The lovely Meg from Son of a Bun recently got in touch and asked me if I'd like to review a box of 6 of their delicious cupcakes.
Of course I said yes.
Son of a Bun is a super Dorset based online cupcake business. The team deliver their wares to anywhere with a BH postcode (that's a pretty huge area) and make cupcakes to order. Deliveries are guaranteed to be fresh, with a homemade touch.
The trickiest part of my Son of a Bun experience was choosing a cupcake flavour, the team have over 30 different flavours and types of cupcakes to choose from, and the list seems to be growing weekly!
The selection ranges from the classic Pure Chocolate and Red Velvet cupcakes to the more original White Chocolate and Cardamom and Lemon Curd and Coconut variations. The team have even thought up a whole range of cupcake types based on puddings and desserts, including their Eaton Mess, Cherry Bakewell, Ice Cream and Hot Chocolate Fudge Sundae flavours. The full selection of Son of a Bun cupcake flavours can be found here.
The decision proved to be too difficult for me, and I left the decision making to the team. A box of 6 fabulous Rocky Road cupcakes turned up at my door not long after. I instantly became the favourite in the household and nobody could wait to 'help' me get through my new delivery.
The cakes were beautiful to look at, and were topped with (from what I could tell) white chocolate chunks, milk chocolate chunks, mini marshmallows, digestive biscuits, peanuts, melted white chocolate and melted milk chocolate, what a mouthful. The toppings were layered on a buttery chocolate icing.
I don't know what other people's criteria for good cupcakes are, but for me a cupcake has to serve two functions:
1. Look good
2. Taste good
The first one seems to often be achieved by compromising the second, and far too many times have I admired a cupcake only to be met with enough icing to fill a shoe and a bland, dry sponge base. Although difficult to fit the full height of the Son of a Bun cupcakes into my mouth (and trust me, I did try), I wasn't overwhelmed by rich buttercream, instead my tastebuds met a multitude of flavours and textures, all very pleasant. I especially liked the use of peanuts to top the cake, a pretty damn tasty addition.
Once the toppings were tackled I hit the sponge, only to be met with another delight, a melted marshmallow in the centre of each cupcake. Why would you not want a marshmallow in the middle of a cupcake?! Yet another piece of ingenuity from the Son of a Bun team. Good going guys.
So to round this up, the cakes were delicious, home-baked morsels of goodness that were devoured by my household in mere minutes. The team are real people who are happy to chat to their customers about any requirements or ideas (isn't it nice not to have to call a premium number and pay a small fortune just to get a point across!?), the delivery is prompt and the cakes are good. What more can you ask for? I'm a great fan of supporting small businesses and buying local produce, and Son of a Bun tick both of these boxes for me.
A box of 6 cupcakes is £12
A box of 12 cupcakes is £24
A box of 24 cupcakes is £48
The team can cater for larger orders and events and all of their contact info can be found here.
Son of a Bun also have a Facebook which they update with all manner of interesting snippets and developments, they also host a fair few competitions, so keep your eyes peeled.
The verdict? A lovely company, great cakes and brilliant service. I'm not really the sort of person who orders cupcakes (I always make my own), but I'd definitely recommend these guys, and will probably be using them at one of my events sometime soon.