Just a quick thank you to Dawn at Novellas in New Paltz for allowing us to provide dessert to everyone at the Wedding Vendors of the Hudson valley meeting on Tuesday evening! Everything was fantastic and the space is beautiful! Be sure to check it out for your upcoming events!
In case you're wondering, the Wedding Vendors enjoyed a variety of Cake Devils sweets, including rainbow cookies, snickerdoodle cookies, soft molasses cookies, white chocolate & cranberry cookies during the event. They were also all given a cupcake in a box (some chocolate cake, some spiced Guinness cake) to take home... however, big surprise, none of them made it out the door! ;)
Spiced Guinness Cake
Did that your attention?
St. Patrick's Day was coming and I needed a quick cake for a friend. I thought that a Guinness Cake was quite appropriate given the upcoming holiday. I typically use Guinness to make a Chocolate Stout Cake, but had recently made so much chocolate cake, so I wanted to do something different.
Our new and exciting Spiced Guinness Cake was born! I made it on a whim as an experiment. Wow! Was I pleasantly surprised! It was DELICIOUS! And I don't even like beer. The cake was so moist and fluffy and just plain ol' YUMMY!
We typically pair our Chocolate Guinness cake with a Bailey's Irish Cream buttercream. In an effort to be different, I paired it with a spiced cream cheese buttercream. Such a great combo!!
If you're looking for a cake baked with beer, we highly suggest giving this a try! You'll find it on our flavors page shortly!
A Question Often Asked.
Humans are interesting creatures. It's amazing what captures our attention. How many times have you been stuck in traffic because there is a car accident on the other side of the highway? I bet you hate that. I bet it drives you crazy that everyone has to slow down to look. But I also bet that when your turn comes, and you're directly across from that accident, you're slowing down to look too. Amazing that we can't help but be curious about and intrigued by disasters. Where do you think the saying "It's like a train wreck, you can't look away." came from?
That leads me to the following question that we are often asked. Have you ever had any disasters? We wish we could just answer that question with a simple "nope." But, we are human and making these cakes is hard work. And as if creating these delicious works of art wasn't hard enough, then we have to deliver them! Some of these cakes are very heavy and sometimes our deliveries require carrying them up or down stairs. Eeek. ;) How about driving with them? Sometimes we'll take a longer route because we know it's a smoother ride. Well. Before this winter hit! Trying to navigate around all of these pot holes is an adventure all on it's own!
Since we are often asked, I thought you might enjoy reading about a recent cake delivery. It did not go as smoothly as we had hoped. Read on....
Adventures in Delivering a Casino Cake
Last Saturday, our second stop of the day was to deliver casino cupcakes and a small casino cake for a 40th birthday party. This birthday cake was being delivered to a private home in Monroe, NY. This home was not right off the highway. It was deep into the town which required driving down many twisting, turning, mountain back roads. After a brief stop in Harriman, the snow started falling harder. It was coming down fast. The roads were slick and visibility was poor. I set the GPS and it said it would take 18 minutes. We had plenty of time to get there and figured we would be early. Well... not so much. The roads were icing over and very snow covered. We were taking it slow, barely getting over 15mph. We got to one road in Monroe (which shall remain nameless) and knew it was going to be bad. It was twisting, turning, and all down hill. We took it even slower, but I could feel that the tires were not gripping the road. We slid a bit and could not stop, but we regained control rather quickly. Then it happened again. The car would not stop, it slid, it spun, and went sideways. Yes, we slid down a hill sideways in slow motion. We thought we were going to crash. We both knew that we would not get hurt, as we were moving so slow and would most likely hit a snow bank, but we also both were worried that the cake would go flying!
Well, somehow (my guardian angel, I believe) I got the car straight and we came to a stop. We did not hit anything. We were fine. The cake was fine. But our hearts were pounding and our stomachs were doing flip flops. We sat there for a minute. Just stopped in the road. Debating what to do. Turning back was not an option because it meant going back down that road. Not delivering that cake was not an option either. So we forged on. Slooowwwllly. Eventually we arrived at the house and the cake and cupcakes were well received. We sent everything up, said our thank yous and headed back to the snow and ice covered car. We both knew that we could not go back the way we came. No way. No how. So I looked at the map and chose a better route on the GPS. Better, but not good. We managed to get back without any incidents. However that 18 minute GPS time turned into a 2 hour round trip ride.
So there you have it. Our recent cake disaster. ;) And now we present you with the small casino cake and casino cupcakes for the 40th birthday party on one snowy evening.
One VERY personalized Sweet 16 cake!
There were two delicious flavors in this incredible four tier cake. The top two tiers were Red Velvet Cake with a Cream Cheese filling, iced in a Vanilla Buttercream and finished with a Vanilla Fondant. The bottom two tiers were Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake, with a Chocolate filling, iced in Chocolate Buttercream and finished with a Vanilla Fondant.
Each tier of this four tiered cake represented one aspect of the birthday girl's daily life.
She's a cheerleader! The top tier of this amazing design is filled with aspects of her cheerleading. Red and white are her school colors at North Rockland High School and the paw print represents her school's mascot.
She plays basketball on the Police Athletic League! This tier was done in a pale orange fondant to represent basketball, yet keep with the muted colors chosen for the design. Along with the obvious basketball items on this tier, you'll find her numbers and the PAL initials for the Police Athletic League.
She's an EMS volunteer! Impressed with her yet? I certainly am, and we still have one tier to go!! This tier was done in a light blue background to represent the colors of her ambulance corps in Stony Point, NY. Along with the really cute ambulance and other obvious items, you'll notice the letters SPAC, which stand for Stony Point Ambulance Corps.
And last, but certainly not least, she's a volunteer for the fire department! As I said in the beginning... amazing! This tier was done in a dusty gray fondant to keep with the muted background colors and makes a great representation of smoke! On this tier, you will again find the obvious items and, if you didn't guess by now, her number is 23.
The Story Behind this Baby Animal and Baby Blocks
The flavor of the cake, Blissful Blueberry, was the idea of the mother-in-law. She thought it would be a great idea to have the cake be blue inside for a baby boy! She had no worries about picking an uncommon flavor, as she knew from experience how delicious it is! This seems to be the popular opinion of any of the berry flavor cakes. Even Cake Devil Erica... who does not like blueberries, loves when I make blueberry cake!
Here's a little confession... I did add some food coloring to the cake batter. When I reduce blueberries, I'm never quite sure what color it is going to turn the cake because it all depends on the blueberries. Sometimes it's a dark pink, sometimes it's purple and on a rare occasion, it's actually blue. This was not one of those rare occasions. If you look at the picture of the cut cake, the filling was the natural occurring color. The blue cake, blue icing and green icing are all results of a little bit of coloring.
The mom to be was poking around our website and was fond of the cake pictured on the right with the bear and the duck. She really loved the little animals on top and wanted something similar. She also really wanted some baby blocks on the cake. So, being a cake designer, I was quickly inspired and asked her if she would like a lion, a tiger, a elephant and a giraffe with some baby blocks and suggested using light blue, light green, brown and yellow. She said yes, thought it sounded great!
I went back and filled in her mother-in-law and the design was set! We were al excited for this cake! :)
This cake was adorable! Everyone raved about it. But who knew what it would start?? Since the day I published photos of this cake on our website and our social media accounts, we have had so many inquires from people wanting this cake and/or some version of this cake. This, by far, has been our most requested design theme recently. We have already done and posted a few cakes that were inspired by this one!
Being a custom cakery and cake artists, we always try to keep our cakes unique and customized to each individual. Cake Devil Erica and I are still amazed and how many ways we can make a fondant elephant! Who knew? :)
The Story Behind The Daisy Wedding Cake
This beautiful wedding cake was created for a wonderful couple that got married at Harriman State Park this summer. The couple was from Long Island, however, the bride spent much time camping at this campsite with her family and thought it would be wonderful to have her wedding there.
When this bride contacted us, she asked us for a small 2 tier cake and a sheet cake to compensate for the rest of the servings. She sent us a couple of pictures of cakes that inspired her. We knew right away that she wanted a little bit of yellow flowers and a textured cake with an outdoor feel. We asked her for her budget and it made it easy for us to work up designs for her knowing what would fit into her budget. We told her that we could create a beautiful 3 tier cake for her... would she prefer this? This bride was ecstatic! She did not think that a 3 tier cake would fit into her budget. We asked some more questions and then provided her with this design idea and a quote. The bride was happy and the cake was booked! :)
All 3 tiers of this cake were a delicious Red Velvet Cake with a raspberry filling and a smooth vanilla buttercream icing.
This 3 tier daisy wedding cake was delivered to Harriman Sate Park in Harriman, NY. We weren't sure what to expect as this was a unique wedding location. When we pulled up, we were amazed! The site was BEAUTIFUL! They had tents and a pavilion all set up and decorated. The couple had photos of their relationship and themselves displayed beautifully. When we arrived, the caterer was there along with the groom and the groomsmen. They all looked fantastic. The groom was anxious.. as expected! We set up the cake and were extremely impressed with this couple. They thought of everything... even how to keep the bugs off of the cake for this outdoor wedding.
A little canopy netting went a long way and it looked so pretty!!
Take note for future outdoor weddings... this was a great idea!
Below is a clip of the email that we received from the bride after the wedding:
Dear Stacy and Erica,
Thank you for everything. Hope you found the location easily enough, I know it is a bit tricky! The cake was absolutely beautiful and delicious! The decorations were perfect and just how I imagined it. I will spread the word about your amazing, professional business and how you made my wedding day so special. Thanks again!
From the bottom of our Little Cake Devil hearts, Thank you for your order!
Stacy & Erica
The Story Behind the Cake...
Do you ever wonder what's behind each cake we post? What flavor was the cake? Where did the cake go? Who purchased the cake? What event was it for?
Well, your questions are about to be answered. I find that I don't really keep up with our blog, often because I just don't know what to blog about. How much do you really want read about us creating these cakes? I could tell you step by step, today we made 12 pounds of chocolate buttercream, next we are making 24 red sugar roses... but I would bore you. I could tell you stories about things that crack us up while we're in the kitchen, but I think a lot of it is just funny in the moment. Maybe because we're tired, but sometimes we find ourselves laughing over everything and doing silly things. I don't know that it would make great reading material either. So, alas, I came up with an idea this morning. I am going to tell you the story of some of our cakes!
Each cake has so much meaning to us. Each cake connects to a person and a special day in their lives. It's amazing to be a part of so many special events and it's incredible how each cake stays with me. You can pick out any cake on our website and we can tell you who that cake was for and what the event was. We're even pretty good at remember the flavors of cakes somehow.
So, in this series, I will share with you the story of the customer (keeping them anonymous), where the cake was delivered, the flavor of the cake and any feedback received.
The majority of our cakes are Wedding cakes, Baby shower cakes, Bridal shower cakes, Birthday cakes, Sweet 16 cakes, 1st birthday cakes, Graduation cakes, Retirement cakes... and more.
The majority of our deliveries go to The Lower Hudson Valley and Northern New Jersey. Including Rockland County, Orange County, Westchester County, Dutchess County, Bergen County and Passaic County, though we do go to other areas as well.
Why the Newsletter Hiatus?
Cake Devils consists of Cake Devil Stacy and Cake Devil Erica... that's it. No one else. Just the two of us to bake, decorate and deliver all these cakes. Not to mention, keep stocked with ingredients and supplies, take orders, write contracts, keep reporting, etc. Oh yes, I also maintain our website and social media. So, yes, we are busy little Devils. No complaints about that at all.
What caused the pause in our newsletter was actually growth. This was a great problem. Our Newsletter list grew too long to send out our blasts the way we had been and we hit a road block. Being just two people, we just did not have the time to resolve it as quickly as we would have liked. But it is resolved now and we will resume our newsletters! Sweet! :D
Earn Your Free Cake!
Happy Friday Evening!
Cake Devils here! Busy Cake Devils, up to our ears in cake! In case you couldn't tell from the tardiness of our April Newsletter. Since we're late, we'll keep this short and sweet... like us! :D
March was a busy, busy month full of hustle and bustle with orders, tastings, shows and everyday business. The last minute weather postponement of the Suffern Crowne Plaza Bridal Show gave us two shows just two days apart. We had the Bethel Woods Bridal Expo only two day after the snow date. The excitement of the brides and other guests was infectious... or maybe that was the sugar high from our cake samples. ;) In any case, both venues are absolutely beautiful and in very different ways. We highly recommend checking them both out for your special events. If you book the Crowne Plaza, you'll already be heading in our direction for a cake and if you go with Bethel Woods, don't forget to call us for your beautiful centerpiece of a cake as well!
And now for some BIG news that we're very excited to share with you! We're gearing up to launch a Referral program where you'll be able to earn credit towards cake!! You'll earn a small percentage of every order you send our way. You can hold onto those credits if you want... Send us enough referral and maybe you'll earn yourself a free cake! You never know! Stay tuned for details. We'll be launching this summer!
Before we sign off, we just want to briefly mention our recent travels to the National Capital Area Cake Show where we took home not one, but two blue ribbons... but more on that in our next newsletter! Or if you just can't wait, take some time to browse our Meet the Devils page and our News & Accomplishments page. I've been doing some updating!
All You Ever wanted to Know about Cake Devils & More!
Spring is on it's way, though we hope everyone has been staying warm this winter. We have been busy little devils with lots of great NEWS to share! How well do you know the Cake Devils? Well, in case you missed it...
We hope you got a chance to tune in and hear us on WRCR with Richard Gandon of the Rockland Times and the Rockland Star last month. If not...it's not too late! You can still listen to our interview and learn a little more about us and what we do right on the news page of our website!
We also had a fantastic article published about us in the Hudson Valley Business Journal written by Catherine Portman-Laux talking about the 600 person event that we baked for in December.
Did you catch our interview on Royal Photobooth's Vendor Spotlight? We hope so! But if you didn't, take a moment to check it out now!
We are really excited to be exhibiting at the Rockland County Bridal Show Thursday, March 21st (postponed from 3/7 due to the weather so don't head over there tonight!) at the Crowne Plaza in Suffern, NY and at the Bethel Woods Wedding Expo on Saturday March 23rd at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts in Bethel, NY. We hope you stop by to see us, check out our work of course taste our devilishly delicious cake samples!
Until next time...we'll be in the kitchen!
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Stacy & Erica
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