flying monkey – pumpple cake


The Pumpple cake is the creation of Elizabeth Halen, owner of Flying Monkey at the Reading Terminal Market in Philly. I’m a little late in trying this. Rephrase, I’m extremely late in trying this. It debuted during the holiday season of 2010 and I never had a chance to get my hands on it and every time I did stop by there was none left. Finally got my hands on it this past Sunday though.

It has been called the “turducken” of desserts. It’s a very large cake, which consists of an apple pie baked in a layer of vanilla cake, a pumpkin pie baked into a layer of chocolate cake, and all covered with buttercream frosting.

Like other foods put into foods, it’s definitely a novelty, but I found this novelty to taste good! The apple pie was my favorite part. Luckily for me, I had two other friends to share the slice with, there’s no way I could consume that entire slice.

Unfortunately, by the time you read this, Flying Monkey will no longer be selling slices of Pumpple. Last Sunday was the final day. They will be making Pumpple on special order though.

Flying Monkey
Reading Terminal Market
12th & Arch Streets
Philadelphia, PA 19107
215.928.0340

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barbuzzo – salted caramel budino


I joined friends for restaurant week dinner on Tuesday at Barbuzzo. The entire meal was great, but the dessert in particular really left a lasting impression.

The salted caramel budino was just fantastic. It’s layered from the bottom up with crumbled chocolate cookie, custard, salted caramel, and whipped cream. You know when you have something so good that each spoonful takes you to another place? Well, this is something that did it for me. Hands down, this is one of the best desserts I’ve ever had.

Get out to Barbuzzo now and try it, I promise you won’t be disappointed.

ps. They sell 6-packs now that I’m really tempted to order. Eating Barbuzzo’s budino while watching TV on the couch sounds like a pretty damn good idea…

Barbuzzo
110 S 13th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
215.546.9300

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street sweets


Ever since Amy of Amy Blogs Chow posted about the Street Sweets hazelnut gelato sandwich, it has been a goal to try it. Unfortunately it took a lot longer than I had hoped.


A few weeks ago I finally got to try it! Me and my partner in crime both got hazelnut gelato sandwiches. I got it between chocolate chip cookies (pictured above). She got her gelato between coconut cookies.

It was sooo good. Though I took a bite of the coconut sandwiched one and I think I liked that more! Well, actually, I think I would have liked the choco chip one if the cookie itself was softer (Note to self: get there earlier when the cookies are JUST baked).

Like many food trucks, their location changes daily. Check their twitter for their current location.

Oh, and their gelato sandwiches aren’t on the menu…so you’re gunna just have to ask for em!

Street Sweets
New York City
212.888.6633

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crumbs


After lots of hype from NYC friends and other fellow foodies I had to give Crumbs a try. I swung by their Midtown location on Broadway and got 4 different varieties…


(listed clockwise from top)
Madison Avenue: vanilla cake, chocolate ganache, raspberry preserves, almonds

Cookie Dough: vanilla cake, cream cheese frosting w/ choco chip cookie pieces

Peanut Butter Cup: chocolate cake, pb cream cheese frosting, pb cup topping, crushed peanuts, chocolate chips

Red Velvet: red velvet cake, cream cheese frosting, red velvet crumbs, white sprinkles

Favorite was the red velvet…I’m a sucker for red velvet and cream cheese frosting.

Crumbs Bake Shop
(multiple locations)
1675 Broadway
New York, NY 10019
212.399.3100

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cooking: red velvet strawberry shortcakes


Came across this recipe on Serious Eats the other day and I instantly felt the urge to give it a shot. I unfortunately realized I didn’t have any red food coloring in mid-prep already…

Red Velvet Strawberry Shortcakes
adapted from Cakespy‘s recipe.
serves 8

-2 c all purpose flour
-5 tbsp sugar, divided
-1 tbsp baking powder
-1/2 tsp salt
-2 tbsp cocoa
-5 tbsp butter, cold & cut as close to brunoise as possible
-red food coloring (optional)
-1 c milk
-2 c strawberries, sliced about 1/8″-1/4″ thick
-1 tbsp, orange juice
-1 c heavy cream
-1 tsp vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 425°.

Take chilled heavy cream and place in large bowl. Whisk until soft peaks form. Add 2 tbsp sugar and vanilla extract. Whisk a bit more then set whipped cream aside in fridge.

Combine flour, 2 tbsp sugar, baking powder, cocoa, and salt in large bowl. Mix in butter until mixture looks crumbly. Slowly stir in milk and form a soft dough. Add food coloring, if using, and mix until well incorporated.

Place dough into eight even “heaps” on a lightly greased baking sheet. Place in oven for 12-15 minutes until lightly browned. When finished, place on cooling rack.

In another bowl, combine orange juice, sugar, and strawberries. Toss to coat.

Split shortcakes. Place whipped cream and strawberries on bottom halves. Top and enjoy!

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