I am in complete shock that it's already been two years since I've been here. In the fall of 2011 I had the great pleasure of studying abroad in London. It was some of the best months of my entire life and I can remember many great experiences.
That being said, Cox Cookies & Cake is a moment that I always remember in my top 5 memories of study abroad. Not because it was anything crazy or wild but the cupcakes were just delicious. The humor of having a naked male torso or a penis on top of the cupcake just added to the fun. I even bought a shirt there since I loved their baked goods so much.
When I get back to London I'm definitely going to stop by here again.
Very cool-looking cookie and cake shape opened by designer Patrick Cox just a couple of days ago. The signage and window display are incredibly eye-catching: all neon against black, and the interior is just as dazzling. Prices are reasonable, with classic cupcakes and cookies costing £2.50 and naughtier cakes (including bum cakes) costing £4. There are also cupcakes decorated with bedazzled skulls and pictures of Marilyn Monroe. CCC also sell hot beverages.
On the taste front, the triple chocolate cake I had a bite of had very creamy chocolate icing, while the chocolate malt balls lacked crunch, which was a little disappointing. I'm not a cupcake fan though, so I'm obviously not the best judge of this sort of thing!
Still, the shop is well-worth popping into just to see the decor and the exquisitely decorated cakes!
Next stop on my hunt for the perfect chocolate cupcake was Cox, who are known for their rude cupcakes but also have nice ones as well ;D The place itself is very cool. Refreshing after looking at all the cutesy cupcake shops around London. It blends in pretty well with all the sex shops around ;)
So of course since I'm looking for a good chocolate cupcake, that's precisely what I got. The prices of the basic cupcakes are reasonable, but I wouldn't go for the naughty or special cupcakes, 4 quid is FAR too much!
Now as for the eating experience.. Two negative comments. First, maybe it was just my particular cupcake, but WAY too much icing. And I love icing, but there could have been less. Second, the cake itself was just slightly dry. Not as bad as most of the cupcakes I've tried but still a bit dry, or just off, I can't even explain it.
However, those negative things are okay because the actual flavour was AWESOME. Perfect balance of rich chocolate and sweetness. I can forgive the way too much icing thing because it was perfect icing. Better yet was it was covered in mini malt balls which added an extra nice crunchy texture that I appreciated. The cake's flavour was also good, and I wasn't sure but upon inspection it looked like there were actual chocolate chips in them. I can forgive a bit of dryness for this cupcake, as it's the best I've tried yet!
For some reason, I've avoided trying the cupcakes here. I'm a little bit over cupcakes, and I've suddenly gone mad for big big slabs of the traditional stuff. And it's been a while since I had a damn good cupcake. There are a lot of places in London that get it wrong. Whilst throwing pink glitter over everything they possibly can.
And then, I discovered that cake GOD Eric Lanlard was involved. And I was excited. Patrick Cox has done a fabulous design job on this place. It's made to look like one of Soho's seedy sex shops and it does a great job. Whilst looks sexy. It's a brilliant design.
But the look of the cakes left me cold. I could see how well decorated they were, but I'm not a big fan of icing, so whilst it might be fun to nibble on marzipan nipples, on a cupcake shaped like a breast, I don't want to. Luckily, they've got normal cakes too. Yay.
But they looked like they were going to give me a heart attack. Not unlike a fancier version of Candy Cakes. Each classic is £2.50, and the fancy art cakes £4.00 each. Now, I WILL NOT Pay four quid for a cupcake. I don't care who made it. Staff are super helpful and friendly though, so I bought one lemon cake, and one triple chocolate.
Best damn lemon cake I've had in London. Cox, Cookies and Cake might be stylish, and it might even be a bit gimicky. But damn that cake is good. I love the shop, and whilst the classic cakes are that good, I'll stick to those. The novelty cakes are perfect for the tourists, which means all the more lemon cake for me.
Love the whole idea of Patrick Cox and Eric Lanlard teaming up.
Loved the interior, the faaaaaabulous staff and what the 'merchandise' looked like but I actually found the Nanaimo bar (Patrick's favourite) a little too sweet and cloying for my liking. Given that I have spent a lifetime addicted to sugar I shudder to think how sweet others find it.
The other two in our party stuck to the cupcakes and were very impressed.
The short shots of hot choc with cream atop were a nice touch.
Don't get me wrong, I'll be back to try some more goodies before giving up on Patrick's newest venture ... which remains a welcome addition to the London scene.
Treat yourself! I did. On Friday 29th I bought, and shamelessly guzzled, not one but TWO Royal Wedding-themed cupcakes. They were a marriage made in heaven, of soft plain sponge with a jam-type filling, purple frosting, and fondant icing crowns encrusted with gold, green and purple edible glitter. NOM.
(TMI warning: Without being indelicate... eating super-glittery food leads to glittery, um, results. I'm now half-woman, half-unicorn.)
£4 for a cupcake !! Tried three different ones lemon, raspberry and nipple. Only the raspberry one was nice but it didnt have enough sponge !
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