The Internet is an amazing thing. I love the way it connects people. I really enjoy the #gloshour chat on a Wednesday night on Twitter, talking to other bloggers and businesses in my local area. It was on there that I met the lovely Esther who owns The Cakery, which turns out to be just up the road from me. Every Wednesday I find myself drooling over the photos she posts of her layered cakes, cupcakes, meringues and macarons. I have a real weakness for macarons. I had to get me some!
You are able to get six macarons from The Cakery for £3 and they come in a lovely little box so you COULD give them as a gift, or you could just see them as a lovely little gift to yourself.
I had six flavours: coffee, vanilla, lemon, chocolate, pistachio and raspberry. They all looked so beautiful, and it was very clear which was which. They were perfect – with equal-sized crisp shells and shiny surfaces.
In each case the texture of the macaron was just as it should be – light and fluffy and slightly chewy on the inside with the right proportion of filling to shell.
Unfortunately for me, I had help tasting them in the form of Freyja. I am pleased that she has such good taste in her choice of confection but these were really so good I would have much rather kept them to myself. We tried the chocolate first. I have been disappointed with chocolate ones in the past, but these were different. The chocolate ganache filling gave them an intense chocolate-y flavour but they still retained the characteristics of a perfect macaron. Freyja was very keen to try the beautiful pink raspberry macaron, and with its jammy filling it really was as good as it looked. Freyja didn’t like the coffee one (which was good!) but like the chocolate one, it definitely delivered for me!
I have also found vanilla macarons to be disappointing in the past, tasting “plain” rather than of vanilla, but the vanilla extract within the filling meant that these really did taste of vanilla. In fact, I think this one may have been my favourite, but it would be a hard call between the vanilla and the pistachio. Freyja’s favourite was the lemon macaron, which had a really sharp lemon curd filling.
I will definitely be getting some more macarons from The Cakery in the future. They are some of the nicest that I have ever had and I think that the little box of six for £3 is actually really good value compared with others that I have bought. And of course I will be helping to support a local business – whilst getting my macaron fix. If you live in Gloucestershire, they are definitely worth checking out, and if you don’t then at least follow The Cakery on Twitter and join me in my regular drooling over the photos of their cupcake platters!