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There are plenty of ways to eat cake...

...but only one place to do it – the North York Moors! With baking traditions, tight-lipped generational secrets and skilled bakers, we have some of the best baked produce in the country.

Britain’s ‘Capital of Cake’ has an incredible number of unique and beautiful places where you can enjoy a slice or two of the nation’s favourite tasty treat. Whether you’re a walker, cyclist, holidaymaker or foodie, you’re invited to tuck in to delicious confections, local bakes, classic cakes and regional specialities.

Teashops in tranquil villages, working farms and walled gardens, afternoon tea overlooking the coast or at historic abbeys, not to mention hotels, delis, cafés and bakeries – all put cake centre stage in the North York Moors.

Navigate the map and plan your holiday around these cake stops offering much more than just a taste bud sensation. The icons in blue indicate accommodation that will welcome you with cake - now that's an introduction to the North York Moors!

Get involved...

We’d love you to be part of the action. All you have to do is:

  • Decide where you're going to go
  • Make sure you earn your calories, look at the suggested activity at each place
  • Take a selfie, or a photo of your cake, and share it on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter using the hashtag #CapitalofCake We'll comment, like and share it when we can.

Capital of Cake Champions

Over the last couple of years we've put it to the public vote to deduce your favourite slice of the sweet stuff. Entries have gone into the thousands and local businesses have rallied support from loyal and new customers. In 2019, the accolade went to Willow Cake Shop in Loftus. The sister team sealed the deal with their show-stopping celebration cakes and delicious counter delights.

The Yorkshire Cycle Hub were hot on their heels, becoming Insta-famous for their weekend whopper cakes. So much so, you crowned them the winners in 2018. Other worthy runners up have included Sandside Cafe blessed with endless seaside views in Sandsend; Hornblower Tea Garden uniquely located on the clifftops of the Cleveland Way and Graze on the Green situated in idyllic Rosedale and famed for their exquisite bakes.

Who's behind Capital of Cake?

The Capital of Cake campaign was the brainchild of the North York Moors Tourism Network in 2015, supported by the North York Moors National Park. If you'd like to be one of the Capital of Cake destinations email Emily.