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Swirls Whirls Cake
This is our Swirls Whirls cake. It is one of our more popular cakes. This is  a three tiered cake with a different pattern on each tier. We added a bow on top with shooting stars. Generally, we like our bows to match the cake but we did as the customer wanted and put a white bow on with stripes. We let the customer pick out patterns that they like and we offer our assistance along the way. Wit...
Engagement Ring Box Cake
People like to mimic non edible things with cake. Here is an example of a engagement ring box cake. The customer wanted everything made out of fondant, but once we told her the price she changed her mind. We did let the customer know that we never guaranteed exact color or design (they are copyrighted you know) We finished this box and were please with the outcome along with the customer. ...
Fondant Jungle Baby Shower Cake
Here is a fondant jungle baby shower cake that my bakery made. It is very simple and was easy to make. Here is what I did Everything on here is fondant, with the exception of the tree. We wrapped a pretzel rod in chocolate fondant so it would stand up straight and be edible. We are big on everything being edible. I mean who would want to bite into a plastic straw, wooden dow, or metal wire...
Barbie Cake
Oh barbie, how we love thee! Barbie cakes are a huge seller at my bakery. Every little girl wants one. Here is just one of the many designs we make of the barbie cake. We can do any design that the customer thinks of. The only thing that stops their imagination sometimes is the rising price of their detailed designs. Decorating Instrucions The cake consist of  four 8 inch cakes, stacked o...
Baby Bottom Cake
We call this cake our Baby Bottom Cake. This is a cake that I have been getting a lot of orders for lately. I do not know who originally designed it, but I do not like it! This cake is  basically made to look like a baby's bottom with a blanket over it. It would be cute if the rest of the body was with it, but nope it's just the baby's bottom. Directions We first start off with a iced 10 in...
NY Yankees Cake
So baseball is beginning again and I can only imagine how many of theses cakes we will get orders for. Here is a example of a NY Yankees cake that we made over and over again! The cake is entirely fondant with the exception of the writing and baseball laces, which were made with buttercream.
Personal Sized Tiered Cakes
Every bride wants to have something special at her wedding. Some brides opt for small personal sized tiered cakes for each guest rather than one large cake. These cakes are basically made the same as their larger version with the exception of them being tiny. Many personal sized tiered cakes are two tiers. You can have the cake decorated in any fashion you want. Make sure to remember that the mor...
Fake Cakes
Why would you want a fake cake when you can have a real one? I charge the same amount for both real and fake. I know that I have to do one less step when making a fake cake but the labor is just as hard. It does not take me any less time when I am decorating a fake cake compared to a real one. So why would I charge less? In fact it might actually cost me more, due to me having to buy materials an...
Christmas Tree Cake
It's that time of year again where everything is merry and bright. Here is our first Christmas tree cake of the season! Ugly and gaudy I know, but the customers just love them. How it is done This Christmas tree cake was made in a shaped pan. It only comes in pound cake. It is iced in a poured fondant icing, tinted green. We covered the stump of the tree in chocolate buttercream and add but...
Baby Butt Cake
I am not a fan of this baby butt cake. I get the idea that the decorator was going for, but it is still just a baby butt cake with no head. Directions In order to create this cake the decorator used 2 cakes and set it up like a tradition tiered cake. On the top tier the decorator tried to round the cake so it was shaped more like a baby butt. She iced it white to look like a diaper, added some c...
Halloween Cakes
I just love everything about halloween. The best part about it for me, is making halloween cakes. I'm so over candy, I just want cake! This is a holiday where you can let your imagination take you anywhere it wants to go. Ghost, goblins, tombstones, and pumpkins are all perfect things to put on cake. You can make scary cakes or kiddy cakes, anything goes. Below are two examples of halloween cakes...
Hot Dog Cake Anyone
MMMM Hot Dog Cake Anyone! That's right, someone wanted a cake shaped like a hot dog. I think this cake looks pretty good. However the paper plates stuck under I do not feel was such a great idea. I mean I understand why they are there but it ruins the hot dog bun. I would suggest that instead of the plates to make condiments and put them around the cake instead.
Pea Pod Cake
Oh, how it bothers me to see decorations on plain white icing. Just think how nice this pea pod cake could have looked if it had a pretty green airbrushed background?
Flip Flop Cake
Just one shoe, where is the other one?
New York Yankees Cake
Be careful when adding a marbilized fondant ball border to your cakes. On this cake the New York Yankees logo is low and the border could almost obscure it. You can always add your border first than add your decorations.

Swirls Whirls Cake

This is our Swirls Whirls cake. It is one of our more popular cakes. This is  a three tiered cake with a different pattern on each tier. We added a bow on top with shooting stars. Generally ...Read More

Engagement Ring Box Cake

People like to mimic non edible things with cake. Here is an example of a engagement ring box cake. The customer wanted everything made out of fondant, but once we told her the price sh ...Read More

Fondant Jungle Baby Shower Cake

Here is a fondant jungle baby shower cake that my bakery made. It is very simple and was easy to make. Here is what I did Everything on here is fondant, with the exception of the tree. ...Read More

Barbie Cake

Oh barbie, how we love thee! Barbie cakes are a huge seller at my bakery. Every little girl wants one. Here is just one of the many designs we make of the barbie cake. We can do any design ...Read More

Baby’s Birthday Cake Recipies

Posted By: admin on August 31, 2013 in Recipes - Comments: No Comments »

It’s so much fun when  you’re having a baby. You get to buy all these little cute clothes and shoes. A shower is usually thrown in honor of your new little arrival. Than there comes the cake, usually a few. There are one or two for the shower, than once the baby is born, a party cake for the introduction, and then finally the first birthday party. Here I will try to help you figure out what you would like to do as far as a figuring out recipes for a baby’s birthday cake.

Usually, a first birthday cake has a few elements. They usually are vanilla cake, vanilla icing, a cute picture of the baby, and a number one candle somewhere.  I like to add a smash cake for the baby. It is usually a small four or six-inch one layer cake made to resemble the big cake. This way the main cake can be any flavor the host would like to serve. A lot of time people get some form of chocolate cake. Chocolate is usually a flavor babies are told to stay away from until they are two, however some people don’t take that advice.

Recipes for baby birthday cakes I like to use are vanilla based with color added to them. This way, once the cake is cut open the baby sees pretty colors of pinks or blues or whatever color you would like. Theses colors also make for great pictures with colored cake all over your babies face. I also sometime add colored sugar or colored sprinkles to the mix of vanilla cake. There is just something that I like about making a confetti cake as we call them here.  My bakery has always had luck with the flat round sprinkles as opposed to the long one. The long one always seem to melt during baking.

Lots of time my baby cake recipes call for fondant icing. Some parents do not want their children to get all messy with colored buttercream, so this is a great option for them. There is a lot of misconceptions about fondant. Most people feel that it does not taste good, that’s because they are not a little kid anymore. Kids just love the fondant we make. Yes, we do make our own fondant! We use a base of marshmallows and sugar. It is sweeter than others but come on, who doesn’t love marshmallow?  Our customers love it especially with chocolate cake and maybe some graham cracker filling. Smores anyone?

It is pretty easy to come up with recipes for baby birthday cakes assuming that you  would just like a basic flavor. I mean you could go all out, but would your baby really enjoy it or even remember it? Chances are no to both. Babies enjoy trying new things, as long as it is not too much for their young palettes to deal with. We do not want you to get a flavor where your babies would not want to eat the cake. Or would you?

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Recipe for chocolate cake

Posted By: admin on August 28, 2013 in Recipes - Comments: No Comments »

chocolate cupcakeSuppose you are asked to bring a special cake to a get together, you think what should I make? Then you think about all those great recipes for chocolate cake you have.  Should you bring one of those,  or try to find something new.  Here, let’s tak about the best recipes for chocolate cake. There are numerous ways to add flavor to cake batter, even if you’re using a boxed mix.  A boxed mix is a preferred method of baking for most of America.  However many of these people add flavor to their batter making it their own.  My preferred recipe for chocolate cake includes a box mix too, at least when I’m baking from home. It is just easier and quicker to use a box. I add multiple ingredients to my mix. Usually I start out by switching the oil for butter, I think it has an overall better taste. You would just use the same exact measurements:  1/2 cup oil for a 1/2 cup melted butter. It is always important when switching out ingredients to keep them in the same form as originally called for, so if it’s a liquid,  keep it a liquid. I generally never add more liquids to my chocolate cake recipes than is called for. Cake batter can be become too moist or dense with too much liquids.  In my recipes I like to add solids like chopped up popcorn, chocolate chips, peanut butter, and even sometimes fruit.  I may suggest when adding fruit to be careful of what kind of fruit you are adding. Pineapples, peaches, and blueberries can add too much moisture during the baking process, in turn making your cake not rise properly. On the other side of things, you can leave your chocolate cake recipe alone, bake it like the directions say and add flavor to the fillings or buttercreams. You may have also noticed the wave of flavored cupcakes out there, which have carried over to cake flavors. These cakes are made by just taking a basic chocolate cake recipe and adding a filling. Fillings basically can be anything you want but may I suggest to keep it in a semi solid state, something like pudding or a mousse. You would be amazed at the possible flavors you can come up with by just starting out with a vanilla base and adding flavoring out of a bottle or some lemon or lime peel. Liquors are also a good additive. Some people cook them to take the alcohol out of it, I just brush on the flavoring right out of the bottle onto my cake. Finally, we come to the best part – the topping of our cakes. The buttercream, mousse, or whipped cream can all be enhanced to create a special flavor. I like mixing buttercream and mousse together, it gives me the best of both. It has the lightness of mousse but the stability of buttercream. Customers at my bakery really enjoy this combination, we call it fluffed buttercream. The topping just adds another layer of flavor to your cake. So no matter what recipes for chocolate cake you have, you can always make it new and different. Enjoy!

Rounded Cakes

Posted By: admin on March 21, 2013 in Instructions - Comments: No Comments »

Rounded cakes always drove me nuts. They never seemed to be perfectly round like I wanted, like a ball. It was so annoying trying to figure it out! I always wondered why they never made a cake pan in this size? Not the small size Wilton makes, I was looking for a large ball. I finally figured out what I could do. Just use a rounded bottom mixing bowl!

I prefer a heavier steel ball. I pour the batter in just like I would a cake pan and bake. I will do this twice if I want a completely round ball or just once for  a half ball.

After, I let my cake cool I trim off the top or bottom (depending how you look at it) to make a flat surface. Once I do this I crumb coat each flat surface and dowel one side of the ball.  I do this so the ball does not come apart. Then I crumb coat the whole cake. I have had really good success using a crusting buttercream. This way if your ball is a little uneven you can just add my buttercream there and round it up a bit. From here, I would cover with fondant or more buttercream.

This technique works well for making any type of sports ball, hats, or helmets.

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Baby Blocks Cake

Posted By: admin on March 17, 2013 in Common Complaints, Instructions - Comments: No Comments »

Baby blocks cake

Baby blocks cake

Oh, I just love doing baby cakes. This baby blocks cake is extremely popular at the bakery. It is  probably because it is fairly simple to make and the blocks can go on top or around any size cake. Below is a half sheet cake. I added five baby blocks the the top. The blocks  are made out of pound cake and then covered in poured fondant. I outlined each block in colored icing and piped a letter on each one. You can use these blocks in a variety of ways, a b c’s, 1 2 3′s, names, dates,  and times etc… It does not have to be just for a baby shower. Also, those blocks are a nice size serving of cake, so your special one can have something special of their very own.

Owners Who Do Not Care

Posted By: admin on March 10, 2013 in Common Complaints - Comments: No Comments »

I seem to work for owners who do not care about their bakery anymore. Every bakery has their ups and down, but where I work it seems to have more downs. My bakery is more than 100 years old. It is ran by the second generation owners. The owners are almost 80. They do not want to revamp the business even though it is losing money.  All they do is complaint on how they are not making money, that all their problems are employee relates and that it is a product of a bad economy. Well they are wrong! The main problem is them.

They come in to the bakery everyday and just complain about anything and everything! They believe it is everyone else’s fault that the business is doing poorly not theirs!

All the employees have at one time or another tried to help the situation out by giving them ideas about new products or what other places are selling. It all falls or deaf ears. Unless we are part of the family by blood, our ideas do not make it out to the store.  Countless time we have voiced our displeasure to tried and remedy the situation but with no luck.  It just seems like they do not care.

Running Out Of Supplies

Posted By: admin on March 3, 2013 in Common Complaints - Comments: No Comments »

Supplies are necessary to keep a business on track and open. When a business makes a habit of running out of supplies it is usually not a good sign.  The business may not have the money to keep supplies on hand or they may just have a bad manager who does not know how to order the proper amount of supplies.

My business runs out of supplies constantly. In one aspect it is a good thing, it shows that we have a good enough business where everything sells out. On the other hand, it shows that we don’t care enough not to run out. The usual excuse I get when I tell the boss that we ran out of cake boards is that “They cost  a lot of money to buy or that we used more than we normally do”  Both answers are not a good reason, it takes money to make money. If you don’t buy it, we can’t sell  it.  We do a steady amount of business, during our busy times, like holidays and graduations the boss should know to order more stuff. If he does not, that is his fault that we ran out.

What does he expect me to tell a customer when I do not have a box to put their cake in? Or when we give them to big of a cake board? Even when we up their cake size because we ran out of the size they wanted? The truth, that we ran out is not a good excuse to the customer.

Selling the Bakery

Posted By: admin on February 21, 2013 in Common Complaints - Comments: No Comments »

Deciding to sell a business is a hard decision to make. It is not just something to decide over night. Most owners think about selling it for months, maybe even years. So why when I asked you if we were gonna close did you not tell me? Why when I told you I saw the listing online did you act like you did not know? Do you think I’m stupid? I know that you are selling the bakery!

You decided that selling the bakery was the right decision for you. I should have been told. I’m a good employee that will stick it out to the end, maybe. I should not have found out one day by having potential buyers walking around! That was just a slap in the face for my years of service to you. Do you not realize that you are going to be putting me out of a job? It would be nice to know that I will be needing to look for a job in a few months.

It’s also nice to be updated on what’s going on.  People come and they go and they come again. Are they buyers? When do you think would be a good time to tell me that the place is sold, when I come into work and the doors are locked one morning? Let me know things in advance so I can plan too. Do I not at least deserve that?

When Owners Fight in the Bakery

Posted By: admin on February 14, 2013 in Common Complaints - Comments: No Comments »

When owners fight in the bakery it is just bad news. I work for a family business. The parents own the business and all the children work there. They drive everyone nuts when they fight. They talk about each other behind their back to the employees. When one sibling gets mad at the other, they pick on employees.

I should not have to deal with this, I am a employees of the business not a family member. Family fights should be had at home not in the work place. If they disagree with each other over something, why do I have to know about it? You guys are making my job harder than it should be.

Eight people should not all be my direct manager, I should have one. I think you guys need to figure out a way to get along when you are working together. When I have a question and I ask one manager, you should answer me. The other managers there should just accept their decision the manager made. Please do not tell me to ignore it just because you do not agree wit it. It puts me in the middle and leads me to be confused on what to do. Set up a system of order, rank your managers in number order of who I should listen to over others and don’t put me in the middle anymore.

Calling Out Sick

Posted By: admin on February 7, 2013 in Common Complaints, Instructions - Comments: No Comments »

Everyone gets sick at some point and time. Most of us suck it up and go to work anyway. However, there are times that we are just to sick to go in so we call out. Now I have worked at many different places and every business has different call out policies. Some places I just needed to leave a message with someone who will in turn relay it to a manager. Other places I can leave a call out message on a machine, while others I need to speak directly to a manager.

The place I currently work at I have to place several different calls or text messages and hope someone eventually gets back to me. When I first started I was told to call one person and let them know. I did that, but they sometimes would not answer their phone or texts. So I was stuck calling my work or other co workers to let my management know.

There needs to be something done about this. I need to know that my messages are going through to the management. They should let me know what I need to do in reference to calling out. Whatever it is, they should decide to do it and stick with it, because calling a bunch of people when your sick is no fun.

Owners and Bosses of the Bakery

Posted By: admin on February 1, 2013 in Common Complaints - Comments: No Comments »

So what really is the difference between owners and bosses of the bakery? Not much in our case. I work at a family business. It is not my family. The business has six family members who work there, only two are owners. The people who own the business are the parents. Three of the family members are children and there is one in law working there. Every person with the bakery’s last name assumes they are the leader, even the ones who do not work there.

One “owner” will tell us to do something one way and than the other “owner” will say that we are doing it wrong. When we have a problem however, there are never any “owners” who are willing to deal with our issues. It gets to be a bit frustrating when there is no leadership and when there is leadership its everyone over ruling each other. This is no way to run a business successfully!

There needs to be structure in a small business. We as employees, need to know that when a problem arises that it will be handled. We need to know who our managers are  and who trumps who. Most businesses run with a tiered management structure and that is what my business needs.

Crusting Buttercream recipe

Posted By: admin on January 30, 2013 in Instructions, Recipes - Comments: No Comments »

crusting buttercream recipeThis is a variation of my crusting buttercream recipe that I use. It is a variation because it changed due to the weather conditions. In the summer i make it a little stiffer and in the winter a little thinner. The only difference I see with it, is that it take a little longer to crust in the winter time. However, it is one of the quicker crusting recipes that I have used over the years.

 

7 1/2 cup shortening

7 1/2 cup 10x sugar

4-6 oz of coffee creamer (1:1 ratio creamer to boiling water)

Flavoring to taste

This recipe makes enough icing to ice a few cakes fully. I prefer my icing to be a bit on the thinner side so I add most of the liquid to it. I would suggest adding less at first and then making it a consistency you like. I whip my icing for about ten minutes on a high-speed. I try to make  sure that my paddle is completely covered by the buttercream. This way, I prevent air from being introduced to the mixture. Remember the smoother it is in the bowl, the smoother your finished product will be!

 

Swirls Whirls Cake

Posted By: admin on May 21, 2012 in Cake Critiques, Instructions - Comments: No Comments »

This is our Swirls Whirls cake. It is one of our more popular cakes. This is  a three tiered cake with a different pattern on each tier. We added a bow on top with shooting stars. Generally, we like our bows to match the cake but we did as the customer wanted and put a white bow on with stripes.

We let the customer pick out patterns that they like and we offer our assistance along the way. With things such as, pattern choices and color palettes that go well together. I think that this cake turned out quite nice.

The color choices that the customer made worked well this time. Some customers come in with crazy ideas of what colors work well with each other. We always tell them our opinion with color, but sometimes they just do not listen. I personally think that this cake would have look better with a solid color bow on top, but I can’t make the final decision on it. I was just happy that the customer left our bakery happy with the cake!

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Engagement Ring Box Cake

Posted By: admin on May 16, 2012 in Cake Critiques - Comments: No Comments »

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People like to mimic non edible things with cake. Here is an example of a engagement ring box cake. The customer wanted everything made out of fondant, but once we told her the price she changed her mind. We did let the customer know that we never guaranteed exact color or design (they are copyrighted you know) We finished this box and were please with the outcome along with the customer.

This cake was made out of colored buttercream, airbrush color, and fondant accents. The design on the ring box is not identical to the actual box but it was close.

Fondant Jungle Baby Shower Cake

Posted By: admin on May 11, 2012 in Cake Critiques, Decorating, Instructions - Comments: No Comments »

Here is a fondant jungle baby shower cake that my bakery made. It is very simple and was easy to make.

Here is what I did

Everything on here is fondant, with the exception of the tree. We wrapped a pretzel rod in chocolate fondant so it would stand up straight and be edible. We are big on everything being edible. I mean who would want to bite into a plastic straw, wooden dow, or metal wires holding their cake together.

It really amazes me on some of the ideas that our customers come up with.  They even draw out cake so we get their idea more clearly. This is one of those cakes. We would have preferred to do some of the decorations in buttercream, just our preference, but the customer wanted all fondant. She’s the boss and she loved her jungle baby shower cake.

Fondant Jungle Baby Shower Cake

Topsy Turvy Directions

Posted By: admin on May 2, 2012 in Instructions - Comments: No Comments »

Topsy Turvy cakes are fairly easy  to make. They look hard to make and people are very impressed by them. First, you will need to bake a few cakes and then level them straight. I prefer to use a few 9 inch round cakes and a level.  Next you will want to ice in between the layers and  stack your cakes accordingly. Now make sure to level your cake flat, you will want your trimmed cake to resemble a box~straight up and down sides and a flat top. Once this is done, cut at angle from one top corner of your cake about 2/3 the way down to the other side of the cake. Remove the top piece that you just cut and coat the bottom half of your cake with icing. Now flip the top piece of your cake around, so both of the high pieces of the cake lay on top of each other. Make sure that the top and bottom pieces lay flat together and have straight up and down sides. Cover entire cake with  icing and enjoy your topsy turvy cake. Remember your cake does not have to be perfect, it just has to taste good!

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