Food Flashback is icing on top
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