Wild Peeta Bakefest, Take 2.
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- Nick’s Hashtag Brownies
Nick's Hashtag Brownies that I took a teeny free smidgen of...
...and then another teeny crumb...
...and then I finally caved in and bought a whole one.
- Mishti’s mascarpone chocolate brownie cupcakes
Mishti (aka Stovetopdancing)'s mascarpone + chocolate + brownie + cupcakes.
How can you take so many awesome things and scrunch it up together? THAT'S HOW.
- Anja’s Banana Date Loaf
Anja's (aka Anja'sfood4thought) super-healthy yet sinfully yummy banana date loaf.
Eating a slice of this wiped out my other calories so I could continue on my sugar prowl around bakefest. Or so I'd like to believe.
- Sid’s Raspberry Cream ‘Wiches
Sid (aka Spontaneous Euphoria)'s vanilla bean cookies with raspberry cream.
In retrospect, I should have popped them open like oreos and done a kiddie lick of all the cream slopped inside before crunching on the cookies. Sid, might you have another one I can try this technique on?
- Rajani’s peach cake
Rajani (aka eatwritethink)'s gorgeous peach cake.
When I saw her pre-bakefest pictures of this beauty on facebook, I'd threatened to do something drastic if she didn't save me a slice. Like poking a fork in my eyeball or something. Luckily it didn't have to come to that.
- Abigail’s purple yam cupcakes
Up close, Abigail's (aka nappytales) ingenious purple yam cupcakes.
Would you understand if I told you just how dense and moist and luscious these were? If only you could poke your finger through this picture and into that moist cuppycake flesh, you'd know.
- Yasmin’s Dulce de Leche Cupcakes
Yasmin (aka Red Panda Bakes)'s Dulce de Leche Cupcakes. Whenever I spot those magic words, 'dulce de leche,' I become an obedient puppy holding her paw out for some caramely sweet goodness. I was a very, very, happy puppy after this one.
- …and her Summer Cake Trifles
Dee and I were eyeing Yasmin (aka Red Panda Bakes)'s Summer Cake Trifles, with cake and custard and strawberries all layered perfectly in a glass with a dollop of cream up top, until we couldn't hold out any longer. The result...
- Sally’s lemon drizzle cake
Sally (aka mycustardpie)'s lemon drizzle cake. This is the kind of cake where you smack off a corner piece...look around unsuspectingly, wondering where the lemon is...and then TWAAANG! it slams you out of nowhere!
I truly love my lemony desserts, a taste that's been acquired over the years. I take that acquired taste to be a sign of maturity, and Sally's cake brought out nothing but the true (lemon-smacked) lady in me.
- Toffee Princess’ fudge
I sampled all the fabulous flavors of Toffee Princess' legendary fudge...but I think I slipped into sugar coma and forgot to go back to photograph her fudgey squares and buy my pack of fudge.
- Sahar’s butternut toffee bark
Sahar's thick fat brick of butternut toffee under a thin almond-sprinkled brick of chocolate.
LOVE thick fat bricks of dessert. This is what houses should be made of.
- Maggie’s Pistachio Shortbread
Maggie Tuite and her friend-whose-name-I'm-blanking-on made buttery shortbread in all these different flavors that I didn't know shortbread could even exist in. Like this pistachio one, a massive crowd pleaser. All shortbreads should come studded with pistachios...by law.
- Cakery’s carrot cake cupcakes
Mom and I both had a mutual mmmmm moment over sample bits of Cakery's carrot cake cupcake. By now I was sugar-possessed, else I'd have snagged an entire cupcake by myself.
- Dahlink’s Godiva Chocolate Cake
So on my way over to bakefest, I read a tweet about Nick (aka theregos / out in my head / ballpark-it / dahlink)'s Godiva Chocolate Cake. I nearly lost all control and wanted to fling myself out with supersonic speed to reach bakefest on time for a slice - this wouldn't last long. And it didn't. But clever me, I reserved a slice...over twitter.
I present to you the pedestal on which that Godiva Goddess lay for a few fleeting moments. Let your imagination run wild.
- …and the best dessert of ’em all.
Yours truly, Nick, the Bakefest orchestrator and mastermind behind the Godiva Chocolate Cake.
Yeh baby, BOW BEFORE THE CUPCAKE QUEEN.