The Cupcake Battles: The Cupcake Bakery VS Little Cupcakes
What’s the big deal?
The mad about muffins saga had begun when I was 8. I started making snacks for school from branded cake mixes of course. Growing up being obsessed with cartoons and comics (Disney, voltron, transformers, x-men etc..) the nearest choice were the Disney cupcakes that came with edible rice paper stamps with all your favorite characters. I was so proud to bring them to school. It was my form of bling. Oh the joy of childhood!
Above:Drooling by the window...The Cupcake Bakery
Years later, a new wave of cupcakes emerged from households into the mainstream. Long gone are the boring muffin standards of just blueberry or choc chip. Since bakeries around the globe such as Magnolia Bakery in New York (which I didn’t get to go too on my last visit..dang!) started popping up like ferrets, there are now more varieties than there are fruits, not to mention taking on a new art form.
Like my Curry Laksa Battles, I’m now on a quest to find the most flantastic cupcakes- the kind which defies the traditional rules of both presentation and ingredients. The kind that makes your eyes bead wide open when you see them in the window display and am really hoping for some surprises upon the first bite. Am I asking for too much? Am I setting my standards too high? Hell yeah!
And the contenders are…
The Cupcake Bakery
Details: 495 Collins St, Melbourne. 3000
Cupcakes devoured: The Hummingbird. The Cupcake Bakery’s version didn’t reach the heights of a true Hummingbird which is supposed to be moist with banana, pineapple flavours throughout, pecans and topped with soft, creamy cream cheese icing.
However, despite being a little dry, it was quite nice and I know this place will solve all the 3pm sugar cravings for the abundance of office workers nearby.
Choc Choc- the buttercream was granule. The cake was good but I expected something better than the sort you’d find in a packet of 4 at Coles. You feel me? I’d like to try out their other varieties soon. You can check out their website here.
$$$: 11.50 for 3 cupcakes.
Food Rehab Verdict: Still sane (good, not great but check it out if you’re in the area) – Orangelight
Details: Shop 7 Degraves St, Melbourne VIC 3000 (03) 9077 0413
Cupcakes devoured: Among the many, there was the Red Velvet- yes, the cupcake species here are little as the name suggests, but I’m all about the quality than the quantity. This little beast packed a punch. The cake was moist but the cream cheese icing was the real winner with a hint of vanilla throughout. The double chocolate gem was densely delectable, filled with a dark chocolate blend and crowned with, yep you guessed it- more chocolate frosting.
Teddybear- was also perfect with a dense not too rich chocolately filling topped with buttercream icing that melts in the mouth and a tiny teddy. Check the one to the left yawning. Little did it know I’d devour it within seconds.
Jaffa (seasonal) – lucky I was in time for this beauty. The orange teamed up with the decadent chocolate cake was sublime I tell you! Again, Little Cupcakes’ sigmature icing worked well here. It had also been ages since I had Jaffas- they’re so oldskool, I love it. mmmmmm…. Also finger licking good was the cookies and cream variety.
I gobbled down many other varieties and had definitely hit my sugar peak for the day…perhaps the week! Help me….someone….anyone?! You may continue to drool at their website here.
$$$: 4.00- 5.00 each
Food Rehab Verdict: The Winner! Sent me to food rehab (Wowzer) – Greenlight
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