August 5, 2009

I heart cupcakes

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.

Birthday cupcakes from Primrose Bakery

Birthday cupcakes from Primrose Bakery

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.

Pretty...vanilla cupcake with pink frosting from Hummingbird

Pretty...vanilla cupcake with pink frosting from Hummingbird

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…

Fondant topped cupcakes from Avenue Cakes

Fondant topped cupcakes from Cake Avenue

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.

Magnolia bakery cupcake in New York

Magnolia bakery cupcake in New York

Rich, yummy red velvet cupcake with vanilla cream frosting *drool*

Rich, yummy red velvet cupcake with vanilla cream frosting *drool*

Primrose Bakery
42 Tavistock Street,
London WC2E 7PB
020 7836 3638

The Hummingbird Bakery
133 Portobello Road
Nottinghill, London W11 2DY
020 7229 6446

Magnolia Bakery
401 Bleecker Street
New York, NY 10014
(212) 462-2572

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Join the conversation! 3 Comments

  1. I heart your blog, so keep writing ya? Hugz to you and Paul :)

    Reply
  2. Aww thanks E!! I shall feed you with more food porn then :)

    Reply
  3. heyhey! I love reading so write more… esp about food! (i will try to update more regularly too)

    Reply

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