The fool-proof present. In my experience, there is no living soul that doesn’t express paroxysms of delight when presented with a box of lovingly decorated cupcakes. And the best place to get these little morsels of joy is at Cupcake Central. With their range of inventive flavours and a rotating cupcake availability, I often find myself going back multiple times each week to try a flavour that wasn’t available a couple of days ago.
|(Top to Bottom) Cookies and Cream/Red Velvet/Chocolate Mint/Chocolate Hazelnut/Peanut Butter and Jelly, Rapsberry Lemonade|
So for my sister’s birthday, I decided to pick up a box of 6 babycakes ($2ea). And possessing generosity I will never have, she immediately offered to share them with me.
|Chocolate Mint Babycake ($2ea)|
First up was Chocolate Mint. Funnily enough, my sister and I are the only people I know who have a liking for this flavour. Most people claim that it tastes like eating chocolate whilst brushing teeth. To each their own I suppose. Anyway, this was a fantastic example of stellar cupcakes. Moist rich cake with icing that isn’t too sweet, but was light, fluffy, and offered the perfect minty punch. I hate it when the icing on cupcakes is grainy and tough, but these had almost the consistency of whipped cream!
|Chocolate Hazelnut Babycake ($2ea)|
Next was Chocolate Hazelnut. Now this is a flavour that has been tried, tested, and perfected in a variety of desserts, so I expected it to be no less than divine. And it wasn’t. Once again, the light chocolate cake paired wonderfully with the creamy hazelnut icing, and the whole hazelnut in the middle was a lovely surprise.
|Peanut Butter and Jelly Babycake ($2ea)|
Peanut Butter and Jelly was a flavour I had tried previously, and I loved the slightly salty and nutty icing which went perfectly with the center of strawberry jam. The chopped peanuts on top added some wonderful textual crunch.
|Lemon Raspberry Babycake ($2ea)|
The Raspberry Lemonade sounded like a fantastic idea on paper, but it came out tasting more like raspberry lemon, which was much less exciting, but it will please the lemon-lovers out there. And I know I’m beginning to sound like a broken record here but, moist cake! Light creamy icing!
|Red Velvet Babycake ($2ea)|
It’s honestly very hard to say much about these cupcakes because they’re all so perfect and delicious, and this Red Velvet one is no exception.
|Cookies and Cream Babycake ($2ea)|
And last but not least, Cookies and Cream. The mini-oreo cookie on the top was a nice touch, and the cake was that unique combination of vanilla and chocolate that only something cookies-and-cream flavoured can provide.
But these cupcakes aren’t nearly all the ones Cupcake Central has on offer. Go on specific days of the week, and you’ll find yourself delighted by jam donut, mandarin and chamomile, green tea and red bean, cherry and pistachio (my favourite), just to name a few. And at $2 for a babycake, and $4 for a cupcake, it’s hard to resist grabbing one as an end-of-the-day treat on my way home from uni.
Rating: 15.5/20 – best cupcakes ever