Friday, February 24, 2012

Tour de Cupcake

Last summer, I went to Europe under the guise of a honeymoon, when really I was on a covert cupcake recon mission! My accomplice and I visited London, Paris, and Bruges, and in each city, we scoured the streets for some tasty cupcake goodness. This is my report -

London - home of the infamous and decadent Harrod’s! This was literally a baker’s heaven. They had an ENTIRE room devoted to desserts and one wall exclusively to cake. My partner in crime insisted that – in the name of science – I try one of these gorgeous looking cupcakes. But which to choose? I wanted a fair comparison... so I went for the white icing with milk chocolate shavings on top of chocolate cake (to the bottom right). It was… kind of bland and a little dry. Maybe in the US we are used to super rich and sweet stuff, so my taste buds are on classic American over drive. But I confess myself disappointed. To be fair, this is my all time favorite flavor pairing, so I set the bar pretty high. Though it still was a blast! I took as many pictures of cupcakes as of the London architecture!

On a day trip to double date with our buddies Will and Kate, we meandered through the town of Windsor. It was adorable with its quaint cobbled streets and small kitschy shops. One of these was a bakery and fudge shop. I sampled the fudge, and it was excellent. So good that I bought some to bring home to my mother… however, it sadly melted long before we ever landed in LA. Nonetheless, it was fun to look at all the cupcake flavors that were alongside the fudge. There were so artfully decorated! Fit for a… queen?! (t-hehe)

And so we ate our way through Belgium
to the small town called Bruges- sanctuary to the chocolate! There, we found chocolate nirvana. Chocolate shops lined the streets, and as if to affirm the reason I married this man, my husband suggested we sample from each! Surprisingly, I did not see too many bakeries with cupcakes. But honestly, my purse (and tummy) were so brimming with chocolate by the time we left, that I’m certain my jeans could not take one more bite!

By the time we rolled ourselves in Paris, we on quite the sugar high. On our first night there, I had the creme brulee, which was, and I'm not exaggerating... divine. Easily the best dessert I had on our honeymoon. Thus, I proceeded to eat that instead of any other dessert with dinner. Best meals. Ever.

To satisfy any further curiosity about European baked goods, check out the other wonders I found (in England):

SO freakin cute! (Harrod's)

My future birthday cake!!

I love this! I'm totally making it!

More from Harrod's - SIGH

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