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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Boutique Chic: Aristo Cakes

These adorable silicone cupcake holders will turn any party into a royal event! Just add these bright, crown shaped cupcake bakers to create that special touch. Each package contains four jewel-toned crowns which are made from food-grade silicone and are royally reusable! Add these to a special gift packaged cupcake for an extra special royal touch. 
$13.99tx for a set of 4 or $3.50 each.




Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Wedding Wednesday: Rustic Wedding Cake

This past weekend The Cake Boutique created a beautiful rustic wedding cake. The cake was a crowd pleasing flavor and the couple also ordered fall flavored cupcakes including pumpkin, salted caramel, and caramel apple. With all these choices it left all the guests satisfied, not to mention looked absolutely stunning on the rustic cake stands!


Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Tip Tuesday: How To: Make Cake Pops

Cake pops are a delicious treat, however, they are a process to make! Take a look at this step-by-step process….
Ingredients:

  • Your favorite cake mix ingredients
  • Your favorite icing ingredients
  • Melting Chocolate
  • Sprinkles or other decorations

Supplies:

  • Cake Pop or Lollipop sticks
  • Styrofoam 
  • Small plastic bags to wrap(optional)
  • Ribbon to tie the bag closed(optional)


Directions:
1. Bake your favorite cake according to the recipe. (1- 10" cake will yield about 100 cake pops)
2. Allow cake to cool.
3. Crumble cake into a large bowl.
4. Make your favorite icing recipe.
5. Mix icing into the cake crumbs in small increments until mixture is tacky and will form balls when rolled into your hands(resembles play dough).
6. Roll mixture into small balls.
7. Pop balls into freezer to harden.
8. Melt chocolate according to directions.
9. Dip sticks in the chocolate then into cake ball.
10. Once chocolate has set, dip cake pop into the chocolate and hold over bowl to allow excess to drip off.
11. Then sprinkle the decorations and place into Styrofoam to completely dry.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Boutique Chic: TeaCupcakes

I just LOVE these TeaCupcakes! For a little girls tea party, to a gathering of girlfriends, to a book club meeting, these silicone teacup cupcake molds are perfect! You can bake and serve your cupcakes right in the mold to delight your tea party guests! Each set includes four reusable, food-safe silicone baking cups complete with saucers for the most elegant presentation. Available at The Cake Boutique!





Wedding Wednesday: Cake Estimates

When planning a wedding keeping budgets can be tough, especially when you have grand ideas.  When first planning, get a rough ballpark price from some local bakeries of the designs you are considering. For most bakeries to give you an estimate you will need to include the date, number of servings(whether you plan to save your top tier), and the overall design. Some bakeries also have price differences for flavors. Once you have gathered rough ballpark prices it will help you in making decisions in budgeting. Perhaps you will want to scale down your cake design, or perhaps you will decide to cut back else where to get your dream wedding cake, or perhaps the cake of your dreams will be in your budget! The best part of getting a rough ballpark price is you won't have sticker shock during your consultation.


Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Tip Tuesday: Pumpkin Spice

It is that time of year when pumpkin spice EVERYTHING is out.  You might be surprised to know that pumpkin spice doesn't actually have any pumpkin in it. Pumpkin spice is actually a mix of spices designed to portray a pumpkin pie spice flavor. Typically pumpkin spice is a blend of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and allspice. In combination with pumpkin, these spices can make a killer pie or bread. But don't be fooled next time you order that pumpkin spice latte ….there is no pumpkin in pumpkin spice!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Wedding Wednesday: Dessert Buffets

 Are you looking for a delicious dessert table that will leave your guest drooling? Check out these photos from a recent wedding we did. This table included lots of individually wrapped desserts, as well as, custom take out containers for the guest to take a few goodies at the end of the night. This is a great way to please all your guests with a variety of options. 

Icing shooter displayed beautifully on a silver platter. 

Brownies cut into bite size pieces 


Adorable cake pops decorated with a cute pink bow

Pecan bars cut into bite size pieces
are perfect for the nut lover.

How can you not love these mini individual pies?!

With this tower of cupcakes there
is a flavor for everyone!

Macaroon, Macaroon- yum! 

All together this dessert table is both stunning and delicious! 












Tip Tuesday: Baking Terms Vol. 2

Did you learn some new baking terms from last tuesday's blog?! If you didn't here is a few more that may be new to you or just a refresh of some common baking terms you may find in recipes.

1. Knead- This term is often referenced in making breads. Typically kneading is done by hand on a hard surface. Folding the dough over, pressing down, turning and repeating the process.

2. Lukewarm- So we all have our own definition of what lukewarm means to us, however, in terms of baking, lukewarm is slightly warm, around 105 degrees fahrenheit.

3. Proof- This term is also a common term in making bread. To proof is allowing bread dough to rise.

4. Rolling boil- Boiling water with fast, large bubbles.

5. Scald- To heat near boiling.

6. Score- Slit or cut lines into something.

7. Softened- bringing a solid (typically high fat content substance) has been brought to room temperature to make it more pliable and workable.

8. Soft Peaks- When egg whites or cream that has been whipped to a consistency at which a peak will bend or slump over to one side. To test, pull the whisk or beater straight up and out of the foam.

9. Stiff Peaks- This is when the egg whites or cream that has been whipped to the point which the peak will stand completely erect.

10. Whip- Stirring briskly with a whisk to incorporate air.

11. Whisk- A kitchen tool made of wire loops that adds air as it mixes substances.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Cake Reviews

Have you received a gorgeous and delicious cake from your local bakery that you just loved?! The best advertising for businesses, especially local and small business, is word of mouth. Writing an
internet review is a great way to help promote your favorite local business. Sadly, it is the angry customers that will take to the internet in an emotional response that usually write a review. So the one un-happy customer out of hundreds happy ones are the ones that put negativity out there. So remember to promote your favorite businesses by taking a few minutes of your time to write a review!


Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Wedding Wednesday: An Extra Special Wedding Cake

A message from The Cake Boutique owner, Alexandra Benas:

This past weekend was one of the busiest (and craziest) in The Cake Boutique's history. I had the honor of making, not only my brother's wedding cake, but all the desserts for such a wonderful event. When my brother and his fiancee Pauli asked me to make their wedding cake a year and a half ago my first response was NO way! But after some talking (and a little begging) I finally gave in. I must admit I couldn't be happier. Not only did I make one of the most beautiful cakes of my career, but the fact that it was for my brother made it that much better! Im so excited to finally share it with everyone! Congratulations Constantine and Pauli!!!!




Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Tip Tuesday: Baking Terms Vol. 1

Most people can follow instructions or directions and a recipe is just the same, however, recipes are riddled with baking terms that may throw the novice baker through a loop. I have listed some common terms you may find in a recipe along with the definition. Knowing these basics, and learning to follow a baking recipe exactly(remember it is a science!) will help you in creating a delicious dessert.

1. Bake: seems simple, but do you know what it really means? To bake is to cook with dry, radiant heat in an oven.

2. Batter: A mixture of ingredients, commonly flour, eggs, dairy or other ingredients that is a liquid(able to pour).

3. Beat: Beating is the process of stirring together very rapidly in order to incorporate air. Could be achieved using a spoon, whisk, electric mixer, or a food processor.

4. Blend: Similar to beat, blend is to stir ingredients together until mixed well.

5. Caramelize- Let me start with yummmm! Caramelize is to heat a sugar substance until it begins to turn brown.

6. Combine- Stir ingredients together JUST until mixed.

7. Cream- Typically creaming is the process of beating sugar and butter together until a light, cream texture is achieved. This method adds air to the batter and helps the leavening process. (Sometimes eggs are also added in the creaming process)

8. Cut In- I sure many of you are familiar with this term when painting, however, in baking cut in refers to incorporating butter(or another solid fat) into flour just until is creates small granular pieces resembling sand. This is achieved with a method of using two knives, fork or pastry cutter in a cross cutting motion.

9. Drizzle- We drizzle all sorts of toppings on our cupcakes here at The Cake Boutique. This term refers to pouring a thin stream of liquid on top of something.

10. Dust- Is when you coat the surface with a light sprinkling of a dry substance.

11. Fold- This is a delicate process of combining two substances in an effort to not deflate the texture. To fold, use a spatula, fold the bottom of the bowl up over the top- turn the bowl and repeat the process.

12. Glaze- Coat with a thicker, sugar based sauce.

13. Grease- To coat the inside of a baking pan with oil, butter, or lard to prevent sticking.

Stay tuned for next tuesday and the second half of our terms!

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Boutique Chic: Fortune Cakes


Fortune Cakes is one of the most unique and fun products we carry here at The Cake Boutique! Fortune Cakes are a cupcake with a surprise inside! There is a special message printed on the bottom under the deliciousness! Each box comes with 12 different messages -so if you don't like your fortune- it is still your luck day…just have another cupcake! Fortune cakes are printed with nontoxic silicone ink and are packaged in a clever recyclable clear box. Looking for a fun twist to a friend or family get together- you must stop in and get your Fortune Cakes for your next event. Price $10.99+tx





Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Wedding Wednesday: Wedding Cake Details

When it comes to wedding cakes- the littlest details are what takes a beautiful cake from beautiful to stunning. This past week The Cake Boutique created a gorgeous wedding cake- but it was actually the back that was my favorite part. Up the back of the cake we created tiny buttons- they are a small detail, and yet I think they pulled the whole cake together.