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Red Velvet Cupcakes

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I made red velvet cupcakes using this red velvet cake recipe from Loveless Cafe in Nashville, Tennessee.  This recipe makes a really nice traditional red velvet cake.  The cake part uses cocoa so it has that burgundy-ish red color to it.  It is moist and has a good crumb.  The frosting is delicious also, but may be on the sweeter side if you prefer a more pronounced cream cheese flavor like I do.  To make cupcakes, just put them in liners in muffin pans and bake for 20 minutes (test with a toothpick).

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Delish is Delish

With all the buzz surrounding the Celebrity Apprentice ice cream created by Trace Adkins and Penn Jillette for the Good & Delish brand at Walgreens, magic swirtle and maple macadamia mash-up, I thought I’d try some other Good & Delish products.  I got them at Duane Reade in Manhattan, but you can find them at Walgreens too.  (If you are looking for the Celebrity Apprentice ice ceams, I saw them this week at Duane Reade.)  Good & Delish products are not your average store brand products.  They are creative treats like these milk chocolate cornflake clusters and this tropical fruit white chocolate bar.

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These were delish. The cornflake clusters are kind of like chocolate with crispy rice in it, only the cornflakes are a bit crunchier and almost burst a little like Pop Rocks. I really liked these. The white chocolate had a nice burst of fruit.

I also tried these caramel apple caramels, sea salt caramel granola chips, cinnamon apple chips and dark chocolate with crispy rice puffs.  Guess what? Delish!  My favorite is the sea salt caramel granola chips.  They are addictive.  I also like the dark chocolate with crispy rice.  I’m thinking they would go well on top of vanilla ice cream.

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My exploration of Good & Delish didn’t stop there. I tried these red velvet caramels and milk chocolate and marshmallow smores. Have to admit, red velvets were not favorites of mine and the smores were just OK.

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These blackberry sorbet chocolate bars more than made up for the lackluster former two treats. OMG, these are more than delish.

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Finally, if you were a fan of raspberry cream Peek Freans, then you’ll like Good & Delish raspberry cream cookies.  I also love the cinnamon granola chips.

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So I definitely recommend the Good & Delish products, especially the milk chocolate cornflake clusters, sea salt caramel and cinnamon granola chips, blackberry sorbet bars dipped in chocolate, tropical white chocolate bar and dark Belgian chocolate thins with crispy rice.  Yum!  I mean, delish!

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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The Plaza Hotel’s Food Hall

The Plaza Hotel’s Food Hall is a hustling and bustling five-star food court.  With Todd English’s food hall as the main attraction, this is a definite place  for foodies to visit.  Francois Payard has a shop here with his verrines (the raspberry one has olive oil marshmallows):

lovely cakes:

 

and macarons.

Other shops include Lady M, La Maison du Chocolat, Billy’s Bakery, Luke’s Lobster, Sushi of Gari, Three Tarts, and William Greenberg Desserts.

icebox cakes from Billy’s Bakery

yellow daisy cake from Billy’s

panna cotta from Three Tarts

gourmet marshmallows from Three Tarts

After circling the food hall a few times, I decided to try a red velvet black and white cookie from William Greenberg Desserts.

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I also tried a Greek lemon yogurt with mango bobas from Yo Art.  Yes, they look like large salmon roe, but they are actually balls of mango juice that burst in your mouth.  This was a great combo.  The Greek lemon is such a pleasant flavor.

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.

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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.