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Heliopolis, Cairo, Egypt.
Tiny Treats Cupcakes: Inventive Cupcake Flavours in Heliopolis
The number of dessert houses, bakerys and cafes in Cairo is forever growing, with cupcakes still enjoying the bulk of attention. Far from filling us with enthusiasm, we headed to Tiny Treats Cupcakes, situated competitively close to Cupcaker Baker in Ard El Golf.
Using a soft lilac and peach colour scheme, other than just two high tables and stools, the small shop space feels bare and a little uninviting. With a counter stretching across the back, a range of creative cupcakes are on display, along with a selection of take-away boxes.
Specialising only in cupcakes, the only other product on sale was a selection of fun, fluffy decorative banners (15LE plus) to add to your selection, stating celebratory phrases such as 'happy birthday' or, 'congratulations'. Despite its name implying size-challenged sweet treats, the cupcakes are in fact averagely sized.
Rather than only providing run-of-the-mill flavours, refreshingly, more adventurous flavours of cupcakes are available (10LE-12LE). We filled up a box of six with choices including bubblegum, mint chocolate, caramel, blueberry, a mandatory red velvet and a peanut butter and chocolate creation named after the popular chocolate brand, Reese's.
To our delight, each cupcake was delicious; soft and fresh, with a generous dollop of airy, flavourful icing on top. The bubblegum flavour took us right back to our school days without being overly artificial-tasting whilst the caramel cupcake was surprisingly light. The blueberry was scrumptiously fruity and the mint chocolate flavour-match was incredible. The Reese's cupcake lived up to its name, with a wonderful balance between the rich chocolate sponge and thick peanut butter icing. Although equally as palatable, the red velvet cupcake was fairly tame in comparison.
Despite the plain interior, it's clear that Tiny Treats Cupcakes focus their efforts on supplying fresh, flavourful cupcakes. Their range of refreshingly unique and delectable flavours also gives them an edge on local competition.
With Brew & Chew satisfying the cravings of Maadi residents, and Dip n Dip spreading their fantastic desserts in New Cairo, Nasr City and 6 of October City, the sweet-toothed of Zamalek can be forgiven for feeling a little neglected – that is until now. Chocolate by name, chocolaty by nature, Joe’s Chocolate Bar on Taha Hussein Street could be the answer to every chocaholic’s dreams.
As a venue, Joe’s Chocolate Bar is divided into two floors; the top floor has nothing remarkable about it but allows smoking, while the ground floor is where the ‘chocolate is. Besides the melted chocolate-like decoration on the wall (which is installed upside down, so instead looks like chocolate waves) the calm lighting and wood walls create a relaxing and cosy ambiance to the place.
The items on the menu are limited and nothing grabbed our attention, but we opted for the Molten Chocolate Cake (47LE), Triple Chocolate Crepe (41LE) and their new special item – as the waiter was so keen to mention – Oreo Waffle (49LE).
The molten chocolate cake had a bold chocolate flavour and a very moist texture; the gooey centre had a fantastic pudding-like consistency, which shows that it was cooked to perfection and, overall, the dessert had a spot-on sweetness. On the other hand, we would have preferred that the ice cream was served separately, because the hot temperature of cake melted it quickly and made the top of the cake rather soggy.
The triple chocolate crepe was just as good, meanwhile; coming as three thin, light and fluffy triangular servings, each one was filled with a generous amount of melted milk chocolate, and drizzled with white, milk, and dark chocolate. We also asked for fruit (10LE) on the side which consists of mini cubes of kiwi, bananas, and strawberries, and it was surprisingly fresh even though it’s not strawberry season yet.
As for the Oreo waffle, we expected nothing more than a waffle with crushed Oreo on top, but, impressively, the waffle itself had an actual layer of Oreo in the middle. Despite the waffles needing a little more milk chocolate on top and being a bit chewy, they were largely soft with a slightly crispy exterior, and the flavour of the Oreo popped in every single bite.
Joe’s Chocolate Bar definitely impressed with their well-executed desserts and big flavours, but we felt that the variety on the menu is too safe and a bit limited for a dessert specialist. We’d very happily come back for the molten chocolate cake, though.