Cupcakes are now the baked goods of choice. Almost everyone I know loves a good cake – so there’s no doubt that a cupcake’s popularity is soaring. Soft, spongy cake in a paper cup, topped with butter-cream frosting is indeed an afternoon (or morning, or night) delight.
I recently ordered some cupcakes for two of my friend’s birthdays. One here in the UK, and the other in Singapore. It’s so easy now to order cakes online. And they make great gifts too.
The cupcakes I got for A’s birthday were from Primrose Bakery. They are the clever people who supply to Fortnum & Mason’s and Selfridges. Their cupcakes were moist and delicious and they come in chocolate, lemon, vanilla, carrot and mocha flavours. I love that their frosting was not overly sweet as many of them tend to be.
The other favourite London-based cupcake place is The Hummingbird Bakery. Their cupcakes are slightly more American style – with flavours like vanilla, chocolate and red velvet. Their butter-cream frosting is lovely and creamy but just a tad too sweet for my personal taste. However, they’re always so pretty, you’ll fail to resist chomping into them.
The Singapore version which I got for my friend, M’s birthday came in vanilla and chocolate flavours, but in place of cream frosting, there was fondant, in different shapes and colours. The cakes almost look toy-like, all shiny and plastic-y…
The most memorable cupcake for me is still the one at Magnolia Bakery in New York, made famous by the girlies of Sex and the City. We tried the red velvet cupcake with vanilla cream frosting. My oh my, it was to-die-for. Rich red velvet cake with creamy, almost sensuous frosting. It’s no wonder there’s always a long queue outside the store. Or they could all be suckers like us who watch SATC and wanted to have a bite of that cake too.
42 Tavistock Street,
London WC2E 7PB
020 7836 3638
The Hummingbird Bakery
133 Portobello Road
Nottinghill, London W11 2DY
020 7229 6446
401 Bleecker Street
New York, NY 10014