Yesterday, one of my best friends and I finished our day at university and the library with a well-deserved trip to the Häagen-Dazs café in Leicester Square. Whilst I found the concept of an ice cream café quite odd when I first moved to London, especially due to the lack of sea in the capital, I have happily accepted its offering of ice cream-themed desserts with open arms, no matter what the season! From ice cream sundaes, to pancakes, waffles, and chocolate fondue (all involving ice cream, of course!) the menu has an incredible collection of puddings to choose from. I know this is a very common theme of my blog posts, but I really couldn’t decide what to have! However, my decision was made slightly easier by the presence of a particular pudding that seemed pretty unique to me: the ice cream cupcakes.
I have to admit that these cupcakes were an absolute frozen dream and were completely unlike anything else I have ever experienced. Each one consisted of a freshly baked muffin base, with a layer of indulgent Häagen-Dazs ice cream to complete the cupcake shape, topped with a generous helping of lightly whipped cream, and finished off with a decorative and tasty topping. Oh, and did I mention that each cupcake had its own saucy little surprise in the centre?! Quite frankly, they were completely and utterly delicious!
Having spent the whole time going on about how amazing each and every one of these cupcakes were, Carrie asked me to rank them in order of preference. I simply couldn’t! They were just all amazing!
I started my ice cream cupcake adventure with the ‘Chocolate Indulgence’, and indulgent it most certainly was! With a chocolate muffin base, Belgian Chocolate ice cream, and a beautiful chocolate fudge sauce centre, this cupcake was every chocolate lover’s dream. The combination of the crunchy chocolate balls, on top of the light, fluffy whipped cream, leading to the soft chocolate ice cream and hard muffin base created a beautiful textured adventure.
My adventure continued with the ‘Summer Berry Dream’. With a delicious blueberry muffin base, sweet Strawberries & Cream ice cream, and a contrasting sharp raspberry coulis centre, each mouthful was an explosion of flavour. I’ll definitely be craving one of these during the Wimbledon final this year!
The ‘Caramel Delight’ was a bit subtler in flavour than the other two, but, as promised, it was a complete and utter delight. This time, the chocolate sponge was topped with Salted Caramel ice cream, and there was a butterscotch sauce surprise in the centre. The nuts were a beautiful addition and really completed the overall taste and quality of this cupcake, as each soft mouthful was completed with a crunch.
After such a wonderful experience, I am already excited for my next visit and can’t wait to try the chocolate fondue! Let’s face it, if there’s anything that Häagen-Dazs know how to do well, it’s definitely flavoursome puddings!