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And That Spells Mom – Giveaway!

May 2nd, 2011

Rightfully so, Mom’s everywhere deserve a break – a day to themselves. Thankfully, that day is this Sunday… we all hope that you honor your mother and father every chance you get, but Mother’s Day is the best time to do that extra something special for the woman who raised us.

We want to help! We’re going to give away 3 cakes this Thursday, each with a Mother’s Day occasion and ship them either to our winning readers to bring to their mom, or directly to their Moms wherever they may be in the continental US. AND – we’ll include a poem in the greeting card – the POEM YOU WRITE!! Here’s how to enter:

a) Write a quick little poem about your Mother – you must use the letters M – O – M to start each line. I’ll give you an example below. It can be funny, endearing – whatever you prefer. Post your mini-poem here in our comment section

b) Make sure you’re following us on Facebook, so you don’t miss the winning announcement!

c) We’ll post a follow up here as well on Thursday AM.

d) Please be available Thursday during the day to provide shipping information via email

e) Deadline to enter is Wednesday evening, 5/4/11 by 11:59pm

f) We’ll pick 3 winners from all of the entries using a random number generator. the more poems you write, the more you’re entered! Your comment numbers are your entry numbers for the raffle.

g) Winners will be allowed to choose their cake flavor!

Here’s a little poem I wrote about my wonderful ( and very Italian) mother:

M is for the many times she’s had to dry my tears
O is for the other times she’s hugged away my fears
Mom, I’ll always love you, throughout the many years

HAVE FUN WRITING!!

Mother’s Day Giveaway with the Bragging Mommy

April 26th, 2011

Don’t miss out on your chance to win a Mother’s Day cake from Bake Me A Wish and the Bragging Mommy; they’ve reviewed our Black and White Mousse – one of our most recent additions and quickly becoming a customer favorite!

Go to their site now to read the review, enter the giveaway, plus, there’s a special offer for their readers.

Giveaway ends on May 4th!

Bragging Mommy!

Prince Williams Groom Cake

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

Great Cake Bake – Knoxville, TN

March 24th, 2011

Attention readers in the Knoxville, TN area! We just heard that the Knox county Public Library is holding the 2nd annual Great Cake Bake at the newly renovated Neyland Stadium this Saturday, 3/26 from noon to 5pm! The event will showcase the skills of cake decoraters from all levels – amateur to professional as well as a variety of children activities. Admission is only $5.00 and children under 10 are free.

Sounds like a great way to spend Saturday afternoon and it all goes to a good cause – the Imagination Library. This organization, started by Dolly Parton actually, helps promote literacy at the pre-school level by sending book to children in local communities. You can learn more by clicking their logo below.

We found a great photo of the some of the kind of cakes you’ll see at knoxnews.com from 2010.

Photo Credit: Chad Greene

Photo Credit: Chad Greene

You can find details for the Great Cake Bake over at Knoxville.com. We found this great photo Sarah Jones’ cake that won third place!  WHO WON FIRST?! :)

Imagination Library

A Heartwarming Birthday Tradition

March 7th, 2011

We ran across this article over the weekend that we wanted to share – two Bonnies in Minnesota have been sending the same birthday card to each other for 50 years!  Pretty amazing!  Well, honestly, they were following the instructions in side the card; but rather than be “thrifty”, as card suggests, they ended up re-signing the card, including a personal note and sending the birthday greeting in a fresh envelope.  The result?  50 years of signatures and memories that solidified a wonderful friendship through decades.

Click here to read the full article on the Journal Sentinel.

Honors from Iraq

March 3rd, 2011

As you know, 5% of our online sales are attributed to our partnership with Soldiers Angels to provide gourmet birthday cakes to deployed service members overseas as part of our Operation Birthday Cake program.  To date, we’ve sent thousands of cakes either from retail purchases or direct donations made possible by our shoppers who simply sent a cake to a loved one for their birthday.  Each and every day we receive soldier responses about how we’ve helped boost morale while our military personnel are fighting for our freedoms so far from home.

Today, we received a fine honor from Cpt. Dan over at the 14th Trans. Battalion at the Joint Base Balad, Iraq.  There is no greater feeling than to receive recognition for the good works you are doing; this wonderful command team encourages to keep on sending cakes and keep on letting our service members know they are appreciated and valued by their citizens back at home.

flagfromiraq

Angry Birds Take The Cake!

February 22nd, 2011

Have you played this game? Angry Birds have been infecting smart phones everywhere (and expanded to computers and game consoles alike) and taking up lots of free time. What is it? A puzzle game! Why, you simply fling your Angry Birds with a sling shot and try to take out structures that house bad little (green) pigs. I’ll be honest, I’ve played – it’s addicting!

There are a lot of fans of the game out there and this father knew his son would get a kick out of creating a custom made Angry Birds cake (nice job Mike!). Visit the full article on PCWorld.com that also has a video of the cake working just like in the game!

ANGRY BIRDS CAKE – BEST GIFT EVER

angrybirdscake

The Wide (Weird) World of Cakes

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!

pizzacake

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…