Paleo, schmaleo. Green smoothies and raw almonds are fine … most of the time. But life’s too short to always skip dessert. Sometimes, a gal just needs a little something sweet! (I sense all of you nodding in agreement!)
And is it just me, or is the idea of a bite-sized dessert far more appealing than a large serving? When out with a group, it’s fun to order several desserts and pass them around. We just want a bite or two, right? Then, we can simply lie to ourselves and pretend no calories were really consumed.
So, where to go for these quick pick-me-ups, which, by the way, are perfect for the supper club dessert you don’t have time to make, or that thank you gift for the person who has everything, or just because it’s been that kind of a day? StyleBlueprint has been doing a little research on this subject and offers up these delicious suggestions:
Known for their scrumptious custom cakes, Dulce Desserts also offers mini cupcakes (as well as fruit tarts and other mini confections) that are perfect for putting together a dessert tray or curbing a sweet tooth in a few bites. It’s best to order ahead–think Monday or Tuesday for the upcoming weekend–to ensure this very busy bakery has room to accommodate your order. But, it’s well worth the planning to taste these amazing bite-sized delights. www.dulcedesserts.com
SB Note: Dulce Desserts is located near Music Row and Vandy in Edgehill Village and has many desserts on hand each day, including cupcakes and cookies, at their bakery counter.
The Painted Cupcake
As the name implies, this Green Hills bakery is known for their beautiful bite-sized treats. We brought a few of these into the office space we share and nearly lost an arm or two, with suitemates clamoring to grab them! These are really the perfect size, as you can see in the photo below. We love the variety of flavors offered, and their curbside pick up service for preorders is a big help as fast as we all seem to move around these days. High marks were given for the sweet icing–not too sweet, but sweet enough to please picky kids and picky parents alike. A fine line to be sure. www.thepaintedcupcake.com
With two stores in Williamson County, it’s easy to cure your sugar craving at Ivey Cakes in Franklin or Brentwood. We sampled strawberry (the pink ones, below). They are perfect for the sugar-obsessed among us, as those in our taste test group who preferred the buttery icing at Dulce were not as fond of the sweetness here. But, for those of us who love the sugar, well, these hit the mark! www.iveycake.com
And, because we just can’t resist a photo of a pretty cupcake, here’s one we had professionally shot of the Dulce Dessert cupcakes:
But here’s the $64K question that has us all scratching our heads … Why is it that more restaurants don’t offer dessert tastings? As mentioned at the very start of today’s post, how many times have you been to a restaurant where everyone at your table says, when asked if dessert is desired, “I just want a bite!” Wouldn’t it be divine if you could just order a tiny bite for yourself, instead of the huge dessert and six spoons? Or, how about 6 mini cupcakes? Show us a restaurant doing that and you’ll have our attention!