Cake or Death?

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Cupcakes. Every girl blogger just loves cupcakes, right? Whenever you read a blog about any sort of blogger gathering, its sure to mention the cute cupcakes that were consumed.

Enough already! Cupcakes are fashionable at the moment, and are perhaps becoming a bit over popular. With over popularity, you get so many people entering the market place, but instead of prices dropping (as even the most basic economics lesson will teach you – more suppliers = lower prices) the prices seem to go up!

I asked on Twitter this week if I was the only one feeling this way and thankfully, I’m not. Helen at Afeitar (who is an amazing baker of cupcakes and the like – everytime she posts her latest creations, I feel like I should be baking up a storm myself!) and Lou at Lou Blogs set me off thinking about other sorts of sweet things that could be served instead. What about mini versions of British classics – tiny little jam roly polys, sticky toffee puddings, apple crumbles – yummy little bite sized brownies (which disappear far too quickly or Eton Messes (my faovurite!)

Yum! Much more variation, although still not good for the waist line. Oh well.

I can’t really blog about cupcakes and not mention the lovely little shop on Park Street here in Bristol thats recently opened, called Swinky Sweets. They do so many different flavours of cupcakes (I tried the Earl Grey tea one which was surprisingly delicious!) which makes it a bit different to the usual cupcake shops. In honour of the new Sex and the City movie, they’ve chosen two of their regular flavours and created two new ones to represent the girls.

Cosmopolitan Cupcake: Blitzed cranberries infuse vanilla sponge cake with a hint of lime zest to stand up to the sweetness. Topped with a Cranberry, Orange and Lime Frosting, the only thing missing is the Vodka! An ode to Ms Bradshaw.

Swinky’s Dirty Martini Cupcake: Light chocolate cake is wrapped in martini-chocolate frosting and drizzled in salted caramel! Elegance with a feisty kick and a potential classic. Samantha perhaps?!

Very Vanilla: Sheer simplicity. Unadulterated Madagascan vanilla pods engulf this delicate sponge cake, topped with sumptuous swirls of butter cream frosting! So light and inoffensive, it could be Switzerland! Traditional Vanilla could only be Charlotte

Triple Chocolate: Created by one big child for children and chocolate lovers everywhere, the combination of all three chocolate types satisfies even the most indecisive of individuals! Good old reliable chocolate for Miranda!

Despite what I’ve said above about cupcakes, I can’t resist these flavours!


  1. Zoe Corkhill says

    I like the idea of mini puddings, though I could see it being a bit messier than cupcakes! I haven’t really experienced too much cupcake overload because I don’t think they’re as fashionable in Birmingham, you can’t really get swish ones here (unless the food court at Selfridges has something now).

    I get what you mean about the blogger overload though. I get that people like cake but it’s not necessary to gush quite so much about them.

    Also, one cupcake thing I don’t get is the stands of cupcakes instead of a proper wedding cake. It just doesn’t work for me!
    .-= Zoe Corkhill´s last blog ..StreetDance 3D =-.

  2. Lil says

    I like the idea of mini anything. I agree that there’s definitely too much cupcake talk around – they’re nice, but there are so many yummy alternatives.

    I saw the shop on Park Street over Easter and wanted to check it out. Maybe I’ll pop in once I get back to Bristol.

    .-= Lil´s last blog ..A VERY MAD HATTERS TEA PARTY =-.

  3. The Girl says

    Oooh talking of cupcakes – next time you’re in the Waitrose they do a lemon and lavander cupcake which I had on Saturday and was it good.

    That cosmopolitan cupcake sounds sooo good. Very annoying though because I’m not allowed cranberries anymore because they can tamper with the warfarin. DAMNIT!
    .-= The Girl´s last blog ..Believe it or not, there’s a soup recipe in here. =-.

  4. Louise says

    And what about the trend for macaroons??
    ( I’m sure I’ve spelt that wrong!) Are they the uber-priviledged equivalent of cup cakes?

  5. Vixel says

    I totally love them, but I’ve noticed that about the prices too. I get the feeling a lot of the new companies probably realise it’s a good area to make a quick profit right now!

    I must disagree with Zoe though, I *love* the tiered cupcakes instead of wedding cakes thing! That may be simply because I hate fruit cake and adore icing though.
    .-= Vixel´s last blog ..Things I Love Thursday =-.

  6. Helen says

    I’ve been wanting to try an earl grey cake for ages! They sound lush. I did have a recipe for an early grey chocolate cake I must try. The appeal with cupcakes is that they’re easier to eat than a big cake, but sometimes a slice of cake just looks nicer than a cupcake. You HAVE to have a proper big cake for birthdays! Otherwise it’s not birthday cake. And I also don’t really like cupcakes for weddings, I’d rather have some multi-tiered, multi flavoured creation of big cakes to give people to marvel at.
    .-= Helen´s last blog ..My new favourite cookbook =-.


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