Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Sunshine Bakery, Leeds

A friend of mine has been raving about this bakery that opened months ago in Leeds. She absolutely loves the cupcakes from there. Next thing you know, when I finally got to try it, David Bennett (who is the owner and creator) won the National cupcake competition for 2010.

A selection of his cupcakes, including the one that won was kindly transported all the way from Leeds to London for me to try. Unfortunately, they were a little worse for wear during the transportation process and any photos would not do it any justice.

There were about 6 flavours which includes the winning cupcake, Banana  Mango! I also tried Eton Mess and peanut butter cupcakes and I am falling deeper in love with each one.

A trip to Leeds was in order and a few weeks later, I found myself in front of the bakery on a sunny Sunday morning. Cupcakes for breakfast, how decadent!

Having won, David has gotten someone to design an artwork on the window which looks absolutely striking. Upon entering, you get a sense of being transported back in time reminiscent of a French patisserie in the past.

The cupcakes beckon and it was tough to pick one to eat. We finally made our choices and I was already salivating with excitement.

The banana & mango cupcake teases the palate. The flavours were not heavy and is quite light, which makes it appeal to those who might not like banana or mango. The cupcake itself is light and airy and the icing is not the American style with heavy sugar and icing. This was soft and light, creamy and buttery. It almost feels like eating flavoured air but not quite!

The Eton Mess went down really well but my favourite for the moment is the Double chocolate cupcake topped with a mini chocolate brownie. It’s not heavy but is quite filling after devouring the whole cupcake. Rich chocolate base complemented by the silky cream with the mini brownie literally being the cherry on top!

The cupcakes are light and fresh, very different from the American style. I really love them and congratulations on winning the National cupcake competition, you deserve it!

The Sunshine Bakery
182 Harrogate Road
Chapel Allerton
Leeds LS7 4NZ


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