Here’s what we thought of The Custom Cupcake Company, Liverpool

We have been on another baking adventure this week, and this time we dropped in to The Custom Cupcake Company for a spot of tea and cake and a quick chat with one of the owners, Matt Blakey. We’d like to thank 5crumbybakers fan Elly Groves who suggested we visit this super cute place by leaving a comment on a post we did about Dafna’s Cheese Cake Factory, a quaint bakery on Smithdown Road.

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Niamh (left) Owner Matt Blakey, Karen (right)

The Custom Cupcake Company is located in one of Liverpool’s most animated areas- Bold Street, A vibrant high street that’s constantly bustling with shoppers heading down towards Liverpool town centre. We agreed this lively cobbled street is the perfect location for a cupcake shop, and certainly a great place to stop off for a sweet treat when you’re on your way into town.

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The exterior of the cute Bold Street cupcake shop and one of Matt’s particularly special flavoured cupcake.

The interior of the bakery/café is fresh and simplistic. There’s a large bar on one side displaying the bakery’s delicious treats a few tables dotted here and there for those (like us) who can’t have a cupcake without a cup of tea to go with it! The counter that stretches all the way along the bakery wall is stacked with piles of heavenly looking cupcakes.  Having to choose a single cake can prove great difficulty (we were forced to purchase two each… just for market research of course!)

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The interior of the bakery and their delicious triple chocolate brownies on offer.

Matt and his wife Kelly opened the bakery last November. In their short time of running it, it sure has made its mark. They provide over 130 wildly unique flavours on rotation, and even have their own celebrity following which include; Russell Brand, Eddie Izzard, Little Mix and Taylor Swift, who all chose the bakery on Bold Street for its imaginative creations.

ImageThe Custom Cupcake Company caters for any occasion, here’s some of spectacular ideas for Birthday celebrations.

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The Custom Cupcake Company’s Black forest cupcake

Owner Matt tells us the best-selling has to be the Mars cupcake, and we can see why! Its chocolate and caramel mixture gives it a rich and gooey texture, very much replicating a real life Mars bar. It would make a seriously great Easter-time treat for any chocoholics who’ve given “the good stuff” up for lent!

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Some special (and very unusual) treats the Custom Cupcake Company has to offer

When asking Matt about his weirdest creation, He told us about “cuptails,” a list of classic cocktails the CCC has recreated in cupcakes. One even includes an absinth shot but we won’t talk about that! “We also do a cupcake called pigs can fly” he said. It’s a sweet and meaty combination: a caramel flavoured cake, with a caramel filling and topping, all sprinkled with bits of bacon. We weren’t daring enough to try this flavour but why don’t you pop in and give The Custom Cupcake Company a go? We’d definitely recommend it!

Here’s our interview with Matt, the owner of The Custom Cupcake Company

Don’t forget to tell us what you think!

If there’s any other bakeries in Liverpool you think might be worth checking out, feel free to leave us a comment below!

Niamh Conway and Karen Coe

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Five minutes with…The Baking Explorer

I think it is safe to say that since starting out on our baking blog experience here at 5crumbybakers, I have been bitten by the baking bug.
Hours that would normally have been spent watching soaps are now dedicated to catching up on my favourite baking blogs.
I stumbled across ‘The Baking Explorer’  blog quite some time ago now and I fell in love with it’s quirky design and delicious recipe ideas.
 Having become quite the fangirl, I got in touch with Kat, the baking explorer to spend five minutes with her to find out more about the baker.
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H: Hi Kat, What inspired you to start ‘The Baking Explorer?’
K: I decided to ‘bake along’ to The Great British Bake Off and I thought it would be a great way to record my baking.
H: What tips would you give to anybody starting out in baking?
K: Have fun, don’t be afraid to experiment, and don’t be put off if you get it wrong.
H: What is the hardest thing you have ever baked? Any huge baking disasters?
K: My biggest disaster was probably a Tarte Tatin, I burnt it so badly and it was unedible!
It was my first time making caramel and it went completely wrong.
I tried it again and got it right, which was a big relief.
Whenever I mess something up, I always have to make it again to get it right.
H: What do you think has made ‘The Baking Explorer’ so successful?
K: I’m not sure exactly, but I like to think it’s because my bakes are things people can see themselves producing at home. I don’t make unacheivable or overly perfect things and I hope that it makes me and my bakes more relatable for readers.
H:  Who is your baking inspiration?
K: I love Mary Berry! Who doesn’t?! She’s fab and I like her attitude such as taking shortcuts when needed, for example buying ready made pastry, and getting children involved in baking. She’s a wonderful lady. I also really like Stacie Stewart and John Whaite.
H: Which of your recipes has received the most attention?
K: The recipe on my blog that has received the most hits are the Custard Tarts I made for week 4 of last year’s GBBO. They were quite stressful to make, but really delicious and worth the effort!
H: What would be a piece of baking wisdom you could share with the 5 Crumby Bakers?
K: Try out new things. It’s the best way to grow your range of baking skills and experience. And to discover new delicious treats!
H: What has been the best thing about writing a baking blog?
K: There have been so many great things. Meeting other people who have the same passion for baking as me definitely comes high on the list. It’s inspiring to see what other bloggers create and also it’s lovely to receive positive feedback about my own bakes.
H: What is your favourite bake?
K: Gosh that is a tough question! It’s hard to pick as it depends what you’re in the mood for, but something I could never turn down is a slice of Coconut & Lime Loaf.
H: Where do you see your baking blog in the future?
K: I’d be so thankful if it continues to grow and I’m looking forward to seeing what opportunities come along in the future.
You can find Kat over at ‘The Baking Explorer.com’
Do you know of any fabulous baking blogs to recommend to us?
Who would you like to see us spend 5 minutes with…
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By Hollie Bradbury