I've been meaning to go to Ella's Bakehouse for over a year, after reading about the owner of the cakeshop, former model Lorraine Pascale turned cakemaker in March last year. (If you're interested you can read Polly Vernon's interview with her from The Observer here.) However, every time I visited the shop it was closed because they'd run out of cakes. Which for me meant a) they hadn't baked enough cakes for the day, or b) they're incredibly good cakes.
I'm not sure what the answer to my sumrising was, but I walked passed there with the AB a few weekends ago after a day at the ROH Ignite Festival I discovered it was open and the counter was full. Whoppee! I'd already eaten lunch and was full to bursting, but I was determined to have my cake and eat it. Afterall I've waited to try one Lorraine's creations for over a year.
Prices start from £2.00 for a regular cupcake, so they're 25p more expensive than Hummingbird Bakery ones. I went for Lemon and Raspberry. The sponge was very moist (Lorraine uses oil in her recipes) but I found it and also the lemon frosting really sweet.
Verdict: I'm from the Hummingbird Bakery school of cupcakes - because they've perfected the sponge to frosting ratio to a 't'. However that's just a personal preference I have for the Hummingbird Bakery recipe, and I certainly wouldn't pass up a cupcake and tea here at Ella's.