Bangkok Post reviews
Cute enough to eat
- Writer: Bangkok Post Editorial
- Published: November 15, 2013 at 8:21 am
Where to head for cakes in a lollipop shape, be the occasion cute or corporate
We're an appearance-oriented nation and this mindset extends to food; anything that isn't photogenic already loses 50 brownie points, regardless of how it tastes. If you're looking to find some sweets that are even more of a treat to the eyes than the stomach, head down to Pop Me Up Cafe, which opened three months back. After a successful stint selling their custom-made cake-pops online, three friends Jinsupang, Ansaya and Rubkwan have finally given their business a physical and very much pastel-hued outlet where customers can pick up their orders and enjoy freshly made cake-pops in a serene setting with cool drinks in towering glasses. Try their Italian lime apple soda (75 baht) which gives a sour twist to this usually sweet drink.
Cake-pops are basically cakes on a stick that are decorated with chocolate to look like any cute knickknack you want. The most basic round ones come with three fillings (toffee coffee, double chocolate or strawberry cheesecake) at 60 baht each. Everything else is shaped to look like objects, animals or even cartoons, with prices starting from 70 baht per stick, depending on how much detail is required.
Basic cake-pops with fillings.
As each shaped cake-pop is moulded from a mixture of frosting and baked cake flour and decorated by hand, these selections cannot have any fillings like their round friends. Each cartoon stick may take up to 15 minutes to create and there are three cake flavours _ chocolate, strawberry and vanilla _ to choose from, while white chocolate compound is used to coat everything.
The taste is reminiscent of the choco-balls you can see everywhere, thanks to the characteristic tightly packed texture of the cake-pops. However, taste is secondary to something like this and what's more fun is that the bakers can create anything you want _ just call in three days in advance. It's been a far leap from the first characters they started out with, such as Sanrio and Winnie the Pooh and trends are definitely picking up, with minion pops being all the rage when Despicable Me was showing.
"We once actually got a request to make a striped mosquito and even the rod duan [silk] worms!," exclaimed Ansaya. Jinsupang, the artist of the group, said that cartoons are usually the ones that turn out the best. "Some shapes are imbalanced and can be hard to put on a stick, such as motorcycles. Human faces can also be difficult to make and it's hard to make them look similar to real life, but the cartoons and animals are definitely the cutest."
Pop Me Up, Sukhumvit Soi 63. Open Mon-Sat 10am-7.30pm. Call 02-381-5355 for orders. Prices for a customised box of 10 cake-pops range from 650-1,300 baht.
The store-front’s selection of other fun and ever-changing characters.
A variety of Mickey, Minnie, duck and filling cake-pops. (60-130 baht each)