It’s been few days and I’m taking it slow as I recover from this please-go-away-winter-flu virus. We usually crave for certain things whenever we are sick. Esther Inglis-Arkell, wrote 10 Foods You Crave and Why You Crave Them (please click here ) to give some rationale on the earlier statement. But in my case, with or without flu, I’m always craving for a slice (yes, just a slice) of a red velvet cake! A cupcake would do too! (I am Katrina… I am a cake-a-holic. Lol).
I first tried red velvet cake from Cheesecake Factory when I visited a friend in New Jersey last 2010 (photo taken from my not-so-good old camera). It was the last leg of my US tour and thank Shaira for not letting me miss this marvellous creation (love you Shai!). As you know portions in the US do not come small, we had to share the big slice (a cake is always good when shared).
My red velvet experience carried on when we visited Princeton on my last day at the East Coast with Dino, Shai’s husband, and our friend, Luigi. There was a cupcake stand and we chose the winning red velvet, of course.
Since that trip, I kept on looking for red velvet cake in London and I found cupcake versions in Hummingbird Bakery (from £2.65 per cupcake) at Old Brompton Road, South Kensington. Gosh, people do actually queue up but it’s all worth it. The shop’s really small and people mostly take away these heavenly cupcakes in pink adorable package. They now have five branches and a mobile unit!
Red velvet cake (or cupcake) also played a part in brightening few of our Sunday Club moments (Sunday Club, as what Wenia and I used to call our girlie gatherings – either just the two of us or with our beloved friends - every Sunday afternoon for a coffee and cake, window shopping that actually led to splurging on high street stuff at times, have a girlie chit chat at the park or one of Oxford Street’s or South Ken’s coffee places before we attend the 6pm Hillsong service). I miss those times!
I’ve taken that red velvet love until I moved here in South of France. I don’t know where Mark had been all his life before he met me (*peace baby*) but he hasn’t tried this yet so I ordered a specially-made red velvet cake from Cannes and shared it with the family. This cake then gave birth to a family-run business called, My Sweet Tooth Cravings.
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