Cupcakes from Cookie and a Cupcake in Cleveland, OH
Our good friends Nate and Jen got married a couple weeks ago in Cleveland. Congrats, Nate and Jen! We hung out with the newly married couple the day after their wedding. Surprisingly, they’re the ones who invited us to spend their post-wedding day with them. Not that we normally ask newly married couples to hang out with us the day after their wedding, but I wouldn’t put it past us. This post is about our special day together (that is, the day after their wedding) and the things we consumed, and saw.
On our post-wedding day adventure, we started the day by having lunch at Melt Bar and Grilled, a bar (featured on Man vs. Food) that serves every kind of grilled cheese sandwich imaginable. Like a typical quadruple (4 people in a relationship), we ordered four different grilled sandwiches and shared. In case you’re interested (believe me, you should be), we ordered the Hot Italian (grilled salami, honey ham, pepperoni, sun-dried tomato pesto, roasted garlic, and provolone), Municipal Stadium Magic (locally made jumbo bratwurst, fresh napa vodka kraut, grilled peppers, and American), The Dude Abides (homemade meatballs, fried mozzarella cheese sticks, rich marinara, provolone, and romano), and their monthly special, a pulled pork grilled cheese sandwich (zesty pork, coleslaw, and of course, cheese).
If you’re ever in Cleveland, check this place out. If you’re feeling really hungry, accept the melt challenge and take on their monster grilled cheese featuring 13 different cheeses, 3 slices of grilled bread, and a pile of hand-cut fries & slaw. I will warn you, as they do, that this is over 5 lbs. of food.
Finish it all without any help or trips to the bathroom and you will be awarded a Melt t-shirt or Melt Pint Glass, a $10 gift card and we’ll immortalize you in our online Melt Challenge Hall of Fame.
You may throw up, but I’m sure it will totally be worth it.
I feel like I found out my favorite love song was written about a sandwich. – Jane
Love songs can be lame. But a love song written about one of these sandwiches would be legen- … wait for it, -dary! Legendary! Give me five!
As if we hadn’t engorged enough cheese, bread, and fixings, we decided to pick up some cupcakes from Cookie and a Cupcake. You know, for the kids. As you can tell, my inner fat kid is coming out in this post. Who am I kidding? This is a blog mainly about cupcakes. My inner fat kid comes out in every post, or rather, every bite of cupcake.
Before we partook of cupcakes, we visited the house in the movie, A Christmas Story, and also met Ian Petrella, the little brother (Randy) from said movie. I say that like it’s an everyday occurrence. Apparently, Ian Petrella lives less than a block away from the house and appears for the numerous daily tours. For him, it is an everyday occurrence. Needless to say, he didn’t seem as amused as I thought he should be when I said, “I can’t put my arms down!”
At the house, we reenacted a few movie scenes such as Ralphie (a.k.a., me) sitting in the bathroom decoding the secret message from Little Orphan Annie with his Little Orphan Annie decoder pin, Ralphie (a.k.a., Nate and Jen) eating soap for saying “fudge,” and the family (a.k.a., all four of us) sitting down for dinner at the Parker kitchen table. Jen and I were mommy’s little piggies!
The piggy part may be a little too close to the truth. When we got back to their place, our grilled cheese sandwiches had digested enough for us to try the eight cupcakes we selected from Cookie and a Cupcake, which is an adorable little shop in a quaint little area of Cleveland, btw. We cut each cupcake in quarters so we could try each flavor. Sticking with my 27 Dresses theme (I only have 8 cupcakes to talk about), here we go:
1. The Signature cupcake. This cupcake is like your favorite black dress, always classic and always comforting. It looked like the cookie monster—blue frosting for the face, white frosting for the eyes, and a tiny cookie for the mouth—and consisted of chocolate cake with vanilla custard filling. The blue buttercream frosting was quite buttery. Like my favorite black dress, this cupcake brought me to a happy place (e.g., watching Sesame Street as a kid).
2. The Peach Cobbler cupcake. A peach-colored poofy dress all the way. Kind of southern, and kind of too poofy. There is such a thing as too much poof (see picture below). The cupcake looked magnificent as it was topped with real peaches and whipped frosting, but I was a little disappointed with the dry vanilla cake. As you can see, poof has never worked for me.
3. The Grasshopper cupcake. I can’t resist comparing this cupcake to a green velvet dress. This cupcake consisted of chocolate cake with mint buttercream frosting and black sprinkles. This is the dress I picture myself wearing if I ever sang a duet with a pianist. Of course, in this scenario, I am lying on the piano. And, of course, I would never want this scenario to play out. Or, would I? Nah, I’ll pass on the mint.
4. Red Velvet cupcake. Watch out for the red dress, ladies. When you wear a red dress, you’re either trying to make someone jealous, get some action, play Mrs. Scarlet from Clue, or all of the above. The red dress can go right, but it can also go oh so wrong. I’ve got a love/hate relationship with red velvet cake. Molly’s Cupcakes stole my heart and ruined it for other cupcakeries. Cookie and a Cupcake did a decent job with their red velvet. Their cake had a bit more cocoa flavoring than vanilla (at least it had flavor) and was frosted with a thick cream cheese frosting.
5. Chocolate cupcake. You’ve had a bad day. Nothing has gone right. Pull out your go-to, feel-sexy dress. The chocolate cake was dark, moist, and dense… like a chocolate forest. I wouldn’t mind living in such a place, eating chocolate and feeling sexy. Sign me up! This sinfully delicious creation was completed with a chocolate buttercream frosting that tasted like mousse.
6. PB Lovers cupcake. It’s girl time and I mean that in more way than one. This is your perky, night-out-on-the-town dress. Not only are the flavors rich and inviting (chocolate cake and peanut butter buttercream), there’s also a bit of fun (peanut butter crunch) sprinkled on top. I am not suggesting you sprinkle actual candy pieces on yourself before going out. You may attract children and/or bears. I can’t decide which is worse.
7. Salted Caramel cupcake. Salty! Modest up top, not so much on the bottom. If you’ve got them, show those legs. Chocolate cake, caramel buttercream frosting, and black salt completed this tasty treat. That salt gets me every time. I’m like, “Oh, I’m eating something sweet.” And, bam! “Salty!”
8. Espresso cupcake. Long and sleek, my friends. Nothing says refined like expensive, freshly roasted coffee beans, or a long, fitted dress. Not everyone can pull this look off, including myself. I came out too short. When I get those knee extensions, I’ll get back to you. In the meantime, this cupcake consisted of chocolate cake, caramel mousse, and espresso buttercream. Everything, including the chocolate-covered coffee bean on top, went down smooth. This was delicious, almost as good as Cupcake Counter’s Mocha cupcake.
I was told Cookie and a Cupcake had phenomenal cake, and for the most part, they did. They kept the same chocolate cake among the several cupcakes with a chocolate cake, but it was a home run kind of cake. When you’ve found something that works, stick with it. This goes for dresses too.
Wrapping up this post, I’d like to also mention that Nate and Jen have texted us pictures of at least three different cupcakes places out west that they’ve visited since being on their honeymoon. They like to include us on everything and that’s why we’ll be friends forever.