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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!

Shake Up St. Patty’s Day

Whether you are hosting a celebration, or spending a night out with friends, St. Patty’s Day is full of green, festive spirit. Combine healthier habits to your celebration with these three yummy, green smoothie recipes.

Celebrate St. Patty’s day (or nurse your St. Patty’s Day hangover) and celebrate your health!

GOOD LUCK GREEN SMOOTHIE

Start your lucky day with this nutrient packed smoothie. If you are looking for a starter smoothie, look no further. Mild tasting spinach combined with tropical fruit flavors is a win (even the kiddos will love).

Ingredients

2 Cups of Spinach

2 Cups water

1 Cup Mango

I cup Pineapple

2 Bananas (frozen will help chill smoothie)

Instructions

  1. Premeasure the 2 cups of leafy green spinach (tightly packed) then toss in blender.
  2. Blend together with 2 cups of water until all chunks of the leaves are gone.
  3. Add fruits (mango, pineapple, and bananas) and continue to blend until smooth.
  4. Pour into your cup and enjoy!

FUN FACT: The first St. Patrick’s Day celebration in America was held in 1737 in Boston, MA.

HONEY DEW MINT SMOOTHIE

Refresh with a light and fruity smoothie that tickles the sweet tooth.

Ingredients

½ honeydew melon, cut into chunks (about 4 cups)

½ cup light coconut milk

1 -2 leaves fresh min (set aside more for garnish)

½ – 1tsp. fresh lime juice (to taste)

1 cup of ice

Drizzle of honey or coconut nectar, to taste

Instructions

  1. Cut up the melon, remove seeds and outer rind. Slice into chunks.
  2. Add melon chunks, coconut milk, lime, and ice. Blend until smooth.
  3. Taste test, ad add sweetness with honey or your choice of sweetener.
  4. Garnish with mint or fresh melon slice and serve!

FUN FACT: Your odds of finding a four-leaf clover are 1 in 10,000.

SHAMROCK SHAKE

Ingredients

1 ½ oz curly kale – stemmed

1 apple – chopped

1 cup ice

1 banana – peeled

6 sprigs of mint – stemmed

1 cup water

Instructions

  1. Remove kale stems.
  2. Combine ingredients and blend until smooth.
  3. Garnish with mint leaf and serve!

FUN FACT: Shamrocks are the national flower of Ireland. Legend says that each leaf of the clover has a meaning: Hope, Faith, Love, and when there is a fourth leaf, Luck.

Pick a smoothie to try and share with your friends. Snap a photo and share on Instagram or Facebook.  Use hashtag #americandreamcakes so we can find your photos and reshare them on our accounts.

After all the yummy green smoothies, it is time to treat yourself with a yummy “Kiss me I’m Irish Cream” gourmet cupcake for your friends or office today.

Pumpkin isn’t Just for Pie

Pumpkin is a favorite flavor for the fall season and you can see it popping up in lattes, smoothies and pies.  Here are some of our favorite “not just pie” pumpkin recipes.

Start a new fall comfort food tradition in your home with either of these two savory pumpkin recipes.  They’re sure to wow the crowd.

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PUMPKINS, APPLES, and PECANS – OH MY!

Our favorite fall classic, delicious pies.

Moving closer to fall’s cool air and cozy nights, it is time make room for cake’s rustic cousin… pies.  From Sunday afternoon family gatherings to office celebrations, pies offer a delicious dessert option that also feeds the soul. Read more

SKIP THE LABOR THIS LABOR DAY

End of summer sales and barbeques may come to mind when you think of Labor Day, but the meaning of the holiday is more significant. Labor Day became a federal holiday in 1894 honoring the contributions of working-class Americans.

For years working conditions were severe.  Employees often worked 60-70 hours a week with little to no time off. During the 19th century Labor Movement, workers fought for fundamental protections that we are accustomed to now. Overtime pay, workers’ compensation, child labor laws, and sick leave are among those protections. Read more

MAKE BACK TO SCHOOL EXTRA SWEET WITH AND ADC TREAT!

August is here and so is back-to-school season. Long summer days now include shopping for school supplies, new clothes and shoes.  Days are turning into “where-did-the-day-go” nights.

Keep your life delicious during the back-to-school season with these quick-to-grab baked goodies.

Biscotti

Originating in Tuscany, Cantuccini, also known as biscotti got its name from the original method of cooking, twice baked. Biscotti is a perfect crunchy almond dipping cookie for morning coffee before your start a day of shopping.  Or grab some on your way home.  Put your tired feet up and enjoy it in a more traditional Italian style – dipped in wine after dinner.

Choose made-from-scratch flavors, chocolate-almond, lemon-pecan, or almond-pecan, these unique treats are sure to leave a delicious impression.

Morning Muffins

In the hustle and bustle of early school mornings, muffins are a great grab-and-go breakfast. Flavor options include blueberry, banana nut, chocolate chip, and pistachio and require a half dozen minimum order.  They’re also great for starting a teacher’s morning off well.  Order a full dozen and have plenty for everyone.

Cookies

For a classic and comforting sweet treat, it is hard to go wrong with cookies.

Choose from an assortment of tea cookies or classic flavors such as sugar, snicker doodle, macadamia nut or chocolate chip. Feeling spunky? Try our double chocolate chip for oodles of goodness.

Chocolate chip cookie fun fact:
Did you know that chocolate chips were “invented” in 1937? Ruth Graves Wakefield of Toll house cut up chunks of a chocolate bar to put in her cookie recipe.

While you’re preparing and organizing for fall, days can feel hectic. Let yourself relax a little and enjoy the end of summer. Many American Dream Cakes baked goods are offered by the pound or dozen. Make your back-to-school time deliciously sweet with freshly baked American Dream Cakes treats.

Want to take a go at our exclusive recipe?

 

How to Plan a Destination Wedding

Destination weddings add a unique element to an exciting day that starts the rest of your life together. A destination wedding can be a honeymoon + wedding two-for-one, and it is essential to start planning early. When planning a destination wedding, there are some specific items to consider. Here are some tips to help you along the way.

CHOOSE A THEME EARLY

There are many decisions to make as you plan your wedding. From the location, color palette, and bridal party to name a few, choosing your theme early will help create a reference point for future decisions.

KNOW YOUR BUDGET

Knowing the range of your budget for big-ticket items such as cake, venue, and catering is makes early planning easier.  Destination weddings include travel expenses, so break your budget down according to “must haves” and “want to haves.”  If you have to spend a little more on a “must have,” you can cut a little from a “want to have” item.

Shop local to save.  You can help minimize some expense by using the beauty of the local scenery and using local wedding service providers.  Local companies won’t have to charge for travel on top of services.

PLAN FOR GUESTS AND BRIDAL PARTY

Destination weddings tend to include a smaller, more intimate guest list. Ask intended family members and friends early as possible to allow travel arrangements to be made and reserved. It is crucial to book hotel rooms early to ensure availability. If flying, purchase tickets as soon as possible for the best price.

LOCATION CONSIDERATIONS

Once you have a general theme, budget, and guest/bridal party list complete, research your destination location. Check typical weather forecasts for your intended date.  Review local activities to ensure major festivals or events are not already scheduled for the same date and location as your wedding.

FIND LOCAL SERVICES

Review and book local wedding services. Connecting with a local caterer, photographer, bakery, band or DJ service can save you some expense, but also can give you more local, destination flavor.  No one knows a destination like the locals.  Look for ways to incorporate touches of local food, music or fun into your plans.  The sooner you connect with locals and book services the better.  And you’ll have less stress in you planning process.

North Carolina Coastal Weddings

If you dream of a wedding on the beach, overlooking a lake or on a waterfront…  there’s no shortage of waterside wedding venues in Eastern North Carolina.  Onslow County boasts beautiful waterways and Atlantic Beach, part of the southern Outer Banks boasts 81 miles of white sandy beaches.

American Dream Cakes serves destination weddings in the Carteret County coastal area and Jacksonville and Onslow County.  We serve brides and grooms by email and phone, or when you’re going to be in the area, schedule a free wedding cake consultation at our main location in Jacksonville or our wedding showroom in Cedar Point.

Call us today at 910-346-2437 to start your custom wedding cake order.

Sweet Treats for your Summer Party

Nothing says summer like a picnic on the beach or a family BBQ in the park. Pairing the best summer season fruits with tried and true artisan bakery technique, American Dream Cakes offers a variety of desserts. From beautiful tortes, tarts, scrumptious pies, to grab-and-go gourmet cupcakes, there is something to add to everyone’s summer fun!

Tart or Torte… that is the question!

Tarts are a delicious baked dessert consisting of a filling over a pastry base with an open top – not covered with pastry. A tart’s crust is firm and crumbly. You can find tarts topped with fresh fruits of many kinds and sometimes accented with whipped topping.

 

Tortes are a decadent, chilled-dessert option that can feed the whole crew.  Four layers of cake and three layers of filling a full-size torte is a beauty worthy of a party. Find more tortes by American Dream cakes here.

Are you looking for indulgence in a smaller size? Halvsies hold the full delight of a torte in a smaller package. They’re just the right size for a smaller gathering of family and friends. Any full-sized torte can be requested as a halvsie.

Want to know more about what makes a torte vs a cake?  Here’s a delicious read on the subject!

 

Top Day in the Park Desserts Picks

Enjoy the warm summer days with family and friends while you satisfy your sweet tooth.  These top “Day in the Park” desserts picks are great for the park, the backyard or the church potluck.

Gourmet Cupcakes

With 80+ gourmet cupcake flavors plus over 15 seasonal and special order flavors to choose from, you’ll find everyone’s favorite for a day at the park. Purchase a single cupcake, a box of four, a half dozen, or full dozen to fit the size of your gathering.  Most of these flavors can also be made in dessert tortes for additional dessert options – be sure to ask! 

Let’s explore a few favorites…

The American Dream

The American Dream gourmet cupcake is a must for any red, white and blue, military family cookouts in the park. White cake topped with a dollop of creamy vanilla mousse topped with raspberry and blueberries is a classic look, yet distinctive touch to your dessert table.

Green Tea-rrific

The Green Tea-rrific gourmet cupcake is a cheerful choice for a Mom and Daughter brunch. Honey butter cake with green-tea creme filling topped with green tea infused Chantilly icing and lemon honey drizzle. If chic were a cupcake, this would be it.

PB&J

A day in the park is not complete without the laughter of children in the air. The PB&J is a nostalgic childhood classic turned scrumptious dessert. Peanut butter and strawberry filling inside a yellow cake, and PB and J buttercream swirl topped with toasted crumbs. This adorable twist on a childhood favorite is a tasty classic for the park or the backyard this summer.

Chocolate Covered Pretzel Sticks

Chocolate covered pretzel sticks are a fun, self-serve dessert for kids and adults alike. Large pretzel sticks are dipped in chocolate and covered in multicolored sprinkles. Perfect grab-and-go dessert! They’re as fun as they are delicious.

Take it up a Notch with Tortes and Halvsies

Dessert tortes are four layers of cake and three layers of yummy filling topped with specialty icing and decorations. For smaller groups, halvsies offer the same great taste in a smaller package. Halvsies are an ideal choice for smaller groups of family and friends. Both tortes and halvsies require 24- 48-hour notice for preparation.

Island Rum Torte

Walk on the wild side with four layers of vanilla rum cake topped with rum infused buttercream topping. This tropical touch torte is a sure win for your island loving friends at a summer get-together.

Strawberry Shortcake Halvsies

Classic yellow cake filled with strawberry preserve filling and topped with strawberry-infused whipped topping is an elegant, nostalgic treat for your friends or family.

From grab-and-go desserts like cupcakes and chocolate covered pretzel sticks to tasty tortes, we have a refreshing summer dessert pick for you.  Make your next ‘day in the park’ a little sweeter for everyone.

Planning Your Military Reunion? Don’t forget the cake!

There are many things to consider in planning a successful military reunion.  What location is ideal?  How many will attend?  What travel & lodging plans are needed?  What will the length of the reunion be? How will communication and media be managed?

The foundation of a successful reunion is providing attendees with memorable experiences that are easy to enjoy and to share.  Jacksonville boasts attractions on and off MCB Camp Lejeune including the Lejeune Memorial Garden, the Montford Point Marine Museum, and beautiful waterways to explore.

The capstone of a great reunion is often the Gala Banquet Dinner.  For venues, menus and entertainment, working with professionals who know the local market is helpful.  When it comes to making a centerpiece statement that’s just as delicious as it is beautiful…  that’s where American Dream Cakes can help!

We’ve created USMC Birthday Ball Cakes, Parade Cakes, and more.  If your reunion adopts a theme, we can integrate your reunion theme into a military reunion cake that provides a striking centerpiece for your Gala Banquet Dinner.

From formal emblem and logo cakes to more fun-loving dimensional designs, we’ve got you and your Gala Banquet guests covered.  Contact our team for help planning your military reunion cake!