Monday, October 18, 2010

Viennese Cupcakes and a European Road Trip

Back from our European Trip, I can finally share the cupcakes we found! I looked in every city we went to, trying to find european cupcakes. Can you believe it, I only found them in Vienna, Austria. We were walking in Vienna one afternoon on our way to Stephen's Domplatz and passed by this gorgeous bakery called Gerstner's.

This is their fabulous cupcake display! We had to go in and see if they were as delicious as they looked!

They had a good assortment. The flavors were as follows: Lemon Drop, Peach Cobbler, Chocolate Hazelnut Delight, Vanilla Bean, Nutty Pistachio, Very Strawberry, and Vibrant Violet.

Of course they had an amazing assortment of other treats as well. I love the Sushi Pastries in the bottom right corner!

I choose the Very Strawberry cupcake to go.

The verdict is delicious! The strawberry frosting was extra creamy and smooth. The cupcake itself was vanilla and very good!

We did get to go into a store called Kaufland, it's like a mini wal-mart. I found the baking isle and was interested in their cupcake selections. These are some cupcake paperliners.

Let's take a look at some of the dessert adventures we had:

Me enjoying some cinnamon roasted almonds, or as the Germans call them Gebrante Mandeln. 

Noah is going to attempt to eat this giant marshmallow, chocolate wafer!

The Original Hobrauhaus Restaurant in Munich, Germany. This was the first Apfel Strudel in a long line of taste testing them through Europe!

Here's one at the restaurant in our hotel in Salzburg, Austria- Hotel  Stiegl Brau.

This is me eating the giant marshmallow bon-bon from the Oktoberfest in Munich, that was smashed in transit. Still tastes just as good!

Amazing cherry cake we picked up at a local bakery in Salzburg.

Noah loves his sweets just as much as me!

World's second best Apfel Strudel found in Melker Stiftskeller restaurant in Vienna, Austria.

Mixing it up, decided to get a chocolate mousse crepe in Prague, Czech Republic. Fantastic idea, extra creamy and oh-so-good!

We didn't actually get one of the XXL donuts but these were insane! This is a stand at Berlin's Festival of Freedom celebrating 20 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Here's a brief look at our adventures in Europe:

Oktoberfest 2010, me in my dirndl!

Giant gingerbread heart necklaces.

My husband, Noah, and I in the Paulaner beer garden at Oktoberfest. Enjoying a liter of bier!

Noah and I up at the top of  Berchtesgaden. Hitler's hide away in the mountains of Bavaria Germany.

Noah and I before going into the Eisriesenwelt Ice Caves in Austria. Up in the mountains, 700 steps up and back down!!

Romantic dinner at Melker Stiftskeller wine cellar.

Schonbrunn Palace, the summer palace for the Hapsburg's, Vienna, Austria.

Noah and I on the Charles Bridge over the Vltava River looking at the Prague, Czech Republic Castle.

We had an amazing and memorable trip this year. Here's all the places we went: Frankfurt, Nuremberg, Munich and Berlin, Germany; Salzburg and Vienna, Austria ; and Prague, Czech Republic.

Now I can't wait to take our next trip and hopefully find that the joy of cupcaking is spreading around the world!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Calling Leo, June, Quincy and Annie to Celebrate AJ & Ryan's Little Einstein Birthday!

Little Einsteins are a popular Playhouse Disney show for little kids. My friend Elizabeth's boys just recently celebrated their birthdays in Little Einstein fashion. Here's a look at their cupcakes and birthday party!

Here's my attempt at the Little Einstein charcters: Annie, Qunicy, Leo and June. I think I need to work on my people skills...

Little Einstein's friend Rocket as a giant cupcake!

AJ turned 2!

Ryan celebrated his 1st Birthday!

Elizabeth and Ben Thomas helping their kids making great birthday wishes!

Ryan was sure ready to dig straight in! YUM!

Here are the birthday boys! AJ, 2 is on the left and Ryan, 1 is on the right. I think its safe to say they like the Little Einsteins and the Cincinnati Bengals. Happy Birthday Boys!

Earthlings We Come in Peace... to Celebrate with Cupcakes!

Toy Story 3 hit box offices this summer and flew right back into the hearts of many! So needless to say Toy Story birthday parties were very popular this year. My all time favorite characters from the triology are the vending machine aliens. So I was very happy to make those aliens into cupcakes for my friend Tara's son's birthday. Brayden turned 4 this summer, here is a look at his birthday bash!

"Ooooooo..... The Claw"

A Giant Cupcake to Celebrate with!

Happy Birthday Brayden, now give me a cupcake!!

By looks of this, I think he liked them.

Here's a look at my favorite Toy Story scene of all time. The Aliens with the Claw!

Now I want to make a Mr. Potatoe Head Cupcake!