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Friday
Jul012011

Baker's Dozen: A Batch of Sweet Links

That's felt food!

Let's indulge this weekend. Starting now:

Delightful, but not delicious: my new obsession, Fuzz E Food.

The best ice cream in the US? Here's a roundup.

You say Nanaimo: CakeSpy's love of the Nanaimo Bar is documented in a Memphis publication! (thanks, Diana!)

I love LA: CakeSpy Shop customers visiting from Los Angeles tell me The Village Bakery + Cafe is "the best!"

Sweet news: in Chicago, Hot Chocolate's Mindy Segal is opening a new type of bakery.

Food for the eyes, but not fulfilling: a treatise on cake shows on TV.

Things I wanna eat: Ebelskiver at Broder.

Bakery I wanna visit: Royal T in Los Angeles! (tip from Jenn!)

I'm just not sure if a Marijuana Mocha sounds delicious to me.

The Boston Baked Goods Hall of Fame. What sweet would you nominate?

I find bakery product trends fascinating.

Sweet: an ode to the unsung heroes of biscuit (cookie) embossing! (thanks Anna for the lead!)

My new favorite publication: Lucky Peach, brought to you by McSweeney's, David Chang, and Peter Meehan.

Sweet interview: Get ready for Urban Craft Uprising with this CakeSpy interview!

30 under 30: I'm featured in this roundup of talented foodie young 'uns.

Sweet Bluebird: In Seattle, Celebrate Bluebird Ice Cream's birthday, enjoy music, and see the unveiling of my mural!

 

Friday
Jun242011

Baker's Dozen: A Batch of Sweet Links

This weekend is gonna be totally sweet.

It's coming! Whoopie Pie Bake-off, part deux, at Oddfellows Cafe; coming up on July 12!

The Chocolate Pizza Company. I only know the name and I'm already in love.

Poppin' fresh: ever heard of Pie Poppers?

Sweet tip: Leslie Kelly tells me that the Salt and Pepper chocolate bar by Olive and Sinclair is to die for.

Seeking a "transcendental cookie experience"? Look no further than Chimu Peruvian Soul Food in LA.

Oh, great. Thanks, My Kugelhopf. Now I have to go to Zurich, to eat pastries at Les Gourmandises de Miyuko.

Milk it: I want buttermilk doughnuts like these, RIGHT NOW.

Cookies, designed to be paired with wine? How divine. Cookies & Corks does it!

Sweet Providence! I have it on good authority that The Cupcakerie in Providence, RI is very, very good.

Appetizing Animation: thanks for turning me on to this, Meister!

Very useful information: did you know that mason jars can be used with most blenders? (thanks, Bethany!)

Sweet Youth: Young Coconut Cream Pie Recipe!

Did you miss my sweet recap of the official CakeSpy Visit to Wilton Headquarters?

 

Thursday
Jun232011

Five Reasons Seattle Dessert Lovers Must Buy Keren Brown's Food Lover's Guide to Seattle

If you live in Seattle, you pretty much need to buy the newly released book Food Lovers' Guide to Seattle: Best Local Specialties, Markets, Recipes, Restaurants & Events by Keren Brown.

If you don't know Keren Brown (if you live in Seattle, and are involved with food at all, you probably do), she basically knows everything about the Seattle food scene. And this book is her love letter to the city and food she loves. 

In the book, she shares "the inside scoop on the best places to find, enjoy, and celebrate these culinary treasures. A bounty of mouthwatering delights awaits you in this engagingly written guide, as well as a rich array of other, indispensable food-related information including Favorite restaurants and landmark eateries, Specialty food stores and markets, Food festivals and culinary events, and even recipes from some of Seattle's top chefs."

But for sweet-lovers, I'll give you five good reasons why you should buy this book.

  1. CakeSpy Shop is featured! A self-serving reason, yes. It is featured as a spot for gifts for foodies (although my store does not sell food!). OMG!
  2. There is an entire section dedicated to the city's best baked goods. Really, this reason alone would probably be enough to make the book worth buying, but please, see reason #1.
  3. You might just learn about a new specialty shop. I know I did! For instance, although I had vaguely heard of Punjab Sweets in Kent before, Keren's detailed listing of this confectionery shop has now made it a high priority on my to-do list!
  4. There's a section on sweets on the Eastside too. As an urbanite who often "doesn't go over there", it was nice to have a short-list of some of the best for when I do venture over the water.
  5. There are recipes from local chefs. For drinks, main courses (from the likes of one of my foodie heroes Kurt Dammeier)...but also desserts. One I can't wait to try? The Chocolate Ganache Cakes recipe from local celebrity chef Maria Hines. 

And if these reasons haven't enticed you to buy my friend's book, then I am not sure we can be friends anymore. Buy it here. Keep up with Keren via her website, franticfoodie.com.

Friday
Jun172011

Baker's Dozen: A Batch of Sweet Links

 Image: Picky Palate (Link for cinnamon roll sugar cookies below)Is this weekend gonna be totally sweet? IT ALREADY IS:

Mac Attack! Mesdames des Macarons make sweet sandwich cookie treats.

Cinnamon Roll Sugar Cookies: I can roll with that, yo.

Pie subscription service? It's happening, in San Francisco.

Nobody wants moldy cake, but lots of people want cake molds. Find good ones here!

My kind of jamboree! Blueberry Jamboree Pie.

Cupcake Shots? Liquor infused cupcake shots at Polkadot Cupcake Shop are intoxicating. (Thanks, Chrissy!)

Maine Event: A recipe for Maine Wild blueberry muffins.

Best barbs: Strawberry Rhubarb Mint Ginger jam from Coconut & Lime.

Pop it! An article about the inimitable cake pop.

Sweet! CakeSpy does a guest post on Big Girls, Small Kitchen

Go bananas! Banana whip, a specialty I never even knew about.

Feeling zen: CakeSpy has a bakery crush on Zen Baking Co., TX.

And. In case you missed it. Chocolate covered cheetos!

Friday
Jun032011

Holey Yum: A Baker's Dozen of Sweet Donut Links and Lore

Photo: The Felt BakeryGuess what? It's National Donut (or is it Doughnut?) day. Here's a baker's dozen of sweet holey links and lore:

FACT: William Rosenberg, founder of Dunkin' Donuts, met Mario Puzo (author of The Godfather) "at a weight-loss clinic...Puzo had a hand in convincing Rosenberg to write a memoir, Time to Make the Donuts." (Donuts: An American Passion)

Sweet, but not to eat: a felt doughnut-breakfast plate by The Felt Bakery. (pictured top)

Just Donut! Holey treats...using canned biscuits? It's true.

Father, son, holey spirit! Jesus Donut! (Thanks, Mike!

Doughnut Upside-down Cake: Believe it.

Doughnut...or donut? Let's discuss.

Why, oh why, do doughnuts have holes? Learn more lore here.

Sweet destination: Peter Pan Donuts, Brooklyn.

The places you'll go: Doughnut Seeds!

Ever heard of doughnut pops? The most delicious thing I played no part in inventing.

Sweet love: a love-letter to Donut Pub, late at night.

Don't hit a wall: Visit Wall Drug, in South Dakota, and get doughnuts!

Eat like a cowboy: discover Cowboy Donuts, in Wyoming!

...and of course, if you're in Seattle, The Original Bakery is celebrating Donut Day in a big way!

Friday
May272011

Baker's Dozen: A Batch of Sweet Links

 

C'est le weekend! Allons-y:

Let's slam: SugarSlam 2011 is happening over on Bake+Destroy!

I'd crumble for you...strawberry rhubarb crumble in a jar!

Sweet reader suggestion: Red Velvet Cupcakery in Washington, DC!

Good Eggs: CakeSpy's Cadbury Creme Deviled Eggs featured on Endless Simmer! And on Huffington Post Food! And on Kitchen Daily!

BabyCakes has a new book. Get a recipe here.

Utterly brilliant: Epic Mealtime, my new favorite thing ever, thanks Jenny!

Speaking of sweet Jenny, OMG! Homemade Cannoli.

My sweet vegan: Vegan Cupcakes in Seattle by Vegan Cakes by Jennymac!

Cake Vodka? Not sure how I feel about this. (Thanks Jill for the tip!)

Stick it! Cake Pops are big, and I have thoughts (or at least I'm quoted in this article).

Speaking of cake pops, these ones look pretty delicious!

Sweet in Seattle: I've been referred to as Capitol Hill's Cake Concierge. And I've been featured in Seattle Weekly!

Get me back to Minneapolis! I want to visit Sun Street Breads.

May Flowers: Make a cupcake garden!

 

Friday
May202011

Baker's Dozen: A Batch of Sweet Links

 Photo: My Kitchen AddictionW-e-e-k-e-n-d. That is all. Well, except for these...

  1. For when you want to kiss like a cupcake: Cupcake Lip Gloss!
  2. Sweet! CakeSpy Shop featured as one of "A Million Cool Things to Do In Seattle".
  3. OMG! Can someone throw me this exact Lego Pirate Party for my birthday?
  4. Stuff it! Caramel-stuffed sugar cookies. Le Nom.
  5. Nibble on this: The Nibble now has a gourmet shop, and it is filled with sweet stuff.
  6. Nutella bliss cupcakes: Like, OMG!
  7. Places I must visit: Norske's Nook, Osseo, WI. Read this account of it by writer James Norton!
  8. Proof is in the Pudding: Rhubarb Pudding Cake by Kate Lebo.
  9. Hold the phone. HOLD EVERYTHING. Crumb! Cake! Cookie! (thanks, Rare Bird Finds!)
  10. Sweets on a stick: Bakerella talks about starting a trend with cake pops.
  11. Glazed and Confused: I want to visit Beyond Glaze in Draper, UT. (thanks, Hilary, for the tip!)
  12. Sweet! Savory! Awesome! I cannot wait for Keren Brown's upcoming bookFood Lovers' Guide to Seattle: Best Local Specialties, Markets, Recipes, Restaurants & Events (Food Lovers' Series).
  13. Speaking of books I adore, you should check out this "true life" pastry chef memoirSpiced: A Pastry Chef's True Stories of Trails by Fire, After-Hours Exploits, and What Really Goes on in the Kitchen by Dalia Jurgensen.

 

Friday
May132011

Baker's Dozen: A Batch of Sweet Links

OMG! Strawberry Cheesecake Amaretto Cake Pops on Pretzel Sticks! This weekend is gonna be totally sweet, I can feel it. Feel it with me:

Cupcake Festival: in Gardiner, NY, there's a Cupcake Festival this weekend.

Heaven at Eleven: There is an Egg Cream Course at Eleven Madison Park!

Pineapple, cake, and Taiwan's economy: the business of sweetness.

A sweet batch of bakeries gaining acclaim in the Twin Cities!

Speaking of the Twin Cities, did you know that the bathroom mural I did in Minneapolis has been called a "destination-worthy bathroom"?

Totally sweet! Alicia Kachmar suggests Fresh Cupcakes in Charleston, SC.

Baking up love: Sprout cake toppers!

Get baked: Sweet merch from Baked In Seattle!

Great White Way: White Russian Marshmallows!?

Artopolis: Sweet treats in Astoria, Queens.

Sweet love: I've got a serious crush on every cake on the Sweet Emporium website.

OMG Alert: Caramel Parfait with Candied Popcorn!

Sweet creatives: Mike Hipple (who took my book jacket photo!) has a photo show of Seattle Creatives at Proletariat Pizza!

Friday
May062011

Baker's Dozen: A Batch of Sweet Links

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Happy weekend, sweeties! Kick it off in a baker's dozen of sugar-coated ways:

Still gots leftover easter candy? Make good use of it with this sweet cupcake recipe!

Seeking some sweet prose? Be enchanted all over again by the Roald Dahl poem "Candy Man".

Sweet (and savory!): CakeSpy's Maple Canadian Bacon Nanaimo Bars were chosen as one of the "flavor of the month" finalists on Foodbuzz!

A funny thing happened on the way to the forum: I found a sweet collection of First Lady recipes in this Taste of Home forum.

Forget gummy bears--I like gummy CAKE. (Gluten-free, to boot!)

Vote for me! CakeSpy was nominated as the best foodie twitter-er in Seattle!

Tips for tasty food photography: a great guide by Serious Eats.

What a tart: get a load of this Strawberry and Almond tart, via Canelle et Vanille.

Taste the rainbow: check out this rainbow cake tutorial!

Sweetness in Seattle: Foodportunity organizer Keren Brown hosts a sweet Blogger Bakesale in Seattle!

Screw You, Fruit Roll-Ups: Strawberry Mango Hibiscus Fruit Leather!

Sweet treats, sweeter cause: Bakesale for the South on May 14 at CakeSpy Shop!

Don't forget: CakeSpy is in Portland for Crafty Wonderland this weekend!

Friday
Apr292011

Baker's Dozen: A Batch of Sweet Links

Is April the cruelest month? More like the sweetest, if you go by these sweet links:

No big surprise here: Monkey Bread takes the cake!

Get smitten: Smitten Ice Cream in San Francisco!

Flake out: a review of Seattle's best croissants in The Seattle Times.

Sitting pretty: have you heard of the Sugar Chair? (thanks, Lacy!)

CakeSpy University: Learn more here.

Recipes that work in NJ fail in Denver: a q+a on high-altitude baking.

Cupcakes take off in South Dakota: learn more here.

Beeramisu: Just another classic recipe for bikers on the WetLeather site.

A giant Gummi Bear on a stick. That is all.

Little cheesequakes: how to cut a cheesecake cleanly?

Mon petit...shoe? Chocolate Shoes by Jacques Torres!

CupcakeCamp was totally sweet! Treen wrote a lovely post about it!

Attention Mindless Consumers (that headline made me laugh): Cupcake Vodka now exists!

Go bananas! Banana shortbread with chocolate frosting (pictured top). Nom!

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