Red Velvet Cake from Savannah’s Candy Kitchen

Red Velvet Cake

My birthday was the other day and I dearly love Red Velvet Cake. So the birthday cake was this luscious creation from Savannah’s Candy Kitchen. I wasn’t sure how this would work out since it’s the heat of summer and the shop is several states away from me. But it did not disappoint!

The cake arrived frozen, packed in a styrofoam cooler and surrounded by dry ice. It came more quickly than we expected so it went into the freezer at home until 3 days before we were going to eat it. Those three days it lived in the fridge, and was taken out a few hours before lunch on the day.

Even after freezing, shipping and thawing, this cake was outstanding. The cake itself was soft and pillowy–like eating a cloud. And the cake didn’t taste of food coloring which a lot of bought Red Velvet cakes do. The frosting was a lightly sweet cream cheese that was smooth and creamy. It was decorated with crumbled cake on top and chopped pecans all around the bottom.

I’ve eaten Red Velvet cake made by many people from many bakeries and home kitchens and I think this might be the best one I’ve ever had. As a person who doesn’t tend to buy really expensive food items, it’s a pricy cake. But I feel it is worth every penny because the cake is so rich a little bit goes a long way!

Savannah’s Candy Kitchen is fast becoming one of my favorite places to get special treats. I’ve ordered two other items from them. The first was the Praline Cheesecake. It’s a creamy cheesecake with the perfect texture enrobed in a pecan praline shell. My word. The only thing that could possibly add to this cheesecake would be chocolate, but that might be overkill to be honest! As with the cake, a tiny piece went a long long way!

The other thing I ordered from them was a box of Pecan Logs. I love these things and they’re getting harder and harder to find in stores. And the ones I do find are small and the nougat inside leaves something to be desired. But not these! Oh no. The five rolls in the box each weigh 7 ounces. The nougat is soft and pillowy with a nice vanilla flavor. The caramel is creamy and the pecans are perfectly fresh.

I’m not an affiliate or anything for Savannah’s Candy Kitchen but I would recommend them to anyone who is looking for a special treat for an occasion or for themselves! I shared the birthday cake but I didn’t share the other things. Not sorry!

Powdered Peanut Butter? Really?

PB2 with chocolateYes. Really! I’d been reading about this stuff for awhile. The brand I was looking at (and ended up buying) is PB2, manufactured by Bell Plantation. Basically, it’s peanuts turned into a powder which you then mix up with water to make peanut butter.

Now, for you purists, it’s not got all the stuff that peanut butter usually has, but that’s what made me try it. For a two-tablespoon serving the PB2 with Chocolate (of course that’s what I got) has 45 calories, 1 gram of fat, and only 70 mg of sodium. Real peanut butter has 190 calories, 16 grams of fat and 140 mg of sodium.

Why would you want this product if you aren’t concerned about any dietary issues (sodium in my case)? Because you can mix it up to any consistency you like! I mix it up pretty thin and use it as a dip for apples, crackers or cookies. It spreads great on bread mixed thinner. I like it because you mix up what you need right then. I’m not tempted to have a walk by tasting since I love peanut butter!

Another use for it is to add a peanut butter flavor to smoothies or even desserts you make. No messing with that sticky peanut butter! Stir it into some ice cream! Tasty.

The flavor is a little milder than full bore peanut butter. The chocolate variety tastes like a mild peanut butter cup. There’s no aftertaste or odd undertaste.

PB2 is a little more expensive than regular peanut butter, but comparable in price to all-natural peanut butter or specialty peanut butters. My Kroger had it on sale for $2 recently and I stockpiled a few containers!