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There’s A Dessert Fest In LA This Weekend And It’s A Sugar Filled Paradise

Got a sugar-thirsty sweet tooth? Don’t we all.

Time Out L.A. is taking advantage of those who are forever down for desserts with their Dessert Fest happening this Sunday, April 30. Attendees will have access to some of LA’s most tempting treats, all in one sitting.

The Time Out L.A. editors asked eight local restaurants and bakeries to serve up their most popular desserts for the event, and thus, Sunday they will be doing just that at Studio 11. The participating vendors include: Magnolia Bakery, Ococoa, Lady M Cake Boutique, Erin McKenna’s Bakery, SpireWorks, The Walrus and the Hedgehog, Wanderlust Creamery, and Pop Champagne Bar & Restaurant.

Magnolia Bakery

Kate Wertheimer, Editor at Time Out Los Angeles, says:

“At Time Out we’re dedicated to discovering the best of the city—whether that’s bars, theater, comedy, art or the very best dishes. L.A. has some great restaurants that are getting super creative with their desserts—whether baked, fried or frozen—so to celebrate our favorite sweet treats, we’re crowning L.A.’s very best. I promise that this will be every foodies’ perfect day filled with delicious, decadent goodness, and a few surprises, too.”

The Walrus and the Hedgehog

SpireWorks

Tickets are between $25-$35 and will get you tastings from each participating restaurant plus two complementary beers from Peroni Nastro Azzurro.

For more information and to book your ticket, visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/dessert-fest-presented-by-time-out-la-tickets-33349689820

Check out more of the goodies from the Fest below:

Magnolia Bakery

Ococoa

POP Champagne Bar

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This Instagram Makes Stunning Tutorials On Frosting Cupcakes

Enjoy these six gorgeous designs we’re creating with our #wiltoncakes #tip1g and their amazing #wiltoncakedecorating tutorials!

A video posted by Royal Icing Baking Supply Co. (@royalicingbakingsupply) on

We’ve met many casual bakers over the years, and take it from us, frosting a cupcake can be far from a cakewalk. Cringe-worthy puns aside, knowing how to properly frost baked goods can take some practice. Luckily, there are dope people out there who are willing to lend a hand to anyone interested in the process.

The Instagram page of Royal Icing Baking Supply Co. features many mini tutorials on how to ice a cupcake, reports Design Taxi. Not just the standard swirl, if that’s what your’e expecting, but elegant patterns and piping techniques that will sure to impress anyone sampling your baked goods.

Any aspiring bakers looking for some fun and creative techniques to practice with, make sure to take a look at their page. 

One of our favorite #bakingtools from @wiltoncakes is our #leaftip. #somanypossibilities within this #wiltoncakedecorating tutorial!

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5 Of The Most Expensive Foods In Dubai You’ve Never Seen

It’s pretty difficult nowadays to talk about anything wealth-related without somebody throwing Dubai’s hat into the ring. If general affluence is being discussed, Dubai will most assuredly end up as a point of conversation.

Still, that’s no excuse to be caught with your metaphorical peasant pants around your ankles. In order to keep you up to date with the affairs of the affluent, I’ve composed a list of the most expensive foods Dubai has to offer.

Instead of finding the five most overall expensive dishes, and with the help of the minds over at The Richest, I decided to focus on specific categories (most expensive pizza, sandwich, etc), since most of them are recognizable worldwide and aren’t region-specific.

Without further ado, here are DME (Dubai’s Most Expensive) Items:

1. DME Sandwich – $84

Surprisingly, the most expensive sandwich in Dubai has very few ingredients in it. It’s the quality of the ingredients themselves that make it insanely expensive. The sandwich’s insides consist of a little bit of salt, some butter, some thinly sliced black Perigord truffles and two slices of bread. That’s it.

A minimum wage employee in California would have to work about nine hours to afford this sandwich. Let that settle in your mind for a second.

2. DME Pizza – $204,200

Before this pizza was made, the previous defending world champion for most expensive pizza was a creation by Gordon Ramsey that he served in his restaurant, The Maze. His pizza sold for a little over $2,000, making it cost less than 1% of the current titleholder.

“Royal Pizza,” the name of the pizza created in the uber-elegant Dubai restaurant Pierchic, was originally intended as a one time pizza for, you guessed it, Dubai’s royal family. The ingredients include: white Italian truffles, black Perigord truffles, French foie gras, Mongra saffron from Kashmir, Beluga caviar soaked in Dom Perignon, Japanese matsutake mushrooms and two full ounces of gold leaves.

3. DME Cupcake – $1,007

Bloomsbury, a small boutique cafe in the Dubai Mall, celebrated it’s one year anniversary in 2012 by creating this Herculean cupcake. The gold-adorned cupcake, aptly named the “Golden Phoenix,” is made using 23-carat gold sheets, Ugandan vanilla beans, Italian chocolate, and gold-dipped strawberries.

Considering how demanding it is to make and the quality of the ingredients, it comes as no surprise that the noble bakery requires a 48-hour notice in order to build this cupcake of the Gods.

4. DME Ice Cream – $817

This ice cream sundae, called The Black Diamond, is just another opulent win on Dubai’s scoreboard. For $817, you get one scoop of Madagascan vanilla ice cream infused with a rare and expensive Iranian saffron and black Italian truffles.

Of course, this IS Dubai we’re talking about, so naturally the scoop comes with 23-carat gold sheet flakes sprouting from every which way in the scoop. On top of that, an ice cream scoop so decadent and gaudy could only be served in an equally fancy bowl, which is why the Black Diamond Sundae is served in a Versace bowl and spoon, both of which the customer is allowed to keep.

5. DME Cocktail – $7,438

At this point you must be thinking, “Yeah, yeah, just tell us how much edible gold is in this thing and move on.” Surprisingly, there’s none. Well, none inside the drink. The cocktail is made with Macallan 55 year old single malt, self-prepared bitters, homemade passion fruit sugar, then topped off with ice cubes made of water from the Macallan distillery in Scotland. The drink even comes with a stirrer made from one of the oak casks.

Served at the Skyview Bar of the Burj Al Arab hotel, the cocktail known as the “27.321” (due to the drink being served on the 27th floor and the building itself being 321 meters tall) comes served in an 18-carat gold glass that officially belongs to the customer once purchased.

 

 

Photo Credit: The Richest, Jean Wells Art, The National, World News Daily Report

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Nabisco Drops A Flavor Bomb With Their New Filled Cupcake Oreos

Looks like Oreo doesn’t plan on slowing down any time soon as evidenced by their second newest cookie in less than a month after the Cinnamon Bun Oreos: the Filled Cupcake Oreos.

This newest addition to the twist-and-lick family is another dream-turned-reality thanks to the nostalgic minds over at Nabisco.

The new Oreo features the well established chocolate cookie wafers with a sweet chocolate filling instead of the customary sweet creme, then a bit of vanilla creme in the middle.

Oreo also recently made their Red Velvet Oreos a staple, solidifying their spot on the shelves in your local market. However, according to the team over at Huff Post, this new cookie tastes eerily similar to Nabisco’s Chocolate Oreos, which are virtually the same thing, only these ones have a drop of vanilla no larger than a dime in them.

These delicious new delectables hit shelves February 8th.

 

Photo Credit: Huffington Post, NY Daily News

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Starbucks Ran Out Of Ideas And Let Fans Create 6 Crazy New Frappuccinos

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A while back, Starbucks asked its fans to create a bunch of wacky flavors for the coffee chain’s beverage menu. The company announced today the six winners of Starbucks’ Frappuccino Fan Flavors.

Taking existing combination ideas from regular patrons, Starbucks officially made these popular off-menu frappe hacks an official option for fans to enjoy.

Sure, our entry of Chorizo Maple Sundae was met with laughter. However, we can definitely live with these winners.

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Red Velvet

The Red Velvet frappuccinos are blended with chocolate chips, mocha sauce, vanilla and raspberry syrup and topped with whipped cream.

Cotton Candy

Made with Starbucks’ standard Vanilla Bean Creme Frappuccino and blended with raspberry syrup, the Cotten Candy frappe is topped with whipped cream.

Cinnamon Roll

Taking regular coffee and blending it with cinnamon dolce syrup, white chocolate mocha sauce and vanilla bean; the Cinnamon Roll frappuccino is topped with whipped cream and a special cinnamon dolce sprinkle.

Lemon Bar

The Lemon Bar frappuccino is combines both the citrus flavor of lemonade with the rich flavor of vanilla in a blender. It’s topped with the staple whipped cream and a caramel sugar sprinkle.

Cupcake

Who doesn’t love a good cupcake? The Cupcake frappe is made with Starbucks’ classic Vanilla Bean Creme Frappuccino and blended together with hazelnut syrup. Wish there was actual cupcakes inside, though.

Caramel Cluster

Coffee is blended with toffee nut syrup and a dark caramel sauce. Once the whipped cream is added, the Caramel Cluster is topped with a mocha drizzle.

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Each frappuccino runs averages about 350-510 calories for a grande cup and will cost you about $4.75. The drinks will be available at participating Starbucks menus for a limited time.

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Funnel Cake Cupcakes are a Reality at this California Cupcakery

One of our favorite cupcakeries in Southern California — My Delight  based out of Ontario, CA has just outdid themselves, launching what they’re calling a Funnel Cake Cupcake.

According to the Instagram announcement it’ll be available every Friday throughout the month of September. I know it’s damn near mid-month already, but better late than never amiriiite?

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The Ultimate Birthday Present – a $900 cupcake?

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Earlier this year we wrote about a sundae that costs $1000. Now the bakery gods have gone berserk again, this time with a $900 cupcake.

The owner of Toronto’s Le Dolci bakery, Lisa Sanguedolce, was approached by a client who wanted an extravagant cupcake created for his wife’s birthday.
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So what exactly goes into a cupcake with a $900 price tag? Well there was a pastry cream filling, flavored with champagne that costs about $1,000 a bottle. Buttercream frosting, made with butter from Normandy, chocolate from luxury Italian chocolatiers, specialty coffee, French sea salt, organic cane sugar, and Tahitian vanilla beans. Obviously. Tiny champagne bubbles sprinkled over the cake were created using molecular gastronomy  and “diamonds” carved out of sugar were placed around the edge of the cupcake.  Fondant flowers  etched in edible gold and stylized gold strips crisscrossed the sides of the cupcake, complete with edible gold branches and leaves. And finally, because the previously mentioned items weren’t enough, there was a pipette of the Courvoisier cognac, to be drizzled on top before it was eaten.

The cupcake required the work of two pastry chefs, a cake designer, two days of labor and many hours of planning.

Whether the lady thought her husband was absolutely brilliant for doing this for her or absolutely furious for wasting all that money, no one knows.

H/T The Globe and Mail + PicThx The Province

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Introducing the CrupCake — Croissant Cupcake

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Sure its name may be a little rough around the edges, but its taste probably isn’t. While the rest of the us were gorging on overcooked hot dogs and warm beer this weekend, mad junk food scientist Nick from Dude Foods concocted this little beauty: a croissant cupcake hybrid called the Crupcake.

The idea, Nick says, came from one his DF readers who suggested Nick simply layer croissant sheets inside a cupcake pan and pour cupcake batter over them to bake. When that didn’t work (since the croissant layers were undercooked), Nick decided to make the croissant parts beforehand and then pour cupcake batter over them before baking the whole thing again.

The result, we’re assuming, was a neat, chocolate covered cupcake that’s slightly more airy than the original, though lacking in the flaky surfaces of a regular croissant. Still, if someone were to come up with a red velvet or Oreo-flavored Crupcake, we definitely wouldn’t be mad at that.