‘Life is short, eat the cake.’
If ever there were words to live by, those are probably the ones we repeat the most ’round these parts.
While we’ve never met a cake we didn’t like, some confectionery creations are more sophisticated. Word of these cakes gets passed around Cork in hushed tones. People do a little face and an eyelid flutter when they talk about them.
One such symphony of flour, sugar and eggs is made by The Flour House in Ballinspittle.
Don’t tell anybody but Rebecca Mullen works with her clients to come up with the perfect cake, cupcake, cheesecake or dessert for private events, parties and weddings.
Her lemon chiffon sponge with raspberry jam, fresh raspberries and mascarpone cream frosting is the stuff of dreams.
Rachel’s Wilton and Mahon Point Farmer’s Market stalls frequently sells out of meringue-topped fancies and buttercream swirl buns before noon, so unless you work in the area (or get up at dawn to search for cake) you’re unlikely to get your hands on one.
That’s why we were overjoyed to discover The Flour House is now supplying adorable bite-size bouchon, raspberry crumbles and sweet and buttery carmelitas to The Rocket Man on Princes Street in Cork City.
With all of the magic and far fewer of the calories than a honking great slice of a Flour House cake, these little treats are probably some of the nicest things you could spoil yourself with alongside your elevenses coffee.
Looks like you can, in fact, have your cake and eat it.