Shanghai has got a sweet tooth, and it’s as insatiable as ever! Following what appears to be a global trend, cupcakes have made the all-important transition from kiddie birthday parties to gourmet treats. Bakers in Shanghai have followed suit, establishing delivery-only baking services as well as established brick-and-mortar kitchens. Considering that the Chinese usually prefer milder, less sweet desserts, it’s quite amazing that so many Western style cupcake bakers have found success here. But indeed they have, which is good news for all those in search of a sugar high. Below you’ll find a list of where to find the best cupcakes in Shanghai. Just be warned – I wouldn’t advise reading on an empty stomach!
1) Sweet Ever After
With a seemingly endless menu of cupcakes (and plenty of seasonal options), Sweet Ever After is aiming to be the go-to baker for those celebrating holidays and special events. They specialise in “American-style” cupcakes, meaning they don’t skimp on the sugar, and they also offer cakes, brownies and cookies. For parties, their popular “cupcake tree” is a great way to sample a little bit of everything. And trust me, you’ll want to with flavours like Open Sesame, a black and white sesame cake with whipped cream frosting; Honey-bee Green Tea, with green tea cake and whipped cream frosting; and Sun-kissed Citrus, with orange cake and whipped cream frosting. Sweet Ever After is delivery only, so check out their website for the full menu and prices. Custom orders are accepted.
Add: Delivery only
Tel: 0216255 5512
2) Oh my goodness
That’s exactly what you’ll be saying once you taste these decadent cupcake flavours! Instead of just offering pre-set flavours, omg lets you mix and match whatever cake and frosting you want. Choose from cake flavours like Red Velvet, Cookies and Cream and Carrot Cake – then choose a frosting, with choices such as Swiss Meringue Buttercream, Chocolate Fudge Glaze and Cream Cheese. All cupcakes are sold by the dozen, with each dozen priced at 220 RMB. If you tucker out on cupcakes (is that possible?), they also offer coffee cake and cinnamon rolls too. They are delivery only, so look on their website for a complete list of options. Custom orders are accepted.
Add: Delivery only
3) C’est CupcakeView In Map
Billing themselves as a boutique cupcake shop, C’est Cupcake specialises in “couture cupcakes” for those who aren’t just satisfied with great taste. Their flavours are certainly some of the most imaginative out there. Most tend to reflect their high end image, like Irish Cream, with vanilla bean cake filled with Bailey’s Irish Cream liqueur and buttercream frosting; Elvis, with banana cake and peanut butter cream cheese frosting; and Morning Bliss, with chocolate cake and coffee buttercream frosting. Each “classic” cupcake is decorated with a fondant flower, while “cream puff” cupcake is decorated with seasonal fruit. The pricing system can get a bit complicated, but it basically works like this: Chocolate-based cupcakes are 18 RMB each, 68 RMB per four, 168 RMB per dozen; Vanilla-based cupcakes are 16 RMB each, 68 RMB per four and 168 RMB per dozen; Cream puff cupcakes are 10 RMB each, 38 RMB per four, 98 RMB per dozen. You can also order “designer cupcakes with added lettering, sprinkles and other confetti decorations for 248 RMB per dozen or “couture” cupcakes, with three different fondant figurines for 398 RMB per dozen. They have a shop on Hongmei Lu in addition to their website, so you can always check them out in person.
Add: 3911 Hongmei Lu, near Yan'an Xi Lu, Changning District, Shanghai
Tel: 021 6242 7914
4) Emily’s Cupcakes
Emily’s Cupcakes started as a one-woman with a simple blog venture (http://emilyinshanghai.blogspot.com/2009/02/emilys-cupcakes-coming-soon.html). Now it’s become one of the frontrunners in Shanghai’s cupcake delivery pack. Unfortunately, the website is currently down so you’ll have to email or call for a full menu. The vanilla and strawberry flavours come particularly recommended, and six cupcakes will run you 90 RMB.
Tel: 134 7245 5485
5) Baker & SpiceView In Map
There aren’t a whole lot of chain bakeries here that can pull off a solid cupcake, but Baker & Spice has somehow managed it. For around 15 RMB per cupcake, you’ll get flavours like Lemon Meringue, with lemon cake filled with lemon curd and meringue icing; Chocolate Ganache, with chocolate cake and chocolate ganache icing; and Raspberry, with almond flavoured cake and raspberry icing. While they’re largely known for their bread (they bake all the breads for their parent company, Wagas), it is also worth passing by their cupcake offerings next time you stop in.
Add: 1F, 195 Anfu Lu, near Wulumuqi Lu (branch), Xuhui District, Shanghai
Tel: 021 5404 2733
Opening hours: 7:00-21:00
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