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A member of staff at the Duchy of Cornwall nursery covering the cakes on display in the cafe.

Homemade Cakes

Anyone who knows our café knows the reputation we have for our outstanding cakes. If you haven’t visited us before then we think our cakes are just the temptation you need.

Our chefs love to bake and create the most delicious and beautifully decorated cakes. These amount to over 1,000 per year plus many varieties of traybakes, including our infamous brownies and scones.

Fresh flapjacks on a slate being held by a Duchy Nursery staff member.
Large fresh brownies being held by someone wearing a grey Duchy Nursery apron.

You'll find at least one delicious vegan option included on any given day. Other stars of the counter include a blackberry and plum cake, which is gluten and dairy free, and there's often a seasonal crumble cake, especially when apples are available to be picked from our very own orchard.

A homemade coffee and walnut at the Duchy Nursery in Cornwall.

“We always have a chocolate vegan cake on the counter as it lends itself so well to so many complimentary ingredients. Often you will find it with orange or peppermint, blackberry or fudge.”

Head chef Richard du Pille

Our quality ingredients include organic eggs from John and Liz Ridout who are local and Duchy of Cornwall tenants. We also use Trewithen for all our dairy products; most convenient as it’s only a few fields away!

Our chefs regularly get asked for advice on how to bake certain cakes, and occasionally we're known to give out a recipe to a customer.

A homemade cake with orange icing and fresh strawberries on the top made at the Duchy cafe.

Don’t just take our word for it, here are just a few of the many wonderful comments we get about our cakes:

“Duchy Nursery creates the most beautiful and delicious vegan cakes and gateaux that we have ever seen!! Almost too good to eat, but when you do, ooh they are amazing! It is so unusual to find such exquisite vegan cakes - and they put to shame any business that just offers their vegan customers flapjacks... Ugh."

“I had coffee and cake, underneath a canopy, taking in the amazing views over the beautiful countryside! Well worth a visit!"

“I love popping down for coffee and cake with friends, lovely atmosphere and the staff are very helpful and polite."

Homemade cake with white icing and walnuts on the top.
Homemade red velvet cakes with pistachios on top at the Duchy of Cornwall cafe.