Sunday, April 29, 2012

Painting Homework Week 2

Week 2's assignment was to pick a favorite artist and use that artist for inspiration for this week's work. I picked Wayne Thiebaud. I just LOVE his paintings of cakes, pies, cupcakes, and lollipops.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Dollop Cupcakes!

Went to Dollop bakery for the first time today. Dollop is dangerously close to where I live. It is is located at 1865 Penfield Rd. Did you know that they won on the Cupcake Wars on Food Network? It was the Monster Truck Jam episode. You can watch the episode below. Very cool!

When my mom and I stopped in this morning, shortly after they opened, the place was busy. Its a tiny little storefront but there is plenty of parking. I understand that a lot of times, the line goes out the door. I can definitely see that.

Dollop has a cupcake bar, so you get to create your own cupcakes. Today the available cakes were: chocolate, vanilla, red velvet and caramel. There are lots of fillings to choose from like lemon cream, boston cream, raspberry, chocolate ganache, and apple pie. Then you pick your frosting and there are lots of those as well. Some of the choices are vanilla, chocolate, strawberry champagne, caramel, and cream cheese. Once you decide all that, you can pick a topping like gummi bears, oreo cookies, heath bars, sprinkles. Its really fun but a little daunting if there are a lot of people waiting behind you. I found the staff to be super friendly and enthusiastic. They will help you with flavor combinations if you get stuck.

1st row, left to right:

vanilla cupcake, boston cream filling, strawberry champagne frosting, rainbow sprinkles
caramel cupcake, caramel filling, caramel frosting, caramel topping
chocolate cupcake, chocolate ganache filling, chocolate frosting, snickers topping

2nd row, left to right:
chocolate cupcake, raspberry filling, caramel frosting
caramel cupcake, apple pie filling, caramel frosting, cinnamon topping
chocolate cupcake, chocolate ganache filling, caramel frosting

So how do they taste?

Peeps, these are some seriously deliciously cupcakes. Those of you that know me, know that baking is one of my passions. The cake has the right balance of moistness and density. They definitely taste homemade. The fillings are a great addition without being too sweet. The caramel filling had loads of caramel flavor. The chocolate ganache was smooth, with deep chocolate flavor. I could tell that quality ingredients were being used. The frostings are where I really have to give Dollop kudos. They are super light and fluffy and again not too sweet. All the frostings were good but the strawberry champagne frosting and the caramel frosting make me feel like sneaking back there with a wig and sunglasses to get more cupcakes. The cool (and dangerous) thing is that they sell frosting shots :)

So I definitely recommend you stop by Dollop if you are in the Rochester area. It is well worth the trip. They have a facebook page that sometimes lists special cupcakes of the day. Today's was the caramel cupcake. They also have a website (link below).

Link to the Dollop website

The episode of cupcake wars where Dollop owner, Heather Saffer wins :)

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Bad Food Day

Hopefully today will be better :)

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Chore Day

Yeah, that pretty much sums it up...I'm also obsessed with manic panic cotton candy. Thinking it would be fun to have pink hair :)

Monday, April 9, 2012

Yeah, this sums it up

Working on the capstone is like that sometimes. Just could not get motivated today. However, I did finish draft 3. In other news, I'm doodling again :)