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Tea, Cake & Cocktails – Cox, Cookies & Cake

15 Aug

For the first The High Tea Cast episode, we wanted a double header of seriously good cake shop reviews. I’d heard some pretty mixed messages about Cox, Cookies & Cake, but as we were going to be only 5 minutes around the corner conducting our first podcast interview, it seemed liked the perfect place to try and check out for ourselves.

Sandwiched between the various sex shops of Soho, and in fact looking itself like a fluro-lit purveyor of all things illicit and sex-like it isn’t exactly the sort of place where you might expect to find decent cake and a coffee.  But we were up for it none the less – and anyway it was pouring with rain and we wanted to get inside!

The lighting was absolutely hideous for photos, but you get the idea from these I hope. We were presented at the counter with a selection of highly decorated, quite big cupcakes in a variety of flavours for £4, and then some slightly smaller, less ostentatious ones for £2.50. £4 is an awful lot to pay for a cup cake, but we were there, and we hadn’t eaten much so we went for it nonetheless.  We managed for find somewhere to sit (note – Cox, Cookies & Cake is really only good for takeaway.  There are 5 bar stools under 2 high bars, but that is the only seating available.  We were very lucky to get the set of three bar stools on that cold and rainy day!) and settled in for the sugar high.

As you can see, every cupcake came with a shot of hot chocolate on the side – a nice touch, and I presume one you only get if you order to “eat in” – but we appreciated the sentitment after paying £4 a cake and the hot chocolate was actually really tasty.

I selected a banoffee cupcake, complete with a chocolate male torso on top. Banoffee is my favourite flavour of anything, and I was really pleased to see they had some different selections at Cox Cookies & Cake.  I had heard in other reviews online that the cakes were tasteless, a little stale and the frosting to cake ratio was off, but I was pleasantly surprised. Bearing in mind it was nearly 4pm when we got there, there were a lot of cakes left and they were beautifully moist – I wonder if they have learnt from early reviews?

Lea went for a delightfully kitsch bicep/arm combo, which reminded me of one of the 1950’s adverts for soap or something. Or Popeye. Either way this beauty was a hazelnut and chocolate combo, and again moist and tasty.

Eleni selected a chocolate and raspberry skull-adorned cupcake – the bright pink icing looked like it was on fire it was so lurid, but it tasted lovely, and the glitter on the skull was a nice touch.  All the pieces on top of the cake were made of chocolate, a bit like the old fashioned white mice sweets you got as a child.

Cox Cookies & Cake opened in September 2010 and is located in Brewer St, London. It was set up by famous shoe designer Patrick Cox, in partnership with famous patissier Eric Lanlard, known as the Cake Boy (his wedding cakes are to die for). It is open 11-8pm Sun-Thurs and 11-11pm Fri & Sat for all your late night cupcake needs.

You can follow the goings on of Cox Cookies & Cake on Twitter.

* you can hear more of our thoughts on Drink Shop Do on Episode 1 of the podcast, “Embarrassing Things, Embarrassing People”.

** edited from an original review from Sam’s blog,

Tea, Cake & Cocktails – Drink Shop Do

1 Aug

A little while ago, The HTC gals and gorgeous contributor Eleni wandered over the the Caledonian Road to check out the relatively new (although oh so up and coming) cakery ‘n’ makery that is Drink Shop Do, just tucked off the beaten path in King’s Cross, London.

We’d wanted to check out this place for ages, ever since we came across them via Twitter, and thought they would be perfect for the listeners of The High Tea Cast. The styling, the cocktails, the cake and the ethos of most of the stuff in the shop being vintage and for sale – it seemed cute, kitsch and right up my street.

And we weren’t disappointed. At about 4pm on a very hot Saturday afternoon it was packed, but we found ourself a little space and just looked around, open mouthed. To the left there was a fabulous little party of craft and cake going on, with cotton everywhere and cake stands a-plenty. To the right was a group of beautiful ladies, dressed to the nines in their 1940′s vintage finest – we were desperate to just join in with them!  And then all around were couples, groups and gal pals like us in search of a fab atmosphere and even better cake.

We spotted the milkshakes and couldn’t resist, with Lea (above) trying the Chocolate Malty Balls, and Eleni and I diving straight into the Oreo Milkshake. We each ordered a plate of tiny little sandwiches (cut into triangle shapes – obviously) and then pondered over the cake list.

As you can see, we all ordered the same – Honey and Lavender. And no, they don’t skimp on portion sizes. The cake was beautifully moist which is impressive for towards the end of the day, and an oft overlooked thing. I like my cake pretty and I like it moist and preferably both at the same time.  There is a lot of style over substance in some London cafes these days, but not at Drink Shop Do.

And we actually couldn’t finish it. I enjoyed the Honey and Lavender, but it was quite sickly and I could have done with a bit less. That said, it was an unusual flavour combination, and I’d like to try and grab a recipe from somewhere to try it out.

If you are in the King’s Cross area we’d really recommend a trip to Drink Shop Do. Just to soak up the amazing ambience they have created.  Next time I’m hoping to kick back with an Amaretto Sour in full vintage get up. Until then, The HTC lasses are going back again on the 5th August for the Cherry Sorbet blog event with BangsandaBun. Although we have our eyes on the vintage hair classes and the bingo nights!

* you can hear more of our thoughts on Drink Shop Do on Episode 1 of the podcast, “Embarrassing Things, Embarrassing People”.

** edited from an original review from Sam’s blog,