26 January 2010

Gertie&Gilbert Cupcakes: Secret Indulgences, Smithfield (25 Jan 2010)

Shop 1, 694 The Horsely Drive, Smithfield NSW 2164
Shop front hours: Wed, Thur, Fri 8.30 am – 3.30 pm
Every Saturday at the Warwick Farm Trackside Markets

Moist cupcakes with real flavour

"At Gertie&Gilbert we believe that every bite should awaken a little trip down memory lane of childhood favorites, secret indulgences and sharing moments of sheer happiness"

Gertie&Gilbert Cupcakes are tucked away in the semi-industrial main street of Smithfield and promote themselves as specialising in designing uniquely themed cupcake stands for all occasions. Cupcakes are made from scratch using the finest ingredients and don't use any preservatives or additives. How could I say no when the owner Kym Latter contacted me to sample her cupcakes to provide her some feedback — she hand delivered eight different regular sized cupcakes which retail at $3 each.

I could sadly not test alone (guilt is a terrible thing) so I shared with four friends on Australia Day eve. The delightful looking cupcakes were first cut into six pieces each which provided a crumble test which you wouldn't usually do anyway. Banana Bliss, Ultimate Chocolate, Heavenly Hazelnut and Poppy Sunshine came out best while the others didn't hold their shape as well. Then began the taste testing starting from the light coloured Banana Bliss and continuing to end on the darkest Ultimate Chocolate. We all noticed that the cake itself was a lot more moist and tasty than many others we've tried like Cupcakes on Pitt and The Cupcake Bakery which tend to have the same cake base and use different flavoured icings on top. Most of the cupcakes had a distinctive taste and my favourite was the Banana Bliss for it's taste and resilient crumble factor — I also enjoyed the taste of the Heavenly Hazelnut. Favourites for others around the table were Luscious Lemon and Ultimate Chocolate. The least preferred were the Poppy Sunshine (very citrusy icing), Cappuccino Crush and Vanilla Passion which we thought needed more vanilla taste although if it was named just Passionfruit then we wouldn't be expecting to taste any vanilla.

Gertie&Gilbert Cupcakes uses a base of either almond-meal or hazelnut-meal for most cakes (except the Ultimate Chocolate and Apple Royale) with a small amount of flour for stabilizing, and oil instead of butter to create a cake texture that is more moist. Frostings range from smooth poured 'flat' icings and ganaches to thick, lush 'buttercreams'; incorporating either 100% full cream milk or fresh fruit juice/pulp. I look forward to trying their other standard flavours and depending on season they sometimes create special flavours like Rhubarb Rumble in winter. Will they be the 'best' cupcakes in Sydney?

PROS: Moist cake, Real flavoured toppings and cake
CONS: Smithfield, Find a cafe that sells them, Visit Warwick Farm Markets
MUST TRY: Banana Bliss
Other cupcake places tried:
Gertie&Gilbert Cupcakes - 25 Jan 2010
Alanna's - 14 Oct 2009
The Cupcake Princess - 10 Oct 2009

Ultimate Chocolate, Banana Bliss, Poppy Sunshine, Cappuccino Crush, Vanilla Passion, Heavenly Hazelnut, Luscious Lemon. Other flavours not sampled are Apple Royale, Classic Chocolate and Va-va Vanilla.

Banana Bliss: Fragrant, banana cake with creamy vanilla frosting and white chocolate.
TASTING NOTES: Good banana flavour (4 real bananas used in every 12 cakes)

Vanilla Passionfruit: Delicate, vanilla cake with tropical passionfruit frosting.
TASTING NOTES: Would like to taste more vanilla. Definite taste of passionfruit (real passionfruit pulp used).

Poppy Sunshine: Stunning, marmalade and poppyseed cake with fresh lemon frosting.
CRUMBLE FACTOR: Fairly stable
TASTING NOTES: Reminded me of a orange and poppyseed friand. Very citrusy icing. Would like to see and taste more noticeable orange peeling in cake.

Luscious Lemon: Refreshing, lemon and pistachio cake with zesty lemon frosting.
TASTING NOTES: My brothers favourite. Hand-squeezed lemons used in the icing.

Cappuccino Crush: Full-bodied, espresso cake with velvety espresso frosting rolled in crushed walnut.
CRUMBLE FACTOR: Very delicate
TASTING NOTES: Definite taste of coffee but the least liked. I didn't mind it but visually thought it was going to be a carrot cake. Would suggest coffee icing with a chocolate coated coffee bean on top.

Heavenly Hazelnut: Rich, chocolate and hazelnut cake with decadent ganache.
CRUMBLE FACTOR: Fairly stable
TASTING NOTES: Tasted like a hazelnut cake rather than a traditional cupcake.

Ultimate Chocolate: Super-rich chocolate fudge cake with gorgeous chocolate frosting.
TASTING NOTES: The heaviest and richest tasting. Like a chocolate mud cake. Uses dutch cocoa and 85% dark chocolate.

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Audrey said...

Vanilla Passionfruit!! My favourite ♥

Simon Leong said...

hi little A, it's a good combination of flavours to have. i'd love them to have a coconut vanilla one :-)

Rachel said...

Banana bliss is my fav!! mmmhmmm mmm!!! I am in Toronto - Canada , it's too far away.lol

Simon Leong said...

hi raqueio, hopefully you'll find some good cupcake places in Toronto :-)

Anonymous said...

Have you tried Ghermez on George Street? It's good too.

Simon Leong said...

hi anonymous, actually haven't tried Ghermez as yet but i keep seeing them around at festivals. will have to try and put them to the test :-)

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