Is there a better gift for a food lover with a sweet tooth than a batch of freshly baked chocolate brownies, cookies or cakes? With so many more of us at home and separated from loved ones this year, there’s never been a better time to send a tasty treat to those we can’t see in person – or to spoil ourselves... We’ve put plenty of brownie, cookie, cupcake and other baked goods deliveries to the test, so read on to discover some of our favourites.
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Best for luxury brownies
Looking to treat a friend or yourself for a special occasion? These delightfully decadent bakes from Bear's Brownies are sure to impress and come wrapped in the most beautiful packaging. From the satisfyingly crunchy Salted Caramel & Pretzel flavour and opulent Billionaires Gold Leaf brownies to fruity Jammy Dodger blondies and several free-from options, they ofter a mouthwatering selection of goodies which you can customise in a box. Pick up to 3 flavours for a box of 12 or 6 flavours for a box of 24, both of which can be personalised with a name and message. Lost for choice? Opt for the lucky dip and you'll be treated to a selection of popular flavours which complement each other. All brownie boxes are available for delivery nationwide and can be ordered to arrive by post the very next day, making them ideal for a spontaneous gift!
Gower Cottage Brownies
Best for crowd-pleasing brownies
Ever bitten into a brownie and exclaimed in delight? That’s what happened when we tried these. Homemade in Wales by Kate Jenkins and her small team of locals, the recipe is simple but highly effective – including British butter, free-range eggs, sugar, flour and high-quality dark Belgian chocolate. Deliciously soft and moist on the inside, with a nice crust on top, these are chocolatey but without being too rich, too dense nor too sickly, all of which makes them dangerously addictive!
B is for Brownie dark chocolate brownies
Best for rich dark chocolate brownies
If you like your brownies super-rich and really chocolatey then these are for you. Lou Cox, founder of B is for Brownie, bakes her brownies using high-quality single origin Columbian or Madagascan dark chocolate for an intense chocolate flavour. The best-selling Madagascan Collection combines Lou’s award-winning Madagascan chocolate brownie base with flavours including sea-salted butterscotch, Seville orange, baked fudge, raspberry & hazelnut Gianduja.
Chococo gold, cocoa nib & sea salt chocolate brownies
Best for melt-in-the-mouth chocolate brownies
Dorset-based chocolatier Chococo has been serving its squidgy chocolate brownies at its chocolate houses for several years, but now anyone can order them by post to enjoy at home. Made with Chococo’s 67% Madagascan chocolate, they’re super chocolatey without being too dark or sweet, and the texture is meltingly soft and fudgy, like a good-quality flourless chocolate cake. Available in several different flavours, we particularly love the gold, cocoa nib & sea salt. Studded with satisfying, chunky buttons of sweet, caramelised white chocolate and topped with crunchy cocoa nibs and Dorset sea salt, it's an excellent mix of soft and crunchy, sweet and salty.
Boxed and wrapped up in completely plastic-free packaging, the brownie comes as one large slab, meaning it can be cut into as many as you like. In the unlikely event that you can’t finish them (trust us, you’ll want to), they’re freezeable for up to three months.
Exploding Bakery letterbox brownies
Best for exciting flavours
Exeter-based Exploding Bakery’s brownies come in satisfying slabs of single flavours (although mixed selection boxes are also available), to be cut at home. Each square of dense, fudgy chocolate brownie is topped with something both eye-catching and delicious, whether it's salty swirls of peanut butter, generous drizzles of salted caramel, nuts, halva or white chocolate and freeze-dried raspberries. Choose between these, as well as other exciting flavours like sour cherry or blood orange. There are plenty of gluten-free and vegan options, too.
Clementina Cakes brownies and blondies
Best for blondies
Everyone has a different preferred brownie style – fudgy, cakey, gooey, firm. Clementina Cakes selection of brownies and blondies, made in Wales, sit somewhere in the middle for a crowd-pleasing delivery: they’re rich and firm, made with top quality ingredients and incredibly indulgent. The selection of brownies and blondies means there is something for everyone – our favourite was the raspberry and white chocolate blondies, loaded with fresh raspberries and Belgian white chocolate chunks. For chocoholics, Clementina’s signature brownie tops a chocolate brownie with a thick layer of smooth chocolate ganache and marbled chocolate curls.
Cake or Death vegan brownies
Best for vegan brownies
East London’s Cake or Death takes bakes very seriously – the clue’s in the name! These super-squidgy, rich chocolate brownies are all vegan, but you’d never guess. We love the Lotus Biscoff flavour (pictured) topped with gooey Biscoff spread and a Lotus biscuit, and the new salted caramel, drizzled with vegan caramel and sprinkled with sea salt flakes. Love festive flavours? Go for the mixed Christmas box, which includes two stem ginger, two mince pie and two salted caramel brownies.
Konditor Curly Whirly brownies
Best for fudgy cheesecake brownies
We can see why Konditor’s Curly Whirly brownies are their most popular. These seriously dense, fudgy brownies are packed full of dark chocolate chips, the richness of which is nicely counteracted by the slight tang of the creamy cheesecake swirls. Order a box of four or opt for the best-seller brownie box (pictured) which contains two curly whirly and two chocolate chip.
Good Cake Day brownies
Best for a glamorous gift
Looking for an extra special edible gift for a wedding, birthday or other celebration? Chinelo Awa founded Good Cake Day for exactly that reason: to make people feel special. Not only are her chocolate brownies super-squidgy, rich and packed full of tempting flavours, she's also carefully considered the whole gifting experience – the brownies come beautifully wrapped and packed in a reusable airtight tin, along with a recipe card for a cake which will fit perfectly in said tin, plus a handwritten note, if you like. If that wasn’t special enough, all the brownies are finished with edible gold lustre dust for an extra opulent look.
Cakes by Pheebs mixed tray
Best for a mix of blondies and brownies in fun flavours
22-year-old Northern Ireland-based baker Phoebe Carson takes inspiration from some of the nation’s favourite biscuits, chocolate bars and cakes for her mixed box of blondies and brownies. Expect fun flavours like custard cream, Jammy Dodger or Biscoff blondies and Kinder Bueno, Reese’s or Oreo brownies. The loaded toppings not only look seriously enticing, they add delicious extra layers of flavour and texture. We particularly love the moist, squidgy chocolate and peanut butter brownie, topped with Snickers and dark chocolate buttons, which has a great balance of salty and sweet without being overpoweringly peanuty.
Rav's Perfect Cookies
Best for baking yourself
Serving up freshly baked cookies couldn’t be easier with this cookie dough delivery from Ravneet Gill. In a collaboration with Dishpatch, get a box of 12 cookie dough balls delivered to your door, ready to be baked in under 15 minutes. There are four balls of each type of cookie: milk chocolate and hazelnut, dark chocolate and sea salt, and white chocolate and pistachio, all made using Pump Street Bakery chocolate. The cookies are thin and crispy round the edges, with soft, fudgy middles and a very generous level of chocolate.
Crumbs & Doilies freshly baked New York cookies
Best for NY style cookies
Buying a gift for the cookie monster in your life? We love these chunky New-York-style cookies from London bakery Crumbs & Doilies. Freshly baked on the day they’re delivered, they come in a fun range of flavours, spanning everything from classic choc chip, to red velvet, raspberry & white chocolate and oatmeal raisin, so there’s something for everyone.
Despite being extra thick, the cookies are perfectly baked, with a great balance of crunchy to soft, as well as sweet to salty. They’re also generously loaded when it comes to flavourings, whether that’s with chocolate chips, sprinkles or otherwise. If you fancy taking them up a notch, it’s recommended to slightly warm them before eating.
Cake or Death Bake at Home cookies
Best for vegan cookie dough
It’s not just the epic vegan brownies above offered by Cake or Death - they now deliver vegan cookie dough too. Arriving in the same signature cheerful pink leopard print box, the 500g blocks of cookie dough come in two flavours - double chocolate or chocolate peanut, or you can choose a mixture of both. Handily, the dough can be kept in the fridge for up to 5 days if you’re not ready to bake yet. The box includes a clearly laid out method card with step-by-step photos: all you need to do is divide up the dough and shape into balls before baking. Another handy touch is the dough coming wrapped in branded baking paper for lining your tins. We tried the double chocolate cookies and the 10 resulting cookies were dense and fudgy, with just-crisp edges and brownie-like centres. Plus our testers would never have known they were vegan. A great gift for vegan friends or family!
Blondies’ Kitchen cookies and hot cookie dough
Best for all kinds of cookie products
When Chelsie Collins and Kristelle Sacha founded Blondies’ Kitchen back in 2016, they quickly gained popularity for their chewy, American-style cookies, studded with a range of tempting toppings from classic choc chip to Kinder bars and Oreo cookies. Since then, the pair have continued to branch out into just about every cookie-related treat you can think of. So, if thin, chewy cookies aren’t your thing, try the thick, NY-style ones (which are even better when slightly warmed in the oven or microwave), or, for an extra-indulgent warming winter pud, we love the bake-at-home hot cookie dough, especially when served with a scoop of ice-cream on top.
Not a fan of brownies or cookies? Maybe babka, cupcakes or meringues might be more up your street.
Best for cupcakes
The thought of sending cupcakes in the post might conjure up images of smushed icing and squashed cake, but fear not, Lola's Cupcakes have you covered with no such problems. The newly launched nationwide delivery service means everyone can enjoy freshly baked cupcakes that arrive in impeccable condition.
There are a range of cupcake boxes to choose from to send by post: go all chocolate or red velvet, or try a mixture of fruity or even vegan cupcakes. We tested out the 'Classic Cupcakes' selection - eight of their most popular flavours including Carrot, Chocolate Heaven and Salted Caramel. A lot of effort has gone into the packaging to ensure it is both secure and not wasteful - there is a detailed guide to how to recycle the packaging and even a post label to return the packaging to Lola's for free so it can be reused. The cupcakes are baked fresh every day and are perfectly indulgent: the red velvet was our favourite, with generous tangy cream cheese icing and super soft cake. The Banoffee was another highlight - fluffy banana cake was topped with smooth mascarpone icing and hid a soft caramel centre. A treat for yourself, for a special occasion or for someone special.
- Available from Lola's Cupcakes, from £27.99 for 8
The Good Egg babka
Best for babka
London-based Israeli-inspired restaurant The Good Egg makes a mean babka. Previously only available by the slice at their London restaurants (and often sold out), their beautiful babkas can now be ordered for delivery nationwide, either as a whole loaf or a selection of buns. We love the original chocolate babka loaf, featuring soft, brioche-like dough, interweaved with generous lashings of rich chocolate. A large loaf cuts into 8-10 fat slices (which can also be frozen!) while a small is about 4-5. Our advice? Cut yourself a fat slice and enjoy with a hot coffee for breakfast. Heaven.
If chocolate isn’t your thing, you can buy the loaves in cinnamon bun or pecan pie varieties, and their babka buns are available in even more flavours, too.
Radio Lamington mixed box
Best for lamingtons
Radio Lamington was born during the first covid-19 lockdown, when the team at the Australian café, Daisy Green Collection, began baking lamingtons for NHS workers. With their bakes such a hit, they expanded and now anyone can purchase their light, fluffy lamingtons in all kinds of delicious flavours, whilst still supporting key workers (for every box sold, one is also donated to NHS workers). Opt for the mixed box to try a fun range of flavours – our highlights include the tiramisu, combining unbelievably soft and pillowy vanilla sponge with coffee liqueur, mascarpone cream, dark chocolate ganache and brownie crumb coating, and the slightly denser sticky toffee, with toffee sponge, rum butterscotch sauce, light caramel frosting, a sticky toffee spiced crumb and a meringue star.
Meringue Girls Birthday postal box
Best for a mix of treats
Celebrating a birthday or other special occasion? This party in a box from East London bakery Meringue Girls is packed full of goodies, ensuring there’s something for everyone. As well as two bags of the cute, colourful and perfectly crisp meringues that the bakery is best known for, the box also contains four squidgy dark chocolate brownies (which are gluten-free and vegan), and four exceptionally good chocolate chip cookies, studded with dark chocolate chips and a pleasant sprinkling of sea salt. Each box also comes with a pack of rainbow candles and a personalised note.