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Spring Forward with These Gourmet Cupcakes

The first official day of spring is March 20th. That’s worth celebrating, and we recommend making the arrival of spring delicious with gourmet cupcakes featuring spring flavors.

A little bit about our gourmet cupcakes:

There are over 100 varieties available!  Each day we feature a selection of gourmet cupcake flavors in the bakery. Cake flavors range from traditional vanilla or chocolate to grape-infused and other exotic flavors. Each gourmet cupcake has it’s own deliciously complimentary fillings, frostings and toppings. There’s a unique combination for everyone! Single cupcakes are $3.99 each.

Oh Oh Pistachio!

A light sugar sponge cake filled with pistachio custard filling. Topped with pistachio cream icing and a pistachio shortbread cookie.

Did you know that pistachio is also known as the “green almond”?

Kiss me I’m Irish

How can you celebrate spring and St. Patty’s Day? With the “Kiss me, I’m Irish” gourmet cupcake that’s a nod to the ‘luck of the Irish.’ A sponge cake infused with Irish cream and vanilla Irish cream filling. Topped with Irish cream icing and shamrock sprinkles.

Lemon Cream

If you love lemon, this beautiful gourmet cupcake is for you. Lemon infused sponge cake folded with vanilla crème filling and light vanilla whipped icing. Welcoming spring with a bright sugar daisy garnish on top

Green Tea-rrfic

Ideal for any spring day – indoors or out!  The Green Tea-rrific brings sweet green tea flavor together with a Green-tea crème and a honey-butter cake.  Topped with infused Chantilly icing and a dreamy lemon-honey drizzle.

Carrot Cake

Carrot cake baked with walnuts and raisins topped with yummy cream cheese frosting.  Topped with an adorable buttercream carrot garnish.

Strawberry Cream

It just wouldn’t seem like spring if we didn’t include a fresh Strawberry Cream groumet cupcake!  Vanilla whipped icing tops a strawberry flavored sponge cake. Filled with whipped vanilla creme and topped with a pink sugar daisy.

SPECIAL ORDER ONLY

For your next special event, check out our special-order only gourmet cupcake flavors. Here’s one: The Grape Knee-High!

Grape-infused cake filled with grape-soda flavored cream filling. Topped with grape-infused meringue icing and a sugar grapevine garnish. This one is perfect for your favorite grape enthusiast.

With so many delicious flavors, you’ll be enjoying trying new flavors all spring!  Buy individually from the bakery rack, by the half-dozen assorted for $22.50 or a full dozen for $45. Special order flavors have a one dozen minimum per flavor.

Follow our Facebook page to see each day’s special gourmet cupcake feature. Comment and tell us your favorite spring flavors or what new flavors you want to see!

 

Four Romantic Destination Ideas in Onslow County

Long-term love or just budding, a romantic destination without distractions is the cure for the cold weather blues. From an ocean front weekend getaway, delicious dinner, or an exploring adventure, Onslow County offers some unique romantic destinations.

Beachfront Getaway

Coastal areas tailored for tourists is an ideal area for a local getaway. During colder months, you can rent a beachfront room at reduced, off-season rates. Take advantage of cold weather discounts in sought after beach communities, such as Emerald Isle and Topsail Island. Pack your bags for an overnight or two-night stay.

Pack warm layers including headgear and gloves. This will keep you warm enough to enjoy an ocean front walk with your sweetheart.  Or you can stay indoors and snuggle.

Romantic Tip: Pack your favorite mugs and gourmet hot chocolate or your favorite adult beverage. Bundle up and get cozy while you sip on a toasty drink together.

Romantic Dinners

For your overnight stay or even just a night out, there are a few romantic dinner locations to visit within the area.

According to local Yelp reviews here are top-rated dinner locations in Jacksonville, NC :

  • Duck’s Grille and Bar
    Featuring traditional American and seafood selections along with a sports bar type environment, this restaurant may be ideal for a low-key romantic couple.
  • The Osprey Grill
    As one review describes, there is soft music with a clean, inviting atmosphere ideal for a date. Food selections include steak and seafood along with desserts.
  • Inlet 790
    Located inside the Villa Capriani, Inlet 790’s menu is full of North Carolina’s best seafood dishes. Indoor and outdoor dining options with views of the Atlantic Ocean.
  • Ocean’s Edge Restaurant and Event Center
    Year-round dinner service with panoramic ocean views. Four event spaces are available with a menu offering something for everyone. Special event planning is also available here.
  • White Oak River Bistro
    Located in Swansboro on the waterfront, this 144-seat restaurant t specializes in Italian cuisine.

For a romantic lunch date, try:

  • Barley Wine Café
    Featuring fresh dishes prepared and served with passion and care.  They’re open 8am-2pm M-F and for brunch on Sundays from 9am-2pm.

Things to Do Together

Not enough time for a weekend away, but you are seeking something outside of a romantic dinner date? Here are some creative suggestions for you.

  • Couple’s Massage
    There is very little else that says I love you like a relaxing hour spent getting massages together. Massages help you release past and future concerns. It connects you with the present moment. This allows you both to be in the present moment. Massages help release many feel-good hormones that build feelings of intimacy and affection for you and your significant other.
  • Visit Historic Sites
    Romance can be spending quality time with someone you care about and sharing an interest. Surrounded by rich military and cultural history, there are several historical sites and museums in this area to explore and learn. For example, Swansboro offers a Civil War History walking tour or walk through Lejeune Memorial Gardens.

In the end, romance is simply sharing the love you have for each other and spending quality time together.

Here’s an article about personalizing your romantic evening that can help you add a special touch to your plans.

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.

 

ADC Reflections

American Dream Cakes is proud to share the sweet moments of making life delicious.

From wedding cakes, a baby’s first smash cake, to a 70th birthday celebration, we love each custom cake. Inspired by a story or memory, our custom design service connects us to our customer in way we cherish. Unit and community organizations and military ball celebrations are an honor to create for a memorable evening.

Here is a highlight of our favorite moments from our staff to customers and ADC’s trip to Sweden.

Staff Favorite Moments and ADC Events

(Photo: Happy 4th from ADC Bakery Team)

 

(Photo: 17 Years serving Jacksonville Community)

(photo: American Dream Cakes Bakery Booth at ENC Bridal Expo, January 2018 New Bern, NC)

Joining over 70+ wedding experts, American Dream Cakes booth display at ENC Bridal Expo 2018. Bride-to-be’s come from local and surrounding areas for the latest trends’ inspiration.

(photo: American Dream Cakes Bakery Booth Crystal Coastal Bridal Fair Sponsor Jan 2018 Morehead City, NC)

Crystal Coastal Bridal Fair is held annually in Morehead City, NC. Over 50 local area wedding vendors come together for the longest running bridal event on the coast of North Carolina.

Making Life Delicious: Special Cakes

We have the honor of making so many delicious cakes for our customers. Here are the highlights of our favorites this year.

(Photo: First Birthday Flapjack Cake ADC Instagram Image)

This adorable first birthday cake is designed as a stack of pancakes completed with real whipped topping and a strawberry.

Donating to the local community is part of who we are, this 50’s-theme sock hop cake towers at three foot tall. A lot of heart, soul, and ADC creative talent went into this donated community fundraiser cake.

(Photo: Donated 50’s Theme Sock hop Instagram Photo)

International ADC Trip: Sweden

This year has come and gone so quickly!

We’ve been blessed to make so many wonderful cakes and treats for all of you.

We’ve added team members and we’re sad but Proud to see our Sam go off to the Air Force this month.

Gunilla has gone through and recovered from not one but two back surgeries this year.

We’ve all watched Grandbaby Ela grow up and now as she turns One in December, we can’t wait to see what 2019 has in store for all of us!

From all of us to all of you, Merry Christmas and Thank you for a Wonderful 2018!

Randy, Gunilla and Team ADC

 

A World Through Baking

Holiday traditions vary throughout the world, but they share the most important elements: celebration of community, love, and food.  Take a world tour with us as we explore a few baking traditions from around the world.

Israel: Latkes

Potato pancakes, latkes, are a traditional Hanukkah fried food. This holiday treat commemorates the miracle of the menorah oil in the Jewish Temple.

Latkes are generally made from grated or ground potatoes, flour, and eggs. They are paired with savory seasonings and a sweet dipping sauce or applesauce.

France: Buche de Noel

The French version of the Yule Log, Buche de Noel, is a rich cake served on Christmas Eve at midnight mass. The shaped meringue decorations resemble small finds from on the forest floor, such as leaves, acorns, and mushrooms.

Peru: Spiced Hot Chocolate

Hot chocolate with spice is a Peruvian Christmas tradition. Local area churches collect donations and makes large quantities.  The native holiday drink is often pared with Panettone, a bread historically from Italy, and given to those in need.


(Wikipedia.org)

Denmark/ Norway: Kransekake

Both Denmark and Norway serve Kransekake during the holidays. The name means “wreath cake,” and wrings are stacked to make like a Christmas tree. It can consist of up to 18 layers or more. There is even a specialty pan to bake it in.

(Wikipedia.org)

Greece: Melomakorona

It is common for Greeks to fast before holidays, and then feast for Christmas. Melomakorona is an egg-shaped desert made primarily from flour, olive oil and honey, orange zest, cognac and cinnamon.  This delicious sweet is dipped in a sweet honey syrup and topped with ground walnuts.  In recent years, dark chocolate-dipped varieties have made appearances at Christmas, too.

Poland: Babka

Greece is another country that fasts before the Christmas holiday. Bread is a staple, and Babka is a traditional sweet bread. Food is broken on Christmas Eve to end the holiday fast. It is also tradition to sit out an extra place for anyone who may wander through.

Japan:  Fried Chicken & Christmas Cake

While traditional Christmas is not celebrated as a national holiday, Japan still has a few Christmas traditions.  One is eating Fried Chicken on Christmas!  Started by KFC’s 1974 “Christmas Chicken” campaign, it stuck.  Japanese begin pre-orders up to two months before Christmas to enjoy chicken on Christmas. An option to add-on cake and champagne round out the meal.   Another is Christmas Cake, but this isn’t your grandma’s fruit cake.  It’s usually a sponge cake with strawberries and whipped cream.

Sweden: Schackrutor Cookies

Swedish Schackrutor are a classic checkerboard cookie made from vanilla and chocolate dough.  Kids love making and eating these delicious treats for Christmas.  Get your family in on the fun with our exclusive ADC Schackrutor classic Swedish cookie family recipe.  Download the printable recipe and art print to give it a try!

What’s your family’s favorite traditional treat for the holidays?  Share here or tag us on facebook! #ADCbakery

Santa’s Favorite Cookie

It is the time of year, Ol’ Saint Nick’s big trip is near!  He’s making his list and checking it twice.  He’s a way you can have fun and be nice!  Santa will be coming down the chimney soon, here’s a fun way to enjoy a sweet treat and some suspenseful anticipation for the little ones in your family.  Help them find out which cookie is Santa’s Favorite with our 2019 Santa’s Favorite Cookie Contest. Read more

Boo-tiful Desserts

Halloween is just around the corner.  They’ll be lots of ghosts, goblins and goodies to be found!  If you’re looking for a “boo”-tiful way to celebrate with friends or family, American Dream Cakes Bakery has a team of edible art designers who can help create cookies, cupcakes, cakes and other delicious, fresh desserts that will shine as the centerpiece of your gathering. Read more

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

3 Extraordinary and Creative Wedding Proposals To Inspire

Cinderella wedding proposals are the stuff that inspires movies and books. But for some, it less about a fairytale and more about reality.  Enjoy these three extraordinary reality-based wedding proposals.  They’re thoughtful, witty and insanely romantic to boot.

1.An Adventurous Proposal

Sometimes, the road to a proposal isn’t a direct one, as Lisa Bridge learned. Her soon-to-be fiancé did plan to propose to her, but not before he sent her off on an adventure to remember.

Before he proposed to her, her fiancé Gilad Berenstein sent her a note telling her to get an Uber to a local hotel. She admitted to a bystander that she thought she was going to meet her love and her proposal, but instead she was surprised by two friends who were waiting to have tea with her.

Then, Gilad sent her to another location, to a salon, where she got pampered in the company of two more girlfriends. This meetup was also unexpected.

PHOTO: NY TIMES

2. My Love is Deep as…

How deep is your love? Sometimes, a gal may wonder how much her guy loves her, but not Alesha, whose proposal was captured on Earth Porm.

Alesha’s boyfriend escorted her into the depths of the world’s biggest cave before he took a knee and proposed to her, surrounded by the rolling rocks and lush, grassy hills of the cave’s depths.

Photo: EarthPorm

And for the ultimate effect, the moment included a swath of sunlight from a natural skylight above to light the moment perfectly.  Sigh… and what a photo op!

How deep is your love, indeed?

3. A Little Girl Makes Three…

Getting married to someone who already has children takes a certain amount of class and sensitivity. Steven DeLuca found himself in such a predicament and rose the occasion with style.

Here’s the scoop.

His intended, Sophia Tang, had a seven-year-old daughter that DeLuca wanted to include in the process of formalizing their new family. So what did he do? He bought her a miniature ring of her own.

DeLuca explained that just as the girl’s mother’s ring demonstrated DeLuca’s devotion to her mother, the heart-and-diamond ring he gave Tang’s daughter represented his commitment to her as well.

Photo: NY TIMES

Definite points for style and class.

Final Words

The most memorable proposals are rooted in the unique aspects of your partner and your relationship. To create a meaningful proposal, look for things in your life that mean the most now and will in the future. These shared and meaningful experiences provide inspiration and will show your thoughtfulness in an extraordinary, personal proposal.