Jan
18
2011

San Diego Sweet Shoppin’ with Amanda

Desserts, Travel |


What can I say, Amanda and I were at it again…..hunting down the best bakeries in the city.  The city of choice this time was San Diego.  Lucky for me, San Diego is only about an hour away so I drove up to meet Amanda where we started our day at one of the best cupcake shops I have been to, no lie!  It is called Elizabethan Desserts Bakery.  It is tucked inside a quaint nursery and flower shop that is flat out adorable.

Get a load of these gorgeous mini cupcakes!  We couldn’t resist so we ordered one of every kind.  Can you blame us?  With names such as Bees Knees, Chocolate Toffee and Monkey Business we were drooling at the counter.

More shots of cupcake goodness :)

Isn’t the rose one adorable?!  It is called “Plain Jane.”  The red velvet with cream cheese frosting to the left was one of my favorites hands down.

The Mustachio is so darn cute we were afraid to cut into his mustache.  The Pistachio butter cream was killer!

This is the “Black Beauty”  It really was the most photogenic one, pretty tasty too.

The Ho Daddy Chocolate was the first one we cut into and it could quite possibly be the best chocolate cupcake I’ve had.

After a full belly of cupcakes we decided to walk off a couple calories in the flower shop where the sweet owner took some photos of us.

We needed MORE walking so we walked around La Jolla Beach which was perfectly beachy :)

After the beach, we went to this great lunch/gelato spot called Pappalecco.  My sandwich was so good I am tempted to make a drive back out to San Diego very soon!

Here’s Amanda’s Pizza :)  YUM!

Later in the afternoon we went in to the very fancy “Extraordinary” Desserts.

Get a load of these gorgeous desserts!  We spent a very long time photographing their beauty,  that was worth the pretty pricetag of these desserts :)

The Dulce de Leche Cake…it was featured on Food Network’s The Best Thing I Ever Ate.  It was my favorite of all of our choices.

Amanda ordered this lovely Strawberry Shortcake.  Gorgeous huh?

The Pots de Creme was so photogenic but if I am being honest, was just so so :(

I am a Creme Brulee fanatic, I try it about everywhere I go that offers and this one gets a 6 out of 10.  Pretty, creamy but lacked something I can’t quite put my finger on.

LOVED watching these little birds finish up what was left on the table in front of us.  They are no dummies!

Last on our list was Babycakes.  An adorable little eatery/bakery with lots to offer.  I HAD to take my order home otherwise I may have busted at the seams but my boys and husband devoured these, so I am assuming they were killer!

They are quite lovely aren’t they?  See all of their Gourmet Cupcake selections on their website :)

Cute little box to go.  Thanks for peeking into our day of indulgence!

Be sure to take a peek at Amanda’s post of our trip too :)

It’s always a blast when Amanda and I get together, LOVE it.  Stay tuned for more sweet traveling :)


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  1. 1

    I must ask this question-with all of those sweet treats that you and Amanda ate-how do you guys stay so thin?

  2. 2
    Mia says:

    I loved this post! It’s always so much delicious fun when you and Amanda get together :) And it’s fun to see both your pictures, two sides of every cake, you know?

    And I’m totally with Kelly-Jo. How come you foodies are so often the skinny ones?! I just browsed through your pictures from the Dole event. You all look so fabulous in the group shot. I’ll never understand how you are not all huge..like me! :) Maybe I should blog more and eat less…

  3. 3
    Maria says:

    LOVE IT ALL! Glad you girls had so much fun. Wish I could of tasted with you! Soon:)

  4. 4
    pamm says:

    How do the two of you manage to stay so thin and eat all of the desserts that you do? What’s the secret?

  5. 5
    Ruth says:

    Looks like you had a great trip. I can’t imagine a better life! Getting your cake and eating it too! Love ya!

  6. 6

    You found my favorite cupcake shop! Elizabethan Desserts is my favorite cupcake shop in the whole world! I’m so glad that you found them too and enjoyed your cupcakes. I just got word about Babycakes and want to check it out soon.

  7. 7
    Amy @DYKTMP? says:

    Anytime you wanna head back down to SD you know who you can call! Of course, it all looks positively delicious. Glad you both had a fun time.

  8. 8
    Jennifurla says:

    This all go on my list, my favorite from babycakes is the blood orange cupcake….let me know if you two need company next trip down here! I would love to join in on this blog fun!!

  9. 9

    All of these cupcakes look delicious, my fave is the one the chocolate with the blackberry on top! What a gorgeous photo! I have been to Extraordinary Desserts before a few years ago on my only visit to San Diego and it was such a fun place to go, the desserts all looked like perfection! Looks like you all had a super sweet day!

  10. 10

    Isn’t Elizabethan the best? So glad you guys stopped by there. I’m thinking about a trip to Extraordinary Desserts for Valentine’s Day. :-)

  11. 11
    Amanda says:

    Your photos are gorgeous as always! Love that one of the waves crashing at La Jolla beach. I had so much fun catching up, can’t wait to see you again!! xoxo

  12. 12

    Looks like you two had an amazing time! I could have definitely finished off a few of those dessert all by myself! =)

  13. 13

    You are making me want a cupcake or twelve for breakfast! What gorgeous sweets you two found on your trip. Deliciousness!

  14. 14
    June g. says:

    I lived in San Diego for 3 years, oh, how I miss it! I love extraordinary desserts! Thanks for the memories:)

  15. 15
    Traci says:

    I always love reading your food adventures. This one looks like I may need to take a trip to SD soon. the desserts looked to die for.

  16. 16
    Fuji Mama says:

    That little Mustachio cupcake is SO darn cute!!! What a fun San Diego day!

  17. 17
    Lauren says:

    As a resident of San Diego, I must say you hit all the good spots :)LOVE Babycakes and Extraordinary Desserts!

  18. 18

    I live in San Diego..about 6 blocks from Extrodinary Desserts! And go to all the places you girls went to!

    If you are ever back down here, would love to say hi. I need to get Marla down here, too!

    What a great day!

  19. 19
    Michelle says:

    Ooooh, Extraordinary Desserts is a fave and a usual stop on date nights with the hubs! You must try their truffe framboise or Caribe next time and if you’re in the mood for a lighter cake, the Shangri-la. My experience with ED has taught me to stick with the cakes in the case. Her other desserts (like the cookies, cinnamon rolls, pots de creme) have always been “so-so” for me too. But if you get one of the cakes from the case, you can’t go wrong! : )

    And I know it’s not a novelty for you since you’re in OC, but we just got a Sprinkles Cupcakes in La Jolla!

    Lastly, if you ever come down with the husband, pit-stop in Carlsbad at Vigilucci’s on Carlsbad Boulevard (right across from the beach). Their creme brulee is TO DIE FOR and your meal will be amazing as well! :)

  20. 20
    Verlee says:

    San Diegan here. :) You hit all my favorite spots – especially Pappalecco (my gelato fix) and Elizabethan! My co-workers and I have tried every single cupcake! Lots of birthdays in the office makes for a perfect time to go to Elizabethan to pick up cupcakes. I’m so glad they decided to do the mini-versions.

    I’ve probably tried most of the flavors at Babycakes too. And I always love taking people visiting SD to Extraordinary.

    Great post! ;-)

  21. 21
    Julie says:

    Thank you for this post. I love SD, my sister lives there and I visit every summer. Being an east coast chick, we usually hit every Mexican restaurant in town but now I can’t wait to try out these spots!

  22. 22
    Michelle says:

    Mexican? Fidel’s in Solana Beach hands-down!!! Way better than the restaurants in Old Town (including Old Town Mexican Cafe). One tip… ask for a bowl of the enchilada sauce to go with your chips when you sit down. SO YUMMY!

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