As soon as I pitched this article, I realized I’d bitten off more than I could chew (cheesy pun intended). I liken cupcakes to the Hemsworth brothers: it’s impossible to pick a favorite. Rather than narrowing my list down to the best bakery (cupcakery?) in Austin, I’ve taste-tested my way around Austin and found several I love. [Read more…]
Guest article by Archana Vemulapalli
For those of you with a sweet tooth here in Austin, you already know there are plenty of places for fresh bites to satisfy those cravings. But what you may not know is that Austin’s local businesses offer international desserts for the times when you want to indulge in something different. Get ready to travel around the world without having to leave Austin city limits.
At some point in life, you have to take a leap of faith. Jump off the ledge and dive into the great unknown. Sometimes it’s a tiny tumble. Other times, it’s a 50-mile plunge.
Bougie’s Donuts is the result of one man’s drop into uncharted waters. With fresh flavor, outstanding coffee, and a heart for the surrounding community, one of the newest players in Austin’s dessert scene is a stand-out winner. [Read more…]
When Austin reaches triple-digit temperatures, nothing makes me smile like tropical frozen treats.
Here are five of my favorites in town, all delectable and thoroughly “researched.” These inspired, frosty creations are difficult to beat when it comes to bringing down the heat. [Read more…]
Voted “Best Sampling Room” in Austin in 2015 by the Austin Chronicle, Cornucopia is a place where you can enjoy yourself while discovering sweet and savory treats to pass onto others. As the name suggests, this local business creates a wide range of popcorn flavors, with a special emphasis on seasonal varieties.
Owner and “Poperator” Nadia Elhaj founded Cornucopia in 2008, envisioning popcorn as “a canvas for flavor and fun.” She has always loved the idea of taking something that’s been around for generations, popcorn, and giving it a fresh twist. [Read more…]
Few people consider cookies for breakfast. But on a cloudy Saturday morning in Austin’s West Campus neighborhood, I was doing just that. Sampling tarts, cupcakes and macaroons while moving trucks brought dozens of UT students back to school in the area around me. I felt like a kid sneaking treats in Willy Wonka’s factory. It felt good to be so bad.
And this local bakery more than delivered. Nestled on a quiet street in a lively part of town, My Sweet Austin has made a name for itself in the ATX baked goods scene. While still owning a young business, head chef Sara Mayes has concocted a menu full of fresh, lively flavors that leap off the baking sheet and into your mouth. [Read more…]
Guest article by Angela Bowers
While Austin’s foodie mantra may sing breakfast tacos and queso, cheesecake is some of the yummiest stuff around town. Local businesses such as The Celia Jacobs Cheesecake Experience, Upper Crust Bakery, Capital City Bakery and Stregare Cheesecake Company successfully whip up some of the best cheesecake to be found in the great capital of Texas.
If your fork is ready, let’s dig in. [Read more…]
If you close your eyes, spin around and throw a rock in Austin, there’s a good chance you’ll hit a Mexican restaurant. From down home Tex-Mex to authentic eateries, cuisine from south of the border is well-represented.
Now, thanks to Churro Co. on Riverside, dessert is covered, too. By taking a traditional pastry and applying an ATX twist, Churro Co. is bringing an authentic Mexican classic to the local foodie stage. [Read more…]
The allure of “Junk Berry Pie” prompted an unexpected trip off 290, east of Austin. Royers Pie Haven, I’m not sure which part of you charmed me most: the owner, the ambiance or the pies. [Read more…]
I begin every new year celebrating the tradition of keeping my Christmas tree in its rightful place until the celebration of St. Valentine. All over Austin, the 13 days preceding Valentine’s Day tend to be a slightly convoluted time of date-seeking and scouring for the perfect sweet treat.
After five consecutive years of single and somewhat satisfying February holidays, I thought it apropos to share some of my favorite and culturally different Austin dessert favorites. Take advantage of my tips for pre-purchase yummies or picnicking on the day of St. Valentine!
Cupprimo: The Classic Cupcake Dessert Date
8650 Spicewood Springs Rd.
Bring your classic valentine to Cupprimo for a traditional and classic Blue Velvet. Think Joe Black, Holly-Golightly with a kick of Fred Estaire. If you’re anything like me, you’ll fall in love with this modern Austin blue, old-fashioned take on a wedding cake mix of vanilla almond and sour cream topped with fresh cream cheese icing. It’s my number one choice Valentine go-to for your sweet-loving honey.
Amy Brown of Cupprimo says, “We have so many fans that actually fall into the category of ambassadors, advocates and downright cupcake lunatics…So we decided 2014 would be the year that we find all different kinds of ways to create more raving fans and honor the ones that we have.” (#ravingfan) [Read more…]