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Sweets Week: Day 3: Jennifer’s Way

So for this week’s Sweets Week, I explored Italian bakeries and ice cream.  Today, I’m going to do something a little different–Jennifer’s Way.  I reported that actress Jennifer Esposito opened a gluten-free bakery in the East Village.  The bakery is a small spot with a limited menu of gluten-free baked goods.

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All the items in the bakery are also gluten, dairy, peanut, refined sugar and soy free (except for the red velvet cupcake which has soy in the red dye).  There are breads, cookies, muffins, cupcakes and more.  I opted for the jam thumbprint and the devil’s food cupcake.  Um, these things tasted great, like not gluten-free great.  I don’t have food allergies, but I have tried gluten-free baked goods at various bakeries.  (Hey, I’ll never pass up a bakery.)  I usually don’t like them very much.  But these–these taste like the real thing.  And I’m trying to limit the soy in my diet (fat chance of doing that–it’s in every product in the grocery store, including a can of tuna!), so I was happy the baked goods are soy free here.  I only wish the bakery was closer to my apartment!
 
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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

The Great Gatsby Cupcake

Check out The Great Gatsby cupcake from the BookExpo America (BEA) series Have Your (Cup)Cake & Read it Too!

Free Crumbs Cupcake Until Tomorrow

Get your free Crumbs cupcake until April 30, 2013.

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

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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.

Lady M

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

Two for Tuesday: Seasonal Flavors

The winter brings certain flavors like cinnamon, ginger and cranberry.  Most businesses create some kind of seasonal treat to enjoy with these flavors or that are reminiscent of the season.

The mini-cupcake shop Baked by Melissa has a special “Snowball” cupcake.  These cupcakes are about the size of a quarter, so they are perfect if you are watching your weight for the holidays.  The Snowball cupcake is white cake with white frosting and little white snowflakes. 

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The Doughnut Plant has some special doughnuts for the season.  I am a fan of the yeast doughnuts here, so instead of getting the cranberry yeast doughnut, I tried the cake doughnuts.  Here are cranberry and ginger, both very good.  The ginger has real ginger in the glaze.

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Sugar Sweet Sunshine

Someone brought a little sugar Sweet sunshine to the office today.  Nice Monday break!  I had a sassy red velvet.  If you like your frosting sweet, this is the cupcake for you!

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Sweets Week: Day 4: Little Cupcake Bakeshop

The cake case at the Little Cupcake Bakeshop is full of color.  Bright red velvet cake to pale lemon to dark chocolate Brooklyn blackout.  The cutesy bakery serves these classic favorites along with banana pudding, pies, cookies and pints of ice cream.  I chose the dreaming princess cupcake because it was different.  Yes, the red velvet beckoned me, especially the pink ice cream with layers of red cake.  But after a cupcake, I couldn’t eat a pint of ice cream.

Dreaming princess cupcake

Verdict:  An almond-flavored white cake cupcake with buttercream frosting, topped with raspberry filling and meringue icing sprinkled with almond slivers.  The airiness of the meringue and white cake along with the white color tinted a pinkish hue is fit for a fairy princess.  The buttercream frosting gives it a little more oomph and balances the sweetness.

Sweets Week: Day 4: Buttercup Bake Shop

I think most New Yorkers know about Buttercup Bake Shop and have their thoughts on which is better, Buttercup or Magnolia Bakery.  I have been going to both since before Magnolia’s Sex and the City fame.  I prefer Buttercup, and not just because it has shorter lines.  I have fond memories of eating a Lady Baltimore cupcake and its perfect meringue frosting after nights of carousing the local Irish pubs on 2nd Avenue.  (I don’t like meringue frosting usually, but Buttercup does it right.)  I’m sure I’ve tried most of the cupcakes at Buttercup.  So, this time, I thought I’d try a slice of cake.  And what a slice it was–large enough for two, or so I thought after dinner at the Palm.

Verdict:  Same great frosting, fresh cake, delish filling.  Wouldn’t change a thing except maybe eating it on an empty stomach.

Lady Baltimore cake at Buttercup Bake Shop

Sweets Week: Day 1: Georgetown Cupcake

After trying Georgetown Cupcake cupcakes at a NYC Bar Association event, I wanted more.  So I headed to their NYC location in Soho.  A cupcake tasting without red velvet would be insane.  So I got red velvet, chocolate and vanilla (everyone likes one or the other), white chocolate raspberry (yummy combo) and lavender earl gray teacake (something different).  Before eating, I thought I would like red velvet best and lavender earl grey least.

First, I tried white chocolate raspberry.

Verdict:  A little too moist.  The white chocolate chips were on the bottom, so I’m guessing they weren’t floured before being put into the batter.

Second, the chocolate and vanilla.

Verdict:  A coffee-flavored chocolate.

Third, red velvet.

Verdict:  A little on the sweet side.

Fourth, lavender earl gray teacake.

Verdict:  Light flavor, not too sweet, very pleasant.  The surprising favorite of the group.  I still think the key lime and salted caramel are my favorites from this cupcake shop.  (In case you’re wondering, I had some help sampling these cupcakes.  I’m a foodie, but even I can’t eat four cupcakes at once!)  To try your own taste test, visit their site.

Georgetown Cupcake cupcakes