My sister just moved to London on New Year's Eve, we went and watched the fireworks and did
some ice skating which was awesome! but we were also able to go on a cupcake hunt all weekend! I am so excited about the possibility of visiting even more cupcakeries on my next visit to see her! and hopefully it will be slightly more successful than this time!
So we hit up 5 cupcakeries in 2 days, and 2 of them were closed which was very disappointing! but we had fun visiting the open ones!
Our old favourite..we love Westfield, Mara especially! so we headed there on New Years Day and were delighted to find the cupcake stand was open. I got a cookies n cream one which apparently was limited edition but I'm not sure how different it was to the Oreo one I usually get when I'm there, it was moist, topped with tons of icing and just generally delicious! Mara had a banana one with a banana bread like taste to the cupcake with lashings of banana buttercream - I am consistently impressed with their cupcakes! so we were off to a good start.
2. Bake-a-Boo, West Hampstead
On Saturday morning we set off on part 2 of our hunt. We headed to Bake-a-Boo in West Hampstead and were very disappointed when we arrived there and found them closed. They said they were closed for the Christmas break and re-opening on Wed 6th Jan! It did seem to be a pretty quiet road they were on and not alot else was open so I guess that was fair enough. Here's a picture of their cute pink exterior!
3. The Cupcake Comany, Notting Hill
We headed on to Nottinghill to try out The Cupcake Company which I think is a fairly new addition to the cupcake scene. We couldn't believe when we got there that it was also closed!! The day had not got off to a good start, when we checked out the sign on the door they said they were re-opening on 17th January!!! Now that's what I call some good holidays..maybe I ought to enter into the cupcakery business after all - if only for the holidays! This is my 'I'm hungry and want a cupcake face'
4. Bea's of Bloomsbury, Holborn
Now this is where the day started to get exciting!!! Not only were they open! which was a relief to us but as soon as we stepped through the door we were seriously impressed! Everything they had on offer looked delicious! from the warm spiced apple to drink to the giant meringues which could be passionfruit flavour if you opted for it!! We went for a little platter of goodies for two and it was very decadent indeed!! On the bottom layer we had some delicious scones with jam and clotted cream, the next layer up was a chocolate and raspberry cupcake and a red velet one and on the top layer were lots of mini treats: blondies, brownies, marshmallows and meringues and we topped it all off with some hot chocolate!! In retrospect I'm pretty sure we could have managed with half of what we ate but we didn't realise that when we ordered!
For attractiveness of all their tasty treats on display and general atmosphere I'd definitely give Bea's a 10/10 and would recommend it to anyone but if you were planning to go there for cupcakes only there are better places to spend your time. I'd give their cupcakes a 6, the raspberry icing was lovely but the chocolate cake it was place on was far too rich and the red velvet was just okay.
So we did!!
5. Ella's Bakehouse, Covent Garden
After my last cupcake hunt in Covent Garden I got home and discovered I'd missed this little Gem which had just opened up over Summer! So I was determined to try it this time and was pleased to find another open cupcakery! It was pretty busy and you can imagine Covent Garden was really bustling in the busy crowds! What I loved about all these cupcakes was that they were covered in glitter - I thought that was fun! and they also had cute mini ones for £1 each but only in the regular choc and vanilla flavours and we fancied something a bit different. So we got the malteser one (to share might i add..my husband was horrified at how much we'd managed to consume in those 2 days!!) it had maltesers baked in it and vanilla buttercream with crushed maltesers on top and it was delicious. The icing was just right, I give Ella's Bakehouse an excellent 8!!
And so ends another spectacular cupcake hunt!! I'm sure it won't be long before the next one!! If anyone can recommend any establishments we haven't made it to yet please let me know!