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We’re one of the Top Pastry Pros!

April 18th, 2014

As chosen by Martha Stewart Weddings Magazine we’ve been listed as one of the top 63 cake makers in the country!  We’re honored to be on the same list as many other cake shops whom we admire.

We’re so proud of our amazing bakers and decorators who are fine artists of sugar and are truly masters of their craft.

Check out the full list in the current issue of MSW magazine.

Find us under Massachusetts!

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Holy Cakes

April 14th, 2014

It’s that time of year again. Time for Communions, Confirmations and Christenings. Of course all of these events often include parties of some kind, and along with parties comes cake.

The spectrum of cake designs for such an event is huge. From the simple buttercream cakes that read “God Bless” to elaborate tiered cakes, complete with sugar rosary beads and crosses. The possibilities are limitless. We’ve even done sculpted bibles! If you’re looking for a custom cake for your upcoming Communion, Confirmation, Christening, or any other event for that matter, we’ve got you covered.

 

This was for a girl’s Baptism. The roses, butterflies and cross are all made from our marshmallow fondant.

This simple cake was for a young boy’s Communion.

This sculpted bible was for a Confirmation last year. The gold-lined pages make this cake even more realistic.

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Brown University Hall Cake

April 5th, 2014

 

It’s been a month now since we completed the enormous replica cake of Brown University’s University Hall.  Enormous was an understatement as it feed 1,300 people and weighed about 500-600 lbs.   We’ve finally compiled our photos and fun facts for this cake to share with you.

Cake Stats:

72 sheet cake layers of Red Velvet and Chocolate Cake
+ additional 1,200 cupcakes to feed the crowd

20 x 10 Qt buckets of our Italian meringue buttercream

125 lbs of our homemade marshmallow fondant

6-8 staff members to maneuver the cake around the bakery and at event

166 windows all cut and molding trim added and all window panes piped on by hand

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Boston Betrothed – local wedding expert collective

April 5th, 2014

If you’re getting married and are looking for a one-stop-shop for all your wedding vendors and planning information & inspiration in the Boston area you need to check out Boston Betrothed.  We are proud to say we’re a founding member of the group.

Boston Betrothed is a collective of like-minded wedding professionals & experts – all wildly passionate, talented artists – and some of the most inspired and dependable wedding vendors in New England, coming together to create the go-to resource for New England brides and grooms. The members of our group are tuned into the heart of weddings, fashion, art, and technology, ensuring Boston Betrothed is a trusted and knowledgeable source for current information on the wedding industry.

Here’s a look as what Boston Betrothed is capable as group, our table at the Boston Public Library Wedding Gala.

Below: Close up of our cakes at the Boston Public Library Wedding Gala.

Meet all our members and stay up to date on everything wedding at bostonbetrothed.com

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Flashback – 1 yr ago today

February 25th, 2014

One year ago today we stepped into our new store.  I mean we stepped into an empty, run-down, abandoned dry-cleaners that we immediately envisioned would make a perfect new home for our cake shop.  It’s been an insane year with lots of hard work not only by Tyler and I (Amanda) but by our whole staff.  We always knew we’ve wanted to move our store (which was located in Winthrop for 3 1/2 years) to Boston.  It just took a couple years of planning, finding the perfect location and time enough to secure the funds.  As soon as we stepped into this space we knew it was perfect, so much so I got a little sick to my stomach with the excitement that this was it, this move is gonna happen.  Since this day a year ago we’ve spend time, securing the lease, acquiring a hefty loan, and several, several months doing a lot of the construction work ourselves (see this post) including drywall, painting and ALL the tile laying.

Here’s Tyler taking initial pictures of the space on that first day we saw our new space.  The view here is what you’d be looking at as you’re coming in through our front door today.

Same view but with several months of construction work complete.

Same view except, TA DA!  This is our store today.

This is the back room baking area one year ago today on the day we first saw the space. (Sadly, as this is a food prep area we had to cover up all the old brick)

Same view except flipped around.  Here, the ovens are in and we’ve just started laying the tile.  Did I mention we laid ALL the tile in the WHOLE store?  We did, and it was epic.  Turns out cake decorators make great tile layers.

Same back room view except, TA DA!  This is our functional bakery today.

It’s been a wild ride, to say the least and we appreciate everyone’s effort and support in our major move.  Us and our staff really love the Boston neighborhood we’re in!  Hope to see you in sometime!

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Bioshock Infinite Songbird Cake

February 11th, 2014

Every once in a while a cake order comes along that is so epic, we can’t help but out-do ourselves.  That’s definitely what happened when we got a call from the wonderful people at Irrational Games.  Their hit video game Bioshock Infinite has done pretty well for them this year, winning them over 100 awards, and to celebrate a job well done they decided to get this cake for their amazingly talented staff of hit-video-game-making-wizards.

The cake was about three feet tall, served their entire crew of 100, and took about three sleepless nights to pull off.  It’s all cake, sugar, and good stuff, and it was delicious.  Check out the imgur album below to see the cake being built, completed, and devoured!

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Valentine’s Day sweets for your sweet

January 30th, 2014

With Valentine’s Day only a couple weeks away we are now acceotubg pre-orders.  Treat your sweet to some of our freshly baked sweets.

Chocolate Lover’s Cheesecake and Red Velvet Cheesecake available in both 7″O and 9″O full size cheesecake as well as mini individual cheesecakes- $28,$48 & $4.75 ea.

In addition to our regular gourmet cakes we have limited edition heart shaped red velvet cakes; Strawberry Velvet and regular Red Velvet Vanilla – $36 ea.

Here’s our Valentine’s gift box cake.  Available for the same 10-12 servings and $100 price of our designer cakes, available in Red Velvet, Chocolate or Yellow flavor cake.  Valentine’s Confetti Cookies are $2.05 ea. and Red Velvet Whoopie Pies are $3 ea.

Everyday we have a varied assortment of cupcakes in our display case here are a few of our popular Valentine’s Day designs.  Order a dozen of the rose buttercream ones as a fun alternative to the typical dozen roses – $3-3.50 ea.

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Vintage Painted Plate Inspired Wedding Cake

January 16th, 2014

There’s an overwhelming amount of inspiration available for wedding cakes these days, especially for cakes.  The question is how do you translate that inspiration into a unique cake design to wow your guests?  That’s where your cake artist, yours truly, comes in.

Sometimes the simplest way to approach a cake design is to bring your inspiration to your cake consultation.  As cake decorators, we’re visual people so as soon as we see something you’re using in your wedding; invites, color swatches, dress pics, vintage floral plates etc. we can right away imagine how that can translate into cake.  We will either sketch this out on the spot if it’s something simple or can send a more detailed and color sketch a day or two later.

Recently Boston Betrothed had a booth at the Boston Public Library Wedding Gala and needed some new cake designs to display.  This was a good excuse for me to whip out this design since they were using vintage floral plates in the table setting.  This was our inspiration shot.

I loved this vintage plate design, with the gold trim so I sketched up a design as a more modern, yet classy square wedding cake.

Here’s the work in progress.  Painting is just about complete, just need to add the gold trim.  As a Fine Arts 2D graduate who majored in painting it was really fun to get out all the palettes and brushes and do some serious painting.

Finished Cake.  All the florals were hand-painted using airbrush color.

Even though this is a shot of the back of the painted cake you can see how well it, along with our other fabric flowers-inspired cake, fits perfectly with the chosen vintage plates in the table setting.

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we’re in well wed magazine!

December 28th, 2013

Every couple months we get asked to be a part of a photo shoot for a local magazine.  Most recently it was Well Wed Magazine.  We love being part of these photo shoots because we get to make a brand new cake design and be on display with other local wedding professionals.  This is the current edition of this magazine with a remake of our ever popular pillow cake.

 

 

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Sweet Christmas Gifts

December 20th, 2013

Need a last minute Christmas gift.  We’ve got the tastiest baked goods in Boston all wrapped up.

We’re open Christmas Eve – open 7am – 5pm.  We’ll be Closed on Christmas Day as well as the 26th and reopening for regular business hours on Friday the 27th.

We’ll have lots of treats and goodies on hand but please give us a call and pre-order anything of a dozen or more.

Can’t decide?  Then we have gift certificates available for general baked goods as well as our cake decorating classes.  Give us a call or stop by our store to learn more.

We make our own hot chocolate mix with sugar and spice and everything nice in our bakery.  Each jar contains enough mix to make about 20 cups of cocoa.  Plus it comes with an adorable mini whisk.  Try the regular and the spicy Aztec. $16 each.

Hot chocolate is not complete unless you have it with one of our homemade marshmallows and gingerbread cookie.  This gift box has it all wrapped up and ready to go. $29.

Complete your yummy gift with a greeting card made by local artist Leah, of Cricisis Design. $3-4 each.

 Bite-size gingerbread men cookies to go.  $4/bag.

Full-size gingerbread men cookies $3 each.

 

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