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.

Personal Sized Tiered Cakes

Posted By: admin on February 13, 2012 in Cake Critiques, Trends - Comments: 3 Comments »

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 more detailed the cake, the higher the price is going to be. Generally a large tiered cakes for 100 people will cost less than 100 personal sized tiered cakes. Below are are a few examples of personal sized tiered cakes.Personal-Sized-Tiered-Cakes

Creating New Product for the Bakery

Posted By: admin on December 12, 2011 in Trends - Comments: No Comments »

Creating new products for the bakery must always be on the minds of owners and their managers. It is a very important part of making your business successful. In my view new products should be created all the time. New product signs are attractive to all customers. Everyone always wants to see what is new out on the market shelves.

It might be wise to create a product and let your employees try it out first. This is an easy way to get an unbiased reviews of your product. If your employees hate it, their gonna let you know. If they love it, they will let you know but also push to sell it quicker.

I recommend rolling out new product during your busy times such as weekends. This way all your customers will see you have a new product and it will be shown to a large audience at one time. You will be able to see how your customers react to the product. Are they asking about it? Did they try it? Did you sell out or do you have a lot left over? Busy times may help you realize if you have a new winning product or if it is a dud.

 

Baby Shower Surprise

Posted By: admin on May 13, 2011 in Trends - Comments: No Comments »

It is such a huge surprise finding out if your having a boy or girl. Did you ever think why not share that surprise with all your friends and family at the same time? You now can! Have your doctor write on a piece of paper what your having  and take it to a local bakery. There they can either dye the cake to the color of child your having or fill it with colored icing! This way when you cut into the cake everyone will find out at the same time whether your having a boy or a girl or in some cases both! We call this the Baby surprise cake!

Non Traditional Cakes

Posted By: admin on November 12, 2010 in Trends - Comments: No Comments »

WhimiscalNon traditional  cakes are the new trend! Most brides realize that they probably will only have one multi tiered cake ever, so why have it traditional? They have the cake personalized to their style, what ever that may be~ multi colored, topsy turvy, bottoms up. What ever you like is what you should get. Remember it is your day!

Cake Contracts

Posted By: admin on April 10, 2010 in Trends - Comments: No Comments »

When owning a bakery, cake contracts are very important. They set the ground rules for what you are and are not supplying. I recently went to a seminar about cake contracts. In this seminar the speaker stressed the importance of them. She basically said that every business has them and so you should too. She makes a very valid point. When you are planning a wedding, everything you book requires a contract to be signed, so why not a cake contract? If the contract is written correctly it will protect you from any lawsuits from a cake gone wrong (we all have had this happen before). I might have a professional write one up for me, just so I can be on the safe side. I keep coming across http://mydefence.ca/ in my searches about business contracts, so I think I’m gonna contact them. This way my business can be protected from those crazy bridezillas!

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