These are easily the best cupcakes I've ever had (and I've had a few). Everyone I have given these to has agreed. The sponge itself is light and soft, which means the creamy butter icing isn't too overwhelming. The range of flavours means there should be something everyone likes (my personal favourite was the summer staple, lemon & raspberry). If you're trying to be good/on a diet, you could always have one of the mini cupcakes as a little indulgence.
The shop is small, but there is some outside seating. Staff are friendly, and despite the long queues, I've always been served very quickly. Prices are reasonable given the quality and location.
Agree with all the reviews here, easily one of the tastiest cupcakeries in London. I also tried the peanut butter one and it was packed full of flavour, from the frosting to the soft sponge.
Worth making a detour to Covent Garden for!
Absolutely delightful place. The cupcakes are divine. The base is so moist and quite light. The frosting is a work of art and taste amazing.
Staff is quite friendly.
I definitely recommand it to all visitors in London.
Wasn't keen on these. As usual in my search for the perfect chocolate cupcake in England, I had one of those. This might be because it was a bit late in the day, but the cake itself was a bit dry. The frosting was just sweet enough but on a whole neither the cake nor the frosting were very chocolatey. I did appreciate the sparkles though, quite gorgeous :) Still, my search continues. Maybe next place I'll be lucky.
Arab derived name, reached England at the end of the thirteenth century, I can be a disinfectant or something defective or disappointing... what does that say to you? Well a little google investigation revealed that the answer was lemon, and that won me a dozen cupcakes from Ella's bakery, recently opened in Covent Garden Market. It's decked out like a retro 50s diner with high bar stools and a hatch for takeaway coffees. It's the brainchild of Lorraine Pascale (@lorrainepascale on Twitter - more competitions to come apparently!) who'd like to eventually open other outposts of the shop around the country.
I asked for a random dozen and taste-tested (the things I do for Qype) the peanut butter cupcake which bore just the right amount of saltiness from the peanut butter to cut the sweetness. Slightly too much icing - or frosting, if you must - for me but they look gorgeous. I'm taking the rest of the dozen, which includes vanilla, chocolate, red velvet and raspberry to an event tonight, I expect the box to go from full to crumbs in about ten seconds flat.
Definitely worth hunting this place out. Their 'couture' cupcakes with motifs like stilettos sell out early. Available individually or in large boxes.
Had a very tasty carrot cupcake here this afternoon. Maybe a bit too much icing for my personal tastes but still very good
I know everyone says they get great customer service here, but I've gone quite a few times and can't help but feel that the staff is a bit arrogant! Their selection is minimal at best, and their prices are insane. They charged me £2.75 for a carrot cake cupcake, while a Peanut Butter cupcake was £2. Were the carrots made of gold, or what??
That said, the only reason I go back there is because I love their Peanut Butter cupcake. Absolutely love it.
Ella's is now called The Cupcake Bakehouse for your info. So when I finally found it (spent quite some time walking around Covent Garden in puzzlement looking for Ellla's), I was faint with cupcake craving (well. you know what I mean). The selection is simply excellent not loads and loads of random flavours crammed together as some places have, but just really yummy sounding combinations clearly carefully selected (cupcake filled with stewed apple and topped with butter icing and crumble was one I nearly picked plus the peanut butter one a close second). I chose the red velvet in the end. This is a deep red chocolate cupcake with a cream cheese and sprinkles topping. It was moist and tasty - simply divine. Each cupcake is between £2.50-£3.00 so not the cheapest (especially if buying in bulk which in reality is not as crazy as it seems), nonetheless I would recommend this place 100% to anyone in any scenario.
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