Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Italy is one big treat...

Those are the words that Toot sends back to his dear friend Puddle, on a postcard from his adventures traveling the world, in Holly Hobbie's adorable children's book. And I must admit, I completely agree! 

I should have gone directly into this Pastry Shop, instead I took a picture! What was I thinking? 

I spent the rest of the week trying to track down this white cake with blueberries on top! It must have been a Venetian confection, because I searched high and low in Rome and it wasn't there! 

Jeff did pick up a Panforte in the airport in Rome and let's just say the US equivalent is... fruitcake. 

One of the greatest treats in Italy is gellato! Yum! To call it, Italian Ice Cream, would be an understatement. It would be like comparing t-ball and MLB. It's everywhere too! There's a Gellateria on every corner! And the flavors! They range from fruity to nutty! And the chocolate! It's divine! Have I mentioned my renewed love for Nutella yet? (I'm heading right back to the website to enter the contest to win a case. That should last me about a week!)  One of the taste sensations that I sampled from one Gellateria was a scoop of Ginger and Cinnamon and a scoop of Honey flavored gellato. It inspired this cupcake:

It is a Honey, Ginger, and Cinnamon Cupcake topped with Honey, Ginger, and Cinnamon Buttercream! The cupcake is topped with a marzipan ice cream cone!

I'm dreaming up my next creation and I'm certain it will be inspired by my all time favorite Italian Dessert: Tiramisu!


  1. Wow...those cupcakes look delicious!!!

  2. Thanks for your comment.

    I'm thinking that at least the guy knows it is supposed to be a that's what he'll be looking for (and hopefully not something dirty! or a goldfish!).

    I would love someone to just say to me, do whatever you want that you think looks great...and here's how much I'll give you...and I like these colors. That's it. Then I can base what I want to do on how much they will give me.

    I just get so frustrated when people do this last minute crap. I don't do this for a I don't just have all the ingredients at my house ready to go...and I have a job and a I need to plan people!

    Sorry for the rant! I feel like you would understand though :)

  3. Very nice pictures! I borrowed the idea of the ice cream cone on the cupcake for some cupcakes this week - although I made mine double scoop!