The most talked about gourmet cupcake shop
Season 1, Episode 2 - The Cupcake Boutique (TCB)
What we ordered : Soho, Black Tie, Caramia, Bella Nutella and Ruby Red
Soho: Classic Vanilla cake with cream cheese icing topped with Graham crackers and a strawberry drizzle
Ash: I was super disappointed with this cupcake, I feel lied to. Don’t advertise Graham crackers and sprinkle cake bits on the icing. Don’t advertise cream cheese icing and serve me sugar icing. That’s rude. The texture, a trend I found in all their vanilla cupcakes was weird. It is hard to describe, it came across as though the cupcake wasn’t fully baked, it made me think of raw pastry. The cupcake also had too much egg, which gives off an unsavory taste. I was dissatisfied with the cupcake as a whole. The texture was unpleasant, the taste off putting and then a sweetness overhaul with that strawberry drizzle.
Dede: Ash isn't here for the Soho and neither am I. The cake is overly moist and tastes undercooked. l feel these buns need to be in the oven just a little longer. I found it extremely messy to eat because of this overly moist texture. The frosting to cake ratio for all the cupcakes at TCB is 2:1. The frosting clearly overshadows the cake which turns your mouth into a Sugar Factory. Whilst we are on the topic of frosting, the cream cheese on the Soho had an eggy taste to it. I couldn't taste even a hint of creamcheese. Where is my creamcheese?
Black tie: Classic chocolate cupcake with Oreo buttercream icing topped with crushed oreo cookies
Ash: I actually quite liked this cupcake. Definitely has to be my number one pick for The Cupcake Boutique. The icing, in taste and presentation, was representative of the oreo flavoring, which I found appealing. This was a real chocolate cake and I was happy at the compliment the oreo icing gave the perfectly baked chocolate cupcake. Again, this was not buttercream icing but sugar icing. The Cupcake Boutique falsely advertises their icing, I really wish they would stay true to what their cupcakes really are.
Dede: This had to be my favorite out of the 5 and I don't like chocolate cake, that should tell you a lot. I loved the presentation with the sprinkled Oreo crumbs as well as the rich chocolate color of the cupcake. It was perfectly baked and perfectly moist and fluffy and the icing actually had Oreo specs. The icing wasn't buttercream though. For a gourmet cupcake, I wish Cupcake Boutique would surprise us with an Oreo as a base layer or something of that sort.
Caramia: Classic Vanilla cupcake filled with Dulce de Leche, with caramel buttercream icing topped with caramel drizzle
Ash: Texture of the cupcake was the same as the Soho cupcake. Unsavory to taste, way too moist, almost like raw pastry. Dulce de Leche what? Please the Dulce de Leche had evaporated, or it was never put in. Imma have to go with evaporated cause I really cannot take any more of the anticipation of biting into a gourmet cupcake and getting basic raw pastry. As you can see, The Cupcake Boutique has got me in my feelings. The caramel buttercream icing was sugar icing with watery caramel on top. How was your caramel watery? This is not a rhetorical question. I’m honestly confused.
Dede: This was my least favorite. Once again, it was overly moist, probably from the caramel drizzle and way too messy. The cupcake was dense and literally a mouth full. It was filled with absolutely nothing, Dulce de swerve. It took me back to my fanice hollow meat pie days,and no one tryna go back there. The icing and cupcake didn't compliment each other. There was something refrigerated about this cupcake and the icing once again was eggy and not caramel'y. I wish Cupcake Boutique had flavored cupcakes instead of vanilla and chocolate cakes with flavored frostings.
Bella Nutella: Rich chocolate cupcake with Nutella buttercream icing topped with hazelnut bites
Ash: I saw this cupcake and thought, “all my favorite things wrapped up in one.” How I was so excited. The description and the presentation was everything. Best believe the anticipation for a YUHMY sensation was at its extreme. As I bit into that cupcake, the drop was real. SO ANTICLIMACTIC. WHAT A HYPE OF A DESCRIPTION. I’m sorry to say, but The Cupcake Boutique has me really offended now. Your chocolate cupcake tasted of cocoa powder, i.e. milo or something along that line. It was so off putting and left a bitter taste in my mouth. And there I was steady looking for that Nutella blast in my first bite - NONEXISTENT in that cupcake. Being totally disappointed by the cupcake/icing combination I proceeded to taste the icing on its own. There, I was fortunate enough to spot a hint of nutella, but again it tasted bad. I’m so confused by how one gets Nutella to taste bad. It is NUTELLA, Nutella tastes good on its own, with bread, with chocolate, with cake, with crepes. Nutella ALWAYS tastes good. Honestly, The Cupcake Boutique needs to scrap this cupcake or go back to the drawing board. The flavors in a gourmet cupcake must harmonize together to create an experience for the one eating it, and this cupcake failed to highlight any of the flavors, individually or as a whole. And for a familiar combination such as chocolate, nutella and hazelnuts to get so lost in each other and overshadowed by cocoa powder, I have to question the ability of The Cupcake Boutique.
Dede: I thought this was going to be the Cupcake of the Day. The only way you can go wrong with Nutella is if you are allergic, TCB what happened? When I first tasted Bella Nutella, my taste buds were screaming Hol' on, Hol on, this isn't Nutella, maybe Nutella's distant cousin, Chocotella. I feel Nutella has one of the most distinct tastes in the world. Imagine this cupcake had a Nutella filling, now that will be a gourmet cupcake, but all we can do is imagine. It's only when you taste the icing on its own that you taste a HINT of Nutella but cupcakes are not meant to be eaten as separate elements. The overkill of cocoa in the cake overshadows the nutella and also leaves a bitter aftertaste, I could only manage one bite. A suggestion : I think you should try the Oreo cake recipe for the Nutella and surprise us with a filling of Nutella.
Ruby Red: Classic red velvet cupcake with creamcheese frosting topped with red velvet cake bits.
Ash: This cupcake isn’t a red velvet cupcake. The icing wasn’t creamcheese either. One of the shop attendants boasted about this cupcake being their best seller. This leads me to two suggestions:
1. Ghanaians, you have to taste real red velvet, with actual cream cheese icing.
2. The Cupcake Boutique REALLY needs to stop selling us dreams with these descriptions.
Dede: Cupcake Boutique has me questioning what a classic red velvet is actually supposed to taste like. I warned Ash about this red velvet but she didn't heed my advice. It was once again the egg infused icing and I really don't know what the cake tasted like, it just didn't taste like red velvet. The cake didn't complement the icing, the icing didn't compliment the cake. My mouth wasn't happy with this cupcake at all.
Presentation : The cupcakes look so good. The icing always crowns the cupcake; a literal translation of the saying "the icing on the cake." TCB definitely gets an A on the presentation of their cupcakes.
Customer service : Sweet
Price : 8 Ghs a pop, 45 for half a dozen, 90 for a dozen. Yass to the bundle deal
Instagram : cupcakeboutiquegh
Location : Labone
Connoisseur’s note: TCB, we wish your cupcakes lived up to the fantasy created by the description and presentation. Look into the balance between the different flavors. Gourmet cupcakes are about the cupcake, what it tastes like, not the fancy description of the icing on top. Your bakeshop is a bit of a sweet mess.