Dan Lepard on Britain's Best Cake Shops

Observer Food Monthly
© The Observer, Sunday September 23, 2007

The German magazine Stern described this award-winning bakery as one of the few good stories about Germany in a British press normally filled with brown images of sauerkraut and Nazis. Observer Food Monthly award-winners Falko Burkert, the baker at Edinburgh bakery Falko, and partner Robert Linton combine a farmers' market stall with two retail stores to showcase the best Austrian and German baking, like their sterling sachertort stripped back to the original Konditorei Demel recipe, rich with bitter chocolate and almonds, and lightly coated rather than layered with apricot preserve. Look out for Falko's poppyseed cheesecake, with the seeds ground by hand to release the oil and flavour.

· [185] Bruntsfield Place, Edinburgh, 0131 656 0763; 1 Stanley Road, Gullane, East Lothian, 01620 843 168; also available at Edinburgh Farmers' Market

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