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Forbes Traveler's Best Cupcakes

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Forbes Traveler recently posted their round-up of America's Best Cupcakes and named BabyCakes NYC as one of the best! We are absolutely thrilled! Check out the entire list here.

Loves Goop


goops.jpgI got an email from a colleague of Gwyneth Paltrow's for her website Goop a little while ago asking if I wanted to be a part of their upcoming newsletters. I almost fell over because I live for Goop. The first time I read it, I couldn't believe there was someone out there who was interested in all the same things as me. Her recipes were simple and delicious (she too believes that Vegenaise could possibly be added to the mother sauce list) and I've totally chiseled my shoulder muscles following her Tracy Anderson sculpting videos. So, of course I said yes! You can click to read it here. It's worth it, y'all. There are 4 recipes! Clink this highlighted thingy:
I'm so ready to propose.

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Doughnuts are the New Cupcake


There was a tasty little item in today's Tasting Table NYC Newsletter:

Who said it's impossible to make a healthy doughnut that tastes as good as the real (fried) thing? We did--and were then proven wrong.

BabyCakes NYC founder Erin McKenna, who's already demonstrated that dairy- and gluten-free sweets can indeed be delicious, has created a non-fried vegan doughnut that rivals its fattier counterparts.

While crafting recipes for her new cookbook, McKenna challenged herself to master a gluten-free, soy-free, agave-sweetened doughnut that has the same cakey consistency we love.

Using texture as her guide, she created a base recipe that can be adapted to all manner of flavors. She was so pleased with the results that she's permanently adding a rotating array of doughnuts ($3 to $3.50) to the bakery's menu, including maple-glazed, raspberry-glazed, powdered sugar, cinnamon sugar and lemon-coconut, as well as a chocolate-dipped variety that is so dead-on in its sinfully rich texture that BabyCakes's daily stock often disappears before noon.

BabyCakes NYC, 248 Broome St. (between Orchard and Ludlow sts.); 212-677-5047 or Photograph by Hamish Robertson.

Ryan McGinley and Michael Stipe Eat BabyCakes for Dinner!?!

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Ryan McGinley is after my heart. This is a clipping from NY Mag's weekly article, The New York Diet starring Ryan himself:

Saturday, August 1
I woke up at 9 a.m. and had a bowl of Kashi 7 Whole Grain Flakes with Almond Dream Almond Milk and a cup of "Get Charged" Herbal Tea for Energy by Republic of Tea.

I went and did yoga at Yoga High in the Lower East Side on Clinton Street and took a car service to my lab at Pochron Studios in Red Hook to look at photographs from the summer's Cave Journey with my printer Donnie.

At 4 p.m. I had lunch in Red Hook at this place called Hope & Anchor. It's really hard to find good food in Red Hook, so whenever I go out to my lab I always get food from there.

I had a Caesar salad, fish tacos with chipotle mayo, and plantain chips, and I shared the fish tacos with a dog named Goose, a pig named Emmit, and a cat named Noodles. They all live in the lab. The AC was broken at the lab and it was like a sauna in there, so I had a six-pack of Coronas with two limes. I shared it with Donnie and Julie Pochron and everyone who was working there, since we were baking [from the heat].

For dinner, at 8 p.m. I had cupcakes from Babycakes at Michael Stipe's new apartment. It was a pre-housewarming, pre-curtains-on-the-windows party; he hadn't been in town for three months. We drank coconut water and vodka. Michael's friends' kids were there, so I was playing with all the little kids and this little girl's mom came up and we started talking and it was Jane Pratt, and that was really cool. I fanned out so hard. Growing up, I was really into Sassy and the boy's version, Dirt. It was exciting to meet her. She definitely changed the face of magazines forever.

That was sort of dinner-ish. Then I went to an empty-loft party around the corner from my apartment on Eldridge and Canal. They were playing disco, and it was jam-packed, with everyone sweating and dancing. I went up to the roof to cool off, and it was full of people partying. I hung out and got home and realized I had silver roofing tar all over my ass and I was really bummed out about that.

Really late-night, around 3 a.m., I ordered Lil' Frankies and just ate it in bed. I had the Lil' Frankies Salad, which is arugula, roasted beets, tomatoes, green beans, new potatoes, broccoli, red onions, zucchini, and fresh fennel. Then I ordered ravioli with spinach and ricotta, and the Nutella Focaccino with strawberries; it's a dessert they have. Read the rest here.

VegNews: Brand-New BabyCakes

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Erin McKenna, the brains and beauty behind BabyCakes NYC, plans a bi-coastal takeover for the books.

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No-Dairy Queen: Erin McKenna

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When animal-product-shunning A-listers such as Moby and Natalie Portman want to dig into dairy-free chocolate cupcakes or no-egg cookies, they often head to New York's BabyCakes bakery. The naughty-tasting yet often nutritious vegan and gluten-free treats by owner Erin McKenna star in a new cookbook, "BabyCakes" ($24, Random House). We chatted with McKenna about how she crafted her baking secrets to help change the way people eat dessert.

Read the whole interview on Express Night Out's website.

Rachael Ray on Erin McKenna: "This lady is the answer to your prayers!"

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I conducted an interview with Erin which will air shortly on our site. In the meantime, I wanted to share with you more about the bakery so if you are in NYC, you can stop by, even if you have no allergies or dietary restrictions. Her products are delicious and far healthier than the classic versions. If you are a sweets addict, it's not a bad thing to have a less harmful way to indulge.

Read the full article on Rachael Ray's website here.

BabyCakes' Erin McKenna is Lucky Magazine's Beauty Spy



Cookbook Giveaway from Diets in Review


diets-in-review-logo.gifOur friends over at Diets in Review are celebrating the two year anniversary of their Natural Health Newsletter. In honor of the occasion, they are giving away a free copy of Erin McKenna's brand new cookbook, Babycakes! Did we mention it's a signed copy? That sweetens the deal even more, doesn't it?

You can have a look at their latest newsletter here. Don't forget to get your entry in before their extended deadline, June 15th! Entering is really easy, you can comment on the blog, or simply subscribe to their Natural Health Newsletter.

Good luck, and may the best baker win!

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