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Give an Owl a Cupcake (Van Leeuwen and City Cakes)

As Thanksgiving approaches, it has occurred to us, that while many of you may love food, maybe not all of you cook. Or bake. So we are taking it upon ourselves to help you find excellent food (in this case desserts) that other people have made for you.

Now, make no mistake: this is not food that is runner-up to home-cooked/baked fare. In fact, this IS home cooked/baked fare - it's just been done by someone else. And it's better than your grandma makes. Seriously. And I have nothing against your grandma, she's a lovely woman. Tell her I said hi.

First up is Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream. You may remember that they've been featured here before. Well, they are back. And for good reason: SEASONAL ICE CREAM FLAVORS. That's right. In this case, the flavors are Pumpkin and Eggnog. These ice creams are just what you would want after your Turkey dinner to go with that Pumpkin Bread Pudding or Apple Pie (recipes forthcoming later this week). And they are mighty nice by themselves too. I should know, as both flavors barely survived this owl-themed photoshoot because I was eating them as I photographed. Not super-productive, but very, very tasty.

The pumpkin flavor, tastes exactly like the filling of the creamiest pumpkin pie, and the eggnog flavor is WAY better than real eggnog. It's got a hint of that nog punch (I think the technical term for this is "nutmeg") and something else (whisky?) whipped into a frenzy of deliciousness. You will want to eat it all the time.

For those of you that want a little cake with your ice cream (and who could blame you?) or just some cake, I have the perfect Thanksgiving cupcake treat: a pumpkin spice cupcake from City Cakes in NYC.

I can't say enough about the moistness of the cake part of this cupcake. I really hate it when I bite into a cupcake and the thing crumbles in my hands. If all I wanted was a vehicle for frosting (and I'm not saying there's anything wrong with that) then I would just eat frosting with a spoon. But I want the whole package. I love cake. Good cake. And I love pumpkin flavor. City Cakes puts these two loves together for me in this fabulous little cupcake with a cream cheese frosting that is the perfect complement to the spice of the pumpkin cake.

Evidence that the cake holds together:

When I got the cupcake (OK, I got four) from City Cakes, I thought, hey, I'll just have a bite. Yeah, right. I downed that thing like someone was threatening to take it away from me. And so will your Thanksgiving guests.

So if you're looking for a dessert that will make your guests happy, or at least keep you out of the kitchen so you can referee the shouting matches between Aunt Emily and Aunt Olga at the dinner table, check out Van Leeuwen and City Cakes.

* Both wonderful companies have many, many more flavors than the ones I've spoken about here. So check those out too! Pints of the seasonal ice cream flavors from Van Leeuwen are available only in the trucks. You can find out what part of the city the trucks are zooming around by following them on Twitter.

** You might want to follow City Cakes too while you're at it - they announce flavors and specials via Twitter.

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Reader Comments (6)

The owl bowls are so adorable! So perfect for T-gives! I want some of that ice-cream!

November 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterUnstoppable China

ah, i think you forgot to give a quote attribution there?? and i like my vehicles for frosting!!

November 15, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterkazoo

You are correct, Kaz! You get FULL credit for the vehicle for frosting line. Well put, by the way!

November 15, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjohnandelana

Num num num... we love you back! Buy 3 get 1 free Pumpkin Spice :) Our cupcakes look so good with wings!

November 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMarc

Ummmmmm, agreed re the amazing deliciousness of CityCakes cupcakes! I will take many of them. Now. Thx.

November 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKatie @ Shared Bites

Your posts are amazing. I usually laugh atleast once.

November 18, 2010 | Unregistered Commentertim

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