Sorry for taking so long, three rejections in 24 hours makes me eat leftover pieces of cake while watching General Hospital. But here I am to review Ladybird, and Dorie Greenspan's Linzer Cookies. I'm going to leave you waiting for that carrot cake and the story on those 3 Musketeers.
Like Brownie, I had heard and longed for a visit to Ladybird Bakery. Unlike Brownie, I never actually passed by and saw the deliciousness that lay within, you know, being from Queens and all. I have no idea why it took her so long. Here's my Ladybird run-down:
The clear winner was the vanilla cake.
It wasn't too sweet, and I thought the frosting was great, not greasy. I like whipped cream frosting better than buttercream. There was also a vanilla pastry cream filling inside that was very well executed. I'm going back to buy one of these. For myself. Yes, I roll like that.
In second place is Mr. Brooklyn Blackout. It was chocolate to the max. This would probably be great if it had a side of rich vanilla ice cream. And maybe some hot fudge. Mmmm. Next time I'm in one of my "chocolate, just give me chocolate" moods, I will think of this, ponder a trip to Park Slope, and depending on time of day and my waist size, follow through or not. Or maybe it'll go head-to-head with Two Little Red Hens' Blackout.
Next up was the chocolate sprinkle. At the end of the day, I like simple vanilla/chocolate pairings. I found the cake a little dry, but I would get it again. The frosting was very creamy and I liked it.
Latte Cupcake: Looked soo delicious. And then you opened it up to find a coffee ganache-esque filling. The coffee flavor was too overpowering for me, evidenced by my lack of even taking the chocolate in it. The yellow cake was moist, but I don't remember tasting the frosting. Keep in mind that I had this after the Blackout so my taste buds were a little off.
The marble cupcake's taste was very subtle. It wasn't overwhelming chocolate or vanilla. It was almost like a marble pound cake. My taste buds didn't know where to turn or what to taste. And no one likes confused taste buds. I did find this frosting a little on the greasy side.
Now, I only had an itty-bitty taste of the Emerald Velvet. Of what I tasted, I liked it. It was moist. Personally, I'm not the biggest velvet cake fan. Yes, I've had what's considered good, but any cake that NEEDS a strong frosting in order to taste good just doesn't seem worth it. Maybe when I buy my own personal little cake, I'll buy a velvet cupcake and re-review.
NOW, for the COOKIES!!! Dorie, if you're out there, these cookies were TIME-CONSUMING. Probs 5 hours of work, between grinding hazelnuts, and cutting cookies, and dipping chocolate. All in all, 7 batches went into the oven. In her recipe on Serious Eats, Dorie calls for a 375 oven and 11-13 minutes, but with my oven, it was more like 350 for 9 (notice the crispy edges on some). When I tasted the first batch, I thought "Either I've done something wrong or I've done something wrong. These are a bit dry." Then you dip them in chocolate and everything changes. They become wonderful vessels of chocolate-hazelnut goodness. Mmm, I think I need to experiment with using these and Nutella for a cookie sandwich. I would def. use this recipe when making a raspberry linzer cookie sandwich.