I’ve been pretty absent on the blog at the moment because I’m so busy with uni work. I recently, however, had the opportunity to sample one of Miss Microphone Head’s (@missmicrophonehead on instagram) vegan doughnut boxes and I just had to write a post about them! Miss Microphone Head, AKA Helen Cefai, is a baker and treat maker situated on the Wirral who specialises in occasion cakes, bespoke biscuits and cupcakes, although her vegan doughnuts top the list. I’m not personally vegan, but I know plenty of people who are and Helen’s idea of creating vegan treats is really great (as agreed by my sister who is dairy-free)!
The vegan doughnut box came with 5 doughnuts and a slice of cake! The best part about the doughnuts was that there were a variety of unique flavors, and of course, they looked and smelt amazing. There was 1x pina colada, 1x unicorn, 1x cinnamon roll, 2x rose and pistachio AND a slice of pink lemonade cake! Dreamy, right? I was pretty looking forward to sitting in front of the TV and taste-testing them all myself, but I figured that multiple opinions were better than just one. So, in the end, my family helped me out too *rolls eyes*. So here’s the deliberation on each flavor…
My personal favourite. Not only do I love doughnuts, but I also love unicorns. Combine the two and you make something magical. The unicorn doughnut was coated with white icing and sprinkled with an assortment of glitter, stars, and shiny pink, silver and blue decorations. I have an undeniably sweet tooth and this doughnut was definitely the sweetest, sugariest of them all, in the best possible way! We all agreed that it tasted like candyfloss too. Although it was super sweet, all of the doughnuts were pleasantly light. You know how sometimes doughnuts can be stodgy and sickly? These doughnuts were just the right amount of everything. Filling? Yes. Sickly? Not at all.
Rose & Pistachio
First off, the rose & pistachio doughnut looked gorgeous. It was decorated with a vibrant pink icing, topped with crushed rose petals and pistachios. Lets just say it was a doughnut that would be right at home in Peggy Porschen cakes (100% instagram-worthy). It was also my mum and sisters favourite one! I’d say this one is for people with more of an… advanced palette. The only reason I say that is because I have the taste buds of a 7 year old child and a major sweet tooth, so although I still loved this doughnut, the unicorn one tops the chart for me! We all agreed it had a vintage flavour, and that is was subtly floral, just the right amount. My dad also said it tasted like Turkish delight and would be boss with a cup of tea (which is definitely a compliment).
Okay so the Pina Colada one was definitely the most creative of the lot! If any of you follow missmicrophonehead on instagram (if you don’t, you should), you’ll probably know she has recently created “The Cocktail Collection” to add to her doughnut menu. She makes Pina Colada, Cosmopoliation, Raspberry Mojito and Pornstar Martini doughnuts, so if you like your desert with a little kick, these are the ones for you! So for the tasting test… it really does taste just like a cocktail… BUT combined with a doughnut… isn’t that the best combination you’ve ever laid on your eyes/tongue on? This doughnut was decorated with desiccated coconut and the center was filled with real pineapple. It was tangy, sweet and delicious, basically everything you’d expect (and more) from a Pina Colada doughnut. My mum also started singing Escape, you know, the Pina Colada song.
If you like Pina Coladas, and eating tasty doughnuts, you should grab one from Helen, they taste like coconuts, if you like desert at midnight, or for breakfast at 8, just grab a box from the Wirral, I swear they taste really great. (sang in the tune of Rupert Holmes – Escape) I know, I should write lyrics. Moving on…
This one made me really excited because I loooove cinnamon and I knew it was gonna taste heavenly. This one was made into a gorgeous swirl and topped with just the right amount of icing. Although cinnamon can sometimes be overbearing, this was the perfect balance between sweet and spicy. Delicately spiced, yet pleasantly sweet. My dad also said this one would be great with a cup of coffee (which is also a compliment). He’s like a wine connoisseur, but specialises in pairing doughnuts with the best hot beverage. This was his favourite.
Pink Lemonade Cake
This was a game-changer for me because pink lemonade is my fave fizzy drink, and it turns out pink lemonade cake is my new fave cake flavour. Seriously though, why this isn’t a common cake flavour is beyond me! It tasted just like summer mixed with strawberry laces and obviously pink lemonade, especially the icing! Not only was the flavouring amazing, the icing was smooth and creamy and the consistency of the sponge was sooo light and fluffy too (you can see in the picture how lush it looks!). Just like the doughnuts, you’d never know this cake didn’t have dairy in it!
Overall, every single doughnut and the cake was super moreish. As mentioned before, nothing was stodgy or filling, but was light, fluffy and moreish. My upmost favourite thing about the doughnut boxes is the flavour combinations, as you can never predict what is coming next and they’re all products of creativity. I mean, seriously, a lot of thought must have gone into creating these doughnuts. Off the top of my head, Helen already makes:
- Cherry bakewell and Custard
- Oreo stuffed
- Cinnamon roll
- Rose & Pistachio
- The cocktail collection
- Blueberry cheesecake
- Creme Brulee
- Peanut Butter cup
- Vanilla glaze
- Pink lemonade
- Eton mess
- Apple crumble
- Pop tart
- Cinnamon sugar
OKAY that’s all I can think of. AND THAT’S JUST THE DOUGHNUTS. Helen also creates amazing cupcakes, biscuits and occasion cakes. But do you wanna know the most exciting news of all? This week, she launched… wait for it…
I’m gonna make you wait a little longer…
Okay okay, VEGAN DOUGHNUT PIZZAS. That was worth the wait, right? The flavours range from: Pop tart, Oreo stuffed, Biscoff and Unicorn (but no unicorns were harmed in the making). Here’s some photos I took from Helens instagram just to show you what you’re missing out on.
All of this aside, I think that it’s really great that Helen has created vegan treats. Although I’m not vegan, I’m sure it’s really positive when someone who is hears that they can eat that doughnut or cake, because someone thought about them whilst making it. In addition, those who have dairy allergies can enjoy a sweet treat too, as although most deserts are veggie, it’s not often that places cater for those who don’t eat dairy.
Finally, if you like what you see, go and follow @missmicrophonehead and SUPPORT YA LOCAL. Even if you don’t live in the Merseyside area, it’s always nice to support small businesses on their ventures and appreciate the fact that blood, sweat and tears probably go into making their dreams a reality. I also promise that you’ll drool a lil’ when you scroll through her feed.
Thanks again to Helen for giving me the opportunity to sample your doughnuts, and thank you to everyone who has taken the time to read this post!