Tuesday, April 20, 2010

An Evening of Free Wine and Chocolate at Michel Cluizel

Via Pulse JFK & City Sweet Tooth.

An Evening of Wine & Chocolate

When: April 28th, 7-9PM

Where: Chocolat Michel Cluizel
584 5th Avenue, New York, NY

Cost: FREE

RSVP at info@migrationofsenses.com with first and last name, as space is very limited

Latin Cultures and cuisines expert, chef and author Maricel Presilla will delight us with tasty stories and dishes and sign copies of her last book “The New Taste of Chocolate”, while you sip exquisite Spanish wines selected by Wine & Food Associates and devour blissful Michel Cluizel single-origin chocolate bars.

50% off Baking for Good

At Baking for Good, 15% of sales goes to a charity or community cause of your choice. With this coupon, you can get $50 worth of treats for $25. As of right now, you have 2 days and 8 hours left to sign up for this deal.

Terms & Conditions:
Limit one per person, good for one use, may purchase multiple as gifts, tax not included, certificate expires April 20, 2011.

Happy 420! NYC Munchie Guide

Some of the first cookies I ever baked!

Gridskipper has mapped out 30 locations to visit while stoned and hungry. Sweet spots include Economy Candy (108 Rivington St), Led Zeppole (328 E 14th St.), Momofuku Milk Bar (207 2nd Ave), and Spot Dessert Bar (13 St Marks Pl ).

If you live in the outer boroughs (or are just looking for more places to get your sweet fix), check out my Bakery Map (it can take a moment to load). I do recommend visiting said map before your totally baked. Your sense of purpose gets zapped in the quest to find the bakery closest to any location you visit with some regularity. Or maybe that's just me.

Enjoy ;)

Food Network Filming at The Treats Truck

Original photo can be found here.

Today, Tuesday April 20th The Food Network will be filming The Treats Truck at their regular spot at 38th & 5th Ave. They would like their regular customers to a come a little later than usual, they will open around 2/2:30PM and stay open till 5/5:30PM. If you don't want to be on camera you can still buy treats, no big. Along with their specials tomorrow they will also be offering Dessert Nachos, Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes and Kitchen Sink Crispies.
When you buy one of the featured specials, they'll throw in an extra cookie on the house!

Monday, April 19, 2010

The Second Annual Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale

Original photo can be found here.

Via The Girlie Girl Army.

What: The Second Annual Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale

When: Sunday, 25 April 2010. 12PM - 5PM

Where: Moo Shoes
78 Orchard Street
Manhattan, NY

Cost: Free to attend, baked goods cost extra

Sign up to bake here.

The NYC World Wide Vegan Bake Sale will benefit the Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary this spring. Stock up on a variety of vegan baked goods including cheesecake, twinkies and more and visit the Woodstock table to sponsor an animal for a year and find out more about the great work they do.

Babycakes will be there too!

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Magnolia's Earth Day Cupcake

Original photo can be found here.

Between April 18 and April 22 celebrate Earth Day with peace sign adorned cupcakes for $3.25 each at Magnolia Bakery. $1 of every cupcake purchase will go to Plant a Billion Trees.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Bake Sales and Flea Markets this Weekend

There are four bake sales in the outer boroughs this weekend- what a good excuse to come out and visit!

Via Eating in Translation.
What: Trinity Lutheran Church Flea Market
When: Saturday, April 17, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Where: Trinity Lutheran Church,
63-70 Dry Harbor Rd. (at Juniper Blvd. South)
Middle Village, Queens
"Bargains galore. 50 vendors.
Home made cakes. Old and new items. Food available"

What: Viking Extravaganza
When: Saturday, April 17, 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Where: St. Paul's-St. Luke's Lutheran Church
165 Decker Ave. (at Catherine St.), Staten Island
"Luncheon of Scandanavian foods, coffee, tea,
home baked goods, and Scandanavian items for sale." Drawings start at 3:00 p.m. for the accompanying "Chinese auction"

What: Flea Market and Polish Bake Sale
When: Sunday, April 18, 9:00 a.m-4:00 p.m.
Where: St. Josaphat Roman Catholic Church
34-32 210th St., Bayside, Queens

Via The JLH Life.
What: NYC Food Bloggers Bake Sale 2010
When: Saturday, April 17, 2010 (rain or shine!) 10 AM to 5 PM
Where: The Brooklyn Flea
176 Lafayette Avenue, Fort Greene, Brooklyn

This Weeks Sweet Reviews

Eating in Translation: Krystal European Bakery

Cakespy: Sublime: The Lime Cornmeal Cookie from Amy's Bread

Life With Food & Drink: I Screme for gelato

Serious Eats: Raspberry Cupcake at ChikaLicious

Madame B. NYC: Levain Bakery's Double Chocolate Chip

Life is Delicious: Obscene cookies from Levain Bakery

Cookie Madness: Yellow Cake Bake-Off Results — 3 Cakes

Fork in the Road: The Early Word: Four & Twenty Blackbirds

Serious Eats: Sfogliatelle in the Bronx's Little Italy

Serious Eats: Adirondack Creamery's Kulfi-Pistachio Cardamom

The Girl Who Ate Everything: Chinatown Ice Cream Factory = :(

Always Hungry NY: Featured Dessert: Led Zeppole’s Cream Puff

Life with Food & Drink: Soft serve and shoddy service at Kyotofu

Blondie & Brownie: Pig Candy Cookies! Brillant!

Serious Eats: The New Affogato Trio at L'arte del Gelato

Serious Eats: Cannoli at Egidio's in the Bronx

Serious Eats: Sam Bo Luong at Paris Sandwich

NYC Tastes: Some Damn Fine Doughnuts at Peter Pan

NYC Foodie: NYC Foodie Gelato of the Week: Il Laboratorio Del Gelato

Serious Eats: First Look: People's Pops in Chelsea Market

Blondie & Brownie: People's Pops Raspberry & Cream Tastes Like Summer

Serious Eats: Chocolate-Cherry Cookies at Columbine

Lunch Studio: Carrot Cake from Oro Bakery & Bar

Phoenix New Times: Get 'Em While You Can: Limited Edition Coconut M&M's

Fork in the Road: Will the Real Cereal Milk Please Stand Up?

Candy Blog: Kopper’s Absinthe Cordials

Life with Food and Drink: Cupcake Stop shocks and awes

The Foodista: Recipe: Chocolate-Orange Brownies

Cake Tease: More Robicelli’s

Serious Eats: Churros at El Quinto Pino

Fork in the Road: First Prize Pie's Peanut Butter Pretzel Pie

Serious Eats: Cook the Book: Olive Oil Gelato

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Bouley Bakery has Closed

Original photo can be found here.

Via Fork in the Road.

According to the above article, Bouley Bakery and Market closed as of yesterday. David Bouley said running the bakery took too much time and energy without making a meaningful profit.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Sweet Tax Day Freebies

Tomorrow is April 15th- Tax Day. Here are some free sweet treats to make yourself feel better.

Cinnabon: Free bite sized portions of Cinnabon Cupcakes at mall-based locations from 6-8PM

Maggie Moo's: Free Sample of Ice Cream Pizza Between 3-7pm

People's Pops: Shave ice is free tomorrow until all 150 pounds of it runs out.

There are lots of other free tax day giveaways for breakfasts, juice, coffee, beer and more. Check them out here and here.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Wine and Cupcakes at Pinkerton

What: Cupcakes Take the Cake Meetup Group: Wine and Cupcakes at Pinkerton

When: Tuesday, April 27th. 7PM

Where: Pinkerton Wine Bar
263 North Sixth Street
Brooklyn, NY 11211

Cost: FREE cupcakes while supplies last, bring cash for wine bar

Only 14 spots left open! RSVP here.

66% off at Holey Cream

Via KGB Deals.

Holey Cream
796 9th Avenue
New York, NY 10019

Pay $2 for $6 worth of goods at Holey Cream, from gelato to donuts. Get the coupon here!

KGB agent insider tips: Many of the ice cream flavors at Holey Cream are rotations from the 34 varieties of Sedutto’s, the legendary Upper East Side ice cream parlor. They also sell Ciao Bella gelato and Illy Coffee.

Offer valid from April 13th 2010 to October 14th 2010

Openings: Four and Twenty Blackbirds

Via Fork in the Road.

Four & Twenty Blackbirds
439 Third Avenue, Brooklyn

The shop, owned by sisters Emily and Melissa Elsen, specializes in pie and opened in Gowanus last Friday.

Festa del Cioccolato at L'Arte Del Gelato

Via City Sweet Tooth.

What: Festa del Cioccolato: 11 different flavors of chocolate gelato made with Valrhona chocolate for a nice price, with all proceeds going to benefit sick kids.

When: April 23, 24, & 25. Times depend on location (see below)

Where: L'Arte Del Gelato
Chelsea Market, 75 Ninth Avenue
New York, NY 10011
From 12PM-6PM

West Village
75 Seventh Avenue South
New York, NY 10014
From 6PM-12AM

Cost: $2

All proceeds from special sales made on these dates will go to The Stephen D. Hassenfeld Children's Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders.

Monday, April 12, 2010

500 Free Strawberry Mini Cupcake Stop Cupcakes Today!

Original photo can be found here.

Today (Monday) make your way over to 46th between 5th & 6th between 12:30-2:30PM to get one of 500 FREE strawberry mini cupcakes from The Cupcake Stop.

The code word is "DRESSBARN", and 10% of tomorrows Dress Barn profits go to the Dress for Success organization.

Cupcake Camp NYC 2010 Coverage

What an amazing event!

The Camp was scheduled to begin at 7pm. I had no plans of getting there at 7, and aimed for 6:30. Why? I looked up the venue and the number of people that attended the event last year, and it didn't take much reading to figure out bakers would need to set up early, before the hoards of people filled up every available space in Happy Ending. Last year 334 people RSVP'd. This year, that number jumped to almost 2,000.

Most people, like myself, could make and carry at the most 4 dozen cupcakes. Many people brought far less. And you can't blame them- 4 dozen cupcakes can be quite cumbersome (I used a clean pizza box to transport my cupcakes).

More chitchat later, onto the cupcakes!

^ These babies are my Apple Pie Cupcakes- gone in the first 50 minutes of CC2010 (as were most of the cupcakes!)

^ Peanut butter chocolate chip cupcakes by my new buddy Adrian (who was super nice- I wouldn't have been able to handle this event without him!)

^ Cappuccino chocolate chip cupcakes with espresso powder, also by Adrian.

^ Red velvet with cream cheese icing

^ The only baked good that I don't think made cupcake criteria.

^ Donut of Champions

^ Sunshine Cereal cupcakes
topped with Fruity Pebbles

^ To the right are almond cupcakes made by Miriam's Cakes (miriamgarcia101@yahoo.com)

^ The middle ones with pink frosting have cherry liqueur, the ones on the outside are chocolate cake covered in walnuts.

^ The ones to the right are red velvet

^ Beet red velvet with goat cheese frosting, by Norah Burton (burton.norah@gmail.com)

^ Comfort Cupcake: Chocolate cupcake with cream cheese frosting topped with a peanut butter and jelly macaron. By http://www.macaronparlour.com/

^ The Say Anything cupcake
made by Mel B.

If you were a baker and you see your creation here, let me know in an email or comment! I'll be glad to add your name, email or website to the post :)

Some of my favorites were the Donut of Champions, the ice cream frosted mini, and the pumpkin ginger mini by Cake Lab.

I had a blast! It wasn't all good news though.

Me and Adrian both had friends who were supposed to meet us inside and who didn't get in till all the cupcakes were gone. They came on time at 7PM, and ended up waiting on a line that went around the block, instead of simply down it. Both our groups of friends got in a mere hour after the doors opened- and everything was gone. He saved his girlfriend and his friends two of his cupcakes. Had I not went around the Camp before the rush of non-bakers arrived, I wouldn't have gotten the maybe 12 cupcakes that I did. I ended up splitting these with my three friends.

A woman who came from an out of the way area of Brooklyn had sat in front of her computer on a waiting list, and was given 15 minutes to reply when a spot opened up. She rushed over only to be greeted with a crazy line and a practically deserted bar, with of course, no cupcakes. *I* had to be the one to tell her, which was not fun.

I heard lots of stories. For a short while, there were rumors downstairs of cupcakes upstairs. I went upstairs to investigate, only to find one variety of cupcakes that looked flawed in their design being scooped up fast by desperate cupcake fans. Folks upstairs went downstairs in a futile effort to find more cupcakes. I saw bakers holding on to up to five cupcakes they themselves had brought. My friends were apparently told that if they went and purchased cupcakes from someplace they would be let in immediately. They did try to find some, but the nearest bodega didn't even offer Entenmann's.

Long story short, I can't wait for next year! I will just over-prepare, as I did this time (and it paid off).

Looking for more Cupcake Camp coverage? Check out the Cupcake Camp Tweetwally & Cupcakes Take the Cake for a video of the crazy line, as well as Cupcake Camps Facebook group- where you can upload photos from the event! You can also read about a late attendees experience at Cakeb0t.

UPDATE: Anny Cakes is the winner of the design competition for her sparkly cupcakes and Best in Show went to Audrey Criss from New Jersey with her spice cake cupcakes topped with whipped cream cheese frosting. You can read more about the event from the organizers themselves here.

Here are some more pictures:

The downstairs bar

A sitting area before the rush

The upstairs bar

Upstairs. Sorry for the obnoxious flash guys! I was trying (unsuccessfully) to show how packed to the brim the place was.

I got the last cupcake cocktail, and I was very grateful for it.

Tips & Tricks

1. Arrive EARLY. I cannot stress this enough. When I arrived at 6:30, there was already a line down the block. The organizers will fill the venue up to capacity, but they have to adhere to fire codes, so once fire code capacity is reached your stuck waiting (and the cupcakes disappear fast- most if not all are gone within one hour of the doors opening).

2. Bake or bring cupcakes. People who brought cupcakes are let in first, so we can set up and because of the extra effort we put in. Getting in early lets you beat the crowds, so you can move around more freely and collect all the available cupcake flavors before they are gone. And the more cupcakes there are for everyone, the more there are for you. You by no means have to stay with your cupcakes, so bring em and forget about em if you like.

3. Bring a cupcake carrier. Hands (if your using both) can hold about 6 cupcakes tops, and regular sized tupperware or disposable aluminum cupcake trays also limit you to about 6 cupcakes, there's also not a lot of surface area to set them down on so you can eat. With a carrier you can even fill it up and take it home or to a park, so you can enjoy your bounty in peace, which will allow more people to get in.

4. Happy Ending has been the venue chosen for both cupcake camps. Be aware that there is an upstairs and a downstairs, and two bars. The entryway as well as the stairwell are very narrow. Cupcakes are located on both floors, and you'll have to wade your way through walls of people to access the cupcakes.

5. Plastic knives are insanely useful, as well as conscientious. Cupcakes can be quite large, especially when your eating 60 of them. Most regular sized cupcakes can be cut 4 ways. You can taste more by splitting them with someone, and you won't have to leave partially eaten cupcakes lying about (there were many). And again, this means more cupcakes for everyone!

The unfortunate remains. How many of these cupcakes could have been saved if only they were split four ways?

6. Make business cards. I made mine in Microsoft Office Word, and they were printed out on regular printing paper. Nothing fancy, just something that people can walk away with so they remember who made what. It also helps to stick something into the cupcake itself that has this information.

Two friendly suggestions for the organizers:
A lot of bakers and attendees felt a larger venue was needed. Happy Ending is an awesome place, but with almost 2,000 people RSVP'ing this year (and many of them leaving without cupcakes) we felt Cupcake Camp has outgrown the surface area they can offer.

I'd personally love to see a "program" of sorts, with a bakers name and website or email listed next to the name of their cupcakes. There is nothing wrong with organized chaos, but I'd love to be able to easily find the contact info for a cupcake I particularly enjoyed, since not everyone has business cards and those that are available can be challenging to get and almost impossible to link to the cupcakes themselves.

I won't pretend to understand how difficult organizing a massive event like this is, and I don't want this entry to sound too critical. I hope my suggestions and observations are taken as I mean them, in the most friendly and respectful way possible. I'm grateful I was able to be a part of Cupcake Camp, and new venue or not, I will be back next year :)

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Dewey’s Candy Named Best Sweets Shop

Via Brooklyn Daily Eagle.

Dewey's Candy
141 Front Street (between Pearl St & Jay St)
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(718) 422-1333

New York Magazine has named DUMBO's Dewey's Candy, a new store that offers old fashioned candy, the best in the city.

Tim Hortons at Union Square Closed for Renovations

Via EV Grieve.

After opening in January, the Tim Horton's on 16th street is now closed for renovations.

Bloombergs Sugar Related Hypocrisy

The Post has a story about Bloomberg bringing cupcakes to a meeting.

The meeting came just a day after the paper reported that Hizzoner -- who has railed against salt, trans fats, sugar and cigarettes -- had awarded a contract to a Queens bakery allowing it to sell pricey cupcakes on city property.

The city -- after just banning bake sales in schools -- is slated to rake in an extra $108,000 in the first year alone.

I'm so sick of this "do as I say, not as I do" crap.

Related Posts:
Bake Sale Ban Petition
Parents Protest Bake Sale Ban- with a Bake-In!
The Latest Insanity: New York Bans Bake Sales

Bake Cupcakes with Butter Lane

Original photo can be found here.

Via Pulse JFK.

What: Bake Cupcakes with Butter Lane

When: Monday, April 19th. 8:00pm - 10:00pm

Where: Butter Lane
123 East 7th Street
New York, NY

Cost: $50 per person. A credit card is required to hold your reservation. There is a 50% cancellation fee.

From the site:
Let us teach you how to make cupcakes the Butter Lane way! We provide the equipment, ingredients and know-how—you provide yourself and your friends. Great for birthday parties and showers! Our classes are casual—from the baking enthusiast who wants to be a part of every step to the friend who’d rather assist (and taste). Our classes are meant to be fun & instructive, not hard core.

RSVP here to get your tickets and to see more available class dates.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Ralph’s Italian Ices in Brooklyn Closes

Via Grub Street New York, Via Downtown Diaries.

Ralph's Italian Ices' Brooklyn location at 357 Graham Ave (between Metropolitan Ave & Conselyea St) closed about a month ago. It will be replaced by a deli. You can still get Ralph's in Queens, Staten Island, and Long Island.

Ivy Bakery Cupcake Eating Contest

Original photo can be found here.

What: 3rd Anniversary & 2nd Annual Cupcake Eating Contest

When: Saturday, April 24th. 11AM-5PM; contest starts at 2PM

Where: Ivy Bakery
278 87th St. (Off 3rd)
Brooklyn, NY

Cost: Free to attend, raffle tickets and entry into the contest cost extra (email Daniellan at mail@ivybakery.com to enter the contest)

From the Facebook event page:
There will be Face Painting with Allison Parker, Sweet Samplings, Raffles, Goodie Bags, and what we’re all waiting for, the 2nd Annual Cupcake Eating Contest. This year it’s going to be bigger and better with 10 contestants competing to finish 2 dozen cupcakes in 12 minutes.

It’s also going to be a great day to fight hunger as Cupcake Participants will be donating half of their entry fee to The Food Bank for New York City. Raffle collections and a portion of proceeds from sales will also be going to the Food Bank.


MC: Larry Valenza

Award Presenter: Nancy Cummings (2009 Winner)

Judge: Nichelle Stephens of Cupcakes Take The Cake

Cash Prize, Bragging Rights, & Gift Certificate to Ivy Bakery!

RAFFLE benefiting The Food Bank for New York City

$1 each or $5 for 6.
Prizes have been generously donated by local businesses and sponsors. All funds collected from the raffle will be donated to The Food Bank for New York City. Winners will be notified via e-mail.

(Can't attend the event? You can still purchase a raffle ticket, just drop by the shop.)

1. Martha Stewart's CUPCAKES Book (2 Winners) from Ivy Bakery

2. Bikram Yoga Bay Ridge T-Shirt & 1 Month Unlimited Yoga

3. Bay Ridge Food Co-Op Tote Bag

4. Chef With Sole Gift Certificate Value $25

5. Bay Ridge Bicycle World Gift Certificate Value $25

6. Handmade 'Kyoko' Earrings by Andrea (Down-To-The-Wire) Value $65
7. 1-Hr Massage with Erika Zuber LMT

**** If you're a REGISTERED Cupcake Contestant and or part of the event crew please arrive no later than 1PM for PRESS & PHOTOS**** ****

If you're a VOLUNTEER, please arrive at 10AM for Setup, Photos, & My Mom's Home Cookin' Mmmm!****

This Weeks Sweet Reviews

Jeffrey Tastes: Judy Ruminates… Spot Dessert Bar

Serious Eats: Banana-Chocolate Croissants at Panya

Serious Eats: Kyotofu's Dessert Kaiseki

Serious Eats: Honey-Raisin Scones at Birdbath Build a Green Bakery

Eating in Translation: Cream-cone vendor

Serious Eats: Looking for the Best Alfajores in Queens

A Cake Bakes in Brooklyn: Harvard v. Princeton: The Cake-Off

Taxi Gourmet: Happy Passengers and Ice Cream: Grom Gelato & L’Arte Del Gelato‎

Cookie Madness: Shoofly Cupcakes; Carrot Coconut Bread; Top 10 Winter 2010

Candy Blog: Glutino Gluten Free Dark Chocolate Candy Bar; Trader Joe’s Classic Chocolate Bars; Wonka Fruit Marvels

Cravings: Chocolate Pudding Pie at Pies N' Thighs

Serious Eats: Caramelized French Toast at Stumptown and Cafe Pedlar

Fork in the Road: East Village Strange Soft-Serve Smackdown

NYC Food Crawl: Winners of the March Brownie Crawl

Life with Food and Drink: Back to Holey Cream we go

Edible Queens: Timmy O’s Frozen Custard is Part of the Slow Food Movement

The Foodista: Yummy and Semi-Healthy Blondie Brownies

A Passion for Food: Pichet Ong at The Bubble Lounge

NYC Food Guy: Apple Turnover with Bacon Vanilla Ice Cream at Village Tart

Fork in the Road: Steve's Key Lime Chocolate-Covered Pie on a Stick

Serious Eats: Tout Vanilla at Fran├žois Chocolate Bar

The Foodista: The CupcakeStop Truck - Rich, Decadent Mobile Nibbles

Cupcakes Take the Cake: Pastel Easter cupcakes from Crumbs

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Free Champagne & Cupcake Party

Via Pulse JFK.

What: Free Champagne & Cupcake Party

When: April 8 (that's today!), from 6pm -10pm

Where: SITE design
3511 34th Avenue, Astoria, NY

Cost: FREE

From the event website: We’re turning 3 and there’s no better way to say thanks for your support than a SITE party!

* Champagne, cupcakes, and magic all night long
* All your favorite party hits to dance to all night
* Discounts on all your favorite SITE goodies so you can shop, shop, shop- 20% off anything in-stock from 6-10

SITE is about inspired design, unexpected details, and wit. Owner Mackenzi Farquer artfully mixes handmade, vintage, and beautiful design in this Long Island City boutique. Since opening in the Spring of 2007, SITE has brought a delightful assortment of gifts, jewelry, kids goods, bath & body products, furniture, and lighting to Queens.

Ivy Bakery Lockdown VII

What: Ivy Bakery Lockdown VII

When: Saturday, April 10th. 8PM-12AM

Where: Ivy Bakery
278 87th St (Off 3rd)
Brooklyn, NY

Cost: $25 ($5 off if you bring a friend!) Cash only.

All you can eat pastries, plus board games, free pizza and lots of good company!

Red Mango Coupon

Original photo can be found here.

Print out this coupon and get $1 off Red Mango's new flavor, Madagascar Vanilla.
Offer expires 5/31/10

Free Cinnabon Cupcakes on Tax Day

Via Cupcakes Take the Cake.

What: Free bite sized portions of Cinnabon Cupcakes

When: April 15th, from 6PM-8PM

Where: Participating U.S. mall-based bakeries

Cost: FREE

From the press release: As part of the promotion, Guests can enter the brand's online essay contest now through April 15th for the chance to win a $100 gift card. In 500 words or less, participants should explain why their life needs Cinnabon frosting. Visit www.cinnabon.com to enter the contest and read the official rules.

A Week of Free Makeovers & Candy

Via Pulse JFK.

What: TRIA Beauty has a pop-up in NYC. Free makeovers & candy bar

When: April 7 - 13
Weekdays: 11:30 am -7:30 pm
Saturday: 10-6
Sunday: 12-6 pm

Where: 155 5th Ave
New York, NY

Cost: FREE

From the site: Stop by the TRIA Beauty Blue Lounge for a demo of our revolutionary new Skin Clarifying System — and stay for a free makeover! Recharge in the lounge area with great music, or hit up the complimentary candy bar for a jolt before you hit the street.

Champagne, Cake & Project Runway

Via Pulse JFK.

What: Champagne, Cake & Project Runway

When: Friday, April 9th. From 5PM-9PM

Where: Emmett McCarthy EMc2 Boutique
240 Elizabeth Street
New York, NY

Cost: FREE

From the event website:
For the Bride to Be
2010 Bridal Fashion Week Event
Champagne, hors d'oeuvres and cake served in the garden.

Cupcake Baking Class with The Robicellis

Via Cupcakes Take the Cake.

What: Cupcake Theory

When: Monday, April 19th at 6:30PM

Where: The Brooklyn Kitchen
100 Frost Street, Brooklyn, NY 11211
(718) 389-2982

Cost: $40

From the website: This month we're happy to welcome Allison and Matt Robicellis whose innovative cupcakes have won them a cult following in New York City. Allison and Matt will go over the finer points of cake baking, covering the fundamentals of the process, which they will demonstrate step-by-step to turn non-bakers into bakers. They will discuss the pros and cons of two different methods for making frosting, creaming and oil-based, and of course, they will cover buttercream. Students will go home with recipes, a belly full of cupcakes, and the confidence to bake perfect cake at home with ease.
Duration: about 2 hours.
Students are not required to bring anything with them.

People Are Still Bitching About Cupcakes

Oh noes, people still love cupcakes! Isn't that just obnoxious?

Not as obnoxious as bitching about cupcakes. OC Weekly is complaining about old news, Butch Bakery. "Can we please be done with the cupcake fad now?"

This UK article from Times Online says "time for the backlash to begin".

Its pathetic how late to the game almost every fucking article complaining about cupcakes is.

As usual, every time a story comes out about how irritating the cupcake "craze" is, I encourage everyone who happens to stumble upon my blog to buy a cupcake today! Or as soon as possible. Let the anti-cupcake community know your listening.

And, since they're are two articles, you can definitely use this as an excuse to buy two cupcakes ;)

Friday, April 2, 2010

This Weeks Sweet Reviews

Fork in the Road: The Meatball Shop's Ice Cream Sandwich

Serious Eats: Rundown of The Best Carrot Cake in New York City

The Girl Who Ate Everything: Red Ribbon's Combo Meal: Hooray for Cake!

Eating in Translation: Bomboloni

Midtown Lunch: Where To Find Passover Sweets in Midtown

Serious Eats: Flourless Chocolate Desserts

Always Hungry NY: Bacon Donuts Now at Wildwood BBQ

Always Hungry NY: Streit’s Chocolate Covered Matzo

SnakSnak: Manner Vanilla Cream Filled Wafers

Serious Eats: White Pepper Cookies at Bluebird Coffee Shop

Serious Eats: Passover-Friendly Sweets at Crumbs

Serious Eats: Lemon-Fennel Muffin at Locanda Verde

The Feed: Top 10 Dessert Spots

Fork in the Road: Black Hound Bakery's Key Lime Macaroon With Momofuku's Cream Cheese Frosting Ice Cream

Fork in the Road: A Gallery of Pies at the New Pies-N-Thighs in Williamsburg

We Heart Astoria: Judith Hearts Astorian Bakeries

Always Hungry: Spiked Hot Chocolate, Cake & Cookies at L.A. Burdick

Serious Eats: The Kissable Cupcake at Sugar Sweet Sunshine

Times Magazine: The Bun Report - Hot, Cross, and Sticky

Happy Easter & Passover!

Original photo can be found here.

Easter Links:

Candy Blog:
The All American Chocolate Bunny Battle, Fair Trade Eggs, Ferrara Pan Chicks & Bunnies Jelly Candy, Easter Sugar Babies, Trader Joe’s Milk Chocolate Malted Milk Eggs, Real Eggshell filled with Hazelnut Chocolate Truffle, RM Palmer My Little Bunny, Jumbo Gum Ball Eggs.

Cravings: Valrhona Chocolate Easter Eggs

Serious Eats: Housemade Peeps at Three Tarts

Serious Eats: Easter Treats at Bouchon Bakery

Fork in the Road: Battle of the Chocolate Easter Bunnies: Jacques Torres Vs. Russell Stover

Grub Street: Unorthodox Easter Candy

Blondie and Brownie: Here Comes the Easter Bunny

City Pages: Easter Candy: Top 5

Candy Blog: An Easter Dash- Reviews in Short


Passover links:

Serious Eats: Passover-Friendly Sweets at Crumbs

Serious Eats: Flourless Chocolate Desserts

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Demel is Closed

Via Midtown Lunch.

It seems to be official, the only US outpost of Demel is now closed. You will be missed (at least by me). But NBC reports that after it closes, another flagship location will be in the works!

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2 Chicks with ChocolateTasting at Macy's

Via Eating in Translation.

What: 2 Chicks with Chocolate Tasting

When: Saturday, April 3, 11:00-3:00

Where: The Cellar at Macy's
151 West 34th St. (Sixth-Seventh Aves.)

Cost: Free admission

"Please join the entire 2 Chicks' Team & Master Chocolatier, Patrick Coston, at Macy's Herald Square as we celebrate our big debut!
2 Chicks' is pleased to announce that Macy's NYC will now be carrying our line of assorted chocolate barks and toffees, along with some delicious Easter treats! 2 Chicks' will be doing a full chocolate tasting along with fun giveaways! Please come by to celebrate with us, and of course, get your cocoa fix! "

Momofuku Milk Bar no Longer Selling Cake Slices

Via Eater NY.

Momofuku Milk Bar will no longer be selling cake by the slice, a decision they've made based on the freshness of the slices. You can still buy a whole cake (if you the funds).

Fork in the Road has some more details.