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Philantrophic Desserts

October 12, 2010

Congratulations to the Sweets Truck and the other nominees for being nominated for this year’s CLASSY Awards!  The CLASSY Awards are held in major cities to recognize volunteers, organizations, and businesses for their philantrophic events.   The Sweets Truck is a mobile bakeshop and gourmet coffee house offering a wide variety of sweets from bakeries throughout the city.

Its so sweet to see desserts having a philantrophic impact on the city, thanks to the Sweets Truck.  The Sweets Truck work with a variety of non-profit organizations to support our community.  Feel free to contact the Sweets Truck about your charity or fundraiser

Voting for Los Angeles is currently voting.  Visit CLASSY Awards to submit your vote!

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CSN Love

October 11, 2010

CSN Stores have been circulating around the blogosphere, and I’ve spent a good amount of time browsing their more than 200 online stores.  Its grand fun!  They have a huge assortment of everything, from cute handbags, Hello Kitty love, upholstered dining chairs, ice-cream makers…  I always find something fun there.  I’ve purchased a few items from a few of their different sites, and everything always comes in perfect condition in a timely manner.  Love it! 

Definitely peruse their collection of stores when you need something!

Cupcake and Cookie

July 8, 2010

Hello Friends!

Cupcake and Cookie, an Online Bakery

I would like to introduce you to my latest life adventure: Cupcake and Cookie!

Cupcake and Cookie is a Los Angeles and Ventura County based gourmet dessert delivery.  We deliver to the Los Angeles and Ventura counties, and ship around the United States!  We also offer dessert catering and events production services.

I decided to start Cupcake and Cookie because I am a complete dessert fiend (seriously, I don’t eat anything else), and I am bored of the desserts available!  There are the same old cupcakes and cookies everywhere!  So at Cupcake and Cookie we specialize in super unique desserts: Cupcake filled Cookies™, and Cookie filled Cupcakes™!  You get two desserts in one! 

All of our cupcakes are filled with cookies and cookie bars, while our cookies are filled with cupcakes (your choice of filling: cupcake with frosting or cake without frosting).  Every single order is made small batch with the highest quality ingredients, and baked fresh by yours truly!

Our new online bakery, www.cupcakeandcookieLA.com, will be available for your ordering needs very soon, but in the mean time please email info[@]cupcakeandcookieLA.com (without the brackets) for orders and all inquiries.

Alice in Wonderland Winner and Yummy Vacations

April 23, 2010

Its time to announce the winner of our Alice in Wonderland dessert cookbook contest!  The randomly chosen winner of Xanthe Milton’s Eat ME! is…

Christine of Wyndsong Writes About Everything!  Christine wanted to win this book because

“both of my sons are WAY into Alice in Wonderland. I’d love to give my oldest a Alice in Wonderland party for his 17th b-day. And this would make it perfect!!! He wants to make his own Mad Hatter hat, and I love creating great cakes and other desserts for my sons birthday, but since they’ve been older, I haven’t had much of a chance to really make something great for them. This would make their days!”

YAY so glad you won this book so you can make their days!  Congratulations!  Please email me your shipping information so you can get the book 🙂

I’m having some issues with the comments on my blog, so if you commented on the last post to enter the contest but don’t see your comment there, don’t fret!  I received all your comments and submissions, but for some odd reason I can’t figure out, they are not showing up on the blog post.  But I can still see them in my comments box and chose the random winner that way.  Thank you all for entering!

While you’ve all been enjoying these wonderland desserts, I was actually in the wonderland of Shanghai and Beijing myself!  Here are some of the yummier moments of my trip:

The Barbie Cafe in the 6-story Barbie International Flagship Store

Green Tea Oreo Blizzard from Dairy Queen

Possibly the best Egg Tart ever

Alice in Wonderland tea party, desserts, cookbook, and Giveaways!

March 29, 2010
Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland is one of my all time favorite reads.  Fantasy, whimsicality, tea parties, and cakes – all my favorites.  So how beyond excited was I to stumble upon “Eat Me!” a fantastical, Alice in Wonderland inspired dessert cookbook?! 
 
 “Eat Me!” is Xanthe Milton, actress turned Cookie Girl’s whimsically sexy take on desserts.  Lush photography, fairy tales, and unique recipes have made “Eat Me!” a favorite on my bookshelf already.   Xanthe Milton is one cool chic – she started out making a name for herself in the dessert world by selling cookies and sweets from door to door in Nottingham dressed as Alice in Wonderland!  She soon established a long list of celebrity clientele.

The book separates the recipes by season.  Each season begins with Xanthe Milton in fairy tale dress – Sleeping Beauty for Winter, Cinderella for Autumn, etc.  A beautifully written fairy tale story also goes along with each season.  The book ends with a chapter on Parties and grown up (i.e. alcohol-infused) dessert recipes.  Fun to read, and delicious to bake from.  My favorite recipes so far are the Lemon Buttercream Fingers and Toffee Apple Cupcakes, and I can’t wait to try the Blueberry Clouds, Snowdrift Shortbread, Beetrose Cupcakes. .. and the rest of the book! 

 And best of all – I am giving away a copy of Xanthe Milton’s ‘Eat Me! The Stupendous Self-Raising World of Cupcakes and Bakes According to Cookie Girl’ to one lucky Dessert Obsessee!  FYI: this book is hot off the presses and not yet available in the U.S., so you can win it here or order it from the UK.

To enter to win your very own copy of ‘Eat Me! The Stupendous Self-Raising World of Cupcakes and Bakes According to Cookie Girl”  just leave a comment on this post as to why you would like to win!  Thank you to Ebury Press for the winning copy of this delicious book!

A lucky winner will be randomly chosen on April 20, so get your comments in before then! 

 

Lemon Cakes at our Alice in Wonderland tea party

And while we are on the subject of Wonderland and giveaways, I am doing another giveaway over on Cupcake and Cookie!  Recently Cookie and I threw a fantastic Alice in Wonderland themed tea party with super adorable desserts.  Head on over to Cupcake and Cookie for your chance to win a copy of the Alice in Wonderland video game for Wii!  We are two dessert obsessed girls who had a ton of fun with this game, so we know you will too!

 

Palmiers and Laceys at the tea party

Good luck!

Los Angeles Dessert Tour: the Sweet Side of Food Trucks

March 10, 2010

A couple weeks ago, I attended the LA Street Food Fest, like every other foodie in Southern California.  It was splendid fun, but beyond over crowded!  Lines for food trucks went upwards of an hour!  The line just to get into the food fest too over an hour!

But I’m glad I waited, as I was lucky enough to try some of the sweetest trucks in town:

Coolhaus – architecturally inspired ice-cream sandwiches operating out of the coolest truck around, with a hot pink roof and metallic body.  Pick a cookie, and then pick an ice-cream to create your dream ice-cream sandwich!  Wide variety of ice-cream flavors include your favorite flavors as well as some fresh ones – lambrusco, apple pie, blood orange, and earl grey tea!  Pair any of those with your choice of cookies, including brioche, chocolate chip, and chocolate.  Coolhaus had mini versions of popular pairings of their ice-cream sandwiches available for the street food fest:

Chocolate Chip Cookies with Bacon ice-cream and Brownies with Strawberry ice-cream

Ginger/Wasabi: Wasabi ice-cream sandwiched between two Gingersnaps!  The cookie was soft, chewy, with spot-on ginger flavor, and all around fantastic.  The wasabi ice-cream was definitely wasabi ice-cream!  It had a nice, soft, kick to it and wasabi flavor that wasn’t overpowering.  The taste was very “palate cleansing”, as it gets rid of any other flavors in your mouth.  The ginger and wasabi flavors are a great combination.  This combination is definitely recommended!

Brownie/Mint: Light, refreshing, mint chocolate chip ice-cream sandwiched between two nice, fudgy, chewy brownies 🙂

Chocolate Chip/Chocolate Chipotle:  Definitely has a kick to it!  You only get chocolate at first, and then there is a wave of heat.  I could definitely feel it in my throat!  Perfect for the adventurous foodie.

Chocolate Chip/Bacon:  Extremely memorable.  The bacon ice-cream surprisingly tastes exactly like bacon and boasts chunks of real bacon.  Taste is spot-on.  Its crazy and surprisingly delicious!

Ginger/Lemon: My favorite of the six combinations!  The ginger snaps and lemon sorbet would both be fantastic alone and just get better together.  The sorbet is super smooth and creamy, which I absolutely adore.  I hate it when my sorbet is all ice-y and grainy 😦  Super-refreshing-palate-cleansing flavor.  They need to sell this by the pint!  One of my favorite desserts of the day!

The Fry Girl, Inc – not a truck, but they cater events and show up at many food truck events.  Super fresh mini donuts deep fried right in front of you and then into your mouth!  I love the mini-ness as it gives the donuts a fantastic crunch.

Red Velvet Cookie, Banana Pudding, Cookie Crack Bar

Sweets Truck – a mobile bakeshop and gourmet coffeehouse.  Hand-picked sweets and rotating desserts!  This is a sugar rush you can feel good about – Sweets Truck offers organic milk, sugar, eco-friendly paper goods, and a variety of vegan items!  Menu items include red velvet cookies, espresso drinks, italian sodas, cake, and a fun variety of old-fashioned candies and sweets.  The mobile truck carries a variety of popular sweets from various bakeries including Cookie Casa, Southern Girls Desserts, Babycakes NYC, and Auntie Em’s.

Red Velvet Cookie:  I don’t know what I’m supposed when I hear or see the term “red velvet cookie” as I’ve seen so many variations – chocolate cookies, red vanilla cookies, red cookies dipped in chocolate – and the red velvet cookie at the Sweets Truck is no different.  This is a signature item on the Sweets Truck, and is made of fluffy cream cheese frosting sandwiched between two thin layers of red velvet cake.  The cake is gorgeously bright red and very buttermilky – no hint of cocoa.  The cake is very dense (for a cake) without losing any moistness, and has a chewy texture slightly remininscent of your typical cookie.  Its not really a cake and its not really a cookie either… I like it!

Cookie Casa Crack Bar:  Its true, this is one addictive bar!  Pure chocolate cookie crust with a gooey chocolate center covered by chocolate chips.  Pure delight!

Southern Girls Desserts Banana Pudding:  Great vanilla pudding with slices of banana.

Southern Girls Desserts Pineapple Obsession:  That classic Southern treat!  Crushed pineapples and chopped walnuts; great for the fruit lover!

The Popshop – ice pops reinvented.  100% natural, handmade ice pops!  All ice pops are vegan and they even use compostable wrappers! Flavors change each week (and they welcome suggestions!) and include: Pumpkin Pie, Avocado Vanilla, Mojito, Bananas Foster..

Mojito: This is a good, refreshing, flavor for a popsicle.  Light with the slightest hint of mint.

Horchata: Spot on Horchata texture and taste!

Strawberry Lemonade:  Good lemon flavor and a pretty strawberry red color.

Avocado Vanilla:  Ok, the street fest was a few weeks ago… but I am still thinking about this pop!  I want more!  It was super creamy and had strong vanilla flavor.  You can’t taste the avocado at all, but it definitely contributes to the creaminess of the ice pop.  Has a strong rice milk flavor as its mainly made of rice milk.  Definitely my favorite pop of the day!

And word is there will be a second LA Street Food Fest coming this June!  Get excited!!!
Thanks to SauceLA for hosting!

LA Street Food Truck Fest and Free Milkshakes

February 10, 2010

 

This Saturday, February 13, is LA’s first ever official street food fest!  LA’s most popular food trucks are getting together, on one street, for one delicious day of eating in the streets!

The trucks will be offering up a ‘tasting menu’ with small bites of their most popular dishes and even day-of-event exclusive items!  Items are $1 – $5 so you can try as much as you want without getting a stomache from eating too many full-sized entrees!

Check out the wide variety of participating trucks here.   There’s something for everyone – pizza, pastramis, brazilian food, pancakes, kabobs, indian, bbq, and dessert!  The dessert trucks I am most excited for are:

Coolhaus – architecturally inspired ice-cream sandwiches.  Pick a cookie, and then pick an ice-cream to create your dream ice-cream sandwich!  Wide variety of ice-cream flavors include your favorite flavors as well as some fresh ones – lambrusco, apple pie, blood orange, and earl grey tea!  Pair any of those with your choice of cookies, including brioche, chocolate chip, and chocolate.

Sweets Truck – a mobile bakeshop and gourmet coffeehouse.  Hand-picked sweets and rotating desserts!  This is a sugar rush you can feel good about – Sweets Truck offers organic milk, sugar, eco-friendly paper goods, and a variety of vegan items!  Menu items include red velvet cookies, Auntie Em’s famous cupcakes, pudding “shooters”, Babycakes NYC cookie sandwiches, and a fun variety of old-fashioned candies and sweets.

The Popshop – ice pops reinvented.  100% natural, handmade ice pops!  All ice pops are vegan and they even use compostable wrappers! Flavors change each week (and they welcome suggestions!) and include: Pumpkin Pie, Avocado Vanilla, Mojito, Bananas Foster..

Along with the food vendors there will also be local designers and artists in the Valentine’s Marketplace!  Eat, shop, be merry!

LA Street Food Fest (February 13)
LA CENTER STUDIOS (Enter on 500 S. Beaudry Ave, LA, CA 90017)
11am – 5pm
 

And Free Food Alert!  Free milkshakes at Ruby’s Diner this Valentine’s weekend!  Hugs, Kisses, and Shakes!