Cakes

What’s Hopping This Easter?

Easter is a time to celebrate life. From Resurrection Sunday to bunnies, Easter eggs and spring flowers; bright spring colors abound.  However your family celebrates the season, American Dream Cakes has beautiful and tasty spring-inspired desserts for your parties and get-togethers.  Here’s what’s hoppin’ this Easter at ADC:

Easter Inspired Flavors

Carrot Cake Torte

4 layers of carrot cake with walnuts, raisins, and carrots complete with whipped homemade cream cheese frosting. It’s finished with a garnish of walnuts around the base and adorable buttercream carrots on top. 48 hour pre-order is recommended.
Smaller crowd?  Get all of the delicious taste in half the size when you order a carrot cake halvsie!

He Is Risen Cake

Celebrate Resurrection Sunday with your family or church family with a beautifully decorated “He is Risen” cake.

Easter Bunny Cake

This happy little bunny is ready to hop into your Easter weekend festivities.  Made from a half-round cake dusted with coconut flakes, it’s sure to be a family favorite.

Spring-Colored Cookies

Can you say sprinkles, sugar and colorful fun?  These brightly colored sugar cookies and tea cookies are sure to be crowd pleasers.

Ensure your Easter get-togethers end on a delicious note with sweet treats from American Dream Cakes. It’s all about #makinglifedelicious.

Easter Pre-Orders until April 12th! 

Top 5 Filling Flavors to Love

A TASTEFUL WEDDING EXPERIENCE

Modern weddings focus on creating an experience for the entire guest list.

It’s important to remember the five senses when creating your wedding experience; sight, smell, touch, taste and sound. Your cake’s beautifiul design is a huge part of the visual experience.  The memorable flavors and decadent fillings you choose create a taste experience for your guests. Fillings help hold the tiers of your wedding cake together and add a range of flavors to your “tasteful” wedding experience!

WAYS TO CHOOSE YOUR FLAVOR

  • Choose cake flavors and fillings that you and your fiance both enjoy.
  • Consider the season of your wedding and the dinner menu. For example, a summer beach wedding may pair well with a citrus or tropical flavored wedding cake. Not only does it compliment the season, it unifies the wedding theme.
  • If you can’t decide on one, choose more! Each layer provides an opportunity to customize your wedding cake and express your love story.

ADC’S MOST POPULAR FILLINGS

We’ve been creating custom cakes for years and there are a few filling flavors that continue to be favorites. Here are some of our most popular filling choices:

  • Raspberry

Raspberries peak in June and are full of antioxidants and vitamin C. White almond or chocolate cake flavors are delicious pairing combonations.Try our Raspberry Dee-Light or Raspberry Chocolate-Fudge gourmet cupcakes for a taste of our rasberry filling.

  • Strawberry

Strawberries’ natural season is April though June. Antioxidants found in strawberries support heart health, and make an easy cake flavor duet. Yellow sponge, vanilla butter, strawberry sponge, and chocolate cake flavors pair well with a strawberry filling. Taste test our Strawberry Meringue, Strawberry on a Cloud, or Chocolate Covered Strawberry gourmet cupcakes to find your favorite.

  • Lemon

Lemon, full of cheer and Vitamin C, is a fitting citrus flavor for the summer wedding season. Pair it with cake flavors such as lemon chiffon, lemon sponge, or white sponge cake for a fresh, light flavor. Try our Fresh Coconut w/ Lemon, Limon, or Zesty Lemon Chiffon gourmet cupcakes.

  • Chocolate Fudge

Combine chocolate fudge filling and rich cake flavors to create a decadent dessert. Pair with cake flavors such as chocolate or strawberry for a romantic vibe.Try our Death by Chocolate, Cookies ‘n’ Cream, or Hurricane gourmet cupcakes.

  • Buttercream

Highlight your cake flavor and accent with buttercream filling. Take your flavors to the next level with the variety of infused buttercream filling options available.

Try our Butter Pecan (seasonal), Chocolate Twigg, or Island Rum gourmet cupcakes.

For more inspiration and ideas, view our gourmet cupcake combinations to explore the various filling combinations we offer.  You can also order a wedding cake and filling tasting kit to sample various combinations you favor.

Custom Cake Showcase

One of the best parts of owning a local bakery is meeting so many wonderful people who live in and visit our eastern North Carolina community. We enjoy hearing stories of celebrations and helping each person create a delicious centerpiece for their special event.  Here’s a showcase collection featuring some of our favorite custom cakes.

Rose Birthday Cake

This elaborate custom cake was an 18th birthday cake for a special young lady who loves roses. It featured strawberry cake, iced in delicious buttercream. Many beautiful, handmade fresh fondant petals transform this birthday cake into a birthday rose.

May the Force Be with You Graduation Cake

Inspired from the Star War’s storm trooper character. “May the Force Be with You” is fitting life advice for any graduating Star Wars enthusiast.

Clover and Tartan Wedding Cake

White buttercream provides bridal tone and beautiful contrast for the rich reds and greens atop this cake. A realistic red and black tartan scarf and green clovers celebrate the couple’s Scottish and Irish heritage.  It’s all deliciously edible.

 “We the People” Fundraiser Cake

“The We the People cake was for a fundraiser, but we’ve made it multiple times since. The document is edible and so are the flowers. The document is printed on our food printer and added to a thin sheet of fondant. The flowers are hand-made. This cake design is a great choice for any patriot, 4th of July or History buff occasion- birthday-celebration.”

~Gunilla

“Happy 3rd Birthday Captain Chance”

A charming custom pirate birthday cake made for Icing Smiles.

USMC 20 Years in Service Retirement Cake

A beautiful four-tier red velvet cake for USMC retirement. Details included the cover, flag, and dress blues. It also features all the countries and states the USMC members had served in over those 20 years of service.

See more American Dream Cake’s custom designs on our Facebook page or Instagram.

 

Boho Themed Cake 2019 Trends

Plenty of brides will be planning boho-themed weddings in 2019!  We’ve got a few new trends and old twists that will make your cake stand out as a beautiful boho themed centerpiece for your wedding day.

Bohemian weddings are wildly popular.  Here are a few bolder 2019 twists.

Bold Floral Elements

While elegant floral elements are a timeless staple to wedding cakes, boho themes added more natural-feeling foliage and colors in floral displays.

Pastels and organic greenery-only schemes are reducing, and bolder colors are moving in. Bright oranges, reds, and jewel tone blooms are arriving on the wedding cake scene.

Industrial Chic  

In recent years, boho themes embodied a rustic feel, but this is evolving into an industrial-chic look that is softened and complimented with natural textures and elements. Wedding spaces have evolved from open barns and gardens into open buildings with metal architecture and modern lines.

Almost Dressed Cakes

Most brides are familiar with “naked cakes” and have watched them evolve into nearly naked. In 2019, you can welcome a new version to the trend: “almost-dressed.” Graceful layers of frosting cover a bit more of the cake, but still allow for bare peeks of the cake beneath.

If you love Boho wedding trends, read up Boho Wedding Dress Trends.

Fancied This Fall

After a long, hot summer, fall weather is finally arrived in the southeast. Halloween parties and the holidays are just around the corner. As families gather and fall feasts take center stage, classic desserts and traditional flavors add warmth to your events and help create this year’s memories.

Here are some traditional treats fancied this fall season. Read more

A Dozen Delicious Days in October

October is National Family History Month. It’s also filled with many delicious days to celebrate!  We just had to share a few of them with you. Here are a dozen delicious dessert days in October. Read more

FALL WEDDING TRENDS

Fall brides find inspiration in crisp autumn evenings, warm fires and nature-inspired elements for planning their wedding.

Let’s take a look at some of this fall’s wedding trends. Read more

GO NAKED FOR YOUR WEDDING (CAKE)

Wooing brides with laid-back charm since 2013, naked cakes have proved they are here for the long haul. Initially showcasing a bare cake layer with all the icing or fruit filling on the inside, styling variations have popped up everywhere. From multiple cake flavor tiers to more icing on the outside, giving a “peek-a-boo” look, naked cakes have evolved from laid-back trendy to simple sophistication.

Popular naked wedding cakes show yellow cake with fruit topping or a light colored icing swipe; however, options are not limited there. Gather inspiration from your wedding season, style or venue to personalize your unique cake story.

Here are ideas to help you make your naked wedding cake details unique. Read more

FRESH & FUN WEDDING CAKES

Fresh and fun wedding cakes are great for informal weddings. Boho, beach or country-chic wedding styles all pull in fresh and fun options for great centerpiece cakes. Fresh fruit, bright colors, and lighter fillings allow these cakes to keep a bit of sophistication at a less formal affair.

Here are a few top choices for “Fresh and Fun” inspired wedding cake styles.

Bare Naked Cakes

As the name says, bare naked cakes show all. A light cake and filling are paired with fresh seasonal fruit to create fresh, fun with a sophisticated twist.  Not too stuffy or formal, but fully elegant, this option is a trendy style that you’ll be seeing for several years. Top your bare-naked cake with garnished layers of fresh fruit, berries, flowers or a topper of your choice.

Almost-Naked Cakes

More conservative than her bare-naked cousin, an almost-naked cake adds a thin layer of frosting.  This has the effect of sealing the cake edges a bit for freshness while allowing the cake and filling layers to show through. Showcase vibrant, in-season flowers as cake decoration or topper. This is an excellent choice for brides who want an event that’s laid-back with a cake that still feels a little fancy.

Uniquely Fresh & Fun

Perhaps it’s fully frosted or wrapped in fondant, but your wedding cake can be uniquely “fresh and fun” by being uniquely “YOU!”  Not all wedding cakes are towering 4-tiers and traditional.  Opt for a cake that fits your theme and personality – down to the unique filing flavor and decorations.  Is it bright and colorful?  Seasonally themed?  Perhaps your uniquely fresh & fun cake is more like a cake topper and cupcakes!

At American Dream Cakes, our cake designers work with you to create a cake that compliments your wedding season, style, and more. You can order a Tastings Kit on Fridays and Saturdays, to sample 5-6 different cake and filling flavors (some seasonal availability), and buttercream to help you decide on your favorite combination.

Marrying a Marine: 3 Wedding Traditions Brides Can Expect

Welcome to the Marine Corps.

Many brides include traditions from their families’ religious or cultural background in their wedding ceremonies.  The United States Marine Corps “family” welcomes a bride with wedding traditions unique to the history of the Marine Corps.  Marrying into this family means you’ll probably learn some new jargon and get used to a lot of acronyms.  You may expect some sacrifices like time apart or relocations.  But as in any family, marrying into the USMC family means you’re welcomed with traditional displays of affection unique to the Corps.

Here are three unique Marine Corps ceremonial traditions, their history, and what to expect as the bride.

  1. Arch of Swords: A select group of six to eight Marines stands on either side of the wedding exit to “shelter the bride” as she and the groom walk out. Traditionally, it represents the USMC’s pledge of fidelity to the couple. The selected Marines cannot be groomsmen in the wedding, but they can escort guests of honor during the ceremony.
  2. Spanking the Spouse: Spanking the spouse is a tradition representing a welcoming of the bride into the USMC family. As the couple near the end Arch of Swords, they are blocked by the last two Marine’s swords.  A designated Marine shouts, “Give this Marine a Kiss.”  After they kiss, swords are raised, the couple is announced and they move forward together. When the bride moves forward, the lead Marine lowers his sword and gives a gentle pat on the backside saying, “Welcome to the Marine Corps Family, ma’am!” In this tradition, the lead Marine honor is similar to the best man and is a coveted honor between friends in the Corps.
  3. Cutting the Cake with Sword: If the bride or groom is an NCO in the Marine Corps, they can choose to cut their wedding cake with a sword. The groom presents the sword to the bride, places his hand over hers, and they cut the cake together.

Marine Corps Inspired Wedding Cake or Grooms Cake

Another way to include the Marine Corps traditions into the ceremony is by choosing a USMC wedding cake. If a USMC wedding cake is too much, include the Corps in a Grooms cake.

Inspired by USMC Blues Uniform, this four-layer cake is topped with white service hat and finished with the bright blues uniform pants. Middle layers display gold service uniform buttons.  Cakes can also have edible EGAs (Eagle, Globe & Anchor) or American flags, as shown in the Marine Corps-inspired cakes below.

Welcome to the Marine Corps Family, ma’am!  Contact our team for cake-design planning for your USMC wedding.