We taste test cream cakes from city centre’s top-rated bakery – Derbyshire Live
Birds bakery is a Derby institution, has been on the pastry scene for just over 70 years and in its life-time has become a firm favourite with the people across the region.
In fact, its so loved, that people city wide have made it the best bakeries in the city centre on TripAdvisor this month which we felt was an excellent excuse to put it to the test.
The eatery has a large number of glowing reviews, with one user writing: “Best breakfast in Derby and the best cakes for afternoon tea”.
It’s clear that foodies across the East Midlands are raving about their bakeries, so we took at trip to Birds, in Albert Street, to try out some their famous cream cakes.
The staff were lovely and helpful and after a lot of contemplation, I opted for a cream puff, a cream doughnut and a cream slice.
My order came to a total of £3.55, which I think is pretty reasonable for three cakes.
The first thing that struck me was the sheer size of the products.
In hindsight, I’m not too sure what I was expecting, but only purchasing three cakes turned out to be a sensible choice.
(Image: Daniela Loffreda – Derby Telegraph)
First up I tried the cream doughnut, which resembled more of a bun, and was packed with fresh whipped cream and a layer of jam.
I must admit, I’m not particularly a jam fan, but the doughnut was incredibly light and felt like eating a slice of Victoria sponge cake.
I find jam can quickly become too overpowering and incredibly sweet, but the thin layer added just the right amount flavour to compliment the cream.
Next on my list was the cream slice.
Admittedly, I hadn’t thought much of this sweet treat at first glance, but after taking just one bite, I quickly changed my mind.
The pastry was crisped with sugar, which I found to be the perfect contrast to the richness of the whipped cream.
Perhaps the only criticism was that it would be incredibly difficult to eat on-the-go. You would make a terrible mess and it would be a struggle to enjoy it while worrying about getting it on your clothes.
Finally I tried the cream puff, which was topped with melted chocolate, sometimes known as an elephant’s foot.
I must say, I’ve tried a lot …….