January 18, 2011

Sweet San Diego

Oh mama mia, are you ready for this day?! This post should come with a warning label! ;) Last week my sweet friend Jenny from the fabulous blog Picky Palate drove down from the OC to spend a day cruising around San Diego with me. Whenever we girls get together we just can’t resist running around the town and searching out as many fun sweets and treats as we can find. We’ve sought out cupcakes, doughnuts, and cookies in NYC, San Francisco, and Disney and we were delighted with what we found in San Diego. Get ready, reading this post may cause no less than 5.794 pounds of virtual weight gain. So put on your stretchy pants and join me and Jenny for a day of complete indulgence as we explore 3 must-see bakeries in San Diego!

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Our first stop was Elizabethan Bakery, which came to us highly recommended by our food-bloggin’ pal Kathy at Panini Happy. This is such a cute spot, it’s located right in the middle of a garden and nursery.

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I think both of our jaws dropped when we walked in and saw all these incredibly cute mini cupcakes!

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Reason #5708 why I love Jenny. She didn’t bat an eyelash when I enthusiastically suggested, “I think we should try one of each.”

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And that is the story of how, dear readers, at 10 o’clock on a Wednesday morning, we ended up with 18 mini cupcakes.

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Look at the cute little bumblebee cupcake. This was one of my favorites. A chocolate mini cupcake frosted with honey buttercream and dipped in milk chocolate. Loved this deliciously soft frosting! I see myself attempting a honey buttercream in the very near future.

Reason #1497 why I love Jenny. She let me eat the little sugar bumblebee decoration and pretended she didn’t like it so I wouldn’t feel guilty about selfishly hogging the whole candy.

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So many fun cupcakes here! On the left we have a Chocolate Toffee cupcake with caramel buttercream, dipped in milk chocolate, and  sprinkled with homemade toffee. And on the right, a banana vanilla bean cupcake with a caramel drizzle topping.

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How cute are these! The one on the right with the pink buttercream rose was sprinkled with sparkly gold glitter.

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Blackberry and strawberry…

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Mr. Mustachio! This was a white chocolate pistachio cake with a pistachio buttercream frosting. I wasn’t too sure how I’d like pistachio frosting, but this little guy was definitely one of the highlights. I loved the flavor of the pistachio frosting, and wondered if they’d used some kind of pistachio extract for the unique flavor. It reminded me of the frosting from my favorite cupcakes in New York. Although Jenny, with the more trained palate, thought what I was tasting was actually almond extract. All I know is that I am definitely adding almond extract to my next batch of buttercream frosting.

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Red Velvet cupcake. Now you guys know I am a buttercream frosting gal all the way, and red velvet cakes are generally topped with cream cheese frosting, but this one had a white chocolate cream cheese frosting. Knocked my socks off!

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This coffee cupcake might’ve been my favorite! This was a decadent chocolate cake topped with coffee caramel buttercream, dipped in dark chocolate and topped with a homemade espresso toffee. Oh mama mia, that sweet, crunchy espresso toffee was over the top!

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Check out this fun Churro cupcake! Definitely one of my favorites.

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Not only were the cupcakes gorgeous, but they were definitely some of the most delicious cupcakes I’ve ever tasted. I could not get over how rich and decadent this chocolate one was!

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Sad to say, we didn’t have much left over when it was all said and done! If you are anywhere near the area, go here! These cupcakes and this cute bakery are a definite must-try.

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After a gleeful start to our day, we drove down the coast a bit to walk off our cupcakes at picture-perfect La Jolla Cove.

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Loved walking along this beach in the beautiful San Diego weather!

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The crystal clear water was paradise.

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For lunch we ran over to Little Italy and stopped in Pappalecco, a wonderfully charming Italian sandwich and gelato shop. My slice of pizza Margherita was incredible, this place is a definite must try!

Reason #2736 why I love Jenny. I can ask her the same question 14 times in a row, wording it only slightly different each time. And she’ll give me the right answer the first time, and every other time after that, just as patiently as the first, until she figures out which answer it is that I want to hear, and then she’ll give me that one, convincing me I was right all along. Until I get home and look it up, and realize she, of course, was right all along.  *blush*

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I had no idea what a treat we were in for when we headed to Extraordinary Desserts! This was the place everyone told us we had to try.

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My jaw dropped when I saw these truly extraordinary desserts! Lovely Pots de Crème.

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Gorgeous Dulce de Leche cake. Layers of chocolate cake, chocolate mousse, crunchy milk chocolate and topped with sweet dulce de leche.

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Loved these chocolate shavings!

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Decadent. Divine. Delicious.

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This strawberry shortcake was my favorite. The cinnamon shortcake biscuits, fluffy whipped cream, and fresh strawberries were perfect.

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Stunning Crème Brûlée. These desserts were a joy to photograph!

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We had one more stop on our San Diego dessert tour! Had to make it a good one. We headed just up the street to Babycakes for some beautiful and mouth-watering cupcakes.

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They had so many wonderful flavors to choose from, we had a hard time narrowing it down! Here’s what we ended up with. The Vanilla Shorty, a custard-filled cupcake with whipped cream frosting.

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The Marble Monkey, a vanilla and chocolate marble cake with banana buttercream frosting. Saved this one for Kev.

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The Funfetti cake! This is always my favorite. Loved this one!

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Oh you know I couldn’t resist the marbled hazelnut cupcake. Completely delicious.

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And here’s their signature cupcake, the Babycake. This was a vanilla and chocolate marble cake with chocolate chips and cream cheese frosting.

They also had a Peanut Butter & Jelly cupcake and a Mocha cupcake that I’m totally wishing I could get my hands on right now!

Loved every minute with Jenny and our decadent day in San Diego, stay tuned for our next sweet adventure! :)



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67 Comments





1
Estela @ Weekly Bite January 18, 2011 at 6:06 am

Wow! Those cupcakes look amazing! They are a work of art! What a fun day of eating :)

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Peg Graham January 18, 2011 at 6:12 am

Amanda~ you have the BEST job in the world….it is a job, right? hehehe. How to you stay so thin?

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Mia_h_n January 18, 2011 at 6:18 am

OK, it’s official!! I’m definitely moving to America if it means I can have cakes and desserts like that all the time!! (My doctor’s gonna hate me!)

“I think we should try one of each” That’s my motto :)

I can’t wait for your next adventure with Jenny!

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Liz (Little Bitty Bakes) January 18, 2011 at 6:25 am

I would love to try the churro cupcake!

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Christine January 18, 2011 at 6:31 am

I love that you ate 18 cupcakes, I can’t wait for you to figure out the recipes and blog them for my baking pleasure:)

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giozi January 18, 2011 at 6:37 am

This is horrible for me, you’re cruel I have to do diet,snif snif hahaha.
They looks so fantastic :D

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Heather (Heather's Dish) January 18, 2011 at 6:46 am

oh man…talk about indulgent! i need to travel with you ladies! the churro cupcake and the honey buttercream cupcake sound absolutely divine :)

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Kim January 18, 2011 at 6:50 am

What beautiful pictures of those cupcakes!! Every single dessert you tried looked amazing!

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Debi January 18, 2011 at 7:01 am

OMG AMANDA!!!!!! I think I just gained 10 pounds and I also think I am on a wicked, wicked sugar high…. How DO you stay so thin??? Loved all the pictures…

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Heidi Gore January 18, 2011 at 7:20 am

Now if only I could think of a legitimate reason to leave snowy Delaware to head to San Diego for a decadant day like this, I’d be in heaven, or diabetic shock!!!

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Kristen@PrettySweet January 18, 2011 at 7:25 am

That Elizabethan Bakery looks so fabulous! Well, all I saw was the sign and the actual cupcakes, but still, I know for a fact that I’d love to visit. =) Their cupcakes were unusual and just beautiful! I nominate them for Cupcake Wars on the Food Network! ;)

And, yes, I’m also wondering how you stay so thin! I know you’ve posted about your weight loss story on here, but we need to know how you manage your weight on these trips…and in your own kitchen! You must have some excellent willpower – that’s all I can figure out. =)

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Kathy Martin January 18, 2011 at 7:27 am

Good God girl! How in the world do you maintain your figure with all that good eating? If you need another friend to tag along on your next adventure, I’d go! I mean it looks like incredibly difficult work, but I think I’d be up to the challenge! :)

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Brandy January 18, 2011 at 7:29 am

Oh my, those desserts look fantastic! They were all so pretty too!

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Lori @ RecipeGirl January 18, 2011 at 7:32 am

You girls did even more damage than you and I did the day before. Crazy!! You’ve opened my eyes to finding some new places in San Diego. I look forward to dragging my husband and son along to try some delicious, new things. Something tells me they won’t be too upset!

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Paulette January 18, 2011 at 7:48 am

O.K. in the last two days of looking at this wonderful food and goodies, I have just gained five pounds. LOL Thanks for all the pics, especially the cupcakes my downfall. Oh they look wonderful and I could just taste them on my lips as I look at each one. Paulette

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Evil Pixie January 18, 2011 at 7:57 am

I don’t get how you can eat all those desserts and not weigh 500 lbs! Girl – I wish I had your metabolism!

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Kathy F January 18, 2011 at 8:08 am

My mouth is watering at all those desserts! If I had eaten even a part of all those, I would have to jog home from California to Virginia to avoid gaining 10 pounds! You must have an amazing and youthful metabolism, Amanda ;)

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Daphne January 18, 2011 at 8:20 am

Cupcakes OH MY!!! You have my stomach going crazy. I too can’t wait to see if you post some of these recipes! I am a huge, I mean HUGE fan of cupcakes. They are the perfect ending to a great meal.The lil honey bee one is so cute that would be perfect for my “Mommy-2-B” collection. Thanks for such a yummy post. Now I must go bake.

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Kocinera January 18, 2011 at 8:20 am

Oh my gosh! What a day! Every single one of those desserts looks absolutely amazing. Although now my laptop is covered in drool…which is somewhat inconvenient. :D

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Jenny Flake January 18, 2011 at 8:29 am

It’s funny how we both posted on the same day about our fun day together! Loved every minute of this sweet eatin’ day :) Can’t wait to do it again.

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Maria January 18, 2011 at 8:33 am

What a fun day! Glad you girls had a good time sampling so many sweets. Great photos!

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Marywithgarden January 18, 2011 at 8:45 am

I am jealous of all those flavors you tried. Mmmmmm, I love cake in all forms and flavors. Such pretty food you found in San Diego. I would have loved to try them all, especially the strawberry shortcake. What a fun day!

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Lisa McCully January 18, 2011 at 9:05 am

Love the red cupcake with the heart, the pink chipped tray, beautiful ocean scenes………….Beautiful, I love San Diego, you made it look even more wonderful. Thanks!

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Pamela January 18, 2011 at 9:17 am

I want to be you in my next life! :)

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Becca January 18, 2011 at 9:21 am

gulp- I’m in sugar shock.
Loved the photos!

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Betty January 18, 2011 at 9:40 am

I AM JEALOUS! Those cupcakes are the cutest ones I have ever seen :)

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Cantstopbaking January 18, 2011 at 9:55 am

Absolute cruelty!! ! SHowing us these yummy pics! Ahhh, its only 10 am and now I am starving. Thanks though, they look heavenly!

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Courtney January 18, 2011 at 10:10 am

I tell you what, you just find the best cupcakes! YUM ;)

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Jen @ The Decor Scene January 18, 2011 at 10:19 am

Now I want a cupcake. Thanks for sharing these places. My hubby and I love San Diego, so the next time we go, we will have to check out these places. Yummy!!!! We love San Diego so much and La Jolla is just gorgeous isn’t it. We have so many great pictures from SD. Thanks for sharing yours.

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*kristi* January 18, 2011 at 10:32 am

Nevermind how do you stay so thin eating all this, how do you NOT have a really bad tummyache after all those sweets?! LOL I would never make it through the day with all of that, but it is so fun to look at all the heavenly pictures! Thank you for sharing :)

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Danielle R. January 18, 2011 at 10:42 am

OMG – these pictures look amazing. I can almost taste and smell the cupcakes. I think I just gained 15lbs reading your last few posts. Yummy *tummy grumbling* :)

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Danette January 18, 2011 at 10:51 am

Amanda….I want to first of all welcome you to San Diego. This is where I was born and raised and love everything about this wonderful city. But with it being as big as it is and me being the single mom stuck at home and work at all times…..I miss out on exploring this ever-changing place that I love. So I really want to thank you. Thank you for introducing me to places that I don’t know and thank you for the 5 lbs that I just gained from just looking at your wonderful photos and the 20 lbs I will gain when I too make it to these wonderful sweets. You and your blog are wonderful.

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Emily Schwartz January 18, 2011 at 11:47 am

Holy Cow…I’m drooling. Living in San Diego I’ll HAVE to try to track these goodies down. Amazing photography like always.

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Andie January 18, 2011 at 12:04 pm

Wow. How does one eat that many sweets? *gasp* And, where in the heck do you all put it in those tiny bodies?! *double gasp* If I put a little too much sugar in my coffee, I am toast for the day. It really does stick with me and makes me very nauseated. It looks as though you guys had a blast, as always! I love how unique the cupcakes are. So cute and so creative!!!

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Melissa in MI January 18, 2011 at 12:28 pm

All in one day, really?!? You are my kind of gal… would LOVE to travel with you!

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Kathy - Panini Happy January 18, 2011 at 12:43 pm

LORD HAVE MERCY, girls!! You definitely know how to get to know a cupcake shop! I am so glad you guys added Elizabethan to the itinerary – Amanda, I knew you’d love their fluffy, mousse-like buttercream. What a fun, fun excursion – thanks for sharing it with us. :-)

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Tiffany Sanders January 18, 2011 at 2:37 pm

Thanks for this post! I’m encouraged to check out what the Baltimore dessert scene has to offer! I’ll let you know what I find!

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Jennifurla January 18, 2011 at 2:48 pm

As a fellow SD Blogger, how do I sign up for this adventure???

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Shell January 18, 2011 at 2:53 pm

Amanda you must work out like crazy…lol Most people would gain 5 pounds just by looking at these. Wow they are so pretty almost makes you not want to eat them key word (almost!)…lol You had me at white chocolate I like red velvet cake and it my moms fav. But adding the white chocolate seems really yummy, I love white chocolate.

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Heather :) :) :) January 18, 2011 at 4:31 pm

Yummy…you clearly have a sweettooth, especially for cupcakes. The red velvet cupcake look absolutely DIVINE!! :) ) :) :) Thanks for sharing all these tasty treats :) :) Love and hugs from Oregon, Heather :)

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xNTA January 18, 2011 at 5:02 pm

Wow. So much awesome in a single post. You can really tell those cup cakes are made with so much heart. Thanks for sharing! Have a great one! x NTA @ blogspot.com

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Ari January 18, 2011 at 5:27 pm

HOLY CRAP.
Do you mind if I feature some of these on my blog?
With credit and link love of course. :)

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Laura January 18, 2011 at 5:42 pm

Delicious! My mouth is watering and I’m currently booking flight tickets, realizing I need to travel more. Thanks for sharing!

Laura’s Last Post: 7 Benefits of Being Spontaneous

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Dannie January 18, 2011 at 6:21 pm

Wow, just had to comment. These cupcakes are beautiful!

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Janeybird January 18, 2011 at 6:25 pm

OMG! Do you know what torture it was to scroll down and view gorgeous tempting cupcake after gorgeous tempting cupcake!?!?!??!?! If you do replicate any of those recipes, I hope you will (please please please) share them!

As always, your photography amazes!

Thank you, Amanda, for sharing with us!

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LCSmithSAVED January 18, 2011 at 7:00 pm

How can you POSSIBLY stay so thin???
(Maybe you only eat on these trips, lol?)
gorgeous photos as usual
You get to have so much fun!!!
Thx for sharing.

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Mary January 18, 2011 at 7:20 pm

These just look incredible! I love your photography, too–the lighting is simply beautiful. I’m definitely stopping by on my next trip to CA…this gives me something to look forward to :))

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Cary January 18, 2011 at 8:14 pm

You are definitely wrong Amanda, I gained 15 pounds just from your pictures!!!! Looks like y’all had a blast!! (and good food too)!

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suzanne coolbaugh-walker January 18, 2011 at 8:47 pm

okay, chickie-pea, i need to know your workout routine, because you really SHOULD weigh 957 pounds. but you don’t. thank you for the drools, and i’m now pricing flights to california!

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Sharie T January 18, 2011 at 9:12 pm

Since you come SO close to Oregon, please take the trip up and take me with you to photograph anything you wish! Food, scenery…you name it. I’ll show you around :)

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Emily L. January 18, 2011 at 9:47 pm

I am so glad that you went to babycakes!! It’s been on my list of places to try, and seeing that you loved it makes me happy to know I will be enjoying it soon :)

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Jennifer January 18, 2011 at 10:17 pm

AMANDA! How are you so dang skinny, and sporting gorgeous and clear skin, whilst eating your way through beautiful cupcake after cupcake??!!!

Hope you had a blast!

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Sarah January 18, 2011 at 11:14 pm

Those mini cupcakes were gorgeous! I’m in love! I’m definitely going to have to try the honey buttercream when you get a recipe up here! So get going because I have about 30 odd stuffed cupcakes that I make, and I’m eager to add a honey themed one!

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Kristen January 19, 2011 at 5:42 am

This is my Home!!!! I love San Diego! I am currently stationed in Germany with the military..and perfectly content until I saw this post. Homesick now. I am so glad you loved Diego. I love it too!

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Tricia Richner January 19, 2011 at 7:08 am

The picture of the empty wrappers is almost sad. . .cupcake carnage.

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Amy at TheSceneFromMe January 19, 2011 at 7:26 am

Oh, I would have totally done the same thing and gotten one of each of those mini cupcakes! How could you have turned down any one of those? They all look scrumptious!
Beautiful food photography!

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Shaunte January 19, 2011 at 12:20 pm

A: I have got to stop coming over here.
B: Especially since I am trying to lose the seven pounds I gained over the holidays. Eating crap.
C: How are you not 400 lbs? :)

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Ashley January 19, 2011 at 1:52 pm

this post is not good for a girl on a diet…

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Monica Bane January 19, 2011 at 8:28 pm

You and I would have fun together!! One of everything and each one is your favorite!! My kind of girl!!!

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stacie January 20, 2011 at 7:23 pm

Amanda, you and Jenny are my Sheros! I LOVE sweets and those sweets looked fabulous. I wish I could have been there with you all to try them.

Stacie

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Tricia January 22, 2011 at 2:15 pm

Yes, next time you make buttercream frosting – add the almond extract. I can’t make buttercream without it. So YUMMY. And I don’t know how you two stay so small when you eat so much yummy stuff!

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Rachel Pond January 23, 2011 at 6:35 pm

I grew up in North County San Diego and Extraordinary Desserts is my absolute favorite place to go when we’re home visiting! I’m sure I’ve gained many pounds from my visits over the last couple of years but totally worth it! I’m glad you enjoyed your visit, it makes me a little home sick, but your photos are just gorgeous!

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Joe Bean January 28, 2011 at 2:17 pm

No doubt you liked the coffee cupcake at Elizabethan. It is called Mr. Bean’s Cup of Joe and it’s namesake is in fact a Boston Terrier.

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jin @ SOUL + FOOD January 28, 2011 at 10:29 pm

Those cupcake photos are deadly! Wow!

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Mrs. Fun January 30, 2011 at 9:23 pm

I went to high school with Elizabeth and have yet been to her wonderful bakery. This post took me back home, thank you!!

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Deanna - Mommygaga March 7, 2012 at 6:53 pm

I am from San Diego and I must say that you went to all the right places!

Another place you should try, similar to Pappalecco, is Choclat. There’s one in Hillcrest and one Downtown. Delish authentic italian paninis, meat and cheese boards, and gelato. Don’t forget the sweet and savory crepes :)

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