That Cost How Much!?

We’ve all been there, flipping through a magazine and then BAM!  You stumble across a section that describes how a celebrity just spent thousands of dollars for a donut.   We thought it might be fun to look at what it takes to make a million dollar dessert.  Would you eat a 24k gold ice cream? We don’t know what you would eat, but we’re pretty sure, we couldn’t eat clusters of diamonds!

Take a look below and see what all the fuss is about!

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Cake: The Beginning

We’ve all eaten cake over the years at dozen of different types of celebrations or just because we felt like a nice slice of scrumptious cake; but do you know where the tradition of eating cake comes from?  Food historians believe the fist peoples to show interest in baking was the ancient Egyptians.  The Egyptians didn’t quite have cake as we think of it today but more like a bread-like dish that was sweetened with honey.

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Cake have long held special meaning to a great many people and that special meaning still holds fast today.  Ingredients like sugar, nuts and fruits use to be rather expensive and by buying or making a cake, it showed the person how much they meant to you. The first Wedding Cake can be linked to ancient Rome. Guest would break the cake on the Bride’s head and scramble to collect the crumbs.  They believe this would bring good luck, fertility and fortune.

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Cakes have also been apart of many cultures ancient rituals.  Ancient Celts would roll cakes down a hill to symbolize the movement of the sun during Beltane. The round shape of cake was thought of as a symbol for the circle of life or for the circle of the seasons.  It also took a round shape to honor the sun and the moon in certain cultures.

The popularity of cake soared during the Industrial Revolution and the invention of baking soda and baking powder popped up.  The development of better transpiration also allowed for goods to be moved more easily and brought cost of ingredients down.  Temperature controlled ovens were also beginning to make the rounds in modern day homes and store fronts.

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Hanging Cakes: Here to Stay?

With Wedding Season in full bloom and couples wanting show stopping cakes, Hanging Wedding Cakes are surely making the rounds.  Even Big Bang Theory Star, Kaley Cuoco, had a Hanging Wedding Cake to wow her guest at her New Year’s Eve nuptials.

We here at Mix-N-Match Bake Shop are quickly becoming fans of these marvelous cakes.  The offer a lovely balance between elegance and a little walk on the wild side.  We’re thinking this is something that’s going to stay for good.  You may see a rush of this style from up and coming Weddings but this Wedding Trend really takes the cake (Yeah I know, bad pun. LOL!)!

Below are a few examples of this amazing Hanging Cakes.

(Please click the name under each image to find out more information behind the cake.)


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May the Fourth Be With You: It’s Star Wars Day!

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To us super fans out there, today is STAR WARS DAY! May the 4th Be With You.  Even if you don’t like Star Wars, you can still appreciate these amazing cakes!  We haven’t had the honor of making a Star Wars themed cake yet, but these cakes were just to amazing not to share on this most awesome day.  Enjoy and May the 4th Be With You!

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If you would like a Star Wars Themed Cake, Mix-N-Match Bake Shop would be happy to create one for you!

Custom Vs. Store-Bought Cake: What’s the Difference?

At Mix-N-Match Bake Shop we’ve had one question pop up more than others and we thought we would share it on our blog.  Almost daily we’ve been asked, “What is the difference between a custom cake and a store-bought cake?”.

A quote from Cake Boss comes to mind:

Never, ever compare your prices to Wal-Mart, Sam’s Club, Costco, or a grocery store.  People can’t get the same cake at Wal-Mart that they get from you.  That cake at Wal-Mart was made months ago, flash-frozen, and shipped to the store, where an employee working as quickly as he/she could frosted it with icing from a bucket, and maybe added some airbrushing or buttercream roses.  That employee probably had 50 other cakes to complete in the same shift.  The difference between your cake and Wal-Mart’s cake can be likened to the difference between custom garments and off-the-rack clothes. Say you went to a seamstress, consulted with her about the perfect fabric and cut for your body type, discussed your coloring, took measurements, went back for several fittings, and in the end had an exquisite dress, hand-made with excruciating attention to detail, perfect for your body and your coloring.  When the seamstress required payment, you would not tell her that a Wal-Mart dress costs $14.99, so that’s all you should pay. The two products are not comparable. 

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When you order a cake from a bakery, like Mix-N-Match Bake Shop, you are not just ordering a cake.  You are placing an order for the baker to hand mix each ingredient to make the custom flavor you picked out.  The cake will be fresh and will not be flash frozen months in advance and delivered when the stores supplies runs low.  You are ordering the baker’s time.  The time that the baker will bake your cake to order, spend hours decorating it to perfection and possibly delivering it to you.

We are not saying don’t shop at these stores, we are simply trying to show you that a custom made cake from a bakery can offer you so much more.  Tailor made for your event needs and made fresh to order.  By ordering a custom cake or cupcake or cake pop, you are ordering something as special as you are!

Whose Side Will You Be On?

According to International Dairy Foods Association, Vanilla Ice Cream has beat out Chocolate Ice Cream in their second annual survey of International Ice Cream Association (IICA) members. But that’s ice cream, what about cake?

A rick, creamy chocolate cake topped with a smooth chocolate frosting, garnished with chocolate shavings could easily be any chocolate lovers dream!

Now for the classic vanilla cake.  Fluffy, light and topped with a wonderful vanilla buttercream, garnished with white chocolate shavings and a raspberry or two.

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Either cake could be heavenly to eat, but where do you stand? Are you a chocolate lover or a classic vanilla?  Or do you go for both?  There’s no rule that says you can’t be on both sides of this team! Lets us know whose side you’ll be on.

 

Black & White Wedding

A wedding that embodies an instant sense of chic and welcomes a beautiful simplicity can be found in a black & white color palate.  No more worrying about pops of purple or shades of green, this lovely wedding theme brings forth a whole new scale of fabulous!  From the Bride’s dress, to wedding guests favors, to your wedding cake and everything in-between, this lovely theme goes a long way.

Below are some of Mix-N-Match Bake Shop’s favorite Black & White theme ideas for your upcoming big day.  If you’re planning a black & white themed wedding, we’d love to hear from you and see how your putting your personal touches onto this chic them!


 

The Wedding Cake – The focal point for your wedding reception that will draw eyes from across the room.  The black & white color theme offers a very elegant breath of fresh air to your guest.  Simple, yet it can offer a grand statement and set the tone for the room.

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Wedding Favors  – Cake Pops can offer a wide variety of designs for you to create the most beautiful and elegant designs for your guests wedding favors.  Mix-N-Match Bake Shop created these Bride & Groom Cake Pops in all white to welcome a chic element for our client.  No matter what your color theme or overall theme for your wedding day, we’d be happy to help you celebrate in style!

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Flowers – Your wedding flowers can be one of the most important part to help set the mood for your wedding(next to your wedding cake, of course).  Black & White flowers come in a wide variety of designs, this bouquet just happened to be one of our favorites.  You can even make them sparkle with small gems or small amounts of glitter.  Perhaps you want to have a little wild side and add a few feathers to your bridal bouquet?

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Dessert Table – Beyond being named one of the top trends for 2014 weddings (Wedding Cake Trends 2014), dessert tables offer a wonderful way to tie in your black & white theme within your wedding reception.  With an endless possibility as to what goodies can be offered to your guest, you have a chance to become very creative with your dessert table.  How about white chocolate covered pretzels?  Or a black & white mini cupcake?  A black & white, Bride & Groom cake pop set? Lovely white mints? The list could go on forever!

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Baby Shower Trends – 2014

 

Baby Showers are finally getting a fresh new take with fun creative ideas for all types of inspiration.  Gone are the days when men are banned and we can all celebrate together!  Check out these top Baby Shower Trends for 2014 that are becoming a hit with hip Moms-to-be.

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With more men taking part in wedding planning, there is also a cross-over of men partaking in baby showers.  Coed showers man-friendly foods and beer-filled baby bottles are bringing the guys in droves.  Guys are even participating in the games!  TheBump.com sys men can play games like Dirty Diaper Hoops, where they can compete to see who can toss the most rolled up diapers through a hoop.

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While little, yellow baby ducks will always be a classic for a baby shower, now-a-days, the animal of choice are woodland creatures.  These cute little creatures have included owls, moose, deer, and squirrels.  Great for nature loving Mama’s who want to share it with their little bundle of joy!  This trend is even being carried over into baby nurseries.

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Mini-Foods for Mom-to-Be

Hip Mom’s are falling in love with everything mini!  Even more so with brunch buffets with mini-foods that can offer up modern menus for their guests.  Hosts are looking for just about anything on a stick that offers less mess and have the goods to impress.

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Boy or Girl?

Gender reveal baby showers where Mom and Dad fill everyone in on their baby’s sex is at an all-time high.  Some parents are asking the doctor to write down the baby’s sex on a note card in a sealed envelope.  They then hand that envelope to the baker, who then makes a cake that’s gender neutral on the outside and either pink or blue on the inside.  Guests of the baby shower then make predictions before the big reveal and when Mom and Day cut the cake, everyone finds out what their expecting.

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The Joy of Cake Pops

Folks always seem to be on the fence with cake pops. Most of the time you either like them or you just don’t. We, at Mix N Match Bake Shop, happen to adore them!

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A cake pop is a dense ball of cake, generally coated with chocolate or some other kind of sweet shell.  They also are placed on a type of lollipop stick.  Cake pops offer the fun and versatility of a lollipop, with the scrumptiousness of cake, but maintains a look of sophistication. They also can be topped with a variety of decorations such as sprinkles, fondant designs, sugar crystals and much more!

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With so many types of occasions to celebrate, cake pops can be made to fit right in.  It can be a wonderful treat for Birthdays, graduations, anniversaries, weddings, baby showers, bridal showers, holiday parties and any other celebration that you want to chow down on some delicious treats. A great personal treat, cake pops also make for lovely favors for your guest.  These lovely treats can even be made into edible bouquets that can be used for unique center pieces for your wedding reception.

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Wedding Cake Trends 2014

With Spring and Summer fast approaching, Wedding Season is also in full bloom.  Love is in the air and many couples will be out and about putting all of those celebration details together.  As you and your partner head out in search of that perfect wedding cake keep an eye out for these 2014 Wedding Cake Trends. Mix N Match Bake Shop would be happy to help you make these wonderful ideas appear on your Wedding Cake.

We’ve included some of our favorite Wedding Cake Trends for 2014 to share with you!

The Naked Cake

Ideal for a rustic style wedding or a country themed, the Naked Cake is quite beautiful.  With generous layers of buttercream or jam filling in between cake layers, this cake is sure to memorable. Exposed cake sides and filling in-between are sure to be a beautiful centerpiece to your special day.  Decorate with fresh flowers or fruit to give an extra layer of elegance.

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Flavor Driven by Season

Couples are being driven by the Season to pick the flavors for their Wedding Cake. For Summer go with a fresh Lemon Cake and for the Winter Season couples are being drawn to Chocolate Cakes with Rich Accents.  There’s oodles of flavors that go with every Season so theres something for every soon to be married couple!

Ruffled Cakes

Elegant, light and airy are the words that come to mind with these beautiful Ruffled Cakes.  Great for any style of wedding from city chic to a elegant county get-a-way.  Often times these wonderful Ruffled Cakes will look like the design for the Bride’s dress.

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 Bold Colors

With Radiant Orchid, a pinky, purple color, being named the color of   2014, it is sure to be everywhere.  Radiant Orchid offers a beautiful blend of warm and cool undertones that is sure to stand out at your Wedding Reception.  Other bold colors are also popping up on the Wedding scene making for even more dramatic cakes that your quest won’t forget.

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Cupcakes

This trend is one of Mix N Match Bake Shop’s absolute favorite!  With gourmet cupcakes offering a wide variety of flavors and chic designs, these little pieces of Heaven are sure to please.  Cupcakes offer a sense of ease and are easier for your wedding guest to handle.  Each cupcake is personal and the overall cost can sometimes be easier on your wedding budget.  Cupcake can also be tiered for a beautiful presentation.

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 Dessert Table

This lovely trend is making its way into just about every type of celebration.  The Dessert Table offers your guest a wide variety of delectable treats to choose from and you can incorporate favorites from the wedded couple.  This trend can also fit into any style of wedding.

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Metallic Cakes

With hints of Gold and Silver, this trend doesn’t look to be going anywhere sometime soon.  You can do metallics on a single trier or perhaps edible gold leaf behind beautiful flowers to make them pop.  Bring a bit of old Hollywood glamour to your wedding cake with this trend.  Metallic Cakes can easily be adapted to any style of wedding.

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