I've been to their Covent Garden location. The shop itself was really quirky and cute, but my cupcake was gross. Two small bites and in the trash it went.
Karmastew..........did you feel like that'swhat it was? A cupcake iced and then dipped into candy melts???
They look adorable, and I love the funky look of the shop and their lil' boxes too!
I don't think that it was melts (which are gross enough as is).... it was more like some kind of pourable fondant.
yup, that's fondant.
I sometimes make cupcakes like that and they have a super shiny smooth texture. I just put some fondant in the microwave and add little bits of water at a time. I microwave it in increments of 10-20 seconds at a time, stir and check for a loose soupy consistency. Once ready, I dip the cupcake to the rim of the wrapper and set them to dry.
If it starts thickening, just put the container back in the microwave another 10-20 seconds.
Its super easy and your cupcakes will look beautiful.
mine always turn out shiny
Cool! I really thought they were dipped in the candy melts but the fondant makes perfect sense. I'm going to try to do that for my daughter's bday party which is the Sat. I hope they turn out shiny.
Thanks for the fondant technique!
I live in London and I walked past their shop window - it's filled with cute looking cupcakes, but BEWARE they only look cute, but I've heard they taste awful. Also, I have no faith that they would actually sell all of the cupcakes in their window every day, so I don't think freshness is a priority. Cupcakes are a new thing here in the UK (I'm from Canada though) - they have something here called a fairy cake that are smaller, flatter and denser than a cupcake and are covered with a poured royal icing type covering. The Candy cakes in the picture are a bit of a hybrid of a cupcake and a fairy cake, BUT I've been told they are actually muffins covered in the poured icing and then topped with a cute marhmallow deocration. Here are some of the reviews on the place if your interested: http://www.yelp.co.uk/biz/candy-cakes-london-3
Thanks Roxybc, I read the reviews too. Too bad they don't live up to their cuteness. It's a great idea for someone to do it better with the taste.
Holy cow their list of "happy customers" includes... wait for it... Nelson Mandela! Talk about random! Oh, and he's just two pictures over from Madonna! Wow...
(BTW this is halfway down on their custom cakes page)