There are cupcakes, and there are cupcakes to die for... How do you choose? Our foodies make it easy.
It’s said good things come in small packages and it doesn’t get much smaller than the cupcake. American by birth, cupcakes have slowly but steadily conquered the world ever since the sitcom Sex and The City made New York’s Magnolia Bakery’s cupcakes en vogue. In the past couple of years, bakeries selling cupcakes have mushroomed all over Mumbai. Surprisingly, getting this miniature cake right isn’t easy. One of the places that has (after initial hiccups) managed to do so is Tart in Bandra, who bake mini cupcakes (because the regular cupcake clearly isn’t cute enough). Tart’s mini cupcakes survive just about 3 delicate bites. If you’re the devouring sort, you’ll need one and half chomps. They’re moist but not greasy. In addition to the red velvet cupcake, Tart serves up cake flavours like banana and chocolate. The cream cheese frosting is delicious and complements the flavours beautifully. Also, Tart’s mini cupcakes look absolutely adorable. At present, they’ve got a special set of cupcakes adorned with Santa and gift boxes. There’s no sweeter way to get a taste of the festive season.
Le 15 Patisserie, Worli
From the time their Facebook page directed people to their tiny outlet outside a beauty salon in Worli, Le 15 Patisserie has come a long way. Now with a full fledged shop opposite Indigo Deli in Palladium, Le 15 Patisserie offers the best cupcake experience in Mumbai. Their red velvet and Belgian chocolate cupcakes can make even fitness fanatics ditch their diet. They keep experimenting with their flavours but their red velvet cupcake wins hands down — with just the right hint of sweetness coupled with the cream cheese frosting. Some of the other variants include raspberry, vanilla, chunky chocolate, Oreo, banana walnut and vanilla milk chocolate. They recently had Christmas-themed cupcakes with adorable snowman, Christmas tree and snowflake icing. All their cupcakes are priced at Rs45 each.
Pink Sugar, Carter Road
They say seek and ye shall find. If you seek really delicious and affordable cupcakes, a visit to Carter road will help render your journey worthwhile. Pink Sugar is a tiny place, where ordinary cupcakes go to die and are reborn into frost-covered, jelly-centred pieces of goodness. You will appreciate the value of time there, as you choose between the 17 varieties of cupcakes, priced between Rs29 to Rs39. The Blueberry Cheesecake will hypnotise you with its cream cheese frosting and soft vanilla cake with its blueberry centre; the Blue Curacao is a zesty orange lemon cake with whipped cream, the Chocoreo has an Oreo cookies and cream frosting atop a soft chocolate cake and the Strawberry Daiquiri is a wonderful blend of lemon curd and strawberry cake. If you like classic flavours there’s Vanilla and Choco Mint.