I went back.
Their buttercream frosting is KILLERDELISH.
I bought their banana loaf "for my Mom". (HOPE SHE IS NOT READING BECAUSE): didn't come close to making it. The loaf is super-moist and flavourful but not dense like a brick. What really makes it stand out is the frosting which almost seems like a two part fluffy buttercream and crunchy hazelnut with additional texture-factor care of some banana chips? Honestly, I'm not sure *what* is going on with that dressed-up loaf cake, but it's a whole lot of awesome.
Hasten here, friends!
I am one of the biggest dessert people you will ever meet. After shopping at Habit, I passed Peyton and Byrne. I couldn't stop myself from buying one of each type of fairy cake (cupcake) they had, all 5 types.
The gross part was I ate all 5 cupcakes by myself in less than 3 hours...
1. Chocolate - one of the better all chocolate cupcakes I've had. Moist cake portion and light and fluffy cream.
2. Lemon Meringue - Not TOO sweet, really delicious cupcake.
3. Toffee & Banana - tasted like a banana cream cake...YUM YUM YUM
4. Raspberry Surprise - not quite sure how to describe it, thought it was going to be strawberry flavored...oh well...NOT BAD!
5. Frou Frou - Out of all the cupcakes I thoroughly enjoyed eating all of them except for the FROU FROU cupcake. The FROU FROU was a raspberry and coconut cupcake. I thought the coconut shavings were going to be some type of white chocolate. EPIC FAIL.
Other than that, the "fairy cakes" were delicious.
I rarely pass a bakery anywhere without stopping to buy something. Tried their "Totally Treachy Tart" it had a strange flavor and ALOT of sugar. Fared better with the awesome lemon cupcake. It was't too sweet and had a good "homemade" flavor.
Sandwiched (is it too early for a pun?) in between Habitat and Heals on Tottenham Court Road, Peyton and Byrne is a bakery of the British variety which prides itself on selling cakes and cupcakes handmade daily by Roger Pizey, a preeminent pastry chef. Not being well versed in such things, I'll have to trust that the proof is in the proverbial pudding...
Peyton and Byrne's incongruously located Tottenham Court Road shop is all tricolour tiled floors, sorbet hued Cath Kidsonesque colours, and walls lined with shelves replete with row upon row of almost too pretty to eat cupcakes.
My personal benchmark for a rocking cupcake is those made by bakery par excellence, Magnolia Bakery on New York's Bleecker Street. In comparison I found Peyton and Byrne's cupcakes tasty - and for £2.50 they ruddy well should be - but if I'm being persnickety I might say that the generously apportioned frosting could have been just a little bit creamier.
Try as you might, it's impossible to combine 'Peyton & Byrne' and 'inexpensive' in the same sentence. It just can't be done. Having said that though, like a magpie I can't help being lured back here time and time again.
Maybe it's the smell, maybe it's the wonderfully presented window displays and packaging, or maybe it's those olde english classics like treacle tart and jammy dodgers. I'm such a sucker.
This time of year proves especially difficult. The gingerbread snowmen are calling my name, the christmas loaf cake looks so sad on the shelf instead of on my table. I'm a marketer's wet dream..
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As a child, as with most children, I liked cake. As ridiculous as it sounds I've only recently started to enjoy hot drinks. Now, happily, I've gotten into the habit of afternoon tea/coffee with cake. I don't have a favourite place and usually stop wherever I happen to be. Still, when I am buying in advance or for a friend I often go here.
It is a small shop on Tottenham Court Road in the big colonnaded Heals building. They sell a range of biscuits, cakes, jams, tarts and pastries. They are a little expensive, but then they look and taste wonderful so it's justified. It is a wonderful place to stop and pick something out for later
As British as it gets. Right from the shared "Keep calm and carry on" typography down to the Victoria sponges, Essex jam and Millionaire's shortbread, this is one tourists' paradise that us locals are also happy to indulge in. And indulge hard.
Yes, yes, very British, until you catch sight of the giant pastel cupcakes. Especially tailored for those who like theirs slathered in frosting. Rather American but who cares though, really, when everything's so tasty?
Yummy chain of bakeries specialising in teas, cakes and tantalising treats and packaging which lure you in as you walk past.
While the fairy cakes are be.a.utiful you may be a little bit over the cliché of buying a box of these. The home made loaves are equally delicious and come in a beautiful gift tin for an affordable, eatable, gift.
The passion fruit and strawberry cakes are one of the best cakes I have ever tried. The reason is that I simply adore the indulgent multi layered sponge cakes. The blended hazelnut on the top layer creates a wonderful taste.
I'm with Darika on this - a lovely place. Great cakes, pastries, tarts and pies all more affordable than appearances might suggest. The perfect place to get a box of 'treat' cakes, as a 'thank you' or a 'get well' maybe.
Best cupcake I have ever eaten- raspberry coconut. The huge pile of frosting was so creamy, sugary and delicious, and the cake was moist and dense. This is now my benchmark for cupcakes. I cannot wait to go furniture shopping again!
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