The perfect cupcake

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There’s nothing like a cupcake to cheer you up, and as far as we’re concerned the more icing and decorations it has, the better. A decent cupcake is not as easy to come by as you might think, and as Dublin is a fairly big place, we thought that a quick list of the best places to find a cupcake might be in order…

The Cake Cafe – We love it. The mismatched crockery, the delicious food, its hidden away location behind Daintree paper shop – the only thing that we can criticize about it is that we wish it wasn’t always so full… Still, it’s the best place to get yourself a kitsch cupcake, complete with exciting floral decorations.  The gingerbread men are pretty icing-tastic too.

Queen of Tarts – Also does a pretty attractive cupcake. The chocolate scones are insanely delicious too. We love the cafe on Cows Lane, it’s got a fantastic atmosphere and you can linger for hours over a pot of tea.

Fallon and Byrne – Though their main showstoppers seem to be the cheesecakes, which sit complacently in their glass cabinet beneath the counter and tantalise all who pass, they’ve also been known to do cupcakes, on occasion. Check out the cake stands next to the counter, you might get lucky…if you’re not distracted by the brownies, that is.

If you’re not the sort of person to fork out several euro for a cupcake, or want to satisfy your inner pastry-chef, there’s also the option of making your own. It’s not difficult. We’ve even provided the recipe (it made the cupcakes in the photo above!).  You’ll need:

100g self raising flour

100g caster sugar

100g butter

2 eggs

a few drops of vanilla essence

Sieve the flour and mix everything else together, either by hand or with an electric mixer, then just spoon the mixture into paper cases and bake in a preheated oven (180 degrees) for 10-15 mins (keep an eye on them so they don’t burn). Leave to cool then ice them in whatever way you want. It’s that simple.

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