Review: Express Lane Cooking

It’s Day 3 of Cookbook Week and I’ve definietly saved the best for last! Express Lane Cooking by Shawn Sypus of the blog I Wash, You Dry isn’t about baking desserts, but about creating delicious, healthy meals with only 5 ingredients!

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Express Lane Cooking is my newest cookbook and has quickly become my favorite!  The family friendly recipes are simple, require little prep and are delicoius!

The fun part about Shawn’s book is that she offers three different ways to prepare the same 5 ingredients.  This is great if you like to shop at bulk food stores where they sell massive packs of meat and veggies.   You can buy a bulk amount of chicken and have three different ways to prepare it for the week.  Genius!

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My family has made two of the chicken recipes from the book so far, both from the same 5 ingredients.   The first recipe I made was the Cheesy Potato Crusted Chicken.  I’m a sucker for anything covered in potatoes… and bacon.  This recipe was simple to make and the flavors were amazing and used chicken breast, bacon, red potatoes, cheese and broccoli.   I would have never thought to layer my potatoes on top of my chicken so this was a fun, new way to eat the classic chicken & potatoes.

I posted my version of it on Instagram the night we ate it!  SO YUM!

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We also made Loaded Chicken Casserole using the same 5 ingredients… chicken breast, red potatoes, cheese, bacon and broccoli.  I did take a picture of this casserole, but it wasn’t as pretty as the photo in Express Lane Cooking, so I’m not going to share that with you.  HOWEVER,  this was MY FAVORITE new recipe!  I absolutely love big chunks of potatoes in my meal so this was right up my alley. Cookbook Review: Express Lane Cooking by Shawn Syphus | JavaCupcake.com My kids devoured it and asked for seconds.  Shawn’s Loaded Chicken Casserol is a WINNER and will definitely make it into the rotation of meals we make for the family! I also, wanted to share with you a few of the other recipes from Express Lane Cooking that looked too good not to share! Cookbook Review: Express Lane Cooking by Shawn Syphus | JavaCupcake.com With fall upon us, this Chili-stuffed Spaghetti Squash would make the perfect dinner for a chilly evening.  The 5 ingredients to make this meal are spaghetti squash, vegie chili, bell peppers, onion and cheese.  Easy peasy and delicoius! And for all you seafood lovers, Shawn has several recipes in Express Lane Cooking for you.  I mean, can you go wrong with shrimp wrapped in panchetta?  I think not! Cookbook Review: Express Lane Cooking by Shawn Syphus | JavaCupcake.com Are you inspired to try some new meals for your family?  I know I was the moment I opened Express Lane Cooking!  You MUST buy a copy of Shawn’s book! You won’t regret it!

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Review: Cupcakery – Party Perfect Cupcakes in a Flash

I’m so incredibly excited to share with you this book on Day 2 of cookbook week!  Cupcakery: Party-perfect Cupcakes in a Flash by Toni Miller is a genius book showing that with a few colorful supplies and planning you can create the most delicoius, fun and themed cupcakes for any occasion!

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Toni and I have one awesome thing in common… we’re both Army Wives!  Toni and I were connected through our blogs (she’s the mastermind behind Make. Bake. Celebrate.) a few years ago and once we found out we were both Army Wives… well we bonded instantly.  There have been many late nights chatting with Toni about Army life and cupcakes!  It’s a unique friendship unline any other I have and I’m giddy with joy to know her!

When Toni told me she was writing a cookbook all about cupcakes I was ELATED for her!  If you already know Toni and MBC, you’ll know that her cupcakes are always bright & colorful and her piping skills with the frosting is pure perfection!

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Cupcakery features cupcakes that will not only taste delicoius but that will be simple to recreate for any party you’re hosting!  Since the fall and winter seasons are right around the corner, I want to share with you some of my favorites from Cupcakery that will pair perfectly with the coming seasons.

Summer is just about over along with cherry season, but I’m certain that you could whip up these Cherry Cheesecake Cupcakes for a back-to-school treat!

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Are you ready for some football!!!??  Football pre-season is in full swing and the regular season is coming fast!  These football themed Candy Bar Cupcakes would make the perfect dessert for your tail-gate party!

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I am always looking for a fun, new way to decorate cupcakes for Halloween.  Toni has created these colorful Poison Apple Cupcakes that are simple, yet scary at the same time and on-point for a haunted house!

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You may not always think cupcakes with you imagine Christmas desserts, but Toni does an amazing job at creating a beautiful Cinnamon Eggnog Cupcake that is guaranteed to be a holiday favorite!

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To help ring in the New Year, bake up a batch of Cookies n Cream Cupcakes and dress them up to party!  Toni has done an amazing job transforming these cupcakes into a treat special enough to celebrate 2016 in style!

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Love the liners you see on Toni’s cupcakes?  They’re from Sweets & Treats Boutique so you can recreate all of these cupcakes with ease knowing where to buy the beautiful liners!

The Giveaway!

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Fill out the entry form below to gain entries to WIN all these of the books I’m reviewing this week! If you didn’t enter in yesterday’s review of Cupcake Envy, make sure you check it out and answer the Day 1 question on that post! Today I’ve added a Day 2 question to be commented on here and tomorrow a Day 3 question on that post! You must have a USA mailing address to be the winner of these cookbooks.

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If you can’t wait to get your copy of Toni’s book Cupcakery, you can purchase it on Amazon!

Review: Cupcake Envy

I’m super excited to bring you the first of three cookbook reviews this week!  Each day, you’ll have a chance to enter to WIN all three books so make sure to come back tomorrow and Friday too!

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Today’s book is a cakelette decorating book, Cupcake Envy, by the talented Amy Eilert.  Amy Eilert founded her online shop Cupcake Envy in 2006. Her cakelets have been featured in local and national media outlets such as DailyCandy.com, Skirt Magazine, Brides Magazine and the Ugly Betty show. She travels throughout the U.S. and Canada teaching classes and judging national cake competitions including That Takes The Cake Sugar Art and Cake Competition and Cakelove 2011 and is also a certified instructor at CakeCentral.com.

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Earlier this year, Amy released a new book, Cupcake Envy! Cupcake Envy walks readers and aspiring dessert chefs through techniques and preparations to bake exquisite treats that resemble amazing objects such as stylish party dress, a wicked voodoo doll, an adorable baby bottle and more than two dozen other amazing likenesses that people will buzz about!

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These clever single-serving cakelets assume beloved forms that will appeal to all the special people in your life. Amy’s instructions are easy to follow, and readers will easily be able to customize their own creativity to each of the designs.

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Even those who don’t have an aptitude for baking, will enjoy decorating these mini cakes. Every cake can be made with a simple box of cake mix and store-bought toppings, giving more time to devote to the fun and creative parts of the process—shaping and decorating the cakes.

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Find more about Amy and Cupcake Envy on the web or Facebook! Cupcake Envy is availble in most major bookstores and online at Amazon!

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One person will win a copy of each book I’m reviewing this week!  Come back each day for more enteries and chances!  A winner will be chosen THIS SATURDAY! Simply fill out the widget below every day to add more chances to win!  Open to those with a USA mailing address only.

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White Chocolate Espresso Ice Cream Cake

Celebrate your next birthday with this perfect-for-summer White Chocolate Espresso Ice Cream Cake!

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If you’ve been following JavaCucpake for the last four years you’ll know that I’m a huge fan of my local gelato store Pinguino Eis in Grafenwoehr, Germany.  Last September, Phillip (the owner) and Luca allowed me into their store to view the process of making the gelato.  It was so fascinating to see the process first hand how they make the most delicious ice cream I’ve ever had.

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Recently, Pinguino Eis began offering ice cream cakes or Eiskuchen in addition to all the other deliciousness they serve at their cafe.   This happened to be perfect timing because my husband Dave requested and ice cream cake for his birthday!

We chatted with Ariana (co-owner) about the flavors we wanted and she wrote down all the details.  Dave had a vision of her perfect ice cream cake and we knew that vision could be fulfilled by our friends at Pinguino!

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From bottom to top…

  • Cookie crust
  • White chocolate gelato
  • Espresso gelato
  • Toffee bits & almonds on the side
  • Fresh whipped cream
  • Chocolate covered espresso beans
  • More toffee bits  & almonds on top

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Can can think of anything more delicious than this?  Not only is all their gelato fresh made daily, but the entire cake was made by hand from scratch!  This is why I love living in Germany so much.  Everything is made by hand with love.  It’s just the only way they know how to do things here.

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A big thanks to Phillip, Ariana, Luca and the entire crew at Pinguino Eis for helping make Dave’s birthday so special!

Visit Pinguino Eis on Facebook for more info about location and hours!

 

Wanna Cupcake? Bakery Review

Nestled between the bustling city of Tacoma, Washington and the majestic Mount Rainier, Wanna Cupcake? is a sweet dessert & cupcake shop in the Puyallup Valley that bakes delicious treats for every occasion.

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Wanna Cupcake? owned by Karie & Jim Romano has been around since 2009.  They began selling their cupcakes at local Farmers Markets but realized their passion would be greater served by opening their own store front!

Before I moved to Germany, I had tried to connect with Karie to sample her delicious cupcakes… but our timing never worked out.  So, when I had a last minute trip back to Washington State I reached out to Karie and scheduled a visit to her cupcake shop!

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Upon entering Wanna Cupcake? the first thing I noticed was the big chalk board with the daily flavors along with the beautiful display of cupcakes at the counter!  It’s like the cupcakes were calling out to me… PICK ME! PICK ME!  Bring pink cake stands and pink walls created a very welcoming, fun-loving vibe in the store.

Next, and my most favorite part of the shop is the open kitchen!  I have been in MANY cupcake stores (dozens and dozens!!!!), but Wanna Cupcake? was the first cupcake shop that had their kitchen and decorating stations in plain view!  I absolutely loved this!

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I remember when I was a kid leaning against the glass at the Cinnabon staring at them make the rolls and being in awe.  This open kitchen at Wanna Cupcake? gave me that feeling again!  I was giddy when I realized I could actually see the bakers baking and decorating the cupcakes that I was about to enjoy!  I was fascinated with the boxes and boxes of caking supplies and those giant stand mixers!! EEEEK!  I need all of it!  I probably could have sat at the counter watching those ladies bake for hours!

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Meet Karie.  Hi Karie!!  Karie and her husband Jim began baking cupcakes for their kids birthdays back in 2009 and quickly realized they could do more with their baking passion!  So, they began selling their cupcakes at local farmers markets (which is how I first heard of them!) until they realized they wanted to do more!  In 2010, they moved to Puyallup and opened their Wanna Cupcake? store front, which is their home today! They have 8 employees and still sell their cupcakes at 3 local farmers markets! (Puyallup, Steilacoom and Tacoma for the locals!)  Karie hopes to participate in several local festivals this year too!

Wanna Cupcake Bakery Review | JavaCupcake.comLet’s talk cupcakes.  All of their cupcakes are baked fresh daily from scratch using only the finest ingredients and their own special recipes.  Wanna Cupcake’s frostings are all fresh American Buttercream, Italian Meringue, Cream Cheese or Chocolate Gananche, depending upon the flavor, and each one is hand piped and decorated to exacting standards.

Every day, Wanna Cupcake? offers 13 different flavors consisting of daily standards plus a selection of specialty flavors of which they have more than 100!  I was in the shop on a Wednesday, which mean they had Moose Tracks, Chocolate Cherry Cordial, Coo-Coo Coconut  and Snickerdooodle as their special flavors!  In their case, Wanna Cupcake? also had a few extra mini cupcakes from a special order for sale.  They don’t typically stock mini cupcakes but if you catch them on a day where there’s extras… you’ll be lucky!

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Karie treated me to any cupcake I wanted to try.  I was with my Dad and son, Matty, we we picked out 5 to sample.  Coo-coo Coconut for Dad, Happy Birthday for Matty and Moose Tracks for me then Snickerdoodle and Lemonicious to share.

My favorite was the Moose Tracks.  There’s just something about that sweet, salty, chocolate and caramel that does it for me.  So darn delicious.  My Dad absolutely loved the coconut.  He raved about it for weeks after.  And Matty, he loved the sprinkles!

Every cupcake I tried from Wanna Cupcake? was moist, not too sweet and full of amazing flavor.  These cupcakes are what a cupcake should be.  Full size cupcake, generous dollop of frosting and quality ingredients made with pride and love.  I could not find one thing wrong with these cupcakes.

Karie said their #1 selling cupcake was their Salted Caramel made with their homemade caramel sauce.  I tried it.  It’s amazing.

In fact, we loved them so much that instead of making cupcakes for my son’s birthday party in Washington… I ordered from Karie! Aren’t these birthday cupcakes the cutest? My family couldn’t believe I bought them… they thought I made them! hehe Nope… Karie did!

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Since it was Valentine’s Day, Karie had her shop set up with super cute themed display and lots of extra goodies to eat.  Cake pops, rice krispie treats, chocolate pretzel rods and hand dipped cookies!

The hand dipped cookies… they’re dipped in CHOCOLATE!  Karie sent me home with one of those too.  I didn’t share.  It was so good!

Oh… don’t let me forget… but Wanna Cupcake? also does custom cakes for every occasion!!  Seriously, they do it all!

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Karie and Jim asked me not to give away all their big plans… but some awesome things are coming next for Wanna Cupcake?  One thing I can share with you though is parked out front of their shop.  A big cupcake van!  Karie and Jim hope to someday mobilize their cupcakes and bring them to a party or sporting event near you!

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I plan to be in Washington again late this summer and I can’t wait to see all of Karie and Jim’s plans come to life!  I really wish nothing but the best for these two hard working, cupcake loving folks!

So, if you’re in Washington you must make the time to visit Wanna Cupcake?! Not only are Karie and Jim the best… but their cupcakes are awesome!

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Their Puyallup bakery & store front is located at 2102 East Main in Puyallup, WA between downtown Puyallup and downtown Sumner.  Wanna Cupcake? is open every Tuesday-Saturday 9:00am-6:00pm but are available every day for weddings & special events.

You can also check them out on Facebook & Instagram where they post updates and lots of fun pictures!

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A HUGE thank you to Karie and Jim for their hospitality while I was at their shop.  It was a thrill to meet you both and I thank you so much for the bakery tour!  I am looking forward to seeing you again in the Fall when I return!

Cooking with Core Home Products

Earlier this year I purchased a set of mini bamboo & silicone spatulas off of Zulily.  I loved the small size and shapes of them and found myself using them in the kitchen all the time.  I did a bit of research about Core Home Products, the company that made the spatulas and found of they make tons of amazing kitchen accessories!

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Before I go any further, know I’m not getting paid to write this post.  I’m writing this because I think sharing products with my readers will help make their time in the kitchen more enjoyable!  Which is exactly what Core Home Products kitchen tools have done for me and why I want to tell you all about them! I reached out to Core Home a few months ago and asked if I could sample a few more of their products to review on my blog.  

Because I knew I already loved their product, I knew that I’d be able to give a glowing review of any product they sent me.  Cooking with Core Home Products | JavaCupcake.com They sent me (above):

  1. the Madrid Bamboo Spatula Set
  2. the Los Angeles Colored Utensil Set
  3. the Easy Grip Rolling Pin in Aqua and
  4. the Pro-Bakers Measuring Board

I haven’t had a chance to use the rolling pin and the measuring board yet, but I have used the spatula set and the utensil set almost every day since I got them!  If you’ve been following me on Instagram you may have noticed all the dinners and desserts I’ve made using Core products! Here are a few of my favorites… Those first mini spatulas I bought make putting together some creme pat for eclairs super easy! 

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Stirring together some cream and chocolate to make ganache… no problem!

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When I made these Apple Fritters, I used one of the utensils from the LA set to make the apples.

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Searing some Italian sausage for spaghetti!

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For Thanksgiving, I used my Core Utensils with everything I made, but one of my favorites was my homemade cranberry sauce!

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And most recently, I used another Core utensil to make every part of leftover Thanksgiving turkey soup!

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Why I love Core Home Products

As I was thinking about why I love Core products so much I came up with three main reasons… First, the color.  I rarely find kitchen tools that are not only functional, but cute!  The colors of almost all the Core products match my blog and kitchen colors!  I love that they are so pretty!  I think the teal color is my favorite!

Second, the variety.  I appreciate that Core produces several sizes of spatulas ranging from mini to full size and everything in between.  The bamboo utensils I use in cooking may all be the same size, but their shapes are different which means I can use them in many different ways in the kitchen, no matter what’s for dinner.

Third, the stability. Core has made a sturdy product.  My bamboo utensils have been used 3-4 times a week for the last few months and show no sign of wear yet.  I have used other wooden spoons in the past for cooking meals, but they often feel flimsy and even break.  I don’t forsee Core’s products breaking anytime soon.  In fact, I feel as though they just may last for many many years to come.

Really, I have found no reason not to love Core Home Products!  In fact, I love them so much that I have a few extra goodies to share with you!

Core Home Products Giveaway

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{Review} Pinguino Eis – an Italian Gelato Cafe

Nestled in a quiet military community in Bavaria, Germany Pinguino Eis, an Italian Gelato Cafe, serves homemade gelato treats to ice cream loving Americans, Germans and their families.

A few weeks ago, I was given the privilege of taking a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to run this authentic Italian gelato cafe and the process of making their delicious gelato!

{Review} Pinguino Eis - an Italian Gelato Cafe in Grafenwoehr, Germany | JavaCupcake.com Upon entering Pinguino Eis, I’m often greeted by the owner Phillipe (right) and Luca (left), his lone trusted employee.  Sometimes, Phillipe’s co-owner Ariana is in the store too but most of the time it’s these guys.

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When I first started going to Pinguino Eis in March of 2011, I knew from my first scoop that this gelato cafe was a special place.  I didn’t know it then, but Phillipe speaks at least 6 languages including German, English, Spanish and Italian.  No wonder he was so inviting and friendly when we walked in the store… he was ready for whatever language we spoke!

During the winter months, Luca goes back to Italy where he lives and Phillipe & Ariana enjoy time off with their two sons.  This year, instead of going back to Italy though, Phillipe & Ariana said they’re staying in Germany for the winter.  Should be a fun winter for them, Phillipe is originally from Luxembourg and is no stranger to cold winters!

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Since Pinguino Eis is only open during the warmer month’s of the year (March to September), they have just a few tables inside for their customers to enjoy their gelato.  Most of the seats are outside where umbrellas for shade keep their patrons cool on hot days.  It’s not uncommon to see dozen of people lined up at the door to get in and dozens more sitting and standing outside during the summer months.

Inside the store, immediately you notice their freezer display full of at least 20 different gelato flavors to choose from.  Everything from chocolate, strawberry and vanilla to more fun flavors like forest berries, rum raisin and bubble gum.  There’s something for everyone!

{Review} Pinguino Eis - an Italian Gelato Cafe in Grafenwoehr, Germany | JavaCupcake.comLet’s get to the good stuff… the gelato!  Since I grew up eating American style ice cream, it wasn’t until I moved to Europe that I was introduced to gelato.

There are 2 major difference between American ice cream and gelato.  First is the ingredients.  American ice cream tends to have a lot of preservatives and extras added into the mixture before it’s churned.  Geltao doesn’t.  The gelato that Phillipe makes using recipes he created over 15 years of experience in the gelato business has very few ingredients.  Sugar, dextrose, cream and flavoring.  That flavoring is always as fresh or as natural as he can get it.  Real fruit, real nuts, real everything.  This is why gelato has a shelf life of only 3-4 days.  Luckily, it doesn’t ever last that long and Phillipe’s gelato never goes to waste.

The second difference is the process in which the gelato is made.  American ice cream ingredients are mixed and then immediately put into an ice cream machine to churn and freeze.  Gelato has an added step of cooking the cream mixture before churning and freezing.  This added step helps to break down the sugars and cream making the smoothest, creamiest gelato.

I learned that making authentic Italian gelato is a lot easier than I imagined.  I assumed it was a more intensive process with a lot of mixing, ingredients and steps.  But, really it’s very simple.

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First, Luca starts by measuring the ingredients into a large bucket.  This is the base of the gelato.

{Review} Pinguino Eis - an Italian Gelato Cafe in Grafenwoehr, Germany | JavaCupcake.comHe adds any flavoring necessary then uses a large immersion blender to mix it all together.

{Review} Pinguino Eis - an Italian Gelato Cafe in Grafenwoehr, Germany | JavaCupcake.comNext, the mixture is poured carefully into the top section of the gelato machine where it cooks for 7-8 minutes.  (This machine, by the way, is an investment!  Phillipe told me they cost around €30,000! Yikes!)  The mixture is then transferred by a spout to the bottom of the machine where it freezes and churns for 10-15 minutes, depending on the size of the batch.

{Review} Pinguino Eis - an Italian Gelato Cafe in Grafenwoehr, Germany | JavaCupcake.comFinally, a small door is opened and the freshly made gelato comes out and falls into a pre-frozen metal pan.  The gelato is immediately placed in their case to serve to their loyal customers!

{Review} Pinguino Eis - an Italian Gelato Cafe in Grafenwoehr, Germany | JavaCupcake.comAre you as surprised as I am at how easy this process was?  In the two hours I was at Pinguino Eis, I saw Luca and Phillipe make at least 6 flavors of gelato including the truffle in this picture, coconut and mango!

Gelato can be served in various different ways.  In a bowl, on a cone or even as spaghetti!  In Germany, gelato is called Eis and at Pinguino one of the most popular desserts is Spaghetti Eis!  It starts with pressing vanilla gelato through a press that has dozens of small holes at the end so that the the gelato comes out like strings of pasta into a bowl.  A berry sauce with tiny little berries like meatballs tops the spaghetti Eis along with whipped cream and white chocolate shavings like cheese!

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My favorite flavor of gelato at Pinguino Eis is the red currant or Johannisbeeren.  It’s what sparked my obsession with the little red berries and inspired me to feature the red currant on my blog for Red Currant Week! If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen the MANY posts of the gelato I’ve consumed at Pinguino Eis!  Check search for hashtag #PinguinoEis!

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During my visit with Luca and Phillipe, Luca mentioned to me that Ariana asked if I could make them some cupcakes!  Of course I said ABSOLUTELY!  Come to find out, none of them had ever had a cupcake before.  Luca requested chocolate & peanut butter… his favorite combination.  Too easy!

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I whipped up some chocolate cupcakes and topped them with my perfect peanut butter buttercream then garnished with a mini Reese’s peanut butter cup dressed up in frosting like a mini cupcake.  I brought the cupcakes to Luca and Ariana and before I could even snap the picture, Luca was digging in!

The cupcakes got rave reviews and Ariana couldn’t believe how smooth and light the peanut butter buttercream was.  She commented on how she had tried peanut butter before, but it was always too thick for her but that this frosting was amazing!  :) Yay!  I think we have a few new cupcake lovers in the world now!

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A big THANK YOU to Phillipe, Ariana and Luca for welcoming me into Pinguino Eis!  (Don’t laugh at how horrible I look in this picture!)  This was truly an amazing, once in a lifetime experience for me that I will cherish always.  To be able to learn to make gelato from people who truly are authentic to the business was truly an honor.   I am so blessed to have met you all and hope that we can remain friends and keep in touch for a lifetime!

If you’re in Grafenwoehr, Germany make sure to visit Pinguino Eis for the BEST gelato in the area!  You can find them on Facebook or visit their shop here…

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Alte Amberger Strasse 25
Grafenwöhr 92655

Come back tomorrow, I’ll be sharing an amazing ice cream coffee drink that I first had at Pinguino… but this one I made at home!

{Review} Bertie’s Cupcakery – Paris, France

This past June while in Paris, France I had wanted to visit my friend Cat who owns Sugar Daze Bake Shop and sample her delicious cupcakes.  Unfortunately, once we finally got into Paris, the day was half over and there were so many other places on our list of must-see’s that the cupcake shop got crossed off that list.  (Hopefully I’ll make it back to Paris before we leave Europe and I’ll be able to visit Cat and her cupcakes!)

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We were on our way to the Notre Dame Cathedral when my husband spotted two women sinking their teeth into a couple of cupcakes.  He immediately stopped the women and asked where they got them!  They directed us to a cupcake shop around the corner and told us that they served their favorite cupcakes in town!  YES!  I was actually going to enjoy cupcakes in Paris!

As I rounded the corner I saw the cutest little store front with Bertie’s CupCakery sign out front! I was immediately impressed with how quaint and cute their store front was.  With only a counter and case for cupcakes inside, Bertie’s provided a small table and chairs outside to enjoy their cupcakes… a perfect place for an afternoon cupcake and coffee!

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I could immediately tell that Bertie’s CupCakery was an American-style cupcake shop!  All their cupcakes were uniform in size and the piping on the frosting was all the same rosette.  They had a pretty good selection of flavors, including traditional and unique!

Here’s a look at a few of the flavors Bertie’s had in their case (Left to right, top to bottom in the photo below).

  • Speculoos (Biscoff or Cookie Butter)
  • Chocolate Strawberry & Vanilla Strawberry
  • Oreo
  • Lemon Poppyseed
  • Nutella Chocolate & Nutella Banana
  • Vanilla Chocolate & Vanilla Vanilla
  • Chocolate Chocolate and Mexican Chocolate

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Since I was with my Dad, husband and two kids we settled on four cupcakes (pictured below).  Dad got the vanilla strawberry, Emily the Oreo, Dave chose Pistachio and I got Chocolate Chocolate.  After I took the pictures of our cupcakes, I realized I didn’t pick a cupcake out for Matty!  So, I went back and got the Speculoos for him.

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First up is the Oreo cupcake!  The Oreo cupcake starts with a moist chocolate cake and is topped with a vanilla buttercream that’s packed full of crushed Oreos all garnished with the cookie part of an Oreo.

If you love Oreo’s, you’ll love this cupcake from Bertie’s!  The frosting is soooooo good.  I could probably eat it be the spoonfull… and if Emily would have let me, I would have licked it all off the top of her cupcake! HA!

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Dad got the vanilla strawberry cupcake.  I always say that you can really tell a lot about a cupcake shop by their vanilla cupcake.  Is it moist?  Does it taste like vanilla?  Is it dense or does it have a fine crumb?

Well, I’m happy to say that this cupcake passes the test!  Not only was the vanilla cake moist, it has a fine crumb and actually tasted like vanilla!  It was topped with a smooth strawberry buttercream that actually tasted like fresh strawberries, not strawberry flavoring.  I just hate it when cupcake shops use artificial flavoring in fruit flavors!  The real thing is so much better!

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Mmmmm chocolate.  Yeaaaah.  If you’re a chocolate lover then you’ll definitely be pleased with Bertie’s Chocolate Chocolate cupcake.  Moist chocolate cake topped with smooth milk chocolate buttercream made this cupcake my top pick!

I may have needed a glass of milk to go with it though… the chocolate was so rich and delicious!

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Of course, my husband Dave picked the non-traditional flavor of Pistachio! This cupcake was a vanilla cupcake topped with a pistachio buttercream.  Now, I can’t say I am a big fan of pistachio flavor, but this cupcake wasn’t too bad.  My husband LOVED it.  The pistachio flavor really came though in the buttercream and paired perfectly with the vanilla cake. The cupcake was garnished with a single pistachio, which was the perfect topper.

If you love the flavor of pistachio, then you’ll definitely love this pistachio cupcake!

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And we can’t forget Matty’s Speculoos cupcake!  Vanilla cupcake topped with cookie butter frosting and a Biscoff cookie.  A cookie butter lovers dream!  The Speculoos frosting on this cupcake was TO DIE FOR.  Smooth, creamy and oh so good!  If you’ve never had Speculoos before, it’s a creamy spread made from the caramel Biscoff cookie.  You should get some… it’s heaven in a jar.  And this Speculoos cupcake is heaven in a cupcake liner!  hehe

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And if you don’t believe me… just look at Matty.  He licked off all the frosting first.

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For someone who didn’t think she was going to taste any cupcakes in Paris, Berite’s CupCakery was a sweet surprise!  Located just blocks from Notre Dame, Bertie’s is the perfect place to stop for an afternoon snack and coffee!  I definitely recommend this sweet bakery to anyone looking for an American-style cupcake in Paris!

Make sure to checkout the last three reviews I did of the bakeries in Paris and London!  And next week, I’ll be announcing the WINNER of the giveaway and sharing the sweets I found in Trouville, France!

Cable Car Bake Shop – Disneyland Paris
Lola’s Cupcakes – London, England
The Hummingbird Bakery – London, England

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GIVEAWAY!

I’m giving away a little swag I picked up along my travels to one lucky reader! One person will win The Hummingbird Bakery Cookbook and a Lola’s Cupcakery coffee mug! Simply fill out the form below! You must be 18+ to enter and have USA or Europe mailing address. Each week, with each new review, you’ll have a chance to enter again to win! So keep coming back!

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{Review} Cable Car Bake Shop & The Steakhouse – Disneyland Paris

I was expecting a lot from the bakeries at Disneyland Paris.  I had seen so many pictures of the amazing food that people were eating at Disneyland in the USA that I had a feeling I’d be eating some amazing food at Disneyland Paris.  Unfortunately, I was mistaken.  The Cable Car Bake Shop at Disneyland Paris was a HUGE disappointment.

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Things started out hopeful when I saw the outside of the Bake Shop.  It had a quaint store front with a big Bake Shop sign and I was excited to head inside!

But the excitement stopped there.

As I entered the Bake Shop I noticed immediately the lack of selection of confections they had to offer.  The shelves in the case were half empty and what they did have… well I’d seen those pastries, cakes and cookies in every other store in the park.  There was nothing special.  I was so underwhelmed, that I didn’t even take a picture.  The photo below is from DLPGuide.com and I included it just to give you an idea of what I saw… although when I was there, there was only half of what’s pictured to choose from.

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As I checked out what the Bake Shop had to offer, the cupcakes at the very end caught my eye.  I thought MAYBE there was some hope… they had CUPCAKES!  But, alas, they were frozen, processed, premade offsite cupcakes.  Gross.  They didn’t even look appealing.  I mean, they looked so bad that I didn’t even buy one.

I did however, post this picture to Instagram immediately and proclaim my horror and disappointment.

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I mean really… I get that I was in Europe and cupcakes aren’t a big here.  But COME ON!  They even had the glow of just coming out of the freezer still.  There’s no way I’d eat them.

I left the Cable Car Bake Shop so disappointed.  Like, seriously disappointed.  I was so looking forward to eating some delicious baked yummies at Disneyland Paris too.  *sigh*

I will say though that Disneyland Paris did partially redeem itself at dinner later that evening.  We stopped at The Steakhouse in the Village at Disneyland Paris and my meal came with a mini cheesecake for dessert.

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I’m not a huge fan of cheesecake, but I thought I’d give it a try and OH MY… it was probably one of the best cheesecakes I’d ever had!  Thick graham cracker crust, creamy cheesecake and a raspberry sauce that was TO DIE FOR!  This dessert actually became the inspiration for a cheesecake I made that I’ll be posting for National Cheesecake Day later this week!

Dave ordered the creme brulee and although I only had one bite of it… it was so deliciously good!

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So… if you’re headed to Disneyland Paris I’d suggest skipping the Bake Shop and ordering dessert at The Steakhouse!

Make sure to checkout the last two reviews I did of the bakeries in London, England!  And next week, I’ll be sharing about the goodies I found in Trouville, France!

Lola’s Cupcakes – London, England
The Hummingbird Bakery – London, England

GIVEAWAY!

I’m giving away a little swag I picked up along my travels to one lucky reader! One person will win The Hummingbird Bakery Cookbook and a Lola’s Cupcakery coffee mug! Simply fill out the form below! You must be 18+ to enter and have USA or Europe mailing address. Each week, with each new review, you’ll have a chance to enter again to win! So keep coming back!

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{Review} Lola’s Cupcakes – London, England

Located in one of the oldest, busiest, most famous Underground stations in London, Lola’s Cupcakes operates one of several remote kiosks selling their American-style cupcakes to locals and travelers!

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I found Lola’s Cupcakes almost by accident.  As we were heading back to the our hotel for the evening on our last full day in London, My husband casually says to me, “Hey, did you see the cupcake stand over there” as we’re coming up the escalator in the King’s Cross Station.  I was like “WHAT?!?!?! Cupcakes?!? WHERE!!!??”.  I pretty much dropped everything I was doing, stopped caring that my feet were hurting from being on them all day and RAN to the kiosk that was selling cupcakes!

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I don’t know about you… but the first time I enter a new cupcake shop I go into a bit of a frenzy.  Maybe it’s the food blogger in me super excited to capture and share what I’m about to experience, maybe it’s the baker in me excited to try someone else’s confections, maybe it’s just the little kid in my excited for cupcakes!  Whatever it is, the moments I spend in a cupcake shop for the first time is like an adrenaline rush, a high, an excitement that compares to nothing else!

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The first thing I noticed at Lola’s were, of course, the cupcakes!  It was late in the day, yet I remember being impressed that they still had a selection of various flavors, both full size and mini, to choose from.  On a typical day, Lola’s carries 16 different varieties of cupcake flavors… quite impressive!

Here’s a super cute graphic from Lola’s website that shows all the different flavors of cupcakes to choose from! I only wish I had more time to try more than the two I picked out!

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The cupcakes kiosk was so cute too!  Their blue color is one of my favorite colors so I instantly was drawn to it! One of my favorite things about Lola’s kiosk was that not only did they sell cupcakes, but they also sold coffee mugs and other cupcake related goodies!  I love it when a cupcake shop has souvenirs I can bring home with me!

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Since it was the end of the day and my husband and I were stuffed from all the food we had been eating, I picked out two mini cupcakes to taste test.  I chose Raspberry & Black Forest…  one vanilla base and one chocolate base.  I can really get a feel for the bakery by trying at least the vanilla and chocolate cupcakes, so if I was only going to eat two, then those were going to be the ones!

It wasn’t until we got back to the hotel that I was able to taste the cupcakes.  So I apologize for the lack of tasting photos and the poor lighting!  Hotels don’t make for the best photography studios!

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There really isn’t much more to say about these cupcakes than this… WOW!  For being the end of the day, these cupcakes were NOT dry.  In fact, they were super moist and so super good!

The chocolate cake on the Black Forest cupcake was really delicious and topped with a cream cheese frosting, it was just the perfect combination of flavors.  I’m not typically a huge fan of vanilla cupcakes… but the vanilla cupcake at Lola’s actually tastes like vanilla!  It was moist, had a fine crumb and topped with the raspberry buttercream was a perfectly sweet bite of cupcake!

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If I had more time in London, I would definitely stop in one of their stores and taste test more of these cupcakes!  If I was this impressed by two mini cupcakes from kiosk in an Underground station, just imagine how amazing the cupcakes should direct from their bakery!

So if you’re in London, I definitely recommend trying Lola’s Cupcakes!  They have 11 locations to choose from including King’s Cross (where I found them), at Selfridges and at their main Mayfair location!

GIVEAWAY!

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In case you missed it… last week I shared about my visit to The Hummingbird Bakery and announced a giveaway to go along with my reviews! I’m giving away a little swag I picked up along my travels to one lucky reader! One person will win The Hummingbird Bakery Cookbook and a Lola’s Cupcakery coffee mug! Simply fill out the form below! You must be 18+ to enter and have USA or Europe mailing address. Each week, with each new review, you’ll have a chance to enter again to win! So keep coming back or head back to last week’s review & enter there too!

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{Review} The Hummingbird Bakery – London, England

I never thought I’d be a food blogger, let alone a world traveler. But since I have found myself in a dream world being both of those things, I noticed that I have acquired a slight obsession for trying cupcakes in every city I visit.  If I can’t find cupcakes, then I’ll try cookies, cake, macarons or any other confection I can get my hands on!

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So far, I’ve had cupcakes in Seattle (and surrounding cities), WA, Las Vegas, NV, Portland, OR, Nuremburg, Berlin, Munich & Frankfurt, Germany, Salzburg, Austria, Zurich, Switzerland, Paris, France and now London, England! I haven’t written reviews for absolutely every bakery I’ve been too, but you can read all about the places I’ve written up HERE!

This past June, I went on a short excursion to London, England with my husband.  Yes, just me and the husband, no kids.  We left them at home in Germany with my dad who was visiting from Seattle, WA.   Before we left on our trip, I knew I had to, at the very least, visit The Hummingbird Bakery… one of the most famous cupcake bakeries in London!  Dave and I went to the bakeries store in Soho, since it was the closest to our hotel and easiest for us to get to!

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When I first walked through the door of The Hummingbird Bakery, I was immediately greeted by rows and rows of beautiful cupcakes!  I squealed like a little girl in delight.  A kid in a candy store?  Nope, I was a food blogger in a bakery!  I asked if I could take pictures and then started snapping away!

I will have to say though, I was a big disappointed in the selection of flavors in their case.  Although they did have the classic flavors such as vanilla and chocolate and a few others like carrot cake and black bottom cupcakes, their variety was lacking.  They did, however, have an enormous amount of red velvet cupcakes and according to the sweet lady behind the counter, they are their best seller!

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Not only did The Hummingbird have cupcakes, but they also sold beautiful full-size layer cakes.  They had at least 6 cakes on display including a surprise-inside rainbow cake!  The bakery also served whoopie pies and other cookies.  If I had a stomach the size of a football and the highest metabolism known to man, I would have tried one of everything.  *sigh*  But, I don’t… so my husband and I chose four of our favorite flavors to test!

First up for sampling were the Black Bottom (left) and the Chocolate Chocolate (right) cupcakes.

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The Black Bottom cupcake was simply amazing.  The inside of the cake part had chunks of white chocolate and cheesecake in it and was topped with a cream cheese frosting.  It was perfectly moist, full of great flavor and so delicious!

The chocolate chocolate cupcake was okay… not the best chocolate cupcake I’ve ever had, but I’d eat it again if someone put it in front of me.  The frosting was a traditional American chocolate buttercream and was super smooth and light, which I liked.  The cake itself was a bit dry, but still had good flavor.

Next up was a lemon and a classic vanilla vanilla cupcake.

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The lemon was OMG AMAZING.  The cake was moist, had great tart, lemon flavor and was topped with a tangy lemon cream cheese frosting.  It was perfect.

The vanilla vanilla cupcake, which I chose with pink frosting and sprinkles (because you know sprinkles makes everything better) was a great example of how a vanilla cupcake should be done.  The cake was moist, the frosting wasn’t overly sweet and it actually tasted like vanilla!

Overall, I enjoyed the cupcakes at The Hummingbird Bakery!  I have tired a lot of cupcakes, and these definitely come close to American style cupcakes!  However, they weren’t completely perfect.  The cupcakes themselves were a bit small, the cake didn’t reach the top of the liners which was a bit disappointing when I paid almost $5 a cupcake.  I would also liked to have seen more variety of cupcake flavors in their case, the lack of choices was a disappointment.

Every Tuesday for the next three weeks, I’ll be reviewing another cupcake bakery from my trip! Next week, I’ll be reviewing Lola’s Handcrafted Cupcakes which I stumbled upon by accident in the London Underground Metro Station!

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GIVEAWAY!

I’m giving away a little swag I picked up along my travels to one lucky reader! One person will win The Hummingbird Bakery Cookbook and a Lola’s Cupcakery coffee mug! Simply fill out the form below! You must be 18+ to enter and have USA or Europe mailing address. Each week, with each new review, you’ll have a chance to enter again to win! So keep coming back!

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Have you been to The Hummingbird Bakery in London?
I’d love to hear what you thought of their cupcakes!

{Review} Zuckerpuppe – Nürnberg, Germany

Over the 4th of July weekend, my family and I made an impromptu trip to Nürnberg for an afternoon of Starbucks and shopping.  While we were there, my hubby decided to take me to Zuckerpuppe, a cupcake shop I had yet to go to.  Crazy, we’ve been here for over 2 years and I hadn’t been to the cupcake shop that was the closet!

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Zuckerpuppe is located just off a main road in Nürnberg, tucked between a few other stores.  We walked right by the cute little store front the first time… but it was hard to miss once we saw all the pink in the window and the cute little table and chairs outside.

Unfortunately, since this wasn’t a planned visit… I didn’t have my Cannon with me and had to use my crappy camera phone to take pictures.  I plan to visit the shop again someday and will take better pictures then!

Inside the shop was small and quaint, but the display case was full of delicious looking cupcakes.  At first glance, I noticed that almost every flavor was offered in two sizes… regular and mini.  I LOVED this option.  It was great for someone like me who wants to try lots of flavors, but not have to eat an entire cupcake.

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So, I asked the nice lady (Sabrina- the owner!) behind the counter for one of each of the mini’s.  8 total.

Let me tell you… I was pleasantly surprised by these cupcakes!   There wasn’t one cupcake that I didn’t like.  The flavors were simple, but  they were done well.

The vanilla cakes were moist and had vanilla bean seeds through out.  The chocolate cakes were dense and full of chocolate flavor… and that chocolate frosting.  OH MY.  It was so rich and smooth and decadent!  I could have eaten a cup of just that frosting.

The lemon cupcake was tart but still sweet and was topped with a cream cheese frosting.  Actually, a lot of the cakes were topped with a cream cheese frosting… which made for a very rich, creamy and smooth frosting.  My husband and I both commented on how we really enjoyed that part of the cupcakes.

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My overall assessment of Zuckerpuppe is definitely a positive one.  The cupcakes were flavorful and delicious and a lot like American cupcakes.  They were sweet, but not over powering… which made them great for Germany.   They were so tasty, I went back for seconds on the chocolate and got a caramel bananas to try too!

I would have like to see more variety in the flavors though.  They had the basics, vanilla, chocolate, lemon, red velvet… but only one specialty flavor (a caramel banana, which was SUPER YUM, btw!).  I like to be WOWed by the flavors when I first look into a case of cupcakes.

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I’ll definitely be making another visit to this cupcake shop though… and maybe even order some for a party or event since they’re so close!  Hmmmmm… I wonder if they’re hiring? HA! :)

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{Review} Cupcake Berlin – Germany

You may have been following along with my posts on Facebook last week when I took a mini vacation with my family to Berlin! We spent 6 days at my friend Dawns apartment which just happened to be right above her cupcake shop, Cupcake Berlin!  I haven’t done a review in a while, so I’m super excited to be able to put together this review of Cupcake Berlin in Germany for you!

Outside Cupcake Berlin with JavaCupcake

Before I even had a chance to visit the inside of her shop… Dawn left me a super sweet 5 pack of her cupcakes! She brought me chocolate peanut butter (YES – peanut butter),  Oreo, Butterscotch Espresso, Vanilla Cream Cheese and Raspberry Vanilla! YUM!

My first reaction… I couldn’t believe HOW BIG these cupcakes were!  Compared to every other cupcake shop I’d been to in Europe, these were giants! Compared to the cupcake shops in the USA, there were right on par!  The beautiful mounds of frosting on top of each cupcake was in perfect proportion to the size of the cake too!  That means each bite of cupcake will get a both frosting and cake.  Yes!

Cupcake 5 box from Cupcake Berlin

The other thing I noticed right off were the toppings on the cupcakes.  No crazy fondant toppers or super fancy embellishments… just simple food toppers that coordinated perfectly with each flavor of cupcake.  Peanuts, an Oreo, espresso beans, berries and coconut candy topped each cupcake.  Personally, this is my favorite way to top a cupcake.  I like to be able to eat the embellishments on my cupcakes… not pick them off and leave them on my plate.

JavaCupcake visits Cupcake Berlin

When the time came to visit Cupcake Berlin, I was pleasantly surprised to find such a cute little shop… both inside and out!  Outside the shop were tables and chairs so that you could enjoy your cupcakes and coffee under the shade of the trees.  Inside were two long tables that could accommodate birthday parties or just a large group of friends enjoying a cupcake treat! While we were there the first time, the shop was booming with people…. a party of at least 10 friends plus every table outside was taken with people eating cupcakes! This was a nice change from most of the other shops I’d been to in Europe.  Cupcake Berlin was a destination.  It was a place to hang out and relax… not just a place for cupcakes.  This vibe, however, seemed to match the entire vibe of Berlin. Every cafe, restaurant and coffee shop all had tables and chairs outside so that people could relax and enjoy life!

Cupcake display at Cupcake Berlin

The display case was full of not only cupcakes… but apple pie, brownies and cheesecake! There were at least 10 different flavors of cupcakes being served that day and I seriously wanted to try a bite of each one! But… I settled on chocolate and my daughter had Oreo.  Both cupcakes were moist and full of chocolaty flavor and the frostings were smooth, creamy and so yum!

Front counter at Cupcake Berlin

American goodies at Cupcake Berlin

Wait… what’s that on those shelves?  Yup, that’s right! Cupcake Berlin also sells Pop Tarts, mac n cheese, American candies, Dr. Pepper and lots of other deliciousness found only in the USA!  How Sweet!

Cupcake Berlin Swag

You could also get push-cakes, American candy and all kinds of other goodies to take home with you.  Cupcake picks, buttons, candles, cupcake boxes, stickers, t-shirts and bags were just some of the Cupcake Berlin swag they had to offer.

Here’s what Cupcake Berlin had in their case: 

  • Vanilla w/ vanilla bc
  • Oreo
  • Chocolate w/ chocolate bc
  • Vanilla/Chocolate with salted caramel
  • Vanilla w/ chocolate bc
  • Vanilla w/ strawberry bc
  • Lemon w/ lemon bc
  • Red Velvet w/ cream cheese
  • Carrot cake
  • Chocolate w/ peanut butter bc
  • Chocolate w/ mint bc
  • Brownies
  • Apple pie slices
  • Cheesecake

Cupcake Berlin cupcake collage

I am in love with Cupcake Berlin.  It is my new favorite cupcake shop in Europe!  And not just because Dawn was such a great hostess (that did help!) but because the cupcakes here are so similar to American style cupcakes!  Their size, flavor and texture are on par with what is sold in the typical American bakery! This was so refreshing!  Cupcake Berlin is the first cupcake shop I’ve been to in Europe that’s been able to accomplish this!

You must know though, that Dawn is originally from Florida, USA.  So, she brought many of these recipes with her from the USA.  BUT, with that said… it’s no small feat to recreate American style cupcakes using German ingredients!  Everything is different in Germany from the flour, sugar and flavoring to the butter and cream!  Nothing is the same! So kudos to Dawn for doing such an amazing job with these cupcakes!

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On a side note… I’m teaching a cupcake class in Frankfurt this July that will tackle this very subject.  I’ll be making an American cupcakes using German ingredients and teaching the students the step-by step process to make them perfectly fluffy and delicious! It’s going to be a lot of fun! Space is limited, so if you’re interested in the class… click HERE for all the details!

 

 

Now, that’s not to say that I hate every other cupcake I’ve had in Europe, because I don’t!  I love my friends at Das Cupcake in Frankfurt and Wir Machen Cupcakes in Munich! But because these cupcakes are just like the ones I make and the ones from home… they’re my favorite!

Each cupcake I tasted was moist and flavorful.  They had a big crumb, but were still dense… which I like! The frosting was sweet, but not overpowering and the toppers perfectly matched each flavor of cupcake.  My favorite was the chocolate peanut butter, but I think I’m biased because that’s my favorite flavor of anything!!  My daughter loved the Oreo and my hubby’s favorite was the Butterscotch Espresso.

So, if you’re looking for an American style cupcake shop while you’re in Berlin, definitely hit up Cupcake Berlin!  You will NOT be disappointed!! Make sure to say hi to Dawn and tell her I sent you!!

Cupcake Berlin
Krossener Str. 12, Berlin, DE
030 25768687
info@cupcakeberlin.de
http://www.cupcakeberlin.de/

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Oh… guess what?  I have a little Cupcake Berlin swag giveaway for you too!

One lucky person will win all this stuff from Cupcake Berlin:

  • T-shirt – women’s L
  • Tote bag
  • Stickers
  • 3 Post cards
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{Review} Das Cupcake – Frankfurt, Deutschland

This past weekend, my family and I took a short excursion to Frankfurt, Deutschland.  Frankfurt is a quick 2 1/2 hour drive from where I live in Bavaria and is a completely different world.  Frankfurt is a fast-pased big city that offers not only history, but a contemporary life with lots of shopping and tons of great food.  Which is exactly what I love!  While I was there, I had the pleasure of meeting with Ewa Feix of Das Cupcake.

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Although our visit was too short, Ewa and I were able to talk long enough for me to learn about her cupcakes!  Ewa is the owner of Das Cupcake, an online cupcake boutique that servers the greater Frankfurt area.   Das Cupcake provides cupcakes two several cafes as well as takes orders for private events and parties.

More recently, Ewa has been teaching cupcake basics classes at The Genussakademie in Frankfurt am Main.  From start to finish, Ewa teaches her students the art of making the batter, buttercream and the decor on top.

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Ewa had two beautiful boxes of cupcakes prepared for me when I arrived at her home on Sunday.  The first box had 6 cupcakes in it – 2 blueberry, 2 strawberry and 2 vanilla.   The second box was all chocolate!

The cupcakes at Das Cupcake are not your typical American style cupcake.  Ewa  uses German ingredients and techniques to create a cupcake that is full of flavor, but not too sweet.  Germans don’t typically like super sweet things – so her cupcakes are a perfect mixture of the best American cupcakes and the depth of a the German palate.

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The vanilla cupcakes were baked to perfected with a sweet, caramelized crust on top.  I loved the added flavor this crust brought to the cupcake.  Inside, I could see the cupcake was full of vanilla bean seeds and the bottom had a few berries adding a sweet burst of flavor.  On top was a flour frosting that was very smooth and not very sweet.  Being American, I would have preferred a sweeter frosting – but I can definitely see why these cupcakes are popular here in Germany.

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Ewa’s chocolate cupcakes are perfect.  Moist, rich and full of deep chocolate flavor.  These were definitely my favorite.  The frosting is a flour frosting made with melted chocolate – and let me tell you… this frosting – TO. DIE. FOR.  I have never been a huge fan of flour frosting, but this stuff was delicious!  It was rich, creamy and decadent without being too sweet.  The chocolate flavor was intense but not overpowering.  I could probably eat it by the spoonful and I think I’m going to need to convince Ewa to share the recipe with me for it!

I had a great visit with Ewa and I hope to make it back to Frankfurt for one of her classes!  Maybe even help teach some American style baking to her students!  Wouldn’t that be great!

To learn more about Das Cupcake and Ewa, visit http://dascupcake.com. If you’re interested in taking one of her upcoming classes, you can find that information here https://ssl.genussakademie.com/koeche_einzel/546/