Desserts »Magnolia Coconut Cake

401 Bleeker St

My brother-in-law was unable to find my sister’s favorite cake for her birthday (black forest), so he did the next best thing: he bought his own favorite cake. Fortunately, my family all agreed that he’s got pretty good taste: this fluffy coconut vanilla from Magnolia is pretty amazing. The frosting has that wondrous meringue, marshmallowy consistency and looks like a sugar cloud dream. It’s even worth braving the Sex and the City tours to pick one up.

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Posted on December 26, 2009

Desserts »Will Cotton at Partners and Spade

will cotton partners and spade40 Great Jones Street

As a fan of Will Cotton’s scrumptious and almost creepily saccharine paintings as well as fun things secret and rare, I was thrilled to make it to his two day only bake shop hidden inside the usually appointment only Partners and Spade space.

The epicenter of the bakery/installation was the towering stack of pastel cakes, of which I could hardly get enough of and took many photos. One of his paintings hung in the back as a team of little helpers rushed around with fresh baked birthday cakes and macaroons.

I spoke to the artist himself to say I was a fan of his work and he was totally adorably embarrassed and hoped we liked his baking as well before scimpering off to his frosting and flour.

The treats were tasty, though having just come from the New Amsterdam Market, I was stuffed almost too full to truly appreciate more than a bite (Jim chowed the rest). The entire experience left me feeling almost like one of the nymphs in his paintings, surrounded by a tempting, sugary landscape.

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Posted on November 29, 2009

Desserts »Penny Licks (Worst Dessert)

How could I resist this ice cream cone cupcake from Penny Licks? It's adorable. But, it was also terrible. Every part of it, even the sprinkles, tasted old and stale and flavorless. It was unconscionable.

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Posted on November 9, 2009

Desserts »Blue Stove (Best Dessert)

blue stove mini pies

This is what I wrote back on March 23rd:

Just next door to Fanny is Blue Stove, a bright and airy bakery run by a friend of a friend (a lovely slave to the stove named Rachel) offering an array of home baked pies in unique and classic flavors like pecan (with an excellent sweet cream topping), cherry, key lime, and blackberry mousse. Just like Fanny, it's situation in a slightly less traveled section of Williamsburg makes it feel more like a secret spot frequented by in-the-know locals rather than a passing trend.

There's no static menu, you're limited to ordering only what has sparked the baker's fancy, but I can promise (now having sampled three little pies, which was the perfect amount for a four guest dinner party) that everything is absolutely top notch. Before the bakery moved in to this adorable space with its a peekaboo pantry, black and white tile floors, beautifully aged pressed tin, and homemade welcome sign, the baker would take orders and deliver pies to those with a sweet tooth for fresh baked goods, building up a quite a reputation among those who prefer their pies without a lot of artificial junk.

We loved the pies we grabbed to go, but there's an array of large tables should you prefer your sweet to stay with a cup of coffee or tea.

Calpis Ice Bar
Momofuku Cookies
Ronnybrook Ice Cream
Ralph's Italian Ice
Brent Beer Brittle
Raspberry Buttercream Cake

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Posted on November 2, 2009

Desserts »St Honore Pastisserie

astoria st honore patisserieWe stumbled across the adorable French pastry shop, St. Honore Patisserie in Queens after seeing it across the street while enjoying another satisfying meal at Taverna Kyclades. I was craving something sweet and was impressed with the selection in the window.

We opted for a passion fruit mousse cake to share as well as a frilly meringue cookie with sprinkles. Both were yummy and the staff was as sweet as their goodies.

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Posted on August 31, 2009

Desserts »Scialo Brothers Bakery

While my friend's attempt to keep her beau's birthday cake celebration a surprise was foiled – the cake itself -?was a rousing success. From Scialo Brothers in Providence, an Italian bakery that has sat on Atwell's Ave since 1916 (!), the cake was huge, chocolaty, and rich.

There is an online shop where you can get cakes, cookies and biscotti delivered, but you'd be missing out on the beautiful fine looking counter girls we were told about that work there.

Here's what my friend had to say:
“They make cakes, pies, bread, and all sorts of Italian cookies and pastries. I particularly like their soft dinner rolls, pignoli cookies, and apricot & almond paste tart. I also LOVE that the place is mostly staffed by young, girl-next-door types who are very cute.”

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Posted on August 3, 2009

Desserts »Cookie Road

cookie road dalmationWhile other establishments (the once exciting, now disappointing Ichiran and the unknown dark hole on Bedford at North 9th with the conspicuous stained glass window reading 'Girls All Night') are certainly taking eons longer than Cookie Road did to open up, its imminent opening still seemed to have the neighborhood abuzz and impatient.

Located on the corner of the ever expanding, almost-there shopping destination that is Franklin, the little shop has brightened the neighborhood in a weird but fun way with a mural depicting Charlie Chaplin and a couple of penguins.

Inside, the shop is more subdued with a counter full of both signature decorated sugar cookies and various tartlets and pastries. On our first visit we chose a sightless Dalmatian (though we would have opted for the Michael Jackson portrait ones that were available the next week for obvious reasons). As no particular fan of the simple sugar cookie, it's hard for me to judge the taste… it tasted like a sugar cookie with the standard hard icing on top.

But I can tell you for certain though that the key lime tart and the rocky road cookie we brought as dessert offerings to a friends' dinner were excellent. The tart gets high marks for the buttery graham cookie crust that tastes like something your non-health conscious grandmother would feed you with love.

And the owners, both Polish and keeping it local, are sweet as can be.

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Posted on July 20, 2009

Desserts »Cornflake Marshmallow Chocolate Cookie

cornflake marshmallow chocolate cookie momofuku milkEver wondered what a belly-filling, all cookie meal might be like? Head over to the ever inventive (the menu includes cereal milk and fireball soft serve) Momofuku Milk and order one of their incredible cookie creations. I opted for Cornflake, Marshmallow, and Chocolate and I think I can safely say it's one of the greatest cookies on earth.

Any food lover in the city is by now very familiar with David Chang and his mini empire of impressive food, and at Milk he's employed the brilliant Christina Tosi who hails from WD-50. I am excited to return and try more – currently they're featuring an Arnold Palmer cake: “A layer of iced tea-soaked cake, followed by tangy whipped lemon mascarpone cream, almond tea crunch, and iced tea jelly. In the middle: a layer of lemon cake. Repeat with cream, crunch, jelly, and cake.”

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Posted on May 25, 2009

Desserts »Rembrandt Cake at Old Heidelberg

Rembrandt Cake at Old Heidelberg I was so lucky to grow up with such an amazing german pastry shop in my home town. We had the cake pictured for Jim's birthday.

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Posted on December 12, 2005

Desserts »Cassatine Sicilane at De Robertis Caffe

ssatine Sicilane at De Robertis Caffe When you ask for two the lady says,
“So, you wanna full rack? Are they perky enough for you?”
Yes, these look like breasts.
Insane breasts made of cake, ricotta filling, chocolate chips, a marzipan shell, covered in icing with a cherry.
I almost went into a sugar fit my first bite.
I don't remember anything after that.

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Posted on November 28, 2005

Desserts »Cupcakes at Sugar Sweet Sunshine Bakery

After eating at Kuma Inn, walk over to Sunshine.
They are on the Magnolia side of cupcakes, but less sugary.

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Posted on November 7, 2005