I was very surprised this week when I scrolled through the recommendations for Canberra’s best cupcakes. Our readers seemed to agree that the best cupcakes are home-made. Maybe we need a best of home-made cupcakes article?!
There were a couple of businesses named:
Stand by Me in Lyons – Sorry guys, but muffins don’t count as cuppy cakes.
Jazz Apple Cafe – I hate to be negative but I’ve never had a good experience at Jazz Apple. I went into the Civic store last week to buy cupcakes for a friend’s birthday. I was having trouble choosing as I didn’t think they looked overly pretty and was met with unfriendly service. I was disappointed because cupcakes are an experience; they remind me of being a kid. I still get as excited eating a cupcake now as a 25-year-old, as I did when I was five. I didn’t want to buy the cupcakes out of principle but it was late in the day and I didn’t have any other options. In saying all of that, I know a lot of people who really love Jazz Apple cupcakes.
Crafted3 – I have also had Crafted3 cupcakes from various markets and I agree they are good, but I wouldn’t say they are the best I have ever had.
As someone who is passionate about baking, I have made (and eaten) quite a few cupcakes in my time. I’ve spent many years working on my recipe and trialling cupcakes on family and friends. Despite what some may think, there is actually a skill to baking and buttercream is not just buttercream, there are a hundred variations.
I’m not picking a winner this week because I agree with the majority. Cupcakes are always better when they are home-made. It might sound silly but there really is something about baking with love that makes the difference. When businesses bake commercially and on a larger scale, what may have once been a great recipe risks becoming basic, and the love and attention to detail may not be as important anymore.
I know a few people who are petrified of baking, but cupcakes are seriously one of the easiest treats you can make. Everyone loves them, they are super cute, they make fabulous gifts and are very easy to decorate. If you don’t believe me, you should try it for yourself.
These are a few of the cupcakes I’ve made in my kitchen at home.