I got up early this morning for a haircut. On the way back I stopped into the newly opened Sparkle Cupcakery on Foveaux Street, Surry Hills. This space most recently hosted a French/Viet bakery and previously Blondes, Brunettes, Redheads Hair Salon.
I’ve been watching with interest as the facade has been painted white with black trim. Looks great. Stepping inside the space is like stepping inside the poshest, chicest beauty parlour, but it’s cupcakes not skin creams that take centre stage. The room is long and narrow with a glass screen stopping the members of the public breathing all over the cupcakes, with another area dedicated to decorating, so you can watch the staff in action. The cupcakes are colour coded with small sugar dics to assist you in choosing and distinguishing your purchases later.
The point of difference with this place is that you can enjoy a glass of champagne with your cupcake! A fantastic idea if you ask me. Very decadent. All cupcakes are made daily on premises, but I was disappointed when the gentleman behind the counter mentioned that excess, unsold cupcakes are thrown out each day. I reckon they need to call OzHarvest or give them to the Oasis Centre across the road.
I have to mention the divine packaging. Black boxes or bags with silver text. All the cupcakes are in silver cases, and it is all so chic!
So, how were the cupcakes? Well, I’ve only tried one, and I want to reserve judgement until I’ve tried more. I grabbed a green tea and bubbles, but have to say I was disappointed. It was dry around the edges and much crumblier than I expected. The frosting was cream cheese with a hint of lemon, which didn’t compliment the flavour of the cupcake. The cupcake itself didn’t taste very strongly of green tea at all, but was a pretty colour. It had a little gooey centre, but again I struggled to define a flavour!
I will definitely return to this gorgeous little place, and I really hope my next cupcake is tastier!
132 Foveaux Street