Thanksgiving is a time for reflection on the things and people you are thankful for. I am so grateful for my family and friends. This year my friends Michelle and Jonathan hosted Thanksgiving and it was so much fun.

I baked strawberry apple pie, pecan bars, and pumpkin bites cut out in fall leaf shapes, topped with cream cheese frosting. There was tons of food with all the fixings and we ate until our tummies could handle no more, and then some. I am writing about this dinner, not just because it is a holiday and relevant, but because I find that beauty can be found in so many things. There is something so beautiful about my friendships whether they are new or old. Everyone in the group is so accepting and offers something different. I loved hearing everyone’s stories and laughed so hard my sides hurt.

I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving and get some awesome shopping deals tomorrow.

All Things Foodie

Cupcake Wars

I love sweets and cupcakes are no exception. I have tried many cupcakes and like certain flavors from different places. I have conducted an informal taste test here in LA and will share my thoughts with you.

Nothing will ever beat the Sprinkles Red Velvet cupcake. The cake is just the right amount of crisp top with moist middle. This is not a fluffy cake, but more of a dense cake. The cream cheese frosting is perfection. It is seriously the best cream cheese frosting ever. It is the exact right amount of sweet to cream cheese ratio. I also like the Strawberry cupcake from Sprinkles, as it is a different flavor and very lightly strawberry.

Crumbs had the best assorted mini cupcakes to bring to parties. They were candy and frosting coated and came in a cute plastic carton, easy to transport. The cakes were fluffy and perfect little bites.

Georgetown Cupcake has the best Vanilla Birthday cupcake. It has a vanilla bean cake base, with delicious buttercream frosting and rainbow sprinkles. It is a moist cake and their signature swirl of the frosting with the dusting of sprinkles is awesome. I also love the Key Lime cupcake. It is easy to pay here too because you can just pay with a downloaded app on your phone.

Magnolia Bakery has a great Vanilla cupcake. It is simple, but the buttercream frosting is super sweet and pairs great with the vanilla cake base.

These are the big players here in LA that I frequent and turn to for a sweet treat when my friends are in need of a  little pick me up.