Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Mrs Crimbles Cranberry macaroons

I dont know about you, but every time I go to someones house for a cup of tea and they have tried to 'cater' for me, 9/10 I get a Mrs Crimbles coconut macaroon.  they are nice enough but because of this reason I wouldnt really buy them for myself.  A similar thing happened this weekend but to my delight the macaroons were a new flavour, Cranberry.

They taste good, they are softer than the classic chocolate coconut ones and make a nice change.  My friend said she picked them up in Sainsbury's.

Sunday, 23 October 2011

Cupcake heaven @ bake-a-boo

I made a trip across London today to check out a cake shop I have heard lots of good things about.  Bake-a-boo in West Hampstead is a cute little cake shop which specialises in afternoon tea.  We turned up earlyish as I had heard it can get very busy.  The cake shop itself is really sweet, smaller than I had imagined, with around 5 tables and a mix of young girls having cake as well as women with children having tea.  We took our place at the back of the shop on a long table and ordered tea, coffee and asked about the selection of cakes.  There were 3 options that were gluten free, raspberry, blueberry and an orange and almond.   

Both Jools and I went for the raspberry; our drinks arrived in lovely floral mismatched cups and saucers, along with our cakes.  The raspberry cupcake looked good, smooth frosting, which was simply done, and with a raspberry popped on top, it was on the small side and the sponge also had raspberries inside.  It was a good texture and very flavourful, the icing was really nice and tasted of fresh raspberries rather than colouring.  Overall I enjoyed the shop atmosphere and the cakes, but I am not sure I would recommend travelling a long way to go and visit just for the cake. Jools felt the same.

Gluten-free raspberry cupcake – 7.5/10  delish!

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Friday, 7 October 2011

Cat that got the cream @ whole foods

 Shopping in Clapham Junction yesterday and had a sudden cake craving, I believe in giving in to these urges, so had a think about the shops around me, I decided I would head to whole foods and see what they had.  To my delight they had some ‘Cat and the Cream’ cupcakes in the deli section, they often have one Gluten-free option and one vegan, and that was the case today.  So I bought the gluten-free orange raspberry almond one to take home.

I tucked in after dinner and forgot how big these cakes are! There is also a lot of icing so I had to dismantle the cake a bit to fit it in my mouth.  The sponge was a really nice texture and there are some raspberries in the sponge too, which helps it to stay moist and also gives a sweet flavour.  The icing is cream cheese icing, its very nice but there is too much of it for my taste, I couldn’t really taste the orange in the cake so it must be a subtle flavouring.  I left Jools some to try and whilst he liked it, he is much more a fan of traditional icing, so the score probably reflects that.  Definitely check them out next time you are near a whole foods, they also bake to order.

Gluten-free orange raspberry almond cupcake – 7/10 nice

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