Posts Tagged ‘cake’

A Call to Action: Support the Cake Girls!

Monday, April 26th, 2010

We just recently learned about the fire that destroyed the Cake Girls cake shop in downtown Chicago.

Brenda Maher was about to drive to work at Cakegirls early this morning when her sister Mary called sobbing. The upscale Lake View bakery that the pair launched from scratch in 2003 was engulfed in flames.

“I just couldn’t believe it,” said Maher, who rushed to the store from her home in Portage Park. “When I saw it I felt like I was going to throw up. I just felt nauseous.”

“We put a lot of work into this business,” she had said hours earlier. “Now in a flash it doesn’t exist. This is devastating. This is our livelihood. We built this from nothing.”

The building at 2209 W. Belmont Ave., with Cakegirls on its ground level, was judged a total loss, with firefighters battling the blaze only to keep it from spreading.

By the time the Maher sisters arrived on the scene, they said water was pouring out of the charred structure, carrying blackened debris and cake frosting into the street.

The entrepreneurial ladies, though, aren’t about to let a fire get them down. In order to maintain their employees salaries while waiting rebuild (and lacking the space to build cakes!), they are selling t-shirts. Consider buying one here: http://www.thecakegirls.com/

Cake Thief Makes Amends!

Friday, April 23rd, 2010
Taken from here:
LONDON: A Briton, who was racked with guilt after stealing a cake as a schoolboy 50 years ago, decided to make amends by handing back a packet of the orange-flavoured cake to his stunned former boss.

John Bibby was 15 went he stole a packet of Jaffa Cakes while working at the Linzi Coffee Bar on a holiday camp in Skipsea, East Yorkshire. The incident took place in 1960, Daily Mail reported.

Bibby, now 65, drove nearly 50 miles from his home in York to own up to Les Simpson, who lives near Beverley, East Yorkshire.

“I was working there as a part-time summer job while still at school. I’ve always had a sweet tooth, I was hungry and thought I would have just one Jaffa Cake from a packet. But I ended up eating the whole lot and never told anybody about it.

“You forget so much over the years, yet this just stuck in my mind – I have never done anything like it before or since. I drove to see him and immediately said, `Les, I have something to confess’. I pulled out the pack of Jaffa Cakes and told him the story, the first time I have ever admitted what I did to anybody. It felt like a weight off my shoulders. This time I did not touch the cakes,” Bibby was quoted as saying.

Simpson said that he knew “nothing about it”.

“It’s 50 years ago. He didn’t need to worry about it, I mean what’s a packet of Jaffa Cakes? I don’t even like Jaffa Cakes. From the look on his face I think he thought I was going to tell him off after all these years. We ended up roaring with laughter about it.”

Cake Thrower– A Contest Survey

Friday, April 23rd, 2010

Help us choose who wins this week’s free cake! We were so overwhelmed by the number of great answers this week that the survey contains 20 different choices. Don’t get too tired of reading before you’ve read all the way through.

Click here to take survey

Let us know your thoughts!

This Week’s Temptation Thursday

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010

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Still looking for free cake? Ahh… who isn’t??!!
This week join our bloggers for the regular Temptation Thursday. Read their reviews and find giveaway details here:

www.fivemonkies.com
www.heatherandavery.blogspot.com
www.groschengoblins.com/
www.thriftymaven.com

As always, we will give you an extra shot at winning by fanning us, friending us, or subscribing to our blog! You can almost taste that cake already, can’t you?!

Gross Cakes– Not this Week, unless you have a Star Wars Phobia

Wednesday, April 21st, 2010

Normally, we like to feature gross cakes on Wednesdays. It’s like watching a train wreck– you sort of love it and hate it at the same time. This week, our illustrious VP found something that we have almost the same love/hate relationship with: STAR WARS CAKES AND CAKE WRECKS.

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This Week’s Contest: Cakes in the Face

Tuesday, April 20th, 2010

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One person will get a FREE cake for answering this question: “If you could throw a cake (pie? pshh… cake is more fun!) in anyone’s face; who would it be and why?”

Remember let’s try to keep this a little bit civil. ;)

You can respond by posting here or on our facebook page: www.facebook.com/bakemeawish

This week extra points go to anyone who also subscribes to the blog, fans us on twitter or re-posts our contest on their blog. Simply leave a comment letting us know what you did with your answer!

One Bowl Chocolate Cake Recipe

Friday, April 16th, 2010

We stumbled upon the Eliza Domestica blog yesterday and loved this one bowl chocolate cake recipe. In fact, we loved it so much we almost stopped eating the S’more cake already in front of us… almost. It’s a little hard for to contemplate making a cake when there are heaps of them in front of me… mmmm…. cake!

~ This recipe was adapted with a minor change, from the April 2010 edition of Martha Stewart’s Living magazine. 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, and a little extra for dusting baking pan(s) (I use Ghirardelli cocoa powder)

1 1/2 cups all natural cane sugar

1 1/2 cups all purpose flour

1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda

3/4 teaspoon aluminum-free baking powder

3/4 teaspoon salt

2 large eggs

3/4 cups low-fat buttermilk

3/4 cup warm water

3 tablespoons olive oil

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease baking pan (recipe calls for 2 – 8 inch round pans, but I used a bundt pan the first time I made this cake and a large 8 x 12 cake pan the second time) and lightly dust with cocoa powder.

In a bowl of a mixer, combine all of the dry ingredients:  cocoa powder, flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Mix on a low speed until just combined. Increase speed to a medium-high and add eggs, warm water, vanilla, and buttermilk. Beat until glossy smooth, about 3 minutes.

Pour batter into greased and cocoa dusted baking pan(s) and bake until toothpick comes out clean, about 35 minutes. Let cool in pan for 15 minutes. Turn cake over onto a cooling rack face up and allow to cool completely before frosting.

Cream Cheese Buttermilk Frosting

1 – 6 ounce package of cream cheese, softened

1 stick of butter (approx. 1/2 cup), softened

2 1/2 cups of powdered sugar

2 tablespoons low-fat  buttermilk

Frosting Directions

In a bowl of a mixer, blend butter and cream cheese together until smooth. Turn speed to low and add powdered sugar 1/2 cup at a time. Raise speed to medium high and add buttermilk. Beat until frosting to a fluffy, creamy thickness (about 2 minutes). Frost cooled cake.


Top Cake Maker: A Profile of Amanda Oakleaf

Monday, April 12th, 2010

Amanda Oakleaf is an artist– but our favorite kind of an artist– a cake artist! Can you think of something better than an object that is both beautiful and delicious? Nope, neither can we.

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Starting out making cakes as a part time job, she has since developed the cake line into a widely popular business in Winthrop MA (close to Boston) and will be opening a storefront on April 17th. Why is she so popular? We think it probably has to do with the true artistry of her cakes. That and she makes everything including the fondant from scratch ( a secret marshmallow based recipe!). It comes as no surprise that Miss Oakleaf spent years studying oil painting and fine art, both privately and at acclaimed art institutions such as the Massachusetts College of Art & Design.

As the Boston Herald reported: Oakleaf developed a product that she believes is so different from what is readily available that she has little competition. She sits with each customer to discuss the event and the design of the cake. She can match the invitations, the decor or the theme of the party. The special service isn’t cheap. The cake will cost more than one chosen off the shelf, but it will be unique.

What do you think of these unique cakes? Do you know of other great cake creators out there? Every Monday we will feature someone new so please send along your suggestions!

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