Bangkok Post reviews
Cupcakes with smiles
- Writer: Bangkok Post Editorial
- Published: October 12, 2012 at 8:19 am
Cupcakes have been popular for quite a while, but there's always room for more, especially the gorgeous-looking ones. Many events now feature tailor-made cupcakes designed to represent the theme, from weddings to product launches. Even Starbucks has added cupcakes to its choice of desserts, and its red velvet cupcake is one of my favourites.
During a recent visit to Vue by The River, a shopping mall on Thon Buri's Charoen Nakhon Road, I found an interesting cupcake shop called Blooming Cupcakes. It is quite a welcome treat, as there are not that many cute bakeries in that neighbourhood on the other side of the Chao Phraya River.
According to the owner, Alisa Anusansurntorn, Blooming Cupcakes started off as an online home-made cupcake shop, and the outlet at Vue is her first real shop. Alisa has always got a sweet tooth, so much that she said she can eat cake for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
However, she only started learning how to make cupcakes when she was recovering from an operation, which gave her a lot of free time. She dedicated hours to watching Martha Stewart's cooking show and decided to make her first cupcake. She fell in love with it and has never stopped baking since.
While the small but cozy shop does not offer a dizzying array of cupcakes, the quality of each piece makes up for the limited choice. On the day of my visit, there were five choices, namely Jam Cookie, Blueberry Dream, Strawberry Red Velvet, Smiley and Strawberry & Coconut cupcakes.
The shop assistant explained that the bestselling ones are those with a red velvet base, so that was the obvious choice for the first adventure.
I picked the Smiley cupcake (80 baht), although from the look, it was hard to tell what taste and scent to expect from the yellow cream.
The cupcake is decorated as a smiley face, with two Maltesers as eyes. This means it should be enjoyed freshly out of the fridge or these chocolate balls could turn into a melted mess (although that wouldn't be too bad).
The bright yellow cream is light and fluffy, creamy but not overly sweet. The red velvet base is quite interesting. It has a chocolatey bitter aftertaste that lingers in the mouth. The texture is rich and moist, and goes well with the light-tasting cream.
Blooming Cupcakes, G floor, Vue by The River, Charoen Nakhon Road. Open 11am-8pm Tue-Fri, 10am-8pm Sat-Sun (closed on Mon). Call 02-861-1477, 081-903-5505, or visit facebook.com/BloomingCupcakes-Shop.