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Friday
Oct092009

Baker's Dozen: A Batch of Sweet Links!

Tangerina Cakes
Cupcake cars! Thank you Neiman Marcus for the visual candy. (via Cake Gumshoes Dan and Catherine)

A loving look at dulce de leche, with stunning photos, on Not Without Salt.

You like me, you really like me! CakeSpy is nominated for the Foodbuzz blog awards: vote for me here! (please)

NYC Cupcake ban: So sad!

Yet another reason to love Mark Bittman: The Minimalist makes cake, easily, on a stovetop.

Care for some liquid nitrogen in your ice cream? (via Cake Gumshoe Eric)

A few days late, but it still makes me titter: brownie bandit still at large in Seattle!

Why do I have such a dessert crush on Dana Cree? Because she can make blue cheese ice cream...and make it delicious.

A sweet glimpse at the dessert scene in Buenos Aires: Tangerina Cakes! (pictured top)


English. Toffee. Bars.

 

Doughnuts that are gluten free, and delicious? Gluten Free Taste of Home will make you a believer.

My kind of breakfast: the fluffernutter sandwich from Bouchon Bakery in NYC, as reported by Serious Eats.

Speaking of Bouchon, how about Tartelette's rendition of the SF location's lemon tarts?

 

Friday
Oct022009

Baker's Dozen: A Batch of Sweet Links!

Links 10.2.09
From top left, clockwise: MKE Cupcake Queen reigns supreme; Coco Cake cutes it up, Cuppie-style; sweet marshmallow witches; delicious Fiadoni. Links below!

Never too early to get started: CakeSpy Holiday Cards are available for pre-order in the newly revamped CakeSpyShop.com!

Simply perfection: double vanilla cupcakes, via Simply Recipes.

Dirty but sweet: in Chicago, Sweet Mandy B's has a delicious-looking Dirt Cup.

Milwaukee Cupcake Alert! CakeSpy buddy Sandy, AKA the Milwaukee Cupcake Queen, makes buttercream waves with Iron Cupcake!

Coffee stencils: because your coffee deserves to be as cute as the cake it's served with!

Like, OMG: Cuppie-ish cupcakes! These look delicious, via Coco Cake.

Cereal deliciousness: check out the General Mills Cereal Spooktacular!

Didn't get to attend the BlogHer conference? Read Not Martha's recap, it's as if you were there!

Kicking off the Halloween Candy season: these Marshmallow Witches on Taste of Home are freaking adorable.

Fiadoni: roughly translated, delicious Italian Pocket Pies.

Salty-sweet, make-your-life-complete, chocolate dulce de leche cupcakes, via JustJenn.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and Sprinkles offers some of the sweetest cupcakes for the cause the first week of the month.

Are cupcake lovers seeking eternal childhood? Newsweek investigates.

Friday
Sep252009

Baker's Dozen: A Batch of Sweet Links!

Links 9.25.09
From top left, clockwise: cookie dough pops by Handmade Cookie Co.; CakeSpy/Penguinbot tote; Bake and Destroy cupcake; button by Stevie Lynn jewelry.

Cookie dough pops: the most beautiful three words ever?

In Miami, there's a new (vegan) cupcake in town: Bunnie Cakes makes custom order vegan and gluten-free cupcakes to order in a great variety of flavors.

Oh. My. God. Penguinbot and CakeSpy collaborate, resulting in the sweetest tote and wrist bags ever! You can buy them at the newly revamped cakespyshop.com!

Special Delivery: San Francisco's Bike Basket Pies delivers their freshly baked wares via bicycle!

Bake & Destroy's Elvis Cupcakes: I've tasted them. Jealous? You should be. But don't be too sad, because there is a recipe.

Plastic fantastics: do you love these hand-cut acrylic cupcake buttons by Stevie Lynn Jewelry as much as I do?

Sweet Potato Spice Cake Doughnuts. Need I say more?

In Detroit, retro desserts reign, according to the Detroit News.

Oatmeal S'more Cookies? Yes, yes, yes.

Cheesecakes, delivered to your door.

Pink Cake Box is making cakes for a cause--if you're in the NJ area, enter their raffle to win one!

Amy Atlas outdoes herself with this gorgeous faux bois dessert table.

Have you seen CakeSpy buddy Bakerella's new site design? It's gorgeous!

Friday
Sep112009

Baker's Dozen: A Batch of Sweet Nanaimo Bar Links

Blonde Nanaimo bar from Happy Donuts, Anacortes
Nanaimo bars are, simply put, heaven on a plate: rich little nuggets consisting of three layers of awesomeness: a thick, cocoa and coconut crust anchors a dense slab of custardy buttercream, all topped off with a substantial shellac of soft but firm chocolate. They're a specialty from the city of Nanaimo, but can be found in bakeries in the BC environs as well.

But did you know that there are some very delicious variations on the classic? Here is an assemblage of sweet variations of (and in some cases, embellishments upon) the delicious Nanaimo Bar:

Nanaimo Bar Cheesecake: so rich you will probably die, but at least you will die happy.

Raw Nanaimo Bars: you won't burn down the house for these babies.

Peanut Butter Nanaimo Bars: the creamy, rich peanut butter adds a subtle savoriness to the bars.

Nanaimo Bar Ice Cream Cake: two beautiful things just got more beautiful.

Cappuccino Nanaimo Bars: Coffee adds a nice flavor dimension to this sweet variation.

Cherry Nanaimo Bars: Rich, but with some natural sweetness too.

Peppermint nanaimo bars: this is what Thin Mints want to be when they grow up.

White chocolate and pecan Nanaimo Bars: White chocolate lovers can't miss this sweet variation.

Vegan Nanaimo bars: Because it's not always all about the dairy.

Nanaimo bar mix: If you don't want to make your own, I won't tell.

Chocolate nanaimo bar pie: Once again, two awesome things get awesomer.

Gluten free nanaimo bar: Free of gluten, but not free of delicious.

Bonus: If you're in NYC, Dirt Candy is serving up several variations on the Nanaimo bar!

Friday
Sep042009

Baker's Dozen: A Batch of Sweet Links!

Links: 9/4/09
(In picture, from top left clockwise: Evan Kleiman's Pie; Meringue rings; Olive Oil Cake; Oreo Cereal Treats)

Perfect for Labor Day Weekend: a choose-your-own adventure deconstructed berry dessert!

Gherkins and Tomatoes muses on the history of written recipes. It's heady stuff, but fascinating.

Joe Pastry delves into the history of the jelly doughnut!

After-school treats join together, deliciously, when Cocoa Krispies Treats meet milk and Oreos, in one decadent bar from pastry genius Peabody.

Hokey Pokey: find out what it's really all about.

This cake has olive oil in it, and therefore is health food. Delicious health food! via the Food Librarian.

Fresh Flours: I loved learning more about local flour producer Shepherd's Grain Flour via Not Martha.

Mark your calendars for the new Trophy Cupcakes location in Bellevue's Bravern Shops!

This Monkey Bread on Beantown Baker looks sick. And by sick I mean so delicious it hurts.

Discover a new cookie: how 'bout the chrusciki?

Did you know the Ritz-Carlton does a cupcake tea?

Have you been following Evan Kleiman's pie-a-day project? If not, catch up on it here--and enter the contest here!

Put a ring on it: these "meringues" are really jewelry! Sweet!

Tuesday
Sep012009

Baker's Dozen: A Batch of Sweet Links!

9.1.09 Links of the week!
Just a small collection of sweet things that are consuming the CakeSpy collective consciousness this week:

Circus Animal Cookie Magnets by Cherry Dot!

Sweet cupcake pendants in a rainbow of colors, via Bmoresweet

Stuffed Artisan Cannolis slated to open this fall in NYC!

Gooey Butter Cake...or Neiman Marcus Bars? Sasha Says investigates.

Common Object Jewelry has sweet jewelry cast from gummi bears (image above) and chocolate chips!

Caipirinha Truffles via The Cookie Shop? Oh yes! (image above)

It's Biscuit Time: Sticky Apple Butter Biscuits via The Knead for Bread.

Cookies? Cocktails? How 'bout both...at the same time? via Edible Crafts (image above).

Seriously...is Magnolia Bakery taking over the world?

Jess Thomson presents a cake that is easy to bake and perfect for breakfast.

Strawberry Bavarois With Chocolate Pashmak. I don't even know what it is, but it sounds ridiculously good!

All things awesome unite, sweetly, when Savory Sweet Life guest blogs about cupcakes on the Al Dente Blog.

If you missed my Serious Eats entry on Cupcake Milkshakes inspired by CupShakes, well, here's your reminder to check it out.

Rice Krispie treats with a special surprise: they're filled with ice cream!

Friday
Aug072009

Baker's Dozen: A Batch of Sweet Links!

Life Lessons
Though this article is geared toward caterers, the "How to Plan a Dessert Menu" section is interesting!

Peter Pan Donuts (a CakeSpy favorite!) in Brooklyn, NY has debuted the donut ice cream sandwich. (thanks Lauren!)

Over at BUST Magazine, Ice cream flavors + book titles = a plethora of puns

Rice Krispie Treats filled with ice cream: Pure genius!

Blondie & Brownie's adorable entry to the Threadcakes contest will make you want to coo over the cuteness.

CakeSpy reported on how awesome the new Cupcake Royale location is, and the New York Times agrees!

Learn a life skill: How to carve a watermelon baby carriage.

Nope: still don't think that Whoopie Pies are the next big thing. But Gourmet's Zucchini Whoopie pies sure do look delicious.

Butterfingers, all grown up and in a gorgeous cake.

They're raw. They're balls. They look delicious.

Aran of Cannelle et Vanille has set up an online food styling and photography portfolio. It's delightful.

CakeSpy buddy Nurit tries out Tom Douglas's famous Triple Coconut Cream Pie, with yummy results.

In case you missed it, I'll tell you again: CakeSpy has collaborated with All-Mighty, with adorable results.

Tuesday
Jul282009

Stick It: Amazing Pie Lollipops by Luxirare

A Discovery on Luxirare
(Photo via Luxirare)

Are you still eating your pie with a knife and fork, like a jerk?

 

Time to get with the program: discover Luxirare's Pie Lollipops.

When I recently came across these Pie Lollipops, it made me want to cry. Why so? First, because I hadn't thought of it myself. Second, because I can't believe I've lived so long without them.

These Pie Lollipops are bite-sized morsels of pie in various flavors, with crinkled edges to hold in the delicious fillings. They work on just so many levels: they capitalize on the fact that small things are adorable and desire-inducing; their small, accessible size makes it possible to sample a few bites of multiple flavors without feeling immense regret afterward; and, they just fuel my deep belief that food simply tastes better on a stick.

To see the step-by-step tutorial, visit luxirare.com.

 

 

Monday
Jul272009

Baker's Dozen: A Batch of Sweet Links!

Photo C/O AMY ATLAS
Here are some of the sweet things that have inspired me lately:

Amy Atlas and Aran of Cannelle et Vanille collaborate, sweetly, with gorgeous pictures (above, used with permission) of an inspiring Moroccan-themed dessert table.

Bakerella's petits-fours might just prompt me to write a love poem.

Savory Sweet Life says "break free of the topless green mermaid": DIY Frappuccinos are deliciously creamy, and won't break the bank.

Control freaks rejoice: at Perfect Flavor, you can choose your own ice cream adventure by designing custom flavors.

Cake By Lorna
Chez Shauna, I tasted the best gluten-free cake I've ever had, made by Lorna Yee. Oh Lorna, how I hope you will post the recipe.

Lara Ferroni combines doughnuts with margaritas with gorgeous and delicious results: say hello to the margarita doughnut.

Megan Seling's interesting article on the dessert explosion (in Seattle and beyond!) and why it must be stopped (yes, I'm quoted in the article!).

Baking Bites recently did a feature on DIY Butterscotch Krimpets. Anyone who grew up in the greater Philadelphia area understands why this is so awesome.

If you haven't been keeping up with the Brownie Bake-Off series on the Al Dente Blog, then now is definitely the time to click over for the decadent Katharine Hepburn Brownie recipe.

RecipeGirl combines cookies and cupcakes to attain a new level of awesome with the Peanut Butter Cookie Cupcake. Oh yes.

If you love cake, and you love cute, you'll probably love Less Apathy More Cake!

Shuna's writeup on plated desserts is pure poetry.

Unexpected cake find: The Rendez-Vous in Seattle is a bar and music venue--but they also have a respectable selection of house-made cakes! Because there's no better combination than cake, booze and music.

Tuesday
Jun302009

Cinema and Sugar: Movies To Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth

Adapt for Illustration Friday
Sometimes, simply eating baked goods isn't enough. You just want to live, breathe and exist in a warm shell of pastry or cake. But not, you know, in a creepy way.

How better to feed your obsession than by enjoying movies which prominently feature sweet treats? Grab your milk duds, dim the lights and dig in:

(Note: This list is not necessarily comprehensive; feel free to leave a comment with any movies that you think should be added!)

 

American Pie: Of course, this one features what is probably the most infamous pie scene in cinema.

 Animal House: As one CakeSpy reader put it, "I love the food fight scene. Watching Bluto load his tray up with donuts and jello..."
 Babette's Feast: Who cares what else they eat, "the grand finale dessert is 'Savarin au Rhum avec des Figues et Fruit Glacée' (rum sponge cake with figs and glacéed fruits). Numerous rare wines, including Clos de Vougeot, along with various champagnes and spirits, complete the menu."
The Bakery Girl of Monceau: A film in which the hero engages in "pastries and flirting with the salesgirl, a law student (Barbet Schroeder) surrenders to his appetites as he hangs out at a bakery."
Because I Said So: Featuring Mandy Moore as a baker who is secure in the kitchen but unsure about love.
Big Night: This movie mainly features savory foods, but the timpano is carbohydratey enought to warrant a mention.
Blood & Donuts: In which a vampire falls for a woman working in a donut shop. 
Buffalo 66: A heart-shaped cookie figures into the plot in this movie.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory: In oh, so many ways.
Chocolat: If chocolate is your dessert weapon of choice, you simply must see this movie. In fact, I can't believe you haven't already.
Dear Lemon Lima: A brand-new film which just made its debut at the LA Film Festival, which prominently features cupcake artwork...by CakeSpy!
The Devil Wears Prada: No, food isn't in the foreground of this film, but Anne Hathaway's character does try to make nice with that dreamy Adrian Grenier by bringing him a cupcake.
Down To You: Not sure how dessert figures into this one, but I heard a rumor that it does.
Fried Green Tomatoes: What is your favorite book, movie and food? Fried Green Tomatoes may be the answer to all three, but I'll take some chocolate or a southern layer cake (but please, keep the saran wrap away) any day. But as a side note, can you believe this recipe for caramel fried green tomatoes and ice cream?
The Gingerbread Man: As buddy Megan says, "It's a terrible, terrible movie. But entertaining!"
The Great New Wonderful: According to one sweet CakeSpy reader, this one "had Edie Falco and Maggie Gylenhaal as cake designers but they weren't very happy..."
The Godfather: "Leave the gun. Take the cannoli". Beautiful!
Hoodwinked: This one was suggested by Mary--that Goody Bandit must be captured!
The Ice Cream Man: OK, so the ice cream man in question is a serial killer. He does drive the right truck! And he's Ron Howard's brother!
Just Desserts: In which a cake (and its baker) are completely enchanting to the protagonist.
Like Water For Chocolate: The wedding cake made with character Tita's tears was delicious, but made people cry over loves long lost.
Manhattan: This one is worth watching for so many reasons, but as one CakeSpy reader pointed out, dessert (milkshakes, to be exact) is a big reason!
Marie Antoinette: Cake porn, featuring sweets by French legend Laduree. Enough said.
Matilda: Basically the cake-eating scene is the sweet equivalent to the egg-eating scene in Cool Hand Luke.
Mermaids: This one got an Oscar, and I'm pretty sure it was for the marshmallow kebabs prominently featured during the movie.
Million Dollar Baby: The real money shot was at the end, when Clint Eastwood's character eats pie in the final scene.
Mostly Martha: Although you'll have to wait til the credits for the sweet stuff, says Viv, it's worth the wait.
No Reservations: According to a CakeSpy reader, the US version of Mostly Martha definitely has some good looking tiramisu featured on-screen.
The Perfect Man: According to one CakeSpy reader, this film with Heather Locklear is "awful, but she decorates cakes."
Run Fatboy Run: In this one, according to Carrie, the "love interest is a bakery sweet shoppe owner".
Serendipity: A sweet romantic comedy which has scenes in the NY Sweets-shop from which the film takes its name.
Simply Irresistible: In which a witchy Sarah Michelle Gellar enchants the dessert (and the rest of the food too).
Simpsons Movie: Of course, Homer is never far from his beloved pink frosted and festively sprinkled donuts.
Stand By Me: This one features a pie-eating contest.
Steel Magnolias: That armadillo cake did more for Red Velvet than it could ever know!
Stranger Than Fiction: If Will Ferrell's character presenting Maggie Gyllenhaal's renegade baker with a bouquet of "flours" doesn't make you melt like buttercream in sunshine, then you're probably dead.
Sweeney Todd: They make pies, but you probably don't want to eat them. Way too savory.
True Grit: In which "corn something or other Rooster Cogburn was eating on the trail"
Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me: The prelude to Dale Cooper and all that damn fine pie.
Varsity Blues: The cheerleader tries to be all sexy by dressing up like an ice cream sundae! That's priceless!
Waitress: Pie, pie, and more pie!
Wayne's World: I wish I could hang out with Wayne and Garth at Stan Mikita Donuts.
When Harry Met Sally: The most famous food scene is at Katz's in this movie, but there are many other sweet cinematic nuggets including conversations about (and over) pie.

 

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