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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.

Social and economic movements in our country benefit from the strength, growth and prosperity created by working Americans.  Labor Day pays tribute to these vital contributions.

Celebrate your contributions and the contributions of your fellow Americans with one of our classic Labor Day favorites.

Dutch Apple Pie

Nothing says all-American comfort better than homemade Apple Pie.

Made from scratch with five freshly peeled and diced apples and oatmeal crumble topping. It is flavorful without being overpowering. Don’t forget to pair with a scoop of ice cream on top!

Lemon Meringue Pie

Light and fluffy meringue paired with a cool lemon filling is not only a classic, but an anticipated refresher for summer get-togethers.  Not in the mood for lemon?  We also have chocolate and coconut meringue pies available for order.

Strawberry Torte

If you are looking for an indulgent Labor Day dessert, a strawberry torte is a perfect option. Vanilla buttercream tops four layers of alternating sweet strawberry filling and yellow cake. Topped with bright red glazed strawberries, this is the rock star of the Labor Day dessert table.

Peanut Butter Chocolate

Chocolate and peanut butter.  Who can say no? This flavor combination is a winning choice for an unforgettable Labor Day dessert.

This Labor Day, make your backyard BBQ or company celebration one to remember with an American Dream Cakes classic for dessert.  Call 910-346-2347 to order your Labor Day dessert today.

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!

The American Dream Cakes Story

Video Transcript:

“People ask me why I got started? I started a long time ago.  My grandma and I… we used to do a weekly baking. Lots of cookies, cakes, rolls, etc. – for the traditional Swedish ‘fika.’  When I met my husband in ‘89, it was a blind date on Valentines. We met over in Yugoslavia and a couple of years later, we got married in his home town in Minnesota. One of his family friends made our wedding cake and that’s when I really kind of got the bug and wanted to learn how to do this.”

“About a year or so later, we moved to Germany and that’s when I had the first opportunity to actually try the cake decorating. Our son wanted a Ninja Turtle birthday cake but there were no American style bakeries to be found in Germany. So, I bought a cake decorating magazine and all the equipment that was needed and I read that magazine from cover to cover probably 3-4 times. I made the cake for him and it was such a success at the party that all the other parents were asking to see other photos, that they wanted to order cakes of their own. So, I started a small business over there to serve the military community”.

“Later, when we returned state side, which was in Atlanta, I had the opportunity to work for several great bakeries of mom and pops and some retail bakeries. A year later, we moved to Jacksonville, NC and I came to find out that there were no commercial bakeries, so I decided to start my own”.

“The importance of American Dream cakes came literally by looking through a dictionary. I knew I wanted the name cakes in there and I started from the beginning and when I came across the word American I said, well, I’m making American cakes. Specifically, American style cakes. I kept on looking and I came to the word Dream. And I said yes, I want to make people’s Dream cakes and I want to live the American Dream. American Dream Cakes, because I love making life delicious”.

“Being a business owner, I am able to give back. Our community has been so good to us over the years. Not only has it given me the opportunity to be a rotarian and support local, regional, and even international charities and give back but it has also given me the opportunity to take on culinary students, have them do their internship. I have had interns from Connecticut, New York, I have one from Montana, I have even mentored a wounded warrior in his process of leaving the Marine Corps so that he could go back home and start his own bakery. It also gives me the opportunity to support local and national charities, not just through Rotary, but through the bakery itself. We try to support as many people as we possibly can by making their Dream Cakes and support their functions.

All of this is possible because I was able to create the American Dream Cakes company. I am very proud of our team, proud of our work. Our mission is to make life delicious. To me, doing this, is living the American Dream. “

Cookin’ Up Spring Specials

Spring is in full swing in Jacksonville, NC!  The bees are pollinating, Bradford pear trees are blooming, and American Dream Cake specials are hopping!

We have specials for your Spring occasions.

Easter Specials

Share and enjoy One Dozen Easter Cupcakes for only $19.95. 

Surprise the kids with an Easter Bunny Cake for $19.95.

More Spring Specials

Hosting a garden party, tea party or spring social?  Bring One Dozen Flower Cupcakes for $19.95 and you’ll be the toast of the party!

Looking for something other than a cupcake?  Who can resist a sugar cookie?  Bring home One Dozen Sugar Cookies with Sprinkles for $19.95 and make your entire family smile.

Don’t forget Saint Patrick’s Day!  This year, celebrate the Irish green with One Dozen St. Patrick’s Day Cookies for $24.95 or One Lb. of St. Patrick’s Day Tea-Cookies for $18.95.

Celebrate all the beauty that Spring can bring, and make sure your get-togethers have amazing sweets from American Dream Cakes.

5 House Favorite Picks

Over the years, we’ve had opportunity to create a wide variety of cakes for special events.  We’ve made custom creations for birthdays, reunions, weddings, military affairs and business events.  From cool to crazy, we’ve seen a wide range.  Here are a few select “house favorites” from the many event cakes we’ve designed.

3D 80’s Throw-back Cake

From bright colors to metallic finishes and edible printing, this 3D cake had it all!  We had a blast (from the past) creating this cake for a special event at the Montessori School in Jacksonville.

Hand crafted fondant game controllers and a 3D microphone decorated the Pac-Man inspired lower cake level.  A metallic disco ball and printed logo added fun flare atop a giant Rubik’s cube.

Marty McFly would be proud!

Edible 3D Tank

Another favorite from Team ADC, is a dimensional tank cake.  This cake was edible from top to bottom, interesting to sculpt, and the smiles from our customer made it even more fun.

Sitting atop edible “sand,” this tank boasts details for storage, lighting, and armament.  We tip our hats to those who serve and all those who love and support them.

Custom Sloth Birthday Cake

This 21st birthday cake was designed for laughs.  Stretched out lazily across the cake holding a beer can, this sloth takes her sweet time.

A USMC seal and wrench give nod to the day job of the recipient, but the joke is clear… she’s teased for not moving fast enough by her friends.

The detail work on the tree trunk base and hand-crafted sloth were fun for our cake designers, and the metallic wrench is edible, too!

Fairy Tree-House Cake

This one gets props in our team’s picks for attention to detail in the little things.

All edible, this little fairy house sports tiny flowers, mushrooms, pebbles and a wood-grain house and door.

Garnished with leaves, ivy and hand-crafted flowers on top, it’s magical in miniature!

The Grossest Cake Ever…

We get all kinds of requests for our talented cake designers, and this one was extra creep-y.

Sculpted from Red Velvet cake and airbrushed for realistic detail, this cockroach cake may show up in your nightmares.  From nose to tail, he was 12 inches long.

He was delicious, but it was hard to find an appetite for this one!

We love a challenge!  If you’ve got a creative cake challenge for us, we’d love to hear it!

Top 10 Gourmet Cupcakes You’ll LOVE!

We’re pretty well-known for our gourmet cupcakes.  Our die-hard fans love them for good reason!  There are over 100 flavors of our large-sized, filled, topped and garnished gourmet cupcakes.  They make life delicious every day.

10 most-LOVED Gourmet Cupcakes

The Dalmatian

Moist white cake is speckled with chocolate chips, topped with white mousse icing and mini chocolate chips and garnished with chocolate shards.  It’s the perfect polka-dotted blend of vanilla and chocolate.  Enjoy 1 or 101, they’re that good!

Chocolate Covered Strawberry

Fresh chocolate cake with a strawberry preserve filling, topped with chocolate buttercream & a chocolate covered strawberry on top.  What’s not to love?!

Death-by-Chocolate

Moist chocolate sponge cake is filled with rich chocolate fudge, topped with chocolate mousse icing and pecans, brownie crumble, & fudge drizzle.  A crowd-pleaser, Death-by-Chocolate is a layer upon layer of chocolate experience.

Over the Andys

This fresh mint-chocolate twist might take you by surprise.  Our delicious fresh-baked chocolate cake is soaked in mint liquor then it’s filled with a mint-vanilla crème filling, topped with a mint infused whipped icing & mint candy crumble.  Feel the mint.

Black Forest

Fresh devil’s food cake is soaked with a Kiersch (cherry) liquor, the center contains cherry puree filling, and it’s crowned with whipped topping, a cherry and chocolate curls.  Get lost in the Black Forest… and you won’t care if anyone comes to your rescue or not.

Carrot Cake

Moist and flavorful carrot cake baked with walnuts and raisins, then topped with traditional cream cheese frosting & a buttercream “carrot” garnish.  The carrot cake gourmet cupcake has just enough spice to keep you coming back for another bite.

Tiramisu

You’ve died and gone to coffee heaven.  The Tiramisu Gourmet features white sponge cake soaked in an espresso liquor, vanilla coffee crème filling, whipped cream dusted with cocoa powder and a chocolate medallion garnish.  Oooooh, yes!

Orange Dreamcycle

A grown-up version of the childhood favorite, the Orange Dreamcycle is orange-infused sponge cake with sweet vanilla crème filling, orange colored whip swirl and a white chocolate orange garnish.

Yin-Yang

Here’s to a balanced life that’s delicious.  Chocolate and vanilla-marbled sponge cake contains rich chocolate fudge filling and is topped with chocolate fudge & vanilla buttercream swirl and crowned with an icing pearl.  A delightful twist of chocolate and vanilla flavors!

Mmmocha

Pour a cup of cake!  The Mmmocha Gourmet cupcake is another delectable pairing of chocolate and coffee.  Fresh chocolate cake is soaked in coffee liquor and filled with rich espresso crème.  It’s all topped with chocolate-coffee mousse icing and a patterned fudge garnish.

Did your favorite make the Top 10 cut?  Give your favorite flavor a shout out below.