Cupcakes from Eat Cake!

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If you’re a fan of cupcakes and a fan of Food Network then you may have seen an episode or two of Cupcake Wars.  I admit, I’ve seen a few Cupcake War episodes in my past and I have a slight love of visiting spots that have been featured on the Food Network – primarily out of curiosity to “see what the fuss is all about.”
Almost 2 years ago my boyfriend and I stumbled upon this little bakery in Newburyport called “Eat Cake.” I was intrigued because there was a Food Network sign in the window and a little blurb about the shop being featured on Cupcake Wars. I was suddenly transformed to a magnet and the cupcake shop was my large piece of metal.  Heading inside the shop they typically have 5 variation of flavored cupcakes of the day.  You never know what you’re going find unless you go there or visit their Facebook page to see what the flavors of the day are.  Each cupcake is also $3/ea which is a bit pricey but for the experience and the different flavors, it’s worth it once in a while.
Popping into the shop the cupcakes are the main attraction.  The countertop is lined with glass covered cake pans with cupcakes piled high with buttercream – all assorted in flavors.  In front of the counter is a chalkboard which has the daily menu printed on it – to help make choosing easier. Or in my case, a little more difficult.
After giving the cupcakes a once over, my boyfriend and I decided on three. One cupcake he really wanted, one I really wanted and one we each wanted to try.  So 3 cupcakes we got were:
Coconut-Coconut Goo- Vanilla Butterceam.  Our pick. This cupcake was a vanilla cupcake, which was topped with a coconut “goo” which really reminded me of the inside of a mounds bar, just stickier.  It was then topped with a vanilla buttercream and garnished with toasted coconut.  It was moist and delicious, but definitely sweet.
Chocolate Fudge – Strawberry Buttercream. My boyfriends pick. This was a chocolate cupcake dipped into a fudgy chocolate, then topped with a strawberry buttercream and garnished with shaved chocolate pieces. My boyfriend enjoyed it as he’s a chocolate cake fan. His was actually not as sweet as one would suspect and it was undoubtedly moist.
Hummingbird Cake – Honey Cinnamon Buttercream. My pick. I have been eyeing a hummingbird cake recipe online for months – the only thing holding me back from making it being the fact I don’t have pecans in the house. So when I saw this listed on the sign, I immediately wanted it. The cupcake is a classic hummingbird flavored cake – bananay, cinnamonny, nutty and just delicious.  The buttercream was sweet with a cinnamon flavoring to it. Undoubtedly delicious. It reminded me of banana bead in a light and airy cupcake form.
I at first estimated each cupcake being 9 points plus values. After taking a bite, I decided to roll those estimates up to 12 points plus values.  Sure, it was high for a dessert … but it was worth it.
What is the best cupcake you’ve ever tried?

Trader Joe’s Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Filled Cupcakes

Whoever invented these delicious, scrumptious cupcakes deserves a raise.  Or a hug. Okay, so both.

Now that I’ve got that statement out of the way – let me begin to say how absolutely delicious these Trader Joe’s Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Filed Cupcakes are. I purchased these at Trader Joe’s after seeing them time and time again in the little tiny square bakery “corner”. I’m a peanut butter lover – but that is a peanut butter lover in desserts (candies, cakes, etc.) I’ve never been a peanut butter on a spoon type-a-gal. Anyway! These cupcakes are SUPER moist, deliciously chocolatey and are filled with an ooey gooey peanut butter filling. The cupcake is topped with a soft, fluffy dark chocolate frosting which as dark chocolate is, isn’t overly sweet so it makes the cupcake just perfect.  Each bite is perfection and it’ll seriously satisfy any sweet tooth, sugary/peanut buttery craving you or someone in your household may be having.

My boyfriend was hooked – he too is a peanut butter enthusiast in desserts (although he’ll eat PB&J’s or incorporate PB into ice cream). These are certainly a two thumbs up dessert/snack. So if you’re in a chocolate peanut butter mood – I suggest you pick these up next time you venture into Trader Joe’s – you won’t be sorry!

They’re only 8 points plus a piece, which really isn’t bad considering the magnitude of how delicious these are!

I admit we love these so much … these have been a repeat purchase from time to time. 

Do you like peanut butter in desserts?