I love cupcakes, and it seems like every time you turn around in Dublin there’s a new cupcake company. But so many of them are so processed and sugary, you’d be much better off making your own. I went through a big cupcake making phase a few years ago, and many of my friends kept pushing me to open a business, not realising the huge amount of work that goes into it. I’ll stick to making small batches thanks very much!
If you happen to visit the little row of food stalls on Coppinger Row on Thursdays, Fridays or Saturdays, you will already be familiar with the Cupcake Bloke’s stall. The Cupcake Bloke sells delicious, inventive cupcakes that are a cut above the usual cupcake flavours in Dublin. Run by Graham and Daithi, they have a range of permanent flavours like raspberry, chocolate and red velvet.
But they also have daily specials, where Graham the chef gets to be a bit more adventurous, with combinations like chocolate and fennel, or their signature B52, an orange cake topped with a coffee icing and a pipette full of Irish cream liqueur. They also do lots of catering for events and supply some of Dublin’s best cafes.
Disclaimer: Daithi, who runs the business, is a friend and former colleague of mine, so I may be a bit biased. Although I’ve only tasted their chocolate biscuit cake, I was lucky enough to receive an amazing birthday cake from them with three types of chocolate in it last summer, so I know just how delicious their cakes are.
While I was chatting to Daithi today, he had a stream of loyal customers come up to buy cupcakes. He even has a loyalty card, and I could see that there are plenty of regulars who buy cupcakes a lot!
The cupcakes sell for 2 euro each, and they even had some extra special Mother’s Day ones boxed up that are for sale over the next few days. They also sell savoury scones with great quality ingredients like black pudding and apple, or goats cheese and chive. These were all sold out today, so that’s a good sign.
If you want a cupcake that’s a bit more original that the majority of cakes in Dublin, pop down to Coppinger Row or have a look at their Facebook and Twitter profiles for more info.