Cinnamon Roll Cake or Coffee Cake?

What’s your favorite dessert?

If you asked me: Coffee cake. Or cookies. Or chocolate…. Okay I just like dessert.

Am I the only one who finds it funny that people consider coffee cake a breakfast food? I’m thinking because it has coffee in the name. Enough excuse for me to eat a dessert for breakfast!

So, I came across this recipe on Pinterest. I’ve been meaning to make for months: “Cinnamon Roll Cake.”

There are many variations to this recipe, but I chose the pin that had the best picture.

Initial thoughts: SO MUCH BUTTER.

Mid-creation thoughts: This recipe is actually super easy. Although the prep time said it would be 8 minutes, I ended up taking around 15, but it wasn’t labor intensive by any means.

Photos:

Cake Batter

Cake Topping

UH OH: Okay… I prepared this part of the blog before I checked on the cake in the oven. It’s a disaster. The topping is melted into the center and the sides are starting to burn. I swear I followed the recipe. I will check back in in 5 minutes.

5 minutes later: Now I know why the recipe is called cinnamon roll cake. This looks nothing like a coffee cake and most definitely like a cinnamon roll in cake form.

Picture:

Um… why does my stuff never look like the pictures?? 😭

Well, the recipe does call for me to add icing on top.. I don’t think I will though. I just wanted a coffee cake.

The taste: worth it! I came to my kitchen to sample my first piece, and half of the cake was all gone. It is gewey and cakey and cinnamon rolly. Will consider making again but only if I can give it away because I might eat the whole thing.

Have any of you tried cinnamon roll cake before? What do you think?

XO,

YOUNGCOCO

Kitchen Disasters: Crepes

Background Information: Crepes originated in a western part France. Henri Charpentier, a master chef from Monaco, played a big role in the growth in popularity of crepes. Today, February 2nd is France’s dedicated day to celebrate crepes also known as le jour des crêpes. Read more here.

The Recipe: I found the recipe for these crepes on allrecipes.com – It was the first one that came up on the search.

Issues/ Lessons:

  1. Make sure you have all the ingredients.. I didn’t have regular milk so I used soy milk (which is a replacement anyways but definitely changed the flavor of the recipe)
  2. The batter, when I measured out the ingredients according to the recipe, was very thick. Because I have made them before, I know this isn’t the consistency I wanted it to be- so I added another egg and poured in more soy milk without measuring it out until the bater looked to be a liquid consistency
  3. Look at other platings and topping ideas for inspiration. I’ve always loved banana and Nutella on my crepes, but it’s more fun to branch out and try something new. I also stacked the crepes and it made them too thick when I prefer them thin.

The Final Product:

My brother always says: “Coco, your food always tastes better than it looks.” He’s 100% right. Truthfully these crepes were just O.K. though they were a bit dry and too eggy. Because I am impatient when it comes to making food, I don’t think my dishes come out as good as they would if I didn’t skip steps.

Pinterest Inspiration:

Check out my Pinterest Board dedicated to crepes. There are so many good looking savory recipes which I will have to try next time.

Question:

As I am new to baking/ cooking I would like to ask: have any experienced cooks also experienced being impatient while cooking and how do you overcome it?

Cork, Ireland

The Food

The Bosun Bar & Restaurant: We ordered fish and chips and seafood chowder, which came with soda bread (very popular in Ireland). While we were there, we asked for tartar sauce and they gave us a huge pot of it that was in the shape of a genie lantern. Bosun has the best fish and chips I’ve had so far. I usually try to avoid fish and chips because I’ve had some bad experiences. Not this time!

The Shack: A cute donut shop in Cork City. It’s in a small corner of one of the streets in the centre. We ordered a Boston creme, I ordered a hazelnut donut, and we also got a pistachio coffee flavored one. While there were several cute and fun colored donuts, we chose the most basic looking ones. The one I ate, had a mint-flavored filling which threw me off. I later found out it was because it had Aero mint chocolate in it.

Rocket Man: This is also cute place in Cork City. It’s a small shop and, in the front, they have benches and fake grass for customers to sit and eat. They sell a variety of sandwiches, soups, and sauces that you can take to go. They heat-up our meals before serving them to us. Seriously so yummy- the coffee was decent.

The Views


We decided to go on a carousel ride in the middle of the city and here was one of the views from the top. The ride attendants were hilarious. They spun us around every time we got to the bottom and kept asking us if we were American.

The view from our house. Ships are constantly passing through and there’s a nice walking path by the water.

The Transit

The first day I got into Cork, we brought my brother to school. We loaded our car onto the ferry and crossed the river then drove the rest of the way.

I wish public transit was as much of a thing in the States as it is in Europe. On Thursday, I took the bus into South Mall (the city) and I was so confused. The bus doesn’t announce or have any displays of what the next stop is. I assume it’s because most people are locals, but it’s still strange. On the way back home, we got off like six stops to early and ended up walking almost a mile because we were scared of missing our stop. Oops!

Exploring Japanese Food

Who doesn’t love sushi?

I hope you didn’t raise your hand.

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My family and I have a Japanese friend who brought the ingredients over to make this. He told us that most of what he brought was straight from Japan and that we couldn’t get it in the States. Sad.

Soo I’m not going to lie- before we befriended him, the only Japanese food I knew about was sushi. But did you know that there’s actually Japanese pizza? (Picture below)

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This Japanese pizza is called Okonomiyaki. Technically it’s a pancake, but to me it looks like a pizza. So flavorful. There’s fish, onion, Japanese mayonnaise, and cabbage in here among other things. Love.

Being eager to learn more about Japan, I went to the Obon Festival that takes place in St. Paul annually. Definitely go if you haven’t. They do floating lanterns when it gets dark, teach you how to make origami, and have rows of food stands.

Here is what I got while I was there:

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This is called Takoyaki. They are snacks that are filled with octopus, tempura, pickled ginger, and green onion. To me, they taste similar to the Okonomiyaki, but I could just be naive. They definitely have similar ingredients though.

Anyways, after all this, I think I should take a trip to Japan soon.

Plus I’ve been obsessed with the song “Lost in Japan” by Shawn Mendes.

A sign? I think so.

Thanks for reading!

3 Restaurants in the Twin Cities that you Need to Try: Part III

The Lynhall

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This place is actually so cute. They have the prettiest pastries and the whole place is just aesthetically pleasing. It would be a cute place for a photoshoot. I thin they also have a private room you can use for an event. Their food is great. They have fun coffee flavors as well.

Foxy Falafel

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OMG. That box on the left has honey cheese curds. Get. Them. They are the perfect cheese curd. Inside Foxy is cute, very small, but they have some fun art in there.

Spitz (my absolute favorite)

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My favorite food is definitely mediterranean and this place, let me tell you, just amazing. I love everything I have ever gotten there. I always get the waffle fries because they come with this tasty chipotle sauce. They also have really good sangria. Did I mention that they have games?

Happy Eating!

XO,

YOUNGCOCO

3 Restaurants in the Twin Cities that you Need to Try: Part II

Costa Blanca in NE

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These are tapas! We came here hungry as cows and ordered like 6 dishes. I’ll be honest, I don’t remember the names of what we got but man it was good. A little pricey, but it was a very good experience.

Barrio

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I love Barrio. They have multiple locations- in St. Paul and Minneapolis. If you sit outside at the one in downtown Minneapolis, make sure you sit at Barrio’s section. The restaurant next door has very similar seating and my friend and I sat and waited at the wrong restaurant for 30 minutes before realizing we weren’t actually sitting at Barrio…oops.

The Handsome Hog

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This was my first chicken and waffle experience and to tell you the truth.. I still dream about it. I have never tasted anything so good in my life. Literally life changing. Wow.

You guys.. I swear this food is mouth watering. 10/10 WOULD RECOMMEND.

Thanks for reading + happy eating 🙂

XO,

YOUNGCOCO

Healthy On-the-Go Lunch Idea

I am always on the go.

Having quick, dishes-free lunches is essential. I am also in college and can’t afford going out to eat everyday (even though sometimes I do..oops).

So for me, this quick, inexpensive, and healthy lunch is a life saver.

I will call it: The Greek Spinach Wrap (only because there is tzatziki in it lol)

So what are the ingredients?

  • spinach wrap
  • tzatziki sauce
  • chicken or turkey
  • choice of lettuce
  • banana peppers
  • avocados (optional)
  • cucumber

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Why do I love it?

First of all, it tastes amazing with like no effort what so ever.

Did I mention no dishes? (I wrap it in tin foil)

It’s pretty healthy

Easy to make

Not a basic sandwich

You can switch up the ingredients and it will most likely still taste bomb

It’s not that messy or loud to chew (very important because I usually eat in class- yes I’m that person)

Please try and let me know what you think 🙂

Thanks for reading, have a happy and healthy Tuesday!

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