The Perfect Cake for Every Autumn Celebration
August 24th, 2015 { No Comments » } Tags: , , , ,
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September is almost here, with falling leaves and the scent of crisp air just around the corner. Whether you are hosting a fall birthday party or baby shower, planning ahead for next year’s autumn nuptials or looking for a one-of-a-kind Thanksgiving dessert, Classic Cakes has some delectable ideas for you to consider.

Flavors

Autumn spices are growing increasingly popular with beverages, candles and more being flavored for fall. Give your guests a taste of the season with one of our delicious cake or filling flavors. Cake flavors include caramel, spice, hazelnut, apple spice and pumpkin. Each of these flavor options can be paired with a complimentary filling, like apple, cream cheese or hazelnut. Mix and match your fall favorites or pair a festive filling with a classic chocolate or white cake.

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Color

Use orange, yellow and deep red hues to make your fall cake stand out. For a Halloween themed bash we love the pairing of bright purple and orange, while subdued harvest tones are perfect for leaves and flowers on a wedding cake.

Unique Design

From owls to pumpkins, scarecrows and ghosts, classic cakes can make it all! Regardless of the theme of your cake, you have plenty of options to choose from. From characters and objects molded from fondant to an entire cake shaped in your design, we can make your sugary dream come true!

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To turn your idea into a reality, call us at 317-844-6901. Looking for more inspiration? We are always updating our Facebook page with recent designs!

Think Hand Molded when Designing your Cake!
July 23rd, 2015 { No Comments » } Tags: , , , ,
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Fondant Wedding CakeFondant Zombie Grooms Cake

Whether you are looking for the perfect cake toppers for your wedding or a fun scene on a birthday cake, there are plenty of options to choose from. Here at Classic Cakes our culinary artists can create hand molded figures in your likeness!

We use fondant, a thick paste made of sugar and water, to create our characters. Dye is used to color the mixture for each individual piece – from the hair to the clothing and accessories. From the first kiss to zombie slayers, we have designed it all!

Cakes with fondant characters should be kept out of direct sunlight to prevent fading. It can get soft in warm weather, so we recommend keeping your cake refrigerated until it’s time to celebrate.

Invented in the 16th century, fondant was originally made from a mixture of rosewater, sugar, lemon juice, egg whites and gum paste.  Derived from the French word “fondre” which means “to melt,” it was called this because of the way it melts in ones mouth. Cakes were dipped in warm fondant and left to dry. In the 1950s, rolled fondant was developed and began to be used to cover cakes in the manner it is done today.

Baking Themed Cake

There are plenty more options than just figures when it comes to fondant. We also use it in the creation of our sculpted cakes. These intricate designs can mirror your favorite hobby or the party’s theme. The possibilities are endless!

Check out how figures are made with Cakes StepByStep:

Awe and amaze your guests with a unique design and a candy-like taste both kids and adults love. Call us today at 317-844-6901 to create your order! Classic Cakes is located at 1752 E. 116th Street in Carmel, Indiana.

Hosting a Kid’s Birthday Party: Great Cake Themes
June 22nd, 2015 { No Comments » } Tags: , , , ,
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Car Themed Birthday Cake

Looking back on your birthday parties as a child, what was your favorite part? Many people remember the decorations, the presents and of course, the cake! There are so many great children’s birthday ideas out there, and many amazing cake designs to choose from to match your party theme. Follow this guide to choose the right theme for your party and a custom cake to match that all the kids will love!

Choose the Theme

Before ordering a cake for your child’s birthday party, you need a theme! When choosing a theme for your child’s birthday party, let them take part in the decision making process. Take cues from your child’s favorite TV shows and movies, as well as their favorite toys and games. Young children will love a party based around their favorite cartoon character or hobby. Some great themes for young children include dinosaurs, princesses or zoo animals!

For older kids, try to base the theme on something they love to do. Whether they are into sports, movies, mysteries, science or more, there are plenty of great games and activities to incorporate into their party!

Castle Themed Birthday Cake

The Perfect Cake

Once you choose your theme, decide on a cake decoration. Here at Classic Cakes, there is no limit to what can be made! Whether you are looking or a cake in the theme of your child’s favorite movie or one in the shape of a castle, we can make it! Designing a cake for your child’s birthday is the fun part, but choosing a flavor can be more difficult.

When deciding on cake flavoring for a kid birthday party, keep it simple. Marble cake is great, since it incorporates both chocolate and vanilla flavorings. White cake is another easy choice if you are worried about picky eaters.

Dorothy Themed Cake

Please remember that all cartoons, books, movies and toys are copyrighted. Because of this, we cannot duplicate them in cake or icing. Instead, we ask customers to purchase toy characters to be placed upon the cake scene we build. For more information about Classic Cakes and the assortment of flavors and styles we offer, call us at 317-844-6901 today!

Summer Wedding Cakes
June 1st, 2015 { No Comments » } Tags: , , , , ,
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Summer Wedding Cake

If you have an upcoming summer wedding or are planning one for the summer 2016 season, check out what Classic Cakes has to offer. Our talented staff can create the perfect wedding cake for your summer nuptials. Just follow these tips to get started!

Choose a Summery Flavor Combination

While many couples choose to go with a classic cake, like chocolate or white, there are many more flavor options to choose from. Options that will remind your guests of summer include lemon, lemon poppyseed, mandarin orange and raspberry. Don’t want to stray too far from the classics? Berry fillings are the perfect summery addition to any cake. Raspberry and strawberry filling are two great summer-inspired choices to enhance your wedding season and delight your guests.

Use Summer Colors

When designing a cake, choose bright summer colors to match the season. A white cake with light yellow, bright red, fuchsia or green accents will make for a perfect addition to your summer celebration.

Match the Cake to your Bouquet

Summer wedding bouquets are beautiful and full of color. Add a pop of summer to your wedding cake by including flowers that match your bouquet. Sugar flowers can be added for a bold effect, or flowers can be painted on with edible dye for a more subdued look.

For some more inspiration and a look at some of our past cake designs, visit our gallery page. Interested in learning more about what Classic Cakes can create for you? Call us today at 317-844-6901.

Cake Trends| Gender Reveal Cakes
April 29th, 2015 { 1 Comment » } Tags: ,
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Gender reveal cake

Having a baby is an exciting time for all expecting parents – but it’s also an exciting time for friends and family! The addition of a new family member is something that is treasured by each and every relative and close friend. What better way to share the excitement of learning your baby’s gender than to find out surrounded by everyone you love?

Many new moms and dads are choosing to throw “gender reveal parties” where everyone learns if the new baby is a boy or girl at the same time. How can you make this happen? The biggest struggle is getting everyone in the same place at the same time. Whether you choose to throw a whole gender reveal party or take advantage of already existing holidays like mother’s day, father’s day, or the 4th of July, the occasion is sure to be one that is remembered forever.

Classic Cakes in Carmel can easily help you put together the perfect gender reveal surprise! How? When you go to your gender determination ultrasound, ask your technician to keep mum about what he or she discovers. When the determination is made, have the tech write down the gender and put it in an envelope. Then: bring your sealed envelope to Classic Cakes! We’ll help you decide which type of cake you will need based on how many people you intend to serve at your gender reveal party. Choose your cake flavor and pick out two filling options. We’ll use the pink filling for a girl, or a dyed blue filling for a boy. The whole exterior of the cake can be frosted in your choice of frosting (a neutral color). Once you cut into the cake, everyone will know if your new little one will be a girl or a boy!

Whether you are celebrating a wedding, birthday, new baby, a holiday, or even a graduation, Classic Cakes located in Carmel, Indiana can help you design and create the perfect cake.

The Minimalist Guide to Designing a Simple Wedding Cake
March 30th, 2015 { 2 Comments » } Tags: , , , ,
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simple wedding cake

One of the most important pieces to a traditional wedding reception is the wedding cake. Whether the cake is extravagant or simple, it is going to be devoured by all of the reception-goers. Don’t forget, though, that next to the bride and groom, the wedding cake is one of the most photographed items at the wedding. So, it is ideal that it is beautiful, picturesque, and delectable. We love that cakes are trending back towards traditional and simple. Some of the most stunning cakes are those that have a beautiful cascade of matching flowers and use simple, elegant styles to create a huge impact.

 

Size Matters

You don’t want to have too many desserts left over, so plan accordingly. It’s simple; if you’re having a very large wedding reception, order a cake that will suffice for your large number of guests. If your reception is not going to have hundreds of people, then plan for a smaller cake. Follow this guide to see approximately how big you should plan for your cake to be.

 

Color Scheme

If you are going for the simplistic look, have your wedding cake one color, and add an accent color that will match the color scheme of your wedding. Having an all white cake with one color accent is already a simple, classy look; but it also allows for decorations (such as matching flowers) if desired.

 

Wedding Cake Toppers

Again, if you’re going for the simple look, you may not even want to worry about a cake topper. If the cake body has detail of any sort, that should be enough for an elegant and uncomplicated wedding cake. Popular toppers these days include a simple cluster of flowers, or the couple’s initials.

 

Cake Filling

Choosing the flavors of the cake and filling is one of the tastiest parts of the wedding planning process. For a simple wedding cake, don’t worry about going for exuberant cake flavors. Keep it simple and classic with flavors like vanilla or chocolate and choose a filling that will suit most palates.

 

Simple, yet Elegant Cake Decorations

»        A colored or plain ribbon around each tier of the cake

»        Clustered flowers

»        Add textured frosting to the tiers instead of having a smooth appearance

»        Put the initial of the last name of the newly weds at the top as a topper

Where to Find/Order Your Dream Wedding Cake

Classic Cakes of Carmel, Indiana offers many different custom-made options for creating an ideal cake for your special day. We’re a gourmet bakery in Indianapolis and we strive to create cakes that taste as good as they look. Check out our website for a full list of flavors and a gallery of some of our favorites.

How do I order a wedding cake?
March 3rd, 2015 { 2 Comments » } Tags: , ,
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Learn about wedding cake

 

There are lots of things to worry about when planning your wedding day. Your cake shouldn’t be one of them. When you are in the hands of a trusted baker, you’ll know it. Every need will be taken care of and every question will have an answer. Whether you want something traditional or you’re planning for a unique wedding cake, your baker will be able to accommodate your vision.

 

Here are some tips to keep in mind when thinking about your wedding cake:

 

When to order your wedding cake:

The date you should order your wedding cake will depend on a few factors. If your wedding is during one of the busier wedding months, you’ll want to order it six months in advance. If you’ve planned your wedding for one of the off months (fall or winter) you will be safe ordering three months or more ahead of time.

 

What style wedding cake should I choose?

The most popular wedding cake styles today involve three tiers of cake covered in decadent white frosting. Sometimes brides choose to accent their cake in flowers or ribbons, but the choice is up to you! The best thing you can do is to ask your baker to design a wedding cake around the rest of your décor.

 

How many tiers should a wedding cake have?

Traditional weddings cakes have two layers, but today we create cakes with as many layers as you need (usually up to four). The number of tiers in your cake will also depend on how many guests you have in attendance. While you don’t need an exact figure, coming to us with an estimate will help us give you the best advice on how many tiers your cake should be.

 

What should I bring to my cake tasting?

Your cake tasting a perfect opportunity for us to discuss flavors, frostings, designs, and (the best part) for you to taste the cake. It helps us as cake designers if you bring along some photos or samples from your wedding décor. Maybe you have some sample flowers or fabrics. These are perfect.

 

What is the groom’s cake and do I need one?

The groom’s cake is traditionally a cake that is designed by the bride as a “gift” to the groom. It will usually be themed towards one of his unique interests (golf, video games, hunting, etc.). Usually the groom’s cake is cut and divided into small boxes and given to guests when they leave the reception.

It’s National Chocolate Cake Day!
January 19th, 2015 { No Comments » } Tags: , ,
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For all you chocolate lovers out there – don’t miss Chocolate Cake Day – January 27th

Chocolate Cake Day | Classic Cakes

The evolution of the “chocolate cake” is an interesting one with the most historically annotated account assembled by The Food Timeline. Initially, chocolate cake was a reference to cake that didn’t even include chocolate as an ingredient, rather it was cake consumed with a chocolate beverage. Later, yellow or spiced cakes were iced with a chocolate glaze. The first recorded reference to a chocolate cake as we know it today was contained in a 1779 letter from a French prisoner to his wife directing her to make a cake that was “chocolate inside” and “iced everywhere, on the sides and underneath”.

Today, cakes have grown in size, shape and ingredients and known culturally in many different forms from vegan to flourless, black forest to Genoise and cheese cake to molten lava. Chocolate lover’s rejoice over the ultimate chocolate cake with moist layers sandwiching a chocolate butter crème` or panache` covered in yet another sugary confection of chocolate icing and then sprinkled with shavings of yet more rich chocolate.

For those chocolate connoisseurs, a box mix just will not do. Celebrate the day by indulging in the very best chocolate cake in Indiana.

Choose the original chocolate flavored cake or mix it up with chocolaty flavors like fudge or chocolate chip. The best part is choosing the filling! Almost any flavor pairs well with a chocolate cake; but we love to play with caramel, chocolate truffle, coconut, hazelnut, raspberry, or even peppermint. There are hundreds of cake and flavor combinations that will indulge any chocoholic’s palate.

 

Valentine’s Day Cake Proposals
December 29th, 2014 { No Comments » } Tags: , , ,
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Valentine's Cake | Classic Cakes

Once upon a time, flowers were the premiere gift to express a message of attraction. Each flower and color gave way to a feeling of the heart without needing words. Now, there is the cake. Is there a sweeter way to convey feelings, propose marriage, or create a memorable occasion than to present a cake designed specifically to express the uniqueness of those sharing the moment?

The possibilities are as endless as the love shared when it comes to cake design and creativity. A cake can hold the engagement ring in between layers or in frosting. The cake can be the teal blue box wrapped in a frosty white bow that promises something special. Choose your bride-to-be’s favorite cake flavor and let our confection artist craft a unique-to-you frosting design that holds your engagement ring.

We can welcome the color schemes of the floral messages and incorporate them into frosting colors with deep red implying everlasting love, yellow conveying endearing friendship, and pink as a playful expression of feelings that fall somewhere between. We can adorn your cake with confection crafted flowers from roses to orchids, daisies or lilies.

Departing from the traditional route, we can build a cake that is uniquely you. Are you a sports enthusiast, musician, animal rescuer, or rocket scientist? Our creative cake designs can reflect an image of you or the love of your life. Where did you meet? Where was your first date or first kiss? Any of these elements can be wound into your cake design to create a memorable proposal or a Valentine occasion she will never forget.

Check out our previous Valentine’s Day creations in our gallery!

Baby Shower Themed Cakes
December 19th, 2014 { No Comments » } Tags: ,
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Baby Shower Cake | Classic Cakes

When planning an event such as a baby shower a theme is so much more than color and gender. The theme is a message or reflection… think beyond pink and move over blue. Design your baby shower to reflect the unique qualities of your new or growing family. Tap into your dreams and expectations for your baby…what will your new baby bring to this world? Let your imagination run… and have fun. Here are some ideas to get you started:

Are you adding another pea to your pod? … there are so many fun things you can do to create a unique and fun baby shower. This theme is especially suited to vegetarians. Table wear and linens should accent the pea green neutral color which works well regardless of the gender of baby. Vegetable trays with sugar snap peas or snow peas should be place on every table. And, of course the cake would take the shape of a pea pod offering different cake flavors of each pea to celebrate the uniqueness of children.

An Alice in Wonderland theme is growing in popularity… you don’t want your baby to be late for her very important date… Myriad design options exist for party invitations and decorating possibilities are endless using the story’s characters. Of course you will be serving tea! Your biggest decision will be the design of the cake embellishments… or just give us creative license – we will not disappoint!

Story book themes are fun and easy to create wonderful complimentary menus and invitation. How about a brunch themed around the classic children’s book Bread and Jam for Frances? Your brunch buffet should include an array of savoring jams and breads. Homemade jams with specialty labels for the event make gracious thank you gifts for your guests. And, of course Mommy’s favorite jam will serve as a scrumptious cake filling.

The arrival of a new baby is as much about parenting as it is about the baby. The baby’s birth marks the beginning of motherhood – so why not select a theme that celebrates the Mommy-to-be? A spa themed shower can be a wonderful event for Mommy and guests. The shower can be held at a spa or any venue can be easily converted to a spa-like environment. Use scented candles in Sandalwood or lavender, a tabletop water fountain makes an excellent centerpiece and the sound of trickling water adds to the ambiance. Add soothing music such as Nada Himalaya and offer a menu that includes cucumber infused water, a fruit bowl and light sandwiches. The cake can compliment many elements in design including a fountain and flavorings and fruit fillings will bring it all together.



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