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Friday
May232008

Cake Poll: Regional Specialties and a Giveaway!

May Giveaway!
What's sweeter than a long weekend? How about Cakespy's Monthly Cake Poll and Giveaway?

This month, you're in for a treat: the kind folks at Yummr have donated a great book for our giveaway, Dorie Greenspan's Baking: From My Home to Yours (c/o Houghton-Mifflin Books). This tome of sweetness has recipes ranging from pinkies-out desserts like Coconut- Roasted Pineapple Dacquoise to simpler but no less delicious Brownie Buttons or mouthwatering pecan biscuits. Can we say delicious?


But wait, there's more: the lucky winner will also win a 2-pack of Cakespy Buttons and a jumbo magnet featuring the sweetest scene, like, in the world--a robot giving a cupcake a flower! 

*Also, readers who don't win the cookbook also have other chances to win by visiting Yummr's "Cookbook a Day in the Month of May" Giveaway.
Of course, if you're bummed that you missed out on the buttons, they're for sale at
jessieoleson.etsy.com!

How can you put your name in the running? It's easy! All you need to do is this:

  • To satisfy our nosy tendencies (we are spies, after all), fill out the below Cake Poll! You can leave your responses in the comment section, or send your responses via email to jessieoleson@gmail.com.
  • At 5pm PST on Monday, May 26, the Cake Poll will be closed. The winner will be chosen at random, not based on their responses. The prize(s) will then be shipped to the lucky winner within 48 hours, via the most economical method.
  • As for our fine print: The results of this poll will be used for entertainment and Cake Gumshoeing purposes only; we may summarize the results of this poll in upcoming posts. Your private information will not be shared with any outside parties. Also, we've elected to leave the cake poll open to all US Territories, Canada and abroad--so even overseas cake enthusiasts can take part! 
Cake Poll: Preferences and Regional Specialties!
  1. Where are you originally from? 
  2. Where do you live now?
  3. *If* the Cakespy crew were taking a road trip across the nation, what baked goods or bakeries would be a must-try in your area (either the area you live now, or the area you're originally from)?
  4. What was your favorite baked good or dessert item when you were little?
  5. What is your favorite baked good or dessert item now?
  6. What was the last dessert item or baked good that really "wowed" you?
  7. Are there any desserts or baked goods that you just can't stand?

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Reader Comments (124)

1. Where are you originally from? Northwest Montana
2. Where do you live now? Portland, Maine
3. *If* the Cakespy crew were taking a road trip across the nation, what baked goods or bakeries would be a must-try in your area (either the area you live now, or the area you're originally from)? Sadly, there are no good "sweet" bakeries in Portland, but Standard Baking makes the best croissant I have ever had.
4. What was your favorite baked good or dessert item when you were little? Snickerdoodles.
5. What is your favorite baked good or dessert item now? Lemon cake with giant chunks of lemon in it, and cream cheese vanilla frosting. mmmm.
6. What was the last dessert item or baked good that really "wowed" you? The last chocolate cake I made. It was so easy to make, and for the first time ever, it had enough chocolate in it for me.
7. Are there any desserts or baked goods that you just can't stand? anything with meringue.

May 23 | Unregistered CommenterEhme

Where are you originally from?
New Zealand

Where do you live now?
Northern BC, Canada

*If* the Cakespy crew were taking a road trip across the nation, what baked goods or bakeries would be a must-try in your area (either the area you live now, or the area you're originally from)?
Small town ~ no good bakeries except for the grocery stores. :(

What was your favorite baked good or dessert item when you were little?
From the bakery ~ ginger bars.
That Mum baked ~ pineapple upside-down cake.

What is your favorite baked good or dessert item now?
Mini pavlovas. Love them chewy on the inside, crunchy on the outside, filled with whipcream and topped with sliced kiwi fruit.

What was the last dessert item or baked good that really "wowed" you?
My friend makes the best birthday cakes and always decorates for the birthday girl. Mine had lots of 'bling' on it.

Are there any desserts or baked goods that you just can't stand?
Almond paste ~ Yuk.
Walnuts ~ Yuk.
Canned pie filling ~ Yuk.

1. Where are you originally from?

I was born in South Dakota, but I grew up in Minnesota.

2. Where do you live now?

Seattle, WA.

3. *If* the Cakespy crew were taking a road trip across the nation, what baked goods or bakeries would be a must-try in your area (either the area you live now, or the area you're originally from)?
There are no bakeries in Minnesota that are worth a road trip, honestly. The chocolatine from Le Panier was what made me fall in love with Seattle. Okay, that and the coffee!

4. What was your favorite baked good or dessert item when you were little?

I have always been a sucker for a chocolate chip cookie!

5. What is your favorite baked good or dessert item now?

You can't make me choose! Classic favorites I can never pass up would be oatmeal chocolate chip cookies and good old peach pie.

6. What was the last dessert item or baked good that really "wowed" you?

Most recently, I made a Chocolate Stout cake with chocolate ganache, that is absolutely amazing with a scoop of soft vanilla ice cream. Delicious!

7. Are there any desserts or baked goods that you just can't stand?

I hate baked goods that are too sweet, or taste at all artificial. Twinkies? No thanks!

May 23 | Unregistered CommenterEllen

1. Originally from Holland, Michigan
2. Currently live in Seattle, Washington
3. Since I'm from the biggest Dutch area besides the Netherlands, I'd have to say Dutch pastries are by far the best. If you happen to be in Holland, MI you MUST stop by and eat at Deboer Bakkerij. Dutch Banket, filled with almond paste...is heavenly.
4 & 5. My favorite dessert when young or old... will forever be the cupcake.
6. Kahlua bundt cake...so yum!
7. Oddly enough...I don't care for cherry or blueberry pie.

May 23 | Unregistered CommenterCasey

Where are you originally from? Chicago

Where do you live now? Seattle

*If* the Cakespy crew were taking a road trip across the nation, what baked goods or bakeries would be a must-try in your area (either the area you live now, or the area you're originally from)? The German Chocolate Cake from B & O Espresso, Seattle

What was your favorite baked good or dessert item when you were little? Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Frosting

What is your favorite baked good or dessert item now? Summer fruit pies: gooseberry and apricot are probably my faves

What was the last dessert item or baked good that really "wowed" you? Rhubarb Custard Pie. I've made two of these so far in this rhubarb season.

Are there any desserts or baked goods that you just can't stand? Cheesecake. UG.

May 23 | Unregistered CommenterHeidi A

1. Where are you originally from?
Arkansas

2. Where do you live now?
Des Moines, Iowa (just moved here from Austin, TX)

3. *If* the Cakespy crew were taking a road trip across the nation, what baked goods or bakeries would be a must-try in your area (either the area you live now, or the area you're originally from)?

The town in Arkansas that I am from has a fairly popular dish of biscuits with chocolate gravy. i've honestly never eaten it, but everyone swears that it's amazing.

i just moved to Des Moines, so I haven't found an amazing bakery...yet.

4. What was your favorite baked good or dessert item when you were little?
probably ice cream

5. What is your favorite baked good or dessert item now?
cookies and cupcakes!

6. What was the last dessert item or baked good that really "wowed" you?
i made a yummy apple crisp for dessert last week. the kids are still talking about it. ;)

7. Are there any desserts or baked goods that you just can't stand?
i don't like those doughnuts that have jam or lots of goopy cream cheese stuff inside. ick.

May 23 | Unregistered Commenter*mindi*

Maybe this time!!!

1) I am originally from Bilbao in the Basque Country in Northern Spain.

2) I live in Souther Florida now.

3) In my hometoen... Gateau Basque, arroz con leche, flan, millefeuille, brioche, roasted chestnuts, fresh figs...

4) Arroz con leche (rice pudding). I could eat it for breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks... oh yum!

5) Arroz con leche and ice cream... tons of ice cream, with a variety of crunchies.

6) I haven't eaten a good baked good outside of my kitchen in a long time... gee... that's scary!

7) What???? Me????

May 23 | Unregistered CommenterAran

1. Where are you originally from? Fairview, PA

2. Where do you live now? Portland, OR

3. *If* the Cakespy crew were taking a road trip across the nation, what baked goods or bakeries would be a must-try in your area (either the area you live now, or the area you're originally from)? Sweetpea Baking Company and my kitchen (!)

4. What was your favorite baked good or dessert item when you were little? Brownies

5. What is your favorite baked good or dessert item now? Cupcakes

6. What was the last dessert item or baked good that really "wowed" you? I made s'mores cupcakes. They were so good! Moist, spicy, sweet, yummy!

7. Are there any desserts or baked goods that you just can't stand? Ummm...I don't like pie very much.

May 23 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

1. Yokosuka, Japan
2. Kent, WA
3. locally, I like the bakeries inside the Great Wall shopping mall in Kent. You can get strawberry sponge cake w/ fresh strawberries and whipped cream frosting. There's also a Filipino bakery too.
4. My favorite as a child growing up in Japan was a sweet bread called melon pan that looked and tasted a bit like honeydew melon. I also enjoyed a sweet bread that was filled with a vanilla custard filling which was simply called cream-pan.
5. I love a good chocolate chip cookie. Banana cream pies are also another fave.
6. I recently made some chocolate espresso pots de cremes that were mighty tasty!
7. I don't German chocolate cake - the coconut-gooeyness just doesn't appeal to me. I also don't care much for anything using gelatin or marshmallows.

May 23 | Unregistered Commenteremicat

Where are you originally from? Born in Wilmington, DE

Where do you live now? Chesapeake, VA

*If* the Cakespy crew were taking a road trip across the nation, what baked goods or bakeries would be a must-try in your area (either the area you live now, or the area you're originally from)?
Sweet Temptations in Portsmouth, VA...definately!!!!

What was your favorite baked good or dessert item when you were little? Strawberry Cupcakes

What is your favorite baked good or dessert item now? Coconut Cupcakes (I'm craving one now).

What was the last dessert item or baked good that really "wowed" you? The yummy Carrot Cake at Red Star

Are there any desserts or baked goods that you just can't stand? Are you kidding me? I never met a baked dessert I didn't like....well, ok...if it was stale or made wrong.

May 23 | Unregistered Commenterpeg graham

Where are you originally from?
Salt Lake City, Utah

Where do you live now?
Salt Lake City, Utah

*If* the Cakespy crew were taking a road trip across the nation, what baked goods or bakeries would be a must-try in your area (either the area you live now, or the area you're originally from)?

Granite Bakery--they make the best homemade oreos. House of Bread--they have tasty gluten-free gooey chocolate cookies. Banbury Cross--tasty, greasy donuts. If my mom had her own shop, she'd be at the top of the list for all things sweet.

What was your favorite baked good or dessert item when you were little?

My ma's cinnamon rolls.

What is your favorite baked good or dessert item now?

Pie.

What was the last dessert item or baked good that really "wowed" you?

My ma's from-scratch cherry pie.

Are there any desserts or baked goods that you just can't stand?

Anything with raisins or peanut butter.

May 23 | Unregistered CommenterReba

Where are you originally from?
mid-Missouri

Where do you live now?
Mid-Missouri

*If* the Cakespy crew were taking a road trip across the nation, what baked goods or bakeries would be a must-try in your area (either the area you live now, or the area you're originally from)?
The Upper Crust, Columbia MO

What was your favorite baked good or dessert item when you were little?
My great-grandmother's blackberry cobbler! She made the best

What is your favorite baked good or dessert item now?
It just depends on my mood. Sometimes it's a cupcake, sometimes pecan pie, maybe a chocolate chip cookie.

What was the last dessert item or baked good that really "wowed" you?
Coconut cream pie at a local restaurant....I drool just thinking about it!

Are there any desserts or baked goods that you just can't stand?
I can't stand pudding or anything custard-y, something about it grosses me out.

Thanks for the chance to win!

May 23 | Unregistered CommenterSara

1. Where are you originally from? Johnson City, TN
2. Where do you live now? Knoxville, TN
3. *If* the Cakespy crew were taking a road trip across the nation, what baked goods or bakeries would be a must-try in your area (either the area you live now, or the area you're originally from)? As a vegan, there aren't any commercial bakeries I'd recommend you visit in my area, but you should definitely come to my kitchen -- I'll make some delicious vegan cupcakes and cookies for everyone!
4. What was your favorite baked good or dessert item when you were little? It's always been the cupcake. Sweet, delicious, and small (just like me :) ).
5. What is your favorite baked good or dessert item now? still the cupcake!
6. What was the last dessert item or baked good that really "wowed" you? Fauxstess cupcakes from Vegan with a Vengeance
7. Are there any desserts or baked goods that you just can't stand? NO!!! Blasphemy! (although my waistline probably wishes there were ... )

1. Where are you originally from? Dallas, Texas
2. Where do you live now? Euless, Texas
3. *If* the Cakespy crew were taking a road trip across the nation, what baked goods or bakeries would be a must-try in your area (either the area you live now, or the area you're originally from)? Creme de la Creme in Fort Worth has Caramel Brownies that are AMAZING and incredible cupcakes and cakes too :-)
4. What was your favorite baked good or dessert item when you were little? Cupcakes!
5. What is your favorite baked good or dessert item now? I always love cupcakes, but brownies are another weak point of mine
6. What was the last dessert item or baked good that really "wowed" you? Caramel Brownies from Creme de la Creme
7. Are there any desserts or baked goods that you just can't stand? Nope!

May 23 | Unregistered Commenterashley884

1. I grew up in Cambridge, Ohio.
2. I now live in Cincinnati, Ohio.
3. If taking a roadtrip, be sure to try Kennedy's Bakery in Cambridge, Ohio. They have been family owned and run since 1925. When you are there be sure to get some of their fabulous chinese tea cookies (with nuts).
4. When I was little my favorite baked good was my mom's homemade blackberry cobbler.
5. My new favorite dessert item is Cheesecake Factory's key lime cheesecake.
6. The last dessert item that "wowed" me is the Coffee ice cream with chocolate syrup and toasted coconut served at the Kona Bistro in Cincinnati, Ohio.
7. I'm not a fan of Baklava. I ate way too much of it as a child.

May 23 | Unregistered CommenterLacy

1. Grew up in Pacifica, CA
2. Currently living in Oakland, CA
3. Okay, well I have to give a shout out to Miette in San Francisco. Go macarons! But also I adore La Farine, which is close to me in Oakland, where I go almost every weekend for morning buns and chocolate croissants. Their breads are also super good, especially the walnut levain, and I've always wanted to try the gorgeous cakes.
4. Hmmm, I loved snickerdoodles with a passion, but my favorite was russian tea cakes, which my mom made every christmas. Now I've taken up the torch, much to my family's delight.
5. I love bread now! I'm all about the savory pastries, so give me a ham and cheese croissant and I'm set.
6. I actually just, like an hour ago, tried this artisan chocolate bar. It's the milk chocolate and sea salt bar from rococo chocolates, which is a london-based company, and it was so amazing! It's packaged beautifully, and I'm so about the salty/sweet combo right now, and it was just fantastic. I had to restrain myself from eating the whole thing at once.
7. Um, no? Well...honestly I'm not a huge fan of american buttercream, the powdered sugar kind, but it definitely has a reliving my childhood kind of appeal. But mostly, I love everything.

1. Where are you originally from? Port-Cartier, Québec, Canada
2. Where do you live now? Montréal, Québec, Canada
3. *If* the Cakespy crew were taking a road trip across the nation, what baked goods or bakeries would be a must-try in your area (either the area you live now, or the area you're originally from)? Cocoa Locale! it's a a cake boutique owned and run by one woman. she makes the most delicious cupcakes, cakes &brownies that have a real retro-feel to them. they're not overdone; they're simply top-quality ingredients topped with flower petals. or, you know, hot Fairmount or Saint-Viateur bagels. and hmm any good portuguese bakery for the pastéis. and cheskie's. or all of the plateau mont-royal, it has so many bakeries.
4. What was your favorite baked good or dessert item when you were little? I loved pie. sugar pie, blueberry pie made with the fruit from the forest right beside my house, apple pie, meat pie, any pie.
5. What is your favorite baked good or dessert item now? lemon/lime anything! lemon bars, lemon pie, lemon cookies, lemon muffins, lemon curd, etc...
6. What was the last dessert item or baked good that really "wowed" you? as simple as it can seem, a croissant. a rich, hot, buttery croissant.
7. Are there any desserts or baked goods that you just can't stand? loukoums (turkish delights), or anything that has rosewater in it. or that is almond flavoured, though i do like almonds.

Where are you originally from? King of Prussia, PA

Where do you live now? Phoenix, AZ

*If* the Cakespy crew were taking a road trip across the nation, what baked goods or bakeries would be a must-try in your area (either the area you live now, or the area you're originally from)? In Phoenix, a must stop is Simply Sweets, of course (its my custom cake and chocolate business). Also, try San Francisco Chocolate Factory based in Phoenix.

What was your favorite baked good or dessert item when you were little? icecream. funnel cake.

What is your favorite baked good or dessert item now? icecream and chocolate

What was the last dessert item or baked good that really "wowed" you? can't remember, its been awhile. When you work in the business it surrounds you so you don't get wowwed as much.

Are there any desserts or baked goods that you just can't stand? Fruit desserts unless its apple pie (served with cheddar cheese of course).

May 23 | Unregistered CommenterDana B

1. Where are you originally from? Malaysia

2. Where do you live now? Malaysia

3. *If* the Cakespy crew were taking a road trip across the nation, what baked goods or bakeries would be a must-try in your area (either the area you live now, or the area you're originally from)?
Cuppacakes

4. What was your favorite baked good or dessert item when you were little?
Cupcakes and ice-cream

5. What is your favorite baked good or dessert item now?
Still cupcakes and ice-cream

6. What was the last dessert item or baked good that really "wowed" you?
Chili's Molten Choc Cake still wows me

7. Are there any desserts or baked goods that you just can't stand?
Pies - don't like hard crusts

May 23 | Unregistered Commentersky

So excited, thank you!!!


1. Where are you originally from?
Lenox, Ma. Small town girl.

2. Where do you live now?
Manhattan. Big City, still small town girl.

3. *If* the Cakespy crew were taking a road trip across the nation, what baked goods or bakeries would be a must-try in your area (either the area you live now, or the area you're originally from)?
Well, you already did an NYC trip. But I would take you on a delicious magical vegan baked good trip through the city ending in my kitchen for cupcakes and vegan ice cream.

4. What was your favorite baked good or dessert item when you were little?
COOKIES! My mom had a ritual of always making chocolate chip cookies the first day it snowed. But I ate a lot of brownies, thank you betty crocker mix.

5. What is your favorite baked good or dessert item now?
CAKE! I love, love, love me some cake.

6. What was the last dessert item or baked good that really "wowed" you?
I actually work as a baker for Levain Bakery in nyc. It is not vegan, so I probably disgust some vegans, but I did try the cookies when I first started there and daaaaaammmn. They are good.

7. Are there any desserts or baked goods that you just can't stand?
I hate when carrot cake is ruined with pineapple. I also dislike flan and creme brulee.

Where are you originally from? Moscow Idaho USA

Where do you live now? Oddly, Moscow Idaho USA

*If* the Cakespy crew were taking a road trip across the nation, what baked goods or bakeries would be a must-try in your area (either the area you live now, or the area you're originally from)?

Wheatberries Bakery is our local must-try. They do superb bread, danish, cheese pockets, and orange rolls!

What was your favorite baked good or dessert item when you were little?

Lemon meringue pie, or meringue nests with strawberries and cream.

What is your favorite baked good or dessert item now?

My own pink lemonade cupcakes (shameless plug), tiramisu, really good sugar cookies.

What was the last dessert item or baked good that really "wowed" you?

Hot strawberry jam doughnuts with creme anglais and strawberry-buttermilk icecream.

Are there any desserts or baked goods that you just can't stand?

I hate chocolate chip cookies (I know that's weird, but I do!). Also anything with "creme" filling.

May 23 | Unregistered CommenterMelynda

1. Where are you originally from? Guam
2. Where do you live now? Hawaii
3. *If* the Cakespy crew were taking a road trip across the nation, what baked goods or bakeries would be a must-try in your area (either the area you live now, or the area you're originally from)? Malasadas from Leonard's Baerky, Coco-puffs from Liliha Bakery, Various Filipino Desserts from Golden Coin, Red Velvet Cake from any number of home bakers in Guam
4. What was your favorite baked good or dessert item when you were little? COOKIES!
5. What is your favorite baked good or dessert item now? COOKIES!
6. What was the last dessert item or baked good that really "wowed" you? Lemon Cake from Hiroshi Eurasion Tapas Restaurant
7. Are there any desserts or baked goods that you just can't stand? Oh, that was a serious question?

May 23 | Unregistered CommenterFranMag

Hello, I may be reached at charrell@pdx.edu!

1. Tallahassee, Fl.
2. The wonderful Land o' Port, Oregon.
3. I don't remember any outstanding bakeries in Tally...and I think you've already hit a lot of the good ones here in Portland! Some extra suggestions: Three Lions Bakery, St. Honore, and Pix Patisserie.
4. i was a sucker for just about anything sweet! My mom's ice cream cake (yes it was partially baked) and my grandma's "cherry yum yum" were probably at the top of the list!
5. hmmm...something that combines super dark chocolate and cheesecake.
6. I can't even recall. It's been so long since I've indulged. Sad huh?
7. I've never been a fan of pecan pie. yucko

cheers!

Candice

May 23 | Unregistered CommenterCandice

Ooooh what fun!

1.Where are you originally from?
Seattle, Washington

2.Where do you live now?
Seattle, Washington

3.*If* the Cakespy crew were taking a road trip across the nation, what baked goods or bakeries would be a must-try in your area (either the area you live now, or the area you're originally from)?
Well, Our beloved cakespy is from my town, so it wouldn't be much of a trip. But I really love the plum danish (or anything really) from cafe besalu in Ballard

4.What was your favorite baked good or dessert item when you were little?
My grandma's peach pie or my mom's rhubarb dump cake

5.What is your favorite baked good or dessert item now?
My grandma's peach pie or my mom's rhubarb dump cake

6.What was the last dessert item or baked good that really "wowed" you?
Today at work, I made roasted banana ice cream.
I was in instantly love.

7.Are there any desserts or baked goods that you just can't stand?
Seriously? No WAY man!

May 23 | Unregistered CommenterBrittany

1. Where are you originally from? All over. I grew up in California and St. Louis, MO mostly.
2. Where do you live now? Hoffman Estates, IL--just outside of Chicago.
3. *If* the Cakespy crew were taking a road trip across the nation, what baked goods or bakeries would be a must-try in your area (either the area you live now, or the area you're originally from)? First I'd advise you to go into the city. Molly's Cupcakes is really cute place and Bittersweet is really nice for European-style desserts.
4. What was your favorite baked good or dessert item when you were little? Cannoli whenever my grandma would bring them over.
5. What is your favorite baked good or dessert item now? Any type of cake with buttercream frosting.
6. What was the last dessert item or baked good that really "wowed" you? I've made some really great things here in my home. My pink lemonade buttercream is awesome.
7. Are there any desserts or baked goods that you just can't stand? Baklava. It's way too sweet and I've never enjoyed it.

May 23 | Unregistered CommenterTanya

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