Cupcakes #78 and #79
Mimi’s Bakehouse (63 Shore, Edinburgh EH6 6RA)
Raspberry Mojito and Chocolate Orange
In their love letter to Edinburgh, the Proclaimers compare the ideal love affair to sunshine on Leith, because it’s phenomenal and it happens, like, almost never. This Wednesday, however, it got hotter in Edinburgh than it’s ever been, and we walked forty minutes to the Shore because I wanted to see sunshine on Leith. Round here, that’s like a solar eclipse.
While at the Shore, we naturally visited Mimi’s Bakehouse. Earlier I had thought such a trip unnecessary, because I live near Mimi’s Picnic Parlour in Old Town. WRONG. Mimi’s Picnic Parlour is but a frail offshoot of the pure source that is the Bakehouse, and that source is worth a forty minute walk, I’m telling you.
The Bakehouse is a beautiful specimen of deco kitsch, with its pink armchairs and blue-and-white walls, but we opted to sit outside along the Shore. The Chocolate Orange was bountifully rich and possessed the perfect degree of bittersweet - although I would dock marks on presentation, since the orange curls make it look like the first thing I ever knitted, which was so riddled with dropped stitches that I could only use it as a test-tube wrapper until it caught fire one day in the chemistry lab.
Now the Raspberry Mojito. This…I have never quite had anything like this. It’s a genius concoction. The cake, flecked with mint and spiced with a sly hint of rum. The icing, light and creamy and with a trove of raspberry puree buried beneath it, waiting and juicy. The monster blackberry basking on top beneath the little paper umbrella. And the balance, oh gods, the balance, it is so rare to find a cupcake that balances every flavour in it perfectly and this was the epitome of balance. I understand that this is a novelty flavour and as such you will probably never see its like again on the counter of Mimi’s, or anywhere else in the world. But I am honoured to have had this once-in-a-lifetime experience. Just like sunshine on Leith.