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I love cupcakes.

For this reason, when it comes to critiquing cupcakes, I set the bar very high. I’ve eaten a lot of them. I’ve made a lot of them. My wedding cake was made almost entirely of cupcakes.

So when I say that Sparkle Cupcakery is one of the best cupcake stores I have been to, you should all be suitably impressed. Go on, give a little gasp or something.

First of all, they use top quality ingredients in their cakes, and it shows. You can see the little black telltale specks of real vanilla beans and you can taste the difference. Secondly, the flavours of the cakes are not limited to the decorations on the top. And what flavours! My favourite has to be the sweet and fragrant Lavender and Honey flavour, but the rest are delicious as well.

Presentation is always a big part of cakes, especially cupcakes, and one may argue that Sparkle cupcakes are a little on the plain side. However, they have their whole minimalist look going on, and I respect that. When you see several cake flavours assembled in one of their signature black boxes with silver writing, you have to admit that they look very classy indeed.

Best of all, Sparkle holds a high tea, featuring champagne, strawberries with melted chocolate, biscuits and of course cupcakes. That’s what I like to see, grown up cupcakes – no kid’s patty cakes here.

My only criticism is that on occasion when I have had the cakes, they have seemed a bit dry. I guess this might be due to a different baker on that day, or a different recipe, or bad luck….who knows? However most of the time they have been fantastic. The staff are always very friendly and the service is excellent.

Go to Sparkle Cupcakery for classy cakes, gourmet cakes or gift cakes.

2 Responses to “Store review: Sparkle Cupcakery, Surry Hills, Sydney”

  • Elle says:

    I can only conclude that the previous reviewer was paid….or a friend of the owner because you could not pay me to go back to Sparkle cupcakery. It was the most disappointing cafe I have ever been to. We will never go there for High tea (if you can call it that) again. Dry cupcake which tasted the same as everyone else’s despite all the flavours supposedly being different, a stale sandwich and a tea bag tea for the grand price of $45 was a complete rip off…not to mention the staff were rude and the manager quite simply the rudest woman I have ever met. This was quite simply the most disappointing high tea I have ever been to.

  • Trisherino says:

    In all fairness this review was written three years ago when it first opened. I have to admit that the quality of the cupcakes has really declined since then.

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