A Pastry Chefs View From Inside A Bakery
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.

Designing a Cake

Posted By: admin on March 6, 2012 in Instructions, ordering - Comments: No Comments »

It’s a new time in the world cake decorating. Gone are the times of just going into a bakery and picking a average cake from a book, designing a cake yourself is now in.  Nowadays people want a unique and special cake that no one has ever seen before. So let me give you some tips on how design a cake.

Have a plan of action for what kind of cake you want. Do your research online before you head to the bakery. Go into the bakery with a few ideas, designs, and colors of what you want your cake to look like.  Swatches and picture are always a good starting point for your cake design. Most bakeries do not like to copy other cakes, it just leads to disapppointment with the customers if it is not exact.  However we can make cakes that resemble others. Realize that we want to do exactly what you. We deal with design and color ideas constantly, we knows what will look good. We will advise you on what we think will look the best.  Of course, if you have your heart set on something else, we will design it to the best of our abilities.

 

Bad Order Taking

Posted By: admin on December 19, 2011 in Common Complaints, Instructions, ordering - Comments: No Comments »

My job could be so much easier if people just learned how to take a order. I do not understand why it is so hard to do. All you have to do is ask the customer what they want and write it down. We have books that quote prices, flavors, sizes, and even decorations. Still our sales girls get orders wrong constantly. Even when they are told to have all orders checked by managers, there are still issues with them.

Let me be perfectly clear to you sales girls, it is not hard to take a order! Here is the method to use- ask what size, cake flavor, icing flavor, colors of flowers, and colors of writing the customer wants. Than refer to the book for your price. It is in there I know I have checked it many times before.

If the customer wants some funky buttercream color, ask them to bring in a swatch. I do not know what color they are thinking of when they say “ya know wine watermelon fuschia”. What color is that? If I look up that color online three thousand different colors will come up. Also, please be able to understand your own writing. How will I ever be able to finish a cake, if I ask you a question and you do not understand what you wrote?

 

Ordering Your Birthday Cake

Posted By: admin on August 30, 2011 in Instructions, ordering - Comments: No Comments »

Ordering Your Birthday CakeWhen you go into a bakery to order a cake remember theses things. Our normal for sale birthday cakes are a set price anything that you would like to add in addition to this is extra. That includes flavored icings, different flowers, drawings, photo scans, or borders/trims. If your cake idea is not the normal for the bakery it will cost more. The more you get angry over our cake prices, the less we are willing to do for you. Niceness and customer loyalty goes a long way with getting what you want. Remember you are coming to us for a product that you can not or do not want to do yourself.

Ordering Your Wedding Cake

Posted By: admin on August 25, 2011 in Instructions, ordering - Comments: No Comments »

Ordering Your Wedding CakeThere are some things that you need when ordering your wedding cake. The exact number of guest you would like to feed. What colors you will be using along with swatches. What flavor of cake you want. What type of design you are looking for. Most cake designers do not like replicating other peoples work so exact matches may be hard to come by. Do not depend on the bakery having tons of pictures for you to look at for this reason. It may also be wise of you to know that extras such as fillings, design, or flowers can be an extra charge. Anything beyond a normal cake  is extra, it cost us more so it will cost you more also.

Customer Designed Cakes

Posted By: admin on August 19, 2011 in Instructions, ordering - Comments: No Comments »

Customer Designed CakesI just love when a customer come into my store and knows exactly what they want. It really is a breath of fresh air except when they want to design their cake in  a way that does not make sense. When a customer tells me that they are a designer or artist I get worried. Just because you understand design and detail it does not mean it will look good on your tiered cake or that we can do exactly how you want it. At the end of the day we are the ones that know what will look best with your ideas. If you choose to go against us and you do not like your cake that is your fault! No money back because you designed your cake in a way we did not agree with.  We are the ones that know how fondant, buttercream, and chocolate take color or how it needs to  be placed on cakes. So the n ext time you question us remember that we are trying to give you the best product we can.

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