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Our Favorite Cakes for Summer

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Make way for the stellar flavors of key lime, strawberry, raspberry, and coconut. These are the exquisite and unique flavors that embody summer. Each offers to shed an incomparable ray of light on our taste buds.

If there were any reason to love the summer solstice more than any other day, it would be because it’s the longest day of the year, rewarding us with one precious extra second.

How you spend the gift of an extra whole second is, of course, entirely your choice. However, may we suggest that you consider experiencing it with other celestial celebrities? Sol, it’s your day – but we say, Make way for the stellar flavors of key lime, strawberry, raspberry, and coconut! These are the exquisite and unique flavors that embody summer. Each offers to shed an incomparable ray of light on our taste buds.

Famous and oversized

No one will argue that our already big Famous Key Lime Bundt Cake has again increased its size.

We make key limes the star by adding their juice to our batter, brushing it on the freshly baked cake, and adding it to the cream cheese frosting glaze. Its commanding presence demands the custom cake box.

This may very well be our best seller, although the oversize Bundt cake did get a gravity assist in popularity after Oprah Winfrey chose it as one of her “Favorite Things.”

Strawberry fields forever

Sweet and fresh strawberry slices, commingling with cream cheese frosting between four layers of moist strawberry-infused cake. What a song those berries might sing were they not hypnotized by the presence of a halo of white chocolate curls atop the frosting.

John Lennon selected “Strawberry Fields Forever” as his highest achievement as a member of the Beatles. Time has passed, but we don’t think it was a coincidence. He was preparing the world for our Fresh Strawberry Layer Cake.

Très bien!

Before it was a Swedish menswear brand founded in 2006, très bien was claimed by the French as a way to describe something very good, exactly like our Lemon Raspberry Layer Cake. Four layers of moist, lemon-infused cake filled with lemon cheese frosting – and the pièce de résistance – raspberry preserves.

But, Pourquoi Why are we masquerading behind this mashup of France and raspberries – and what has it to do with cake? Well, this cake truly is decadent. When we say it can serve up to 10 people, we’re not kidding. As for our friend the raspberry, it’s considered to be the most intensely flavored member of the berry family. It would also seem that the raspberry was named after a 16th-century French wine called raspis. Très bien.

Would you order it if we called it drupe cake?

Who was the first to contemplate what was hidden at the center of the coconut? Did he – or she – even dare to dream it could be the stuff of magic? Coconut is at the center of our Coconut Layer Cake, but it possesses a restless magic – so there’s also coconut cream filling, and then, even more, coconut flakes that dance across the vanilla cream cheese frosting.

We’ll never know who first shared the coconut’s secret. This inquisitive individual will remain a mystery. But we can thank them for presenting us with another mystery. Is it a nut, a seed, or a fruit? The sultry, summery coconut does not care to be confined to a singular identity. It’s all three!

Coconuts are classified by botanists as a drupe – which is a fruit with a hard or stony covering enclosing a seed. It turns out that this heavenly white substance actually has much in common with the olive. Indeed, the botanical term drupe comes from the Latin drupa, meaning overripe olive.

This drupe we call the coconut is known throughout the Pacific as the “Tree of Life” because it can produce the drink, fiber, food, fuel, utensils, musical instruments, and yes, cake!

Which flavor will linger on your lips as the sun takes its time to arc across the summer sky? If you have any questions about these delicious cakes or any of our others, please feel free to contact us any time. We’d love to hear from you!

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How to Pair Cake and Wine for a Delicious After-Dinner Treat

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You’ll enjoy this sweet treat even more with the right type of wine

If you do a search for “wine and food pairings” online, you will get millions of search results. You’ll discover the best pairings for steak, seafood, and tons of other types of food. And while the wine with dinner is great, what about afterward? The best part of any meal is often the dessert that follows (especially if it’s cake), so it only makes sense to have a glass of wine with it. But which wine is best? The next time you plan on having some cake, these wine pairings will let you enjoy it even more:

Red velvet cake and Pinot Noir

Sometimes the easiest way to pair any food with wine is to match the color, and this is especially easy with red velvet cake and a pinot noir. This wine is great for bringing out the undertones of chocolate in the cake and accenting them with its own berry and cherry flavors.

Cheesecake and white dessert wine

The best wine and food pairings complement each other, which is why cheesecake and a white dessert wine work so well together. Cheesecake typically has a high-fat content, and a white wine that’s a little more acidic – such as Sauternes – creates a very nice balance.

Lemon-flavored cakes and Prosecco

Whether it’s a lemon cake or just one that is lemon flavored, Prosecco is your best bet. This is because not only is it a light wine, its citrus flavors will bring out the tartness in the lemon. This will augment both the wine and the cake.

Vanilla cake and Riesling

To bring out the best flavors in a vanilla cake, you should look for a Riesling that says “off-dry” on the label. This means that it is a little bit sweet but won’t overpower the sweetness of the cake.

Chocolate devil’s food cake and red blends

Some red blends actually have hints of chocolate, which will be much more evident when paired with a rich devil’s food cake. Syrah, Cabernet, and Grenache are three great choices.

Carrot cake and sherry

Sherry is an excellent choice when indulging in carrot cake. Because sherry is slightly sweet and has a dry finish, it will pair nicely with a carrot cake’s creamy components.

Strawberry shortcake and sparkling rosé

If there was ever an ideal cake and wine pairing, this may be it. Because rosé has such a nice, fruity flavor, it will do a wonderful job of intensifying the taste of the strawberries.

If you like wine and you like cake, but you’ve never put the two together before, now’s your chance. You can use some of the suggestions above for your next birthday party, event, or just an ordinary day, or create your own unique pairing. Don’t be afraid to experiment (and if you stumble upon something really great, let us know!) If you already have the perfect bottle of wine and you just need the cake to go with it, we can hook you up. Whether you want to pick it up or have us ship it to you, you can start your order here. For any questions, please get in touch. You can call us toll-free at 888-901-CAKE or just fill out our online contact form.

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Make a Wish: Cakes and Candles Through the Ages

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So, who’s responsible for putting candles on birthday cakes?

Historians can’t seem to pinpoint a definitive answer, but they have been able to piece together some interesting theories. One thing we can all agree on, though, we’re thankful to whoever came up with the idea to make a wish, blow out the candles, and dig into a delicious slice of birthday cake. Here’s a rundown of the most popular theories on the origin of birthday cakes, wishes, and candles.

It started with the Egyptians

Talk about special treatment for VIP status. When Egyptian pharaohs were crowned as rulers, they were considered to – at that moment – have been transformed into gods. So, while family connections were important, being born wasn’t as momentous as being crowned the king or queen of Egypt.

We have the ancient Egyptians to thank for the original concept of celebrating a birth – except that in this case, it was actually the pharaoh’s transformational birth as a god.

The Greeks added candles

Debate rages on about Egypt and the first birthday celebrations, but in general, we’ve come to accept that it was the Greeks who introduced us to birthday candles. The men and women who lived during this time made moon-shaped cakes to offer as attribute to Artemis, the goddess of the moon.

These early cake-makers lit candles and put them on the cakes to further recreate the glowing of the moon. For those keeping score, it means that from the time of the ancient Egyptians to the Greeks, the only ones who got to celebrate birthdays were the gods.

Friends and Romans

Fast-forward just a bit to the Romans, who finally got around to including mere mortals in birthday celebrations. And, they wasted no time in finding ways to make up for the earlier exclusion. The Romans introduced the celebration of birthdays for the public, but Roman rulers also created public holidays to honor the birth dates of famous citizens.

It’s believed that the average life expectancy in those days was about 35. Nearly half of all Roman children died before the age of 10. Which meant that you were indeed very lucky if you did survive to reach your 50th birthday. On that occasion – but only if you were male – you received a special cake baked with wheat flour, grated cheeses, olive oil, and honey. This starts to sound more like the birthday cake we know and love today.

Back to deities

Early Christians weren’t so keen on the idea of celebrating birthdays. The organized church declared it to be a pagan practice and put a stop to what the Romans started. But, even they did an about-face around the fourth century when they adopted Christmas to celebrate the birth of Jesus.

Turning it over to the kids

It becomes easier to track and verify things as we move closer to the present, which is why we can say with certainty that the contemporary birthday cake is an 18th-century German invention. It was created to complement Kinderfeste, a party for children, who received a cake with one candle for each year they’d been alive – plus one additional to symbolize the hope of living for one more year.

There haven’t been any drastic changes since that time, save Robert Coleman’s 1924 addition of some extra lyrics to a song originally written in 1893. It didn’t take long at all for the original “Good Morning to All” to fade and be known only as “Happy Birthday to You.”

Make a wish and blow out the candles

This interesting birthday activity shines some light – candle light – on the ancient Greeks again. It’s believed that smoke from the candles on their cakes honoring Artemis carried prayers to the gods. Hence, the practice of making a wish before you blow out your birthday candles.

At We Take The Cake, we believe a birthday is a cause for celebration. And what better way to celebrate than with delicious cake. With so many flavors to choose from, we’re sure you’ll find the perfect choice for that special day.

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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!