My pals know me all too well. I’m not a big drinker but I am big on the baked goods, so, as a birthday surprise, my friends planned a Cupcake crawl through a few of the most fabulous bakeries and confectioners in London.
Not only that, but each stop they planned had relevance to me as well as added time to have a wander and explore the area. This isn’t sponsored btw, I just love cake… and chocolate… and biscuits… and my friends… and this incredible birthday surprise! I’ve linked all the websites for the places we visited too, just in case anything tickles your fancy!
Now, just to explain, usually a pub crawl has several stops, and our cupcake crawl had several stops too. Unfortunately, due to my ill health on the day (I could barely walk and was dosed up to my eyeballs on pain killers, but I’m a stubborn little witch and was determined to a) go on this surprise day out and b) bloody well enjoy it), we whittled them down to the “big three.”
Honestly, get pals that can do both: plan a super elaborate day out fit for a GBBO winner (and in case anyone cares, I’m loving the new series and Noel Fielding is an absolute gem 👌) and change it over night to a super chilled day out without a seam on show or a timing out of place.
ON WITH THE CUPCAKE CRAWL!
Our first stop: The Biscuiteers.
The Biscuiteers is a bakery, specialising in hand iced biscuits, from standard circle biscuits to illusion biscuits and biscuits that look like Beatrix Potter characters to biscuits for dogs.
Based in Notting Hill, the shop has it’s own little cafe inside, as well as an icing workshop, and sells not only a plethora of hand crafted biscuits, but also other sweet treats and baking supplies. Honestly it’s beautiful! It’s safe to say we all spent a pretty penny in here, with the individual biscuits we bought coming in at £3.50 each, the smaller biscuit boxes with four or five biscuits in were about £20.00 each (or the ones we chose) and the large biscuit boxes were around £45.00 each (or at least the ones we showed an interest in… but slapped each other’s hands away from as the day was young… and so are we. Young and relatively skint. Too skint for expensive biscuits anyway.) I am massively into baking, with my favourite part of the process being the decorating. Call me an arty farty pants if you will, so the intricacy of all the icing just amazed me.
Second stop: The Hummingbird Bakery.
Hummingbird Bakery is an American style bakery with a massive array of layer cakes and cupcakes on London’s famous Portabello Road.
Oh my God! The cakes here were just drool worthy. I am big on odd and different flavours and I’m big on cupcakes, so this place was just…ugh. Of course, since it’s an American bakery, the portions are American too, meaning the cupcakes were huge! I mean, compared to what I would normally consider a cupcake, or fairy cake, in the UK, they were pretty big. I definitely got buttercream up my nose trying to bite into one of them! They did everything from Rainbow cake, to red velvet, to biscoff or black bottom cupcakes. I ended up limiting myself to two; a salted caramel one and a carrot cake one and it took all of my will power to do so. Trust me.
The third stop: Choccywoccydoodah.
You may have heard of this one, a shop dedicated to everything chocolate. What began in Brighton has grown to epic proportions, and after a successful TV show, they opened their flagship chocolate shop and cafe in Carnaby, London… yep, looping into the end that famous fashion hotspot, Carnaby Street.
I am a chocolate fiend. I am also obsessed with the TV show. I think my bank account thoroughly regretted that tip toe through the coco nibs. I could have spent hours just gawking at the window displays, let alone through the dozens and dozens of different products on offer. From exquisite, hand crafted chocolate sculptures and luxurious, chocolate topped cakes to hot chocolate and chocolate covered brazil nuts, the place has everything you could wish for. Not to mention the smell… oh god the smell. It’s honestly addictive and the staff are super friendly there too! I ended up actually not buying anything for myself, but buying things for my family… all of which I sampled ALL. Naughty, I know. Plus, as a bonus, all your purchases are beautifully wrapped up and for an added £1, you can get a branded, re-useable tote bag. Umm, yes please! I’m a sucker for a tote.
So, there you have it. A cupcake crawl, the most wonderful idea for someone who loves cake and treasure hunts, because honestly it was like a treasure hunt. There were no clues, but I had absolutely no idea where I was going. I was being led by my gal pals on this sugary adventure and had to try and spot where we were headed before we got there, which added a lot of fun to it too!
A wonderful idea if anyone is looking for something to do with a sugar loving pal.
Happy birthday to me!