Entries from June 2nd, 2010

June 2, 2010

macaron taste test | la boulange bakery | san francisco

I’ve been obsessed with La Boulange Bakery in San Francisco for a few years, but have just now gotten the chance to taste its macarons. Unfortunately, I can’t offer a solid review on La Boulange macarons, because this is what happened to my poor little French cookie:

la boulange bakery raspberry macaron

{Preston crushed my macaron—and my heart.}

It was a windy day on the La Boulange de Market patio, and my well-meaning friend Preston caught my macaron before it flew away into the street; sadly, he didn’t realize there was a beautiful raspberry macaron in that flying pastry bag, because he proceeded to crumble it up into a ball (and almost threw it away) before I could stop him. He tried to get me another one, but the lady in line before him grabbed the last macaron—so I guess that’s a sign that they are pretty delicious!

Looks like I’ll be revisiting La Boulange again when I trek out to Cali this summer; too bad I can’t have some delivered to me (Preston, are you reading?!). Luckily, La Boulange macarons are only $1.50 a pop, so I didn’t have to eat too much money for this…but I did have to eat a lot of crushed filling and crumbs!

June 1, 2010

cupcake taste test | daddy cakes | topeka, kansas

Last summer, my friend and coworker Gina and I instituted “Ice Cream Fridays.” We’d take a late-afternoon break and head to the nearest ice cream shop to get a little pick-me-up (and bring back treats for anyone else in the office who wanted something).

This year, with my cupcake fetish, we’ve talked about starting “Cupcake Fridays”—but this could be dangerous, knowing that Daddy Cakes is less than 5 miles away.

Gina introduced me to Daddy Cakes, a boutique cupcake shop in Topeka, when she was planning her wedding last year. Daddy Cakes made Gina’s beautiful (and delicious) wedding cake, and since tasting that cake, I’ve made it my goal to visit the shop more often.

daddycakes | gina's wedding cake

{Gina's wedding cake had layers of lemon, chocolate, vanilla and white.}

We recently went on a dessert escapade (and took our friend and coworker Susan along with us), and look what we got ourselves into:

daddycakes strawberry cheesecake cupcake

{I had the cheesecake special of the month—strawberry cheesecake, mmm. Don't mind my grubby little paw prints.}

daddycakes | peanut butter cup cupcake

{I had to keep Gina from digging in to her delicious peanut butter cup cupcake so I could snap this picture.}

daddycakes | death by chocolate cupcake

{Susan took home a death by chocolate cupcake. That's right...she didn't let Gina or me try it. She got the bigger "daddy cake" size.}

Daddy Cakes has an impressive menu (and a large, new location at 4036 SW Huntoon); you can get more than 10 cupcake flavors every day, and Daddy Cakes even makes specialty cupcakes on specific days of the week. For the diet-conscious (not me!), Daddy Cakes offers four flavors of  “Skinny Cakes” that weigh in at less than 200 calories a piece. That probably means I can get two of those at a time, no?

Daddy Cakes cupcakes come in three different sizes: daddy cake, baby cake and preemie. Single baby cakes (the size Gina and I got) are $2.50 a piece; single daddy cakes (the size Susan got) are $3.50 a piece; and single preemies are 75 cents a piece. While the prices are a little high, Daddy Cakes cupcakes are worth it—you’re paying for artfully designed, perfectly baked treats. My only suggestion for Daddy Cakes? Open a bakery in Lawrence! I will visit you every day (and probably work for you for free…or for cupcakes) if you come to my backyard.

Check out Daddycakes’ photo gallery to get a glimpse at more of its beautiful (and tasty!) creations.

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