Friday, November 21, 2014

Help Send Smashbakes to Pastry School

Smashbakes, a cottage food business located in Chino, CA, is raising funds to attend pastry school. The home based bakery is known for their unique macaron flavors, crazy cookie concoctions, and is definitely not your traditional bakery. They strive to create fun, out of the box creations, which has helped them make a name for themselves in a short time.

Though the business is under a year old, Smashbakes has already been featured on Foodbeast for their Fruity Pebble Macarons, and here at CTTC for their Rice Krispies Cakes. Their popular creations such as their nostalgic throwback to the 90's Reptar Bars, as made famous by Nickelodeon's Rugrats, have been featured on That's Nerdalicious.

Smashbakes is hoping to attend the Pro Pastry classes at The Gourmandise School of Sweets and Savories in Santa Monica, CA, which has also famously hosted baking classes with popular bloggers such as Joy The Baker.

Please visit Smashbakes' GoFundMe page to read more about their story!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Chili And Mexican Hot Chocolate Cupcakes

Today I learned how to use the Canon EOS Rebel SL1. I will be taking many food photos over the next week through Thanksgiving and sharing with you on the blog as part of their #BringIt campaign. This is what I had for lunch, chili with macaroni and cheese. My dad made the chili yesterday, but I like to add a little cinnamon, cocoa powder and cloves to give it a Cincinnati chili taste.

Speaking of cinnamon, Mexican hot chocolate is great for this cold weather, and Mexican hot chocolate cupcakes are even better.

Perk Up Cakes and Cupcakes With Herb Crystals

Monday was my sister's birthday and she ordered a chocolate cake from Piece of Cake. There's only a bit left, and I had a slice for dessert last night. Initially, I was going to sprinkle a little sea salt on the slice, but when I saw the hibiscus crystals in the pantry, I decided to go for it. It was delicious! Fresh Origins makes herbal and floral crystals in different flavors including fennel, mint, cilantro, rose and hibiscus.

The hibiscus crystals are a great combination of sweetness and citrus taste.  These crystals are an unusual flavor accent but can used in so many dishes. Add a tangy spark to desserts; innovative topping for lemon sorbet and chocolate ganache.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Giveaway: Be The King Or Queen Of Your Domain With Domain.Me

It's official - cupcakes DO take the cake
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Taking Photos With A Canon Rebel SL1

After nearly ten years of blogging, I have yet to own a digital SLR. I have been using a digital point and shoot for years and now I mostly use my phone's camera. Good food photography a digital SLR is essential. Canon is loaning me a camera to document my Thanksgiving. I will be taking photos and posting over the next two weeks. I got the camera via FedEx yesterday, and charged the battery last night. Here's my first selfie using the Rebel.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Thanksgiving Turkey Cake Pops By Sugarkissed

Thanksgiving is only 10 days away! Janine of Sugarkissed shows you how to make fun Thanksgiving cake pops.
Thanksgiving Turkey Cake Pops

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Dean & Deluca Now Selling Gourmet Cupcakes From Kansas City's Cupcake A La Mode

Good news for Kansas Citians!  TODAY, my favorite local cupcake shop started selling new signature flavors at the Leawood Dean & Deluca! Right now, they are offering 2 signature flavors - Chocolate Almond (chocolate cupcake topped with almond buttercream, rolled in toasted coconut and toasted Almonds and drizzled with salted caramel sauce) and Counter Culture Espresso (vanilla cupcake topped with buttercream featuring Dean & Deluca's real house signature ground Counter Culture Espresso and a chocolate covered espresso bean) AND 2 seasonal flavors. For November - Red Velvet (red velvet cake topped with raspberry sauce and a raspberry and white chocolate cream cheese swirl buttercream AND Pumpkin (pumpkin cupcake topped with a chocolate cinnamon buttercream and crushed roasted pepitas. For December, rumor has it the seasonal flavors will be Gingerbread (gingerbread cupcake topped with a spiked eggnog buttercream) AND Christmas Red Velvet (red velvet cake topped with chocolate cream cheese icing and crushed candy canes).
The new signatures will only be available at D&D, so don't expect to find them at A La Mode's regular shops.  Currently, D&D is selling them for $4.25 but they are baked and decorated and then delivered from right around the block at the Leawood branch of the cupcake shop.  Soon, they will also be making a GF vegan cupcake for them as well. They are open 7am til 8pm daily and the D&D street address is 4700 W 119th st Leawood 66209.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Giveaway For Cupcake Business Owners: Home Bakery Spreadsheet Model

Earlier this year Josie Acosta created a spreadsheet model for her mom who has a home based bakery business based in Florida to help her calculate the price of her cakes and manage her business. Since then, Josie has been selling the model on Etsy and have gotten great reviews!

Josie's mother Olga has been using the model since the beginning of the year and it has definitely helped her to see her true profit. In the past she wasn't doing the best job at tracking her expenses and after entering her information into the model we found out that she was actually losing money on some of her orders. BTW, if you are in the Melbourne, Florida and need a cake, then order from Olga's Delicious Cakes.

This spreadsheet is a good way to started with managing expenses. As your business grows, you may want to check out, a cloud-based accounting software.

We are doing a giveaway of the Home Bakery Business Management Excel Spreadsheet Model.
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