Friday 2 March 2012

Hey Little Cupcake, Spinningfields, Manchester

Laura: I loved the colour scheme! The chequered hot pink and white floor tiles were just so striking and the artwork on the walls (Available to buy by the way!) couldn’t help but catch my eye. There were also various table top games and reading materials dotted around which I thought was a lovely touch. The only thing I would point out is that it wasn’t entirely pristine. The primarily white furnishings made every coffee ring and chip stand out so I would have liked to have seen more attention paid to maintaining its squeaky clean look.

Caroline: With its cute works of art and shocking pink and white themes, you can't help but be excited when visiting Hey Little Cupcake, and on the whole it doesn't disappoint. It's everything you'd expect from a cafe of this kind - small in size, but perfect for having a girlie chat and afternoon tea. Like Laura, I too was a little disappointed by the coffee rings on the table, but alas white will be white and with daring designs, comes great responsibility. A quick wipedown between customers would be sufficiant enough to boost the overall table aesthetics!
I was particularly impressed by all of the custom artwork for sale on the walls (and greeting cards by the till) and thought it really added that little personal touch.

Laura: There was a good range of cupcakes available with some unique flavours, particularly the After Eight design with its sandwiched effect. I stuck with old faithful and tried a pink vanilla cupcake. Beautifully decorated and super soft buttercream but I can’t help but feel it was a little lacking in the sponge department. Top marks for presentation though! Alongside this I chose a bottle of dandelion and burdock, a great little addition in old fashioned bottles and again with my new favourite accessory… red and white paper straws!

The prices are a little on the steep side with a cupcake averaging at £2.40 but I do feel this is due to their attention to detail which I couldn’t really fault.

Caroline: Presentationwise these cupcakes are flawless, and you can really tell that lots of love and care has gone into the creation of each one. I had the Vanilla Good Girl Cupcake, with sugar pearl and glitter topping. I have to say that the butter cream on these cakes is some of the best that I've ever tasted (and I've tasted a LOT of buttercream!) Their selection is varied and is really striking when presented all together.

I also had the pleasure of tasting one of their brand new marmite and cheese savoury cupcakes, which although not as good as their sweet cousins, were certainly something different and well worth a try if you get the chance!


Laura: Our server was very friendly and when I enquired about the samples available she was incredibly informative and enthusiastic about their new creations. Again to go back to my main criticism, although there was only one member of staff present, it wasn’t very busy, therefore I would have liked to have seen the tables maintained just a little. Other than that, very pleasant staff!

Caroline: The staff were polite and friendly and gave us prompt service with a smile. Very Good!

(It was also nice to have them say goodbye to us as we left - it's always a nice touch!)

Overall Thoughts
Laura: Overall I enjoyed our afternoon at Hey Little Cupcake. It was a satisfying way to spend an hour with good company. I just felt that the general flair was much more interested in cupcake presentation rather than quality of environment and flavour.

Caroline: I liked this place, I really did. My only note would be a damp cloth on the tables - but I've said that already - otherwise everything was exactly as I'd expect it to be. Pretty little cafe with pretty little cakes!

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