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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.

Black and Orange…

4 Feb

For Halloween last year, Kt.G, and I popped Normalicious’s pumpkin-carving cherry.  My Norman has never carved a pumpkin before!  We went to a local pumpkin patch and picked out a few pumpkins to carve.

Norm was getting a little frustrated, having never carved a pumpkin before, working next to Kt.G, who’s a pumpkin carving champion, but I think Norm’s pumpkin came out looking pretty good for a first-timer.  In the picture below, Norm’s pumpkin is on top and Kt.G’s is on the bottom with the crooked stem.

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Oh, and I baked Black Velvet Cupcakes for my co-workers for Halloween. I took this Black Velvet Layer Cake recipe and modified it for cuppy cakes.  Since the Giants went to the World Series right around this time, I decided to make orange cream cheese frosting to celebrate, (although I’m not a big sports fan).

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Black Velvet Cupcakes

Make the cake recipe above.  Put batter into cupcake tins and bake for about 15-20 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean from the cake.

Orange Cream Cheese Frosting

From epicurious (http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Orange-Cream-Cheese-Frosting-102381)

Ingredients:
2 8-ounce packages chilled cream cheese
8 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
2 cups powdered sugar
2 teaspoons grated orange peel
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/3 cup chilled sour cream
 
Directions:
Using electric mixer, beat cream cheese and butter in large bowl until well blended. Beat in sugar, then orange peel and vanilla. Beat in sour cream. Cover and refrigerate until frosting is firm enough to spread, about 30 minutes.
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