Some days I want cake. (Okay. EVERY day I want cake, but I don’t actually eat cake every day.) On this occasion, our usual cake vendor was closed for a special event. It was pretty devastating actually, standing around outside the shop watching everyone inside enjoying themselves at a private event eating that cake that you so desperately deserve (okay, want), waiting for your cake-eating partner to show up and cry with you over the lack of cake in your life. Especially as the cakes there are not your typical British cakes. In likelihood of offending all British people everywhere, what’s with your really dry, over-sweetened cakes? I just don’t understand the point of making a dessert that actually requires cream in order to make it palatable. What do you do in that lack of cake situation? I mean, basically you find another cake shop, and hope it’s as good as that cake you’ve been dreaming about for the past thirty minutes. And that’s the story about how Vicky and I ended up at Crumbs & Doilies.
It’s pretty easy to find. It’s a tiny cake shop right on Kingly Court. And I mean tiny. I think there are about seven seats in the shop. Luckily, we were the only ones there when we arrived (but not when we left), so we got to be as obnoxious as ever asking the people working there about the best cakes and what we should go for. I mean I wanted some good cake. I was told their most popular cake was the salted caramel. While I am a major fan of salted caramel, I was NOT a fan of the other word attached to it: “gluten-free”. I mean, if you do that sort of thing, I’m sure you’ll be happy to know that you can find some gluten-free salted caramel cupcakes at Crumbs & Doilies. I wanted my full gluten, full sugar, full fat cake.
After LOTS of chat with the women working there, and looking at cupcakes of two different sizes (in case you really just need a nibble of cake, but that’s just silly in my book), we were steered toward the only two actual cakes in the store: The unicorn cake and the cookie dough cake. One of them swore by the unicorn cake because SPRINKLES! and the other one swore by the cookie dough cake because COOKIE DOUGH! It was a horribly difficult decision, but I went with cookie dough and Vicky had the unicorn cake. I mean, that way we can try them both and make up our own minds, right?
We also ordered some peppermint tea to go with our cakes, and unsurprisingly, we were given paper doilies to place the tea mugs on. That’s a nice extra touch of class that one has to like. So we dug into the cakes. Clearly, we made the right decision, because I prefered the cookie dough and Vicky was a huge fan of the unicorn-poop-meringuey and sprinkley unicorn cake.
We very much enjoyed sitting by the window and watching people go by as we devoured our cake. I really liked the moistness that the cookie dough brought to it all, although the frosting was a tad on the sweet side (although I’ve had worse). The cookie dough just really sold it for me. I felt the unicorn cake was a bit dry honestly, but I’m sure I would have eaten it if someone tied me down and forced me to (or if I had ended up ordering it instead of the cookie dough cake, I mean I’m not THAT picky as much I like to complain about British cakes being dry and too sweet, and the unicorn cake was definitely not as bad as many other cakes I’ve shoved in my pie-(or-in-this-case-cake)-hole).
We then felt bad as the place filled up quickly and people were watching us like hawks waiting for our seats to free up so they could swoop in and enjoy their own cake and window gazing without two obnoxious Boozy Bunchers there to ruin it all for them. The cake was great though, and I think I’ll go back and perhaps try the cupcakes, even though they looked like they may have way too much frosting. (I’m a cupcake snob too. Sue me.)
Crumbs & Doilies
1 Kingly Court, w1B 5PW