The cup (of many colours) that cheers

Malteasers cupcake from Strictly Cupcakes, Penwortham
Malteasers cupcake from Strictly Cupcakes, Penwortham

Strictly Cupcakes

Penwortham

There’s more on offer at Strictly Cupcakes of Penwortham than the name suggests.

As well as a dozen varieties of cupcake, there’s also great slabs of Victoria sponge, chocolate brownies, cookies, pitta bread, crumpets and teacakes to choose from.

I thought I’d stick to a cupcake, though the array of colours made it difficult to choose – did I want a Kinder Bueno cake, carrot cake or lemon meringue? Some even had sweets draped on the top.

Although the decorations were fun – one was even made to look like a dog’s face – they lacked finesse.

Buttercream looked a little roughly applied, and the cake mix in some cases had been spilt and then burned on the paper cases.

I opted for peanut butter and jam and my husband had a Malteaser variety with thick chocolate swirls. When we dug in, we were both impressed.

Yes, they might look a little more homemade than some other cupcake outlets, but there’s nothing wrong with the flavours.

My dark-looking cake did indeed conjurer up authentic tastes of peanut butter, with a dollop of jam on top of the icing finishing the taste of Americana authentically.

The Malteaser cake was rich, moist and bold without being overwhelming.

I have to admit that I was taken aback a little by the £1.75 cost of each relatively small cake, but in all honesty, I wouldn’t want one any bigger.

The moist, dense cake and the thick, sweet buttercream was in just the right quantity – filling without being sickly.

Other items to take away include hot drinks – a cappacino is priced at £2, and icecreams from Chorley-based Fredericks.

For those eating in, the bright, chintzy decor is combined with 1950s rock and roll music, decadent furry throws and ornate crockery.

Catherine Musgrove