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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.

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!

 

5 Key Factors for Custom Cake Costs

When planning a special event, from a birthday party to a wedding, a custom cake helps make lifelong memories. A fresh, custom-designed cake takes an event’s personalized feel to the next level. Custom cakes can require more time and cost more. If you want a personally inspired, custom cake that will fit your budget, here are five factors to consider while preparing for your event.

Event Size / Group Count

The longer the guest list for an event, the more cake you will need to serve at your party. You may want to consider having two flavor options for larger groups. Two or three-tier cakes can be made with various flavors to offer choices to the group. Family-friendly events can pair a custom cake with coordinating cupcakes for children.

Creative Design Work

Deciding the design details of your custom cake is exciting. When considering a specific type of theme or design, remember the more intricate designs will take more time which creates more expense. If you have a limited budget, our design pros can usually scale your design concept to a smaller size or simpler design version that will reduce detail work time.

Custom Cake Details

Part of the fun of creating a custom cake is the ability to completely tailor the design. For example, you may select a favorite specialty flavor of cake or filling. We offer traditional cake flavors such as white, yellow, and chocolate.  We also offer flavors such as almond, lemon, orange, cookies and cream, red velvet, and chipper cherry to name a few. In addition to unique cake flavors, we also offer a variety of cake fillings including buttercreams, ganache, German chocolate, fruit cremes, raspberry, seasonal fruits and more.

With a custom cake on the inside, you can coordinate your cake’s exterior presentation to your event color scheme and décor.

Budget Time Too

Each cake is made fresh and decorated just before your event. It is important to allow time to meet with a cake designer to ensure availability for your event date.  For significant events such as a wedding, we encourage you to plan six to twelve months in advance of the event date for the best results and coordination.

Transportation Arrangements

Planning cake flavors, colors and décor details to personalize your event’s memorable centerpiece is exciting. Another essential element to consider when ordering your custom cake is transportation arrangements.

We offer free delivery for three-tier or larger cakes within the city limits of Jacksonville. Other locations, depending upon the distance from the bakery, incur a delivery fee. Sunday deliveries are also charged an additional $100 to cover staffing non-traditional business hours. Two-tier cakes must be picked up at the bakery.

A custom cake creates a distinctive, memorable experience at your event.  This is a memory you’ll cherish for years to come.  Call us today to plan your next event’s custom cake design.

 

4 Birthday Cake Trends to Love

  1. Drip Cake:
    Drip cakes top the trend charts across all celebrations, including birthdays.  Baked, stacked, and filled, these cakes are then professionally dripped in a liquid glaze of your choice.  The result is a delicious and unique pattern.While it may be featured in many DIY blogs, dripping a clean pattern takes practice and control.   All that’s missing is a candle.
  2. Candy-Filled “Pinata” Cakes:
    What are two of the best things you have at a birthday party? If you guessed piñatas and birthday cake, this trend is for you!  Baked as a whole cake, the center layers are hollowed out and filled with candies.  Popular for gender reveals, piñata cakes are making the scene at many birthday parties to the delight of the young (and young at heart).
  3. Create-Your-Own Dessert Bars:
    An interactive food station is fun for guests. Instead of a decorated cake, setup a DIY cupcake decorating station or a Donut Wall for guests to create their own tailored dessert.  Want to make it even easier on you?  Call us and order cupcakes with no frosting and you’re ready to go with delicious cake and your own decoration selections.
    Feel like adding even more personalization to your party?  Add multiple DIY stations at the party.  Try a DIY taco bar or ice cream sundae bar. Sure to be a unique addition to the party, Create-Your-Own dessert bars let everyone tap into their creative side.
  4. Buttercream is More and Fondant is less:
    There are still plenty of times that fondant is a great choice, but new trends are pulling away from it and back to – yes, buttercream!  Deliciously creamy and full of flavor, buttercream is making a big comeback in 2018.We’re seeing buttercream flowers and textured patterns.  Want even more?  Check out #5:   Cakes are being topped with a plethora of candy bars, pastries and even popcorn!   We love making birthday wishes come true.  If you have a birthday party or celebration coming up, give us a call.  Our cake designers are ready to make your unique birthday centerpiece!

Have a Cool Slice this Summer

During the summer, cool refreshing pies are a hit at BBQs and picnics.  Beside cream and light mousse pies, flavors such as strawberry and key lime are big hits during the summer months.

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Birthday Cakes

Birthdays are celebrated in different ways around the world, but one thing most cultures have in common is the presence of baked goods.

Whether you’re 1 or 91, you’re never too old for birthday cake. Read more

Backyard BBQ Bakes

Memorial Day is officially recognized as the time of year brave men and women of the armed forces are honored for their service and sacrifice while protecting our country and our freedom. Unofficially it’s also the start of summer and one of the first long weekends. There’s no better way to enjoy the parades, picnics, and backyard BBQs than in the company of family and friends sharing good times, great food, and delicious desserts. Read more

Beautiful Woodland Cakes

If you’re a lover of nature and the great outdoors, the concept of a woodland cake is what you need to take your special occasion to the next level. Read more

Graduation Cakes

With graduation just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about the party details. No party is complete without delicious desserts. At American Dream Cakes, we love making custom cakes for graduation. Whether it’s high school or college, ADC can make the perfect cake for your grad. Read more

Frosting Frenzy

When it comes to sweets, everyone has a favorite; favorite cake type, filling, and even frosting. While you might not realize it, there are many different types of frostings that can be used on cakes and cupcakes. Let’s run down the list of some different types of frosting: Read more