The Baker’s Jar

BakersJarSmallWe all know that I. love. cake. It’s just a known fact. So when I heard that Avery Goldman was opening up a shop called The Baker’s Jar, I knew that I’d have to stop by and try out a few flavors. I love to support local businesses and see them thrive. There are way too many chain stores that are coming into the city and trying to take over.  The shop just opened its doors in early 2014. It’s a nice, bright little shop in the Graduate Hospital neighborhood in Philadelphia.

The Baker’s Jar is located at 625 S16th St. Philadelphia, PA (16th & Bainbridge).

I looked at the web site before going, and I saw a few flavors that I wanted to try.  I LOVE Birthday Cake so I knew that I had to get the Happy Birthday Cake jar. It’s a vanilla cake filled with sprinkles and topped with vanilla frosting.

BirthdayCaketxt

However, I was a bit disappointed that they don’t sell the Happy Birthday Cake in the standard-sized jar, even though it’s pictured on the web site in a standard-sized jar.  It’s only available in the mini-sized jar. She said this was because that’s a popular kid’s flavor and she wanted something small for them. If you ask me, I think it should be offered in both the mini-sized and standard-sized jar. Why not make both the kids AND the adults happy?  I know, I know. You’re probably saying out loud “But Jen, it’s really not that big of a deal!” And it’s not. But I’m just sharing my opinion as I usually do here on my blog. Especially when it has to do with CAKE!

Mud CupAs we know, Mr. Curly Fry is a chocolate guy. He loves all chocolate. So while regular white cake and vanilla frosting is one of my favorite cake flavors, his is chocolate cake with chocolate frosting. I was bummed that there wasn’t a regular chocolate cake with chocolate frosting jar. There’s the Ooey Gooey Chocolate Cake, but it also has caramel in it and he’s not really a caramel fan. So that eliminates that flavor. There was a Brownie Jar, but it was Dulce de Leche Brownie, so that eliminates that one for him as well. She has a Chocolate Bread Pudding, but we’re not bread pudding fans. So all that really left for him was the Mud Cup.  I wasn’t too jazzed about this flavor, which is Chocolate Pudding mixed with Chocolate Cake…with a worm or two in there. I’m just hoping that he likes it.

 

 

I love Carrot Cake, so I picked up the Ruby’s Carrot Cake jar. It’s a moist carrot cake spiced just right and topped with cream cheese frosting and a pecan.  Mr. Curly Fry isn’t into Carrot Cake so I get to have this whole standard-sized jar all to myself!

Carrot Cake Jar

Last but not least, I picked up the Lemon Pie Jar. This is the perfect balance of tart and sweet topped with a blueberry compote. I love lemon flavored things so I hope this is good!

LemonBlueberryxt

I was hoping to try the Apple Crumb Jar and Mom’s Banana Cake, but they weren’t available.

I think this The Baker’s Jar is a really cool concept, but I just wish that there was more variety. There are so many more flavors that can be offered. The possibilities are endless. I think adding more flavors would do nothing but good things for this shop.

Stay tuned later this week to see what we thought of these little jars of goodness!

CONTEST! Win a Heart-Shaped Pizza from SliCE!

heartpizza(2)SLICE SAYS “BE MINE” WITH HEART-SHAPED PIZZAS AND SURPRISE JEWELERY DELIVERY

This Valentine’s Day, love is in the pizza! Say “be mine” with a specially delivered heart-shaped pizza-gram from SliCE. Customize your pie with his/her favorite toppings or select one of SliCE’s signature pie combinations. As a bonus, SliCE will surprise one lucky pizza-gram delivery recipient with a Sterling Silver Hershey Kiss Necklace from Sermania Jewelry. The jewelry contest is valid for delivery only. The winner will be drawn at random based on delivery orders on Friday, February 14, 2014.  Heart-shaped pies are the same price as a traditional pies, and they can delivered from all three SliCE locations.

“Valentine’s Day has a special place in our heart as we fell in ‘love at first bite’ over pizza,” says owners Marlo and Jason Dilks. “Pairing with Sermania helps us show our customers a bit of extra love this year, while supporting our East Passyunk Avenue neighbors.”

As a way of celebrating their love of pizza – and a love for their customers – the Dilks will select one lucky recipient from each SliCE location for a sweet reward in their delivery order. One winner will enjoy a free Sterling Silver Hershey Kiss necklace (click the link to see the beautiful necklace!) donated by Sermania Jewelry (value $195.00). Sermania Jewelry also have a full collection of locally crafted diamond, gold and silver rings, necklaces, pendants, charms and other jewelry perfect for Valentine’s Day. For more information, visit their store on 1719 East Passyunk Avenue or call (215) 462-2332.

All three SliCE locations will offer heart-shaped pies available for take-out, delivery or dine-in, including Rittenhouse (1740 Sansom Street, 215-557-9299), South Philadelphia and Italian Market (1180 S. 10th Street, 215-463-0868) and Washington Township (137 Egg Harbor Road, 856-302-5099). The contest is only open to delivery customers. For more information about SliCE or to place an order, call the location directly, visit www.slicepa.com, follow @slicepa on Twitter and like “SliCE” on Facebook.

 How can you win a Heart-Shaped Pizza? 

This contest is for Philadelphia/New Jersey (Washington Township) area residents. 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

**If SliCE will deliver  the free Heart-Shaped pie, it must be in the delivery area of Rittenhouse, South Philadelphia or Washington Township. Please visit their website for delivery area. If the winner is out of the delivery area, you can always pick up the heart shaped pie in person! If you are the confirmed winner, please be prepared to give me a confirmed time on when you want your pizza delivered.**

 

Cupcake Carnivale’s Holiday Menu

Things are really busy over here (my Dessert Tour on Groupon has been doing very well!), but I did want to share some beautiful pictures that I took. And of course they are cupcake related! Cupcake Carnivale, one of my favorite cupcake trucks here in Philly, had a terrific holiday menu. I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves…

Coconut Snowball{Classic Vanilla Cupcake | Coconut Buttercream Frosting | Sweet Coconut Flakes}

The Grumpy Elf{Angry Orchard Hard Cider Cupcake | Apple Cream Cheese Frosting | Caramel Drizzle | Granola Topping}

Winter Carnivale{Peppermint Red Velvet Cupcake | Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting}

The Merry Gringo{Mexican Chocolate Cupcake | Marshmallow Cream Filling | Dulce de Leche Buttercream}

Spiked Eggnog{Egg Nog Cupcake | Spiked Rum Cream Cheese Frosting}

Gingerbread Express{Spicy Gingerbread Cupcake | Lemon Buttercream Frosting | Gingersnap Cookie}

Vanilla Drops

VanillaDropsTXT

I can’t believe that it’s already December. I feel like as I get older I have a harder time getting into the holiday spirit. And this year isn’t any different. I just can’t get into it. I don’t even want any gifts – there’s nothing that I want; there’s nothing that I need. I tried baking some cookies to see if it helps to get into the holiday spirit, but it just didn’t. So I can’t share that with you, but I can share some awesome cookies! And I’ll do just that.

We’ve been making this recipe for years in my family, and I don’t recall which cookbook it came from. I did not come up with the recipe. I just know that these cookies are super simple to make, and they always taste great. I love to use Penzey’s Double Strength Vanilla for a wonderful vanilla flavor. Make sure you use the real deal – not that imitation stuff. I think it really makes a difference.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 1 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Cream Butter and Sugar.

Add egg and vanilla and blend well.

Stir together the flour and salt. Add to the creamed mixture and blend well.

Drop the dough by rounded teaspoonfuls onto the [greased] cookie sheet, leaving 2 inches between each drop.

Bake for 8-10 minutes. The cookies should be slightly browned around the edges. The centers may appear to be a bit undercooked, but they will firm up as they cool.

Cool slightly on the cookie sheet and then transfer to wire racks to finish cooling.

MY NOTE: The cookies take 8 minutes in my oven. If I leave them in for 10 minutes they are crunchier, which I don’t like. I love a nice chewy cookie, which is how these should be.

GreenAndRedCookieDough

 

OrangeWithSprinkles

VanillaDropsRack

SnoopyPlatePileofCookies

My Dessert Tour is now on Groupon!

I have some pretty exciting news to share with you! My Dessert Tour is now on Groupon! SideTour was acquired by Groupon about a month ago. My Dessert Tour was hand-picked to be featured on the Groupon platform. So that means a lot more exposure! How exciting! So if you’re in the Philadelphia area, please come out and join me! I’d love to share my favorite desserts with you!

Groupon Dessert Tour