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Chocolate Pecan Pie, a Delicious Success!

5 Dec

Chocolate Pecan Pie

This weekend I made time to make a delicious chocolate pecan pie (see recipe two posts down). I’d only ever had traditional pecan pie so I had really high expectations but I absolutely love this pie. The top layer is slightly crispy and the middle is creamy and rich. I was also pleasantly surprised that something like pecan pie was this easy to make. And to be honest one slice is not enough! If you’re a sweet lover like me you’ll be coming back for more. However, I did have to change the recipe some. Since I live in the land of organic grocery stores, the only cocoa I could find was Ghiradelli. Not a bad substitute at all though since it’s probably the most premium cocoa you can find. First dessert creation was a success and I plan to try something more challenging next time. I’m open to suggestions. Hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I did. ๐Ÿ™‚

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S’mores, the Dessert Sandwich

4 Dec

I don’t think it matters how old you are. You’re never too old to eat s’mores. Besides, what could be more perfect that sandwiching melty chocolate and marshmallows in between two graham crackers?

A week or so ago my bestie and I went to the Festival of Lights in Tanglewood Park in Clemmons, N.C. Besides for the extraordinary light displays, our favorite partย  is stopping by the giant bonfire and buying two of the s’mores sets they sell. Even though I think s’mores should be eaten at any age, we were probably the only people doing so over the age of six. Haha. I’ve never quite mastered the art of giving your marshmallows that nice toasty glow…mine caught on fire TWICE as I was more preoccupied with running my mouth about something (see evidence in the photo below) than attending to the mallows. No worries though. It was still incredibly delicious. The BFF did a better job with hers.

Extra crispy mashmallows. ๐Ÿ™‚ Still tasted good though!

S'mores time!

One of my favorite light displays at the Festival of Lights.

The BFF with her smores.

The Sweet Lobby

2 Nov

The Sweet Lobby is tucked away on a cute side street in Capitol Hill and is easily accessible via the orange line – Eastern Market stop. The shop itself is tiny and is really only meant for to-go orders. And by tiny I mean there’s really only room for the line that forms for to-go orders. The store seems to have many regulars and I received some good recommendations from the lady behind me in line. Because this shop is known for its macaroons I tried two – the PB&J flavor as well as the hazelnut praline salted caramel. I figured the PB&J flavor would either great or terrible but I wanted to try something a little different. I’m glad I tried it though since it was delicious! It was similar to a peanut butter cookie with grape jelly sandwiched in the middle. While that one was pretty amazing, the hazelnut praline salted caramel was hands down the better of the two. It was light and airy and had hazelnut and praline shavings sprinkled on top. I do have to say that I’ve never been a fan of macaroons until now! I can see why this place is know for their macaroons…they are definitely this shop’s best product.

The cupcake I had was also very good as well. The chocolate salted caramel is a chocolate cupcake which is dipped in dark chocolate ganache, filled with house-made salted caramel and topped with milk chocolate buttercream and a salted caramel swirl. The center of the cupcake was the best part. I have never seen or heard of a cupcake like it. What I enjoyed most about their cupcake collection was the variety. They had unique cupcake flavors such as bananas foster, pumpkin spice, mango cream, chocolate caramel crunch, Boston creme, sticky toffee and pineapple ‘inside out’ cake.

Even though I’ve been raving about this shop, I do have one warning. They will charge you 50 cents extra if you get a cupcake box that only holds one cupcake. However, this is the only box they change extra.

The shop also offers shortbread, madelines, mendiants, looseleaf tea and European style hot chocolate. This little shop is a gem! I’d certainly recommend going for anyone who likes uniquely flavored cupcakes or is a fan of macaroons.

Cupcake Places Helping Save the Boobies!

19 Oct

In honor of breast cancer awareness month, I wanted to praise some very awesome cupcake places that are helping the breast cancer awareness cause. They have also created cupcakes specifically designed with the signature pink ribbon. Enjoy the pictures below and if you’re a local, please pick one up! Also, if you needed an excuse to eat a cupcake…I just gave you one. ๐Ÿ™‚ In addition, I want to list my favorite cupcake places in both my hometown of Raleigh, NC and my faves in DC thus far. Enjoy this Delicious.com list for easy access to dessert eatery links:ย  NC/DC Dessert Eatery Faves.

Crumbs Bake Shop (The Pink Ribbon)

Crumbs Bake Shop โ€“ The Pink Ribbon – Vanilla cake filled with vanilla buttercream topped with vanilla cream cheese frosting edged in pink and white sprinkles with a frosted pink ribbon. A $1 donation for each of our Pink Ribbon cupcakes sold will be made to the National Breast Cancer Coalition (NBCC).

Sprinkles (Pink Ribbon Cupcake)

Sprinkles Cupcakes โ€“ Pink Ribbon Cupcake โ€“ Alright, missed the boat on this one but from Oct.1 โ€“ 7 Sprinkles donated the proceeds from its Pink Ribbon cupcakes to the Entertainment Industry Foundation’s Women’s Cancer Research Fund. Since 2005, Sprinkles Pink Ribbon cupcakes have raised $150,000 for Women’s Cancer Research. Their donations are funding EIF’s Biomarker Discovery Project, a multi-year effort to isolate a unique protein that would reveal the presence of breast cancer in a blood test and provide early detection of the disease.

Georgetown Cupcake (Pink Ribbon)

Georgetown Cupcake โ€“ It is an official sponsor of the 2011 Susan G. Komen Global Race for the Cureยฎ. In addition to sponsoring our Team Georgetown Cupcake at the 2011 Race on the National Mall, Georgetown Cupcake donates 100% of the purchase price of its special Pink Ribbon Cupcake to Susan G. Komen for the Cure with a guaranteed minimum payment of $50,000. These “Pink Ribbon” Cupcakes are available by pre-order, walk-in purchase, and via national shipping.

Sprinkles Cupcakes DC – Love it!

10 Oct

Saturday was gorgeous in DC. It was sunny, mild and slightly breezy. That morning I stepped onto my porch, sat down in my chair and sipped slowly on hot tea. At that moment, I decided it was a perfect day for a long walk AND a cupcake of course. And today I was going to earn my cupcake! I put on a good pair of walking shoes and trekked out to Georgetown – a good 50 minute walk – just one way.

I had to smile to myself as a walked down M Street and saw a veryyy long line, stretched as far as the eye can see at Georgetown Cupcake. Thank goodness I was headed somewhere else! I was heading to the store of Georgetown Cupcake’s arch rival…Sprinkles Cupcakes. Dun, dun, dun! ๐Ÿ˜‰

The store itself is very small but clean, inviting and cute. My dad ordered the milk chocolate cupcake and I order the chocolate marshmallow. I have to say that after trying his I had serious cupcake envy, since that’s all he was willing to share. ๐Ÿ™‚ The icing to cake ratio on his was perfect and the cake wasn’t overly dry or soft. The chocolate marshmallow on the other hand was a fairly dry and could have used more icing. The marshmallow center was absolutely delicious though! Truth be told – I’ve been here before but BEFORE I started the blog. I can tell you that the girls I went with (my absolute bestie and her sister) said these were some of the best cupcakes they’ve ever had. On that particular trip I had the peanut butter cupcake and it was simply to die for…much similar in quality to the milk chocolate one! I will definitely be making a cupcake trip back to M Street…but only to one store which is? Drum roll please!…………..

………..Sprinkles Cupcakes. I give their cupcakes an A! I’m excited to see continued success from this company. ๐Ÿ™‚ Tune into Cupcake Wars on the Food Network to see Sprinkles Cupcake founder Candace Nelson who helps judge the show.

[FYI – As some of you may know, many cupcake shops have pink cupcakes this month in honor of breast cancer awareness month. I would encourage you to buy one as a portion of your cupcake cost will go directly to research. Tune in later this week when I give a list of some of those cupcake places! ]

Display case filled with yummy cupcakes!

Top Sweet Eater Tweeters

5 Oct

This week I looked at the most influential tweeters who tweet about sweets. My research proved to be quite interesting. Three out of the five top tweeters I found wrote exclusively about cupcakes. Therefore, I decided to change my search to cupcakes since that produced the most accurate search results. Maybe that shouldn’t be too surprising since cupcake shops tend to be popping up everywhere now. Seeing that the most influential dessert tweeters are cupcake tweeters just proves that cupcakes are king in the world of desserts!

#1 – Cupcakes Take the Cake (14,637 Followers) – This tweeter is most famously known for its blog, which also has the same name. Therefore, most of their tweets take you directly to specific blog posts. Most of their blog posts are about great cupcake recipes, cupcake bakeries and cupcake decorating tips. On their Twitter page, they also post about news in the cupcake world. Most of their followers must also follow the blog because the tweets themselves are not very interesting.

#2 – Cupcake Ideas for You (6,540 Followers) – Cupcake Ideas for You tweets about cupcake ideas from around the world. They also post pictures of wedding cupcake ideas, birthday cupcake ideas and vegan cupcake ideas too. They are most famously known for their website and blog though. Their followers send them cupcake photos to them that they’ve created, which they then tweet. They could do a better job asking their followers for direct input but their casual, fun tweets gives a much more human side that makes their Twitter page fun to read!

#3 – Cupcake Project (2,576 Followers) – This tweeter is the author of Cupcake Project. Her goal as stated on her blog is “to master the cupcake one unique recipe at a time.” This Twitter page was by far my favorite of the top 3. What I really liked about this Twitter page was that she didn’t justย  post the link to her latest blog post as some of the others did. Instead she uses her Twitter page to interact directly with followers and invites questions that prompt a higher response rate.

Old Ebbitt Grill

27 Sep

Outside of Old Ebbitt Grill

Old Ebbitt Grill is a well-known DC landmark for spotting politicians, journalists and other famous people in the political realm. So for me, going there was like playing the childhood game “Where’s Waldo?” I was hoping to see a famous political couple like James Carville and Mary Matalin or some famous journalist like Suzanne Malveaux.

While I was a little disappointed that I didn’t find ‘Waldo’, the dessert I got was out of this world. I got the creme brulee and my aunt got the peanut butter pie. The creme brulee comes in a manageable portion and is not overly sweet. It was light, creamy and perfect. Eating it made me want to buy one of those mini blow torches from William-Sonoma and make it myself. The peanut butter pie was extremely rich, but if taken in small doses is delicious. It is coated in whipped cream and chocolate sauce and sprinkled with both chocolate and peanut chips. It’s a peanut butter lover’s dream come true! ๐Ÿ™‚

The restaurant itself is very fast-paced, busy and a little claustrophobic until you get into the dining area. However, once you’re seated and you get the chance to look around, you’d think you’re at dimly lit country club. Old school looking trophies, stuffed mallards and dark wood line the walls. However, the decor somehow seems perfectly appropriate for the famous clientele its known to serve. I’d give Old Ebbitt Grill desserts an A-!

Delicious Creme brulee!

Rich and dreamy peanut butter pie!

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