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Powered up Pac-Man cake!

July 12th, 2011

You’ve seen several posts from us about video game cakes and there is a good reason for that – I grew up as part of the Nintendo generation… even before that, I’d relish the days when my parents would bring me to an arcade or pizza parlor that had good old arcade cabinets. Oh how many quarters squandered! Like most video game aficionados, I got my start with a little known game called Pac-Man.

To my surprise, we found this delicious looking cake over at GamePro.com – a detailed version of the original stand up pack-man game. We’re pretty amazed at what this baker did – thanks for sharing GamePro!  Check out the link for a few more video game cakes!

 

Great Pac Man Cake

Yours Truly – Joe

Don’t miss out! Triple Chocolate Enrobed Brownie Giveaway

June 20th, 2011

Hi Everyone! Just a quick note to make sure you didn’t miss the Shop With Me Mama – Happy Father’s day giveaway! You can still enter the giveaway through tomorrow at 10pm ET and win one of our delicious Triple Chocolate Enrobed Brownie cakes! Hurry on over to read the review and how to enter – just click the banner below!!

-Joe

Confessions of an Ice Cream Twirler

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

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.