It’s my best friends birthday next week and you know what it’s like, you want to buy something that is special, different or something they wouldn’t buy themselves. So when I saw an offer on LittleBird (which is a company where you can buy discounted days out, events and products etc.) for a cupcake and macaroon tour, I was sold!! Ok I know it’s slightly off track from the healthy eating that I’m always badgering on about but sometimes you do have to live a little and it was also an excuse for the two of us to get out for the day together without our children (who we love dearly but sometimes we all need a break!) which is rare. I started baking cupcakes when I was pregnant with my first born 6 years ago and I was addicted! The cupcake boom hit the UK around this time to. Everyone who knows me probably was given cupcakes made by myself as birthday gifts ( sorry guys but hopefully they tasted good!) and so began my friends obsession with baking to. Since then we have been on a cupcake decorating course together and have had several children’s birthday parties to practice our skills……which are improving might I add!

So on Friday we meet in Covent Garden at 2:45pm waiting for the arrival of our guide. Slightly unsure of what we had in store we were pleasantly greeted by John our (good looking) Scottish tour guide and two other members of our group. Our first stop was at model turned bakery Lorraine Pascal’s Cupcake Bakehouse, a very small but sweet little shop. I sampled a mini Purple Haze which was yummy and contained blueberries, a real delightful mouthful. We were also informed that all the cakes sugar content has been reduced by 20%!

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Our next stop was the French patisserie Laduree, a very elegant little shop but they have a large outside eating area which sits opposite the St Paul’s church in Covent garden where we sampled Macaroons. Delightful!
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Sweet Couture was our third stop for some more cupcakes where we sampled the classic and popular red velvet (apparently the best in town) and the Oreo cookie cupcake. Yum yum and more yum. This shop was tiny but with a much cooler and relaxed vibe and would definitely recommend a visit!
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We also got a tour of London where we learned little bits of London history and as a born and bred Londoner I’m embarrassed to say I didn’t know….tut tut! We continued on to Soho where we briefly stopped to collect our next cupcake (black bottom cupcake) at the well known and very busy Hummingbird Bakery.
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We then went on to our last three stops, Michelin starred Yauatcha with incredible and unusual tasting macaroons, the well known and long established Patisserie Valerie and a royal finish at Fortnum & Mason’s. It truly was a lovely afternoon and even better we got to take all our cakes and Macaroons home as after the first two stops I was full. We are still enjoying them now! A great day spent tasting cakes and catching up with a good friend…..perfect!!
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