Walking into Candy Cakes in Covent Garden is like walking into Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory. As the brilliant colours of the candy cake icing bombard the eye-balls in a blinding blast of luminescent beauty, one can almost hear small voices chanting in the background
Oompa Loompa, do-ba-dee-doo,
I’ve got a perfect puzzle for you.
Oompa Loompa, do-ba-dee-dee,
If you are wise you’ll listen to me
Once the senses have recovered and the music has faded, the Oompa Loompa puzzle begins: to choose which cup cake is the most delectable and worth the £3 that it will set you back. It is a conundrum that has the potential to destroy your life and send your head into a vacuous whirl. You will be forced to choose between the meringue-centred lemon & white chocolate and the cheese cake-centred blueberry yoghurt. Just when you think you have things sorted, that pesky triple chocolate pokes its head around the corner and ruins everything … and then you spot the one with the pink icing and the giant banana candy on top … or perhaps the mini sugared lemon halves on the blue icing would be better? Talk about brain strain. To make the process easier, it is best to remember that a) all of the candy cakes are delectable and worthy of your hard earned pounds, and b) if you are likely to break your budget by buying the whole shop out, you can return to the shop again and again … and again until you have tried all the flavours on the list. The few million brain cells that you may frazzle in the ‘Candy Cake challenge of choice’ will not be missed (what’s a few brain cells anyway?) – once the puzzle is solved, life will become very very easy as all that is left is eating. Eating and indulging and pleasuring the taste of the heavenly delight set before you. Chances are that you will be so completely mesmerised by your chosen candy cake that the beverage options also available at the shop will disappear into a void of insignificance. And when you find out that Candy Cakes is also an online store that custom bakes to order, remember the wise words of the Oompa Loompas…
If you’re not greedy you will go far
You will live in happiness too
Like the Oompa
Oompa Loompa doompadee do
… or don’t.