18 March 2016

The Great British Cupcakery, Newcastle

Guess who went on a mission down Quayside way to visit The Great British Cupcakery?! That's right, this blogger. I don't know how it happened, but I was just googling images of freakshakes (as you do on a Sunday, right?) and it came to my attention that The Great British Cupcakery offers Geet Big Milkshakes for £5! I was super psyched after reading Canny Food's review too so a visit was needed ASAP.


As always, I'm going to be honest about this. Well, that definitely sounds like a death sentence, but I promise it isn't. I feel like I am notoriously picky about milkshakes - I don't want to mess around, I know what I like - and I didn't even think about the risk on seeing pictures of these milkshakes. Like, hello? They look like the most legendairy things to grace the North East. But here's the thing, in my opinion, it's not the best milkshake in Newcastle. I did like my Geet Big Milkshakes but I was slightly disappointed. Hear me out wholly before you light your torches and grab your pitchforks. 

Matthew got himself the Canny Caramel and I treated myself to the chocolate one (and OMG am I the worst ever for not writing down the title of what I actually drank?!) and on appearance, yes they are spectacular. I am salivating now just looking at my photograph (am I that good a photographer or is it just because they look so damn tasty?) but the balance was just wrong. 

Firstly, there was way too much cream on the top - this might not be a problem for everyone, of course - but I'm not the biggest fan of cream. Having said that, it wasn't the tastiest whipped cream I've had and I did eat it all (normally I would just scoop it to the side, but not today, there was a clean plate) then the milkshake itself didn't have a lot of substance. The ratio of ice cream to milk was too heavy on the milk side and mine was blended more in to a froth than a thick milky-ice-cream treat. The chocolate flavour was also too subtle, I wouldn't complain about it if the whole thing hadn't been completely without strong flavours. There was no bite. The white chocolate decorating the outside was a soft taste too so any number of combinations of the various elements didn't really taste any different. 

I did have a try of Matthew's Canny Caramel which was sweet and the dripping caramel was such a sharp taste - with that you got a tasteful adventure but not so much with mine I'm afraid. In my opinion, they definitely look better than they are - and look at them, they look amazing, but they just sadly didn't live up to my expectations. It was all show and no substance on this occasion. 

I'm not saying I wouldn't go back. This is a cupcakery after all and I didn't get the chance to sample the cupcakes (which looked amazing) but I don't think I'll be heading all the way down there just for a milkshake. It's definitely one you have to try yourself so please do not avoid it on the basis that I cast it under a slightly negative light. I'm fickle and picky and there are so many more positive reviews out there than this so just be brave and give it a go! If nothing else, you'll get a banging photograph for instagram. 

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21 comments:

  1. It's a shame they aren't to tasty I hate cream on top of things and I always scrape it off to but they do look pretty amazing xoxo

    Cateaclysmic

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    1. Yeah, like it was overkill. I want a donut on the top of my milkshake TBH

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  2. I've been to GBC a lot and probably tried every cake (they're so good so you must go back!!). I've not had a Shake yet though, we actually tried to go last Saturday for Shakes but even first thing in the morning it was impossible to get a seat, the place was rammed!! So the Geet Big Shake is still on my to do list!

    Sounds like they were a bit of a disappointment which is a shame :(

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    1. I'm really hoping it was just a one off! And I can't wait to get an actual cake there :D

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  3. Ha same, I always scrape the cream off desserts. This looks like my kind of place! Out of interest do they have a lactose free/soy milk option?
    I've had to stop drinking milkshakes/icecream shakes because I'm an old lady and can't seem to drink milk anymore without getting sick. :(

    That brownie has my name on it!

    cuteek.com | geeky lifestyle blog

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    1. I don't know if I saw that option but I wasn't looking! Sorry, if I go back I'll see if I can spot it :)

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  4. Those do look absolutely delicious, but from the sounds of it, I wouldn't have enjoyed it much either. I like a really thick milkshake (basically I like drinkable soft-serve ice cream haha) so thin milky/frothy ones really don't do it for me. But damn, they certainly nailed the presentation! They look droolworthy!

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    1. I'm the same, I need it to be as close to ice cream as possible! I'm really hoping it was just a one off. The presentation is what got me there in the first place ^^

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  5. They certainly look amazing. I haven't been able to do milkshakes for a while (dairy allergy + developed intolerance), but I agree that they should have a bit more variety in the flavours as they go down to be truly amazing.

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    1. I think the variety isn't quite right with the one I tried, I heard no complaints from the boyfriend ;) but yeah, just a little bit of sharp flavour here or a richness there would be an absolute treat

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  6. They do look so impressive and delish but I do think that I probably wouldn't really like them - just not the biggest lover of milkshakes!

    Jasmin Charlotte

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    1. They were a normal coffee shop too with lots of cupcakes and goodies to try! The milkshakes were just the thing that got my attention and I'm such a big fan of milkshakes when they're done right (as in, my preferred way) :P

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  7. Ah th sounds gutting, you can't do a shake that looks like that then have no substance to it!

    Kariss
    www.shystrangemanic.com

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    1. RIGHT! I was a bit disappointed to say the least! I'd heard so many good things too :'(

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  8. They look amazing, shame they didn't taste as good as they looked #outandabout

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    1. Tbf, I'm more and more convinced it was just that one I had, I really want to revisit to see for sure

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  9. It's a shame you didn't enjoy your milkshakes as much as you should have. They look fab though.

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    1. They look amazing! I might have to explore the other flavours to see if it was a fluke

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  10. This is on my list of places to visit, I still haven't been. Shame they were not as nice as they looked. Thanks for linking to out and about

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    1. No problem! Admittedly I forgot about that linky, I'm going to have to check it out more often

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  11. These milkshakes do look splendid, a shame they were not as good as they look. I'm not very keen on too much cream in milkshakes.

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