Tiramisu Cake Carrot Cake Twiggs Cafe Downtown San Diego

People tend to get a little restless at my office around 4PM. I think it started when Julio began his timely grilling hour of Costco turkey burgers on our George Foreman grill. 4PM became Julio Time or “JT” for short. But lately the savory cheese turkey burgers in the afternoon snack time slot have been replaced by a much sweeter contender – Tiramisu Cake. You may recall my raving reviews about Darband Persian Restaurant’s Tiramisu. Well it was just this afternoon that Jenny Babcock and Danielle Tarantino told me about Twiggs cafe up on Cortez Hill and their selection of desserts which includedsTiramisu.

So Martin, Danielle, Jenny, Sabrina and I made the trek up the hill to Twiggs cafe to check out the competition.

Unlike the individually wrapped pre-sliced pieces of Tiramisu at Darband, the tiramisu cake at Twiggs is sliced at the counter. (Martin was keen on noticing how the server stuck his tongue out as he gingerly sliced the pieces – actually kind of funny haha.)
tiramisu cake twiggs cafe downtown san diego

We also tried out the Carrot cake as well:
carrot cake twiggs cafe downtown san diego

So how does it compare to Darband?
Tiramisu comparison Darband and Twiggs Cafe San Diego Downtown
As you notice the Darband tiramisu has fluffier layers of marscarpone cream but the Twiggs tiramisu has a more firm cake (and the topping of chocolate slices is pretty nice). The taste however is completely different. The Darband is moist and has a stronger rum aftertaste which blends well with the cream frosting. The Twiggs is not as moist, doesn’t have the rum flavor but has a stronger chocolate aftertaste. I actually like the Darband version. However, as Danielle was quick to point out – it’s not a good comparison because the Twiggs Cafe tiramisu is not a true tiramisu but really a tiramisu ‘flavored’ cake. That explains why the Twiggs cafe version is less moist since it hasn’t been soaking in rum like the Darband version. So I guess that settles it – they’re both good!

The carrot cake was awesome. Very moist, nutty and not too sweet:
carrot cake twiggs cafe downtown san diego

So 4PM at the office is now “TT” Tiramisu time.

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  • Easy Tiramisu….try it then tell me what you think
    PC= Presidents Choice
    Prep time:15mins
    Chill time: 1hr
    Makes 8 servings

    1 1/2 cups(375mL) 35%whipping cream
    1/2 cup(125mL) brewed PC Splendido Expresso,chilled
    1 tbsp(15mL) brandy
    1 box(250mL) PC Slendido Canruccini
    1 can(425g) PC Devon Custard

    1. In chilled bowl, whip cream until stiff peaks form. Set aside.

    2. In small bowl, stir together expresso and brandy. Dip each cantuccini in mixture and place in single layer in 10-inch(25cm)pie plate or other wide 6-cup(1.5L)serving dish. Pour any leftover mixture over cookies in dish.

    3. Pour custard on top of cookies, covering then completely. Top with whipped cream. Cover with plastic wrap. Chill for 1 hour or more.

    4. Just before serving, grate chocolate over top.

    Per serving: 360 calories; 25g fat; 75mg sodium; 31g carbohydrates; 1g fibre; 6g protein

  • I can do that too (((((
    chicken eggs 6 pcs.
    Mascarpone cream cheese 500g
    sugar 150 g (6 tablespoons. spoonfuls)
    Savoyardy biscuits 250g
    espresso 300 ml
    cocoa powder 1-2 tbsp. spoons
    brandy (optional) 30-50 g

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