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Stashed away at the second level of a shophouse in Holland Village is a lovely little cupcakery- Plain Vanilla. I have heard many rave reviews about their cupcakes and have been impatiently waiting for an opportunity to have a bite into these pretty little things.
Lucky for me, I received a box of four from a good ol’ foodie buddy who seems insistent that I have a try as these were ‘really good’ according to him! But since these cupcakes were gifted, I do not have any photos of the shop itself though a little birdie told me that it is a quaint cosy space with tempting displays of cupcakes but no actual seating area so people mostly do takeaways when they come here!
Let’s open my brown paper box to see what’s inside!
Award winning record company label and now restaurant cum patisserie. High Society has certainly come a long way since it was founded by That CD Shop back in 2006. You have probably seen their gorgeous display of artisan cupcakes and beautifully crafted cakes and tarts at the counters of High Society Mansion in Pacific Plaza or while you were walking past the High Society Cafe in Marina Bay Sands. Either way, these delectable treats are definitely showstoppers for adults and kids alike.
It is said that the cupcakes are such crowd-pleasers and have an incredibly high turnover rate that they do not stay on display for more than 24 hours because they are simply sold out before that. With names such as Flirt (coffee cake with coffee custard and coffee butter cream), Fantasy (green tea and passion fruit), Passion (pistachio raspberry cake with pistachio and raspberry butter cream) and the ever classic Red Velvet, these cupcakes are simply irresistible.
But what you probably did not know is that High Society also has a team of culinary experts in their kitchen churning out some fine dishes as well. With a seasonal menu that changes every 3 months and a standard one that boasts a rather extensive selection of pastas, gourmet sandwiches and mains such as Oxtail Stew, Duck Confit and Angus Ribeye, High Society is certainly not pulling any stops here as they strive to offer great food, sweet treats and lovely tunes for their customers.
With theme colours of gold and royal red, velvet upholstered dining chairs and couches and marbled floors, dining here at High Society is almost intense and elaborate. But it’s not all chi-chi and uppity, and is instead all about bringing that visual, tasty and auditory experience to the diner and enjoying the good life.
We had the opportunity to sample both their seasonal (autumn) and regular menu at this tasting.
The first was a Crab Caesar starter. Chilled crabmeat pieces with cherry tomatoes, pinenuts and croutons in the mix, this cold salad was a crunchy and refreshing start to the evening.
I had one too many funny reasons for making these pretty little things..
The first, I have been dying to use my newly bought orange polka dotted cupcake holders. The second, there had been a sale on blueberries in the market and I bought too many punnets, could not finish them and ended up having to put them into the freezer to increase their shelf life. And the third… I had a lot of cream cheese frosting left over from the time I made these Red & White Cake Pops for National Day!
Oh yes, and my hands were simply itching from not baking for the last 2 weeks.
Okay that was a lie because my younger brother just asked me at 8pm last night if I could bake something for his Teachers’ Day class party which was happening today. So, I whipped out my usual Double Chocolate Chip Fudgy Brownie which by the way, is now my go-to brownie recipe because everything is mixed, baked and washed up in an hour. And the result is a darn good brownie, if I may say so myself. Actually everyone else who has tried it has said so as well =P
But you can be your own judge and make it yourself. You’ll love it too.
We made a trip here after evening mass at the Notre-Dame Basilica of Montréal. It was a 30 degrees day and some ice cold gelati was very much in order. And it was especially easier to convince the parents because since it was such a hot day, dad and mum were more than accommodating to Jie and my request for dessert before dinner!
“Everyday, Les Glaceurs prepare some of the freshest & most delicious homemade cupcakes from traditional recipes and decorated with a touch of fantasy. We use only the highest quality ingredients in perfect dosage, and we believe this is what makes our cupcakes so irresistible!” – lesglaceurs.ca
While Les Glaceurs is famous for their cupcakes and almost everyone talks about their Red Velvet and extremely generous frosting, we aimed straight for their bright pink wall with its long rectangular board and various flavours of the day written in chalk.
We chose a waffle cone dipped in chocolate and peanuts with two scoops of Pistache and Bric-à-brac. And my did the nice server really know how to put a huge smile on my face with such generous scoops! Loved the pistachio nut-to-ice cream ratio and with the tiny biscuit bits in the Bric-à-brac, it was so goooooooood! Don’t you want to just eat that scrumptious looking thing out of the computer screen right now?
Popularly known for their hit reality TV series on TLC- DC CUPCAKES, sisters Katherine Kallinis and Sophie LaMontagne were the pioneers of the cupcakery scene back in 2008 when they opened their first shop in DC. The two sisters gamely gave up their corporate careers to pursue a sweeter dream and 4 years later, they are the proud owners of 3 cupcakeries- in Georgetown, Bethesda, SoHo, with 2 more opening in Boston and Los Angeles later this year.
According to Wiki, Georgetown Cupcake offers 18 flavors daily, including multiple varieties of chocolate, vanilla, and red velvet that are available each day, three seasonal flavors, and other flavors on rotation throughout the week.
I had been dying to try their cupcakes after watching DC CUPCAKES almost everyday on STAR World and when I found out they had a branch in SoHo, I was determined to add Georgetown Cupcake to my NYC list of places to eat! We made a detour here before brunch as Balthazar was fully booked till 3.30pm so the plan was to come here for a pre-brunch appetizer sort of thing and walking a couple of streets down to Balthazar after!
It felt almost surreal walking into the shop and seeing the displays of prettily frosted cupcakes, their characteristic swirl and designs as well as the iconic bright pink boxes that I had so often seen on TV. ‘I WAS FINALLY GOING TO BE ABLE TO TASTE A GEORGETOWN CUPCAKE!’ was what was playing in my head over and over again as the excitement mounted and I was almost on my tippity toes trying to pick out the flavors I was actually going to try. Which of course was possibly one of the most difficult decisions I have had to make.. Have I mentioned that I was a huge fan?