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Sam’s Club Launches Smaller Sized Cakes for 2020’s Virtual Graduates

I never thought I’d one day be writing a piece about Sam’s Club that involved the word “small.” If memory serves me, my last visit to Sam’s Club began around noon and ended early evening. The place is simply THAT massive. Size aside, Sam’s Club has been affected by the covid-craziness, too. Efforts to adjust and assist employees have been respectable; they recently approved a second round of bonuses for workers. Additionally, changes to store hours, customer capacity allowances, and shopping slots exclusive to seniors have all been instituted. 

While the corona rages, life must persist, and Sam’s Club’s goal is to continue serving their customer’s needs. For instance, students nationwide are preparing to have virtual ceremonies as graduations are approaching. To support and celebrate this year’s graduates, Sam’s Club, typically known for their massive cakes, have announced smaller-cakes for the at-home festivities.  These smaller cakes are 10”, can be personalized and still pack all the tastiness Sam’s Club cakes are known for. The best part is that it costs less than $10. That’s perfect for families on a budget. You can personalize your cake with your school colors, a picture and a custom message as well. 

Sam’s Club personalized cakes come in various sizes ranging from the smallest, 10” single layer cake, to the mini-two-tier cakes and 15 count cupcakes are also offered. Prices vary depending on specifications as each cake is made from scratch.  A 3-tier option exists for larger gatherings but considering the times, that may have to wait until the dust settles.

If you have a soon-to-be graduate, birthday or other type of celebration around the corner, Sam’s Club is sure to meet your cake needs. Orders can now be made from your local club bakery and online.

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La Monarca Bakery’s Horchata Cake Is The Very Definition of Moist

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Face it, many of us are coming out of this quarantine earning fresh and comfy extra poundage like a hibernating grizzly. Folks are either cooking up a storm like Gordon Ramsay in The Matrix (didn’t happen, but if it did good lord Mr. Smith you’re in for a sumptuous feast) or hitting up food delivery on the regular, so trust my theory holds weight. You know what else does? The Horchata Cake and Tres Leches Cake from La Monarca Bakery & Cafe.

With 12 locations throughout the greater Los Angeles area, La Monarca has Angelenos covered when it comes to sweet Mexican treats and unique coffee offerings. And what could be a sweeter form of indulgence than a Horchata Cake and Tres Leches Cake?

Their Tres Leches (translates to ‘three milks’) Cake is a Mexican classic: vanilla sponge cake with house made tres leches milk blend, topped with vanilla bean chantilly cream (fresh whipped cream w/sugar) and a dark chocolate ganache swirl, topped with preserved cherry.

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Now for the Horchata Cake, they basically used the same principle of a Tres Leches Cake and soaked it with their house made horchata. It’s a novel and simple premise that executes perfectly, with each morsel of the cake being the very definition of moist. Each bite practically had my tastebuds splashing through the whole experience like it was the first day of summer at the community pool. It’s no wonder that La Monarca’s Horchata Cake is a best seller, with one Yelp user gushing, “It tastes like Mexican heaven.”

Now imagine pairing these cakes up with La Monarca’s signature cafe drinks like their Oatchata Latte or Tres Leches Latte and you’ve got yourself an ideal situation for any fan of irresistible cake and delicious coffee.

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A Campfire Meal Is Possible On This Zero-Emissions Motorbike

CAKE, a Swedish based manufacturer of electric off-road motorbikes, has revealed their latest zero emissions creation, ÖSA. It’s dubbed, “the first clean and efficient commuter vessel with an integrated power station and off-road capabilities.”

It comes equipped with a battery strong enough to serve any remote desires one could have, multiple outlets, a cutting board grade workbench, attachments for pots or pans, and front-wheel basket space for additional supplies. This makes it perfect for catering, road trip pit-stops, picnics or outings with friends & family.  

Over the past few years the transportation industry has begun shifting more towards electric power as combustion vehicles are fast-becoming antiquated. Mobile pollution reportedly contributes 20% to global carbon monoxide emissions and many major cities are considering banning cars within the city center. Furthermore, train systems are expanding and scooters are scooting. Aware of those facts, CAKE’s motorbikes are keenly designed with a focus on environmental responsibility. Their mission statement further elaborates:

CAKE’s mission is to inspire towards a zero-emission society, combining excitement with responsibility. All components are made from scratch to optimize the riding performance in this new category. Every little detail is elaborated for perfection, while considering the perspectives of sustainability. It’s all about the outdoors. Explore with respect.”

Aside from catering, the ÖSA motorbike is expansively dynamic and can be used for any type of off-grid work like carpentry, gardening, postal services, and even DJ’s can take it for a spin. The modular design allows you to customize your purchase to suit your needs.   

If you wanna join the ride towards a zero-emissions future, the ÖSA is now available for order through CAKE’s website.

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There’s A FROZEN 2 ICE CREAM CAKE At Your Grocery Store Right Now

When Frozen released a couple years back, it was inescapable. Olaf, Elsa, and Anna’s faces were plastered on everything from soup cans to toilet seat covers. Even if you managed to not watch the movie, the song Let It Go became a smash hit and blared from every minivan on the block. Now, years later, it appears Disney is commencing the second half of their plot for Frozen’s department store domination, as they prepare to release a Frozen 2 ice cream cake in collaboration with Carvel.

The new cake is a spinoff of Carvel’s ice cream cake that’s long been in stores. Instead of the normal white exterior, the Frozen cake features a design that mimics a snowflake.

Underneath that sits vanilla and chocolate ice cream, along with chocolate crunchies and a whipped frosting on which the aforementioned design sits. 

The cake will be available for a limited time at major retailers such as Walmart, Publix, Kroger, and select others. If you want to buy one, check out this product locator to find stores nearby that carry the Frozen treat. 

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Pillsbury Is Releasing Two Brand-New Funfetti Cake Flavors

There’s no question — cakes are way more fun when they’re Funfetti!

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Funfetti sure knows how to party! In addition to the colorful classic mix, celebrations like Halloween, Valentine’s Day and Fourth of July have been made easier with seasonal cake mix and frosting. Now, Pillsbury is introducing its first new permanent Funfetti flavors since the original launched 30 years ago. Woo hoo!

Is Funfetti the best confetti cake mix? See the results of our taste test.

New Flavor #1: Unicorn Funfetti

Celebrations of all kinds—birthdays, baby showers, Wednesdays—are about to get more fun thanks to the new Unicorn Funfetti cake mix. It’s not quite the three-tier unicorn cake at Sam’s Club, but this bake-your-own unicorn cake mix and frosting set delivers all the rainbow goodness you need. The strawberry-flavored cake is speckled with yellow and purple candy pieces, and the matching vanilla frosting is topped with purple and pink unicorns, yellow stars and a mix of pink, purple and blue sprinkles. Magical!

New Flavor #2: Galaxy Funfetti

3, 2, 1, blastoff! The Galaxy Funfetti set comes with yellow mix and “Space Blue” frosting. Launched in honor of the moon landing’s 50th anniversary, the cake mix features green, blue and purple confetti candy bits. The galaxy theme comes to life with a mix of sprinkles shaped like yellow stars, orange moons and gray spaceships.

Where You Can Find the Cake Mix

The Unicorn Funfetti and Galaxy Funfetti mixes are starting to pop up at grocery stores across the country. Both flavors should be available nationwide by September. Until then, here’s our guide on making a confetti cake from scratch. Happy baking!


Article by Laurie Naru for Taste of Home. View the original article here.

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This Giant Ferrero Rocher Cake Is A Golden Dome Of Decadence

Growing up, a Ferrero Rocher piece was the pinnacle of decadent confection. Wrapped in bright gold foil, the balls of chocolate and hazelnut boasted a rich flavor and bold textures created from the marriage of the two balanced ingredients.

Now imagine that feeling, magnified one hundred fold.

Gelato Messina, a gelato shop in Australia, created a giant Ferrero Rocher ball that pales all other candies before it.

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The exquisite details to create this dessert miracle start with tempered chocolates that are liquefied and poured into a dome mold, which is then tipped upside down. The mold is next filled with gianduja gelato, white chocolate, and hazelnut spread, all of which are then frozen. What follows is the hazelnut praline mousse and chocolate covered Rice Krispies being added to the gelato dome once it’s stiff.

A second, smaller hazelnut and cream gelato dome is crafted, frozen, and glazed with chocolate rocker glaze while the bottom dome is sprayed with gold luster. Finally, the Rocher glazed dome is placed on top of the gold glazed one, sealed and ready to be split in half.

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An intricate process, yes, but the results speak for themselves.

You can order this cake online to be shipped or pick it up in-store if you’re in Australia.

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The Guide You Need To Master The Difficult Art Of Cake Frosting

Learn how to frost a cake that your friends and family will ooh and ahh over—no special tools required.

When it comes to desserts, is there anything more impressive and tempting than a beautifully frosted cake? While the cake recipe is absolutely key to these gorgeous desserts, it’s no secret that the frosting is what makes them so beautiful. But how do you frost a cake so perfectly?

What Is the Best Way to Frost a Cake?

When it comes to frosting a cake, especially for beginners, it’s best to go with a simple yet pretty finish. You won’t need a lot of fancy tools to frost a cake, so save those pastry bags and piping tips for another day (or for these cupcakes). Instead, gather up a few kitchen basics.

To Frost a Cake, You’ll Need:

Step 1: Level Your Cake

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For an extra stable and flat cake, it’s a good idea to level your cake before frosting. This allows your cakes to stack more easily, though if you like the domed appearance of a homemade cake, you don’t need to level off that top layer.

To level the cake, allow the layers to cool completely. A warm cake will crumble easily—plus, frosting warm cakes is bad news (you’ll end up with runny frosting). If you want, you can even refrigerate the cake before frosting and leveling. This will help the cake become a bit firmer and it’ll be easier to work with.

Now, to get even, level layers, place the cake on a flat surface. Then, using a long, serrated knife, cut off the dome of the cake. You can save the cake scraps to make a mini trifle or just eat them as a snack (that’s my preference).

Step 2: Stack the Cakes

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Next, you’ll stack up your cakes. Prep your serving dish or cake stand by lining it with strips of waxed paper. This will help give you a clean finish at the end.

Then, put your first layer in place. If you’d like, spread a small dollop of frosting onto your cake plate before laying down your first layer—it’ll help keep your cake from moving. Then, spread your filling on top with a spatula and top with your next layer. Continue with a third and fourth layer if you’ve got ’em.

Step 3: Give the Cake a Crumb Coat

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After your layers are stacked and looking nice and even, it’s time to give your cake a quick crumb coat. A crumb coat is simply a very thin layer of frosting that you spread over the whole cake. This helps trap and contain crumbs and serves as a nice base for your showstopping finish.

To crumb coat a cake, just spread a very thin layer of icing over the cake using an offset spatula—here’s our favorite plus a few more essential cooking tools. Try to make this coat as thin and even as possible. Once it’s finished, give your cake a quick chill in the refrigerator to help this base layer set. You can chill the cake overnight, but even a quick, ten-minute stay in the fridge will do wonders.

Step 4: Smooth It All Out

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After your crumb coat is set, you can start giving your cake the finishing touch. Start by using an offset spatula to frost the top of the cake, starting from the center. For exceptionally smooth frosting, dip the spatula into hot water, then dry it. The warm spatula will really help smooth the frosting out by melting any butter or shortening in your recipe.

You can then move onto the sides of the cake, using the same hot water method. To get a nice smooth finish, be sure to keep cleaning off the spatula as you go—a bench scraper also works well for the sides, too. With a little bit of effort, you’ll have a perfectly smooth, flat finish in no time. If you’re satisfied with the look of the cake, you can stop right here. Just remove those strips of waxed paper carefully and serve.

Step 5: Finish It Off with Some Swirls

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If you want to finish off your cake with a little bit of flair, you can go one step further and add swirls to your cake. Using a teaspoon—you can use the same hot water method as above—spread on swirls of frosting. Use the backside of the spoon. It’s what gives this chocolate cake such a pretty finish. When you’re all done, just remove the waxed paper to reveal a nice finish and a clean cake plate.

“Can I Frost a Cake the Day Before?” and Other FAQs

When it comes to baking and decorating cakes, there are a few questions that come up over and over again—I’ve certainly done my fair share of Googling during a bake. Here are some answers to the most frequently asked cake questions.

Q: Can I frost a cake the day before?

A: You sure can! An unsliced, frosted cake will be just as delicious the next day. The only exception would be a cake frosted with any fresh whipped cream frosting. That’s better fresh.

Q: Do you have to refrigerate cake?

A: It depends. Most frosted cakes are perfectly fine at room temperature for a day or two. If your cake contains fresh fruit or the frosting has whipped cream, cream cheese or mascarpone, you should keep it in the fridge.

Q: Should I refrigerate cake before frosting?

A: You don’t have to. Chilling cake in the fridge before frosting can make it easier to manipulate and level, but it’s not necessary. Just be sure your cake is cooled to room temperature before leveling or frosting.

Q: How do I transport a cake?

A: Your best bet for getting your cake from point A to point B in one piece is to invest in a cake carrier. You can get a good, basic one for just about $16 or opt for a vintage-style one for a bit more. Be sure to place this on a flat surface in your car, either in the trunk or on the floor. If you don’t have a carrier, try to find a box that fits your cake plate as snugly as possible and cover.

Bring a little extra frosting and decorations in case of any mishaps. You can easily fix any smudges when you get to your destination.

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Article by Lisa Kaminski for Taste of Home. View the original article here.

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Costco Is Selling A Wedding Cake Made Entirely Of Cheese Wheels

A wedding cake is one of the most universal symbols of new love, and picking the perfect one can really set the tone for the rest of the marriage. That’s why there are so many flavors and designs to appeal to every personality and preference under the sun.

For all the dairy lovers ready to embark on a lifetime of love (and artisanal cheese), Costco is offering a wedding cake that’s sure to send any cheese-loving couple off to a fantastic start.

The Cheese Lover Celebration Cake is made up of gourmet cheeses from around the world, and totals about 24 pounds of dairy from top to bottom, all at a cost of $440.

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This cake is comprised of five cheeses: Red Leicester, Danish Blue, Murcia al Vino, Tuscan Sheep’s Cheese, and Brilliant Savarin Triple Cream Brie. You can store each individual wheel in the fridge until you’re ready to assemble them and decorate them.

Each cake serves approximately 105 to 150.

Hopefully you won’t need to present a marriage license in order to snag this mountain of cheese. I would love to just pop a Lactaid pill and just dive into this bad boy on a lazy Sunday afternoon.