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Cake tasted, Bride and Groom Approved

11 Oct

We went cake tasting this weekend. I’m sure you know I was looking forward to this — to getting to the actual sweets of our wedding. And it was so worth the wait.

We went to Baked, a fabulous little bakery in Red Hook, Brooklyn. For our tasting, we were given 10 amazing cupcakes to try their vast array of amazing cake and buttercream combinations. I can’t even begin to gush enough about the goods. You have to try the Coconut Cream, Passion Fruit, and Aunt Sassy’s Pistachio Surprise cakes.

We thought going in that we would want a red velvet cake at our wedding, and of course that was one of the reasons we wanted to try Baked — they have a fantastic one: the Red Hook Red Hot.

Red Velvet Cake

The Red Hook Red Hot from Baked, photo from Bakednyc.com

This is a red velvet cake with a hint of valrhona cocoa, layered and topped with cinnamon buttercream. And the little red hot candies add such a spicy touch! We’re going to have  three tiers of this at our wedding, with a gorgeous red berry branch design running up it — and the berries will be red hots!

But it doesn’t end there! We fell in love with another amazing cake at the tasting: the Sweet & Salty. I took one bit and just about swooned. The Sweets did, too.

Sweet & Salty chocolate cake, Baked NYC

Sweet & Salty, Baked. Photo from Bakednyc.com

As Baked says: “This cake has won many awards and many hearts. Dark chocolate cake infused with a salty caramel, caramel chocolate ganache and topped with fleur de sel.”  Seriously the most grown-up and delicious and special cake I’ve ever eaten. We’ll have one of these at the wedding, too. Couldn’t resist. They sent us home with an extra cupcake of this one, which I plan to savor for dessert tonight. (If the Sweets doesn’t get it first.)

So, New Yorkers, I send you to Baked. Go and get the goodies. Or if you can’t go to them, they’ll come to you: http://bakedshop.com/

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sweets!

28 Aug

In an effort to live up to this blog and the lovely sweets featured here in my banner and beyond, I spent some time this lovely Saturday making a version of the decorated cupcake.

I was inspired by Clockwork Lemon, I decided to try my hand at DIY Marshmallow Fondant.

DIY Marshmallow Fondant

I had to use a LOT of powdered sugar to avoid stickiness!

I couldn’t get the red color I wanted with my wimpy food coloring drops, so I enlisted some red sugar.Fondant and red sugar

Then I piped some frosting onto my chocolate cupcakes, and TADA! I’m very proud of them.

cupcakes with diy fondant

Seriously, yum.

And the money shot.

the most beautiful cupcake

All photos are mine, courtesy of my trusty point-and-shoot Sony Cybershot.

BLARG.

24 Aug

This just a quick post to remind everyone, including myself, that wedding planning is not all fun and joy. Sometimes it sucks. Like, really. It can also be very stressful, trying, testing, nightmare and sleepless-night inducing. Nothing’s perfect.

Here’s what I’m figuring out, though: You can’t be passive in the process and expect to feel in control. Neither can you account for every last thing. And if you don’t know what you want, you can’t wait for someone else to tell you.  I can’t tell you how frustrating that is, whichever side of the coin you’re on at the moment.

But I can get one of these at lunch and try to feel better.

sweet treat

(image from seattletimes.nwsource.com because I didn’t bother to take a picture of mine before I ate it.)

I’ll get back to happy wedding planning tomorrow.

Weekend of leisure

20 Jun

The Sweets and I had a lovely weekend here in New York City. On Saturday, we ventured to Coney Island for the annual Mermaid Parade. It was, if you aren’t familiar, exactly what it sounds like – a beach-side parade of people dressed like mermaids and other sea-folk. Utterly fun and wacky.

mermaid parade sign

Coney Island Mermaid Parade!

mermaid puppet like a chinese dragon

The mermaid version of a Chinese Dragon?

coney island from the wonder wheel

The tail end of the Mermaid Parade as seen from the top of Coney Island's famous and historic Wonder Wheel!

And Coney Island is also home to the famous Nathan’s hotdogs, and we had to partake:

Nathan's Coney Island

I'll spare you the hot dog eating shots.

But the best thing came on the way home, when we stopped in DUMBO, and visited the ice cream shop of Mr. Chocolate himself, Jacques Torres:

Jacques Torres, Brooklyn

Chocolate Heaven, indeed

They were serving monster ice cream sandwiches, and we ate them up like it was our job. De-lish! We followed that stop with a walk around the Brooklyn Bridge Park, where we saw no fewer than four wedding parties taking photos. That was the closest I came to any wedding planning this weekend.

Today we house-warmed friends who recently bought an apartment, and then had dinner with my Sweets’ family for Father’s Day. Delicious homemade Chinese food! Life is good.

Hope you all had a fabulous weekend!