This week’s Cake of the Week has to go to Crumbs and Doilies cupcakes, which I had the pleasure of discovering at Foodies Festival in Battersea park this Sunday. For those behind the curve like me, Crumbs and Doilies are a Wandsworth based bakery that believes in attending to each cupcake with care; there is no industrial machinery and each cupcake is iced one at a time. Ingredients such as Valronha chocolate and organic Madagascan vanilla make these little beauties a real treat.
So what did we sample? This sounds a bit odd and as though it might not work, but the honey and rosemary yoghurt sponge with yoghurt icing and honey drizzle was amazing and unique. The classic American go-to cupcake that is the Red Velvet was excellent, and the mere description of the Salted Caramel cupcake (caramel sponge with sea salted caramel buttercream) had me salivating. And in fact, does once again as I write this. We tried one of the specials, an Eton Mess, which did not fail to satisfy either; complete with strawberry sponge, raspberry drizzle and meringue.
Here is the part where I get slightly bitter: Crumbs and Doilies locate themselves in Soho, Covent Garden and on the King’s Road throughout the week. Quite rightly; they are lovely, fun places worthy of such cupcakes. But I’m not located in the vicinity of any of them, which devastates me slightly; both because they are lovely, fun places and I can’t just pop out of work one lunchtime and inhale great cupcakes. This calls for sending minions (aka willing friends) to purchase when in the area and hand deliver to my door. Or, assuming my friends will tell me and my demands where to go, I could just order online and have Crumbs and Doilies hand deliver to a Central or SW address.
Next time you are on the Kings Road, wandering around Soho or drinking in the Covent Garden atmosphere, I urge you to seek out Crumbs and Doilies*. These cupcakes are now on my destination food list and I think they should be on yours too. I have no doubt that Crumbs and Doilies will soon become as well known as Hummingbird and Primrose Bakeries.
Now I must be off to formulate a plan in which to negotiate a time when I can get my hands on the Cookie Dough and keep my ear to the ground for when the Jamaican Gingerbread cupcake is back on special.
*Full details of the days and times C&D are at each of the mentioned areas can be found on their website.