Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Come on Spring!

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Will Winter ever end?
The sprinkling of warm days tease us.  The tips of the tulip leaves quietly breaking through the earth fills us with hope.....and then here comes another snow storm.  We watch the ice break and float away only to awaken to new ice blocks formed overnight.  Up and down our spirits go as we hope this will be the week that Spring firmly plants her foot and is here to stay.

Nothing slows us down at the Bakery.  We began baking and icing our Lemon Raspberry Delight Cakes the first of April.  They join our other Spring cake, the Coconut Lemon Delight Cake, to round
out some of our favorite flavors at this time of the year.
As the girls carefully stir our lemon curd in preparation to make these Seasonal Cakes the air is filled with such a delightful smell.  Spring has definitely sprung inside the Bakery.

In Annapolis everyone is thrilled with the new cookies, meringues, scones and brownies we are beginning to offer there.  Our new bakery cases have made such a difference to the front of our shop.  How did we ever do without them?

We have many exciting things happening in the next two months.
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Come on Spring!  I am ready to ride my bike.
Caroline
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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Hoppy Easter!

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Caroline and RichardToday as I sat at my desk in our Annapolis Bakery and watched the snow and rain through the window I thought, surely Spring is about to show us the colorful buds and flowers we have come to expect at this time of year.  Their bright reminder of new beginnings is still hiding under the comfort of the warm earth and their delayed presence dampens our anticipation.
So I turn my sights to our shop and see the example of new beginnings I was missing. Our two new bakery cases are filled with colorful cupcakes, cake pops, scones, cookies and, of course, cakes. What a delight it is to see such a colorful, tasty array! The day is warmed by happy planning of all the bakery items we will be able to offer to our long-time customers in the Annapolis area. My favorites
are our meringue shells and meringue layers that we will fill with fruit, lemon curd, whipped cream, chocolate or caramel. Their lightness will be perfect for the Spring!

Spartanburg is delighting with the wonderful aroma of lemon and coconut as our shipments build for the Easter weekend.  The chocolate ladybugs and bees have found their way onto more cakes than ever. It is such a fun time for the girls in the bakery in 'Sparkle City.'

Tomorrow, at our Annapolis location, the day will be filled with a photo shoot for The Scout Guide. If you do not know of this publication, it may be found at www.thescoutguide.com. Susie Matheson and Christy Ford of Charlottesville, VA, have scouted out the best of the best in twenty of the top cities in the USA to help guide you to the destinations you would not want to miss when visiting these cities. Eleven more guides are planned to debut throughout the Spring and early Summer. We are thrilled to have been sought out to be included in the Annapolis/Eastern Shore guide.

With bunnies to decorate, egg whites to whip and caramel to cook with care, I must hop off to the kitchen.
May you all have a wonderful holiday and may new beginnings fill your Spring.
Hoppy, Hoppy,
Caroline
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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

A Special Month!

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March is a very special month.
A month filled with all of my Pisces’ friends’ birthdays.....
including mine:) 
The crocuses, daffodils and cherry blossoms begin to bloom,
as the winter drabness begins to brighten with the sprinkling of color appearing all around.  Soon we will experience the color of
‘new green’  before it darkens into the green of summer.
Winter clothes begin to be packed away as the days tease us
with the warmth of the coming Spring.  The last runs down the
snowy slopes are seized with a vengeance to grab the last moments to schuss down the mountain.  Bikes come out to be dusted and oiled for the first rides of the new season.
Who can not embrace the hope and rebirth that Spring brings
with it?
And then in the middle of all of this ‘March Madness’ is
St. Patrick’s Day.  Of course, we will all wear green......because
it is one of the simple, fun expressions of this day of celebration.
I know you do not want to be pinched because you are not wearing the color green;)  Boiled cabbage, potatoes and corned beef will be my traditional meal of choice on this delightful holiday. 
It comes and goes so quickly. The to early morning bike rides, the smell of spring flowers and the celebration of March birthdays........Enjoy it all.

Top O’ The Morning to You........
Caroline

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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Goodbye February, Hello Spring!

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Lots of exciting things are happening here at Caroline's Cakes.
We are putting two new bakery cases  in our Annapolis Bakery to showcase all the cakes, cupcakes and cake pops more glamorously.  
You are sure to say 'WOW!' when you step in the door.
Be on the lookout for our new selections in Annapolis.
You are going to be thrilled.
In Spartanburg, we are preparing for the launch of  
four new very special cakes........all are a surprise........
and have an extraordinary component to go with them.
You will just have to wait, but I am bursting to tell you:)
If you have not seen Martha Stewart's magazine,
'Cakes and Cupcakes,' you should flip through it when you do.
I saw so many cakes that were just like ours,  I have to wonder.....ummm!  One cake alternating chocolate and caramel layers,  
now who else does that:) Then the impatiens on cupcakes.....OK, anyone can do that, I know.......and the daffodil on the cupcake, ah ha! A few pages further, what do I find but the ladybugs on cupcakes.....wrong color green for the leaves, if you ask me...... 
and the bumble bee.....sting!
Facing page, the daisy design on the slices of cake.....well, 
I certainly have seen that before, oh yes!  
Well, well, there is a dot cake, too.....I must admit my jaw dropped;)  
The sailboat cake is a real compliment to our fish bowl cake........  
I think we will just do a sailboat cake, too.......so there!  But the final 'ah-ha' moment is the
Buche de Noel filled with Caramel Buttercream!
Well, imitation is the most sincere form of flattery.......just saying.  
Thank you, Martha. I think I will do a little imitating on my own.

With chuckles,
Caroline

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