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Peyton & Byrne, Bake-a-boo & Cupcakes

Peyton & Byrne Cupcakes

Peyton & Byrne is a treasure trove of cupcakes and other sweet & savoury delights nestled between Heals & Habitat on Tottenham Court Rd, London. Owned by Oliver Peyton, a Mayo born London based restaurateur, it opened in September 2006 along with Meals in Heals next door. This is not Peyton’s first venture, far from it, he started with nightclubs which he proclaimed a means to an end, dallied with the import/export of Japanese beer & absolut vodka and then moved into restaurants with the opening of the critically acclaimed Atlantic Bar & Grill in Picadilly. Since then he has opened Mash, Isola, the Admirality restaurant at Somerset House, Inn the Park at St James Park, The Wallace Restaurant, Peyton & Byrne, Meals, The National Dining Rooms & finally The National Café.

Peyton has always championed the use of quality ingredients and British cooking and this is obvious in his establishments. He is well known as one of the judges on the Great British Menu, a BBC show where top UK & Irish chefs compete to cook part of the banquet for the Queens 80th birthday in the first series and to the British Ambassador to France at the British Embassy in Paris for the second series.

At Peyton & Byrne, the intent is to reproduce old favourites the way our mothers used to make them, specifically Peytons mother whose maiden name was Byrne – hence, Peyton & Byrne. Her recipes are, in fact, the inspirations for the produce at the bakery. Award winning chef Roger Pizey aims to put a modern twist on old classics and I think he does this quite well. These include savoury staples like tarts, pies, scotch eggs & fresh sandwiches (done well – lancashire cheese & picallili anyone?) and sweet treats like bakewell tart, victoria sponge, chocolate cake and amazing cupcakes, my personal favourite is the frou frou cupcake (raspberry & coconut), but there are 5 flavours in total to try and you should!

Peyton & Byrne Cupcakes

It’s done so well, it’s difficult to fault them. The design of the shop itself is lovely, fronted by a large window with gold lettering displaying their wares with the cakes on charming cake stands, it’s all so pretty and inviting. The packaging is also fantastic, pretty pastel cake boxes with bold lettering. It shouldn’t matter, but it does.

I’ve been a few times now, it’s a must for the cupcakes alone, and it’s been consistently good. It’s on the pricey side, mind, at £10 for 5 cupcakes, but they’re so good it’s worth it. They’ve recently opened a café at the Wellcome Trust on Euston Road also, I’ve been into inspect and it looks very smart, I plan to lunch there quite soon.

Any lactose intolerants wondering how I managed this – the power of lactase pills, lots of them!

For vegan cupcakes, there’s a gorgeous little bakery in West Hampstead (nearest tube Kilburn), Bake-a-boo. It’s very cute, all shabby chic, I get the feeling they like Cath Kidston. They serve a variety of lactose free and gluten free cupcakes, and while they’re not as impressive or tasty as Peyton & Byrne, they’re very good considering. They serve afternoon tea with tea in gorgeous china teapots, both a normal one & a sensitive one for coeliacs and lactose intolerants. It’s in our area so we frequently pop in for take aways but the café itself is gorgeous and I would recommend a visit.

Bake-a-boo cupcakes & brownies

If you’re not in London or just want to stay at home and have your cupcake and eat it (see what I did there! ;-)), there are many cupcake blogs and books out there. First stop for me has to be Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero’s blog – Vegan Cupcakes take over the world. Perfect for lactose intolerants like me but also great for coeliacs. I’ve long been a fan of Isa’s and her post-punk kitchen, fantastic vegan recipes and while I’m not vegan, I used to be vegetarian and I still use the site for their dairy free recipes. Their food is so good, it’s an inspiration really. Her first book Vegan with a Vengeance: Over 150 Delicious, Cheap, Animal-free Recipes is fantasic, but her cupcake book is the one I’ll talk about here: Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World: 75 Dairy-Free Recipes for Cupcakes That Rule. It’s a great little book! I am forever browsing it picking which one I’ll make next. It’s a lactose intolerants dream. There’s also lots of recipes for coeliacs. The recipes go from traditional to original & quirky – green tea cupcakes, pistachio & rosewater cupcakes, coconut & lime and lots more. I will blog one soon.

The cupcake bakeshop by chockylit is also great. It’s full of inspiration, great recipes & photographs. A recent recipe is just begging to be tried: Blueberry & Raspberry Ricotta Almond Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting.

That’s it for cupcakes at the moment but expect to see some here soon :-)




  1. sarah says

    I stumbled upon the cupcake bakeshop yesterday (while distracting myself from my phd…). The entry about people’s own cupcake creations is great – i was inspired to make Alpineberry’s chocolate-coffee ones (but without the filling). Absolutely divine!

  2. Love the photos! I’m so jealous of Peyton, having a mother like Byrne. My childhood cupcakes were more of the “just add water” Better Crocker variety.
    Nice review!

  3. Great photos! I’m so jealous of having a mother like Byrne. My childhood cupcakes were more of the “just add water” Betty Crocker variety. Nice review!

  4. Thanks both!

    Katherine, I know, wouldn’t that be fab? We did bake alot when I was young. I have fond memories of sealing apple tarts with a fork and licking the spoon after making queen cakes. And jam tarts made with my mucky little paws! the dairy thing put me off in recent years but I am back on that wagon now!

    Sarah, did you take any pics? Sounds wonderful!

  5. supercharz says

    PS I keep meaning to add you to my blogroll, and I will after I post this! :)

  6. moxiegal says

    The allure of the cupcake. They do woo. So many cupcakes, so little time. Now if the weather gets a smidgen cooler, I’m switching the oven on and baking some. I’ve been inspired.

  7. Thanks supercharz! I have seen crumbs & doilies in the Sunday Up Market in Spittalfields but they never seemed to be as impressive as Peyton & Byrne. Will try them though. I have a responsibility to! ;-)

    Moxiegal, let me know how they go! It’s very cold here and half of the country is flooded, I am jealous of your summer!

  8. Oh, those cupcakes make me want to up sticks and move to north-west London!! Gorgeous pics and a great repository of cupcake info.

  9. Annemarie says

    Oh my goodness me, these look good – great photos, too. I’ve never been but always *meant* to go, but your pictures might just tip me over the edge and get me heading there SOON…

  10. Sorry you didn’t like it Su-Lin. We bought 12 last week and they were hugely popular. Perhaps they were having an off day? I’ve been there a number of times and have enjoyed them.

  11. God bless lactase pills – I’m back in the states next week and plan on stocking up my year’s supply. I had been lusting after Peyton & Byrne cupcakes since I read your post, and finally went last week. Loved the shop, but the minty chocolate cupcake was only so so. I would have loved to try the others but it was a gift, so I couldn’t be too greedy. :) Thanks for the diligent cupcake research.

  12. Hi Annemarie. That’s disappointing. They seem to be hit and miss of late :(

    My cupcake adventures are ongoing, I recently tried crumbs and doilies at Sunday Up Market and they were delicious!! I must blog some more but I am on holiday at the moment. Re: lactase pills, I have run out having consumed a record 50 in 5 days in Paris! I think I need to start buying wholesale. :)

  13. Katie says

    Does anyone know what type of frosting is used or have a similar recipe for the strawberry Peyton & Byrne cupcakes – they are soooooooo yummy!!

  14. I went to visit Bake-a-Boo on your recommendation as I live in Kilburn and it’s just a walk away. I absolutely fell in love with the place! It is definitely a girly place–I can’t imagine bringing my partner there–but have now spent many afternoons there with girlfriends. Thanks–:}

  15. Hi Mare! That’s great – thanks for popping back to let me know. It is very girlie indeed, a little haven for us. I’m no longer in Kilburn and really could do with something like this down the road in far north London.

  16. Hi – I make cupcakes amongst other things in Islington – would love to know what you all think although the website is not quite finished yet!

  17. Hi – Thanks! It is all delivery for the moment but I hope to open up a shop locally – maybe around Essex road by the end of the year.

  18. And I am always trying out new recipes and baking more than I know what to do with – let me know if you want to try some samples!

  19. asharpknife says

    God, the Peyton and Byrne stuff looks amazing. Another really good place for vegan cakes and cupcakes is Pogo Cafe in Hackney, which is not an area known for interesting baked goods, so it’s handy to know it exists. I made some Irish Coffee cupcakes today with my own fair hands. Apologies if the plug is not appreciated, but I really did want to comment on your lovely blog regardless! X

  20. Holly Wilson says

    All of these are gorgeous, but Crumbs and Doilies gets the vote from me! They are not pipetted and immaculate, the are artisticly produced by hand with loving tender cupcake love and I for 1 vote them as hands down, the best cupcake that I have EVER tasted

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