Molly Bakes

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Molly Bakes

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.

By: Ashleigh Arnott

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Venue name: Molly Bakes
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Address: 450 Kingsland Road
Hackney
London
E8 4AE
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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Shu R
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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.

elladacas
tastemaker

Finally got around to delving into the freakshake fiesta that has the world going crazy. I must say.......... I expected more. Maybe more guts and gore! More cream more height ... I dunno but it just didn't freak me if you know what I mean. I found it very sweet which is to be expected but I would've preferred a creamier milkshake maybe. We waited for a long time and I can't say it was 100% worth it.... I'm willing to try again but maybe at a different location .

Nicky G
Tastemaker

When I was in Minnesota two years ago I went to a pie diner that served 50 flavours of pie and had a pie shake, which was an entire slice of pie blended into a milkshake. At the time I thought well #OnlyinAmerica would this happen. Turns out I was wrong - similar antics are happening right here at Molly's (nestled on an unglamorous stretch of Dalston between a dry cleaner and a shoe repair place, or equivalent), and served at a steady rate of every two seconds. Eating one of these is the equivalent of about 3 desserts exploding out of one cup. Freakshakes aren't actually the only menu item here (you would be forgiven for thinking so) nor are they exclusive to Molly's (again a forgivable assumption), but they are the best menu item at Molly's and the best freakshakes you can find in London. The only questions you need to ask yourself are a) when can i get there b) peanut butter, chocolate or raspberry? And c) cookie or brownie on top? (Yes an entire one). Nobody has actually mentioned the homemade marshmallow and whipped cream and the smear of sauce/peanut butter around the rim of the cup, but the picture says it all.

Kirsty E
Tastemaker

Possibly one of the weirdest creations I have ever seen.. the freakshake is part milkshake, part dessert with emphasis on the "freakiness" of the combination!! After seeing photos of these masterpieces, I couldn't really work out if they looked delicious or disgusting.. so I had to try them for myself.


In reality the freakshakes look far more appealing that some of the photos appearing across social media. The brownies are absolutely divine and the milkshakes are every bit as delicious as they look. (The peanut butter is my personal favourite).


Far too much for one person though.. Make sure you take a friend to share with!

Jack B

A very welcoming place. Great coffee and the staff was very nice the day I was there

Luke A

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.  

Dee
Tastemaker

The freakshake trend has come to London thanks to the lovely people at Molly Bakes. This is a cute, small cafe where you can build the milkshake of your dreams let it be topped with brownie or cookies or both and take the instagram photo of your dreams against their lovely wall paper. I found a portion too big for one normal size human being so it is better to share. 

Ioanna La
Tastemaker

I have been craving to go there since a friend of mine shared a picture of her chocolate freakshake with me! Days later and "freakshakes" were a thing around the city. It took me a while to get to visit Molly Bakes in Kingsland road, Dalston, even if I live quite close. I can't believe it took me so long! I have a sweet tooth so I love anything that has to do with shakes and cakes. I will probably never find the words to describe this holy freakshake. It comes for £8 and 4 flavours: chocolate, caramel, peanut butter and raspberry. I tried the peanut butter and it was crazy good - peanut butter lovers you have to try this!!! I don't want to know how many calories this was - probably about a thousand. But who cares when you are about to have heaven in your mouth? The best part of it is that you can choose between two toppings: two half cookies with an ice cream ball in between or a whole brownie! Whichever you chose you won't be disappointed. The place is really cool, minimal, with a huge blackboard on the wall and some nice tables, and the stuff is lovely! I didn't experience any queueing on Saturday early evening but rumour has it there is a half hour wait on peak days! Get your camera ready because this needs to go on your instagram.

emlyhggns

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.

Mei M
Tastemaker

Hint: open your Instagram and look for the #mollybakes hashtag: you're welcome! You've just seen what the amazing freakshakes of this place look like, and you need to try them as they're absolutely fantastic.


They mix up some of the most amazing ingredients available in the prettiest and most photogenic way - ice cream, cookies, chocolate chips, raspberries, you name it - and if you have one of those shakes for lunch on a Summer day you won't even have to feel too guilty.


Whenever there's peanut butter around that's always going to be my choice and that's exactly what I order, enriched with chocolate chip cookie & marshmallows. A pleasure for the eyes and the stomach. Your mind will be pretty grateful too. Yum!