Desserts »Empire Cake Snoballs

112 8th Ave

Homemade Sno Ball? Yes please!

Empire, formerly called Lulu Cakes offers these sweet bombs that are miles away from the strange though familiar childhood pucks.

I was happy to find the cake to be moist and thick and the inner frosting to be sweet and thick (you can share these if your sweet tooth his not up to par).

The Chelsea bakery also makes yelpers go wild with their snack cakes – which are like homemade Twinkies.

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Posted on February 15, 2012

Desserts »Baskin Robbins Icecream Cake

643 Manhattan Ave,and a Million Other Locations

Father’s Day afternoon: Van is sacked out in my arms, so (best daddy ever) Jim has to go down to the land of I-forgot-to-get-a-cake, the Baskin Robbins attanched to the Dunkin Donuts for his own Father’s Day Cake.

As someone familiar with Carvel and Hersheys cakes in the past, I expected that strange sugary plastic icing and ultra sweetness. To my surprise, Baskin does things a little classier. The icing is more like whipped cream and doesn’t even coat your mouth with oddness.

It does, of course, still end up looking like some crazy clown nightmare by the time you’re nearly done though (see photo), as all ice cream cakes should.

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Posted on June 19, 2011

Desserts »Birthday Cake Truffles

at Momofuku Milk, 251 E 13th st

On one hand, there’s a very alarming Times article about the dangers of sugar but on the other, Momofuku Milk is now offering Birthday Cake Truffles!

And Birthday Cake is one of my favorite things on the planet. When it was knocked out of the Jezebel Cake vs. Pie Tournament I was much more upset than was reasonable.

One great thing about getting older is that our peers are now in charge of things. Whether it’s media or food, most everything is made in new and inventive ways, usually reflecting what we loved growing up. Momofuku pastry chef Christina Tosi is a perfect example.

I am willing to bet she also had sleep overs that involved a shared messy bowl of raw cake batter (or were my friends and I particularly indulgent?). Well, at least I assume she got to lick the spoon in the kitchen.

These truffles are a delicious way to relive those days and economical compared to the pricey but awesome whole cakes on offer.

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Posted on April 29, 2011

Desserts »Gift Box Cake

at De Robertis, 176 1st Avenue

Leave it to the over hundred year old East Village bakery De Robertis to make my New Years just a little bit sweeter. This adorable gift box cake with chocolate ganache, a marzipan bright red bow, chocolate mousse, and raspberry filling was superbly delicious without being overly sweet or rich. I love that this corner of Old New York is still alive and well and making goodies that make my belly smile.

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Posted on January 9, 2011

Desserts »Stanton Cakes

by Grace Stanton, Baker

My dear friend Miss Grace Stanton can do just about anything. Trim hair? Check. Tell you how to make a compost pile? Check. Make you feel good about a bad situation? Check. Correctly use (and adorably pronounce) phrases like “Holy Bananas”? Check.

In addition to all of the above, she’s currently training to become a pastry chef, so I jumped at the chance to secure her creativity and skill for my sister’s baby shower (a mere few weeks till I’m an aunt!!) – but I had no idea what I was in store for.

Jim most accurately described Grace’s blue and white labor of love as “expressive” and it was the absolute hit of the party. Some day (perhaps quite soonish) Grace will be a full blown pastry chef/bakery owner/queen of the fondant; in the meantime (if you’re really nice) I can see if she can hook you up with an incredible edible creation.

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Posted on January 31, 2010

Desserts »Barcelona Round Up

crema catalanaChocolate, crema, and cake

Spain offered what I was hoping for: Iberian hams, anchovies, fried little peppers, etc but it totally surprised me with the best cake I’ve ever moaned the phrase “YUM…” to. It came from Rita (more info about the restaurant in this week’s restaurant entry) and it was like Duncan Hines boxed cake but gourmet – deliriously delicious.

Of course, we had other delectable sweets and I don’t mean for the cake to cast too long shadow over the cinnamony crema catalana – a spiced but mild crème brulee, or the incredible chocolates we sampled at the Mercet Bouqueria, which were as tasty as they were beautiful and sometimes humorous to look at.

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Posted on January 10, 2010

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 »Homemade Tiramisu

handmade lady fingers for tiramisuMy friend Grace impresses me greatly with her home made from scratch treats that she often brings to office parties. The latest and greatest was a Tiramisu, which comprised of home made lady fingers for goodness sake!! (pictured).

It's not a dessert I tend to gravitate towards, but this was certianly the best I've had and I loved it. You can really taste the care that went into making it. She combined recipes from allrecipes and the Joy of Baking.

If you want to impress like Grace, take a page from her book and enroll in the Institute of Culinary Education.

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Posted on September 21, 2009

Desserts »Cafe Sabarsky

Cafe Sabarsky

Why do I mention it now?

Because we just enjoyed a relaxing wine filled lunch here (it's a perfect
stop off after a museum day) and were again blown away by the scrumptious desserts. I can't recommend the Milchrahmstrudel: quark cheese strudel with vanilla sauce enough!

Here's what I said back on 4/24/06:

Located in the Neue Galerie which is now hosting a Klee show, this scrumptious Viennese cafe has some tantalizing dessert choices. Doug and I opted for a white chocolate mousse torte with citrus fruit. It was dense, decadent, and perfectly balanced, no flavor was too overbearing.

A perfect spot for a quick dessert and coffee during a museum day. Tip – if the line is long, the downstairs cafe has the same menu and not as many people know about it.

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Posted on June 15, 2009

Desserts »Raspberry Buttercream Cake

dorrie raspberry buttercream cake I've mentioned before the huge perks of working with one of the best bakers I've ever met and I've got to say, Sarafina has outdone herself this time. From Dorie Greenspan's Baking: From My Home to Yours cookbook she created a cake that brought back happy memories of my own wedding cake – a raspberry butter cream.

Greenspan is a chef who earns universal love and devotion from avid bakers and has even spawned a club wryly called Tuesdays with Dorie, a group of women who make her recipes and blog about it here.

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Posted on May 18, 2009

Recipes »Vegan Cheesecake

vegan cheesecake homemadeThe office girls and I were huddled around the homemade vegan cheesecake at a recent office birthday party half full of curioustity, half with trepidation. To all our surprise, especially Grace, who made the healthy confection, there was no need to be weary. It had a nice texture and a sugary taste that could fool even the most skeptical milk and cheese lover.

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Posted on April 20, 2009

Desserts »Vanilla Cake with Vanilla Frosting

homemade vanilla cakeIn case I don't mention it enough, I have really great friends! Mike, who has been a huge blog help these last couple weeks, made my birthday-cake dreams come true (I heart vanilla/vanilla!) with a couple of cups of sugar and 2 sticks of butter topped with fresh strawberries and store-bought romantic red roses made of that weirdly yummy plasticy stuff.

Here's his recipe, which comes from Magnolia. Make sure to share the cake itself with as many people as you can, Jim and I felt like decadent fatties with the leftovers in our fridge, though it was fun to stretch my birthday treat (and birthday tummy) for a few more days.

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Posted on April 6, 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