cupake tasting recap: the best things in life are sweet

Last week I had the opportunity to go to a cupcake tasting with Boston Bloggers. This was actually my first time taking part in one of their activities and couldn’t think of a better event to go to. The cupcake tasting was at Sweet Cupcakes in their back bay location. I’ve been there once before a couple of years ago and I remembered it being super yummy so I was excited to go. The event started with an introduction from the owner who gave us a little run down on the history of the company, these were some of the things that stood out to me:

– they prefer to use natural flavoring and colors which is why many of their cupcakes look very monotone (with a few exceptions, one being the red velvet)
– all of their cupcakes are hand-made
– they use a signature double dollop swirl for the frosting
– they have responded to trends in the industry by incorporating cupcakes are gluten-free and even have treats for dogs!
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Irish coffee was being served by the two girls that worked there that evening and they also had full-sized cupcakes that were cut into piece (like a cappuccino cupcake and a Guinness cake with Bailey’s frosting) in addition to mini cupcakes with a variety of flavors. They were all delicious but my favorite was the red velvet.
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The best part was being told I could try anything from the case {anything?! O_O}. I thought the ones in the case were off limit but with a huge decision upon me I decided to use a lifeline. The girl behind the case helped me narrow it down and suggested the hot chocolate cupcake is the best option for chocolate lovers so I went with that… it didn’t disappoint! This one had chocolate cake with a ganache center and an airy frosting that came with a red straw, adding to the cute factor. They provided me with a box so I took this one home with me.
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At Sweet they don’t make the cupcakes on location but instead get them delivered from their Hyde Park bakery. They order enough cupcakes so that they have around 50 cupcakes at the end of the day so even the last customer would have options and anything else left over the staff gets to keep. Considering this was the case I’m surprised that they didn’t allow us to take the cupcakes home… just a few minutes after I got a box another girl wasn’t allowed to take one with her (I’m guessing the one I got was an oversight from their end). Since it was a “tasting” we had to eat it on location but since it was already the end of the day and assuming that every night they have 30+ cupcakes left over what’s one day without the staff being able to take the cupcakes home? Oh well… we did also got a nice bag with treats that included a hand written note from them which was a nice touch. I can confirm that they were all delicious ;)
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happy pi day! chilled mixed berry pie

mixed berry pie it’s pi day!
The nerd in me insisted I make a pie on no other day than pi day! I knew I wanted to make something but didn’t know what to make; ultimately decided on this mixed berry pie that came out delish! It’s chilled so it’s more of a frozen treat. I made it on a small pie dish so you will need to increase the ingredients if you’re making it on a regular sized pie dish. I really like how it came out but the crust actually crumbled and didn’t stick together like I wanted it to :( I made it with nuts and dates, perhaps I needed to add more dates? Let me know if you have any suggestions!
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Multi-layer French Toast Bake: Naughty or Nice?

Welcome D.A.T. Chef!
Hello everyone! So, exciting changes on tastearoo! I’ve partnered up with a college friend to provide you guys with a little diversity in recipe ideas. I’m super excited about this, Clarel aka D.A.T. Chef will be posting his own creations on tastearoo, so you can expect something from him twice a month. This is his first recipe post and doesn’t it look amazing? I’m definitely trying this! Ok, Take it away…

Layered French ToastMorning or Anytime Snack
I am a breakfast-and-anytime-snack type of guy which led me to dream (yes, I dream about food and recipes from time to time, that’s what real foodies do) about this multi-layer french toast recipe. In my dream there were three things that kept going through my head; breakfast, snack, and lasagna (which I interpreted as something with different layers of flavors). After writing down the recipe I had dreamt about, I challenged myself to come up with a healthier alternative that’s just as flavorful. This led to the “no carb” version of this multi-layer french toast recipe. So with that said I’m sharing my delicious dreams with you and hope that you will enjoy it.
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lemon poppy seed mug cake with strawberry glaze

lemon poppy seed mugcakelove is in the air
Or is that citrusy goodness? probably the latter. I’m actually not a huge fan of citrus flavors in desserts. I would instead prefer a dessert with chocolate, caramel, nuts, or even berries but for some reason lemon, lime, and orange flavors in desserts just don’t do it for me. Well comparatively speaking anyways, if citrus is my only option then my sweet tooth takes over and inhales it before I can even register it. Just kidding, I don’t inhale my food… well, sometimes. Valentine’s Day is around the corner and I got a hot date planned with the boyfriend, this would be our 4th valentine’s day together :).
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pineapple upside-down quest cake

pineapple upside down quest cakepineapple express
This came out a lot better than I expected, well I did make it twice. See, the reason for that was that I wanted to note down the ingredients so I could post it for you guys… or was that just an excuse to eat it again, I guess we will never know. The batter was nice and moist and the almonds from the quest bar gave it a nice crunch. In the center I added some sugar-free strawberry jam that I had but if you have maraschino cherries you can use that too. Seriously give this a try, it was super delicious.

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peppermint s’more cups

peppermint smore cups s’mores are not just for camping
I’ve always associated s’mores with going camping but after going to a couple of events with s’mores inspired treats I may reconsider. I should really stay away from those three naughty ingredients but I decided to indulge instead because it is Christmas after all. I made these for the family get-together on Christmas eve and I got thumbs up all around. With just a few minor tweaks it can be an anytime treat, even if you’re not going camping {interestiiiing}. However, the peppermint marshmallow and crushed candy canes are a must for a truly festive treat.
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black bean brownie kiss bites

black bean brownie kiss bites treats make great gifts
For the past few years I’ve made Dave’s parents a dessert for Christmas. I was inspired by the Meltaway Brownie Bites Recipe from Hershey’s Kitchens but decided to make the brownie with black beans instead. I’ve seen many recipes for black bean brownie and wanted to try it myself. Treats really do make great gifts; it’s a labor of love, everyone loves sweets and it gives me an excuse to make naughty things (don’t forget it’s always good to taste your creations!).
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