The small but perfectly formed home of the freakshake.
The heart-attack-in-a-cup that has taken Instagram by storm has its home in Dalston at a cute little coffee shop called Molly Bakes. If you have a family history of diabetes, this place is not for you. There’s a counter full of cupcakes, brownies and cookies, and not a savoury in sight, but it doesn’t matter because your first visit is always for the same reason: to order one particular monster dessert.
A freakshake is actually just a massive milkshake, albeit one topped with an insanely daunting pile of squirty cream, chocolate sauce, wafer sprinkles, Oreo chunks and a cookie/brownie topper. As frozen, sugary, milky drinks go, it’s a market leader: the shake itself is delicious. Chocolate is the most popular flavour, unsurprisingly; peanut butter brings a welcome saltiness to the equation; caramel is for those who use Sensodyne; and raspberry is, according to the waitress on my visit, ‘pink!’. The staff are as chirpy as you’d need to be to blend unnecessarily gluttonous drinks all day.
On a rainy Friday lunchtime, half the customers were locals dropping in for a coffee, so it’s not just about the gimmicks. But as good-looking, affordable and welcoming as Molly Bakes is, ultimately it’s all about the freak show.
|Venue name:||Molly Bakes||Contact:|
450 Kingsland Road
|Opening hours:||Mon closed; Tue-Fri 9am-6pm; Sat 10am-6pm; Sun 11am-5pm.|
|Transport:||Dalston Junction Overground|
|Price:||Freakshake and coffee for two with service: around £20|
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Really disappointed with the service here. The team were very rude and dismissive. I arrived at Mollys at 4:05 after traveling for an hour to be told that they would not serve us. After stating that we had traveled far and that the website actually mentions last orders is 4:15 the team were very rude and unhelpful (baring in mind there were multiplie empty tables). A wasted trip.. and more frustrating that the ladies were not syphamtic instead were very nonchalant about the whole thing. Will not be going there again and will definitely be informing friends and family of the terrible service here.
Go early to avoid disappointment as they often run out of supplies. The freakshakes here are good although I was a teensy weency bit disappointed with the actual shake part. I chose chocolate because I am addicted to the stuff so I was expecting something that was incredibly rich. Instead I got something that tasted bizarrely like nesquick mix - sigh. However, what did redeem the whole thing was the brownie on top. I literally had a heart attack - it was so good, moist on the inside and slightly crunchy on the outside and ridiculously rich - perfect. Maria who owns the place bakes everything in house and has years of cake making experience so there are no worries at all when it comes to the cake part of the trend. She's very nice too. Tip: drink it with water to avoid a sudden and brutal sugar crash.
Upon discovering what a freakshake was, I was actually somewhat appalled. Though I had an equal guilty desire to want to try one just to see what all the fuss and hype was about.
What better place to for one of these milkshake monstrosities than Molly Bakes in Dalston? It's a teeny tiny little place that goes big on it's cakes. Everything on the counter was so beautiful and tasty looking - I definitely need to go back there at some point for a cup of tea and a slice of something naughty.
There's four different flavours to choose from (chocolate, caramel, raspberry and peanut butter) with a choice of either brownies or cookies as a topping. I went with the super dreamy and obvious choice of peanut butter with brownies. In saying that, the cookie ones did also look really good though, since everyone else in the cafe was having freakshakes too.
These drinks are actually insane and I think also fairly reasonable for £7, when you consider everything that goes into them. My one piece of advice would be to purposefully go here on an empty stomach as I did. You're going to be pretty full for the rest of the day if you have one of their freakshakes.