It's no secret that cupcakes have made a comeback and become the chic treat of the twenty-first century. Melbourne, of course, has not shied from this trend, and cupcake cafés have sprinkled themselves across the city like a healthy dusting of 100s and 1000s on buttercream icing.
Little Cupcakes in the CBD first captured my cupcake sensibilities shortly after it opened in 2007. A cute little boutique at 7 Degraves St (now with a store at 181 William St), this place still remains a firm favourite. Not only does it produce the fluffiest little cakes in town, but Little Cupcakes introduced me to the marvel that is the Red Velvet Cupcake – a delicious mouthful of cocoa butter cake and cream cheese frosting.
One of the most recent additions to the Melbourne cupcake scene is Cupcake Central, by Glenferrie Station in Hawthorn. Despite its relative youth, this great little store is shaking things up with its passionate energy and vibrant behind-the-scenes team – not to mention the quality product and striking flavours like Salted Caramel, Devil's Food Chocolate and Cherry Pistachio.
For a veteran approach, a short train-ride out to Williamstown will bring you to The Cupcake Queens at 3/12 Douglas Parade. Perfecting their product since 2005, this is definitely a cupcake crusade worth undertaking. Even starlet Dannii Minogue is a fan, having proclaimed her love for the scrumptious sweets on Twitter.
Whether it's a mini-cupcake on the go to sate that sugar craving, or a decided sit-down with a cup of coffee to really indulge – cupcakes have made their mark on Melbourne. Now let them make a mark on your taste buds.