This week Karen and I visited the super cute Dafna’s Cheese Cake Factory, a small yet inventive bakery which sits pleasantly at the heart of Liverpool’s busiest student area, Smithdown Road.
Dafna’s cheese cake factory
Although at first glance the beautiful bakery looks almost miniature, fitted neatly between a row of equally quaint knick-knack shops, once your inside you’ll see that its actually part of a four story building with two large kitchens where every delicious treat is baked on the premises. As you walk in the first thing you’ll notice is the sweet aroma of cream cheese icing, that kind of scent you can only get from a freshly baked cheese cake. The front of the shop is packed to the rafters with delights of all kinds, red velvet cheese cake, chocolate fudge brownies, sweetened shortbread and every flavour cupcake you could imagine. There’s also a selection of old fashioned goodies including, bottled ginger beer, homemade jams and chutneys, for those with a not so sweet tooth.
Some of the yummy treats on offer at Dafna’s
Anne who is 80 next month founded this charming bakery 36 years ago after her passion for baking was spurred on by family members and their compliments. We spoke to Anne about the journey she has been on, from her first ever bake (her favourite, the original vanilla cheesecake) to her current managerial role in the business, having passed down her original recipes into younger hands.
Niamh (left), Owner Anne and Karen (right)
The interior of the tiny bakery
She runs the business with her husband, Yacov, and currently employs three post graduate students who she has taught to bake her delicious and unchanging, original recipes from all those years ago. She in turn, has introduced some of their new takes on traditional recipes into the bakery so it can continue to thrive. I had the pleasure of testing out one of their newest innovative recipes, this being the most moreish fruit cake I have ever tasted. It was soft and moist and filled with all kinds of plump fruits, it took me right back to the homemade fruitcake my nanny brown would tempt me with every Friday afternoon whilst we sat and did the weekly crossword. Anne wouldn’t tell us what secret ingredient that she puts in the fruit cake to make it so mouth-watering so you’ll just have to pay the place a visit yourself and see if you can guess.
Employees of Dafna’s sampling their brand new fruit cake
VIDEO: Starting your own bakery from day one: Anne’s ups and downs, trials and tribulations, tips and tricks.
VIDEO: Here are a couple of the bakers from Dafna’s Cheesecake Factory… doing what they do best!
Are there any bakeries you know that are worth checking out? Or maybe you’d like us to take a look around your own bakery? Let us know by leaving a comment below.
By Niamh Conway and Karen Coe