(Late) Cupcake Monday: The Edinburgh Edition
Apologies for the late post! I was in Edinburgh Sunday and Monday, we took my parents up there so they could see the city, they've never been to Scotland and living so close to it we'd be mad not to go! We attempted a trip up last Christmas when they were visiting (from Canada if you don't already know), but we had to turn back thanks to snowy, slippery roads. Yet it was a green Christmas back home in Ontario! It totally sucked but at least we got to have lunch in the Treehouse Restaurant at Alnwick Gardens on the way back. That's a pretty fine consolation.
Where did I go? Back to cupcakes! In the new part of Edinburgh I found a cute cupcake shop all done in pinks and browns on Hanover Street called Bibi's Cake Boutique. This is their second location after starting the business in St. Andrews and they do onsite courses as well. We got a box of cupcakes at half price as it was near closing time - you want the last treats to go to a good home, otherwise it's just tragic.
When I asked the lovely girl if I could take some pictures for Cupcake Monday she was agreeable but added, "You might want to try them before you write about us!" How's that for honesty? I laughed and picked out four nicely topped cupcakes that really didn't look as if they'd have me gagging and abandoning my post. They had nearly sold out but there really wasn't an undesirable one in the lot (what would that be? Haggis chocolate chip? Shredded tartan surprise? Bagpiper's underpants?). We got a Victoria sponge that had a little cake on top (cake on top of cake!), chocolate cheesecake, Bibi's brownie and white chocolate and vanilla. And you know what? I forgot to take a photo of them! And because me and Mr. Swelle were on our way to dinner at Hotel Missoni (more on that awesome experience tomorrow) I couldn't have one so I kind of shaved a sliver off the white choc and vanilla with my front teeth. Hardly adequate for giving a comprehensive review but it made me want to to shove the rest in my mouth, so I think that counts a praise.
People like getting cupcakes in pretty packaging - even guys, though they won't admit it. Just don't make them carry it.
This works for me.