I know people call cupcakes a trend and a fad but I honestly don't see them decreasing in popularity anytime soon. Who doesn't love little cakes? Marks and Spencers, that British institute, has even caught on. I think they've been doing them for a while, but today was the first time I got to try any. They had some with whipped cream as a topping, but to me that's just a cream cake and not a cupcake. Cupcakes need to have proper frosting on. Anyway, they had packs of 4 with buttercream so I chose the raspberry and white chocolate variety. At £2.99 they were pretty well priced considering ones in posh bakeries can be up to £2 each. They looked really pretty with pink frosting and little sugar ball sprinkles.
They were stuffed with a raspberry compote (pretty much just jam to be honest though). The cake was really nice, like a perfect light sponge, but the icing was way to sickly and artificially flavoured. I have a sweet tooth but these were too sweet. Also, another annoyance of mine with them was that I could not taste any white chocolate in them at all! They were supposed to have white chocolate chips in them, but I couldn't see or taste any. Maybe I just got a duff batch. I suppose they were nice for the price, but I'd rather have some of my own! I'd give them about 6/10.
These are some that I made last night. Another hit from The Hummingbird Bakery cookbook! They are chocolate cupcakes, stuffed with nutella and topped with a nutella frosting and hazelnut sprinkles. Yum. Maybe I'll sound big headed and boastful now but I think I'd rather have one of those than the m&s offering! You really can't beat homemade cakes. What do you think? Store-bought vs. homemade?