October 27, 2011 § Leave a comment
Brilliant creation shared by my friend:
A Venn “Piagram”: simply stunning. I wonder how they attached the two pie tins?
Despite the beauty of this strawberry/blueberry combination I can’t help but imagine a Thanksgiving version a la pumpkin/pecan. This concept also definitely has to be recreated come March 14th (and yes, you know what day that is!).
The original post can be found here.
October 24, 2011 § Leave a comment
Despite all of the hype and subsequent backlash they have received over the past several years, cupcakes (when done right) really are just awesomely squishy sugar-bombs. And while cookies are still my sweet of choice, sometimes all you want is a mainline of sweetness to the brain and bloodstream. Hence, frosting (okay, there is cake down there too):
A chocolate cupcake with cream cheese frosting, both spiked gently with mint (and some sprinkles!).
Sugar Sweet Sunshine remains my favorite cupcake joint in this vast city. Their location is adorable and nicely discreet, always seemingly in the perfect spot to just “stroll by” when I “happen to be in the neighborhood” (eerily convenient, no?). I believe they strike the right balance on so many levels: cake to frosting ratio, cuteness barometer, price ($2, perfectly reasonable), flavor choices… the quality of ingredients and freshness is also possibly the best around. While waiting in line I saw two different trays of newly-frosted cupcakes make their way onto the shelves just in time for my consumption.
This place is awesome and they know it! Luckily their reputation has yet to be tainted by too much attention or late -90s television show references and, somehow, I think it will stay that way.
October 17, 2011 § Leave a comment
Perhaps subconsciously inspired by recent cookie and cake truffle purchases from Momofuku, over the weekend some friends and I made this birthday cake:
We went for a traditional white cake/chocolate frosting combination but used sour cream in both to temper the sugar from, oh, just a few sprinkles tossed in:
I’d say it was quite the success.
October 11, 2011 § Leave a comment
Today we have a guest post from a friend in D.C.:
Small coffee and morning glory muffin from Firehook Bakery in Dupont Circle.
As Emma herself proclaims: “A testament to its quality: I am a tried and true savory breakfaster! Carrot muffin with diced apples, walnuts, raisins, shredded coconut , and spices–soooo good!”
Worth a visit? Guess I will have to find out!
October 3, 2011 § Leave a comment
One of the problems with eating a decent amount of baked goods is that sometimes you forget to properly record which is which. From what I can remember about my breakfast last week this should be a rosemary-currant scone:
Regardless of the flavor, I can definitely attest to its overall deliciousness. Another new addition at Joe, this scone was moist, light and flaky; soft currants contrasted nicely against the firm and sugar-speckled crust while a hint of herb (that I believe was rosemary) added a nice earthiness to cut the sweet. I will do some research and determine the bakery responsible since I definitely want to find more like it!
October 3, 2011 § Leave a comment
In sync with the changing seasons, Joe in Grand Central has brought out several new baked goods to add to their traditional arsenal.
A few weeks ago (and at the recommendation of one of the friendlier baristas) I had the pleasure of trying this muffin:
The “berry cardamom” option was true to its name. Cardamom never fails to remind me of the chai made by my host family in India and as if on cue, after one bite I was transported back several years to the kitchen table at which I first learned of this wonderful spice.
The blueberries and raspberries played well with the cardamom, no one flavor overpowering the other. The texture was on the softer side but I honestly wouldn’t have had it any differently. All in all an excellent muffin and a wonderful addition to the pastry case.