Attention Dessert Lovers: Vancouver Baker’s Market is Back

Photo credit: Whitney from Flickr via Wikimedia Commons

Photo credit: Whitney from Flickr via Wikimedia Commons

Imagine a farmers market, but replace the fresh fruits and veggies with the kinds of sugary treats that make make dentists cringe and dessert lovers rejoice: cupcakes, cookies, brownies, macarons and just about every confection under the sun.

That’s the Vancouver Baker’s Market, held on select Saturdays now through December in South Vancouver’s Moberly Arts and Cultural Centre.  The unique market showcases homemade, local baked goods from 20 Vancouver bakers – everyone from pros to student and mommy bakers who want to share their creations with the world.

The lineup of treats changes from week to week. Continue reading:
Attention Dessert Lovers: Vancouver Baker’s Market is Back

Berry season in Vancouver

Berries and yogurt dessert Photo credit: Raincity Grill

Berries and yogurt dessert at Raincity Grill. Photo credit: Miranda Post

Fingers stained red and violet. Lips stained blue. Juicy goodness on your salad, ice cream or in your drink. Berry season is here.

From June to mid-September each year, greater Vancouver literally bursts with the flavourful, anti-oxidizing orbs, thimbles and caps. Berry fans congregate to celebrate, bake, drink and pick strawberries, blueberries and others throughout the summer months. In fact, on July 17th, the Main Street Farmers’ Market is hosting a Berry Festival. Continue reading:
Berry season in Vancouver

ManCakes Bakery: Cupcakes for Vancouver Men?

Buffalo Wing ManCake. Photo credit: ManCakes Bakery

You may have thought that the cupcake’s glory days were over. What more could bakers do? Cupcakes have been primped, pumped full of fillings, bacon-topped etc., only to finally give way to the next Vancouver dessert trend: the macaron.

But no. Out of nowhere, ManCakes introduced cupcakes for men. This new and provocative Port Moody bakery by Geoff Hamilton and Jeremy Wong creates 10 flavours of manly cupcakes, including their signature Buffalo Wing (with spicy cake base, baked blue cheese mousse, hot sauce buttercream and crispy chicken skin “sprinkles”) and Breakfast (a vanilla cake base with egg and bacon custard, topped with maple buttercream and a granola tuille).

The idea behind ManCakes? The old cupcake model is more about fussy frills than bold flavour.  Hamilton and Wong wanted to create something strong and adventurous that Vancouver men could enjoy.

I’m female and these flavours appeal to me. Unsurprisingly, according to this great article about ManCakes in The Vancouver Sun, 80% of ManCakes customers are women and this will increase with Father’s Day just around the corner.

Is the ManCake genius? Poorly-named? Genius but poorly-named? Continue reading:
ManCakes Bakery: Cupcakes for Vancouver Men?

Sweet Delight: Going Crazy for Macarons in Vancouver

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Dessert lovers rejoice! 2012 is shaping up to be the year of the macaron in Vancouver.  If you’re not exactly sure what a macaron is, don’t worry.  Try one once and you’ll never forget.

The exact origins of the macaron are a bit hazy.  Sometime in the early 1800s, Parisian pastry chefs got the bright idea of sandwiching delicate ganaches, jams and buttercreams between two of the lightest, puffiest cookies you could imagine, usually made of almond meringue.  Color is also extremely important.  Macarons tend to be tinted all different pastel shades: from lemony yellow to sky blue and even more vivid reds and greens.

The result is the perfect, bite-sized snack: a masterpiece to look at and even better to taste, light and crunchy on the outside, with a cakey and creamy centre.

Lucky for us, patisseries across the city have begun offering their own takes on the traditional macaron of late.  Here are a few options to satisfy your cravings (many thanks to a great article in the Vancouver Sun for highlighting these gems): Continue reading:
Sweet Delight: Going Crazy for Macarons in Vancouver