While we’re known around town for our delicious baked goods, we know that no snack is complete without something to sip while you savor. We already offer a wide variety of drinks for the summer. Our hibiscus iced tea and Texas Coffee Traders iced coffee are perfect for the Texas heat. But, to get you through these terrible Texas winters (hah hah!) we decided we needed an upgrade. We’ve started making our own Hot Chai Latte and Mexican Hot Chocolate Blends.
Coming up with our own blends started out as a bit of a challenge. We like our hot drinks to have a strong flavor profile and a creamy finish. We tasted each blend with water, skim milk, whole and soy milk. We had to make sure that every option we had would balance. We went through 12 different versions of just the hot chocolate alone. By the end we were very full of milk- But it was totally worth it!
Now if you’re a regular reader of our blog then you know we couldn’t stop with just new drinks. We took it one… or two… steps further. Our first step was to add a homemade marshmallow topping! Homemade marshmallows can be very involved and incredibly sticky but eating just one made the whole process worth it. A homemade marshmallow is lighter, more flavorful and way more addicting compared to a store-bought marshmallow. And the way it melts on top of a hot chocolate is nothing short of luxurious.
The final touch for a hot drink is a bite to go with it. Now, our Hot Chocolate and Chai cupcakes are amazing by themselves. But, flavor variety is important too. We went shopping this week and found the most exciting cookie cutters of all time. We’re now able to make your favorite cookies in shapes that transport perfectly. We’re inspired to try these shapes out in so many cookie flavors. Watch our tweets for our weekly updates!
Brrr! It’s cold here! We have to say we’re so glad that the winter means Winter and Holiday Specials because neither one of us likes the weather this time of year brings with it! We’re both definitely wimps even though we were raised in cold weather climates. Luckily we’re keeping plenty warm creating such delights as Eggnogg Cheesecake, Gingerbread Brownies and Grapefruit Squares!
We’ve been putting together tons of custom platters. We’re offering Sugar Cookie Platters, Holiday Cookie Platters, and Holiday Bar Platters. We like to include a lot of variety on our platters so we’ve been baking lots of different bars, brownies and cookies. For example, you might have had a chance to sample our Lemon Bars earlier this year. They were one of our favorite creations so we’ve decided to keep them year round by putting a winter twist on the classic recipe. Lucky for us citrus fruits are coming into season. Those aren’t the only changes we’re making to our stock. We’ve also started tweaking our Brownie recipe!
You’d be surprised by how much you can do with a solid brownie base. One of the hardest parts of having a small bakery is keeping the variety up but the amount of leftovers we have down. Part of this is our own fault-we’re incredibly devoted to having fresh product every day. We’ve come up with some many methods to balance our creative tendencies with our desire to use or sell all the product we produce. The simplest solution we’ve found yet is to think of our brownie recipe as a base, divide what we make into separate pans and discover fun ways to create different brownies out of the same batch. In the same batch of brownies that produced our Pumpkin Cream Cheese Swirl we were able to also make a Peppermint Brownie. Both equally irresistible and neither one will go to waste!
Now that you’ve seen our Holiday spin on bars let’s talk a bit about Holiday Cookies. Every family has their own traditions and ideas about what qualifies as a Christmas Cookie. While we’re definitely doing Sugar Cookies (follow us on twitter- twitter.com/delish or check out our flickr page http://www.flickr.com/photos/delishbakers) to see daily pictures of what we’re putting out!) we wanted to do more cookies that relied on spices to celebrate the season. We also wanted to have cookies that would compliment each other on the Holiday Platter but that were distinctive enough that it didn’t just feel like an overload of one spice. Besides our Orange-Cranberry Shortbread (which is amazing!), we added Oatmeal Scotchies and Gingersnaps to our daily special rotation.
Of course one of the best part of the holidays is that they require just as beautiful packing on the outside as the delicious goodies on the inside. We offer complimentary ribbon gift wrap and we’re happy to decorate as your heart desires. We have quite a few Client Care Packages and even more Holiday Party trays on the books for the upcoming weeks. Be sure to call or email us to get your custom order in before the holidays get too overwhelming. We’d love to help make your holidays special and unique.
When you peek in the back of Delish this weekend you might catch a glimpse of two girls with two ridiculously slap-happy grins on their faces. They might look a bit crazy but that’s just the sign of the season! Halloween has come early to Delish and we could not be more excited. Halloween means the return of the infamous Halloween soundtrack, exciting costumes (yes, we know we look silly in our hats!) and of course lots of delicious treats. If we can think of a way to make a dessert haunting, spooky or festive, we’ll do it. This is the one time of the year that more is more and go all out.
First up are our amazing Sugar Cookies. Halloween sugar cookies are the one time of the year neon is in style.We hand decorate each cookie individually until it looks just right. We guarantee no one loves to make cookies the way we love to make cookies. It satisfies the OCD tendencies we both have but also allows us to express our creativity.
You’ve seen rows of other cookies but do you get the same surge of joy seeing it in Black and Orange tones? If you want to be a professional baker you better hope so because there’s but one image we’ve seen over and over for the entire month!
Of course it’s not all cookies. Every single one of our cupcakes in the case this weekend will be decorated in Halloween themes! You’ll see bats and bones, spiders and ghosts and much much more. We’ll have a specialty display of Fondant Cookie Toppers that are just plain irresistible.
So that’s cupcakes and cookies. But we’re not done yet! We also have some amazing Halloween Cheesecakes, Halloween Meringue Clouds and even Halloween Pie. What is Halloween Pie? Well it’s the delicious Chocolate Meringue but we’ve swirled orange into the Meringue before adding orange sugar sparkles. Are you beginning to understand there’s nothing we won’t make Halloween?
And since we were making Swiss Meringue anyway we decided to do a double batch. After all, your arm gets tired stirring the whites over a double boiler and it has to feel worth it when your arm goes numb! Just kidding! But we did make a double batch and use the leftovers to make Meringue Ghosts. Tell us these aren’t haunting.
We’ll just show you one… or two!… more pictures of what we finished today. We’re maybe just a bit obsessed with our new 6″ Cakes. They’re two layers of cake iced with our amazing Buttercreams. Sometimes we do specialty fillings but this week we did specialty everything for our cakes. They’ll be in the case for the weekend but be sure to call and reserve one if you want it because these will go fast!
As you can see we’ve got plenty of ideas for celebrating the first event of the holiday season. Be sure to call us if we can do anything to make your celebration better. We hope you all have a wonderful Halloween! And we’ll leave you with a sneak peak of how we’ll be celebrating after hours…
We always dream big at Delish and our main focus is on expanding our dessert line. As much as we love cupcakes, we are big fans of other desserts as well. We’ve put lots of energy into coming up with a line of Delish Delectables that keep in mind the concept of an individual dessert but allow us to try new things. However, a lot of the ideas we kept coming up with needed to be kept cool. We planned and dreamed and in the end something beautiful arrived on our doorstep last month!
With the addition of the display case, we needed to make sure we had the case full of delicious new treats. We knew the date that the case would be delivered so we spent the previous days experimenting with some recipes. A new product that we knew we wanted to carry was a lemon bar. We both loved the contrast of a flaky crust to the tangy yet sweet lemon curd topping on lemon bars we had tried in the past. The key for us was create the perfect crust that would be delicious yet sturdy and a topping that would be creamy. Let’s just say it took more than one try:
But we knew to not give up and to keep trying. One of the important things we learned after each attempt – yes we made 3 different batches in one day -was that we needed to use fresh lemon juice to create that amazing flavor. Although it takes time to juice a lot of lemons, it is definitely worth it!
With all that experimenting we really came to understand the ins and outs of the lemon curd. And we’ve found that knowledge extremely helpful since we’re also branching into other desserts. The refrigerated case has given us so much more space in front to display our wares and the opportunity to experiment and expand. After lots of brainstorming, we took our beloved lemon curd, added our infamous Swiss Meringue and Voila! It’s one of the most delicious Lemon Meringue Pies we’ve ever tasted.
We’ve expanded into tons of new products-Cheesecakes, Jelly Rolls, new varieties of Brownies and Bars. But it’s also give us the opportunity to bring in old favorites. Maybe you tried our Apple Crumb Pie last year? With the new case we’re so excited to bring it back on more regular basis. And we can’t wait to do more. This week we’re decking out the case for Halloween and then we’ll do Fall in November. It’s been so inspiring to be back into the Holiday Season and we are so thrilled to be able to do even more than we did last year. When you’re in Delish be sure to scope out our offerings in the case and of course let us know what you think.
Happy September from Delish! We’re so ready for back to school here that we’ve decided to do all of our September specials in a Back-to-School theme. Although the weather hasn’t cooled off much all of us have found our schedules adjusting to the new routines. Being back in the classroom or back in traffic on the morning carpool run means everyone deserves a treat. We’ve had a blast trying out some new ideas and we’ve brought back some often requested favorites. We’ve really tried to find something for everyone and we hope you find something you love.
Our Monday special is our Morning Espresso. This is the best way we’ve found yet to enjoy that morning burst of caffeine. We top our chocolate cake with Espresso Buttercream. It has actual espresso, toddy and just a dash of kahlua to really enhance the flavor. The smell alone is wonderful but the taste is even better. It tastes the way you thought coffee would taste before you tried it!
When we started brainstorming flavors that reminded us of our school day we of course thought of all the snacks we used to beg to get in our sack lunches. The coolest kids always got Little Debbies or Snack Packs. We mostly got apples or a nice note from our mommas- if we were lucky! So we made our Oatmeal Cream Pie special to satisfy the kid in you in a sophisticated way. We make a spiced vanilla cupacke and top it with Swiss Meringue Buttercream. It’s light and fluffy just like the filling in the cookie sandwich. Of course you wouldn’t want to miss out on that cookie so we top ours with a mini oatmeal cookie that is fresh baked!
When we say Peanut Butter and Jelly is our special of the day we don’t mean we’ve started selling sandwiches. A bite of our PB & J Cupcake is like having a bite of the best peanut butter and jelly sandwich ever invented. Our Peanut Butter Buttercream is salty and sweet and when it’s paired with a Strawberry Jam Filling…let’s just say it’s tempting to make this our lunch every Wednesday. Also on Wednesdays keep an eye on our twitter and facebook pages. We’ll be giving away ice cold glasses of milk to go with the special on certain days all fall long!
The week is nearing the end but sometimes you need that last burst of energy to make it through the week. We decided Thursday was the perfect day to bring back our Almond Buttercream. We had lots of requests this summer from people for this special. We did many special orders on top of our vanilla cake-which is delicious-but we decided for fall the chocolate cake would make this even more decadent.
When we were little, TGIF was maybe the greatest 2 hours of our entire week. For us there was no question what we would be doing on Friday night-Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Family Matters and Boy Meets World were the shows that ruled our world. The real question was what would we eat while we watched? One of the most exciting treats for that time was most definitely a Treat made from our favorite Rice Cereal. We relied on those memories to create our Crispy Rice Treat Cupcake. We top our Vanilla Cupcake with a Marshmallow Buttercream and then cap it all off with a piece of the cereal treat.
Last but certainly not least our Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cupcake is one of the most kid-friendly specials we have. I mean can your 8-year-old self imagine anything more fantastic than a cookie and a cupcake in the same dessert? No it cannot. And our cupcake will not disappoint. We make a chocolate chip cupcake and top it with an eggless cookie dough swirled Buttercream. It’s definitely one of our sweeter cupcakes but it satisfies that addicting brown sugar taste that makes everyone take that bite of raw cookie dough.
We are loving our new specials and so far we’ve gotten great response from our first round. We will warn you -they won’t be around for long. Our Fall Specials will be here before you know it so make sure you get in before the weather gets cool. Actually scratch that- since it may never happen- and make sure you get in before October!
This summer has flown by! Back to school specials will soon be here. Of course the weather outside is still stifling (we never thought we’d be a part of such an intense record!). In the spirit of enjoying light bites we got to work this week experimenting with our Meringue Cookies. However, we did have a major change in the way we did things.
When we started out talking about flavors we realized we had a lot of great ingredients to work with. Lisa just brought us back a delicious cassis syrup from her summer vacation in Canada, Chelsea picked up a bottle of orange blossom to play with, and Jessica has been craving mint meringues all summer. Generally when we do meringues we pick one flavor to do. We’ve been limited in the past by the size of our equipment but things are starting to change.
Usually this is the mixer that we use to whisk our eggs for our meringues…
This is one of our original mixer sizes. Now, once upon a time, we made most of our batches of cupcakes out of this mixer but we’ve long outgrown using this size for that! We have been using it for meringues but it can only hold so many egg whites. Our other mixer option is our good old reliable hobart.
He’s pretty fantastic but lately he hasn’t been enough to get the job done. Luckily we’ve been able to invest in our workspace this summer. For months we have been dreaming about our new mixer. We’ve looked at different models the way most women look at shoes! When it finally arrived we put it straight to work. We’ve got so many plans for this fall. We are so excited to for you to taste what will come out of this big guy!
We have absolutely loved breaking in our new mixer. This week we went a bit crazy but the results have been very tasty. We did our biggest batch of meringue yet and were able to do 4 flavors out of one batch! This week we invite you to try our Meringues in a variety of flavors including Cassis, Orange Blossom, Mint, and Cookies and Cream. They are delicious and completely addictive…and only the beginning of what we are able to start doing with our Big Mixer!
It’s been a crazy summer here in Austin this year! The days have never been hotter (are these 100+ degrees for real?!) but it’s almost nothing compared to the heat of all the amazing things coming out of the Delish kitchen! We’ve been busy this month on some very exciting projects that we can’t wait to share with you (We’ll get better at posting regular entries once this heat breaks). Of course the bottom line is which ones of these are edible? We’ve come up with one of the most spirited brownies to serve yet-our Irish Cream Cheese Brownie. We’ve experimented with bark-and not of the dogwood variety, and we’ve been busy putting the finishing touches on our Summer Specials Part 2 Lineup. Without further ado here is our lineup…
Even in the summer Mondays can still be rough. But there’s nothing smoother than our Monday special of Peanut Butter Honey Buttercream on Banana Cupcakes. It’s not quite Elvis’s favorite but it’s a special we find immensely satisfying in the Summer. Anyone who has had our Peanut Butter Buttercream will know that it is one of the most addicting flavors we have. Adding a swirl of Honey only intensifies the flavor profile.
The one thing we’ve been eating the most of this summer has been our summer fruits. They have been our saving grace in this heat! Because of that we were so excited to bring back the Blueberries and Cream special. We put fresh blueberries in the cake and top it with our Swiss Meringue Buttercream. Swiss Meringue Buttercream is one of the best things our kitchen puts out… in our very humble opinion! It’s incredibly light-it’s literally made from air!- and is mildly sweet. There’s a sweet butter flavor that sets it apart from other Buttercreams. If you’ve never tried it ask us for a sample but be prepared for a new favorite.
Staying with the theme of foods that keep us cool we present to you our Peppermint Pattie special! It’s a perfectly piped presentation of the pinnacle of our pastry flavors…It’s also a cool mint pastry cream filling inside our chocolate cake topped with a Mint Chocolate Swirl Buttercream and that favorite movie snack Junior Mints! We wanted to lighten up our traditional cool mint and we think the Mint Cream filling does just that. Pastry cream is like a pudding snack for adults. We make ours very creamy and it is an amazing addition oozing out of the cupcake!
The week’s almost over but to keep things Peachy until the weekend we present to you the Peach Cobbler. The crisp was very popular in the beginning of the summer and we wanted to continue presenting a fresh fruit special. Cobbler makes us think of late nights around a family table. This cobbler has touch of cinnamon and brown sugar that take it to the next level. Now for us the best way to enjoy cobbler is with a scoop of ice cream. Luckily we’re serving Blue Bell Vanilla ice cream so be sure to request the cobbler ala mode!
We both planned to visit family this summer. While Chelsea took her vacay in early July, Jessica will be back home in late August. To keep her from getting too homesick in the meanwhile we’re doing a Boston Cream Pie special-the OFFICIAL dessert of Massachusetts (For the record Kansas does not have an official state dessert although Chelsea would nominate her Great-Grandmother’s Angel Food cake that she made on the farm. We also couldn’t find an official Texas state dessert-Let us know if you have one in mind!). But back to Boston… We’ve kept the basic structure of the Boston Cream Pie. We use our vanilla cupcake as a base to layer vanilla pastry cream and a rich dark chocolate ganache in an individual portion. We love how this dessert combines some of the most basic components into a dessert that anything but average.
We were feeling a little nostalgic for our childhood summer days when we came up with our Saturday special. The Cherry Limeade is our take on that classic drink. When we think of ways too cool off this flavor profile came right to mind! We brought back our Lime Curd as a filling in the cake and paired it with a Cherry Buttercream that is ridiculously good. We add a bit of lime zest to that buttercream as well…let’s just say our tasting spoon bites are a bit bigger than normal when we’re making this flavor. We’ve also added a maraschino cherry surprise because as a kid that was always the best part of any dessert!
So these are the Specials that will get us through until these dog days are over! We think we’ve found the perfect mix of treats to beat the heat while enjoying the best that summer has to offer. Stop by for one to stay cool. We’ve got plenty of water and free wi-fi to enjoy all summer long.
The bakers at Delish sure do love their cupcakes, but they also love cookies! Both Chelsea and Jessica enjoy coming up with different cookie varieties and flavors. However, as one might expect, we do not always have the same tastes or desires when it comes to a cookie. Jessica likes a cookie that has a lot of substance while Chelsea likes a more crunchy cookie. While we do offer our standard cookies every day (oatmeal cranberry, oatmeal chocolate chip, snickerdoodle, and chocolate chip), we thought that by providing a special cookie every week we would get a chance to each make some of our “ideal” cookies and get a chance to see what our customers really like.
This week’s cookie is an oatmeal cookie with apricot and white chocolate chips. We used our standard oatmeal cookie recipe as the base for this cookie as we know and love it. We then added some dried apricots and white chocolate chips and voila! We had created a cookie that was both hearty and a little crispy around the edges. Come into the store this week to try it out!
COOKIE OF THE WEEK CONTEST
We always love to get our customers involved in Delish. And what better way to do so than to have a Cookie of the Week flavor contest. If you have a Delish’us suggestion or classic cookie flavor that you have just been craving for, let us know! Comment on this page with a cookie flavor and we will feature one lucky winner’s cookie as the Cookie of the Week next week. The winner will also get one dozen of their cookie flavor for free. We are excited to hear your suggestions!
Gluten free has become a very popular lifestyle recently whether due to allergies or general health practices. However, with the increase in popularity, gluten free baked goods have gotten a bad rap for a lack in taste and texture. Here at Delish, we feel that just because you lead a gluten free life does not mean that you should lead a life without delish’us treats! And so we take our gluten free line very seriously. We have been determined from the beginning that we want our gluten free products to be just as delectable as our regular line. We love when we hear a customer say that the gluten free cupcake they just ate was just as good as a regular cupcake.
We first began our gluten free line by deciding to provide gluten free cupcakes. As some people may know from experience, gluten free baked goods often have a very gritty texture to them, a faint almost metallic taste, and are usually very dense. When creating our gluten free cupcake recipes, we really wanted to strive for a light and fluffy consistency. After months of experimenting and not so yummy tasting cupcakes, we finally discovered the perfect ratio of ingredients that would simulate a regular cupcake without any gluten. We use a mix of rice flour, potato starch, tapioca flour and guar gum to create our increasingly popular and in demand gluten free cupcakes.
Here are a few guidelines for our gluten free flavors and ordering policies: ~We offer one gluten free cupcake flavor each day at Delish. We bake fresh every morning, before we bake anything else (to ensure no cross-contamination). And we bake a limited number unless we have an order to fill. We obviously don’t believe in selling old cupcakes so we do our best to bake enough to sell out every day. This has two benefits for our customer. One, they always get a fresh cupcake and two, our costs are lower since we don’t have to account for wasted product. If you have your heart set on a gluten free flavor for a certain day, please call the store ahead of time and request a gluten free flavor for that day.
~Except for our cookies and cream buttercream, all of our icings are gluten free. So feel free to play around and assort your icings with the gluten free flavor of the day to get some more variety!
~If you would like multiple flavors for an order, there is a minimum of one dozen cupcakes per flavor.
~We always bake our gluten free cupcake in foil liners so that even if you don’t need them boxed separately, you will be able to tell them apart.
Our next addition to our gluten free product line was gluten free cookies. Why should we be limited to just cupcakes?! After some more experimenting we developed a variety of gluten free cookie flavors that we really love. A few of the kinds that we offer are chocolate chip, peanut butter chocolate chip, double peanut butter chip and honey almond lavender. We always strive to have gluten free cookie available in the store every day but just like cupcakes we keep a limited number available.
Our latest gluten free creation happened this past Thursday when Chelsea and Jessica were determined to make a successful gluten free brownie. And with such smart girls that we are…success!!! We had been fearful of the gluten free brownie because we did not want to compromise the amazingly moist and rich texture of our normal brownie. But because of our already fine tuned gluten free all purpose flour mix, it was really not that hard. We will be attempting to have a gluten free brownie available every week so be on the look out for new flavors! This week we are offering a gluten free brownie with a mint ganache.
As much as our gluten free product line has grown so far, we are excited to keep on developing new gluten free goodies. If you have a severe gluten free allergy, we always want to put out the disclaimer that we do use gluten in the bakery on a daily basis. However, we still take all the extreme measures to avoid any cross contamination. Please inquire about our gluten free procedures and policies if you have any additional concerns. We are always looking to do more for our customers!
Hello Everyone! We’ve been MIA on our blog for the past week or so but that does not mean that things have slowed down any at Delish! Things have been busy with June weddings, kids out of school, special orders as well as planning for some big changes taking place (more on that next week!). To add onto that, both of us spent time with family last week so we’ve been burning the candles at both end. But we’re back and ready to update you on what’s new in the kitchen!
Father’s Day is this Sunday and we’ve been watching all the great Dad movies- The Lion King, Father of the Bride and of course Three Men and A Baby. But we’ve also developed our specials for the weekend. We’re very excited because while we are obviously featuring a delicious cupcake, we’re also expanding our offerings to include a Specialty Cookie Box. We’ve come up with three new cookies, each one more exciting than the last. We really tried to think of what would appeal to Dad. Something savory and satisfying and nothing too cutesy. We’re offering an assortment of all three flavors in a specially packaged box for $10.
For the first cookie we added miniature whoppers to a cookie already full of chocolate shavings. It’s an unusual flavor and really satisfying. But of course that wasn’t enough. So then we took the same base dough and tweaked it again. This time we added peanut butter, roasted peanuts, butterscotch chips and chopped up pretzels. We pulled out all the stops and put in everything but our kitchen sink! Yuk yuk! In all seriousness it is a very addicting cookie. It’s full of sweet and savory bits and we’re ready to start adding pretzels to more things! Our final cookie is maybe the one we’re most proud of creating. Jessica’s boyfriend Zach is the founder of Baby Zach’s Fine Foods- an Austin Original company. While he’s known primarily for his hummus, he did us a major favor and smoked some spices for us. These turned out so phenomenal that we tasted the spices without any thing else and enjoyed it. We wanted something strong to balance the flavors so we paired it with a rich dark chocolate cookie. It’s like having barbeque for dessert and we’re enjoying it at all times of the day.
Well we couldn’t stop at just one new thing to offer so we also decided to feature Dad-themed sugar cookies in the store. We’re always looking for a holiday to celebrate and this was no different. We went with a few different ideas..We’ve got cookies for Dads that like sports, one for the Dads that taught us to drive, and one for the Southern-style Texas Dad.
Finally, our Father’s Day Cupcake of the Day is officially Dr. Pepper Bourbon Buttercream on our Vanilla Cupcake. This is a cupcake we’ve had in mind ever since we took a day trip to Waco to see the Dr. Pepper Museum. We loved the museum and really loved the Dr. Pepper Milkshakes we tried in the soda fountain. When we saw they were selling the actual Dr. Pepper syrup we had to have it. Luckily, Chelsea’s boyfriend bought plenty for summertime milkshakes and he’s gifting a bottle to us. We think pairing it with Bourbon will make for an amazing combination that will help you pay tribute to your father in just the right way!
So these are all the things we’ve planned for Father’s Day to help you and your Dad celebrate in style! We’re very excited about this weekend. Please call to pre-order if there’s something here that you especially love or if these pictures have inspired you to have us design something just for your Dad. And of course one last thing… Happy Father’s Day to our Dads! We miss you!