The cupcake is dead. Long live the cupcake.
Anybody who thinks that cupcakes are so over, obviously wouldn’t be that interested in National Cupcake Week.
But if you’re among those of us with working taste buds, you’ll be pleased to hear that cupcakes are alive and well and trending on Twitter.
The 7-day party is almost over, but it’s not too late to dip your spoon into something decadent. Over Notting Hill Carnival weekend, we were jammy enough to be staying blocks away from the very famous Hummingbird Bakery. Of course we made an urgent tea time stop to the petite cake shop.
While the boys tucked messily into their Vanilla and Chocolate varieties, I decided to try a gluten-free Red Velvet. It might not sound sexy, but actually the omission of gluten creates a lighter, fluffier version of Hummingbird’s most popular flavour.
Hummingbird Bakery has built its reputation on offering the closest thing in town to a New York-style designer cupcake. But it’s far from the only sweet spot to get your fix.
London Cupcakes we Love
Ella’s Bakehouse (Covent Garden) – read our review
Bea’s of Bloomsbury (Bloomsbury, St. Paul’s) – www.beasofbloomsbury.com
G Desserts (home delivery) – read our review
Buttercup Cake Shop (Westfield Shopping Centre, Kensington, Bluewater Shopping Centre) – www.buttercupcakeshop.co.uk
Bake-a-Boo (West Hampstead) – read our review
London Cupcakes we Crave (next on our hit list!)
Cupcake Emporium – www.cupcakeemporium.co.uk
Lily Vanilli – www.lilyvanilli.com
Local Bakers (Islington)
Lavender Bakery www.lavenderbakery.co.uk
Delights by Cynthia www.delightsbycynthia.com
Visit www.nationalcupcakeweek.co.uk for a comprehensive list of local cake makers
Weekend Foodie News
Sat: Hackney Homemade Festival will undoubtedly serve up cupcakes galore along with a variety of food and music from all over the world. Head down between 10am-4pm, free. St John Church Gardens, Hackney Central, E5 (Hackney Central train) (Sep 17)
Sun: There’s two main stages, street entertainment and more than 80 stalls serving up food from every corner of the globe at the annual Harringay Food Festival that welcomes thousands from all over. Go early as one year the food ran out! 12-6pm, free. Harringey Green Lanes, N4 (Turnpike Lane tube) (Sep 18)