I’m one of those people who doesn’t cook anything fancy but still cannot help but watch every single minute of every Masterchef Australia episode since its third season, where a hunky Hayden Quinn got me hooked. In the same season, an Immunity Pin was won basis a cupcake challenge—and recently, in its eighth season, Masterchef Australia featured a Nigella Lawson week, in which yet another contestant was at the helm of creating scrumptious cupcakes. This is neither the first nor the last time that entire episodes revolve around the scintillating contours of these mini-delights. In fact, if reality television competitions get you going, then you may have noticed that Cupcake Wars has been on air in India for the last four years. Each episode of this American series sees two cupcake-specialists battle it out to serve at a prestigious event. If it’s a dash of humour you’re after, 2 Broke Girls serves it up in spades. Waitresses Max and Caroline dream up and kick-start their cupcake business whilst battling numerous pitfalls. The fact that the show is in its fifth season has as much to do with its dark humour as with its food focus.
Honestly, every time I even see a cupcake on television, I have to have one immediately. No delayed gratification for me, thank you. If you’re wondering, this is the “hit” list I work off: Le 15 Patisserie for its deliciously frosted red velvet cupcakes; Love Sugar Dough for the zesty (and coconut-y) Lemon Snowflake; and Boston Cupcakery for the Espresso Mousse—the ultimate combination of a sugar and caffeine high.
How to Get There:
Le 15 Patisserie
Where: Pali Hill, Bandra West | Palladium Mall, Lower Parel | Oshiwara, Andheri West | Colaba
Contact: Pali Hill, Bandra West – +91 9769077309 | Palladium Mall, Lower Parel – +91 7045257394 | Oshiwara, Andheri West – +91 9769077380 | Colaba – +91 9769341994
Cost: ₹500 for two people
Love Sugar Dough
Where: Khar | Oshiwara, Andheri West | Vileparle East | Mumbai Central | Breach Candy
Contact: Khar – +91 9619660104 | Oshiwara, Andheri West – 022 26325333 | Vileparle East – 022 26184139 | Mumbai Central – 022 23006969 | Breach Candy – 022 23646571
Cost: ₹400 for two people
Where: Andheri Lokhandwala | Pali Hill, Bandra West | Viviana Mall, Thane West
Contact: Andheri Lokhandwala – 022 30151605 | Pali Hill, Bandra West – 022 30151179 | Viviana Mall, Thane West – 022 30151824
Cost: ₹250 for two people