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Sweets Week: Day 4: Sugar and Plumm

Sugar and Plumm on the Upper West Side is one of those places that appeals to the kid in all of us.  It’s part retail candy store, part café, part patisserie but all fun.  There are a number of specialty crepes, milkshakes, sundaes and cakes, but on my visit, I opted to try a little of all of them.  I ordered the earthquake in a fishbowl.  Earthquake in a fishbowl is a sharable dessert that could also be called kitchen sink because it has everything in it–chocolate caramel cake; key lime pie; Brooklyn blackout cake; New York cheesecake; butterscotch pudding; vanilla, chocolate and dulce de leche ice cream and whipped cream.  I’m not sure the bowl is really a fishbowl, as it has a lid on it, but it looks like a large bowl used to store candy in a traditional candy store.

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My favorite parts of the fishbowl were the cheesecake, the butterscotch pudding, and the key lime, but everything tasted good.  This dessert was fun and delish.  It’s great for kids, a family, or a romantic date.

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5 Fall Flavors in NYC

Every season in NYC is special, but the fall is a great time to be here.  Everyone comes back from summer vacation.  The lecture circuit heats up again (hey, I’m a nerd).  New restaurants open.  New students come from all over the world for a new New York adventure.  And new treats (and old) pop up with seasonal flavors like apple, pumpkin, maple, pear and sweet potato.  Enjoy one of these fall treats in NYC!

1.  Maple pecan pie macaroon from Danny Macaroons

photo used with permission of Danny Macaroons

photo used with permission of Danny Macaroons

2.  Pumpkin nuage from Lady M

3.  Caramel apple cupcake from Crumbs

4.  Sweet potato cake from Spot Dessert Bar

5.  Chocolate pear tart from Once Upon a Tart

photo used with permission of Once Upon a Tart

photo used with permission of Once Upon a Tart

Sweets Week: Day 3: Amy’s Bread

Enter my giveaway to win a copy of Susan Meisel’s new book, New York Sweets: A Sugarhound’s Guide to the Best Bakeries, Ice Cream Parlors, Candy Shops, and Other Emporia of Delicious Delights.

Amy’s Bread is a popular bake shop with breads, cakes, cupcakes, cookies and muffins and scones with locations on Bleecker Street and in Chelsea Market and Hell’s Kitchen.  As soon as I walked into the bustling bakery, I saw the yellow cake with pink frosting and knew I had to have it.  I also love red velvet cake, so I ordered a slice of that too.

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I love the pink and red together.  So pretty!

Verdict:  The cake layers are fresh, and the red velvet cake actually had a cocoa flavor, a nice surprise since so many red velvet cakes don’t have a cocoa taste.  The pink frosting on the yellow cake was a sweet buttercream.  For red velvet cake, I have to have cream cheese frosting.  When I tasted this red velvet cake, I knew it was a shortening-buttercream frosting, which is not a favorite of mine.  I later found out that it’s a Swiss meringue buttercream frosting.

5 Green Goodies for St. Patrick’s Day

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photo used with permission

Green is the color of St. Patrick’s Day, and you can find it at many NYC bakeries and restaurants.  Check out one of these 5 green goodies for a sweet St. Patty’s Day surprise!

1.  Luck O’ The Irish cupcake from Crumbs–Chocolate and vanilla (tinted green) cake filled and frosted with vanilla cream cheese frosting tinted green and topped with a sugar shamrock

photo used with permission

photo used with permission

2.  St. Patrick’s Day dozen from Georgetown Cupcake–Try a lucky lava fudge with green-tinted frosting.

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photo used with permission

3.  Green tea mille crepe cake from Lady M–Powdered green tea atop the signature mille crepe cake also infused with green tea powder.

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4.  Caramel apple cupcake from Baked by Melissa–Green apple cake, caramel icing, green sugar crystal topping

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photo used with permission

5 .  Green and white cookies from William Greenberg Desserts–The classic NY black and white cookie green and white for St. Patty’s Day

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photo used with permission

Snowy Day Chocolate Cake

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The best thing about baking a cake on a snowy day is that you probably have most of the ingredients on hand.  I used a basic yellow cake mix substituting olive oil for the oil.  For the buttercream, I used this chocolate buttercream frosting recipe only I used a whole stick of butter.  Don’t you hate when a frosting recipe doesn’t make enough frosting for the whole cake?  Well, you don’t have to worry about that with this frosting.  There’s plenty!

Atlantic Grill

Sometimes a girl needs a piece of cake, and she doesn’t want to feel guilty about it.  So she orders fish and veggies for dinner and then her cake.  Well, Atlantic Grill is the perfect place to do that.

Nicely grilled rainbow trout with broccolini and a few saffron potatoes.  A healthy, clean plate.

rainbow trout, broccolini, saffron potatoes

rainbow trout, broccolini, saffron potatoes

Below, the pièce de résistance:  salted caramel cake–vanilla bean-soaked white cake, caramel crunch and fresh berries.

salted caramel cake

salted caramel cake

10 Christmas Cakes from Around the World

While I was looking up Christmas cookies from around the world, I found some cakes too, so I thought I’d post on Christmas cakes. These are also from blogs.

Argentinian Pan Dulce

Australian Christmas Fruitcake

British Christmas Cake

Chilean Pan de Pascua

English Christmas Fruitcake

Filipino Bibingka Cake

Japanese Christmas Cake

Kerala Christmas Fruitcake

Norwegian Christmas Cake/Julekake

Polish Poppy Seed Strudel