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La Monarca Bakery’s Horchata Cake Is The Very Definition of Moist

la monarca bakery horchata cake

Face it, many of us are coming out of this quarantine earning fresh and comfy extra poundage like a hibernating grizzly. Folks are either cooking up a storm like Gordon Ramsay in The Matrix (didn’t happen, but if it did good lord Mr. Smith you’re in for a sumptuous feast) or hitting up food delivery on the regular, so trust my theory holds weight. You know what else does? The Horchata Cake and Tres Leches Cake from La Monarca Bakery & Cafe.

With 12 locations throughout the greater Los Angeles area, La Monarca has Angelenos covered when it comes to sweet Mexican treats and unique coffee offerings. And what could be a sweeter form of indulgence than a Horchata Cake and Tres Leches Cake?

Their Tres Leches (translates to ‘three milks’) Cake is a Mexican classic: vanilla sponge cake with house made tres leches milk blend, topped with vanilla bean chantilly cream (fresh whipped cream w/sugar) and a dark chocolate ganache swirl, topped with preserved cherry.

La Monarca tres leches cake

Now for the Horchata Cake, they basically used the same principle of a Tres Leches Cake and soaked it with their house made horchata. It’s a novel and simple premise that executes perfectly, with each morsel of the cake being the very definition of moist. Each bite practically had my tastebuds splashing through the whole experience like it was the first day of summer at the community pool. It’s no wonder that La Monarca’s Horchata Cake is a best seller, with one Yelp user gushing, “It tastes like Mexican heaven.”

Now imagine pairing these cakes up with La Monarca’s signature cafe drinks like their Oatchata Latte or Tres Leches Latte and you’ve got yourself an ideal situation for any fan of irresistible cake and delicious coffee.


DoubleTree Finally Revealed Their Iconic Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

After a long drive, the first thing I look forward to when checking into any DoubleTree hotel is that soft, warm cookie that they hand you upon check in. Seriously, there are so many good memories associated with that first bite.

For those tired of making banana bread at home, DoubleTree just released their iconic chocolate chip cookie recipe for all to enjoy.

If you’re not traveling anytime soon, but want to recapture the magic that comes from each bite of this warm puck of ambrosia, here’s what you’ll need:

DoubleTree Signature Cookie Ingredients

  • ½ pound butter, softened (2 sticks)
  • ¾ cup + 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • ¾ cup packed light brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 ¼ teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 ¼ cups flour
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Pinch cinnamon
  • 2 2/3 cups Nestle Tollhouse semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 3/4 cups chopped walnuts

All you have to do is combine the butter, sugars in a mixer for about 2 minutes. Toss in the eggs, vanilla, and lemon juice with the mixer now turned to low for 30 seconds, then switch it to medium for 2 minutes until the batter is light and fluffy. Now switching back to low speed, add the flour, oats, baking soda, salt and cinnamon for 45 seconds.

Take the bowl off the mixer, and stir in your chocolate chips and walnuts. Divide the dough with a cookie scoop and put them onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper two inches apart. Preheat your oven to 300°F and bake for 20-23 minutes (or until edges are golden brown and center soft). Take them out of the oven, and let them cool for an hour.

Each recipe makes about 26 cookies. Wonder how many of those 26 I can knock back in a single sitting?

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Biscoff Ice Cream Bars Are Dessert Goals Filled With Actual Cookie Butter

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When we think of Biscoff cookies, our thoughts are transported to a delicate shortbread cookie that’s layered with pronounced flavors of ginger, cinnamon, and caramel. It’s no wonder that many see it as a treat that goes well with coffee or even in its own iteration of Biscoff cookie butter, a marvel in itself. However, it looks like we are now be able to indulge in Biscoff cookies straight from the freezer aisle in the form of ice cream.

Spotted at Walmart locations now throughout the U.S., the Biscoff ice cream bars are a welcome addition to our snacking habits, especially when the delectable bars feature a layer of cookie butter and bits of Biscoff cookies swirled right into the ice cream. Truly they’re like some irresistible concoction straight out of your sweet tooth’s wildest dreams.

No doubt this is all a truly tempting mouthful, but I would not blame you one bit for giving into such sweet temptation.

biscoff ice cream bar

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This Spot Somehow Turned Udon Into Dessert Form

In the pantheon of noodles, Japanese udon ranks high as the subtler, more simple, yet drastically thicker relative to ramen. Whether it be the clean and no frills broth or the thick, toothsome noodles that easily absorb the broth it swims in, udon as a dish is a prime choice when you’re in the mood for some noods. And if said mood happens to be for sweets, then don’t worry, Yuu Japanese Tapas in Richmond, British Columbia has got you covered with a dessert version of udon.

Dubbed as their Milk Udon, Yuu is taking panna cotta and reformatting it into udon noodle form and sweetly submerging them in their milk teas. It’s a unique topping to add and pairing it with boba could make for a milk tea moment that’s meant to be savored and shared. Now before you get grossed out on the premise, just know that panna cotta is essentially sweetened cream thickened with gelatin — no wheat noodles are actually being incorporated here.

It’s definitely a different take on milk tea, but one that can potentially enhance your next boba run.


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The Sticky Toffee Pudding of Your Dreams

Sticky toffee pudding is one of America’s most popular desserts — notable because of its British origins. But imagine it being given an American twist by incorporating bourbon into the mix. This Kentucky slant on the sweet is done with the deft hands of Crisi Echiverri, head pastry chef at Best Girl at the Ace Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles.

Drawing upon her upbringing in Bourbon County, Echiverri has created something wholly American on the dessert that originated across the pond in Cumbria County, England. In her iteration, the punch of bourbon is tamed with accompanying ingredients that she’s expertly assembled to create a dessert that isn’t overly sweet, leaving the diner to keep wanting more.

Pastries and desserts like Echiverri’s sticky toffee pudding are borne from her home kitchen, where she and her husband, celebrity chef Michael Cimarusti, love to experiment and try out concepts on their lucky guests. Sounds like a prime kind of dinner invite to me.

Fast Food

McDonald’s Is Launching A Snickerdoodle McFlurry

The holidays are quickly approaching and it looks like McDonald’s is getting a jump on the seasonal festivities by releasing a brand new flavor of their famous McFlurry.

McDonald’s has announced that they’ll soon be releasing a Snickerdoodle McFlurry this month.

The dessert item combines McDonald’s iconic vanilla soft serve with crumbles of sweet cinnamon cookies, evoking the flavors of the winter holidays a few weeks early. Hey, the earlier the better I say.

According to the fast food chain, this is McDonald’s first new seasonal McFlurry flavor since 2012, the previous offering was a Holiday Mint variation.

The Snickerdoodles McFLurry will be available from Nov. 11 through Nov. 17 exclusively on Uber Eats, for those wanting a sneak peek at the new dessert flavor. Those who can wait a bit, can purchase it regularly at participating McDonald’s locations the week following Nov. 17.


Dessert Tacos In DC Should Make Your Next Taco Tuesday Sweeter

There are many dates and moments in our lives that prove to be monumental: birthdays, anniversaries, and Taco Tuesdays. Yes, bless the marriage of meat and tortilla, a tried and true duo that’s as dynamic as the various kinds of fillings that make it up. But what if we add the sweet variety on to that list of taco style?

I can see you nodding in approval now. And since we’re all in agreement over here, let me divulge further. Roy Boys in Washington D.C., which is an establishment that touts itself as a fried chicken & oysters joint, also serves ice cream tacos. Between those three items, the level of indulgence here is through the roof.

Diners can choose from various mouth-watering choices like Birthday Cake with yellow cake and Fruity Pebbles cereal or Mango Pina Colada with fresh mango and toasted coconut. This sweet reality just made Taco Tuesdays a whole lot more versatile. Also, be on the look out for their special monthly flavors, which is already a lot to like.

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Ice Cream Parlor Will Serve You Every Scoop They Have On A Single MASSIVE Platter

One of the biggest conundrums you can come across in an ice cream parlor is not knowing which flavor you want to try. Your eyes dart from flavor to flavor, with the veritable cast of 12 Angry Men deliberating in your head the final scoop verdict.

What if you didn’t have to choose?

Milkjam Creamery, in Minneapolis, MN, takes the struggle out of your ice cream-based decision dilemma by offering a platter that serves every single scoop. Yes, every flavor offered at the ice cream parlor will be served to you on what Milkjam aptly named the “All of Them” platter.

The platter includes notable flavors like Thai Tea, Turkish Coffee Toffee, Passionfruit Lychee Swirl, Hibiscus Lemonade, Peanut Butter Banana, and Oreo Peanut Butter. A large chunk of the flavor offerings are even vegan, for those unable to dabble in dairy.

For anyone who loves to indulge their sweet tooth, it doesn’t get any sweeter than this.

You can find the All of Them Sundae platter at Milkjam Creamery, as part of their permanent menu. Flavors are subject to change seasonally.