The best carrot cake in Edinburgh?

If you happen to be in Edinburgh wondering where you can get your teeth into a tasty bit of carrot cake, you could do a lot worse than popping into Cafe Modern One at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art. In fact, I’m not sure you could do much better.

I’ve had carrot cake there on more than one occasion and it’s always been delicious. It may be a little drier than some versions of the treat, perhaps a little denser, but it is undoubtedly packed full of interesting ingredients and decorated in a magnificent manner.

Here’s a piece I had a few days ago, topped with a superb orange-flavoured icing and decorated with pumpkin seeds, grated carrot and candied peel.

Modern Art Gallery carrot cake

While I’m on the subject of the Modern Art Gallery, it is, to my mind, one of the best places in Edinburgh to get a decent cup of tea.

There are a number of different leaf tea options, but if you want a straightforward black tea that you can take with or without milk, I recommend their breakfast blend. (The single teapots are rather small, so if you’re thirsty it’s worth getting a pot for two, and if you don’t like your tea too strong you might want to ask for extra hot water.)

It isn’t the easiest place to get to by public transport (there’s an hourly bus service) but it’s about 1.5 miles from the city centre, and if you’re driving you can park there all day for £2. Compared with parking elsewhere in Edinburgh that’s very good value. To make the most of the situation, a long leisurely lunch in the cafe is almost obligatory.



  1. That looks like a work of art in itself! I’m hungry just looking at it!! It must surely be the best carrot cake in Edinburgh, as you say. Congrats on another blog, way to go, Lorna! 😀 Are you keeping Tearoom Delights open?


    1. You’re right, it was a work of art, in every sense. The Tearoom Delights blog is still there but I don’t intend to post much, if anything, on it now. Thanks for the encouragement, Jo. 🙂

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  2. Great to see you, and to know you are enjoying cake and outings. I haven’t been to the restaurant at the Gallery for Modern Art in a few years but I remember it fondly. I think there’s a lovely walk down along the Water of Leith as well?


    1. Thanks, Christine. Quite right, there is a path down to the Water of Leith from the Gallery grounds. It’s years since I’ve been along it but from what I remember it was indeed lovely. 🙂

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