Like the majority of Melburnites, if we are not slaving away in front of the computer, ensuring we have the best lighting for a Zoom call, stretching our legs in the brisk but sunny suburbs or making our way to see what is in the fridge, we are inevitably focusing our attention on one streaming service or another. At the moment I cannot stop myself from watching Sugar High - Extra Sweet, a show that is dedicated to all things sugary as the competitors bake outrageously epic cakes, confectionery and of course mouthwatering cupcakes.
I kid you not, these contestants come up with the most amazing flavours like gin infused lemon cupcakes with spiced frosting, earl grey with lashings of rich buttercream and even cupcakes infused with caramelised bacon. I'm absolutely not a fan of reality TV shows, but I could not tear myself away from the hectic scenes until the season was completed.
Cupcakes are one of the world's most beloved items if I do say so myself, a wondrous bite-sized morsel that you can chomp down into (or if small enough just shove the whole thing in) and be taken away in a world of bliss and frosting. I'm all for enjoying a cupcake as a solo experience, in one of those beautiful boxes which you gently take home so as not to smudge the frosting, yet devour in two bites.
However when it comes to the group functions, sadly many of us cannot even celebrate together with baked goodies, yet I think this does not have to stop the occasional sugary frosting fix, in fact, more than ever it is a must. Melbourne is the definitely the spot for self-indulgence and if the savvy cupcake creators are still out there baking, I say let's support them.
It seems that this is the year of isolation birthdays and the cupcake bakers of Melbourne have pulled out all of the stops to ensure that we can enjoy our zoom birthdays and celebrations with a cupcake in hand. If you are within reach of your favourite cupcake spot, I applaud you, but for some of us, we will be relying on delivery to get our hands on these treats.
The Cupcake Queens, currently operating within multiple locations certainly tops my list of cupcake heaven with their delicious range of gluten-free and vegan beauties like the scrumptiously light Apple and Cinnamon or decadent Vegan Choc. For those without my terrible dairy and gluten afflictions, you can sink your teeth into Salted Caramel, Rocky Road and even a new Cappuccino for the caffeine fiends.
The prices vary depending on the box as well as the style of the cupcake but if you want to start with a six-pack of regular flavours then the pricing starts at around $30, with a click and collect option currently available for those within Chadstone, Moonee Ponds, South Melbourne and Williamstown.
You can also head online at https://thecupcakequeens.com.au for further information regarding their opening and closing times as these will likely vary due to Covid-19, but also to check out the many varieties and delivery windows.
It may be that during these times, all you need is love and connection (but a cupcake would also be nice).