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Our weekly desserts will be riffed of our weekly donations from neighborhood CSAs

Our weekly desserts will be riffed of our weekly donations from neighborhood CSAs

Our Spring/Summer schedule over here at the kitchen is gonna go a little something like this…

From here on out, we (hopefully) provide the fruit for you to bake into something  (*fruit donations are from a local csa and a local farm;amount and availability depends on the harvest.)

  • June 17. Rhubarb (Upside Down) Cake. (No more bakers needed) Rhubarb donated by GW-CSA
Local Donations = Divine Desserts!

Local Donations = Divine Desserts!

  • June 24. Angel Food Cake. 7 bakers needed. (We are still working logistics on this. Most likely the soup kitchen cooks will prep a fruit compote to top the donated cakes with. Will keep volunteers posted)
  • July 1. Lemon Sponge Cake with a fruit topping or Pink Lemonade Bars. 4 bakers needed. (Fruit pickup on June 27th)
  • July 8. 5 bakers needed. Seasonal Fruit Crisps or Cobblers, Pies or Cakes (Even Custards or Cupcakes. Or cookies–Local based baking at its funest.)
  • July 15. 5 bakers needed. Seasonal Fruit Crisps or Cobblers, Pies or Cakes (Even Custards or Cupcakes. Or cookies–Local based baking at its funest)
  • July 22. 6 bakers needed. Seasonal Fruit Crisps or Cobblers, Pies or Cakes (Even Custards or Cupcakes. Or cookies–Local based baking at its funest)
  • July 29. 10 bakers needed. Seasonal Fruit Crisps or Cobblers, Pies or Cakes (Even Custards or Cupcakes. Or cookies–Local based baking at its funest)

If you would like to get involved with the volunteer baking project, shoot us an email so we can plug  you into our email list. craigskitchen[at]gmail[dot]com.

Local volunteers + Local fruit = Dessert Corps Magic!!

Local volunteers + Local fruit = Dessert Corps Magic!!

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Imagine a chocolate layer cake with an oreo cookie layer. Picture a layered, ganached chocolatey blissed out cake with a berry frosting? Can you see a deep chocolate tart or the espresso pound cake? (I hope so because I didnt get any pics tonight. Didnt realize but i left the house with 2 cakes but no memory card. Still cant seem to find it, i was down loading pictures and now, well, its not in the camera.) No pictures of the ten gorgeous chocolate cake donations; It’s ok though, because the dinners feasted on the cakes and are speechless themselves with finger licking satisfaction. Thanks to everyone who baked for Chocolate Cake night!

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The last month was a bevy of amazing treats; volunteers baked up a sweet storm.

Plating brownies

Plating brownies

One week we served apple cider cupcakes with caramel frosting. Another weekly theme was brownies. Volunteers treated us to their yummilicious interpretation of tropical cupcakes and introduced us to their favorite type of cookie. Thanks to everyone who baked and supported this project.

Good eats, tasty sweets.

Good eats, tasty sweets.

Dessert Corps, serving up the sweet spot of the weekly Greenpoint Soup Kichen meal.

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WHOOP-EEE for Whoopie Pies!

WHOOP-EEE for Whoopie Pies!

For the April 29th meal, volunteer bakers rocked the New England/Amish baking phenomena…Whoopie Pies! Traditional Black & Whites co-mingled with the yummy Pumpkin versions. Pleased palates all around…

Yeah for Dessert!

Yeah for Dessert!

Kitchen prep

Kitchen prep

Ready to be served...

Ready to be served...

Plump Pumpkin Pie

Plump Pumpkin Pie

Plated Perfection of Whoopie Pie-dom

Plated Perfection of Whoopie Pie-dom

...a million ways to rock out a Whoopie Pie!

...a million ways to rock out a Whoopie Pie!

...a million ways to rock out a Whoopie Pie!

...a million ways to rock out a Whoopie Pie!

...a million ways to rock out a Whoopie Pie!

...a million ways to rock out a Whoopie Pie!

...a million ways to rock out a Whoopie Pie!

...a million ways to rock out a Whoopie Pie!

A big thanks as always goes out to our dedicated volunteers who bake up a storm for their neighbors in support of this community project!

Whoopie Pies never looked so Yummilicious!

Whoopie Pies never looked so Yummilicious!


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Volunteer bakers rock the house.

Volunteer bakers rock the house.

The dessert themes for the next few weeks are as follows:

  • May 20. Brownies. Traditional or untraditional versions.
  • NEED 2 MORE VOLUNTEER BAKERS. May 27. Pineapple (or other tropical) Cupcakes
  • June 3. Your favorite dozen of cookies.
  • NEED 5 MORE VOLUNTEER BAKERS. June 10. Chocolate Cake
  • NEED 4 MORE VOLUNTEER BAKERS. June 17. Rhubarb Upside Down Cake

If you can plug into one of the weeks that still needs volunteers, please drop us a line at craigskitchen(at)gmail(dot)com and we will get you signed up. Typically, there are drop off sites in Greenpoint and Williamsburg on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. You will recieve a logistics email the weekend before your volunteer date with that type of information and recipe hints.

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For the April 9th meal, we let our volunteer bakers attack some classic cakes, having them rock either Apple, Carrot, or Zucchini cakes, and encouraging them to combine those flavors in any way that suited their fancy.

Carrot Cake

Carrot Cake

As always, our volunteer bakers hit home runs with the dinners…

Check out their amazing culinary creations.

Apple Cake

Apple Cake

Layered, kinda like a torte, this apple cake had a sugary toffee-like crust.

Apple Cake

Apple Cake

Another version of the seasonal-minded apple cake, this dessert shows their are a million good recipes out there.

Apple Cake

Apple Cake

A traditional german apple bundt cake.

Carrot Cake

Carrot Cake

A sea of buttercream frosting covers this carrot cake.

Apple Cake

Apple Cake

Beautiful bundt.

Carrot Cake

Carrot Cake

Zucchini makes a subtle appearance in this carrot cake

Apple Cake

Apple Cake

slice

slice

As usual, the diners were full of compliments for the bakers.

slices of cake

slices of cake

slices

slices

Apple and Carrot slices ready for the dining room…

slices

slices

Another sweet week for desserts at the soup kitchen.

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Red Velvet Cake. April 1, 2009

Red Velvet Cake. April 1, 2009

For the meal on April Fools Day, the Dessert Corps decided to bust out one of the more perplexingly silly and deliciously yummy desserts around, the Red Velvet Cake. A Southern tradition and a Brooklyn institution, we were sure our volunteer bakers would bake up a bevy of devilish cakes.

Pretty cakes

Pretty cakes

7 volunteers from the neighborhood baked up a storm.

frosting

frosting

One of the cakes had a scrumptious vanilla bean frosting.

Red Velvet Cake

Red Velvet Cake

Glamour shots of the delicious desserts.

devilish slice

devilish slice

slice of sweet heaven

slice of sweet heaven

Plating the cakes

Plating the cakes

Not many of the dinners had ever had Red Velvet Cake. I think it was a surprising dessert for sure.

Ready for the dinners

Ready for the dinners

My cake (pictured below) was definitely the ugly duckling of the night. Last November, I visited some farms in the Dominican Republic. I was fortunate enough to get some handemade unprocessed cocoa powder from one of the farmers. Me and my partner in crime decided to try and bake a couple of  “traditional” red velvet cake, hoping for some science in action with our unprocessed cocoa. Now while the thing tasted great (i swear) the un-alkalized cocoa easily clumped around moisture and we ended up with a very speckled batter and cake. Add to that the fact that we doubled recipes to make 2 cakes and overfilled our baking tins, our cakes were fodder for the kitchen volunteers…

the ugly duckling

the ugly duckling

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