Saturday, 18 January 2014

THE CUPCAKE & MACARON TOUR OF LONDON

Cupcakes and macarons...how could I resist!
All the weekend slots were fully booked but I managed to take the afternoon off after work on a sunny Friday.
Little did I know that I was going to be the only person who signed up for that day...guess everyone else was at work!
Thankfully I had a friend who joined me at the last minute...making the walk less awkward. What is usually a 20-person tour, turned out to be more of a chilled walk with just the two of us and our own private tour guide.
The tour included 7 tastings on the go.

| The Cupcake Bakehouse | 

Founded by former model Lorraine Pascal who left the catwalk in pursuit of the perfect cupcake.
I had the cherry crumble which was recommended - crumble and cupcake mmm...
Using mainly British ingredients, there was nice balance of lovely moist sponge and icing.

 


| Ladurée |

One of the top premier sellers of the double-decker macaron, and one of the best known macaron makers in the world.
Stylish and irresistibly plump and moist bite-sized macarons.

 


 

| Sweet Couture |

A boutique bakery that's famous for its mouthwatering handmade cupcakes.
Hand baked and decorated using the finest ingredients and no preservatives, they also have a range of treats free-from wheat and gluten.
 

 

 

| Hummingbird Bakery |

Known as London's Magnolia bakery, the Hummingbird Bakery is an American-style bakery founded in 2004, the Soho branch being 1 of 5 branches in London.
The concept was developed by Tarek Malouf who developed as he saw a lack of places in London to enjoy the taste of the truly authentic American-style baking.

Each branch has its own kitchen and team, serving a full range of American-style baked treats and desserts, freshly baked using the same ingredients and techniques as those used in home baking.

 

| Yauatcha |

Michelin starred and known for its contemporary dim sum.
The macarons were much larger than average - the salted caramel macaron was one of the best that I've tasted with a great balance of sweetness and saltiness.


Forgot to take a quick snap at Patisserie Valerie, for which Madame Valerie opened her first patisserie in Frith Street, Soho in 1926. With more than 50 cafes around England, they serve a delicious variety of hand-made cakes, gateaux and patisseries, made using traditional recipes.
I had the pistachio macaron - much smaller in size compared to other places, and pretty average tasting.

| Fortnum & Mason's |

The final stop, with the most impressive display counter - so many colours and flavours, I wish I could have tasted them all!
I chose the Kir Royal because...it's Kir Royal, and such a pretty bright pink colour! Yes, I am a really girly girl.

 


Happy and high on sugar, it was a pleasant little tour around London's finest culinary artisans and dessert boutiques. 
With no slow walkers and stragglers to slow us down, we finished in less than an hour, giving us some time to wind down in the afternoon. 
I'll definitely be popping back to a few of my favourites for more sweet treats!

The Cheekster, signing out x


 

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