Monster Cupcakes

The Seoul Cupcake Quest

There's something about cupcakes that elicits memories of childhood and better days.  It's impossible to be anything but happy when eating them, as they are treats for both the taste buds and the eyes.  Unfortunately, in Korea, cupcakes, and most baked goods for that matter, haven't always lived up to this reputation, as key ingredients are often left out or changed to please Korean palates.

The good news, though, is that there seems to be somewhat of a cupcake renaissance taking place here in Seoul.  Pâtissiers and baking enthusiasts alike are working hard to perfect the cupcake to meet the demands of those sweet-toothed folks wanting the real deal.

Over the past month, I made it my mission to seek out some of the best cupcakes in the city.  Continue reading to see what I found on my cupcake quest. 


Coffee With Character, Part 3

As promised, I've continued the search for Seoul's best themed cafes. I am happy to report that my most recent finds include a diverse mix of polar bears, bananas, puppies, and cupcakes that will make you scream... with delight. So, without further ado, I give you Coffee with Character, Part Three.

Banana Tree (Sinsa-dong, see map. Closed Sundays.)

Tucked away on an obscure street in upscale Sinsa-dong is Banana Tree, a charming cafe inspired by, well, bananas. Instead of 'going bananas' with the theme, Banana Tree uses hues of yellow and banana decor- a door prop here, an ornament there- in a subtle fashion to incorporate the concept.

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