The Unicorn Trend in Pastry Art America
November 1st, 2017 { No Comments » } Tags: , ,
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The “unicorn trend” spread its seeds when Starbucks unveiled a limited debut of its unicorn Frappuccino to consumers this past April, and that trend has spilled over into the pastry arts with bakers crafting specialty cakes and desserts in whimsical fashion. The Unicorn Trend in Pastry Art America

What’s the fascination behind this fable like obsession with unicorns? What desire do we have to live vicariously through the mystical trot of a one-horned mythical creature? Do they remind us of the rainbow-sprinkled innocence of our childhood?  Many writers and pop culture experts have postulated that the reasons are psychological.

A psychologist at Cardiff University believes that people are seeking refuge from the burdens of reality. In unicorns we seek a simpler time, a time devoid of the increasing daily struggles and stressors we are plagued by every day, both personally and on a larger front, like the leaky faucet of racism and terrorism. Instead of acting out on our micro aggression, we might reach for a rainbow-colored latte, unicorn-shaped cookie, or a rainbow grilled cheese sandwich and assuage our triggers.

At Classic Cakes, this fanciful trend has extended beyond our coffee cups; check out the photos of the two unicorn cakes we’ve designed for our loyal customer base in the past, pictured to the left and to the right. Each cake takes on a different character, one reminiscent of a childlike Lisa Frank, with neonie twists and two bright green eyes, and the other a little more girly, with long batting lashes and some colorful Harajuku-inspired flourishes.

Who says unicorns are just for kids? Fable themes are popular with adults, too. Brighten someone’s day with a Classic Cakes masterpiece that will surely make them feel like a kid again!

Best Toppings for Cakes
October 9th, 2017 { No Comments » } Tags: , , , ,
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Best Toppings for CakesWhen you are baking a cake, there are so many different toppings that you can put on it to finish it off. Some of the toppings are strictly for show and will be used to make your cake look more decorative, while others are designed to make your cake taste even better than it already does. You can mix and match toppings as you see fit and change the way a cake looks and tastes by switching up your topping selection.

Classic Cakes has highlighted a few favorite toppings of ours that we think are perfect for many occasions.

Rainbow sprinkles

Are you looking for a cake for a big birthday celebration? You probably want a cake filled with color and there’s no better way to do it than by incorporating sprinkles into the mix. Rainbow sprinkles, in particular, will bring a cake to life and make it look a lot better than it already does. Sprinkles don’t do a whole lot to change the way that a cake tastes, but they will inject some color and personality into a cake in no time.

Fresh Fruit

Are you hoping for a cake that looks a little bit more seasonal, or do you just want to incorporate some healthy touches to it? Either way, fresh fruit can be a great topper for a cake. If you are want a cake with a fresh vibe, orange slices, mixed berries, and other fruits can do the trick. We can also incorporate seasonal fruit into your cake, such as sliced apples, and pair it with caramel for a fall appropriate dessert.

Chocolate Shavings

If you are ordering a cake for a wedding or another formal event, you’re probably going to want to skip sprinkles which can sometimes look juvenile. Instead, you should opt for something like chocolate shavings that will class up your cake and add an element of sophistication to it. You can also consider toasted coconut and chopped nuts if you want to keep a cake classy while also adding some additional flavor to it.

Classic Cakes can create a cake for you with just about any topping you can imagine. If you are currently in the market for a cake for an upcoming event, call us at 317-844-6901 today to place an order.

Top Cakes Filled with Fall Flavor
October 6th, 2017 { No Comments » } Tags: , , ,
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Top Cakes Filled with Fall FlavorWhen you think about fall cake flavors, what is the first one that comes to mind? If you’re thinking “pumpkin,” you are not alone. That’s the flavor that most people associate with the autumn season. However, it’s important to know that pumpkin is just one of the many flavors that you can incorporate into a fall-themed cake.

There are many fall flavored cakes for you to enjoy this season; it’s all about getting creative and we’ve highlighted a few favorite flavor options!

Check out some cakes that are filled with all the fall flavor you could ever want.

Snickerdoodle Caramel Cake

Most people have eaten snickerdoodle cookies before, but did you know that you can eat snickerdoodle in cake form, too? When coupled with a creamy caramel, you will quickly find out why many people think it tastes even better when it’s a part of a cake. For starters, there’s more to enjoy!

Spice Layer Cake

Fall is a great time to put a little bit of spice into your life. And what better way to do it than by diving headfirst into this cake that features layer after layer of spice? Filled with cinnamon, nutmeg, brown sugar, and more signature spices, it’s packed with flavor.

Salted Caramel Apple Snickers Cake

Do you want to bite into a cake that tastes like everything you love about trick or treating? Then this is the cake for you. By coupling salted caramel apples with the decadent taste of a candy bar, you will feel like you are a kid again eating all of the treats out of your Halloween bag at once.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cake

Okay, okay, so this one does have pumpkin in it. But it has pumpkin—with a twist! It pairs pumpkin and chocolate chip together, and while you might be hesitant to try those two flavors at the same time at first, it won’t be long before you see—and taste—what all of the fuss is about. Chocolate and pumpkin are both great flavors, made even better when paired together.

Has all of this talk about cake flavors made you hungry? Let Classic Cakes help you out with that by preparing a delicious fall cake for you. Check out our products or call us at 317-844-6901 today to order a cake from us.

Why We Prefer Birthday Cake
September 25th, 2017 { No Comments » } Tags: , ,
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Why We Prefer Birthday CakeIf your birthday or a loved one’s birthday is coming up, you may find yourself wondering: should I go for the traditional birthday cake or order a batch of cupcakes that seem to be gracing dessert tables more often?

Classic Cakes believes that a traditional cake is the absolute best option when it comes to ordering a birthday dessert.

Your birthday cake is all about you: pick out the flavors you want, write your name all over it in frosting, cover it with candles, and have the first slice while your friends watch you cut it up with jealousy. With cupcakes, you really don’t get the same experience!

Cupcakes are a bit less special than a big, beautiful, frosted birthday cake: they’re a little run of the mill, every day dessert. When it’s your birthday, you want to celebrate with something special.

Don’t get us wrong: we love cupcakes. We understand that for some events, they are a worthy opponent of the traditional cake. However, you only get one birthday a year and we believe it should be celebrated in a big way.

The frequent availability of cupcakes is what really makes them a bit inferior to cake when it comes to the perfect birthday dessert: birthdays are about celebrating something special, and having a large cake in front of you covered in candles is pretty special.

Plus, when it comes to cupcakes, you won’t be able to slice your one friend who’s always wants a teeny tiny piece, as requested: she’ll have to take a bite out of a cupcake and then waste the rest of it. Having cupcakes also means that you won’t be able to have a giant piece of cake: you’ll have to eat a bunch of separate cupcakes…it’s not the same!

Cupcakes are great, but cakes are the “must-have” birthday dessert. Click here to view our flavors here at Classic Cakes, and when you’re ready to order, call us at 317-844-6901.

 

Send Your College Student Off with a Cake
August 30th, 2017 { No Comments » } Tags: , , ,
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Can you believe that it is already time to send your children to college?  With leaves changing and department stores stuffed with dorm décor, the time has finally come.Send Your College Student Off with a Cake

Back to school, regardless of your child’s age, is an emotional time for parents and students. If you are sending your young adult away for their very first year of college, you’re emotions are probably at an all-time high. However, it is important that you send them off feeling good about their future endeavors.

If you’re looking for a way to show your children how proud you are of them, treat them with a gourmet cake from Classic Cakes!

The kids are often more scared than their parents because going off on their own is a bigger deal  to them then they make it out to be. The best thing to do is to give them the confidence and love that they need to understand that you are behind them 100 percent. Consider getting one of our cakes and having a party with all of his or her loved ones before they leave so everyone there can wish them well and be the support they need to face this next chapter of their life.

When you do choose your cake, find something that matches closely to their character. Luckily, we have a cake for every personality type. If you are sending your daughter off to school, she might like something cute but serious. Make it something that tells her that she is growing into a lovely young woman but that she still can have that childlike wonder.

Have a son that is making the plunge? We have cakes for him too. We have cakes that can help your loved ones celebrate that he is becoming the independent gentleman that you always knew he would become.

As the years fly by, you can celebrate your child’s success and accomplishments by having another party! We have many cakes made just for graduating students that they will surely appreciate.

Whether your child is going to college, you’re hosting a bridal shower, or you are just celebrating the next big holiday, start your cake shopping with Classic Cakes. We literally have a cake for every occasion, contact us today to learn more.

Celebrate Labor Day with a Sweet Treat
August 23rd, 2017 { No Comments » } Tags: , ,
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Many people celebrate the end of summer with a Labor Day party, where they fire up the grill and enjoy the company of loved ones before hectic schedules start back up. Celebrate Labor Day with a Sweet Treat

If you’re planning on hosting a Labor Day picnic, consider serving a themed cake for dessert that guests of all ages can enjoy.

Labor Day, celebrated the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement, and is dedicated to the many achievements of American workers. Many people get the day off of work, and it typically signifies the “last celebration of summer” for many families.

American themed cakes are a popular choice for Labor Day celebrations. Here are some trending ideas to get you started!

Commit to Red, White and Blue

The best way to celebrate hard-working Americans: a red, white, and blue sheet cake. A sheet cake can serve a large amount of people and it’s easy to cut up and handout. Plus, a sheet cake can provide a great space for an American flag. You can get creative with the flavors while sticking to the class “Labor Day” colors.

Tiered Cake with Flavor

If you’re going all out, or having a more elegant end of the summer celebration, consider going with a tiered cake. You can go with red, white, and blue in any design from polka dots to stripes. Add a little something extra with red white and blue sprinkles or fondant stars. Choose a flavored cake that will still speak to summertime such as lemon cake or raspberry filling.

Unique Themed Design

If you want to have a cake that goes above and beyond the standard red, white and blue colored theme, consider going with a unique design instead. From a cake decorated with small fireworks or a cake shaped as a picnic cheeseburger, the options are endless!

Interested in ordering your Labor Day cake? Visit Classic Cakes today!

Healthy Substitutes for Cake Baking
August 21st, 2017 { No Comments » } Tags: , , ,
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Healthy Substitutes for Cake BakingHave you ever been in the middle of a recipe and realized you were missing an ingredient? Luckily, many recipes have substitutions that will work just as well as the main ingredients would have.

In fact, many ingredient substitutions end up being healthier than what the recipe originally called for.

Cinnamon Instead of Sugar

Cinnamon can serve as an excellent substitute for sugar for a number of reasons. First and foremost, it gives your recipe a delicious cinnamon flavor. Keep in mind that you only need about half of the amount of cinnamon compared to the amount of sugar the recipe called for. To cut down on your sugar intake, spice up the recipe, and keep things healthy, choose cinnamon instead.

Avocado for Butter: Frosting Edition

If you don’t mind a little green frosting, swap out the butter in your buttercream frosting for avocado instead. An equal amount of avocado subbed in for butter will give your recipe more vitamins and healthy fats, but you’ll still end up with a creamy smooth frosting. Taste the frosting as you go, and add in a bit more vanilla or coco if you can taste the avocado.

Pureed Fruit for Agave or Simple Syrup

Many cake recipes call for simple syrup to keep the cake nice and moist: but that added sugar doesn’t make the cake healthier. Instead of using simple syrup, swap it out for pureed fruits. By doing so, you will you be adding a delicious flavor layer to the cake and you’ll be avoiding processed sugars by enjoying the natural ones instead.

Applesauce for Sugar

If you have a lot of applesauce in your fridge that you’re trying to get rid of, you’re in luck. You can a substitute applesauce for sugar in any cake recipe on a 1 to 1 ratio. However, be sure to decrease your other liquid ingredients by about ¼ cup for every cup of applesauce you added.

Are you looking for a customized cake for a special occasion? Visit Classic Cakes today

Fall Themed Wedding Cakes
August 1st, 2017 { No Comments » } Tags: , ,
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Fall Themed Wedding Cakes Although we don’t want to think about summer coming to an end, a lot of couples are in the midst of planning their fall wedding which are quickly approaching. If you haven’t decided on a cake, we have some guidelines to help you narrow down your decision.

If you’re planning an autumn-themed wedding, it’s time to start thinking about a wedding cake that evokes the changing of the seasons.

Read on for a few ideas for fall-themed wedding cakes that will help you achieve a fall theme through a decadent dessert.

Less Can Be More

Less can often be more when you are planning a heavily themed wedding cake. Resist the urge to go all out with abundant red foliage, pumpkins galore and a scarecrow on top. Instead, pick one or two fall-inspired elements to work into your cake instead.

Colors of the Season

Orange is the quintessential fall color, along with reds and yellows. Consider adding fresh orange flowers or fresh fall “leaves” on top of the cake to provide elegant, fall-inspired accents.

Gone Country

If you prefer a more classic palette, you can still incorporate fall elements into your cake design. Burlap, twine and a tree-bark inspired cake topper lend rustic, country-style elements to a classic cake.

Keep it Fresh

Fresh fall fruits – think apples, figs and berries – provide flavor nuances and fall flair to delicious wedding cakes. Try thinking outside the box and pairing the fruit with chocolate ganache or a naked cake.

Ready to order a fall-themed wedding cake at an affordable price? Classic Cakes is a custom cake shop that specializes in custom designed cakes that reflect your special event.

Storing Leftover Wedding Cake
July 5th, 2017 { No Comments » } Tags: , , ,
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When you get Classic Cakesmarried, you’ll likely save a favor, an invitation, some flowers, and several other items to help you remember your special day for years to come.

You can also store and save your wedding cake in order to enjoy it on your first anniversary.

You’re probably wondering how a cake can stay moist and delicious for an entire year, but if stored properly, it certainly can.

You should consider what types of cakes might freeze best or customize your top tier so it is freeze-friendly. Oil-based cakes freeze better than others, and you might want to skip the fondant on the pieces you plan to freeze. However, there are a few key steps we take to preserve your top tier.

First, we provide your venue with a board that they can place the top tier of the cake on. We also provide a box to wrap to preserve the cake. On the box, we attached specific directions on how to wrap, freeze, and thaw the cake.

If the cake is taller than the box, close the lid as far as it can go and then tape the side of the lid to secure it. Wrap the box in plastic wrap twice. We recommend wrapping it in one direction and then turning the box 90 degrees and wrapping from the other direction

We suggest wrapping the box in extra wide, heavy duty, aluminum foil just as if you were wrapping a gift package. Seal every seam the entire way with tape and store in your freezer.

Keep in mind that throughout your first year of marriage, you may store other things in the freezer from time to time that are powerfully scented, like frozen fish. If you do so, make sure to wrap the fish tightly to prevent any flavor transfer to your cake. Or, stick a box of baking soda in the freezer along with your frozen items to absorb stinky smells.

Remove your cake from the freezer the night before you want to eat it and let it thaw slowly. Remove it from the refrigerator and unwrap the cake several hours before you cut it to allow it to come down to room temperature. We have gotten thank you notes from brides on their one year anniversary, letting us know that their wedding cake tasted just as good as the day they got married.

Classic Cakes specializes in custom designed cakes that reflect your special event, weddings included.

Preserving Cakes in Warm Weather
June 8th, 2017 { No Comments » } Tags: , ,
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Preserving Cakes in Warm Weather   If you’re planning a wedding this summer, you’ve probably had a few nightmares about your beautiful cake melting in the hot summer sun.

However, there are simple steps you can take to preserve your delicious cake during the hot summer months and preserve its beautiful design and elegant flavor.

Icing Choices

If you’re torn between buttercream and fondant, but worried about warm weather getting the best of your cake, go with fondant instead. Fondant is a bit more reliable in the “heat of the moment” because the gelatin that the fondant is made of makes it a bit studier when compared to buttercream.

For those of you who simply must have buttercream (we understand!), there are a few things that can be done to make the icing summer-friendly. You can sometimes swap out the butter for shortening or add a bit of starch to the frosting to make it thicker.

Dairy

If you’re going with a dairy-based filling, such as whipped cream, you might want to think twice. Things like marzipan, mousse, and ganache won’t handle the heat too well, and might not remain fresh by the time you’re ready to serve the cake.

Make sure you ask your baker about leaving the cake refrigerated as long as possible if you’re including ingredients like those we mentioned above. Many venues have large refrigerators that can store cakes until they’re ready to be cut and served.

Avoid Direct Sunlight

If you’re having an outdoor event, it’s important to make sure that your cake at least has some shade. Direct sunlight will result in serious melting regardless of frosting type. If the cake starts to melt, not only will it fall, but the colors will likely bleed which will take away from the overall look.

Looking for a customized cake for an upcoming summer special event? Visit Classic Cakes.



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