Archive | March 2009

The Cupcake Bakery

Okay, this has got to be my favorite type of cake ever. I don’t need big slices of cake to cheer me up, just give me one of these little bundles of joy and I’ll be content. I have to attribute my first cupcake encounter to my dear friend, Shasha. It was in New York City on a nippy December afternoon and we were walking in The Village and suddenly the subject of cupcakes came up and someone yelled out, “Magnolia!”**. But Sha said, “No!”. She claimed that there was another store that made cupcakes just as good and we wouldn’t need to queue up for ages. And that’s how I came about Billy’s Bakery and of course, the pure bliss of cupcakes.

When I got to Australia, I had another good friend here, Eileen, who is also obsessed with cupcakes and food in general. And she brought me to this place called Little Cupcakes in Melbourne.

So started the cupcake hunt in Sydney. I saw the opening sign to this place about a year ago and got pretty excited. Almost everyone who passes by this store gives it a second stare, and some stand and ogle because the cupcakes they have on display just look divine.

cupcake bakery

Cupcakes on display

Cupcakes on display

More cupcakes on display

More cupcakes on display

A little gem

A little gem

The cakes are moist, and the icing is not too sweet and they taste so fresh! My favorite is the one above, chocolate with vanilla icing. Cupcakes here are $3.50 a pop, and if you buy a dozen, they’re $3.20 each. Not a cheap treat, but you can always split one with someone. Half a cupcake is better than none!

They have a few locations in Sydney:

  1. The QVB, Sydney
  2. 320B George St, Sydney NSW 2000
  3. 438 Oxford St, Paddington NSW 2021

** For the sake of those poor souls who don’t know about Magnolia Bakery, they are credited with starting the “cupcake craze” in the 90s, according to Wikipedia. If you’re ever in the West Village in New York, do go check out the queue :). But if you want just cupcakes, I recommend Billy’s.

Recipe: Peppered Steak

If I think Zayni’s a great cook, her sister’s even better. No offense to Zayni intended, but then again she acknowledges her sister’s prowess when it comes to cooking and creating masterpieces.

So Shamim’s finally getting down to writing a recipe book and I’ll be posting her recipes as I follow along with them. This one is very simple, yet extremely yummy. Perfect for a nippy, winter evening, especially if you like to go nuts on the chillies like I do.

Here goes.

peppered steak ingredients

peppered steak cooking steps

peppered steak cooking steps

Enjoy! Comments about the recipe are most welcome!