Let's face it, we all need a bit of sweetness in our lives and when the cake clock strikes, you need to know exactly where to get your hit. We crammed our little faces full of sweet treats around the city to find you the crème de la crème of Brighton cakes. Hard job we know, but someone had to do it eh!

An independent neighbourhood cafe a mere stone's throw from the Royal Pavilion, Starfish & Coffee burn a serious flame for mouthwatering brunch dishes, championing the breakfast-lunch hybrid with their motto, 'brunch like a boss'. Their coffee comes from Brighton-based roastery Coffee at 33, and fresh bread, pastries and sweet treats arrive daily from artisan bakeries such as Coburn & Bakery, Becky's Brownies and Cookie Cartel. All that lovely produce is then treated to some proper Starfish & Coffee TLC, resulting in some truly mouthwatering brunch dishes.

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Afternoon tea by the seaside once involved trying not to sully the fancy hotel linen in front of the judgmental bellhops. No more. Mini sandwiches, quiches, scones and a glass of fizz? Check. Nifty prohibition touches (gin cocktails served in a brushed chrome teapot)? Check. The chance to slip on some Jazz-age vintage garms as you sup? Check. And they go so much further; consider the ‘Gentleman’s afternoon tea’ with real ale or a choice drop of whiskey. It’s not just about booze; some 25 varieties of their own tea are on offer, served in to-die-for retro crockery. The root-toot soundtrack and artfully mis-matched furniture elegantly complement the speakeasy vibe. Dogs are even welcome, as are (presumably) hip cats.

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Ever wanted to know what taking tea in a junk shop would be like? Look no further. Every zany object from the Chewbacca head to the mannequin forearm for a door-knob has been carefully selected, as has the even zanier menu to match. Their “green eggs and ham” would make Dr Seuss proud - the green referring to the homemade pesto. Experimental cakes abound, from beetroot brownies to baked Oreo cheesecake. For the inner hippy, there’s always their fresh mint tea and hearty vegan selection. With a live music venue upstairs that appears to be furnished by somebody’s granny (but in a cool way) this is the place to be seen in Brighton. That is, if you can find it tucked away in its little nook on Ship Street.

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Fabrizio is Italian through and through with two generations of gelato creators in his family. His grandfather had a 'black cow' where he obtained the fresh milk he used to make his gelato. Michelle is a true Brightonian who loves all things Italian. Put them together and you get a fantastic Italian gelateria, pasticceria and wine bar in the heart of Brighton. Now in it’s second year La Mucca Nera is well known and loved by Italians living in Brighton and locals too. They have received a Certificate of Excellence 2018 award from TripAdvisor and have just been awarded 2 stars for their Pistachio di Bronte DOC gelato in the Great Taste Guild of Fine Food Awards.

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Brighton’s wackiest chocolaterie do one of the most spectacular Afternoon Teas you’ll ever feast your eyes on. The totally Instagrammable cake garden is complete with fake grass and garden shed. You start off with Strawberry Champagne Ice Cream Shakes, a Dipping Platter of Sweet Treats and Pots of Molten Chocolate, then a Cake Platter and Tea, Coffee, Hot Choccie or French Lemonade.

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Delicious sandwiches, toasties and breakfast bites await you down at Larder on Gardner Street. Now totally vegan, the only problem you'll have here is picking which plant based delight to indulge in! Toasted sandwiches, classic jackets and buddha bowls are all available to eat in or take away. Try a freshly made brownie or slice of Biscotti cake and sit outside the front of the shop, watching the people of Brighton go by.

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Lavash is a traditional Middle Eastern flatbread with a chewy yet crisp texture, typically served with dips. It’s also, coincidentally, the name of our new favourite purveyor of Middle Eastern-style wraps, tucked away in the North Laines. An independent deli café-come-restaurant, in Lavash everything is homemade – from the fresh, light lavash flatbreads to the punch-packing sauces and dips and the vibrant fillings. We highly recommend in indulging in a piece of Baklava and sipping on a Turkish coffee for the ultimate afternoon treat.

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Somehow each time we leave Foodilic we feel half a stone lighter and five years younger. Not from a lack of food; pile your plate high with rich verdant haricots, glistening roast veg, tartly seasoned cous-cous, hunky portions of marinated roast chicken and much more. Pair with healthy juice (carrot is good) for optimal smug points. Because you've saved on the calories for your main we dare you to indulge in one of their super scrummy sweet treats, go on, we won't tell anyone!

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Passionate about top quality coffee, 44 Poets' blend of choice is Red Brick, roasted by the award-winning Square Mile Coffee Roasters. In the skilful hands of the 44 Poets team, these beans take on a delectable flavour, and are utterly delicious. Equally respected by coffee aficionados and loved by those of us who just want something smooth and easy-drinking, this is the place to go in the Hove area for a delicious cup of Joe and cake - where quality is the core consideration for everything 44 Poets does.

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Situated on Preston Road, Cafe Rust is the perfect hideaway for those looking for beautiful breakfasts & light lunches. This is the brainchild of the mind behind Lala’s Cafe over in Hove - another spot well worth checking out for that right-on cafe experience. Rust is full of shabby chic charm - which you can soak up over a cup of locally sourced, RedRoaster coffee, or one of their freshly-made quiches, delicious sandwiches and scruffy homemade cakes. If it’s sunny out, try and nab a seat in their beautiful patio area and escape the hustle and bustle for a few minutes. Also hosting grea​t pop-up dinners in the impressive cellar, Cafe Rust - whether night or day - is a must visit.

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Tucked away in Hove inside a beautiful old building overlooking the stunning Palmeira Square is Down to Earth Coffee. Look through the enormous floor to ceiling windows that flood this caffeine lovers' paradise with light, and you'll see the beaming, contented faces of happy customers, relishing a properly good cup of coffee. With incredible regular beans from Round Hill Coffee, as well as a dreamy selection of rotating guest espressos and filter choices, Down to Earth are bringing their A-game to the booming Brighton & Hove coffee scene. Come for the idyllic views and a cracking cup of Joe, and stay for the freshly baked treats adorning the counter – or go all out with one of the inviting brunch dishes.

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Introducing The Plant Room Deli, the brand new sister venue to Boundary Road & The Square’s Espresso Bar. Head over to London Road’s trendy new eatery for a tasty lunchtime bite and dig into a hearty vegan salad, or must-try plant-based dessert. Serving up the same Plant Room signature top notch coffees and loose leaf teas as well as a delicious selection of salads, tartlets and other moreish snacks.

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Opposite St Peters you’ll find a real cool little joint called The Longhouse Cafe. It’s 100% plant-based and has oodles of tasty menu options and a whole heap of charm. Sparse white walls paired with colourful artwork, a ceiling canopy of beautiful foliage from local indoor plant shop, Spiderplant and vibrant miss-matched furniture make it an Instagrammer's dream. Now we must tell you about the cakes, if you’ve a sweet tooth you’re in for a real treat. Their raw snickers bars are insanely good, and there’s a daily changing selection of raw, organic and sugar free cakes to nibble with your mylky latte. Being advocates of local businesses, you’ll find loose leaf teas from Bluebird, Horsham Roastery Coffee and Glazed donuts. If you haven’t been yet, we’d recommend the ‘Notella’ pancakes on your first visit, we can guarantee you’ll be back for more.

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Situated in the up-and-coming Preston Circus area, Café Plenty is a modern and refreshing addition to what was once a fairly run-down area. The café and micro-bakery is run by friends Mitch and Dan who are passionate about local produce and creating a real food experience. By using local suppliers including Brighton based Coffee@33 they are a truly local and sustainable café. Mitch is head baker, so every bread-based item in the cafe has been freshly baked on-site that day. Their impressive range of cakes and pastries are a feast for the eyes, making it nearly impossible not to snap one up.

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Sometimes in life, you get a hankering for the simple things, done really well. Step forward Phoenix Coffee House, the latest cafe to join Brighton's London Road gang. Their food is simple but delicious, with satisfying options to cater for all tastes. From their unbelievably tasty vegan 'sausage' rolls, to their salty, hunky bacon sandwiches; their decadent homemade cakes and sweet treats to the impeccable (and exclusive), locally roasted Lazy Dog coffees; not to mention the brilliant selection of video games – Phoenix Coffee House are doing it right.

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Macrons anyone? Everyone may sell macrons now but in Brighton, it’s Julien Plumart that really does them justice. 2 stores, one handily on the road that leads down from the station and the other in the centre of the city, have a wide selection in every colour and flavour, chocolate, pistachio, orange, strawberry, the list goes on and on. If you develop an unhealthy affection for them, don’t worry, you can order them online and have them delivered to your home. And if macrons is not your thing, then there is a blueberry eclair with your name on it. Celebratory cakes and afternoon teas are also on offer but make sure that you phone ahead.

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Creators of the UK’s first rainbow cake, Cloud 9, also make super scrummy ice cream. They use natural ingredients and everything is made from scratch in their South Lanes parlour. The classic Mint Choc Chip is a real Wriggle fave, but there are always 16 options to choose from with seasonal ingredients at the forefront. Grab your scoops to go in a waffle, cone or tub, but we normally wolf them down in 2 seconds flat so it doesn’t really matter tbh.

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A contemporary café nestled in the charming Lanes, offering a heavenly selection of Has Bean coffees, speciality teas, a whole host of nutritiously, delicious dishes and daily changing salads. While away an afternoon in this stylish backdrop whilst digging into moreish delights such as roast peach, proscuitto, rocket and whipped ricotta salad or head down on a Saturday morning for a Wriggle favourite – The Lost Breakfast with free rangepork sausage and eggs, smoked streaky bacon, homemade hash browns,heritage tomatoes and field mushrooms on sourdough. For afternoon treats chose from a freshly-baked cake or pastry and a house made soda or smoothie. Go get lost (in the best way!).

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For all manner of single origin decadence, Black Mocha - on the North Laine’s eastern fringe - might just be King Bean. An elegant symphony of sweet and savoury resonates right through this diminutive little café, starting with street level decor and concluding with a fine selection of premium eats and liquid treats. The Espresso, from Monmouth of London, is genuinely outstanding (thick, fruity and complex) and the cake curation is equally gilt-edged – those hoping to be seduced by divine vegan and gluten free fancies will not be disappointed (think salted peanut choccy slices; whets your whistle, doesn’t it). Raw craft chocolate is sold by the vibrant boxful to the left of the coffee counter, and – best of all – the café’s namesake beverage (a Black Mocha) is a straight-up treat. Put a couple of hours aside and percolate in Black Mocha - it’s up there with the creme de la crop.

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On the corner of Church Street and Portland Street sits The Coffee Counter, a hotspot for coffee lovers and toastie fanatics. First establishing themselves as real coffee artistes, owners Hayden and Steve expanded their offerings to the tempting veggie and vegan-friendly menu you’ll find there today. Inside this cosy joint you’ll find hand written chalk boards and local artists work adorning the walls, making it a great spot to go and relax with a cuppa and a cake.

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Published -9th October 2018