Did Matilda’s cake exceed our expectations?

The Larder in Huntly… where to start?

With over 30,000 followers on Facebook alone, The Larder is undoubtedly one of the most popular delis in the Northeast in terms of social media count.

I know many people who travel to Huntly for the sole purpose of getting some produce. I too have done this in the past so as not to prevail twice as stock sells out quickly.

Their products, whether sweet or savoury, are of gigantic proportions and are a delight to behold.

The creativity of the team ensures the brand stands out from the crowd, with quirky creations including Milkybar, raspberry cheesecake and tablets, filled biscuits, Battenberg cheesecake and ‘old school’ pound cake.

I recently encouraged Julia to visit her Facebook page. It was decided early on that we would have to visit for a Drive-Thru Diners delivery.


The Larder: What is it and what does it offer?

The Larder is a take-out only sandwich bar and deli, located on Gordon Street in the city.

It’s open 10am to 2pm Monday through Friday, so the windows are pretty tight for anyone who doesn’t live in the area. But I can assure you that you will not regret the trip.

Freshly made sandwiches, hot food, homemade soups, pies and quiches are some of the tasty options. As for desserts, expect everything from cinnamon swirls and Danish pastries, to cheesecakes, pies, brownies, ice cream, and pies.

Celebration cakes and cupcakes can also be ordered.

The Larder also offers free local delivery, no matter how big or small the order.


The order:


Verdict: Caramelized Onion, Mustard and Cheese Sausage Roll

The excitement was on a whole new level upon arrival. However, we were informed that some of the savory dishes available that day were still in the oven.

“Can you wait 15 minutes?” asked a team member. As soon as we heard there was a Caramelized Onion, Mustard & Cheese Sausage Roll included in that line, we knew it was a must.

The puff pastry looked an enticing golden brown, while the herbs sprinkled on top gave it a more upscale look.

Sausage roll with caramelized onion, mustard and cheese. Image: Julia Bryce/DC Thomson

To taste, all the flavors were evident, particularly the sour mustard.

Every ingredient married well together. And the fact that the sausage roll was hot when we put it in made it even better.

Presentation

Julia: 4/5

Karla: 4/5

Taste

Julia: 4.5/5

Karla: 4/5


Verdict: Bacon Macaroni Pie

Visually this was one of the largest and most attractive macaron cakes I have ever seen. There was a crunchy, cheesy layer that acted like a blanket over the well-cooked pasta, adding an amazing crunch.

The dough held up well and the addition of bacon was stellar. And none of us could fault the macaroni itself.

All in all, an excellent article that would leave you full and satisfied if you devoured it all.

Macaroni and bacon pie. Image: Julia Bryce/DC Thomson

Presentation

Julia: 3.5/5

Karla: 4/5

Taste

Julia: 4/5

Karla: 4/5


Verdict: White Chocolate Cheesecake, Strawberries, and Bars

To the sweets It was a challenge to pin down our options, but this cheesecake was a must.

We agreed that there was the perfect ratio of cookie mix to cheesecake. The mixture was silky smooth and creamy, with little bits of tablet that made it even higher. The tablet had a nice chew and, along with the frothy mixture, it melted in the mouth.

As for the base, there was a distinctive digestive and buttery taste. It was sweet, but not overpowering.

Cheesecake. Image: Julia Bryce/DC Thomson

The dessert was topped with white chocolate sauce, raspberry sauce, white chocolate shavings, whipped cream, a piece of white chocolate, a halved strawberry, and what appeared to be tablet shavings.

The raspberry sauce was amazing, adding a nice touch.

Presentation

Julia: 5/5

Karla: 5/5

Taste

Julia: 5/5

Karla: 5/5


Verdict: Matilda Cake

Julia’s reaction after being told they had a ‘Matilda cake’ available that day was image. And oh boy, The Larder delivered.

It wasn’t until a decade after the original Matilda movie was released that I saw it. One scene that stuck in my mind involved, you guessed it, Bruce Bogtrotter eating that mammoth-sized chocolate cake.

Humble Burger. Image: Julia Bryce/DC Thomson.

Takeout nailed every aspect of the cake, from its size to the utterly sweet taste the iconic original was sure to have. There were three layers of rich buttercream: one white, one milk, and one dark.

We both agreed that it was too sweet for our taste buds. But if you think you could give it a try, then I recommend you do.

Presentation

Julia: 4/5

Karla: 4.5/5

Taste

Julia: 4.5/5

Karla: 4.5/5

The White Chocolate Strawberry Bar Cheesecake came in first place at The Larder in Huntly, racking up a score of (for the first time in the series) 20/20.


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