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Liskeard Cupcake Tour for National Chocolate Week

Spiced chocolate cupcakes on a bamboo tray for National Chocolate Week. Dark chilli chocolate and cardamom and orange milk chocolate.

Capturing Cornwall | 16th October 2009 | By

For those of you not familiar with Liskeard in Cornwall, do stop by if you’re passing. It’s a quaint market town and it has a lot to recommend it. You can see some of the shops and faces here. Follow this Liskeard cupcake tour and get a feel for some of the things it has to offer.

I’ve had such a fun day. First off, I made some spiced chocolate cupcakes. Then I distributed them around town. The best thing was seeing the delight on people’s faces. And finally I got to try them out myself. Well, it is National Chocolate Week and I couldn’t let it pass without doing something. So, I thought I’d make some treats for the good burghers of Liskeard and brighten up their day. It certainly brightened up mine.

I made twenty four cupcakes in total, twelve dark chocolate chilli cupcakes and twelve cardamom and orange milk chocolate cupcakes. I gave twenty away, but managed to hang on to four of them so my chief taster and I got to try one of each. So, here’s my route around town.

Liskeard Cupcake Tour

Book Shop

First, to our most wonderful Book Shop, which we’re so lucky to have in a small market town like ours. For an independent bookshop they have a great selection of books, including a good food section. But if they don’t have what you’re looking for in stock they can get pretty much anything you care to ask for.

Chocolate cupcakes for the Book Shop, Liskeard - National Chocolate Week.

Alternative Therapies

Then to one of our alternative practitioners in Dean Street where I get some wonderful treatments. These allow me to cope with the on-going stresses of work.

The Organic Shop

Our fantastic Organic Shop had to come next. Again we are so lucky to have an independent store like this in Liskeard. It sells only organic produce and refillable eco cleaning liquids. It’s where I get the majority of my supplies, including my duck eggs and stoneground wholemeal spelt flour.

The Organic Shop - a Liskeard tour for National Chocolate Week

Sunshine Delicatessen

Sunshine Delicatessen for the little luxuries I can’t get anywhere else. On the rare days I get to work from home, I treat myself to one of the awesome sandwiches they’ll make up for you on the spot.

Spiced cupcakes for Sunshine Delicatessen, Liskeard.

Taste Cornwall

Taste Cornwall is yet another shop we are lucky to have. It sells local food, all grown or made in Cornwall. It’s here I’m able to get our lovely organic unhomoginised milk from Helsett Farm. Raw milk is what we really want, but this is an excellent product and is the tastiest milk we know of around here. Taste Cornwall is where we get our locally grown and stoneground wholemeal flour which is produced at Cotehele Mill in the Tamar Valley. We also get local cheeses and other delights.

Liskeard Cupcake Tour for National Chocolate Week - Taste Cornwall, Liskeard.

Liskeard Library

The Library with their dedicated staff are the unsung heroes of small town life.

Liskeard Cupcake Tour for National Chocolate Week - Liskeard Library.

Power Quip

On to Power Quip, our local tool hire shop where it’s worth hiring a strimmer for the pleasure of being served by such nice people. They are our neighbours and are always happy to take delivery of our parcels when we’re not around.

The Loft Cafe

Finally, The Loft, the best cafe in Liskeard where I was meeting a friend for lunch. It has great homemade food at reasonable prices. In fact, it’s always difficult to make a choice from the rather tasty menu and even harder to resist their excellent almond frangipane tarts. My friend also managed to snaffle one of the cupcakes at this point.

Liskeard Cupcake Tour for National Chocolate Week - The Loft, Liskeard.

Spiced Chocolate Cupcakes

If you’re interested in the spiced chocolate cupcake recipes, here they are:

Stay in Touch

Thanks for visiting Tin and Thyme. I hope you enjoyed this cupcake tour of Liskeard. For further chocolate inspiration follow me on TwitterFacebook, Instagram or Pinterest.

Update 2019

For a more up-to-date look at Liskeard, here’s my tribute to a small Cornish market town.


  1. Chele

    16th October 2009 at 8:44 pm

    Wow you’ve been busy! So nice to see the happy faces of the cupcake getters too ;0)

  2. Giles

    20th October 2009 at 3:06 pm

    Sounds like you had a great time 🙂

  3. Choclette

    22nd October 2009 at 6:36 pm

    Well Chele, I hold you entirely responsible as it was you who egged me on to do something for Chocolate Week (no pun intended).

    I did Giles, I did.

  4. peasepudding

    28th October 2009 at 5:20 am

    beautiful combination of cardamon & orange! Re your comment about pastry, the key is knead it together as little as possible with the egg (mine is a higher fat pastry so comes together quicker) let it rest before rolling and you will be fine! Happy to offer more tips if you have a go!

  5. Choclette

    28th October 2009 at 7:55 pm

    Thanks Peacepudding, will let you know how it goes when I pluck up the courage to have a go!

  6. Agness of Run Agness Run

    15th February 2017 at 10:55 pm

    Great recipe for cupcakes, there is such a nice combination of ingredients. Cardamom & orange could give such an amazing flavour to the cupcakes!

    • Choclette

      16th February 2017 at 2:36 pm

      Thanks Agness. Orange and cardamom is indeed a fab combination 🙂


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