In case you’ve been completely offline (or just ignoring me on Instagram for the past couple of days), I’ve got news: G and I went to Edinburgh for our third anniversary (yes, time flies!) and, of course, I had to use this as an opportunity to hunt down the best spots to eat in the city. We ate a lot, but I’m only bringing you my top picks. Here’s the first one.
Sugar Daddy’s is the coolest bakery you’ll ever find. Their place caught my eye from the outside, with the pretty colours and the bright lights, anyone that walks by can tell that they’re up to something awesome.
Turns out that once you step inside, you’ll find out that this place not only makes DELICIOUS treats, but also that they’re all gluten free. I know what you’re thinking, please keep reading!!!
Yes, to all of us gluten free usually means that the stuff tastes like dirt, but I promise that’s not the case here. Neither G nor I have any food allergies or intolerances so we don’t really need to eat these, but we devoured everything in less than 5 minutes because they were the most delicious treats ever. Emphasis on the fact that I didn’t say the most delicious gluten free treats. I’m telling you now, this was the absolute best brownie I’ve ever tried (and it happens to be GF).
They have something for pretty much everyone. From lactose and soy free cakes, to even fully vegan treats, and from the most chocolaty bite you’ll ever take to an incredibly sweet caramel apple cookie sandwich, they take their offer on providing delicious indulgent treats for everyone really serious.
But hey, enough talking, let’s get to the food.
I didn’t tell G we were going to a gluten free bakery beforehand because I didn’t want him to have any preconceptions before trying these, and he could not believe all of the things we had were gluten free (and some even vegan!).
The goldie was G’s absolute favourite, and coming from a person that hates anything that tastes slightly different to what he’s used to have, that says a lot.
To me, this was amazing in every single bite. The texture was soft on the inside, yet a bit harder on the outside, the perfect pairing! It was sweet enough to be considered a treat/dessert, yet not too sweet that you could get tired of it. I loved the salted caramel flavour in every bite.
Two thumbs up!
I don’t even know what JP and his wife put in these cookies to make them taste so good!
Seriously, I cannot believe these are free of pretty much everything and still can compete with any of my other favourite cookies! To this day, I’m still shocked of how much I liked them.
I’m not the biggest fan of apple desserts yet I enjoyed this one like any other cookie. The apple flavour was there but wasn’t the only thing you could taste. The combination with the salted caramel filling was what made this a winner in my book. The cream paired great with the cookie and gave it an even sweeter taste.
This one is definitely sweeter than the goldie, but still delicious. Thumbs up!
These are the brownies I was talking about.
BEST. BROWNIES. EVER.
I died like three times while trying them, and then they brought me back to life on the next bite. I need to plan my next trip to Edinburgh just to have another one (JP, if you’re reading this, can you send some to Manchester?).
No, but seriously, this was my favourite treat of the afternoon and I think these guys have the ideal brownie recipe. The chocolate flavour was strong yet delicious, it definitely didn’t feel like too much or too sweet. The texture on the inside, just like the goldie, was what killed me. SO GOOD. Seriously, even if you don’t need your food to be GF, you need to give these a go.
The most important words here were fudgy and smooth, and they nailed it with both!
The frosting was my favourite part but I think that’s because of my sweet tooth. It was definitely super smooth and sweet, and served as the perfect complement to the incredibly soft chocolate cake. I’m still surprised at how good this cupcake tasted. If they hadn’t told me it was free from pretty much anything, I’d have thought it was just a ‘regular’ cupcake. Definitely worth a try!
My conclusion? If Sugar Daddy’s taught me anything is that gluten free/dairy free/vegan (or any other dietary restriction) doesn’t necessarily mean boring/meh flavour. That’s the biggest misconception we all have and these guys are here to break all of those ‘rules’.
If you’re in Edinburgh, even if you just love treats like I do, pay them a visit! You won’t regret it. (Specially if you eat their brownies!!). I know JP and his wife will change your mind, because I know they changed ours.
This is not a gluten free bakery, it’s a bakery that offers delicious treats, that also happen to be gluten free.
I’m so glad I found them, and now I have several reasons to go back (I still have to try their other treats!). If you’re around, give them a go (and send me some photos so I can feel jealous!), and if you want to know more about our favourite lunch spot in Edinburgh, come back on Thursday. I promise it’ll also be good.
That’s it for today. If you know of any places in Manchester (GF or non-GF) where I can find some really good sweet stuff, send me a message! I’d love to give them a go. You can find me on Instagram (@michellelovestoeat), Twitter (@mlovestoeat), and Facebook (@michellelovestoeat).
If you’re a brand, restaurant or fellow foodie and would like to collaborate, you can email me: email@example.com, and I’m sure we’ll create something great (and yummy) together!
Done. Enough writing. Talk to you on Thursday.