Archive for the ‘cupcakes’ Category

A Bite Of Heaven- With Frosting

July 15, 2008

I left my house at 11 today and didn’t get back until 4- and I was walking nearly the whole time! I’m a little tired but happy that I got to see so much today 🙂 I set out this morning with a particular destination in mind, but I obviously wasn’t paying enough attention to street signs because I walked right past it! I went about 20 minutes longer and then started to get fed up and sadly decided to give up my quest and stop at a nearby park for lunch. I had packed a wrap made with an Ezekiel tortilla, the last of the spinach and dill hummus, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, mixed greens, rotisserie chicken and mustard. I also savoured one of the gorgeous nectarines I bought at Marche Jean Talon yesterday.

After eating I started walking back the way I had came, when lo and behold I spotted the street sign I had been seeking! I started getting excited and searched the store fronts until the one I wanted popped out at me 🙂

Petits Gateaux (little cakes, or cupcakes) is a bakery entirely devoted to cupcakes. It was adorable- pretty pink walls, flowers everywhere, and glass cases filled with cupcakes! There were so many different varieties, all beautifully decorated with elaborate icings. They also have mini cupcakes, which are about half the size of a standard cupcake, which is what I chose to have- it was the perfect treat, 4 little bites of heaven. Mine was a banana cupcake topped with a soft brown sugar fudge-like icing and chocolate drizzle and it absolutely melted in my mouth.

My camera batteries died on me otherwise I would have taken more pictures! I will definitely be coming back here, I really want to try the coconut and carrot cake one. They even have a lavender flavoured cupcake!

I also walked past the legendary St- Viateur Bagel Shop so I stopped in to buy a multigrain bagel for breakfast tomorrow. They have a huuuuge wood burning oven behind the cash that is totally open so you can actually watch them shape and then cook your bagel. Mine was a little warm still from being so fresh out of the oven 🙂 See you later for dinner!

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What You’ve Been Dreaming Of

April 27, 2008

Oh wow. Check out the chocolate on these babies. I had some light sour cream left over from the Cranberry-Cardamom muffins and decided to do some experimenting with that recipe as my base. The result was fat-free (not counting the pb and chocolate chip extras), super moist, chocolately beyond belief, and absolutely delicious!

Double Chocolate Peanut Butter Swirl Cupcakes

1 1/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1/2 cup cocoa powder
3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
pinch of salt
1/4 tsp cinnamon
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 banana, mashed, plus enough light sour cream to make 1 cup between both ingredients
1/4 cup applesauce
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
natural peanut butter
dark chocolate chips

(1) Preheat oven to 350. In a large bowl, stir together flour, cocoa powder, all of the sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon.
(2) In another bowl, lightly beat eggs. Add in the 1 cup of banana/light sour cream mixture, applesauce, and vanilla extract. Make a well in dry ingredients and pour in wet. Stir until combined.
(3) Fill well-greased muffin cups 3/4 full with batter. Pour a little under a teaspoon of peanut butter on top of each cupcake, and swirl into batter to create a marbled look. Top with a few chocolate chips. Bake for roughly 15 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. You should get about 12 cupcakes.

My review: These were honestly so good. Since I based them off of a muffin recipe, I was going to call them muffins, but these taste wayyy too decadent to be called anything less than cupcakes. I was so impressed with the rich chocolate flavour and the moist, dense texture. The peanut butter and chocolate chip topping are totally optional, but they added a great extra note. I don’t count calories, but in case you’re wondering, each cupcake has around 150 calories- of course, it also depends on how generous you are with toppings :0). I highly recommend these, and would even use this recipe to make a birthday cake. I doubt anyone would guess it was fat-free!