I love cupcake bakeries. I’ve recently had a fascination with Ghermez Cupcakes (read my first review on their mini cupcakes and see photos from their bakery) and have been following them on Facebook and Twitter, where they regularly have contests in which followers can win free cupcakes. Free cupcakes? Yes, please!
Last week, Ghermez Cupcakes had a Facebook contest for followers to guess their new cupcake flavor. The first three followers to name the correct flavor would win one dozen free cupcakes each – in the regular size, not the minis. This contest was perfect for me. About three days later, after hundreds of cupcake flavors had been named, it was announced that I was one of the three followers to have named the correct flavor! YAY!
What was the new flavor? Mango! I hadn’t yet heard of a mango cupcake, but this one sounded delicious. Mango cake, mango puree filling and mango frosting. Mango lovers, rejoice!
I took my daughter and one of my sons (the other son was at preschool) to the City to collect our free cupcakes. I also gave my two children a small sightseeing tour of Sydney by walking up Martin Place; watching someone read the news at the Channel 7 TV studios; drooling outside the Lindt Cafe (we didn’t go inside because we were already getting a dozen cupcakes, so didn’t need more sweets!); gazing at the fountain in Hyde Park, which was displaying a huge rainbow in the sprays of water; walking down the tree-lined footpath in Hyde Park; marveling at the beauty of St Mary’s Cathedral, where we were going to go inside, but couldn’t as there was a funeral at that particular time. On the way back to the train station, we collected our free cupcakes.
Okay, so we ate two of them on the way home! Here are the flavors, from top left: Chocolate Mud Cake with Dark Chocolate Buttercream and Chocolate Sprinkles, Marshmallow Filled Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Buttercream Icing, Fresh Strawberry Cake with Strawberry Icing, Mango Cake with Mango Puree Filling and Mango Buttercream, Pistachio & Rose Water Cake with White Chocolate Buttercream, Dark Chocolate Cake with Rose Flavoured Chocolate Filling and Chocolate Ganache, Vanilla Cake with Vanilla Buttercream Icing, Red Velvet Chocolate Cake with Coconut Cream Cheese Icing (sorry, this one isn’t pictured because we already ate it before we got home!), Caramel Cake with a Caramel (Dulce de Leche) Layer on top (sorry, this one isn’t pictured either because we ate this one first before we got home!), Vanilla Cake with Milk Chocolate Buttercream Icing, Espresso Cake with Coffee Flavoured Buttercream Icing, White Chocolate Cake with White Chocolate Icing.
Oh, where to start? First of all, I’ll say that the ladies serving us in the cupcake shop were so friendly and cheerful! They even gave us a sample of their new brownie and blondie. Their brownie is made from Belgian dark chocolate with cherries and walnuts – this was out-of-this-world delicious! The blondie was a pistachio and sour cherry one, and I wasn’t really keen on this one. It was okay, I thought, but I’d much rather devour a pan of the brownies! I might try to replicate them myself soon!
On to the cupcakes, there wasn’t any doubt that my daughter and I both wanted the dulce de leche cupcake first. I wanted it all to myself, but had to share with her, of course! Oh wow, there is pure dulce de leche on top. This cupcake was simply to die for and is up there on my most-favorite-ever cupcakes.
The next one we tried was the red velvet and I was really pleased because previously I had tried this in a mini version (read my review on their mini cupcakes – link at the top of this post) and was not happy at all. It ended up being my least favorite mini cupcake. But the regular-sized version was delicious. The cake was crumbly and soft and beautifully red.
The new mango cupcake was a very different experience – as I said, I’ve never heard of a mango cupcake before! The mango flavor is very soft and delicate, it’s really lovely. The mango puree filling was delicious.
I was saving the rose chocolate one for one of the last ones because I’d thought I’d really enjoy that one. I loved it! The whole cupcake is chocolate, filled with a rose-flavored chocolate ganache. You don’t smell rose, or taste rose, until you bite right into the center of that ganache. It’s not a sickly rose flavor either, it’s just right and delicate.
Which reminds me to say that both on my previous visit and this visit, I got a chocolate mud cupcake. Both times, I have smelled/tasted the faint hint of rose in this cupcake. There isn’t supposed to be rose in it. I figured the first time that it must be because it was sitting next to the pistachio & rose cupcake, but the other cupcakes sitting next to the pistachio & rose didn’t taste or smell like rose. But this is the second time that has happened. It doesn’t matter, it just seems a little strange.
One of the cupcakes I was really looking forward to was the espresso one. I expected a strong hit of coffee, but I was slightly disappointed that the strong hit just wasn’t there. It didn’t taste much like coffee, actually. There was a very subtle coffee hint though, and the espresso bean on top was delicious, it just didn’t deliver what I wanted in an espresso cupcake.
All the cupcakes were delicious in their own way. With the minis, I thought they were on the dry side, as is common with mini cupcakes due to their size, so I wasn’t exactly blown away on my first visit. I’ve done a complete 360 with Ghermez’s regular-sized cupcakes though. The cakes were moist and had the perfect crumb, in my opinion. They were not light and airy, but more firm without being dense. The vanilla cake was delicious – I’d love to have the recipe for it!
Thank you for the free cupcakes, Ghermez Cupcakes! 🙂
Again, as with my last review, I totally recommend Ghermez Cupcakes if you need a cupcake fix. They even serve coffees and have sweet little knee-height tables to have a cupcake and coffee over. The staff are friendly and will be delighted, I’m sure, to look after you.
If you’ve been to Ghermez Cupcakes, please share your experience in the comments; I’d love to hear what you thought!