Pastries, petals and (birthday) parties

This past Thursday marked the one-year anniversary for Carmel’s Pastries and Petals. This quaint little shop on Mission, between Fourth and Fifth, serves up a variety of pastries, from cupcakes and cookies to strudel and scones. Over the past year, they’ve expanded their business to feature breakfast and lunch, the occasional wine dinners, a monthly Cupcake Club and much more.

And of course, who could forget Pastries and Petals’ signature pastry–the pumpkin donut muffin. Every time I go to Pastries and Petals, I have to pick up a couple of these donut muffins. (What’s a donut muffin? Well it’s a pastry that’s baked like muffins, but the outside is buttered and rolled in sugar just like a donut.) And sure, the calendar might say it’s summer, but I’m still chowing down on the fruit of fall, pumpkin.

How have I lived 27 years without Pastries and Petals’ pumpkin donut muffins?!?!

I popped into Pastries and Petals last Sunday looking for this sweet treat in particular after grabbing a savory brunch here in Pacific Grove.

The case at Pastries and Petals was packed with the usual suspects–a half-dozen or so different flavors of cupcakes, chocolate chip cookies, muffins, truffles and strudel. I don’t know why, but I realized in all my many visits to Pastries and Petals over the last year, I’d never had the apple strudel. Whaaat?!?! Needless to say, Jennifer, the lead baker, insisted I had to order one, and she prepared a delicious slice of strudel topped with vanilla ice cream andcaramel sauce. Yum! Definitely a great way to celebrate Pastries and Petals’ birthday!

An epic dessert: apple strudel topped with vanilla ice cream and caramel. I'd take this over a birthday cake any day!

Here’s to another year of delicious treats at Pastries and Petals–I can’t wait to see what the next year has in store!

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