Add some extra sparkle to your Mimi's visit

Posted on June 17, 2016 by Gillian Dustan | 0 Comments

We are excited to announce that we are now offering party packages at Mimi’s Bakehouse in Leith!

After many of our lovely customers asking we have created our special packages that can be tweaked to make sure your visit to Mimi’s has that extra sparkle, perfect for a special event.

Starting at as low as £1.50 per person, our packages are able to suit a variety of events such as birthdays, baby showers and bridal showers. Each one offers something unique and has a been specially selected so they each have a specific theme from Pop Party, Floral Fancy to Rockabye Baby.  

No matter what size your party is, our packages are made to fit your needs, with each package including balloons, napkins and straws that will be set up for your arrival. You are also able to add on a bunch of helium balloons, table runner or a photo booth, perfect for adding a bit of fun to your party.

If you would like more information on this, please drop us e-mail at bookings@mimisbakehouse and one of our lovely team will help make sure your visit is the best it can be.

Love, Gillian x 

 

We're going Snap-Crazy!

Posted on May 27, 2016 by Gillian Dustan | 0 Comments

For all those snap happy people out there we are over the moon to announce we are now on Snapchat! So if you want to get a taste of what goes on behind the scenes here at Mimi's, add us at mimisbakehouse 

This social platform is a great way for you guys to get a sneak peak view behind the scenes of the going's on at Mimi's and see the newest recipes, cakes, cool drinks and staff goings on LIVE as they happen.

We are snapchat newbies so if there is anything you'd like to see then please let us know in the comments below or email us at info@mimisbakehouse.com

Happy Snapping Mimi's Fan!

Love, Gillian x 

Craft Baker of the Year for the second year on the trot!

Posted on May 10, 2016 by Gillian Dustan | 0 Comments

We are over the moon to have been awarded the title of Craft Baker of the Year for the second year on the trot, something that has never before happened in Scottish Bakers Awards history. 

After another busy year, we were so pleased just to have been nominated. As always we enjoyed taking part in the voting process, rallying our customers to vote for our products, submitted the products, writing our submission for the business awards, a phone interview and finally a video interview. And to win, the cherry on top of the cake.

The Scottish Bakers hosted a wonderful ceremony following a weekend exhibition and conference which bakers from all over the country attended. We waited in anticipation until the end of the evening to find out if we had won, the wait was well worth it. To be recongnised two years in a row is just overwhelming and really cements all the hard work our team put in every day to serve the people of Edinburgh our hand crafted treats.

                

The past year has seen Mimi's Bakehouse expand not only our cake selection but also in size, with having our third store opened in Corstorphine. We believe in good cakes done well and hopefully in the next year we will continue to grow!

So watch this space Mimi's fans, we could be bringing our cakes to somewhere near you soon!

Love, Mimi x

 

1,000 TripAdvisor Reviews

Posted on April 28, 2016 by Rebecca Brown | 0 Comments

We are proud to announce we have reached our 1,000th TripAdvisor review! This comes almost five and a half years since Mimi's opened its doors for the first time. So we thought we would take a wee trip down memory lane and give you the story of Mimi's through the medium of TripAdvisor reviews :)
 
Born from the life-long dream of Michelle Phillips (AKA Mimi), the Bakehouse faced an uncertain start with many previous businesses failing at 63 The Shore. However, a successful business model, strong family relationships and delicious cakes ensured that Mimi's was an instant hit. Michelle and her daughter Gemma, using top secret family recipes, taught a team of bakers how to prepare classics such as caramel shortbread and Victoria Sponge the Mimi’s way. In the first few weeks, Mimi’s was already a considerable presence on TripAdvisor with one customer commenting ‘a star is born’ and another exclaiming ‘at last - home bakes that taste like home bakes!’
With growing queues and fully booked weekends, the family bought the vacant property next door in 2012. Mimi’s also began to expand across Edinburgh in 2013 with the opening of Mimi’s Picnic Parlour (now Mimi’s Little Bakehouse) on the historic Royal Mile. As a takeaway version of its big sister, the Little Bakehouse has been reviewed as ‘the perfect cake and coffee pitstop’ with others commenting that ‘the best things come in small packages’. Mimi’s Cake Cabin, another small package, also appears regularly at the Edinburgh Christmas Market with seasonal twists on our favourite cakes and scones and ‘hot chocolate combos to die for’. 
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As a result of becoming a firm favourite with the locals and tourists, we have been winning the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence every year since 2012 and have earned a place in the TripAdvisor Hall of Fame, a true honour! Mimi’s has also been featured in an official TripAdvisor guide, ‘3 Days in Edinburgh’. Alongside a growing TripAdvisor presence, over the years we have developed a sizeable social media following on Instagram and Facebook with 6K and 17.6K followers, respectively.
Mimi's was very much in the spotlight in 2015, winning some prestigious awards including the Scottish Craft Baker of the Year and Visit Scotland’s Best Casual Dining in Scotland Award. The Bakehouse has been described on TripAdvisor as 'an atmospheric eatery', 'beautiful inside', 'quirky' and 'a great relaxed atmosphere'. Following our Scottish Craft Baker success, we were delighted when Mimi was offered membership of the Scottish Bakers Association. We are in contention for the Scottish Craft Baker of the Year again this year with the award ceremony taking place next week, fingers crossed!
So far, 2016 has been a fruitful year for us. After petitioning to get planning permission, we successfully opened our Corstorphine branch in February, which has been considered ‘a great addition to the area’ and ‘just as good as The Shore’. We are also rebranding the Picnic Parlour to ‘Little Bakehouse’ and developing a wide range of party packages and private function possibilities. On selected nights over summer we will be launching ‘Mimi’s ’til Midnight’, featuring cocktails and a specially designed menu. Over the years Mimi's has grown from a staff of six to a staff of seventy two -- a number that is just as impressive as our TripAdvisor reviews. 
It only seems fitting to end with our 1000th TripAdvisor review, which has been the icing on the cake to a successful journey (so far).
Let's see what the future holds!
 
Love Rebecca x
p.s as I type this blog our 1,001 review has come flooding in! Long may this continue : ) x

Baking with Mimi... Coconut Jam Sponge

Posted on April 19, 2016 by Gillian Dustan | 0 Comments

Another Mimi's favourite for you all to impress your family and friends with, our delicious Coconut Jam Sponge. A perfect treat for a sunny spring afternoon sitting out in your garden! Send us your pictures to info@mimisbakehouse.com and let us know how it goes for you.
Love Gillian x


Coconut Jam Sponge

For sponge:

  • 250g unsalted butter                        ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 250g caster sugar                            1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 large eggs                                      80g desiccated coconut
  • 250g self-raising flour                        1 Tablespoon of milk
For blackberry and raspberry jam:
  • 125g blackberries
  • 125g raspberries
  • ½ a lemon
  • 125g caster sugar

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 160°C/320F/ Gas mark 4. 
  2. Cream the butter and sugar together until a pale and fluffy mixture and then beat in the eggs, one at a time. 
  3. Fold in the flour, baking powder, splash of milk and vanilla extract. Mix until smooth. 
  4. Grease and line a cake tin, and pour the mixture in evenly.
  5. Bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes, until the sponge springs back on a light touch. 
  6. Whilst the cake is in the oven, start preparing the jam.
  7. Use a fork to mash the blueberries, raspberries and sugar together in a small pan. 
  8. Add a squeeze of lemon juice and bring to the boil. 
  9. Once boiling, allow it to simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally until lovely and thick. Then leave to cool. 
    *Remember to skim away any foam that rises when cooking*
  10. Remove the cake from the oven and allow to cool in the tin. 
  11. Turn out the cake and spread jam on the top using a warm palette knife. Sprinkle desiccated coconut on top of the jam and enjoy!

Mimi's Top Tip: Serve hot with custard! 

Evie's Bakehouse

Posted on April 07, 2016 by Ashley Harley | 0 Comments

We have just had a lovely little visitor down at The Shore this week, meet Evie!

Inspired by a recent visit to Mimi's Corstorphine, 7 year old Evie decided she wanted to do something for children less fortunate than herself. In a single afternoon she made treats, distributed flyers to her neighbours and opened 'Evie's Bakehouse' which raised an incredible £75.10 for Mary's Meals. When she'd sold out of the goodies she'd baked, little sister Caitlin let her cut up and sell her left-over birthday cake. The money they have raised is enough to feed 6 children in the world's poorest communities for a whole school year. 

Evie

I think you can all agree Evie is a pretty special little girl, so with a little help from her Mum Helen we arranged for a little treat for her and to inspire her next bake sale - a visit to our Bakery down in Leith! Evie started her day with juice and cake before donning her apron and heading into the bakery to ice and decorate some cupcakes with the help of Head Baker Gemma. We were also proud to present Evie with a cheque for £24.90 to take her fundraising total up to £100!

Evie you are welcome back any time and come see us in 8 years if you decide you want to be a baker, or a fashion designer : )

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Love Mimi and Ashley X

Tea and Cake with... Mimi

Posted on March 31, 2016 by Gillian Dustan | 1 Comment

There would be no Mimi's without Mimi and with this in mind we wanted to have a chat with Mimi herself to find out a bit about what makes her tick and get some top tips. I sat down over tea and cake (obviously) with the heart of the business to find out more about Mimi's and the lady behind the cake! So keep reading for some Mimi insights including her favourite places to go in Edinburgh.
Love Gillian x
P.S Did I miss anything? Pop your questions for Mimi in the comments below x

Where did you grow up? I grew up in the Liberton area of Edinburgh. I stayed in the Southside of the city until 2010 and have now moved to the Shore area of Leith and truly love it!

How would you describe the magic of Mimi’s? I have tried to create a unique vibe and ensure Mimi’s conjures up feelings of warmth and always provides friendly efficient service. Our cakes are made with the best ingredients we can source and hope this conveys our passion for what we do.

Mimi’s Bakehouse turned 5 last December, what have been your top 5 moments over these years?

  • Opening the doors five years ago to everyone telling us it was a bad idea, the location would never work but I always had total faith in what we had created as a business model.
  • Winning Scottish Craft Baker of the year and Visit Scotland’s Best Casual Dining in Scotland in 2015.
  • Birth of our first grandchild, Rose Michelle, another generation to add to the many bakers in our family tree maybe?
  • My three daughters getting married within 9 months – all in 3 different countries! A busy but wonderful time.
  • Being approached a few years back by a customer to do her wedding cake and since then watching that side of the business go from strength to strength. We love bringing some Mimi’s love to a couples special day.

As a family business, what is like working with your three daughters? I love working with the girls, it’s fabulous watching them grow as young professionals. I feel privileged to be able to see them every day and still maintain our close relationship.

What advice would you give to future bakers? Use the best ingredients you can afford, weigh ingredients carefully as baking is an exact science and mistakes are often made by not weighing out carefully. Also don’t be afraid to experiment!

    What are your 3 top restaurants/ cafes in Edinburgh? Scran and Scallie, The Kitchin and La Favorita.

    What would be the top attractions you’d recommend to anyone visiting Edinburgh? I love the Royal Mile from top to bottom: it allows tourists to take in the lovely atmosphere of the old town. The National Museum of Scotland is always a favourite with families and Rose loves it too.