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Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - LIFESTYLE - Janita Singh Black Vel­vet cupcakes can be or­dered through TheGourmet.com.au

WHAT does a cup­cake re­mind you of?

For the owner of Dar­linghurst-based dessert spot Black Vel­vet, Or­lando Sanpo, it is about go­ing back to beau­ti­ful mo­ments or cre­at­ing new ones.

“Hon­estly, when I think of cupcakes I think of the Au­drey Hep­burn scene in Break­fast at Tiffany’s when she’s look­ing through the cafe win­dow ... all style, grace and el­e­gance,’’ Sanpo says.

Black Vel­vet has made a name for its de­lec­ta­ble cupcakes and also as a sweet stop for many celebri­ties.

Singers Guy Se­bas­tian, Delta Goodrem, Jes­sica Mauboy and Dami Im have all en­joyed birth­day cakes from the shop.

And while Sanpo won’t dis­close what cupcakes his celebrity clien­tele pre­fer, he says it’s the ex­per­i­ment­ing with flavours that he loves. cer­tainly cre­ates per­fec­tion.

“Once your bak­ing foun­da­tions are right, ex­per­i­ment and ex­plore with your recipe and tech­niques,’’ he says.

Sanpo en­cour­ages peo­ple to play with flavours.

How about salted caramel, lemon vodka and red vel­vet? Th­ese are some of the flavours re­cently added to Sanpo’s range.

“Our Ital­iano espresso mar­tini flavour is a hit even with peo­ple who don’t en­joy cof­fee,” he adds.

“Prac­tise and take notes of your recipes and the re­sult­ing taste.”

The crown­ing glory has to be the top­ping.

“Go wild ... our ba­con and maple is a great ex­am­ple,” Sanpo says.

Or­lando Sanpo (right) the owner of Black Vel­vet in Dar­linghurst, and Luke Wal­lace show off some of their cupcakes. Pic­ture: Craig Wil­son

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