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.