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Vegan cakes at Naked Bakery, Edinburgh

Naked Bakery

Naked Bakery
24a Hill Street


Overall score: ★★★★★

There’s been a lot of new openings in Edinburgh this year, but 2018 has definitely left one of the best until last. Naked Bakery has been doing the rounds for a few years now with vegan festivals, home deliveries and stocking the likes of Harvey Nicols, The Dome and Waterstones Café, but this year they have managed to secure their own premises on Hill Street and are now selling their delicious vegan-friendly goodies under their own flag. Hooray!

Naked Bakery’s offering is totally vegan, and they also go to special efforts to cater for other dietary requirements as well, such as gluten-free. Louise’s creations have been described as pieces of “edible art”, and when you see the pictures of her gorgeous cakes and macarons below, you’ll understand why!

Vegan food at Naked Bakery

The cakes and macarons at Naked Bakery have had a cult following for quite some time now, but with the new café comes a new savoury lunch menu, which of course is also completely vegan. At the time of writing, here are the tempting options available:

  • Avocado on whole wheat toast Smashed avocado on toasted whole wheat bread layered with baby plum tomatoes. Add plant-based maple bacon for an optional additional cost
  • Waffles Light and crispy rainbow waffles served with whipped cream, strawberries, bananas, blueberries, raspberries and blackberries then drizzled in maple syrup. Again, plant-based maple bacon is available for an optional additional cost
  • Lentil and “bacon” soup A warm and hearty bowl of lentil soup topped with crispy plant-based bacon bits served with a chunky slice of fresh bread
  • Lentil dahl Full of flavour lentil dahl served with rice, chapati and topped with a sprinkle of spring onions
  • Toastie Toasted cheese sandwich on chunky white bread with optional additional toppings:
    • Plant-based maple bacon
    • Plant-based pastrami
    • Tomatoes
    • Salsa
  • Mac ‘n’ cheese toastie Toasted sandwich on chunky white bread filled with mac ‘n’ cheese. Additional toppings:
    • Plant-based maple bacon
    • Plant-based pastrami
    • Tomatoes
    • Salsa
  • Mac ‘n’ cheese A hearty bowl of mac ‘n’ cheese topped with sliced tomato and served with a slice of ciabatta garlic bread. Additional toppings:
    • Plant-based maple bacon
    • Plant-based pastrami

Of course, this is all well and good, but let’s be honest. At Naked Bakery, we are very much here for the cake. The range of sweet treats available will be on display at the glass counter on your way in, but to give you an idea of what to expect, here are some of their cake and macaron varieties:


  • Oreo
  • Raspberry and white chocolate
  • Vanilla
  • Red velvet
  • Candyfloss unicorn
  • Lemon and honae
  • Apple and caramel

Big cakes

  • Black forest
  • Biscoff
  • Apple caramel crumble
  • Carrot cake
  • Vanilla
  • Lemon and honae


  • Unicorns
  • Birthday cake
  • Jaffa cake
  • Cookies and cream
  • Raspberry
  • Peanut butter jelly

… and much more! The selection changes every day.

Flat white coffee at Naked Bakery, Edinburgh
Flat white coffee


Vegan cheese toastie at Naked Bakery, Edinburgh
Cheese toastie


The Homer donut at Naked Bakery, Edinburgh
“The Homer” strawberry donut


Vegan biscoff cake at Naked Bakery, Edinburgh
A big slice of Biscoff Cake


Vegan Black Forest Cake at Naked Bakery, Edinburgh
Black Forest Cake


Vegan unicorn cupcakes at Naked Bakery, Edinburgh
Unicorn cupcakes


Vegan donuts at Naked Bakery, Edinburgh


Vegan vanilla cupcakes at Naked Bakery, Edinburgh
Vanilla cupcakes


Snowflake donuts at Naked Bakery, Edinburgh
Snowflake donuts


Vegan Oreo Cupcakes at Naked Bakery, Edinburgh
Oreo Cupcakes


Vegan Rudolph Cupcakes at Naked Bakery, Edinburgh
Rudolph Cupcake – the festive special


Vegan Macarons at Naked Bakery, Edinburgh

How much does it cost?

Large cakes are £3.50 a slice, cupcakes are £2.50 each and macarons are £1.50 each. If you’re looking at the savoury options, the cheese toastie is £4.50 or, if you fancy something more substantial, a big bowl of lentil dahl is £9.

Is it any good?

Some bakeries are all style and no substance, but that is definitely not the case here at Naked Bakery. These cakes taste just as good as they look!

The macarons are just as tasty as their non-vegan counterparts, if not more so. The cakes are moist, sweet and look absolutely gorgeous. I mean, just look at them! Rip open a candyfloss unicorn cupcake and you’ll find a wonderful colourful surprise, or treat yourself to a Rudolph cupcake to get into the festive spirit.

The café itself is also one of the most beautiful I’ve ever seen. The walls are covered in oh-so-Instragrammable purple flowers, the table numbers are labelled with beautiful gold signs and the plates, bowls and cups are gorgeous black and gold. These guys have paid serious attention to detail, and it shows.

If sweet delicious treats are your thing, then add Naked Bakery to your must-visit list. With their beautiful cakes and tasty macarons, this will easily become an essential stop on the vegan Edinburgh circuit!

Choice: ★★★★★
Menu info: ★★★★★
Deliciousness: ★★★★★
Value for money: ★★★★☆

Naked Bakery Opening Hours

These opening hours are correct at the time of writing. For the most accurate times, check Naked Bakery’s Facebook page (linked above). Bear in mind, Naked Bakery may close early on some days if they sell out.

Monday 9 am – 6 pm
Tuesday 9 am – 6 pm
Wednesday 9 am – 6 pm
Thursday 9 am – 8 pm
Friday 9 am – 6 pm
Saturday 9 am – 6 pm
Sunday 11.30 am – 5 pm

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Vegan cakes at Naked Bakery, Edinburgh

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  • Having used naked bakery continuously for the past two years, however not being total vegan I have found their products amazing, not only visually however the taste is fantastic too.
    Since opening i have visited naked bakery twice, finding the food, service and ambience first class. With a relaxing environment and great customer service, I will no doubt find myself visiting again this weekend.