Doe Bakehouse, 4 Bower Street, Harrogate, HG1 5BQ | 12A Church Street, York, YO1 8BE.
5. Flour and Feast, Hull
So you may have seen Flour and Feast feature on our Instagram a number of times – and it’s for good reason. The creative bakers have come up with the most incredible duo – the gooey brownie topped with even gooier marshmallow, which quite frankly, is probably the greatest combo of all time. Not only that, but they also serve up moreish stuffed donuts, classic cookies, and absolutely massive cakes – making it the perfect stop-off for a treat when in Hull. Flour and Feast, 10 Humber Street, Hull, HU1 1TG.
6. Fika North, Leeds
Fika North is a lovely little coffee shop tucked away in Headingley, Leeds, but what strikes us the most about them is their tasty bakes. From shortbreads and muffins, to stuffed donuts and pastries – the cafe offers something a little different from the candyfloss coloured puds of other sweet spots in town. Plus, the coffee is delicious. Fika North, 94 Otley Road, Headingley, Leeds, LS6 4BA.
7. Satan’s Glaze, Sheffield
A donut shop with a difference – Satan’s Glaze in Sheffield caters for all, with vegan-friendly donuts on offer for all of us to chow down. The ever-indulgent creations guarantee a whole lotta glaze, with flavours including S’mores, banoffee, lemon meringue, After Eight, and even blueberry pie. Order online here. Satan’s Glaze, 107 Neepsend Lane, Neepsend, Sheffield, S3 8AT.
8. Doboy Donuts, Castleford & Wakefield
Serving up a rainbow of donuts, Doboy Donuts has a flavour for everyone – and they (almost) look too good to eat. From shimmering lemon cheesecake to the extra topped chocolate Rolo – you’re best off getting a box to save you the trouble of picking. Order online here. Doboy Donuts, 109 Dewsbury Road, Wakefield, WF2 9BL | Willowbridge Lane, Castleford, WF10 5NW.
9. The Dirty Doughnut, Hull
Much-loved in Hull for their “loaded” creations, The Dirty Doughnut found its fanbase after launching a delivery service early last year – with some seriously naughty flavours on the menu. Think Ferrero Rocher, walnut whip, dibdab, Terry’s chocolate orange… The list goes on. If that wasn’t enough already, they’ve also created dog-friendly doughnuts, too, meaning your furry friend can get in on the action. Check ’em out online.
10. 52 Broadway, York
One of York’s most fabulous independent coffee shops, 52 Broadway not only serves up great coffee, but seriously tasty sweet treats too. I’m talking perfect slices of caramel brownies, blondies, rocky road, and tasty cookie dough – with popular combos such as Terry’s chocolate orange, Lotus Biscoff, Caramac and more. 52 Broadway, 52 Broadway, Fulford, York, YO10 4JX.
11. Kibble Bakery, Skipton
Ok, so this one’s definitely a bakery with a difference – this time, catering mostly for our precious pooches. The award-winning Kibble Bakery is popular for a reason, providing a dog-friendly retreat for Skipton locals to enjoy. The cafe, of course, serves up tasty brunch dishes and cakes for humans, with a menu of tasty treats for your dog to wolf down – all-natural, of course. Shop their dog treats online during lockdown. Kibble Bakery, 44 Sheep St, Skipton, BD23 1HY.
[Featured image: 42nd East Bakehouse]