Cupcakes, America to the Core?

23 Apr

My friend, KTG, sent me a link to an online deal for a diner/brunch/cupcake place, American Cupcake.  I was captivated by the website and decided to buy this online deal.  I think the deal was $15 for two entrees and two cocktails.

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We got the Bacon Sausage Omelette, Trio of Benedicts, Salted Caramel Pancakes, a bloody mary and mimosa.  The food was pretty good, and with the deal, totally worth it.  But without a discount, I wouldn’t spend $15 for eggs benedict anywhere.  The pancakes were probably the best dish, hahaha.  And I liked how my bloody mary had a slice of bacon in it.  Yum!

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I still had to try their cupcakes, since it is what they’re named after.  I tried the most colorful ones, Lemon, Coconut, Bubblegum, and Cotton Candy.  I really liked the cupcakes; they were very moist and buttery, but they were just yellow cake.  The only difference were the various colored frosting which were flavored, but the cakes weren’t so I was a little disappointed about that.  I was hoping for something totally different, like bubblegum flavored cake!

All in all, I may come back here eventually, but not anytime soon.  The decor was extremely fun and cute.  If I had  a girlfriend visiting who likes novelty stores like this, I’d take her here.

Touched Down

21 Mar

Just touched down from my trip to Australia a few days ago!  I”ll post pictures from the trip soon, but in the meantime, I’ll post a few pictures off of my phone for your entertainment.

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My aunt from Japan brought me some lavender & chamomile warming eye masks.

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Aussie Cereals

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A wallaby and peacock just lounging in a park

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two of the many Magnums we ate!

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sea grapes and oysters!   I cut my hand trying to open an oyster.

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Norm got tired of swinging, I guess… ; )

Cheers!

Caring Care Packages

11 Feb

My brother has been living in Tokyo since last summer and I wasn’t going to be able to celebrate his birthday with his so I wanted to send him a care package full of cookies.  My question to him was, “what’s your favorite cookie and cake?”  He replied with, “chocolate chip cookies and cheesecake.”  I had my work cut out for me.

I love my brother and I love cheesecake, but cheesecake os definitely process that requires patience…and I’m not a very patient person.  In addition to my lack of patience, I don’t know how I was going to send over a whole cheesecake to Japan?!?!   I decided to send him travel safe cheesecake balls.  I got the cheesecake recipe from Bakerella and used my new Babycakes Chocolatier that I got for my birthday!

I couldn’t decide if I should bake the cheesecake with a crust or not but concluded that it would be safer to bake it with a crust so the bottom doesn’t burn and to keep the batter from leaking out of the springform pan.  I ended up having enough cheesecake for almost 4 dozen balls, and I used two whole bags of candy melts.

Boy oh boy, I messed up big-time on this cheesecake.  Remember how I mentioned I don’t have much patience, and cheesecake is a process that requires a lot of patience….well, I baked it just like Bakerella told me to but when I took the cake out it looked runny in the center so I decided to bake it for 30 more minutes.  I checked on it after 30 minutes had passed and it was STILL runny looking, so I baked it for 15 more minutes.  It didn’t occur to me until Hunny Buns said “doesn’t cheesecake need to be refrigerated to set?”  I ended up overcooking the cake and it didn’t come out as smooth and creamy as I would have liked it to.  : (   BOOOOOOO

In addition to all this, my mom said that cheesecake probably won’t last too long out of the fridge and that it would probably go bad before it gets to my brother.  So instead, I let Normalicious take half to work.

As for the chocolate chip cookie, Norm’s been wanting me to bake these humongo stuffed chocolate chip s’mores cookies.  I got all of the ingredients and was about to bake them, and then realized, one recipe yields 4 cookies since they’re so big!  My brother wanted cookies to share with friends and co-workers and I couldn’t justify making these giant’ole cookies for people to break apart and share!  And, I wasn’t about to make 4 batches of these big babies.

So instead, I made these chocolate chip marshmallow cookies and baked ‘em right on top of graham crackers.  It’s technically a chocolate chip cookie, and the chocolate chips, marshmallow and graham crackers make it a s’more.  Next time I bake this, though, I would omit the cocoa powder.  It’s not really necessary since you have chocolate chips.  And, I would fold in the marshmallows with a spatula instead of mixing it in with a mixer.  The mixer tore up the marshmallows.

Last but not least, my co-worker told me about these awesome oatmeal toffee cookies.  They came out really good!  Seriously, these are absolutely buttery and fantabulous!  One recipe made about 6 batches of these!  I didn’t include chocolate chips since I used two 8 oz. bags of Heath Bar bits.  I also omitted the pecans since I wasn’t in the mood for them, but these precious chewy goddesses still came out great.

P.S. They reminded me of Lacey’s wafer cookies, nom nom nom nom nom…..

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