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Cupcake rage?

Cupcakes are all the rage at the moment but what would you do if your favourite flavour had all been sold? A shop in Cardiff recently experienced an incident of ‘cake-rage’.

Any cupcake that can generate that much passion needs to be tasted. ‘Sugarswirlz’ is going on the list.

This is a cupcake from Sweet Tooth Cupcakery in Chorlton, Manchester and so has nothing to do with the 'cake-rage' story, other than the fact it is a photo of a cupcake. But hey, that's enough of a connection for me.


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Sweet Tooth Cupcakery re-visited

Cupcakes, tea and cappuccino at Sweeth Tooth Cupcakery.

I’ve already reviewed the Sweet Tooth Cupcakery, but we went again as it’s just that good. This time I had an Edith Piaf (chocolate sponge, cream cheese frosting and a glittery strawberry) with a pot of Earl Grey tea and H had a Kylie (vanilla sponge and pink glittery frosting with a gold thing on top) and a cappuccino.

Worth visiting if you’re in the area. And they now do chocolate brownies and other cake as well as just the cupcakes.

I love the way this cupcake looks against this plate. And a glitter-tipped strawberry too.


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Angel food bakery

20 Meeting House Lane, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 1HB

The range of cakes at Angel food bakery

Angel food bakery is another cup cake cafe. It seems they are popping up all over the place now, a few streets away there was another shop being fitted out that seemed to be called ‘Madame Cupcake’ though it wasn’t open yet. The Hummingbird Bakery is the first one I heard of, and the one that is mentioned in the press as being the originator of the cupcake craze, but I’ve not made it there yet. I have been to Sweet tooth cupcakery and preferred that to Angel food bakery because of the attention to tea and the atmosphere.

The Angel food bakery offered a range of cupcakes and had a steady stream of customers. It also had double height chocolate cake for sale. Or you could order your very own giant cupcake for a party, two were picked up in the 20 minutes I was there.

Red velvet cupcake and tea at Angel food bakery

I picked a ‘red velvet’ cupcake that looked good but I think was just a normal sponge mix with red food colouring and cream cheese or buttercream topping. I knew I’d heard of the ‘red velvet’ cupcake before, and thought that perhaps it was famous from being from Angel food bakery. I’ve just checked and it’s famous for being from The Hummingbird Bakery. I’m not that keen on the toppings and after eating the cupcake I did feel a bit sick, but otherwise it was very nice. I bought a blue topped one with stars on to take home to R, which he said was excellent.

Teapot? No.
Leaf tea? No.
Milk jug? Yes.
Price? £3.60 for tea and a red velvet cupcake.
Cake? Yes.
Go again? Yes, but I’ll try the double height chocolate cake next time.


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Sweet Tooth Cupcakery

9a Oswald Road, Chorlton, Manchester, M21 9LP.

The wide range of cupcakes on offer at Sweet Tooth Cupcakery

The wide range of cupcakes on offer at Sweet Tooth Cupcakery

H had romised to take me to a very special tea shop. That tea shop was Sweet Tooth Cupcakery.

This small but perfectly formed tea shop has everything I could wish for. The decor is stylish and quirky, with vintage boxes and tins on shelves around the walls and transfers of 1950s housewives in the kitchen. The crockery is all vintage and elegant. As the name suggests the only cake they sell is a cupcake, but oh, what a cupcake!

All the cupcakes are named after famous people, so I chose a Rita Hayworth and H had a Dita von Teese. There were around 15 different cupcakes to choose from and all looked gorgeous.

Tea, coffee and cupcakes at Sweet Tooth Cupcakery

Tea, coffee and cupcakes at Sweet Tooth Cupcakery

The tea came in a perfect little teapot, with yellow milk jug and sugar bowl.

The tea was good and the cupcakes so impressive that this needs to go into the top 5 places to drink tea. Go here if you are ever within visiting distance and go early or all the cupcakes will be gone. It’s only open Thursday to Sunday so plan your visit well!

Teapot? Yes.
Leaf tea? I was so overwhelmed by the cupcakes I can’t remember, I think tea bags though.
Milk jug? Big milk jug.
Price? £6.70 for a tea, a cappucino and two cupcakes.
Cake? Cupcakes a go go!
Go again? Yes.