Love & Spoon Me - don’t mind if I do!

What do cupcakes and the 2012 novel Life of Pi have in common? That would be Wida Foster, the innovative city baker behind the allergen-free and vegan Cupcake Richard range of sweet baked treats.

Wida believes that everyone, regardless of dietary restrictions or preferences, should be able to have their cake and eat it. We agree. She set about creating her range of delicious bakes after having to suffer through an elimination diet to identify an allergy, and discovering that there was not much available for those with a sweet tooth.

Cupcake Richard’s bakes incorporate the best of the seasons. Chocolate, Chocolate & Mint, Coconut, and Choc Chip are permanent flavours, while flavours like Banana Choc Chip, Strawberry, Chocolate & Orange, and Lemon make seasonal appearances. New favourite, a Choc Chip and Salted Caramel flavoured shortbread biscuit is the perfect coffee break snack.

Eat yer veggies - Carrot Cake

Orders for cupcakes and layer cakes can be made online and each of the signature Love & Spoon Me cupcakes comes with a cute spoon to make cupcake eating even more fun. A minimum order of twelve cupcakes includes a choice of two different flavours. The layers cakes include ten spoons - perfect for what we like to refer to as group therapy. Shortbread is available in packs of three. Delivery to closer Cape Town areas is free!

You can also follow Cupcake Richard on Facebook to find out where else you can indulge, including at the Book Lounge on Saturday mornings. Books and cupcakes - a sublime combination.

Chocolate and Strawberries - yes, please!

Which brings us back to our opening question. Cupcake Richard is named after Richard Parker, Wida’s favourite fictional character from The Life of Pi. Richard Parker is, of course, a tiger, and Wida’s passion for these “large stripy cats” launched The Tiger Postcard Project, a limited edition set of five postcards featuring stunning artwork by local artists Kirsten Beets, Maria Lebedeva, Wonder Meyer, Elsabe Milandri and Andrew Sutherland. These postcards also include the addresses of the brave rangers who are risking their lives to protect tigers against poaching. Profits are donated to the Save The Tigers Now campaign. You can find details here.

The Tiger Postcard Project