What better way to support local businesses than by getting yourself a slice of something tasty? Have your cake and eat it with our guide to the best independent bakeries in and around Birmingham.
1. Pause at Isherwood & Co
Home of the Cinnabuffin (pictured below), Pause is a café at Unit 2 King's Court in King's Heath, offering a whole host of cakes, brownies, blondies and sweet treats. Pop by to slow down, pause, and enjoy a sugar-fix.
2.The Milkcake Man
In the heart of Kings Heath, The MilkCake Man offers relief for those that suffer with a seriously sweet-tooth. Think unusual flavours of soft serve (anyone for Piña Colada, charcoal coconut, matcha, or bubblegum?) and a menu of milk cakes (as the name suggests) topped and filled with anything your heart desires.
3. Medicine Bakery
Fancy a cronut and a coffee? Then Medicine Bakery is the perfect place to go. With two locations, on New St and in The Mailbox, this place is only a stones throw from our City Centre Campus and offers plenty of artisan bakes to cater to every need.
4. Ten Four Bakehouse
Ten Four have a Bakeshop in Stirchley open Wednesday to Saturday, and are regulars at farmers markets across the city... for good reason too! They offer an array of baked goods, meaning you can pick up a loaf or two alongside some seriously good pastries, you're basically doing yourself a favour and ticking off part of the weekly shop... right?
5. The Early Bird Bakery
Boasting coffee, cake and brunch for eat-in or take-away service, Early Bird (located on Kingsheath high-street), offers pastries, cakes and savouries which are baked daily in-house using locally sourced ingredients wherever possible.
6. Wheat Bakehouse
Wheat operates two baked goods collection services for those local to Birmingham and Worcester, but if you're in the city centre and fancy something sweet, you can also pick up their bakes at Ngopi coffee
Their strapline says it all - 'We serve good food. We serve good drinks. We sell nice things'. Alongside an impressive brunch and lunch menu, Caneat serve up a host of bakes. Some notable favourites include Miso Caramel Sponge & Apple Custard and Courgette & Chocolate.
8. Cherry Reds
Not quite a bakery, but somewhere with great bakes, Cherry Reds is an independent bar on John Bright Street, near New Street Station. Pop in, and grab a cupcake with your pint.
So whether you're looking for a traditional cake or something more unusual, Birmingham's independent bakeries are sure to have all your needs covered.