After a recent trip to Edinburgh, I stumbled across what I can only describe as a shop that dreams are made of...Patisserie Valerie.
The shop situated on Rose Street in Edinburgh, offers a fantastic selection of delicate and delicious cakes and patisserie right in the centre of Scotland's capital.
The recently opened shop and cafe, is the 56th Patisserie Valerie to be opened in the UK and the second in Scotland (the other shop is situated on North Bridge, Edinburgh). Founded in 1926 by Madam Valerie after setting up her first shop in London's Soho, the business has grown and is now branching out across the UK.
The selection of cakes on offer in the shop is to die for...from chocolate croissants as quick breakfast treat on the way to the office, fruit tarts and mille feuille, to magnificent celebration cakes.
I treated myself and my girls (who when arrived at the window of the shop, did nothing but stare in amazement!) to a slice of Black Forest and Double Chocolate cake.
The Black Forest was a light chocolate sponge, filled with cream and black cherries, topped with a chocolate curl, Patisserie Valerie chocolate disc and more cream.
The Double Chocolate slice was a generous helping of rich chocolate cream sandwiched in between dark chocolate sponge, with a whole profiterole on top for extra decadence!
Patisserie Valerie has an online ordering service for their celebration cakes, which look out of this world - I must remember to drop enough hints to my husband to order one of these for my birthday!
We unfortunately didn't have time to sit in the cafe on this visit, however on our next trip to Edinburgh, I will definitely be making a plan to enjoy a slice (or two!) when there.