FEATURE: Pet Lamb Patisserie
By Grace Cook on August 23, 2012 in Food
Every great city has one: a cupcake café that is. London has the Primrose Bakery, New York has the Magnolia Bakery, and now, finally, Newcastle has Pet Lamb Patisserie.
Nestled in the heart of the Grainger Market, the Patisserie is a little slice of retro heaven in the city centre. With Smeg appliances, kitsch floral oven mitts and a vintage cake display, the patisserie, and the girls at Pet Lamb, could have stepped right out of the 1950’s, what with their cutesy polka dot aprons.
Serving up tea (and coffee) and cake, Pet Lamb Patisserie fills a gap in the market that I have been hoping would be filled for what seems like forever. The girls at Pet Lamb, Katie and Kay, have been baking for friends and family alike for years, but luckily for the rest of us decided to throw caution to the wind and set up shop. Being Newcastle’s only specialty cupcake company means that they are obviously first port of call to satisfy the sugary cravings of any cupcake lover, and on opening day I didn’t do my waistline any favours, given that I treated myself to a box of four because they all looked so amazing.
Topped with retro sweets (the vanilla comes with a huge jazzle on top, my absolute favourite childhood treat), cake lovers are spoiled for choice, as the girls serve up classics such as Victoria sponge and coffee cake, and cupcake varieties like chocolate orange, strawberry and cream (filled with jam, a lush surprise) and their specialty, the Elvis cupcake, paying homage to the King with banana and chocolate chip sponge and peanut butter frosting, topped with chocolate sweeties, naturally.
So basically, quit the diet and head to Pet Lamb, because sorry Moss, but the cupcakes at Pet Lamb Patisserie really do taste better than skinny feels. Be sure to let me know how the Elvis cupcake is when you do, as sadly for me I don’t think my peanut allergy would particularly enjoy it…