Celebrating Mardi Gras with a Turkish Mocha Fancy from Federal Donuts

In honor of Mardi Gras, I stopped in Federal Donuts at 16th & Sansom to try a new donut flavor. You may remember that I’ve posted about a few other flavors that I’ve tried and I’ve always been happy with them! Now I’m more into the “Fancy” donuts than the “Hot Fresh” donuts. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve had a few of the Hot Fresh donuts and they are good, BUT they don’t have any icing on them and you all know I’m a sucker for icing.

The donut that I got was the Turkish Mocha Fancy. It has a Mocha glaze with cardamom and “a flurry dusting of Ground PTs Coffee,” according to Federal Donuts.

I love coffee. I love coffee flavored things. My absolute favorite ice cream from Scoop DeVille here in the city is the coffee ice cream with oreos mixed in. That’s what I got the first time I went there (probably about 9 years ago), and that’s what I get every single time I get ice cream from there. It’s so amazing I can’t even pick anything else out. Do you have one of those places that you go to and you get the same.thing.every.time? Well that’s me with coffee ice cream at Scoop DeVille.

Long story short, when I saw this donut on their menu, it had my name on it. And let me tell you this was amazing. I love it. I would take this one over the chocolate peanut butter donut any day (and I liked that one!). The donut was soft & fluffy, and the flavor the cardamom brought to the donut was out of this world.  This definitely wasn’t a heavy donut at all. It took everything I had in me to not lick the paper. So if you’re near 16th & Sansom or Two Street, you have gotta try this bad boy.

Federal Donuts + a Cameo from Hurricane Sandy!

Here in Philadelphia we’re blowing away! The wind & rain from Hurricane Sandy is starting to pick up. Everything in the city and surrounding suburbs is closed. No public transportation. Restaurants and shops are closed. My office is closed. So I’m taking full advantage and I’ve parked myself on the sofa with the remote in my hand. Days like this are few and far between so I’m enjoying it while I can.

This time of day the city is usually very busy with so many cars on the street and people on the sidewalks. That’s not the case today. Take a look at how quiet and calm the city is ~ the calm before the storm.

But enough about this Hurricane – let’s talk DONUTS! Because who doesn’t love donuts?

Have you ever been to Federal Donuts? I had never been to the original shop in South Philly, but I always heard about how awesome it was and that their donuts and chicken were amazing. There was always a line out the door and they sold out quite often. They opened up a second store in Center City that’s located at 1632 Sansom Street. Now I have to say that this very dangerous for me, as I live 2 blocks away and work a half of a block away from this store. It’s just way too easy to stop by for a donut (or two) on my way to the office.

One morning that’s just what I did. I didn’t even have to worry about waiting in line because I was the only person there. I only let myself get two donuts, so it was a hard decision on what flavors to pick. Take a look at their menu; everything looks good! I ended up getting two fancy donuts: Lemon Bar and Mint Chocolate Cookie.

I love Lemon. So I knew that I had to get this donut. And let me tell you it was so good. You know how I love frosting. As you can see there is plenty of it on this donut. The cake was so flavorful and fluffy. I loved the lemon flavor – it was absolutely perfect. The donut paired with the icing had the perfect amount of zing to it. The perfect amount of tang.And the streusel bits? LOVED THEM.

As I sit here and look at the pictures of the donut, I want one. Now. It was that good.

I don’t think I can go back to Federal Donuts and NOT get this donut.

I can’t let myself do that. So you have to get this flavor when you go to Federal Donuts.

It goes great with a Latte from Starbucks.   But let me tell you what doesn’t go well with a Latte.

The Mint Chocolate Cookie Donut. Coffee and Mint don’t mix, in my opinion.

This was the donut I wasn’t too sure about. Mint Chocolate Cookie. Sure, I love mint flavored things. But I just wasn’t sure about a mint flavored donut.  But what did I have to lose? I loved the amount of frosting on it and and those cookie crumbles? I just couldn’t resist them.

I loved how the mint and chocolate flavors worked together. They really complemented each other. It reminded me of an Andes Candy. And those bad boys are delicious! So get this donut the next time you go to Federal Donuts.

And I’ve gotta say that I was pleasantly surprised! This is a donut that I would definitely get again.

Isn’t that a beauty? Seriously. I want one right now. Even if they were open, I wouldn’t brave the rain and wind for it. That will have to wait until Hurricane Sandy sees her way outta here.

I want to try the Chicken soon too – I hear it’s outstanding!

Lemon Pound Cake with Vanilla Frosting

Before we get into this gorgeous lemon pound cake, I wanted to let you know that Google is closing Feedburner, so there’s a new way to get new posts emailed to you. All you have to do is sign up for the updates over there to left. Sign up so that you don’t miss a beat! I wouldn’t want you to miss a favorite dessert or a wonderful cupcake review! [Read more...]

It’s Like Pie…for Breakfast.

I needed to switch up my breakfast during the week so I decided to make a Quiche. Who doesn’t love Quiche? It’s a breakfast pie. And I love pie. So why not make one of the breakfast variety? I had all of the ingredients – Pie crust? Check. Eggs? Check. Cheese? Check. BACON?! Check. So I was all set. All I needed to do was look for the BEST Quiche Lorraine recipe that I could get my hands on. And since I was on my iPhone it was a little more difficult to really peruse all that the interwebs had to offer, but I landed on Allrecipes. There always seems to be a lot of comments to support the recipe in one way or the other. That’s where I found the “Quiche Lorraine I” recipe that I used. I’m sure there was also a Quiche Lorraine II, Quiche Lorraine III, Quiche Lorraine IV, Quiche Lorraine V, and Quiche Lorraine VI recipe as well. Because that’s how Allrecipes rolls. [Read more...]

Cake Batter Doughnuts

Who doesn’t love a good doughnut? I know I’m a fan. Cake Batter Doughnuts? Yes, please. I’m totally there. And they are super simple to make. Baked, not fried, so they are fine for your waist line!

I felt like making some doughnuts in my doughnut pan and I had a box of funfetti cake mix open from when I made the awesome Cake Batter Pudding. And I knew that I couldn’t possibly have been the first person to come up with this idea, so I did a little bit of Googling! Stephanie Cooks had a pretty good recipe that look super simple. So I figured I’d give it a try.

[Adapted from Stephanie Cooks ~ I made a few changes]


  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup yellow cake mix
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons rainbow sprinkles
  • non-stick cooking spray


First things first. Preheat your oven to 325 degrees. Spray your doughnut pan with nonstick cooking spray.  Combine the flour, cake mix, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl. Mix well.  In a measuring cup, beat the milk, egg, and vanilla together.  Add the milk and egg mixture to the flour mixture. Stir until well combined making sure not to overwork it. Stir in the sprinkles.

If you have a wonderful Pancake Pen like I do, pour the batter in that. If you don’t have one, go to Williams-Sonoma and get one! Or you can just pour the batter in a large Ziploc bag and cut the tip off. That also works.

Fill the doughnut pan about 2/3 of the way full.  It should look something like this:

Bake for 10 minutes. Allow to cool in pan for a minute or two.

Then transfer the doughnuts to wire rack so that they can cool completely.

Now in the original recipe they used some frosting in a can to put on top of the doughnuts. I would’ve done this, but I don’t really keep frosting in a can in the house. I usually prefer to make my own buttercream. But for these doughnuts I wanted to go with just a glaze-like topping.

For the the vanilla glaze I just used 1/2 cup powdered sugar + 1 teaspoon vanilla + 2 tablespoons milk.

For the chocolate glaze I used 1/2 cup powdered sugar + 1 tablespoon of cocoa + dash of vanilla + 2 tablespoons milk.

Doesn’t that look amazing?

And you can eat them plain if you want. But make sure you eat them before they fall over!