After heading to the National Chocolate Chip Day at Laurel Avenue Bakery (aka Bakelab), I knew right away that I wanted Kristin to make some treats for my 31st birthday BBQ. She was awesome to work and brainstorm with, and we came up with three fantastic custom-meets-retro-meets-delicious dessert options: s'mores cupcakes with devil's food cake, Shark Attack (!) cupcakes with a "stormy" frosting sea, fondant shark fins and red velvet cake, and finally Kristin's custom coconut-covered snowballs with pink frosting and coconut cake filling. The cakes in each dessert were so moist and flavorful, and the frosting was heavenly. Not too sweet, not too shipped, and something I was honestly tempted to eat completely separately from the cake. It's like the cake and frosting are both frontmen competing for attention (in the best possible way)...I didn't know where to go first!
Devil's food cupcake with torched marshmallow and graham cracker crumb topping.
Red velvet (OMG!) cupcakes with stormy "sea" frosting and fondant shark fins. The perfect BBQ dessert!
Cake balls covered with buttercream frosting and coconut. Available in white (filled with coconut cake) or pink (filled with chocolate cake).
After an evening of noshing on appetizers like mini pigs 'n blankets, deviled eggs, pulled pork/cole slaw sliders and main course of burgers, sausages, baked beans and Nate 'n Al's
potato salad, it was time for the sweet stuff. And Oh.My.God. did people go nuts for Kristin's desserts. Granted, one of the things about coming to a party for a food blogger is that you're fed well. Shoot, you're overfed with some great food. There's just no two ways around it. Add to that the fact that Kristin's the cupcakes are BIG and it was beautiful foodie overload. People were gathered around plates with their forks, attacking into the cupcakes like, well, sharks (pun intended). There were requests for "to go" orders, so guests could make sure they got to taste all of the awesome Bakelab creations. Bryan even took the few leftovers to the Adam Carolla podcast the next night, where the two-day-old desserts got rave reviews.
While my cupcake burgers were also a hit, the bottom line is that Kristin/Bakelab is my go-to dessert gal. You should make her yours, too. Just don't be surprised if your guests want dessert first.