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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

la monarca bakery horchata cake

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.

La Monarca tres leches cake

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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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.

Photo Courtesy of Reuben Mourad

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.

Photo Courtesy of Reuben Mourad

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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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.

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These Waffles Topped With Things Like Cake, Ice Cream, and Lollipops Are The Definition of Extra

If I had to choose between waffles or pancakes for the rest of my life, waffles would emerge victorious. The versatility of a waffle makes it a blank canvas for chefs, artists, and sugar fiends to create something truly magical. Waffle fans looking to experience that bit of magic, paired with a splash of decadence and a pinch whimsy, will want to check out Clinton Hall’s lavish WTF Waffles in New York City.

Don’t expect a mere waffle topped with some whipped cream and sprinkles. No, not at the popular Instagram-friendly restaurant and beer hall, where their innovative takes on the breakfast dish are truly a sight to behold.

Our crew on the ground got to sink their teeth into three of the most stunning stacks offered at the restaurant: the German Chocolate Waffle, the Birthday Cake Waffle, and the Elvis Waffle.

Photo: Evan Lancaster

The German Chocolate Waffle boasts layers of chocolate waffles, toasted coconut, and chocolate ice cream before it’s topped with whipped cream, coconut caramel drizzle, and a generous hunk of German chocolate cake.

Celebrate even the most mundane of weekdays with the Birthday Cake Waffle. This thing is filled with marshmallow fluff, vanilla ice cream, and a raspberry drizzle. To complete the theme, the loaded waffle is crowned with a slice of lollipops, birthday candles, and a slice of funfetti cake.

Creating an Elvis version of anything already has our mouths watering. In his prime, The King was known to craft peanut butter and banana sandwiches with slices of bacon. Clinton Hall’s interpretation of an Elvis sandwich, the Elvis Waffle, features peanut butter and jelly, banana ice cream, and crispy bacon. It’s crowned with a dark chocolate cake, bananas, and a pair of souvenir sunglasses — the final result teasing his likeness.

Salivating over these massive waffle stacks, I’m torn between which ones I want to try if I ever get around to visiting Clinton Hall. Guess I could always bring a few friends and go family style. Leaning hard towards that Elvis Waffle,  though. There’s just something about the sweet and salty combination of bacon and peanut butter that sings to me.

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This Unicorn Cake That ‘Bleeds’ Sprinkles Is Innovative Use of Unicorn Food Trend

Just when you thought the unicorn food trend had peaked, this new visually impressive cake puts a unique enough spin on it to breathe in some innovation to the stale pastel-hued movement.

On the surface, this Unicorn Cake from Playa Provisions in Playa Del Rey, California is already worthy of placement in a lot of Instagram feeds. But besides the kaleidoscopic array of colors, there’s other details that help it stand out from the other unicorn food out there, like an actual “unicorn horn” and “ears” made with an ice cream cone and sugar cookie dipped in white chocolate and painted in edible gold. It ain’t guac, but it sure is extra.

But that extra-ness doesn’t stop at surface level as the hook here is the army of sprinkles unleashed once you cut into the cake. It’s a veritable unicorn party that’s one Lisa Frank marker set short of a unicorn festival. This Unicorn Cake’s appeal can also be found in its quality as well, with an uber moist vanilla cake as the base and a luscious Swiss meringue buttercream frosting embracing the whole affair in vibrant colors like electric purple and lime green.

Such a fun creation is from Playa Provisions’ pastry chef Jennifer Hsiao, a mastermind at crafting whimsical and playful desserts that channel the inner child in all of us.

So just when you thought you were over the unicorn trend, in comes this massive Unicorn Cake that bleeds sprinkles to resuscitate interest within all who are craving a little more extravagance and fantasy on their culinary radar.