People have been telling me about MySweetopia for a while so I'm glad I finally made it there. Despite Google Maps insisting it was just near QPAC, the shop is down in the heart of the retail part of Grey Street at Southbank.
There's certainly wow factor when you walk into the shop with rows of delicious looking cupcakes and some wedding cakes that are very special. The cupcakes are made on the premises, fresh daily, to an old family recipe.
There's plenty of seating around the outside of the cafe and the area is dog friendly as well. On weekend mornings it seems to be very popular with bikers (pedal type).
Now onto the cupcakes! We hit My Sweetopia with a team of four seasoned cupcake lovers - Jayne, Zoe, Kate and Kerry. All cupcakes were tried by four people - yes I know this is getting way technical! The shelves were full of cupcakes and it was very hard to choose as they all were beautifully decorated.
So here's the report -
Most popular was the tallest and prettiest cupcake was Meringue Berry. It had an awesome first bite and a dense white chocolate cake with a berry hidden inside. The meringue was soft and gooey.
Choc mud cake was also very popular. It combined a dense moist mud cake with creamy icing that was a good foil.
The traditional fairy cake certainly had the look and reminded me of the ones my grandmother used to make. There was a hint of berry inside the cake which was a light moist sponge. It was a hit as well.
Passionfruit was our least favourite cupcake as we couldn't really get the passionfruit flavour. The icing was very buttery and needed more passionfruit flavour too.
On a second visit we sampled a White Chocolate and Rose Water cupcake which had us both very excited until we actually bit into this one. Couldn't really taste the rose water at all in the cake and the icing was just a hunk of flavourless creamy topping.
The range of flavours includes Classic Sponge, Banana Coconut, Apple Crumble, Lemon Meringue, White Chocolate Mud varieties, Dark Chocolate Mud varieties, Strawberry Butterfly, Caramel Mud, Neapolitan and Hazelnut Praline which is gluten free. The coffee is Elixir. Prices range between $3.50 and $4.50 for the gourmet cakes. They have some very nice boxes for take aways.
Bottom line: Well worth trying but stick to the tried and true.
Shop 8, 180 Grey st, Southbank