Back in graduate school, I was something of the cupcake master in my program. In an effort to work my way through the various recipes in “Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World,” I used my fellow classmates as test subjects, something which they didn’t seem to mind. Once every couple weeks, I would show up toting my double-decker cupcake carrier with the week’s newest assortment for people to try out, which is around when I discovered just how much I love making food and sharing it with other people. And why not with cupcakes, as they are like cake, but better?!
Granted, cupcakes are not entirely a “thing” in Germany; you do find them at certain bakeries, but there are few places dedicated solely to cupcakes, which means I still mostly make them on my own. In Berlin, there seem to be three exclusive cupcake shops, and prior to discovering Cupcakeladen, the only place I think stood up to the American cupcake test was Cupcake.
However, on a recent walk in Schöneberg (after a most unfortunate trip to the Zollamt), I was looking for a cafe to get an overdue morning coffee at and came across Der Cupcakecakeladen. It looked promising, so off I went.
The cafe is very cute and twee, with lilac walls, bunting, mismatched furniture, and all sorts of sweet things to buy. As is the case with most cupcake spots (even in the states), the vegan assortment was minimal, but a chocolate based with peanut butter frosting was all I needed to hear about before I ordered it, alongside a coffee. And it turned out to be delicious, the right size, perfectly flavorful and moist, and a fantastic frosting-to-cake ratio. Naturally, I would have loved to try the others as well, but settled for a red velvet to-go (for M.).
All in all I am impressed with the quality of the cupcakes, as well as the presentation, and you really could not ask for a cuter shop. If you find yourself in Schöneberg, don’t hesitate to stop in for a sugar-y refuel.
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