L’Eto Caffé is a beautiful little café situated next door to Hummingbird Bakery on Wardour Street in Soho with the most fabulous window display of cakes and desserts that you can feast yours eyes on. I discovered it during my months as an intern at a busy PR office in Soho where I indulged in their Honey Cake on a regular basis when cake felt like the only option for survival! However, I had a meeting with my personal tutor from university, having recently finished, to discuss the future, and I decided that one of L’Eto Caffé’s fabulous-looking cakes would be the perfect present to say thank you for all the help I had received throughout my time at university. Therefore, I chose a decadent Chocolate Cinnamon Cake that stood tall in the café window. After all, who doesn’t love a good chocolate cake, and one with a cinnamon twist at that?!
Unfortunately, it did turn into the leaning tower of cake after fighting my way through the bustling crowds of Oxford Street, but it most certainly did not affect the taste. The sponge was rich and moist, and the chocolate was deliciously decadent. Each mouthful was a chocolate, heavenly dream. This was made even better by the chocolate and cinnamon cream that sandwiched the chocolate layers together. I would honestly class this as the best chocolate cake I have ever had the pleasure of putting in my very welcoming mouth! It looks the part and tastes the part, and you can not ask for much more than that!
If you happen to be in the area, or fancy a coffee date with a special twist, I would thoroughly recommend L’Eto Caffé to fulfil your sweet cake cravings any day. Their cakes are wonderful and the service is warm and friendly. A visit to L’Eto Caffé could never leave you disappointed.
Sticky Toffee Pudding vs.
Every month the Hummingbird Bakery, which is one of my favourite cupcake shops EVER, creates two new, special edition cupcakes. Every month, these cupcakes go head-to-head, battling it out for the number one spot.
September 2014 has seen the rivalry of two delicious cupcakes: Sticky Toffee Pudding vs. Chocolate Orange. One is a rich chocolate sponge topped with a decadent chocolate orange frosting; the other is a fruity and toffee delight. But which cupcake deserves the number one title this month?
Sticky Toffee Pudding
I have to be honest and say that I have never really been a fan of sticky toffee pudding. However, this cupcake transformed all of my negative feelings towards sticky toffee pudding into thoughts of pure joy. The date and toffee sponge was rich, fruity, and moist, and was perfectly complimented by the sweet, toffee frosting with a caramel drizzle. I honestly could have eaten this cake all day long quite happily. This was the perfect accompaniment for my Caramel Frappucino that I had picked up from Starbucks on my way to the Hummingbird Bakery!
Hummingbird have transformed their standard chocolate sponge into a festively orange delight to bring in the autumn and winter months with a bang. The chocolate sponge has a fantastic zesty zing that totally tantalises your tastebuds, and the sweet sugar-coated orange peel is a delicious addition on top of the thick, luxurious chocolate orange frosting.
Nevertheless, whilst chocolate and orange are usually one of my favourite flavour combinations, I could not get over how absolutely fabulous the Sticky Toffee Pudding cupcake was, especially in comparison to my preconceived ideas of what it would taste like. Therefore, the Sticky Toffee Pudding Special Edition Cupcake is September’s star bake in my Great Hummingbird Bake-Off competition.