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Nothing left but “Crumbs”

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I am journeying back to New York City in my mind to collect my thoughts about the best damn cupcakes I ever had the pleasure to taste minus my own (yup that’s me, modest mouse).

Crumbs Bake Shop was not even in the plans for my NYC trip it was just serendipity, plain and simple. Can I say when I walked into the store and saw the case, I truly wanted one of everything … it all looked so delicious and fantabulous! If I was a Billionaire and hung with the likes of Ophree or the Queen I would have bought all the cupcakes since that would be how I would roll.

It took awhile to decide what cupcakes would have the pleasure of leaving with me. Cookie Dough was looking good and so was Mama Mia, Milkshake, Red Velvet, Half Baked, Happy Birthday …. Happily, I did reach a decision and it was chocolate all the way with these two beauties:

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I like to think I made the right decision.

I was going to try and wait to eat my cupcakes when I returned home to Virginia but I did not have that much restraint, I had to sample one or both before the trip back home. I only sampled one; Devil’s Food was my poison and it was de-frickin-licious! It was perfectly chocolately with a surprise (to me) creamy center and Vanilla Buttercream. The cupcake was not one note like some chocolate cupcakes or cakes can be at times. Oh, did I mention the size of the cupcakes? They are ginormous – seriously, GINORMOUS. You get your money’s worth when you buy cupcakes from them

I should also mention that Crumb’s cupcakes freeze beautifully. I froze my cupcakes so they would have a chance to remain fresh until I arrived back home. Using the freezing and refrigeration technique I was able to enjoy Devil’s Food and the Blackout cupcake upon returning back home.

The Blackout Cupcake is a chocolate lovers dream … if you love chocolate, plus more chocolate, and then some more – then this cupcake is for you (and me). It’s moist and rich and I could not eat it in one sitting, it actually took me a few days.

So, if you are going to New York City or California, Washington DC, Connecticut, Illinois, New Jersey or Virginia you need to find Crumbs Bake Shop and indulge – you only live once unless you believe in re-incarnation.

Until Next Time,
Jennifer

One last look …

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Crumbs Bake Shop – 43 West 42nd St (5/6th Ave) – New York, NY 10036 – 212/221-1500

Debil’s Food Cupcakes with Oreo Buttercream

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Finally back and blogging – Yay! I have so many ideas churning for future postings however work is still as crazy as ever so I need to figure out how to accomplish future postings since I want to share my thoughts.

To play catch up, I have finished my resume.  I also have been given a quasi extension so my job is not ending as soon as I thought — this gives me time to get all my ducks, chickens, and bears in a row.

I did not win the cupcake contest that I entered; though I am proud that I did enter. So that’s life in a nutshell.

Now on to Debil’s Food Cupcakes.. yes Debil’s Food. I happen to love the movie, “Water Boy” (don’t judge) and with the extra touch of chocolate added to these cupcakes they are not the Devil but the “Debil”.

During the making of these cupcakes- a gadget died, my hand mixer.  It died of an apparent icing overdose, R.I.P. hand mixer. *sniff* Luckily it died after I finished mixing the Oreo Buttercream!  I still have my stand mixer (yet it is not my ultimate dream fantasy mixer.. The Kitchen Aid.)

These chocolate cupcakes are moist and delicious and easy to make.  They will be sure to please any chocolate lover!  The Oreo Buttercream compliments the “Debil’s” Food so when you bite into the cupcake it is pure Heaven on your mouth yet Hell on your thighs!

“Debil’s” Food Cupcakes with Oreo Buttercream Icing

Adapted from ChockyLit’s Devil’s Food Cupcake with Chocolate Buttercream

Makes 12 cupcakes

Cupcakes
1 cup All Purpose Flour
1 cup granulated sugar
¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder

¼ cup Ghiradelli’s 60% Cacao Bittersweet Chocolate Chips

¾ teaspoon baking soda

¾ cup Buttermilk
¼ cup plus 1 Tablespoon of Butter, salted

1 teaspoon of vanilla bean paste

1 egg, room temperature

Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  In a microwave safe bowl add ¼ cup chocolate chips and 1 Tablespoon butter and melt together at 50% power in the microwave for approximately 1 minute 30 seconds.  Set melted mixture aside.  In a mixing bowl add all ingredients except the egg; cream mixture together until incorporated.  Add egg to creamed mixture and beat on high for approximately two minutes.

In your cupcake pan add your cupcake liners.  Add cake mixture to each individual cake liner; filling batter 2/3 full. (I use an ice cream scoop to add the mixture to the cupcake liners.  I found that tip through other food bloggers.)  Bake cupcakes for approximately 16-20 minutes.  Take out the oven and let cool.

Icing
1 stick of room temperature butter **

4 cups of confectioner’s sugar

1 teaspoon Vanilla Bean Paste

¼ cup milk

½ cup crushed Oreos

In a mixing bowl cream softened butter.  Add 2 cups of confectioner’s sugar and mix.  Add remaining 2 cups of confectioner’s sugar.  (Should resemble thick paste) Add Vanilla Bean Paste and milk.  Mix until you achieve smoothness and consistency. (If mixture is too thick continue to add milk 1 Tablespoon at a time) Mix in crushed Oreos to buttercream until incorporated.

** If you want a more resilient buttercream try using ½ stick of butter and ½ cup of shortening (like Crisco).

Icing the cupcakes

You can either do the old fashion icing of the cupcakes – using a spatula or knife to ice the cupcakes or you can get all fancy with it and look like you just ran to your favorite Cupcake shop by using a pastry bag (tip or no tip – you decide!) and pipe the icing on the cupcake.  I chose to pipe the icing using no tip since I just wanted to be fancy!
Viola! You now have “Debil’s Food Cupcakes with Oreo Buttercream to enjoy and share!

Until next time -Happy Eatings!

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