Motherhood impending last year, Mr Cherryspoon and I decided on a baby moon. We were also two minutes away from having construction on our house, I think you know we’re I’m getting at here, we needed a budget getaway, so we opted for a short cruise. It was alright but that’s besides point, the point is it sailed from Boston and amidst all the cool historical sites we saw walking around downtown we stumbled upon Sweet Cupcakes.
From left to right: The Blackout (total delicious chocolate overload!), the Square Jelly Filled (a yummy classic) and my absolute favorite: Creme Brulee! (Every little bite melts in you mouth and it tastes exactly as anything named Creme Brulee should!) … Continue reading →
What you see above is the Frosted Pound Cake Souffle, with frozen strawberry lemonade and yogurt sorbet, it was my favorite dessert of the evening (we tried a lot of them!), the Souffle was absolutely delicious total comfort food, the … Continue reading →
Part two of this deliciousness odyssey presents you dear reader with my two favorites from my visit to de Gascogne (which I also call Heaven!)
The Raspberry Framboise is my kind of desert! The vanilla custard was so light and pure, the raspberries perfectly ripe and plump! They worked so beautifully with the cake around it and the vanilla custard. It was like music was playing in my mouth and I am not kidding.
Peeps, Ms Cherryspoon has been on this eating blogging path for a short while compared to my other blogger friends. However the knock my socks off bakeries have started to become somewhat less frequent. Fortunately there are places like Pâtisserie de Gascogne. (ooh la la!)
This traditional Montreal bakery has been knocking Quebecois socks off since 1957 and the founder’s rag to riches stories is even published. A very awesome friend had the thoughtful and brilliant idea to take husband and I there.
While visiting Québec City this past weekend in a very rainy and cold day, my friends and I stumbled upon Cafe Rabelais atop the Escalier «casse-cou» translation Neck Breaking Stairs while making our way to the Lower Town.
Our cold wet sneakers chilling our feet, our rumbling stomachs …um … rumbling and the presentation of a very good priced Table d’hôte (Québécois for Prixe Fixe) by a very cute amicable host made Chez Rabelais an easy choice to make. Did I mention the 2 for 1 special? No? Yea it was that good a deal, check out Québec City and this great spot on the off season if you can.
The meal included an appetizer, my first time eating Escargot (not bad at all), a very good creamy vegetable soup, spiced by largest pepper mill all of us had ever seen, my main course was Duck Confit (another first time and to die for!) and of course the object of this post yummy desserts!
I chose was a triple chocolate cake you saw above! It consisted of a rich Mousse with a cake middle layer and a magical wafer like crust underneath it all that was just insane!
My better half had the Crème brûlée and it was pretty special too, delightfully fresh and cool Vanilla Custard just barely sweet.
Three hours of warmth and decadent eating later we’re all ready for more Quebec City charm.
This pic is from sweet_tempura, who very kindly allowed me to use it in this post.
Bakery Itiriki is (as I said above) a Japanese, Chinese, Brazilian and French Bakery. A little piece of heaven right in the middle of the (also awesome) Asian neighborhood in São Paulo (Liberdade). Years before I even thought about being a baker or having a blog, I spent many Sundays there drinking yummy bubble tea, yours truly was lucky to live close by!
Cherryspoon officially has a favorite cupcakery: Butter Lane
Let’s go! Amazing fluffy cake? Check. Tasty not to sweet Frosting? Check! They stay true to their cupcakes for grown-ups approach! My little piece of heaven was Chocolate with Raspberry frosting, husband had the Banana cake with Coconut frosting, and while I didn’t try the Coconut frosting (Coconut is my nemesis), the banana cake was amazing!
I had brought the Raspberry chocolate cupcake home to take a picture for you guys, an action that sold me out to the cool lady behind the counter who asked me: “Are you a cupcake blogger?” She found me out, peeps! She then told me that all their ingredient are organic and showed me her awesome cupcake tattoo. Anyways, the cupcake took a thrashing on the F train, so the picture would not have done it justice.
So, dear readers, I will suggest you checkout the great pics Cupcakes Take the Cake posted or the one posted by the also awesome Blondie and Brownie, this weeks “go here” was spur of the moment and I apologize for having no camera with me. It did however raise the bar for my cupcake reviews so high, I’m think of revisiting the previous ones.
Wegman’s Cupcakes you say? I found myself in Somerset,NJ this weekend visiting my awesome Jersey peeps, yelped the area for bakeries and found only one that was promising but it had the oddest hours… One review (on a bad bakery) mentioned Wegman’s as a much better option for baked goods. So when my friend texted me asking if I needed anything from Wegman’s, I quickly replied “yea, cupcakes! please.”
Those pretty cupcakes above are what I found on her counter top waiting for me! Don’t they look great?
The one with the Raspberry atop was, of course, Raspberry buttercream with Chocolate cake, a classic winning combination. The buttercream must have had a good amount of puree in it because it tasted amazing and so fresh, the chocolate cake was moist and good.
The Lemon cupcake, while incredibly cute wasn’t as amazing as it’s berry counterpart, the Lemon in the buttercream was very faint so the butter taste was somewhat overwhelming, the vanilla cake under it, however, was fresh and tasty.
Based on other supermarket cupcakes I’ve had before, these aren’t even in the same category and honestly these were better then some cupcakes I’ve had here in New York. Have you ever had cupcakes from Wegman’s? What did you think?
Soutine Bakery has been in the Upper West Side of Manhattan for over 20 years and hubs and I tried it out after watching Star Trek (for only 6 bucks a pop at the Loews Lincoln Center before noon:mini tip for you!). It’s a charming tiny place with an ice cream cart up front marked Soutine, if it weren’t for that, you could walked past it, we almost did.
AaaaaaaahBaked… I have mentioned a few times I’ve had an e-crush on Baked. So, being that Baked is very close to Ikea, where I had to go this past weekend anyways, this week’s “Go Here” was obvious (not to mention exciting!). Sounds like a plan doesn’t it? Except I was still sore (very sore and did I mention cranky?) from unloading boxes off of trucks and carrying stuff up and down stairs ergo (ergo!) perusing Pax wardrobes and Malm headboards had quickly turned into a tragic affair.
In comes my knight in shiny armor (otherwise known as my husband), and suggests , I should sit still by the water that he would get some cupcakes for us to enjoy. He might have just wanted to get the hell away from me, but it still was a very nice gesture.