Archive for the ‘cake’ Category

Confessions of an Ice Cream Twirler

Wednesday, May 11th, 2011

Time to fess up! Yours truly actually began his dessert career working in a Dairy Queen at the age of 14 years old. Back then I was flippin’ burgers and filling french fry orders at the Marine City Dairy Queen in Michigan (one of the largest, and BEST, Dairy Queens in the Midwest). Eventually, I worked my way up to front counter and drive through, joining the denizens of high school workers who twirled soft serve ice cream a top cones (then dipped!), scooping spanish nuts into Peanut Buster Parfaits, candies into Blizzards and creating those WONDERFUL ice cream cakes.

Color me shocked to hear that just yesterday Dairy Queen broke the Guinness Book of World Record for the LARGEST ICE CREAM CAKE EVER. While you may not have had the history I’ve had with the DQ, you may enjoy the article as much as I did:

DQ lets them eat cake, breaks world record – CTV Toronto

I also found this video on YouTube that records the epic event:

 

Now, if only I can find the world’s biggest spoon…

-Joe

Prince Williams Groom Cake

Thursday, April 7th, 2011

Over at The Star, they have a great little article about Prince William, who requested a simple Biscuits & Chocolate Cake for his groom cake. That’s a “cookies” and chocolate cake to us Americans. :) We couldn’t help but post the recipe for what looks to be a scrumptious cake. And hey – Prince Williams selected it because he used to eat it with his mom, Princess Di! Might be worth a go!

RICHARD LAUTENS/TORONTO STAR

Photo Credit: RICHARD LAUTENS/TORONTO STAR

Taken from the Star: Chocolate Biscuit Cake
Article by: By Jennifer Bain, Food Editor

Chocolate Biscuit Cake

4 tbsp (60 mL) unsalted butter, at room temperature

1/2 cup (125 mL) granulated sugar

4 oz (110 g) dark chocolate, chopped

1 large egg, beaten

8 oz (225 g) McVities Rich Tea Biscuits (about 28), or other tea biscuits (such as Social Tea or Marie/Maria), broken into almond-sized pieces

Icing:

8 oz (225 g) dark chocolate, chopped

Line bottom of 7-inch/18-cm (or other small) non-stick springform pan with parchment. Butter sides.

In medium bowl using electric mixer on medium, cream butter and sugar until fluffy, 1 to 2 minutes.

In top of double boiler, or in stainless steel bowl set over pot of simmering water, melt chocolate, stirring. Stir in butter mixture. Stir in egg. Remove from heat; fold in biscuits, stirring until well coated.

Spoon biscuit mixture into prepared cake pan, filling all gaps on bottom (it will be the top when unmolded). Refrigerate, covered, at least 3 hours until cold and firm.

Remove cake from fridge. Remove ring from springform pan. Turn cake upside down on cooling rack set over parchment-lined baking sheet; remove bottom and parchment.

In top of double boiler or in stainless steel bowl set over pot of simmering water, melt dark chocolate, stirring. Slowly pour over cake, filling crevices and smoothing top and sides using offset spatula.

Let cake stand at room temperature until set, at least 1 hour. Carefully run knife around bottom of cake where it has stuck to rack, then transfer cake to serving plate.

Makes 8 servings.

Star-tested by Jennifer Bain

The Wide (Weird) World of Cakes

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

No one said my job isn’t interesting. Each and everyday I’m scouring the web for articles on cakes, cupcakes, innovative designs, new recipes… you get the idea. Sites like CakeWrecks.com and others make this a very enjoyable excursion down the information superhighway. The web has been a bit quiet on the subject matter of interesting cakes lately, but I feel like I stuck gold today! I just had to share these two new sites that were brought to my attention – mostly for their “take” on the wide (and weird!) world of cakes. I’m just not sure you’d want to try these, I don’t, but you may get a kick out of checking out their sites.

PIZZA CAKES

Looks like a pizza, tastes like a cake. What? I had to review their site twice and then find an article on Fox News to help explain it all to me too! This baker creates custom fondant & sugar pieces, layered over “cake crusts” (I assume a fluffy layer or brownie base) to make her cakes look like pizzas. I don’t have anything against this, per se, but is there really a market for this? Do you want your cake to look like a pizza? Maybe its a guy thing…

Check out the article on FoxNews.com – if you dare!

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LAZY CAKES

Ok, I’ve been to college. I get it. This company has decided to make a ‘legal’ pot brownie, or cake rather, but using Melatonin as an ingredient. Melatonin, as I’ve learned is a hormone that regulated the sleep cycle in humans – basically, you eat, you get sleepy, you rest well (their slogan – “Relaxation Baked In”). Again, can’t say I’d want to try this, but it can definitely cause a hazard for children. We ran across this article stating the controversy. I suppose a lot like a booze cake (liquor baked in), it’s definitely ADULTS ONLY.

Maybe after you have a Lazy cake you’ll want to eat a Pizza Cake? Time will tell…

Valentine’s Day Giveaways Continue!

Monday, February 7th, 2011

We’ve got another chance for you to win a cake this Valentine’s Day!  Check out “One To Try” a fantastic blog for product features, reviews, recipes, giveaways and more.   Visit and enter the One 2 Try giveaway for your chance to win a Caramel Pecan Cake!

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Oh how we love thee… let us count the Giveaways!

Thursday, February 3rd, 2011

Now through Valentine’s Day, we’ll be bringing you a variety of blogs that are featuring reviews of our cakes plus your chance to win your very own Bake Me A Wish cake!  Today, we’re staring out with Cincinnati Coupons – “Where Saving Money is an Addiction!”  CC is a great place to stop in and get printable online coupons for your everyday needs.  They’re giving away one of our Red Velvet Chocolate cakes for Valentine’s Day – hurry!  You have to enter by February 8th.  Check out Cincinnati Coupons today (click the banner below)!

Cincinnati Coupons

The Chirstmas Spirit Giveaway

Thursday, December 16th, 2010

As I get older, I find it harder and harder to get in the Christmas spirit – something that I’m sure is shared by many others out there. I was watching the most recent episode of Glee (guilty pleasure!) and Mr. Schuester, played by Matthew Morrison, summed up this feeling in a very elegant way (I’ll paraphrase in a very non-elegant fashion). When we’re young, there is a lot of magic about the holiday – Santa Claus, the Tree, Decorations, Presents… but as we move past adolescence into adult hood, we outgrow the sensation of the holiday. That magical feeling disappears – maybe we feel we’re too big to enjoy in the childhood experience. Too often, along with that loss, we forget the importance and meaning of Christmas. As we become middle aged, we’d do anything – almost anything – to get that feeling back and remember what it is like to fully be in the Christmas Spirit.

As we all know – the true meanings behind Christmas should be felt year round – kindness, good will to our fellow women and men and most of all, giving of ourselves. But if we have trouble finding those meanings – in the midst of the holiday season, no less – then it becomes very difficult to carry that with us throughout the year.

We’d like to help everyone get in the Christmas Spirit this year. We’re going to give away Three Christmas Cake Party Packs (three gifts symbolizes something! :) ) to three of our readers, customers or fans who share with all of us either a photo of their holiday decorations, a Christmas party photo, a fond memory about Christmas or a short piece of prose about what Christmas means to them. We’re also going to donate three birthday cakes to a soldier overseas in the names of our three winners through our Operation: Birthday Cake program!

We’d love to see and hear what gets you in the spirit and hope that through our shared experiences, we can make that feeling stronger and help it last through out the year.

THE CHRISTMAS SPIRIT GIVEAWAY!

WHAT TO DO:
* Post a photo on our FACEBOOK FAN PAGE with your holiday decorations or at a Christmas party with friends and family
* Comment on this post with a memory about Christmas, or write about what Christmas means to you
* Enter as often as you’d like with those rules!

WHAT YOU CAN WIN:
* We’ll give away 3 Christmas Party Packs – each pack will include 4 of our 7″ gourmet brownie cakes to serve to friends and family for the holidays: Chocolate Mint Chip, Caramel & Pecans, Cookies & Cream and a Triple Mochachino Brownie. PLUS, we’ll put the three winners names on our donation list and send birthday cakes to soldiers serving overseas on their behalf. Give & receive!

DEADLINE: All entries must be submitted by Monday, 12/20 at 5pm so that we can process the winners and send out party packs in time for Christmas.

HOW WE’LL DECIDE: It will be tough to say one memory or photo is better than the other – Christmas isn’t about competition. Each entry will be assigned a number based on time of entry and we’ll use RANDOM.org to select the 3 winners from all valid entries.

Thanks for reading and we hope everyone has a wonderful holiday season!

What Cake Flavors are GREAT for kids?

Tuesday, December 7th, 2010

As you may or may not know, our gift cakes and delivery service were originally designed for birthdays, holidays and corporate gifting for adults, but we’ve got the right cake to send to the children in your life too! To be sure, our cakes are GREAT to give to youngsters for their birthdays and the holidays – but you have to know WHICH cake to send!!

Why the right flavor? Our cakes most definitely have a sophisticated taste which may mean their not right for your target recipient. For example, our best selling Red Velvet Cake, may be a bit overwhelming for kids. It has a cream cheese frosting… now, I grew up a picky eater! I wouldn’t even touch cream cheese until well into my teens. Too rich! So – the red velvet may not exactly the best cake for a youngin’ – it’s taste is a bit too gourmet. So which cake? I’ve got two IDEAL cakes for you:

* The Boston Cream – I brought two of these home to a family Christmas party last year, along with a Red Velvet and and a Carrot cake. The Boston Cream was coveted by the kids in the family – most of them wanting more and more of it! “It’s all about the chocolate icing and the custard!”. Indeed, one of my favorite cakes in our roster!

* The Triple Chocolate Enrobed Brownie – What kid doesn’t like brownies? Our 7″ Brownie cake is perfect for kids birthdays combining fudge, milk chocolate and a little bit of dark chocolate (not too much!) for an amazing flavor combo. I’ve given away a few dozen of these cakes to New York City schools as classroom awards and they’ve been gobbled up!

Thanks for reading! Stay Sweet!
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Pictured:  Maya eats a Boston Cream Cake!

Amazing Cake Creations

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

Ok, so I’m a self-professed DORK! and I simply love these cakes. If my birthday ever falls on a Sunday, I’m expecting one of these cakes served to me in bed – very inventive!:

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And this cake begs the question!  Is there an app for that?

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