Sunday, July 14, 2013

Bite of Oregon

Bite of Oregon
August 9th through the 11th
We will be there with cookies, brownies,
and other tasty treats.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

It's Your Wedding.

It's that time of year again, High Wedding Season. 
And the phone calls that come with...
"Hi, I need a Wedding cake to serve 300 for tomorrow 
and I want this decoration."

Ahahahahahahahahahaha,...wait, you're serious?
And yes, we have had a few of those types of calls.
Sometimes, we can help. Sometimes we can not.
It never ceases to amaze me that some don't stop to think that it 
might take more than five minutes to make something like that,
especially when they want the elaborate decoration 
that needs at least a week to set. 
One thing I always tell couples that come for consultations and
I have noticed that a lot more couples, in general, 
are taking this advice to heart whether 
it's having unusual Wedding photos, 
showing off serious dance moves, 
Steampunk attire, etc.
I've had a few couples that don't care for cake but 
they think that it's what they have to have 
because it's what's expected.
They'll be eyeing our Lemon Coconut bar or 
the Fudge brownie and then ask me 
"What kind of cake do most people like?"

I ask them, "If you were just having something for yourself, 
What do you really like?" 
Some have said cookies, others have said pie but then 
they start dutifully looking through our cake photo albums again.

"It's your Wedding, 
you should do what you want to do, 
not what you think 
others expect you to do."
Again, it's your Wedding. 
Have what you want to have.
Sure, you could have a small cake or cupcakes to 
keep the cake lovers happy but, if you like pie then,
by all means,  have pie.
(Just remember to have a pie server or two on hand)
Why, one of our former employees had us make 
her a Wedding cake that was actually 
giant Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip cookies which we
filled and frosted like a regular cake
and it was a big hit.

There are always a few caveats for anything you choose, 
for example: if it's 100+ degree day outside, and you don't have 
refrigeration then it's probably best to stay away from 
custard or whipped cream
but other than that, go for it.

Weddings should be about 
celebrating ,not regretting.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Birthday cake for Stevie Wonder

  My pastry chef received a call from an old school chum recently, 
asking if we would make a birthday cake for a special guest.
Mr. Stevie Wonder. 
That would be a Yes.
The event was a fundraiser for Project Clean Slate. 
My baker baked a cake to serve 200
and my pastry chef got to work on the decoration. 
She made the cake topper a few days ahead so it 
would have time to dry and would be stable.
With fondant covering the cake, it weighs over 70lb.
We took it to the restaurant Quartet.
My pastry chef also put some of
Mr. Wonder's song titles 
on the cake.
No, she couldn't fit all of them on there, not by a long shot.
Close up action
Piano & cake together in perfect harmony.
Nifty insides of Quartet
More nifty interior action.
A chef and her cake.
The Executive Chef & friend of my pastry chef.
I really like the interior, very modern.
I snapped a couple of pictures of Mr. Wonder 
and took a bit of video though it was more to hear the music
rather than actually being close by. 
He was very gracious to sing a few songs.
So, here's that assortment and a short news video covering it as well.
 Arrival. Side view. 
(I can not, for some reason, get the video to be upright. Sorry about that.)

Happy Birthday Mr. Wonder. 

Monday, April 8, 2013

Random stuff

There's a lot of stuff going on and I never seem to have enough time to catch up on everything that I want to do or that needs to be done.

Anyhow, thought I'd post a few things that I am currently interested in (translation: many of the things that are keeping me from catching up on the other things I should be doing).

I found out about this excellent web comic when I was up at Steamcon last year.
girl genius comics
This web comic has it all and I love the fact that the main character is a pretty darn self sufficient and practical female. Also, the humour cracks me up a lot. 

Another web comic that I've just come across is "Namesake".
The premise is that a person who has the same name as a character from a novel has the potential to be a new version of that character and continue or update the story. 

These both are ongoing comics which drives me (a little) crazy because I want to read the entire thing right now!!!!... but, at least they update three times a week on alternating days 
so I can get my fix of each until the next one is online. 
You can also buy Girl Genius in actual book form either as a graphic novel or as a regular novel. 
(Yes, please. Actual physical, hold the weight in your hands, 
flip pages back and forth, 
dog ear your favourite pages books are the best!) 
(Totally Team Gil btw)

Food wise, we met these people at ChocolateFest this year
and I am very happy about that.

At first glance of their menu, you think
"What? How? Is that Even Possible?"
Then you taste on of their sandwiches and realize that
your reality has shifted and you are all the better for it.
 (Spicy Thai is the best  until I have the Betty or the Hot Hood)

Sometimes, one just needs a little break from the world of dessert and PBJ's is a tasty way to go.

Well, that's a brief rundown of nifty things, now-Back to the cakes!
And pies, and cookies, and mousse...

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Chocolate Fantasy 2013

Chocolate Fantasy at the Jenkins Estate.
Always the Friday before Valentine's Day.
(so much easier to remember)

My bakery has a booth in the stables 
(I would love to turn that place into a house!)
and we always have desserts for sample & sale.
We bring everything from Fudge brownies to 
Chocolate cupcakes with a buttercream swirl, 
and as always, everything is made from scratch.
I keep meaning to take more pictures but 
there never seems to be enough time to do it all. 
On that note, here's a few pictures of the event 
and some of the other really nice vendors as well.
Now, On to the pictures! 
Our home away from the bakery
My Pastry Chef ready to go with our Fudge brownie samples.
I can usually make it to the other room but never quite get to the main house.

Once the crowds start arriving, it's a little difficult to get closeups.
The Rose City Sweets people are as sweet as their treats.

I have a whole shelf dedicated to Rose City Pepperheads jam, the Mango Madness is my fave.

It's chocolate that's brewed like French Press Coffee. Tasty.
Our neighbor, a couple of booths down. Lavender perfumes the stables.
She had a Dark Chocolate w/ sea salt that was excellent.
These guys have been our neighbors for ages. Love their stuff.

Steampunk Baker has the Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip samples ready to go.
A Huge THANK YOU to our staff for all of their hard work!
 We couldn't do this without you.

As always,
Keep Portland Tiered. Eat Cake.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Chocolate Fest 2013

I will just say...
"Wow" and "Yum".

Chocolate Fest was a whirlwind of activity
to put it mildly.  

 Our Fudge brownies, cupcakes, and 
Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip cookies were 
flying out of our booth at warp speed. 
There never seems to be enough time to taste everything 
or visit with all of the other splendid vendors that were in attendance
but I did manage to take a few pictures. 

"And here we go."
My Pastry Chef, Robin Hassett, ready for the day.
Our neighbors across the way, Rose City Sweets.
Coastal Mist chocolates
This is such a gorgeous display.
Everything here is so tasty. Willamette Valley Confectionery
They always have such a fun & sassy booth at JaCiva's.
Verdun Chocolate
Carter's Chocolates
The chocolate dipped bacon at Carter's Chocolates
sold out long before Chocolate Fest ended. 
Dick Taylor Craft Chocolate.
They have some serious style at this booth.
Our next door neighbors
The muscat is divine. Their other wines are pretty good too.
Setting up.
"Chocolate Understands." Yes, yes it does.
I didn't get any pictures of this one but PBJ's sandwiches are...
Very possibly the BEST sandwiches that I have ever tried.
Best Ever. 

My favourites in order are:
The Spicy Thai (O.M.G.)
The Hot Hood, a very, very close second.
(Very, very close.)
The Oregonian
The Spencer
The Joy
Of course, I haven't had a chance to try the rest yet...
Here's the link to their page.
Do yourself a favour and stop by their foodcart. 
It will be worth every moment. 
Steampunk Baker, samples at the ready.
A huge Thank You! goes out to our staff 
for all of their hard work & 
to the World Forestry Center staff for putting 
this event together. 

See you all next year!