I've been hearing a lot about the Cupcake Bloke the last few months. In fact when I did a post on my favourite scones in Dublin earlier this summer I was nearly taken out for not mentioning the Cupcake Bloke, he had just won the Goodall's award for best scones in Ireland- yes there is an award for that- which he sells alongside his cupcakes and other baked treats. I decided to check out his goods last week at his stall on Coppinger Row and see what all the fuss was about.
I should firstly say that I'm not the biggest cupcake fan in the world. I think it's all the icing and the fact that every bloody cafe is selling those horrible super sized monstrosities that just give me a sugar hangover. But oh my God, The Cupcake Bloke cupcakes were divine... I am converted. In the interest of research I bought a hell of a lot of cake to try out, including two cupcakes. I went for the black forest gateau cupcake which Daithi told me is always a sell out when they make it and I also bought a carrot cake cupcake because I have an addiction to the stuff.
The black forest was really dark and rich, the icing was nice and soft (not the overly sweet kind) and topped with a cherry. The carrot cake cupcake was really moist and nutty and the icing was topped with walnut, banana chips and apricot. They were so delicious, I had to stop myself from eating the whole thing- I had three cakes more to go.
I bought two of the scones to see how good these award winning bakes were. They had a good few scones but I went for the black pudding savoury scone and a raspberry scone. I've tried cheesy scones in the past but never had I even heard of black pudding scones. They were filled with bits of crumbed black pudding, little tiny pieces of apple and chopped chives. I was given butter and relish with it but actually it was nicer without the relish so you could taste the flavours of the scone propery. It was really good, so soft and delicious and packed with flavour. If I was to get it again I'd probably bring it home and top it with a rasher and melty cheese for brunch... Yum.
I also picked up a raspberry scone too which was delicious, really soft and cakey and packed with raspberries. Their scones are more of the soft kind rather than the kind that are crispy, crunchy on the outside. Despite being huge they're way to easy to eat!
Last but not least I tried the chocolate biscuit cake. At this point I should probably mention that I didn't eat all these cakes myself! They had a few different chocolate biscuit cakes but I went for the gluten free one out of curiosity. It was packed with oat biscuits, marshmallows and little bits of chewy jellies. The chocolate itself was buttery soft and literally melt in the mouth. It was amazing. I meant to just try a corner of it but ended up devouring the whole thing and spent the rest of the day in a blissful sugar coma.
All of the cakes I tasted were delicious but my favourites were definitely the pudding scone and the biscuit cake so I'll definitely be getting those again. The Cupcake Bloke stall is open Thursdays and Fridays from 10.30am to 4.30pm and Saturdays 10.30am to 3.30pm on Coppinger Row, so try them out and let us know what you think!