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Guinness Cupcakes

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Made with Guiness Double Stout, topped with Mascarpone Whipped cream frosting.

– CP

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Home-made Donuts

My friend has been asking me to make donuts with him for a long while now, and last night, I finally relented. I had no idea, however, that it would take us/me over 4 hours! My goodness…

We tried this recipe for Crispy and Creamy Doughnuts. Okay, making the dough honestly isn’t hard, even as I did it by hand, and most of the time was spent waiting for the dough to rise. I let it rise for an hour before I cut the doughnuts. The other thing though, was that since we didn’t have a legit doughnut cutter, I had to get creative and ended up using a wine-glass to cut the circles (which worked surprisingly well), and had to cut out the little holes in the center with a fillet knife. That…sucked.

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They don’t look too shabby though right?

The last hassle was the oil. Since our last deep-frying adventure, we have lost the power chord to our deep fryer. What a sad, sad loss…Thus, I had to use a regular pot of oil on the stove for frying, which was so hard to control the heat. It got too hot and was almost burning the outside while leaving the center of the donut holes (out test subjects) doughy and raw. It took a long time for the oil to finally cool down enough for us to get a good golden brown on the outside while having them cooked all the way through.

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We did a regular sugar glaze and a chocolate glaze. Who knew that glaze was made from just a crap-load of butter and sugar (or chocolate)? Mmm…

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And voila! They actually look pretty legit, I must say. However, after seeing what goes into them…the amount of shortening, butter, oil, and sugar…I’ll be thinking twice before I wolf down a couple of Krispy Kreme donuts next time.

Take-home lesson from this story? If you want to make donuts at home, buy a real doughnut cutter, use a deep-fryer (or a pot of oil with a thermometer), expect to do a lot of waiting for the dough to rise (not just once, but a 2nd time after you cut the donuts), and expect to be slightly disgusted when you’re done. HOWEVER, they did taste quite good, (slightly dense and almost cakey) and I was rather proud of myself in the end 😉

– CP

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Road Trip Munchies Part 3 (Final): Voodoo Donuts

At last, here is the conclusion to our Road Trip Munchies, Portland edition.

Our last stop in Portland was none other than the famous Voodoo Donuts.

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The have quite the interesting decor.

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And the most interesting menu that honestly tells you next to nothing about what kind of donut you’re getting yourself into.

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The four of us decided to order a dozen so that we could try a bunch of different ones. After sampling a bite of each one, here are a couple of our favorites:

The classic Voodoo Doll definitely had to make it on our list. Not only is it morbidly cute, it has jelly/blood filling and was quite fluffy.

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To the left of it is the Old Dirty Bastard, with chocolate frosting, oreos, and peanut butter drizzle. Looks pretty cray..and indeed it was. It was too intense for us. The Loop that’s right below it was actually not too bad…I did have a bite of it a day late when the fruit loops were stale..but I bet it would be pretty good fresh.

Now onto the unanimous favorite…the Maple Bacon Bar

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You wouldn’t expect such a simple thing to be so delicious but it really was. The bacon was very crispy and complimented the sweetness of the maple so well. Thank God we decided to get two of these because we were practically fighting for more bites.

We also really enjoyed the Portland Cream. It’s a simple donut with chocolate icing filled with Bavarian cream and is apparently Portland’s signature donut. The other ones we tried were more for the novelty of the names or because they sounded interesting. The Mexican Hot Chocolate, French crueller and Chocolate coconut are just a few that I also enjoyed. All in all, it was just fun to be able to visit this famous food place and get a taste of Portland’s eclectic style.

I wish the rest of our epic road trip was as exciting in the food-arena, but I would be lying if I told you we didn’t spent the rest of our trip eating a good deal of fast-food and at not-so-fantastic diners and hotels. This concludes this series of Road Trip Munchies.There will hopefully be another one in the near future. Pauline and I are dreaming of Food Cult business trips in the future which I think would be the best thing in the entire world.

Stay tuned for our coming food adventures!

– CP

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Pubcakes

Pubcakes is the perfect marriage between two of my loves: beer and cupcakes. Becca (who was interviewed in a previous foodcult post at Cafe Calabria) found this place by watching their “Sh*t beer geeks say” video.  It’s cute little bakery & cafe started up by a bunch of beer geeks who love to bake. They came up with the ingenious idea of making cupcakes with BEER! pubcakes

The one on the left is the “Super Pretzel”, which consists of a chocolate cake made from a Bear Republic Big Bear Black Stout, peanut butter, buttercream and a chocolate shell. The one on the right is the “Stoned Portzilla” which is baked with a Stone Smoked Porter, coffee ganache, and caramelized coconut on top. The Super Preztel was a little sweet for me, but my friend who loves peanut butter loved it. The Stoned Portzilla, however, seemed to be everyone’s favorite. I’m not usually a huge fan of coconut shavings, but the caramelized coconut top on this one was so good, adding a great texture to it. On top of that, the cake was super moist. I couldn’t particularly taste the beer that much, since I’ve never had the Stone Smoked Porter before, but Becca, with her refined beer snob pallet, picked up on a lot of the flavors from the beer. At $3.50 a cupcake, this place, without question, beats Sprinkles cupcakes anyday. 

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Dolce Bella Chocolate cafe. And yes…the latte art looks kind of funky…they’re probably practicing haha. The chocolate was good but the latte was just average. I’ll be going back though just to try their other chocolatey desserts and food :]

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Happy birthday to…ME

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Caribbean food at Coconuts for my 21st birthday! We ordered the 6-hour braised ox tail, curried goat, bbq short ribs, jerk chicken wings, sweet potato fries, mac & cheese, brown rice, and of course…some drinks! Everything was super tender, juicy, and full of flavor. Majorly comfort food. 

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Went to Maggiano’s afterwards for dessert and some more drinks. But sadly, I didn’t get carded both times. Oh well…I got a pomegranate-cranberry cocktail, and my sis got a peach bellini. My personal favorite of the night, however, was……

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the Chocolate Zuccotto cake! So much dark chocolaty goodness in every bite…mmmm……

And that was last night. And yes, I do remember everything, and no, I did not throw up 🙂

– CP

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