Sweet Cupcakes

Sweet Red Peach is a local (B.O. & F.O.) bakery in Inglewood, CA.  I’ve tried them a few times.  What I appreciate besides their “about us/start-up story” are their variety of items from cakes, cupcakes to cobblers.  If I had to critique anything it would be their frosting tend to be a bit too sweet instead of flavorful, which leads me to wiping half of it off.  Besides that, the customer service is always great, good prices, friendly and again enough selection to pick from.sweet red peach.jpg

 

Out of this playful bunch my favorite was the chocolate with chocolate and caramel topping featured to the left.  I’m not into nuts so I flicked them off <chuckle>, but still was a joy to have.

 

Sometimes I want to dive in and copy things that I’ve come across or purchased, but other times, I have no time.  Therefor, below I listed a quick box version of this cupcake.

 

 

 

 

 

 

RECIPE:

Box Chocolate Cupcakes

1 box chocolate fudge cake mix
1 box of chocolate fudge instant pudding mix
4 eggs
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup milk
1 cup sour cream (optional)

  • Mix all the above ingredients
  • Line 2 cupcake pans with cupcake liners
  • Fill each liner with about 1/4 cup of cake batter.
  • Bake in preheated oven at 350 degrees for 20 minutes or until done
  • Remove from oven, and set aside to cool off.
  • Using homemade or store bought frosting, pipe your topping onto your cupcake.
  • Drizzle chocolate along the top, break off pieces of caramel to insert and then sprinkle with chopped nuts

Tip:

Consider using a 1M tip if piping.

 

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Something new for breakfast in downtown Pgh

My aunt and I decided to try out Bufford’s Kitchen, a newish spot in Pittsburgh located near the now, PPG Paints Arena.   Out of the three, we attended the downtown location, which means metered street parking.

Understand we love eating, shopping and simply being social.  Therefor, staying “hip” she recommended Bufford and from there we made out way downtown.  While entering this space, the first thing you notice is all the metal and wood used all around the restaurant which was pretty nice.

“Oh, check this place out!” I said out loud.

The place was fairly empty, but it was early and only two other tables were consumed with customers.  This was ok because it just meant we had more time to chat with our wonderful waitress and waiter in training.  We went back and forth with our menu selections while taking suggestions from the staff and together decided to get the Our Soon To Be Famous French Toast and the Shrimp & Grits Bowl that consisted of cajun seasoned shrimp with a bbq butter sauce, egg and topped with cheddar cheese.

“Did you like it?” I asked.  She did, which is great!

As for myself I actually do not eat cheese in grits so it wasn’t a wonderful mouth experience, but it was fine, different.  I’ve mentioned cheese in my breakfast in the past and it’s just not my thing, but was open to try once again.  The butter sauce also too greasy and made sick.  I could feel my stomach beginning to turn once we left.  Thank God for the lemon water!  The shrimp itself was pretty good.   bufford-pgh.jpg

 

As far as the french toast, I’ve had much better.  Not sure if the menu title is appropriate <lol> but I wish them the best.  The bread the ok, not dry, but not buttery and tasty.  It was missing something…maybe cinnamon or nutmeg?  It seems a lot of restaurants do not flavor their food unless it’s a family owned spot who really understands what their people want.  Maybe that’s more of what I want, mom and pop spots?

 

 

I still want you to try this place out.  Why?  The customer service was awesome, it’s very clean, they seem to have great drinks at the bar, breakfast is served all day and it’s simply another cool place to visit whenever downtown.

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Want to try croissant french toast?

RECIPE:

Croissant French Toast

4 old croissants

3/4 cup milk

2 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1-2 tablespoons butter

3 tablespoons powdered sugar

  • Slice croissants in half (or not, personal preference)
  • In a bowl or shallow dish, stir together milk, eggs and vanilla
  • Dip croissant halves into one at a time into egg mixture.  Make sure it’s nicely coated and moist.
  • Melt butter in large skillet/frying pan over medium heat. Once warm, place croissants in pan, allowing to cook about 2-3 minuets on each side or until golden brown to your liking.

Love fruit or other toppings?  I do!  Consider topping with whipping cream, strawberries, berries or glazed bananas.  Enjoy!

My first DELICIOUS gluten-free cupcake

The first time I experienced a vegan/gluten-free bakery was a few years ago when I took (T), a friend of mine out for her birthday.  I forgot the place.  Somewhere in Los Angeles, near Pico or Adams.  Any-who, it was…ok, little dry, odd and different from everything “normal folk” who eat the “normal stuff” would think about “those types” of cupcakes.  I was open to the idea of it, it didn’t kill me, but I also didn’t need to return .

Years later, here I am in Vegas and I was helping a friend with a bridal shower and she happened to order vegan cupcakes.  I thought, “Oh, well maybe I’ll eat a quarter of it and give the other portion away”.  NOPE, NOT AT ALL FOLKS!  These cupcakes were SOOOOOO DELICIOUS!  What flavor did I try?  Carrot I told you I’m on a roll people since my Bundtly Delicious Blog. They were from Gluten Zero Bakery.  We ordered chocolate, carrot cake, red velvet and lemon.

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Now I must admit I wasn’t a fan of the chocolate and learned that with these specialty desserts, the moist and tasty ones are those containing additional ingredients such as fruit and vegetables.  Getting back to those carrot cupcakes, I could have sat and eaten them all night, alone, in a corner and with no distractions.  If and whenever is Las Vegas, take the trip to visit this place.  And trust me, GET THE CARROT!

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I didn’t pick up the cupcakes therefor can not comment, but friends say it’s a great place!

Breakfast near LAX

(Facebook repost & update)

Flying in or out of Los Angeles?  Well, the Eagle got me hip to this spot near the airport called The Coffee Company.  I tried their Waffle of which was fine, but soon learned about their french toast of which I had to try.  However, for some reason when we returned, I forgot to get the french toast and ordered the waffle <frustrated sigh>.  Every time I walk out of this place and look over to another persons plate I say to myself, “DAGGIT, I was suppose to try the french toast this time!”  And this is when (J) would say, “LOSER” and as I would say, “I SUCK”.

The Coffee Company serves breakfast, lunch and dinner just so you know.  A nice spot!  I absolutely love the hanging flower pots out front.  Reminds me of my mother.  A great spot to hit up when taking someone to or arriving from the airport and in need of some good food.  As always the customer service is great, food arrives quickly and the prices are reasonable.

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“OMG it’s them!”

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Bundtly Delicious!

Oh how I would love arriving to work with someone having the wonderful nerve to bring a cake from Nothing Bundt Cakes <huge happy sigh>.  I’ve only seemed to have tried their carrot cake and WOW it is FREAKING AMAZING!!!  A little too much icing for me, but still delicious.  Funny, it’s the only flavor people seem to have brought in, unless I missed something.  Please do try one!

They’ve been on my ‘Need To Eat It’ list.  Super cute, moist, tasty and come in four sizes,  Bundtinis (mini bite-size), Bundtlets (miniature) and Bundts (regular sizes in 8 & 10″).

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“Oh my gosh, who brought in another, Nothing Bundt Cake cake?” I yelled in the office.

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