Search for the perfect cupcake - Milkbar, Asgrove

Milkbar is the latest addition to the dining scene at Ashgrove in Brisbane's inner west.

Located at the front of the new Woolworth's building, it has a bright, cheery yellow interior with plenty of seating and even more seating outdoors.  The outdoor area will require some serious shade protection as summer approaches but owners Amanda and John Scott are on to it. There's plenty of parking underneath.

You  may have met Amanda and John before when they were at the helm of the much loved Continental Cafe at New Farm.

This new operation is styled like an old fashioned milk bar but with an update which notably includes the flavour of the moment - cupcakes.

Amanda has even designed and imported her own stylish cupcake carriers.

Now to the serious business.Amanda has gathered a team of cupcake makers and currently has four different suppliers so the cupcake styles are quite varied.

They are all the usual cupcake size and range in price from $3.50 to $4.50.  On Fridays there are some mini cupcakes as well.

The pretty pink and white cupcakes are her best seller and it's easy to see why.  They look very attractive with a cherry and choc stick and live up to the promise when you bite in.  It's a light but tasty sponge cake with thick creamy icing - a traditional style cupcake.

The moist poppy cake with a tangy creamy lemon icing is another flavour hit as is the carrot cake which is light and just appropriately carroty!

Although it looks like a cupcake, the gingerbread with honeycomb on top does not really fit the description. However certainly don't let that put you off.  It's light, like a sticky date pud without the dates, with real cream piled in the middle and shards of choc honey comb on top. Very sweet and very delicious but you would have to be brave to do more than one. Please someone remind me of that next time I am tempted!

Keep an eye on Milkbar in coming weeks as new chef Lee Gibbs joins the team. Lee is ex Pamela's Pantry and Jocelyn's Provisions.

Bottom line: These are very good cupcakes. Milkbar is worth a visit.

Milkbar is open 7.30am to 6.30pm seven days a week.

Find it at 16 Ashgrove Avenue, Windsor. p 3366 2007

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