Delicious Reads

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

 

Wedding Trends 2019

In 2019, the wedding experience includes more than colors, theme or style. A sincere focus is put on small meaningful experiences that include all in attendance.  This is the era of the “experience” and these trends encourage visual and other forms of engagement for wedding parties and wedding guests.

BOLDER COLORS

Brighter, deeper color palettes are on the rise. Specifically shades of purple are trending for not only floral decorations, but event space lighting. While previous years held on to pastel, rustic and shabby-chic vibes, 2019 is bringing forward a more modern and refined elegance.

GROOMSMEN’S ATTIRE

2019 weddings encourage everyone to express a bit of their own, unique style. As with bridesmaids’ dresses that no longer match, groomsmen’s attire is taking personal expression into account.  Expect to see more men in coordinated mix and match pieces.  Look for checkered, dot and floral patterns to flank the groom instead of matching suits or tuxedos.

CEREMONY VENUES

Rustic scenes are taking a back seat to modern industrial.  Green foliage against industrial metallic and architectural backgrounds softens and adds sophistication.  Tailored greenery centerpieces bring coveted green and emerald colors inside for organic beauty.

GO UNPLUGGED

Another trend during ceremony encourages guests to go unplugged. Attendees are asked to power-off or put phones away to engage in the wedding ceremony. Guests share their perspectives, during the reception in real time.  This new “I do” trend is gaining steam as couples, family and friends look for meaningful ways to be “present” during the celebration.

RECEPTIONS

In addition to the bridesmaid and groomsmen mix and match wedding attire philosophy, table settings are being varied as well as wedding registries and more.

Menus in 2019 are offering more individual choice. Smaller plates are paired with more courses to offer each guest low-risk but plentiful food options.  Buffets, food bars, and “build-your-own” options abound – as do mingling and interaction opportunities.  DIY food stations are becoming more popular and creative.  They are tied into wedding themes and increase guests’ interaction, mingling, and experience.

Personal touches like unique, statement place cards create a WOW experience for guests. This is an element that couples can customize to really share a special moment with each guest and recognize them as a part of their wedding.  Creating an interactive, engaging experience for wedding guests allows everyone to enjoy celebrating the couple and their big day.

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.

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.


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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.

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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

Favorite Boho Wedding Pictures

Boho wedding table setting with Bohemian flower arrangements and succulent plants

If you love earthy color palettes, organic decor, and free-spirited charm, a boho wedding may be your dream come true.

Earthy, outdoor settings like a park, waterfront, or garden allow nature to take care of your wedding backdrop for you. Add a few DIY personal touches to make your story shine through, and you’ve harnessed a staple of beautiful boho weddings.

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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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Saras Pepparkakor

Swedish Pepparkakor started as a honey and pepper cookie.  They were once far spicier than the popular gingersnap-style cookie we enjoy now.  The cookies were thought to cure sicknesses, ward off depression and make you nicer.  Today, baking soda leavens the cookies, but originally potash was used.  Potash helped to settle indigestion, so maybe they did make folks a little nicer to be around.  Over the years, ginger and sweet spices have replace the pepper.  We’re not sure they ever had medicinal qualities, but they still produce smiles today. Read more

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

Boho Wedding Dress Trends

The boho wedding trend rooted in whimsical romance, seems here to stay. From rustic to beach boho, this trend is evolving across venues and styles. Each element of a wedding symbolizes the love story you visually tell your guests. One of the most personal details from the bride’s perspective is the bridal gown. If you are a boho bride, here are some upcoming boho wedding gown trends curated just for you and your love story. 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