What they say: A dozen of our favourite assorted cupcake classics
What we say: Cute and perfectly formed, these delectable cupcakes are the perfect size for small hands enjoy, not too sweet and with a decent cake to icing ratio. Each cupcake is a different flavour making it an enjoyable, and surprising, mini mouthful.
Dhs85 for 12. Magnolia Bakery, The Dubai Mall (04 350 5440).
Peanut butter bars
What they say: A rich thick layer of peanut butter batter topped with a delicious mixture of peanut butter and melted chocolate. Perfect with a tall glass of milk.
What we say: An even balance of biscuit, creamy peanut butter and melty chocolate, this is more on the heavier side of sweet treats and will keep the kids busy for some time. Best to limit it to one bar per child and it’s not a bad idea for them to wash it down with some cold milk, as Magnolia suggests.
Dhs10 per bar. Magnolia Bakery, The Dubai Ball (04 350 5440).
What they say: Rich chocolate cake filled with purple ombre vanilla bean buttercream. A delicious bite sized treat for little guests.
What we say: The perfect fit for tiny hands, these dangerously delicious whoopie pies will disappear before your very eyes and go straight into small bellies. The soft cake and buttercream filling is light enough that they can safely scoff a few without feeling sick.
Dhs8 per pie. Customisable flavours and colours. Available from Little Miss Cupcakes. www.facebook.com/littlemisscupcakes (050 634 7047).
What they say: A delicious blond brownie, Blondies are essentially brownies without the chocolate batter.
What we say: It looks like a thick slab of chocolate chip cookie, but its soft, crumbly texture gives way much more easily. It’s not as sweet and sickly as a traditional brownie, but it’s way more buttery and the generous portion size is a good option if you want to keep them quiet for 10 whole minutes.
Dhs16 per slab. Kitsch Cupcakes, Jumeirah (04 395 6963), DIFC (800 287 2253).
Cake in a jar
What they say: A spoonful of delicious bites out of a jar, easy to eat and the rest can always be saved for later.
What we say: Spongy, smooth and on the enjoyable side of too sweet, this alternative take on the traditional cupcake is a brilliant idea for kid’s parties. Although there’s no way they will be saving some for later, the fact that they’re eating from a jar means no mess for mum to clean up and as soon as it’s gone, they have a jar to put stuff in!
Minimum order of 12 jars ranging from Dhs150-Dhs175 depending on the type of cake. Orders customisable. www.jarful.ae (050 887 9726).