Butter and Cream Cakes, 22 Church Road, Milford, Godalming, GU8 5JD
Go there for: Glitzy cup cakes with a sumptuous cream-cheese topping, rocky road and squidgy brownies.
Avoid: Missing out: pick these up in North St Market, Guildford, or at the Milford shop.
Is it worth the calories?: If you’re counting, opt for a mini cup cake: all the fun but half the impact!
Tips: You can order a personalised birthday cake just 24 hours in advance.
Suke Wibaut had been making a nice living as an outside caterer but a shift away from catered boozy corporate lunches to lone al-desko dining saw her core business decline. The emergence of the cupcake market caught her eye and after a few trips to London to check out cupcake entrepreneurs like the Primrose Bakery, Suke re-invented herself.
At first Suke made cakes at home and sold them at Guildford’s North Street market. The ladies on the fruit and veg stall next door didn’t think she would last 6 months but it seems we can’t resist a glittery iced treat for £2. Suke is doing a roaring trade: everyone loves her cup cakes! Indeed, Surrey University orders 10,000 of them for their graduation ceremony every year. You will also find them in a few select tea shops in Surrey.
In September 2012 a vacant shop in Milford became Butter and Cream’s new home. It’s primarily a production unit but has a couple of tables and a small menu. The café area is very attractive and customers often stay for coffee and a cake while deciding on their order.
Suke is really keen to build up the birthday and celebration cake side of the business. She creates fabulous wedding cupcake towers but personalised cakes for birthdays and other celebrations start at £10.50.
The cakes are all made from scratch using unsalted butter, castor sugar, plain white flour and eggs (not free range, unfortunately). Cakes are at their best eaten on day of purchase but can be frozen.
My son has eaten a fair few of Butter and Cream’s cakes and loves them. I never seemed to get a look in so I sampled a selection while I was there. I ate the chilli and chocolate cupcakes with my eyes they were so pretty. They have subtle chilli kick after the first chocolate hit dissipates. The icing is a creamy rich, melt-in-the-mouth experience and I knew why; I had seen the 10 kilo tubs of full-fat cream cheese in the kitchen which forms the base for the icing here. Whipped mercilessly with icing sugar and cocoa, it had to be good. I also sampled salted caramel, toffee and apple, mango, passion fruit, and orange. The flavours here aren’t really that assertive but the combination of sponge with creamy rich icing does it for me. Cakes and slices complementing the cupcake range include brownies, almond slice, lemon drizzle and rocky road.
These cakes are little edible objects of desire, guaranteed to elevate your mood and deliver a sweet kick and sometimes that’s all you need to make your day.