Avoid the 'cupcakes' (which are actually muffins with bright icing) and go straight to their cakes - the chocolate cake is the best I've ever tasted with dark & white chocolate goo and chunky choc pieces inside it!!
Saying that the candy cakes do make a fab prezzie as they look funky and exciting. They also do amazing mini-treats and a few actual cupcakes (by this I mean with buttercream icing!).
This branch is linked with C'est Ici so you can have a glass of vino with your cake and sit outside in the Kingly Court courtyard.
1 - Chocolate cake!
2 - Enjoy wine / beer with cake
3 - Sit outside
Difficult for me to buck the trend of reviews for Candy Cakes on Monmouth street, it's as crap as they all say. After so long of nearly enticing me on a number of occasions with their decorative window display - some truly scrumptious looking examples of fine cakery behind the drool-proof, recently wiped clean sheet of glass, I finally succumbed. As good as they do indeed look, leave it there. Don't ruin the illusion. It's too late for me but keep this Candy Cakes shop in some dreamlike haven in the back of your mind somewhere. Once you take that first, regretful step inside, the dream dies. Proper dies, like a professional hit in which there's a ruthless killer, void of emotion with his boot to your throat and the barrel of a cold and particularly clinical looking gun pointing at your face and you're asked "any last words?".
Those words are, of course, "I'll take those ones, please". Bugger! I've ruined it now.
The problems started before a bite was taken, before I'd even left the shop. As I handed a note (£10) in payment for the thingamajig and whatchamacallit flavoured fairy cakes I was told "we don't have any change. Or fivers". Brilliant. "Right, I have no change either, so how do you want to do this?". For around 20 seconds (a surprisingly long and enduring time when one is waiting for a solution) the two young girls working behind the counter decided the best thing to do would be to twine their hair around their fingers. That's it luvvie, twiddle your hair at the empty till, that'll sort it out.
Now, I'm not going to entirely blame these two younglings. Yes, they are the staff and yes, they are a little inept and seemingly indifferent to the difficulties facing them but someone has hired them and left them both here with little guidance and (almost literally) no money to work with, aside from higher denomination notes. In an area of town like this, they'll need all the help they can get. Quite a thoughtless, kamikaze approach to business management.
Eventually, one of the girls scraped enough change together (well, close enough) from her own purse in the hope that some small change may soon come her way. This shouldn't be happening in any shop let alone a well known and, apparently, popular one.
Next came the delayed, wanting enjoyment of eating the said fairy cakes. To dry to enjoy. Though the sugar rush from the butter-cream was nice (just nice!) and the ideas for flavours were interesting, in practise they fell short. Hardly a big outlay but still more than you would expect to pay for what's received. More expensive than a church bake sale hosted by the local parish grannies and not as good, I'm afraid.
With such all round insouciance there can be little wonder why this place has received such poor ratings from so many.
Still tempted to try a proper cake from them but another experience like my last should serve me as a sound warning.
Chieh T pointed Candy Cakes out to the Yelp Dining gang last Saturday when we were wandering round Covent Garden after our meal at Ba Shan.
Full marks for the exciting shop window. Bright colours, well decorated cupcakes and cute awning makes it feel exciting and draws you in to have a further peek.
However, as we were quite full and therefore had a more discerning foodie critical eye, I looked beyond the bright colours and noted that the cakes looked good but the colours did look artificially garish and the icing looked rather hard rather than the soft buttery cream icing I prefer.
I had to return to try one out of Yelp duty and it tasted as it looked - rather artificial, over-sweet and hard icing. Maybe some enjoy their cupcakes this way but not the right taste for me
The first time I saw Candy Cakes I thought I was in paradise. What a genius idea to make the much loved cupcake even better by topping it with sweeties from my childhood. Surely blending these two treats together could only result in even more deliciousness.
Tasty x tasty must = tasty squared?! What's not to like?
Well, two fairly important things actually.
1) The taste. Dry. Bland. Like eating a sponge. A crumbly sponge that has been left out in the sun for a while and then topped with clay instead of icing. Seriously DISAPPOINTING.
2) The price. £2.60 for 1 cupcake?! These things must cost pennies to make and if they're not delivering on the flavour then how can they justify the price?
I bet even after reading these reviews some of you will still be lured in to Candy Cakes. Like a moth to the flame it's hard to avoid wanting to try something that looks so good. Stay strong, walk by, grab a chocolate bar nearby if you must, just don't go in here. You might as well just chew on cotton wool and drop your money on the street instead.
Candy Cakes, Candy Cakes, baker's man. Bake me a better cake as fast as you can!
I've passed their Goodge St location on my lunch break at work many a times, but never had a reason to go in. After a day out at the British Museum and lunch, we sought out coffee and cake to refuel our depleted sugar reserves. We happened to pass this Candy Cakes location, and I'd found my reason to go. Like the other reviewers before me have stated, the looks sucked me in like a magnet!
But looks can be deceiving. The guy behind the counter was just plain rude and short (but he may have been an anomoly as the other girl was super nice). I felt anxious to hurry up and pick something as seating was going fast - well to be honest, there wasn't much seating in the first place. I chose the lemon poppy seed cupcake and an Americano, and my boyfriend got a slice of pecan pie with a latte.
Yeah, it's pretty much a gloried muffin. I didn't care much for the icing, and I had no complaints about the the lemon poppy seed cupcake. It was moist and delicious! The pecan pie was TOO sugary. We probably filled our sugar quota for the entire week. And I don't know about the latte, but my Americano was waaaaay too bitter.
It's all kitschy and cute on the outside, but WAY overpriced! Our bill came to 12 squigglies, not worth it! Next time I'll just go for a chocolate bar!
This place is beautiful. Totally eye catching and worth a few pictures. All the fabulous colours virtually force you to go inside and try something yummy.
But don't. seriously. don't.
The cupcakes are dry and on the tasteless side, the frosting is in no way frosty. I felt like I was going to break a tooth on mine, and when that didn't happen I did go into sugar shock from just a few bites. [My cousins had similarly aweful expereinces, but oddly we weren't all that tempted to share]
The coffee was also dissapointing, and the chairs on the 'patio' to the side were not what one would call comfy.
It's a pitty, but the candy-land fantasy really should be left in your head as you walk on by to eat your cakes somewhere that knows about baking.
After a somewhat major blowout with one of my best gals, I was feeling terrible about the situation and figured I'd try to mend it with some sweets. I ordered a tray of macaroons and 2 cupcakes, banana and red velvet.
Although our friendship is sweet and happy again, I'd have to say that it was in no part due to the treats from Candy Cakes.
The cupcakes were far too dry and all of the macaroons other than the pink one were boring and bland.
If it was on looks, I'd have given it a 5. If it was on taste, I'd give it a 3. If it was on price, it'd be a 1.
This place look fantastic and it's hard not to want to go even if you're not hungry, however...
Whilst they have some amazing looking muffins and cakes they sometimes fall short on taste - being exceptionally sugary but without much other flavour. That's not to say they aren't good but at £2.60 a time they should be pretty special. Quite often Tesco is actually tastier and much cheaper.
In future I'm going to try and walk past...
Cakes from Candy Cakes are like Nu Rave versions of Hummingbird's. They come in the craziest colours and the decorations are extremely garish.
I was quite horrified at the thought of having to eat one when my friend brought a virtually neon-glowing boxful round one evening, but despite the fact that the glossy icing makes them look like they're made out of plastic, they do taste OK. Too sweet, sickly and quite dry for my taste though and they're muffin sized rather than cute cupcakes so all a bit too diabetes inducing. I looked on the website to see where on earth (if at all) she had found them and apparently they don't use any artificial colourings, additives or preservatives, so they aren't actually as bad as they look.
Some of the decorations are so tacky you've just got to laugh. Next time (if there is a next time) I'm going to try turning the lights off to see if they glow in the dark.
I'm currently working around the corner from this branch, and having walked past a bunch of times I finally succumbed on my way home on the last day before Easter, thinking that we could indulge a little over the break.
I bought a box of four different cakes, and after gasping slightly at the price was at least slightly mollified by a free carton of Candy Floss thrown in.
Sadly, the cakes themselves made the price even more unacceptable. The sponge itself was pretty dull (The Mrs said 'flavourless') and I'd honestly have a hard time telling the difference between the different varieties. The icing also felt pretty generic, and horribly over-sweet. In fact, if it hadn't been for the sugar rush I think the overall summary of the experience would be 'bland'. With the sugar rush, it's 'unpleasantly bland'. (The Mrs again: "Even the liquorice allsorts (on the chocolate cake) seemed like cheap knock-offs.")
Candy Cakes does a good job of luring you in with the colours and vibrant feel, but as far as substance behind the style is concerned, there really isn't any.
I want to love this place...and I probably still would love it, had I not actually gone inside and bought a cupcake!
I love the kitschy, cutesy idea of the place, and the cupcakes all look so pretty....but they just didn't cut it, in terms of deliciousness :(
The array of colours and the thick frosting, topped with all number of little chocolates and sweeties, bringing back memories of penny sweets at the local newsagent (white chocolate mice!) means you can't walk past this shop without wanting one, or at least without wanting to take a photo of all the cakes piled high on serving stands.
The place itself is tiny (which is endearing, although not so much so when you want to sit down with a friend to have a chat and a cupcake) and unfortunately (although, not surprising) the cakes are expensive.
The cupcakes themselves just didn't taste as good as they looked. I had a lemon and poppyseed one, and as well as being a bit dry it just wasn't anything special in the taste department. *Sigh*.
As a lover of minimalism this place kind of gives me the creeps. First impressions lead to believe that you have reached the amazing land of Willy Wonka's chocolate factory, but then you get a closer look and everything just looks so fake and tacky, it might just make you shudder.
The coloured cupcakes look as though if you were to drop one it would bounce right up. How they actually pride themselves in using only natural ingredients is beyond belief!
They actually even sell gluten-free versions... wonder what that tastes like.
A tiny little bakery which serves wonderful cakes and treats.
If you like big sugary treats then you can do no worse than visiting this place.
We bought a couple of cup cakes to take home and I have to admit they were demolished very quickly.
Each cup cake is very bright and bursting with flavour, some covered with sweets and others with mini cupcakes and truffles.
The shop is tiny and gets busy very quickly.
My gripe is that it took ages to be served - I was second in the queue and the staff were so disorganised that it took ten minutes for them to realise I was there (and I was trying to get their attention!).
I have not tried their fudge but it did look lovely - maybe on a future trip to Covent Garden I may pop in and get some.
Candy Cupcakes are great for a treat but at £2.90 each cup cake (at least) it's not cheap!
From the seafoam green façade to my very first taste of Candy Cakes' delightful treats, this bakery made my heart skip a beat! Featuring cool and quirky cupcakes with names like Techno Mouse, Toffee Fudge and Strawberry Sundae. Unless you are a person who can exercise self restraint, much unlike myself, I highly caution you bring a friend along when entering this bakery.
I visited Candy Cakes with a friend of mine from college. When we entered the bakery, we felt like little kids again. Suddenly, it was OK point
and ohh and ahh over the pretty decorations and not be shy enough to lick the icing off of our hands in public. If you don't fancy cupcakes, Candy Cakes also has a great selection of gelatos and fresh pastries served daily.
Other Suggestions: Great place for children or those young at heart
Phone: 020 7497 8979
This amazing little cake shop made me feel like a little kid again with pig tails in my hair and scuffed knees. The outside is so inviting and it reminded me of Charlie and The Chocolate Factory with the incredibly coloured cakes and sweets.
The iced muffins are really tasty and are around £3 if you want to eat in which I didn't thik was abd when you think of the prices chain coffee shops charge for cakes and muffins and they don't taste half as delicious as these ones. I love the individuality of the little shop and it seems to attract kids and adults alike.
I will definately be going back here becuase it's just so cute!
It's hard to miss Candy Cakes as when walking past it you are immediately greeted by a mass of bright, almost sickly artificially coloured cupcakes.
They taste alright, though not the best I've ever had, and I have to say that the colours of these things is just too much. The actual sponge part of the cupcakes are alright, but it's the icing which puts me off a bit. Call me old fashioned but I am much more of a thickly coated butter cream icing kind of person.
Oh. My. Stars.
Cake? Someone say cake?
No - we said 'cupcake the size of your fist in the most fantastic colours you ever saw all your life'
These cakes oh my and the fillings well I can barely type for drooling but here's one cake's description from the website:
This golden cake seduces you with a Toffee and Banana sponge base, tops it with caramel icing and then shows off its geometric side with a rectangle of delicious fudge. Magnifico!
I mean what? It's heaven. Real heaven on earth.
I really, really wish I could give this place 5*'s but, unfortunately, I must knock one off for the price of the cakes (£2.60 per cake they're darn good, but when you could get a muffin of the same size in Sainsbury for 50p, it kinda puts it into perspective) and the fact that the other food they serve (I was trying to be sensible and had a baguette for lunch one day, thinking that a cupcake for lunch is just absurd) is far from good. In fact, it's bad. But the freshly squeezed orange juice and the cakes themselves make up for that in a huge way.
Check it out - you won't regret it!
This is a very strange cake shop. Liking cakes, you would think that I would love a GIGANTIC muffin. However it seems that quantity is not always the premium option.
I think the problem I have is the icing that absolutely coats the cake. As you eat it you can't help but think of the 900 E numbers that are being inserted into your body with the brightly coloured sky blue icing. They kind of look like cakes Jessica Rabbit might eat and so look really enticing.
Also I object to them being called cupcakes. They are iced muffins. End of.
I've only had one though, so maybe I should give it another shot.
Being allergic to eggs, I am one of those people that genuinely doesnt like cake! But this little cafe is very impressive and tempting nevertheless. I have been in here with friends who have been very impressed with the quality of the cakes and the staff were also very helpful. Very busy when I came in so there was no-where to sit down so I recommend trying to go at a random time of day when it will be less busy. The cakes are all amazingly decorated with edible stars and glitter and pink, yellow, blue icing.
This would be the first place I would go to eat a cake!
I have never seen so Beautiful cakes! There are so attractive by their decoration, and their are so delicious! The atmosphere of the shop is really lovely and the staff very friendly.
The price is a little bit expensive but trust me, it worths it :)
OMG these are so much sugar you will die! These fun, lovely cakes come individually boxed if you want or in a bag or buy a few to fall in a diabetic coma :-)
The staff member who served me was lovely but it wasn't a rushed moment so I don't know if it is always like this. The cakes, though, were alightly dry and really too sweet for me to handle. Even though I bought a latte with it I still could not finish it.
There are a lot to choose from but look at the sign not at the cake. Sometimes the top can be deceptive!
I'm visiting London from LA, and you can find a quality cupcake bakery on pretty much every other street there. When we spotted this place on the lower (downstairs) level of the market area, we had to investigate! Unfortunately for us, we had a stroller with us for the baby and since there was no lift to be found, we had to carry it down a lot of steps to the shop.
Next, we realized that we couldn't possibly get the umbrella stroller into the store (because the doorway was TINY) so if any disabled people are thinking of trying this place, you'd obviously want to skip it.
The prices were unbelievably high - £3.95 for a raspberry apple cupcake, and the same for a slice of carrot walnut cake. Both were awful. The cupcake was covered in a thin layer of bright pink sugary frosting that looked like candle wax. The cake underneath revolted my daughter, and when I took a bite, it tasted like a gluten free muffin. My carrot cake somehow tasted overly spiced and had dried fruit somewhere in it. The staff were very pleasant, but I won't be back.
My absolutely fave cake shop in central London. Yes, ok so maybe the colourful morsels are not exactly as heavenly as Soho's top-notch famous French patisserie's offerings but the cosy ambience and row upon row of eye-catching goodies makes up for the lack of grand indulgence.
You can gorge yourself on the gorgeously vibrant cupcakes - often themed and always yummy - or create a selection box to enjoy at home. A customised, personalised service is also available, and you can shop online too.
Well worth a visit if you happen to be hanging out in Covent Garden...
I've no idea why people like it here. The cupcakes are so mediocre - especially given every man, woman and mouse is selling them these days.
Go to the Hummingbird bakery instead.
Candy Cakes look wonderful from the outside. How can all those bright colours not attract your attention to the store only to be lured into trying one of them. Unfortunately I think they don't really work for me as much other cake places because the icing is not the buttercream icing I had been expecting, instead replaced by an excessively sickly sweet icing that just takes over the entire experience.
Presentation wise, these guys have definitely got it down but, for me, there wasn't enough balance between the cake and the icing to make it thoroughly enjoyable.
Is there anyone amongst us who genuinely doesn't like cake? If so, i'm sure this superb little cafe will change your mind.
Nestled in a small street just off seven dials is this tiny but colourful little shop, one of a small chain, that make wonderfully bright cupcakes in the most unusual but mouth-watering flavours. Choose 1 or more to go, boxes are available, or sit down with a coffee, either way it's great.
The service in this venue could be cheerier considering the overall tone of the shop and it's merchandise though!
I was walking through Covent Garden on my way to somewhere else when I first walked past this shop. When I saw a window of massive cupcakes with neon frostings, I simply had to stop. What cake lover could pass by such a sight and not be curious?
The tiny shop had an assortment of unique flavours for both cake and icing, and each cake was topped with additional sweets. I got a berry one, satisfied that I now would not have to find lunch for the day.
The cupcake, however, was disappointing. It tasted more like a muffin, which is okay, if what you wanted was a muffin. And the icing was rock hard and kind of hurt my teeth and made me question how fresh everything was. I had expected a bit more from a shop whose presentation alone had the ability to pull me in off the road, but the experience was very unfulfilling.
A lovely well presented shop in Londons Covent Garden. The cakes are amazing and well worth the price. A great snack for yourself or also a lovely gift to take home after a day out in London. The cakes can be boxed for gifts or in a bag ready to eat.
Definately a place for a cake lover to visit.
I didnt try out the smoothies but they looked good too.
Lovely pink themed seating area inside with neon signs to match. Service with a smile.
What a cute little place near Seven Dials roundabout.
Kids and those young at heart will enjoy the sheer brightness of the sugar fixes on offer. I've been there a few times now for cookies and coffee and enjoyed it every time. The coffee is not half bad and the others gave other hot drinks (hot choc) the thumbs up as well.
It's a tiny little shop but they've got an open gazebo thingy down the little side street and in the summer put tables outside on Monmouth.
Treat yourself next time you're in the area.
I tried a cupcakes from Candy Cupcake during the summer after wondering past their brightly coloured little store at the bottom of Covent Garden.
The cupcakes themselves are gorgeous, almost cartoonish, although they are huge so it might be worth sharing one.
It doesn't quite match up to Ella's for taste, but it's definitely a fun treat to eat!
Candy cakes! Nice and sweet cakes that they serve you.You will enjoy there cakes because of the style and designs that they have.You can also choose what you want.Love this cakes because they have the cheapest price too.Like it!
I was trying to waste some time in Covent Garden last week with my 3 year old.
I spied this place from the top of the steps and HAD to and have a look!
They have the most wonderful looking cakes (iced muffins!) in the window. My daughters eyes lit up! So we went in.
She got one with a lolly pop on top.
To be honest, she ate that n left the rest of it! So obviously i had to eat it myself! ;o)
It was delicious. At £2.95 eat in, it wasnt cheap, but it was HUGE.
I loved the decor too, pistachio coloured walls and pink stools. Very cute!
Will def pay a visit on my next trip!
A bit far for a lunch time jaunt from the office, these are available on Carnaby Street as well.
This shop is the mothership though. The cakes are too sweet for some in the office but others had a lvely treat. The lemon ones are best but the uniced ones with the cream filling wee also favourites.
Opinion was split on these treats
As a cake lover, I was very unimpressed at the range of cakes available here, and the value for money. I felt for the size and taste, they were a rip off, and felt sad that I hadn't just saved my money!
Don't get me wrong, they look great, and the colours are enough to attract any passerby off the street into the shop, but once you actually get one, they are a disappointment.
Although the shop was empty, I found the service to be rude and abrasive, especially when I asked questions about their cakes and what was on offer - I asked for a reccommendation and was met with disdain. This is not whta you need on your first visit to a shop! It is a real shame, as I had high hopes for this place.
The muffins you can buy in this place are amazing. They have exotic creations, that are really tasty. I just took some of their muffins to a birthday party and I was the star because of some muffins.
Anyway they also know how to make sandwiches and coffe and it is definetly worth it to go there after a nice shopping trip in the hip area. And allthough the place ist quiet small and always full it is a great spot to relax.
You can aslo sit outside and enjoy some fresh air.
The prices are quite high for these cup cakes, but they really pull it off with all the grat things you can choose from.
First off: I have not eaten anything from this particular branch. I have eaten cupcakes from the one in Kingly Court (which were lovely) and bought one of the titular candy cakes from this store yesterday, but it was a present for my sister and as such I cannot comment on the tastiness of their products.
HOWEVER I do feel obliged to review the Covent Garden branch of Candy Cakes if only for the eyewateringly high prices and phenomenal rudeness of the staff.
I headed in at the admittedly late hour of 7pm, but the place remained open, and the two girls were starting to clear up. They deliberately ignored me as I stood there, carrying on their mundane conversation whilst I waited for one of them to explain the vast array of items on offer. When they finally deigned to acknowledge my existence, one girl grumpily mumbled her way through the flavours and then proceeded to actually slam my choice down on the glass counter! Now I realise that these brightly-coloured muffin-esque treats are considerably less delicate than their cupcake counterparts but frankly if they are robust enough to survive such manhandling, it doesn't say much for how they're likely to taste.
Having visibly winced at the treatment of my sister's present - and nearly fallen over when I discovered that it would set me back £3.50 - I requested a box for "safe" transportation (shutting the stable door after the horse has kicked the cake, but still). "Yeah. It's an extra pound" came the reply. I was astonished and announced that I would do without. As I was paying, I asked if most customers did in fact pay for the box. "Yeah, well, most people are buying them as gifts, so yeah, they do" she sniffed. "Well mine's a gift too", I responded, equally coldly, "But £1 for a piece of cardboard is taking the piss". Rather than agree or apologise or even defend the outrageous price, the girl simply smirked at her colleague who grinned back - who is this cheapskate customer and why is she wasting our time when we could be gossiping? - and asked if I had anything smaller than a twenty. Which I did not.
As colourful and inviting as these cakes are, it's a shame that the personalities of the staff don't match. I'm glad that the Kingly St branch is my local although frankly even I worked next door to this one, I wouldn't return.
I love the chocolate and strawberry muffins. I can eat them every day. Well not every, it's just an expression. I just can't hold my superlatives about the cake shop. Everything is good, and they maybe can make the service a little faster because I always have to wait for too long to get to my favorite sweets.
Having just been in the cupcake craze back in the US, you can imagine how shocked I was to see these things in London of all places. The cakes from the window looked so cute and so we had to take a closer look. The girl working at the counter informed us that they were actually muffins and not cake. I had to try one even though it was a tad overpriced and even more so with the conversion! We chose a blueberry muffin with hot pink "frosting" and blue mini chewing gums sprinkles. I must say that I was a little disappointed with it. It was overly sweet and nothing too special especially since the "frosting" was hard! ew. What a waste of £3!
My friend was wowed by the colorful displays of cakes / muffin displays in the window of a popular shopping center. We went in and found out they were muffins in various flavors (and were real pricey). We decided to share a blueberry muffin topped with pink sweet frosting and bubble gum sprinkle balls. The first bite wasn't that godo because the frosting was hard as a rock (I think, at least in my opinion, frosting is best soft and moist and biteable-through, is that a word?). The inside was moist and good, the bubble gum was more for looks and uniqueness then taste. Skip it, you can get muffins at the supermarket for 10 times cheaper and better quality. I gotta give them credit for their displays and window advertisements.
This is candy heaven Great if you fancy a sugar rush, these cakes are massive and carry quite a good price tag too But for those serious about your cake and who aren't after diabetes, I would recommend going somewhere else! The cakes here are OK, nothing special, and are an odd type of cupcake, with smooth icing rather than buttercream. I was similarly not impressed with the quality of the coffee. So whilst the neon gleen from the window catches my eye every time I pass I tend to go for more refined places which use a little less food colouring and a little more imagination.
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