Food Porn: Pumpernick N’ Pastry Shoppe

Alli and I have just started to look into wedding cakes and we’ve begun the amazing experience known as ‘cake tasting’.  Last weekend we visited South Buffalo’s Pumpernick N Party Shoppe and tried out some cake.  Walking into their shop I was overwhelmed by their very long glass counter that was filled with various cookies, cakes, pastries and even fresh baked bread that line their walls.  I’ve heard amazing things from family members about how delicious their sweets are, so I was definitely looking forward to trying something out.

So after our cake tasting (I’ll be writing more about that in a later post after we choose between a few different places), I ordered some treats and brought them back to the house.  Here’s a small sampling of what they offer….

I tried out one of their Anise Pierniki Cookies (pictured below, $14 a pound) based on the recommendation from Alli’s dad who absolutely loves them.  Basically, it’s a sugar cookie with a nice thick frosting on top, but what makes them a little different is the addition of anise.  Anise has a very unique licorice type of flavor and you’ve tasted it if you’d had a good Pizzelle.  So if you’re not a fan, these cookies might be too intense for you.  That licorice flavor is pretty intense, but the cookies reminded me of my grandma’s sugar cookies.  The cookie was very soft and crumbled as I ate it and the frosting was thick, which I love.  So get a batch now while they are in season.

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Along with the cookies I also ordered some Chrusciki (aka Angel Wings).  I’ve been a pretty big fan of Chrusciki for many years now and I’ve only tried EM Crusciki’s version (from Tops/Wegmans or The Broadway Market), so this was my first chance to try someone else’s.  They actually had a pretty different flavor then I remember.  EM’s generally had a crunch but the taste was pretty light.  However Pumpernick’s had a darker and almost burned taste, not that it was bad but just different then what I’ve had before.  I’m still not sure what I like more, but with a hot cup of coffee or tea these taste fantastic.

Finally I grabbed one of their Pastry Hearts, another one of my favorite sweets. Very flaky and it fell apart as I ate it but what I loved is they didn’t overload the icing.  I’ve had Pastry Hearts where I thought I was getting a cavity as I ate it, but this was a perfect amount of frosting.

I would love to try more of Pumpernick’s treats in the near future as they have a huge selection of sweets.  When we walked in I knew I was somewhere that had some delicious items because the crowd looked like regulars who had been eating there for 30+ years.  If you want to stop by, you can sit down at one of their ~10 tables and grab a cup of coffee/tea and treat yourself to something sugary and sweet.  We haven’t decided yet on who will be making our wedding cake but I do know that I’ll be stopping by again to try one of their many other treats.

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