Jean Paul Peanutier, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways…
I hit a bit of a snafu a few weeks ago—I was eloping and had planned to have a Peanut Butter Bomb shipped down for the occasion. It’s my absolute FAVORITE dessert, and even my husband craves it, he of the decided lack of sweet tooth. Our hearts were set on it, and I was determined to deliver. But you know what they say about the best-laid plans. So with hope in my heart, I contacted Vegan Treats and was told by a couple of different people that (a) they didn’t ship cakes anymore, and (b) they did but they didn’t know if they could ship to Florida. About a week before the wedding, amid a flurry of emails back and forth, I was finally told that they could ship a PBB to us, but between the overnighting, the ice packs, etc., it would be pretty expensive. Um, who cares? Just send the damn thing! But then of course—thank you, Murphy’s law—VT ran out of boxes and didn’t know when they’d be getting more in. Seriously? You ran out of boxes??? So now I had a cake topper and no cake to put it on. Great.
Perplexed and disappointed, I contacted Cocoa V, progeny of my favorite NYC restaurant, Blossom. Turns out they make a chocolate-peanut butter tart, which isn’t on their online menu. Yay! Um, except that they don’t ship cakes to Florida. I was starting to get a complex.
Now desperate, I did a search for local bakers with vegan offerings—not an easy task down here. But I found a few. Bunnie Cakes seemed promising, but the owner didn’t get back to me in time. Peace a’ Cake did, in fact, have a chocolate-peanut butter cake. But for some reason, their PB treats are the only ones they make that aren’t vegan. (Does that make sense to you?) Finally, as a last resort I tried Cupcake Couture in Delray Beach. CC makes some of the most beautiful confections I’ve ever seen, and I was told they could do vegan vanilla, chocolate and red velvet cupcakes. I’d been striking out pretty badly and had zero expectations. But it was our wedding, after all, so I had to ask: Could they possibly make their Jean Paul Peanutier—a rich chocolate cake with delectable peanut butter frosting, just velvety and sweet enough to be habit-forming but not heavy or overwhelming—vegan, and as a cake, pretty please and with sugar on top? Hell yes, they could! And hell yes, they did. And it was amazing! And so it was that we got our chocolate-peanut butter wedding cake, and it was delicious, and we lived happily ever after. All hail Cupcake Couture!
What’s your favorite sweet indulgence, readers? And to what lengths would you go to acquire it? Share with us in the comments!