|The Cupcake Company|
Sugar, sugar, sugar: Sometimes its all I can think about. And as part of my sugar jaunt I visited The Cupcake Company. The place is quite pretty with muted interiors and the white flowers were a nice touch. It's primarily a take away place with just one table.
The Death by Chocolate was a huge hit with us. The cupcake was soft and moist, the texture great and the chocolate wasn't excessive. I also had a bite of Nia's red velvet which I quite liked. It was no Hummingbird Bakery but it would do.
|Death by Chocolate|
The Plain Jane was decent enough. Nothing I would order again but I had no complaints about the texture and taste.
And then the downslide started. The Cookie and Cream, the Sticky Date and the Tiramisu. Each dry, crumbly and way below average. I don't think they made any effort with these cupcakes at all. Sticking cream and dusting a few coffee flakes on top of a dry, unappetizing cupcake does not a Tiramisu make and definitely does not justify the 130 rupees (yes, you read it right Rs. 130) they charge.
|Cookies and Cream|
The overarching feeling as we left The Cupcake Company was one of being ripped off. The cupcakes were largely mediocre and the price charged exorbitant. I also dock huge points from The Cupcake Company for using disposable cutlery. Each cupacke came in a plastic box-type thing and plastic spoons were being used aplenty. Hello? The environment?
Having said that, I think despite its mediocrity The Cupcake Company will do well. For two reasons: a) There is a huge demand for nice dessert and there are very few places in Chennai that cater to that segment. I haven't come across any other shop in Chennai that serves half decent cupcakes. If you know of one, contact me ASAP and b) Because the proprietors of The Cupcake Company have created that perfect kitschy, artsy, bourgeoisie air that upper middle class India loves.
To give credit where credit is due, their cheesecake was fabulous and hands down the best I have had so far in Chennai. Someday when I am feeling indulgent, I will be back for that.
Pricing: Rs. 90-130 per cupcake
Location: 187 St Marys Road, Alwarpet , Chennai
Landmark: Next to The Raintree Hotel
|L to R: Gayathri, Shweta, Nia and Nammu|
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