Cupcake Monday! Sheffield's Fancie-est Cakes
If only I'd known about Fancie Cupcakes when I visited Sheffield last spring, it would have made my trip to get biometriced at the city's immigration office so much more pleasant, and most certainly sweeter!
Fancie was founded by pastry chef Amanda Perry who has grown a single shop into a city-wide chain in a very short time, and surely the people of Sheffield are grateful! They also host neat events such as "The Ultimate Cupcake Experience", where they provide everything you and your friends need to recreate your favourite Fancie cupcake.
I had a little chat with the lovely Amanda to find out what's behind the pretty treats at Fancie:
Why a cake shop?
AP: I am a trained pastry chef so puds have always been my thing. I started Fancie three years ago - before I realised how cupcake-obsessed the world and his wife were going to become! Today we have four shops and a wonderful army of staff including our team of bakers who start at 3am every morning!
What's your absolute favourie dessert?
Any standout moments you'd like to mention?
AP: I was once taken to see a very special guest in a restaurant in the Lake District where I was pastry chef, only to see Stephen Hawking sat there. He turned to me and said "I really like your sticky toffee pudding." That was quite a compliment!
And it was at this point that I seriously lamented not having a Fancie shop near me and had to deal with an unbearable cupcake craving, which I am now having again! If you stand the tempation, you can see more yummy Fancie treats and get location details at their Facebook page.
Their Raspberry & Rosewater cupcake has completely done me in.
All images courtesy of Fancie