Who likes cupcakes? And I’m not talking about the beautifully-decorated but only kind-of-sweet cupcakes that you find in most Bangkok hotel bakeries. I’m talking about real cupcakes – the kind where the cake is succulent and moist and the buttercream icing is divinely sweet and perfectly coiffed on top. I’m talking about a bakery with a selection of both traditional and creative (without being totally wacky) flavors – and, here is the kicker, one that takes special orders and delivers directly to your doorstep. That bakery is Sparkles, and its owner and creator, Khun Sophie.
Now I realize that having a thing for cupcakes is very American, and I’m the first to admit that I signed on to the craze that hit Washington, DC in 2008 when Georgetown Cupcake exploded onto the scene. But other than being the only bakery in town that can truly make an amazing cupcake, Sparkles even has my at-home-equivalent cupcakery beat when it comes to customer service. Khun Sophie is not only a master baker, she is a people person. She runs her bakery with a very personal touch by engaging with her customers and knowing them by name. Now that is something that you definitely can’t get at most well-known bakeries at home.
Sparkles is located in Thong Lor at: 2/6 Sukhumvit Soi 53, (Soi Paidee-Madee), phone: +66 (0)81 136 3367. CNN Go also raved about Sparkles in this 2010 online review.
If you’re a cupcake person, I bet with one visit to Sparkles you’ll be hooked. Become a big enough fan and you can even get on the bakery’s email list to receive alerts about new flavors. Over Christmas, Sophie featured cupcake flavors such as: Chocolate and Roasted Chestnuts, Peppermint, Gingerbread and Molasses, Pecan and Maple Syrup, and Toffee and Vanilla. You can bet when I got that email I made a call to order a couple dozen cupcakes for our Christmas cocktail party. Really, how can you go wrong?
Now that we’ve got cupcakes covered, the next question is, when will some genius baker in Bangkok open up a delicious cake pop bakery? It can’t be too far behind, right?