The last of the London cupcakes! After a long break which involved a lot of fresh air and almost as much dim sum, we set to again. Ah, the things I do for my art!
Cox Kiss Cake
The cox cakes were the most expensive at £4 each and somehow they both ended up in the last round. They looked amazing and I can never turn down a blueberry, but could they live up to their price tags?
Me: This cake was perfect. Really. The filling had a lovely blueberry flavour, the sponge was moist but not sticky and the frosting was smooth and not too sweet.
Mark: Thought this one was the best one yet. The flavours were not over-sweet or artificial.
Richard: A proper bit of fruit. It was really good and the sponge was really moist. If anything let it down it was that the topping had no actual flavour.
Pudding Cook Toffee Apple Cake
Due to the aforementioned lack of labelling, I could only guess that this was the toffee apple cupcake until, that is, we cut into it to reveal a layer of apple sauce!
Me: This was very tasty with a lovely apple filling but after the initial taste you were hit with a harsh sweetness and an uncomfortable aftertaste.
Mark: Thought THIS was the best one yet. Real fruit, real flavour, good texture and not too damp. It did have a slightly odd aftertaste and after experiencing this for a minute or two, he revoked his “best one yet” comment.
Richard: rough sugaryness, but good flavour. Did not take much as is allergic to apples.
Cox Red Skull Cake
The last but possibly the most striking of the cakes with its glittery-eyed skull topper.
Me: I was nervous of the great big pile of icing on this cupcake but when I finally worked up to the courage to eat it, it was actually very good. The icing was not rough or sugary and it had a really interesting flavour. I loved the fruity goo and the addition of chocolate chips.
Mark: THIS was the best one yet. It was all good. The flavours were good, the sponge was good, it looked off putting but actually tasted good. All the components had a purpose and combined to make a tasty cake.
Richard: Thought the chocolate chips were a pleasant surprise but he did not approve of the big hard thing on top.
So, all the cupcakes have been tasted, but which one was the very best?
Me: I loved the Cox Kiss Cake. Its smooth texture and blueberry flavour won my heart. But close second was the Cox Red Skull cake for its unique flavours and cheeky chocolate chips. I didn’t expect both my favourites to be from the same bakery, but cakes surprise you sometimes!
Mark: Definitely the Cox Red Skull cake. No competition.
Richard: The strawberry (EDIT: red velvet!) Lili Vanilli cake. But second place was the Cox Red Skull cake.
Another result I didn’t expect. We could all agree on the winning cupcake! The Cox Red Skull cake despite the handicap of knowing it cost so much more than the others and its off putting exterior took the gold hands down thanks to it superior textures, flavours and inventive combinations of the two.