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Cake Is Back on the Menu for Gluten Allergy Sufferers

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When you’re living with a gluten allergy, it’s easy to believe you can’t have your favorite foods anymore.

With the increased popularity of gluten allergies and Celiac disease, more and more options are becoming available to buy gluten-free food. There’s next to nothing that can’t be made gluten-free these days.

A gluten allergy shouldn’t – and won’t – keep you from enjoying all your favorite foods, especially cake.

What is Gluten?

According to The Celiac Foundation, gluten is the general name for the protein found in most grains. Examples of some of the common sources of gluten are wheat, durum, semolina, spelt, rye, and barley.

Someone with Celiac disease or a gluten allergy can’t eat anything containing these products or depending on how severe the allergy, products that have been cross-contaminated. This list can include oats, pasta, bread, cereal, and soup, but it’s always advised to read the label of any processed food to see if there are hidden gluten ingredients.

Because of how sensitive many people with a gluten allergy are to the protein, it’s easy to think that there are no alternatives and that many favorite foods are off the table.

Gluten-Free Flours

There are many flour alternatives out there. Using alternative flours means that favorite foods are not off the menu anymore!

  • Almond flour. Almond flour is full of Vitamin E, heart-healthy fats, and is particularly high in protein due to its nutty nature. It’s perfect for a denser baked treat such as brownies or blondies and can also be used in savory recipes to replace breadcrumbs.
  • Rice flour. Rice flour is available in both white and brown varieties, each with their own health properties. It’s made from very finely milled rice and is used as a substitute for more traditional baking, such as bread. It can also be used to create rice noodles.
  • Amaranth flour. This seed is over 8,000 years old! It was super popular among ancient civilizations, such as the Mayans and Aztecs, and is known affectionately as the Food of the Gods. Because of its nuttier flavor, it’s best for cookies, especially if you mix it with oil or applesauce to give it a bit of moisture.
  • Potato flour. Made from dehydrated and ground potatoes, this flour has a much earthier flavor than any of the other alternatives. It’s perfect for savory baking, such as bread and waffles, and for adding thickness to soups and sauces.
  • Buckwheat flour. Buckwheat is another ancient grain, commonly referred to as groats. The flour can be bought as is or it can be made at with a high-speed It’s very high in fiber and protein and gives a nutty flavor. Use buckwheat flour in muffin and bread recipes.

Best flour for cake

With so many different flour alternatives, it can be hard to know which one is best for those fluffy cakes. The breakdown above gives you a good idea of what you can use.

For a simple substitution of flours, your local supermarket might actually have a gluten-free flour option. This is usually a blend of different flour alternatives and can be used as an all around substitute for any type of baking.

Different single origin gluten-free flours, as seen above, can impact the texture of a cake or other baked good, and many gluten-free bloggers recommend creating a flour mixture yourself. The most recommended homemade blend contains both white and brown rice flours, arrowroot powder, and potato starch. Experiment to see what works best for your personal baking.

All those extras

The great thing about gluten-free cake is that it’s only the cake that needs to be adjusted gluten free. The rest of the ingredients are usually naturally sans gluten – rejoice!

That means all the buttercream frosting, fondant icing, and marzipan – all gluten free – so you can keep making extravagant, beautiful, professional looking cakes.

Plus, gluten-free cakes can be decorated with all the fruit, jelly, cream cheese, and chocolate as needed.

We Take The gluten-free cake

Of course, if you don’t have time to make your own gluten-free desserts, We Take The Cake offers the best of the best in gluten-free cakes. We truly believe that our cakes should be enjoyed by everyone. We have many gluten-free options to choose from. Contact us to find out more about our delicious, handmade cakes.

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How Do They Do That? Cool Icing Techniques for Cupcakes

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Four easy ways to frost the perfect cupcake.

It should come as no surprise that our team at We Take The Cake loves making cupcakes. We enjoy every step of the process; from deciding on the mix of flavors, choosing the decorations, frosting them, and – of course – tasting them! Over our 20+ years in business, we’ve received dozens of questions on cupcake making, particularly the different ways to frost cupcakes. For our DIYers out there, we’ve put together a few tips to help you on your way to the frosting that perfect cupcake.

A perfectly frosted cupcake requires the right equipment

There are many different tools out there for frosting cupcakes. You’ll need pastry bags with different sized tips, which is ultimately the most important tool you’ll choose, as it has the greatest effect on how your frosting comes out.

The rose tip is ideal for, you guessed it, the rosette frosting technique. The ruffle tip is preferred for ribbons, bows, and ruffles while the plain tip is best for outlining details or dots.

Your basic pastry bag options will be: disposable, canvas, polyurethane, and plastic coated. Disposable pastry bags may split if you’re using thick icing and canvas can sometimes be difficult to grip, so if you plan on making cupcakes often, you might want to consider trying them all out to see which you like best.

The rosette technique

The rosette technique is what you would expect it to be – decorating the top of your cupcake with a nice shaped rose made of frosting. To do this, apply slight pressure to your pastry bag and make a soft dollop in the center. Continuing to apply pressure, gradually move the tip out from the center and circle around the center dollop.

Pipe one layer, or circle, around the dollop at the time, all the while making sure the tip remains at a 90-degree angle and that your layers are not going on top of one another. Think of writing a cursive O shape with each layer. Once you run out of space on the top of your cupcake, you’re done!

Cupcake frosting filling

This one is a fan favorite and not as difficult as you might think. Insert the tip through the top of the cupcake about one-inch deep. Insert one or two tablespoons of filling into the cupcake, no more than a few pumps of pressure. Unlike the Rosette technique, you’ll start frosting the top of the cupcake from the outer edge and pipe continuous circles until you’ve covered both the hole and the top of the cupcake.

Fluffy cupcake frosting

The fluffy cupcake look is the most commonly seen. You can do-it-yourself by starting at the center of the cupcake and applying pressure to the pastry bag. Be sure the tip is held straight down. As you move, apply more pressure and gradually raise the tip ever so slightly.

Allow the frosting to spill out and fill in with the applied pressure without moving the tip. When you’re done, release pressure and lift the tip straight up.

Ruffle frosting

You may want to verify that the piping tips you have worked well to accomplish the ruffle technique. Usually, the package will specify “ruffle” on it. Add buttercream to your pastry bag with the proper tip and start from the outer edges around the cupcake, working towards the center. The quicker you can pipe around the cupcake, the more textured your ruffles will become.

For more ruffles, make squiggle marks slightly from side to side as you pipe. A few layers of buttercream are ideal. Too many layers might cause the frosting to be unstable and hard to package.

If you’re anti-DIY…

We Take The Cake has all the frosting tricks perfected and covered to take care of everything for you. If cupcake frosting is not for you, or if you’re looking to outsource the task to save time, let us help you sweeten your next holiday, event, or gift.

To us, cake and cupcakes aren’t just desserts. They’re a symbol of celebration, happiness, friends, and family. Contact us today to learn more.

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How to Find the Perfect Wedding Cake

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Our tips for choosing your wedding cake.

As is the case with many aspects of the wedding planning process, deciding on your perfect wedding cake is more of a decision-making process than you might think. Have you done any research on wedding cakes yet? The more educated you are, the better (and hopefully, easier) your decisions will be. We’ve highlighted a few tips to help you work your way through the wedding cake decision-making process.

The wedding cake selection process begins with choosing the right baker

Some bakers can be highly specialized in a certain style or approach while others offer a wider variety of options. It’s best to get all the information from potential bakers up front before you book an appointment. Some may only make fondant cakes while others offer both fondant and buttercream frosting options. There are even bakers who don’t do “rustic” or “modern” looks.

To get a sense of which baker best fits with your vision, search through their social media posts to get a better idea of their work and the types of cake they specialize in, what they’ve done in the past, and what they seem to excel at. All the same, don’t be fooled by the photos. Seek out online testimonials and reviews as well to get the full picture before you contact them to schedule a meeting.

Getting inspiration for your wedding cake design

Don’t think too much about the style or type of cake you want until you’ve made decisions on your dress style, the reception décor, the venue, and the flowers. These elements will serve as the foundation on which you build the design and vision for your wedding cake.

Choose a cake that fits the style of your venue, the season, the flowers, and even the menu. To get a better idea of what will fit, create a mood board with images of cakes you love, your wedding color palette, and any other elements that you can give your baker to help with the brainstorming process.

The cake serves as another puzzle piece in the overall design of your wedding, so make sure it fits in rather than stands out. If you want specific color accents, give your baker fabric swatches to ensure everything is consistent.

Though some wedding venues will include the cost of the wedding cake into their wedding package, it is usually limited to buttercream and fondant designs. Should you want a more elaborate design, you will likely need to pay for an upgrade.

The size of your guest list will impact your wedding cake’s design

Be sure to factor in how much cake you’ll need when going through the cake design process, as it will have an impact on the look of your cake. The general rule of thumb is that three tiers can serve between 50 and 100 guests while five layers will serve 200 guests or more. And if you want to preserve the top layer of the wedding cake, you’ll need to add some padding to that.

If your wedding cake is included in the cost of your venue, they’ll usually cover the cost that matches the number of confirmed guests. If you want a 3-tiered cake that serves 100, but your guest count is closer to 60, you’ll have to pay for the additional cost out of pocket.

Make the most of cake tasting

Your research isn’t complete without cake tasting. Cake tasting will give you all the answers to which cake flavors, frosting, and design elements will taste as good as it looks.

Your first decision will be whether you want to go with buttercream or fondant frosting. Buttercream is often tastier, but if you’re looking to incorporate a lot of design into your wedding cake fondant might be more effective.

Whatever you’re thinking in terms of design, guests will care more about what’s on the inside. When meeting with your baker, taste as many samples as you can to get a full scope of what your flavor options are. You might also want to choose a flavor based on the season, with heavier combinations like red velvet cake and cheesecake fillings for winter weddings and lighter vanilla cakes with fruits or preserves for a summer soiree.

It’s important to keep in mind that wedding cake tastings are not usually free. While prices vary, We Take The Cake charges $25 for a cake tasting for two people, mainly to ensure that appointments are kept since the cake samples are prepared and time slot reserved especially for you. Our tasting includes bite-sized cake samples of our fan favorites: lemon, red velvet, chocolate, golden butter, and coconut or strawberry. If you want to taste additional flavors or feedback from other family members, we encourage guests to purchase our cupcakes to take home, as the batters and frosting are the same as our cakes.

A designated wedding cake consultant will walk you through the entire process and ensure your dream wedding has the perfect cake to match. This includes the consultant helping to determine the right design, flavor, and overall presentation of the cake. Check out some of our custom, made from scratch wedding cakes from years past or call 954-764-2253 to make an appointment today!

Please note, in order to preserve the quality and design of these custom wedding cakes, we can only offer them for South Florida-based weddings.

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There Are Many Different Types of Frosting. Which One Do I Choose?

Buttercream, whipped cream, fondant: how to know which one best fits your cake.

Buttercream, cream cheese, fondant: how to know which one best fits your cake.

There are a ton of decisions that go into making a cake – the flavor, the filling, the toppings – and most importantly: the frosting. Cake frosting not only aids in a cake’s appearance, but it’s also the first thing you taste when enjoying a slice of a cake.

Whether you’re a baker or a buyer, it’s beneficial to know the cake frosting options that are out there when deciding what cake you want to make (or eat) next. We’ve highlighted the most popular frosting types to help you get started.

The basics: buttercream frosting

Buttercream is the most popular frosting largely because of its few ingredients and easy application. Classic buttercream requires beating butter into icing sugar until you reach a frosting consistency. It’s not possible to over beat this type of frosting, so the longer you beat fluffier it gets.

Buttercream is not as flexible as fondant, though it can be used for the same applications. Buttercream frosting is the most popular frosting for cupcakes, though it’s important to note that not all buttercream is made the same.

If you want to decorate a cake with buttercream flowers, for example, it’s best to cut your butter quantity in half and replace it with solid vegetable shortening, so the frosting is firm enough to hold the shape of the flower.

Meanwhile, if you ever see very white colored buttercream that usually means that butter wasn’t used at all. To make the white buttercream frosting, you will need to use a mix of powdered sugar and vanilla blended with straight shortening to hold it together.

Butter gives the frosting a yellow hue, while straight shortening may leave a greasy film in your mouth. Depending on how you want to use your buttercream, what you want it to taste like, and what you want it to look like the different variations of making buttercream are endless.

Intermediate: cream cheese frosting

Cream cheese frosting comes in a range of consistencies – from thick to thin – and is often used as both a filling and an icing. This frosting is made from whisking butter, cream cheese, sugar, and flavoring, and should be refrigerated as soon as you’re done the icing.

An American-style buttercream, cream cheese frosting is most commonly found on carrot cakes and red velvet cakes. At We Take The cake, we like to use vanilla and chocolate cream cheese frosting.

Intermediate: cooked frostings

Cooked frosting – also known as seven-minute frosting – is made from egg whites, sugar, and flavorings on top of a double boiler while beating with a mixer. As the mixture heats, a meringue will form. Because of this heating process, the frosting is extremely delicate and should be eaten the first day or risk the frosting being absorbed into the cake.

Cooked frostings are sometimes used on red velvet cakes or cupcakes.

Expert baker: fondant

There are two main types of fondant: rolled and pourable. Rolled fondant is the most widely used when it comes to cake decorating. Made of sugar, water, gelatin, and food-grade glycerine, this dough-like texture makes it easy for a baker to mold the fondant into shapes to add some décor to your cake. Fondant can be used for decorations or to cover the entire cake.

Poured fondant, which has a glossy finish and is, unsurprisingly, of pourable consistency. This consistency makes it easy to coat a cake or cupcake.

Expert baker: royal icing

Royal icing is another option for decorating cakes. Mixing together powdered sugar, egg whites, and meringue powder or liquid provides a consistency relative to pancake batter. This makes it easy to pour into pastry bags to fulfill your decorating dreams.

Royal icing sets almost instantly so that the design holds, but so can your mistakes. The way royal icing hardens is especially useful for making flowers.

Leaving the decisions up to the professionals

The frosting types listed are just the tip of the icing. There are also ganache, glazes, syrups, and paste to consider topping your cake with. It’s easy to get overwhelmed but taking it one step at a time will ensure you can create a cake you are proud of.

In the case that you’d prefer to eat your cake and not make it too, we are here to help! At We Take The Cake, we take pride in creating a beautifully packaged, frosted, and crafted cakes in all shapes and sizes. We go the extra mile to make sure we exceed your expectations by delivering an experience, not just a cake. Shop our products or contact us today to learn how we can help you with your next event!

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The Best Graduation Gift: 6 Gift Ideas Your Grad Is Sure to Enjoy

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Personalized gift ideas can make your graduate’s special day even sweeter.

April showers bring May flowers – and with them come blossoming graduates. Whether they’re completing high school or college, both types are anxiously greeting adulthood. It’s a time of reflection, a time of exploration, and a time of celebration!

If you have a friend, family, or loved one graduating in the class of 2018, help them welcome adulthood with a personal and thoughtful graduation gift. But with so many options to choose from, how do you determine the best one for the graduate in your life? Start by thinking about what they appreciate most. Do they care about how much you spend? Do they like gifts with a personal touch? Is there anything they desperately need? Once you’ve answered these questions, you’ll then need to determine how much you plan to spend.

Nothing will be used quicker than cash

It might not be unique, but it will certainly be useful. With adulthood comes responsibility, especially the financial kind. Whether your grad is headed off to college or just getting started in their career, they’re going to need money for gas, rent, textbooks, and lots of pizza (especially the college kids).

It’s impossible for a graduate not to appreciate your donation to their future. But if you don’t feel comfortable gifting a check, consider getting a gift card instead. Amazon provides a gift card box shaped like a graduation cap to give it the full effect.

New grads need to be upgraded tech

We can’t live with it and certainly can’t live without it being updated. Nothing puts a smile on a young adult’s face quite like a brand-new piece of technology. Your graduate’s computer, cell phone, and headphones could always use an upgrade, and all three would make appreciated gifts to help them enter adulthood fully equipped.

They’ve worked hard, now they need some entertainment

With the stress of school over (or, almost over) give the graduate in your life a gift of more personal nature – one that will help them relax while treating themselves to a good time. Spa days, tickets to see their favorite artist or tickets to their favorite sporting event are all unique ideas that will help your graduate continue the celebration.

A nice watch

We’re not sure how, but watches have been known to be directly associated with adulthood. There are many different watch options for men and women that can accommodate any budget. The tricky thing about a watch is you don’t know if you like it until you try it on. In this case, your gift might be a shopping trip with your graduate to pick out the perfect watch!

Some light reading on what’s to come

Adjusting to college life can be intimidating. Adjusting to life after college is even more intimidating. Your graduate might feel insecure, unprepared, and even a little lost. Depending on how much you know about where their concerns lie, books on financial management, success, or figuring out the big world out there can all provide some value to the fresh grad. They might not appreciate it when they get it, but they will by the time they finish reading it.

Graduation can taste sweeter with a cake

No accomplishment ever feels as good as it tastes. When in doubt, there’s no better gift for your new graduate to celebrate their success than with a delicious cake. When you gift a cake, you aren’t just gifting a dessert. You’re providing a moment of celebration, joy, and togetherness.

At We Take The Cake, we make it easy to delight your friends with a mouth-watering treat made from scratch just like grandma made it, but with an elegant presentation that looks as good as it tastes. We go the extra mile to make sure we deliver an experience that makes you proud that you chose us to create the gift your grad will be talking about long after the celebration is over.

Explore our cakes to decide which of our flavors might be the perfect fit for your grad, and if you don’t see it, contact us and let us tell you if we can make it happen!

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How Do They Do That: Three Elements to Crafting Multidimensional Theme Cakes

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Kick your next cake up a notch with dimension and thematic appeal.

So, you’ve gazed at those beautiful multidimensional theme cakes. You’ve even tasted them. And now, you want to bake one too but have no idea where to start. Well, allow us to give you some cake-crafting tips! Once you discover the basics of building a dimensional cake and incorporating a theme, you’re well on your way to mesmerizing your party guests.

Basics

The first step to any dimensional theme cake is to consider three basic elements: the cake, the frosting, and the decorations

“But wait,” you say. “That sounds like any ol’ cake.” Yes, it does, at first. But playing with those three elements will create the cake of your dreams.

Baking the cake layers

Let’s suppose you want to make a two-layer cake. Instead of the traditional equal-sized layers, let’s make the top layer smaller. Not sure how? Well, if you use a smaller baking pan for that top layer, problem solved. But if you don’t happen to have that, try this:

  • Set your baking pan on top of a sheet of wax paper.
  • Trace around the bottom of the pan with a pen, marking the circle on the wax paper.
  • Now, place a small saucepan right in the middle of that wax paper circle.
  • Draw another circle on the wax paper, using the saucepan as a guide.
  • Cut out that smaller circle.

And now you have a pattern to work with.

Go ahead and bake your two layers in equal-sized pans. Once the cakes cool completely, place the wax-paper circle pattern on top of one layer, and use that to cut out a smaller cake.

See how easy that is? Having two layers of different sizes gives you dimension. But we’re just getting started. Let’s move on to the frosting!

Frosting the layers

The way you frost a cake will fashion even more dimension. You’ll want to start with these frosting basics. Start with frosting the bottom layer, then set the smaller cake on top and frost that as well. Once both cakes are completely frosted, you can add texture.

One of the simplest and most elegant ways to texturize is to add lines – the trick is in the piping bag. Or you can create a fluffier-looking cake by gently placing the bottom of a teaspoon or tablespoon on top of the frosting, then give a little twist and lift to make a tiny peak. Do this over the cake’s entire surface. In fact, you can make all kinds of textured designs just with a spoon.

Decorating

Once the cake is frosted, you’re ready to decorate. Decorating creates even more fantastic dimensional results because you have so many options to choose from! The first rule of cake decorating: Have fun! Yes, you need to know how, but having fun with your cake project is essential.

The biggest question at this point: What’s your theme? Is your cake for a Fourth of July cookout? A big family reunion? A loved one’s birthday? A graduation? A promotion? Or is it a little something special “just because”? Even with the “just because” cake, you can craft a perfectly thematic and multidimensional masterpiece that will make your event memorable.

Let’s say your theme is simply summertime. Let your imagination run wild with images that conjure up that season. Most likely, flowers are part of that mix, so let’s add some to that frosted cake you made. Although you could create beautiful buds, petals, and leaves via piping, consider making chocolate or fondant flowers – or opt for real honest-to-goodness edible flowers instead.

Think that cake is finished? Well, you very well could stop at this point, but if you want to add even more dimension to that summertime cake, you might add little sugar or fabric butterflies and birds to set near the flowers. Just don’t overdo it. Remember that less is more, even with this type of cake.

Hopefully, you now see how easy it is to make a multidimensional theme cake. Just focus on each step – the cake, the frosting, and the decorations – one step at a time, and you’ll not only have that jaw-dropping creation you imagined, but you’ll also have fun in the process too!

At We Take The Cake, we know you don’t always have time to create a delicious masterpiece. That’s why we have so many options to fit your busy lifestyle. A cake is a perfect way to show a loved one that you’re thinking of them.

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Delicious Mother’s Day Brunch Ideas Moms Will Love

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Food made with love makes a memorable meal.

It’s been an official U.S. holiday since 1914, and on Sunday, May 13, it arrives again. We’re talking about Mother’s Day! It’s one of the few holidays on our calendar honoring the special ladies in our lives; a chance to celebrate and strengthen this beautiful bond.

When Anna Jarvis lobbied successfully to have Mother’s Day recognized as a holiday, she envisioned a pure and uncommercialized interaction between a mother and her family. For her, it was intended to be something unique for each family. Few things in society strengthen family bonds more than enjoying a meal together, so combining Mother’s Day and brunch makes a delicious kind of sense.

Many restaurants and other locations like to offer Mother’s Day fare. Creating something at home, however, puts an extra-special seal on a meal. It places you in charge of each ingredient and every little flourish.

Whether you’re a husband, partner, son, or daughter, we present some of the most mouthwatering and healthy Mother’s Day brunch ideas … as well as the perfect way to finish on a sweet note.

Start brunch with a crunch

Some savory chips are a great way to open a brunch. They’re light enough to nibble on before the meal and can complement the main dish. Baked always beats fried, and fewer ingredients mean a healthier chip.

Superfood brunch sandwiches

Whether a mom is happy with her number of kids or working on delivering more, folic acid is a super nutrient that every woman can benefit from. Pregnant mothers will benefit from this B vitamin’s preventative qualities, while every woman will gain a regenerative boost to their blood cells.

Avocados, spinach, broccoli, and eggs are a few low-calorie, tasty foods that do more than deliver folic acid. They also add vibrant color and texture to a brunch. A delicious way to combine some of these into a filling and low-calorie brunch idea is to make a sandwich. The secret lies in the layering.

Try lightly toasting the bread and filling with a layer of eggs, spinach, a slice of cheese, more eggs, another slice of cheese, and finally some avocado. Many other recipes can make a Mother’s Day brunch sandwich majestic. If you add a handful of savory chips at the side and a mother’s favorite wine, you’ll have a bread-based brunch to be proud of.

Serve up a brunch salad

Salads are a versatile category that can make the most of meat, vegetables, fruit, and pasta. You may like to follow in the footsteps of the pasta masters. If so, an Italian Spaghetti Salad incorporating tomatoes, zucchinis, peppers, and paprika could be just the thing. For another spin on things, a Greek Pasta Salad is packed with olives, onions, garlic, and lemon notes.

If mom enjoys meat, a brunch of chicken-bacon ranch pasta salad offers a protein-rich solution. If you feel a little more zest is in order, consider serving up maple citrus salad with coconut. This bright, breezy option is perfect for a quick brunch surprise that Mom is sure to enjoy.

Pairing a salad brunch with eggs offers even more options. Creating an omelet with bacon, mushrooms, and ricotta cheese offers the complementary flavors of olive oil, white wine vinegar, and chives.

Seafood Selections

Fish and other seafood are packed with protein and omega-3 and lend themselves to any number of brunch ideas. Some of them are particularly perfect for moms such as this Green Goddess Dressing with Seafood Salad. It blends lobster, shrimp and a wealth of greens like tarragon, basil, and parsley. Salmon is a perennial favorite and delivers vitamin D along with protein.

Making salmon part of your Mother’s Day brunch idea will add a fantastic flavor. Placing some salmon on top of potato pancakes and garnishing with crème fraîche or sour cream, onions, and chives is a crisp and quick brunch.

Oysters, cheese, pancetta, and herbs make an Italian seafood casserole well worth the effort. Despite the amount of protein in all these seafood options, they won’t sit heavily in the stomach (which is the number one concern with brunch).

Top Mother’s Day brunch off with a sweet, tasty treat

The intimate and unique spirit of Mother’s Day can be shared most sweetly with a thoughtful, handmade dessert. At We Take The Cake, we have a wide selection to choose from, making it easy to find the perfect cake for Mom’s special day.

If you’d like to make the magic of Mother’s Day happen every month, a gift of membership to our Cake of the Month Club delivers a year-round reminder of how much you care even when you can’t be there. We hope these Mother’s Day brunch ideas have inspired you and help you have a wonderfully delicious day with your Mom!

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Where to Find the Best Vegan Chocolate Cake

Being vegan should not mean saying goodbye to sweet desserts

Being vegan should not mean saying goodbye to sweet desserts

Once upon a time, in a dimly lit kitchen late into the evening, a South Florida baker had reached his breaking point. He had been a vegan for the past five years while continuing his craft of making non-vegan cakes for his customers. As he finished putting the icing on a red velvet cake, he too had a craving for something sweet. In his five years as a vegan, he had struggled to find places that provided options that satisfied a vegan sweet tooth. And as he skimmed his kitchen, he realized that even his own place of business did not accommodate his cravings. In frustration, he exclaimed, “I want to make my cake and eat it too!”

And We Take The Cake heard his cries and set out to understand the popularity of veganism and what we could do to quench the sweet cravings of vegans everywhere.

The popularity of veganism

Veganism isn’t new, but it has risen in popularity as consumers educate themselves on the health benefits. This isn’t another fad, and its impact is not just national – much of the world is moving towards plant-based eating. millennials are the main drivers of this global shift, which can largely be attributed to the fact that they’re the first generation to age alongside the Internet. For them, information flowed freely at a young age, like the information on the health effects of consuming animal products compared with a plant-based diet.

Pinterest reported vegan desserts as one of its biggest trends of 2017, rising in popularity by 329% and with no signs of stopping. A forecast report by restaurant consultancy group Baum + Whiteman suggested that plant-based will become the new organic, with the term being called “the food trend of 2018.” Though veganism is getting notoriety as a “food trend,” the number of people identifying themselves has vegan has been rising for years. Another report found that only 1% of U.S. consumers identified as vegan in 2014 while that number rose to 6% by 2017.

The problems vegans have

With popularity comes responsibility – largely from restaurateurs, grocers, and bakers – to please this growing population of customers. But catering to the vegan market has not maintained the same fast pace as its growth. There are few, if any, options for vegans at restaurants and even less so at local bakeries.

Instead, vegans are often forced to make their own snacks and sweets in their kitchen. As we scoured the Internet, we found tons of vegan recipes but very few vegan sweets that could be purchased.

We Take The Cake’s solution

This is us not leveraging a blog post for self-promotion. Instead, this is us letting vegans everywhere know we have found a solution to our desperate baker with his hands high in frustration. He is now able to make his cake and eat it too, and so can our vegan friends and customers!

We set out to create a delicious, satiable dessert that everyone could enjoy. And after lots of experimenting, we proudly created the vegan chocolate layer cake.

That’s right – these moist and fluffy layers of cake made with premium Dutch cocoa give the cake a rich chocolatey taste that will make your mouth water. It is so delicious you might actually think we snuck some forbidden ingredients in there; but we can assure you, it’s the real deal. In fact, we’ve found that this cake is so tasty that even non-vegans are ordering it too!

What our customers say

Why believe us when you can hear it from our customers? Trina Marlin used this cake for her wedding and had this to say:

“I didn’t tell anyone that the cake was vegan. All of my family, both vegan and non-vegan loved this cake. It was so moist and rich. I will definitely be ordering it again. My husband, who is not vegan, was skeptical when I ordered it. Needless to say, I caught him cutting a second piece.”

But wait, there’s more!

At We Take The Cake, we aspire to offer options that cater to all diets, shapes, and sizes. Along with our vegan chocolate cake, we offer an assortment of gluten-free cake flavors including chocolate, red velvet, coconut, golden butter, and pumpkin.

Explore all our cake and cupcake options today. If you can’t find what you want, contact us and let us know. We are always looking for a new challenge to tackle!

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How Do They Do That? How to Frost Layer Cakes and Bundt Cakes

When it comes to desserts, presentation is everything.

When it comes to desserts, a presentation is everything.

The presentation might not affect how a cake tastes, but it can certainly help get your mouth watering and your eyes excited for what’s to come. Bundt cakes and layer cakes are especially good opportunities for making a great first impression if they’re done right.

Layer cakes and Bundt cakes can be as much of an art project as they are a baking project. To bake and frost to perfection requires time, patience, and a touch of TLC. When made properly, these cakes can look as good as they taste. After all, cakes aren’t just for birthdays. Every baked cake is a call for a celebration!

That’s not to say that decorating a cake should be intimidating. It’s easier than you might expect, as long as you plan. We’ve outlined some steps and tips that will help you put the icing on your cake.

How to frost a Bundt cake

Because frosting a Bundt cake can be tricky, we’ve supplied this handy how-to video to show how we frost our Bundt cakes. Let’s take a look:

How to frost a layer cake

Once your cake is fully baked, let it cool for 30 minutes. Next, wrap in plastic wrap and let it sit in the refrigerator for at least a half hour so that it is cool and firm. Next, you’ll do the following:

  • Brush the loose crumbs from the cooked
  • Place four strips of waxed paper around the edges of the plate and place the first layer, round side down, onto the plate.
  • Depending on the size of your cake, spread one-third or one-half cup of frosting on top of the first layer, leaving about one-quarter inch of space off the edge.
  • Place the second cake layer, round size up, on top of the first frosted layer. Coat the side of the cake with a thin layer of frosting to seal in the crumbs (crumb-base!).

Once you’ve completed this process and your layers, spread the remaining frosting on top of the cake, up to the rim.

Tips for frosting a layer cake

Layer cakes require a bit more work than Bundt cakes. As they should: they have layers! The last thing you want to do is put in all that work for a failed experiment. Consider these tips before starting your layer cake:

  • Be sure the cake is stable enough to sustain the assembly or risk the cake toppling over.
  • Another way to create a toppled cake is to stack uneven layers. Trim each layer of the cake to ensure all are even, with flat tops, before starting the assembly process.
  • Do not trim your cake when it’s still warm. A cool cake is firmer and less likely to tear as it’s being trimmed.
  • Don’t forget the crumb coat and the refrigeration process that comes with it, before moving to the next level. The crumb coat paves the way for a seamless final coat.
  • Wipe your spatula clean each time you lift it from the cake. Otherwise, remnants from one layer will cause your next layer to be less even and bumpier.

The best cake frosting tip might be leaving it up to the professionals!

It can be extremely satisfying to complete a well-designed and tasty cake after a frosting job well done. But with a demanding schedule, a family, and one too many errands, attempting to frost a cake perfectly might not fit into the schedule.

Rather than stress out over creating the perfect cake, focus on gifting the perfect cake from cake makers like We Take The Cake.

At We Take The Cake, we use 2-day delivery and pack our layer cakes in specially made boxes with dry ice to keep our cakes fresh and feeling like they arrived fresh out the oven. For Bundt cakes, we shrink-wrap them to maintain their perfect shape and flavor. We’ve spent years perfecting our frosting techniques, so you don’t have to. Contact us today to let us know how we can help simplify your next gift or event.

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Give Cake That Wow Factor with Edible Flowers

Budding bakers are using flower power to create cakes that look as good as they taste

Budding bakers are using flower power to create cakes that look as good as they taste.

Spring is in the air and adding a little flower power to cakes and cupcakes is the perfect way to celebrate the season.

Edible flowers are an easy way to add beauty and flair to any dessert. Scroll through any baking board on Pinterest and pictures abound of cakes in bloom with spectacular flower decorations. At We Take The Cake, our pink rose chocolate layer cake is a best-selling way for customers to brighten the day of someone they love.

Our talented cake artists carefully craft each of our intricate designs by hand to ensure that our desserts look as good as they taste. But even budding bakers can create beautiful floral decorations from an array of tasty materials, from chocolate to gumdrops to real flowers from your garden. Read on as we share some simple ways to create a bouquet of edible flowers that are guaranteed to make happiness bloom in the bellies of your guests.

 1.  Everything is better with chocolate. Modeling chocolate is one of the simplest – and tastiest – ways to make flowers for cakes. Unlike fondant, which can be stubbornly chunky, modeling chocolate is easy to make as thin as real flower petals. You don’t really need any special tools or cutters – you can just work it in your hands until it becomes flexible, and then let your imagination take over. If the chocolate gets too warm and melty from your touch, put it in the fridge briefly to firm up. You can also follow these directions for simple flower decorations:

  • Roll the chocolate out. It can tear easily, so it’s wise to dust your hands and work surfaces with cornstarch to stop it from sticking.
  • Use cutters to punch out flower shapes. If the chocolate sticks in the cutter, gently press the center with a round tool, like the back end of a paintbrush.
  • Rub a cake decorator’s double-ended ball tool in a circular motion over the petals to thin them out and make them curl slightly inwards. Finally, press the ball tool into the center of the flower and rub again in a circle, so it assumes a concave shape as if it’s budding.
  • It’s best to store the flowers in something small and curved, like silicone molds, so they dry in the curved shape. They can also dry on parchment paper, but they won’t stay as curled.
  • After the flowers set for an hour, they can be “glued” to your cake with a dot of frosting. Try to work quickly because chocolate flowers will melt if handled too much. Once all the flowers are in place, pipe a small dot of frosting into the center of each one to complete your design. For extra flair, add some sparkle with edible gold dust.

2.  Not just a pipe dream. Piping can be intimidating to beginners – it takes planning, practice, and patience to get it right. Follow these steps to make sure your decorations come up smelling – or in this case looking – like roses:

  • Cut the tip of your piping bag so that only your piping tip can poke through. Different size tips can be used, depending upon the size of the rose you want.
  • Fill the bag with buttercream frosting. Without letting any come out the tip, squeeze the icing down to remove any air bubbles as if you’re trying to get the last bit of toothpaste out of a tube. The consistency of the frosting is key to successful piping!
  • Roll the top of the bag closed. You can also twist it, but we find it’s hard to keep the icing from coming out the top when you seal it that way.
  • Make a little Hershey kiss-like dab in the center of the spot you want your rose to go. Bring the icing up and over the dab, and then swirl it around the dab a few times until your rose is complete. Release pressure on the bag toward the end and use a toothpick to gently attach the last bit to the side of your flower if it sticks out when you pull away.

3.  Do drop in. Shaping edible roses out of gumdrops is an easy yet surprisingly elegant way to decorate a cake. Try this trick from the queen of DIY, Martha Stewart:

  • Lightly dust a work surface with granulated sugar. Take three gumdrops of the same color and flatten them slightly with your thumb. Roll them out until they are about 1/8-inch thick. Sprinkle with more sugar if they stick.
  • Use a paring knife to cut each flattened gumdrop in half so that you wind up with six equal pieces.
  • Using your fingers, take a half and roll it into a cylinder, pinching at one end. This will form the center of the flower.
  • Use your fingers to press the edges of the other pieces so that they become thinner and easier to attach. Then wrap each piece around the centerpiece, overlapping slightly and pinching at the base so they all stick together.
  • Bend some of the petals back to make your creation resemble a rose.
  • Use the paring knife to trim the bottom of your rose, forming a flat base that will allow it to sit up on your cake. Arrange on top of a frosted cake. You can also shape green gumdrops with your paring knife to create leaves for your rose.

4.  Fun with fondant. Fondant flowers are a popular way for amateur bakers to add a creative touch to cakes for any occasion, from birthday bashes to weddings.

  • Dust your work surface and your hands with cornstarch and roll out the fondant. If the fondant is too hard, place it in the microwave for about 10 seconds until it softens. If it’s dry, knead it with your hands. Try to work quickly – fondant dries fast! Cover parts you aren’t using with nylon to keep it from drying out.
  • Use flower-shaped cutters to punch out small and large flower shapes. Then use a skewer – and your imagination – to carve pretty details into the petals of large flowers, or a toothpick to decorate smaller ones.
  • Let your flowers dry in a small curved bowl such as a clean egg container to give them a concave shape.
  • Being careful not to over-moisten, use water to glue each small flower on top of a larger one to create a multi-layer effect. Glue the finished flowers with water onto your cake.

5.  A rose by any other name won’t smell as sweet. Flowers don’t need to be fashioned from sugary materials to decorate a cake. One of the hottest trends in cake decorating is using real fresh flowers that are safe to eat to add a beautiful, vibrant quality to any dessert. Of course, before you start tossing flowers onto your plate, there are a few rules to remember. Not all flowers are edible – in fact, some are poisonous – and many are sprayed with pesticides and fertilizers. Be sure to check where your flowers are sourced and what conditions they were grown in before you eat them. And even when you are sure they are safe, make sure you wash them!

  • Flowers from herbs, violets, nasturtiums, and roses offer the best flavors. You can also create candied flowers by brushing fresh or pressed flowers with egg whites or moistened meringue powder, and then sprinkling with confectioners’ or decorating sugar. It is generally recommended to remove the pistil and stamen before serving since many people are allergic to pollen. You should also wrap the stems in floral tape if you leave them for attachment purposes because the sap inside can be irritating or even poisonous. Make sure your guests know not to eat that part!
  • There are several ways to add fresh flowers to cakes. Edible petals can be put right on the cake, or you can insert the stems into lollipop sticks and poke those into the cake in whatever pattern you choose – this way, the stems don’t come in direct contact with your food. You can also place a sheet of parchment across the top of your cake and load a beautiful pile of flowers on top, so they don’t sink into the frosting. Creative chefs are using fresh flowers to separate cake tiers – artfully hiding dividers and giving your cake a light, gravity-defying look. No matter what method you choose, it’s important to wait to pop your flowers onto the cake just before serving, so they don’t wilt.

Edible flowers are an easy way for budding bakers to create beautiful cakes. At We Take The Cake, we know the presentation of a dessert matter as much as the taste. For over 20 years, our professional decorators have beautifully crafted each of our cakes by hand using only the finest ingredients. We take pride in going the extra mile to deliver that wow factor that makes our customers proud they chose us to create the gift that keeps people talking long after their celebration is over.

At We Take The Cake, we understand the personal touch. When you can’t be there to celebrate in person, we make it easy to delight your family, friends, and colleagues with our made-from-scratch cakes. We are proud to include among our customer’s nationally recognized caterers, party planners, private clubs, world-famous hotels, and exclusive resorts. We also have exclusive cake designs available through Williams Sonoma, Neiman Marcus, and FoodyDirect. If you’d like to know everything we can offer, drop by our contact page and get in touch!