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FALL WEDDING TRENDS

Fall brides find inspiration in crisp autumn evenings, warm fires and nature-inspired elements for planning their wedding.

Let’s take a look at some of this fall’s wedding trends.

FALL BEACH WEDDINGS:

At first thought, beach weddings seem to fit only in summer. However, early fall is an optimal time for a beach wedding. It pairs warm sunshine with cool wisps of autumn air. Combining ocean air blue with warm autumn tones creates fall beach vibe harmony.

Accent the beachy-feel with elements like edible seashells and sea stars, while connecting to fall with earthy driftwood pieces. Trendy mid-length dresses (think Audrey Hepburn style) are ideal for a beach wedding too.

(Photo by Chad Hansen for First Mate Photography Co.; Cake by Mayflour Confections) (Photo Credit Brides.com)

NAKED CAKES:

Many naked cakes are vanilla. You can go a step further. Inspired by fall flavors, this naked carrot cake topped with fall blooms captures the fall season in a cake.

(Photo Credit https://www.weddingomania.com/halloween-wedding-ideas/) (Photo Credit Weddingomania)

MATTE BLACK:

Unlike barely-there frosting, matte black cakes are trending just in time for a darker fall feel. If you love dark-colored themes, combining deep purples, reds, and a matte black cake may be the ultimate fall trend for you. Adding metallic detail designs can give the cake a regal air, while lighter colored flowers brighten darker tones.

BOHO ELEGANCE:

Seeing naked cakes everywhere, and want a unique spin? Use a chocolate cake paired with figs and berries for a boho, woodland wedding to remember.

Want a truly fall-inspired twist?  Try a deconstructed cornucopias display.  These trendy centerpieces offer a variety of seasonal fruits for guests to eat right off the table.

(Photo via http://happywedd.com/decor/20-giant-wedding-wreaths.html)/ (Photo Credit happywed.com)

OVERSIZED CIRCULAR WREATHS:

Over-sized wreaths, symbolizing unity, are the trendiest wedding backdrop this season.   Your wedding theme and style inspires how to decorate the large beauties. Fall weddings can take advantage of the season’s flowers and harvest fruits to celebrate fall harvest abundance.

GO NAKED FOR YOUR WEDDING (CAKE)

Wooing brides with laid-back charm since 2013, naked cakes have proved they are here for the long haul. Initially showcasing a bare cake layer with all the icing or fruit filling on the inside, styling variations have popped up everywhere. From multiple cake flavor tiers to more icing on the outside, giving a “peek-a-boo” look, naked cakes have evolved from laid-back trendy to simple sophistication.

Popular naked wedding cakes show yellow cake with fruit topping or a light colored icing swipe; however, options are not limited there. Gather inspiration from your wedding season, style or venue to personalize your unique cake story.

Here are ideas to help you make your naked wedding cake details unique.

MORE THAN ONE
Include more than one cake flavor in a multi-layer naked cake by choosing different flavors for each tier layer. Various cake flavors add another dimension of colors and contrast.  We’ve even seen a naked cake taken up a notch with playful confetti cake colors.  The sky’s the limit.  Be creative.

DREAMY DECADENCE
Chocolate naked cakes filled with chocolate frosting or ganache offer an indulgent option without being overpowering.

SEASONAL STYLE
Choose a seasonally inspired cake flavor like carrot cake, or choose fall-friendly fruits to add the perfect little element of “extra.”

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?

 

FRESH & FUN WEDDING CAKES

Fresh and fun wedding cakes are great for informal weddings. Boho, beach or country-chic wedding styles all pull in fresh and fun options for great centerpiece cakes. Fresh fruit, bright colors, and lighter fillings allow these cakes to keep a bit of sophistication at a less formal affair.

Here are a few top choices for “Fresh and Fun” inspired wedding cake styles.

Bare Naked Cakes

As the name says, bare naked cakes show all. A light cake and filling are paired with fresh seasonal fruit to create fresh, fun with a sophisticated twist.  Not too stuffy or formal, but fully elegant, this option is a trendy style that you’ll be seeing for several years. Top your bare-naked cake with garnished layers of fresh fruit, berries, flowers or a topper of your choice.

Almost-Naked Cakes

More conservative than her bare-naked cousin, an almost-naked cake adds a thin layer of frosting.  This has the effect of sealing the cake edges a bit for freshness while allowing the cake and filling layers to show through. Showcase vibrant, in-season flowers as cake decoration or topper. This is an excellent choice for brides who want an event that’s laid-back with a cake that still feels a little fancy.

Uniquely Fresh & Fun

Perhaps it’s fully frosted or wrapped in fondant, but your wedding cake can be uniquely “fresh and fun” by being uniquely “YOU!”  Not all wedding cakes are towering 4-tiers and traditional.  Opt for a cake that fits your theme and personality – down to the unique filing flavor and decorations.  Is it bright and colorful?  Seasonally themed?  Perhaps your uniquely fresh & fun cake is more like a cake topper and cupcakes!

At American Dream Cakes, our cake designers work with you to create a cake that compliments your wedding season, style, and more. You can order a Tastings Kit on Fridays and Saturdays, to sample 5-6 different cake and filling flavors (some seasonal availability), and buttercream to help you decide on your favorite combination.

Flavors of the Summer

The days are longer, and the weather is warmer; it’s time to fire up the grill. Family and friends gathered together, kids splashing in the water, and laughter in the air signal summer is here. Here are some of the best summer fruit flavors make meals memorable.

RASPBERRY

One cheerful berry loaded with antioxidants and vitamin C, raspberries are adaptable.

Uh Oh… Raspberries mushed by the time you get home? No worries! Strain, sweeten, and puree for a delicious topping on a light angel food cake or scoop of ice cream.

PEACH

What is summer without the perfection of peach? Yummy in so many ways. Eat fresh on the way home from the farmer’s market or cook into homemade cobbler or pie. Are you looking for an easier prep time than a cobbler, but fancier than merely slicing? Throw peaches on the grill for a delish dessert addition to any summer BBQ.

BLUEBERRIES

Did you know that blueberries are the only native summer fruit to America? Neat, right? They also are at their ripest in July and August. Toss a batch into the freezer for the perfect bite-size pop of frozen flavor, or pair with strawberries and whip cream for red, white, and blue patriotic prize dessert.  A tip when picking fresh blueberries: look for an indigo blue color with silvery frost.

WATERMELON

Can any sunny day adventures be complete without this summer social fruit? Bright and juicy, watermelons are versatile and built for a crowd. You can carve out a decorative, natural bowl for the food table, create a hydrating slushie, or dress it up in a salad paired with red onions and feta cheese to name a few. The best part of watermelon? You can just cut it into cubes and serve it chilled. A simple and sweet compliment to any grilled meal!

KEY LIME

Take a tropical vacation with the tang of citrus key lime flavor. Key limes are smaller but bring a zestier twist.  Pies are not the only way to use key limes. They can be used in salad dressings, drinks, guacamole or as a garnish to name a few.

STRAWBERRIES

Dressed up in chocolate or layered on top of whip cream, strawberries are everywhere you want to be this summer.  Want to upgrade your water? Throw some basil and strawberries together for a spa-worthy water beverage that is healthy and hydrating.

COMBINATION

Summer is the best for in-season fruits, and with so many to choose from you don’t have to pick just one! Combine them!  Bring together blackberries, blueberries, and raspberry for depth of berry flavor in any pie pastry. Grab some kabob sticks and layer fruits for a healthy summer snack. Experiment with your favorite flavors to make a share-worthy signature dish.

Summer is full of fun and so much to do!  Don’t have the time to get a fruity dessert together? Call us at 910-346-2437, and we’ll help make your summer delicious and fresh.

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.

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!

 

Marrying a Marine: 3 Wedding Traditions Brides Can Expect

Welcome to the Marine Corps.

Many brides include traditions from their families’ religious or cultural background in their wedding ceremonies.  The United States Marine Corps “family” welcomes a bride with wedding traditions unique to the history of the Marine Corps.  Marrying into this family means you’ll probably learn some new jargon and get used to a lot of acronyms.  You may expect some sacrifices like time apart or relocations.  But as in any family, marrying into the USMC family means you’re welcomed with traditional displays of affection unique to the Corps.

Here are three unique Marine Corps ceremonial traditions, their history, and what to expect as the bride.

  1. Arch of Swords: A select group of six to eight Marines stands on either side of the wedding exit to “shelter the bride” as she and the groom walk out. Traditionally, it represents the USMC’s pledge of fidelity to the couple. The selected Marines cannot be groomsmen in the wedding, but they can escort guests of honor during the ceremony.
  2. Spanking the Spouse: Spanking the spouse is a tradition representing a welcoming of the bride into the USMC family. As the couple near the end Arch of Swords, they are blocked by the last two Marine’s swords.  A designated Marine shouts, “Give this Marine a Kiss.”  After they kiss, swords are raised, the couple is announced and they move forward together. When the bride moves forward, the lead Marine lowers his sword and gives a gentle pat on the backside saying, “Welcome to the Marine Corps Family, ma’am!” In this tradition, the lead Marine honor is similar to the best man and is a coveted honor between friends in the Corps.
  3. Cutting the Cake with Sword: If the bride or groom is an NCO in the Marine Corps, they can choose to cut their wedding cake with a sword. The groom presents the sword to the bride, places his hand over hers, and they cut the cake together.

Marine Corps Inspired Wedding Cake or Grooms Cake

Another way to include the Marine Corps traditions into the ceremony is by choosing a USMC wedding cake. If a USMC wedding cake is too much, include the Corps in a Grooms cake.

Inspired by USMC Blues Uniform, this four-layer cake is topped with white service hat and finished with the bright blues uniform pants. Middle layers display gold service uniform buttons.  Cakes can also have edible EGAs (Eagle, Globe & Anchor) or American flags, as shown in the Marine Corps-inspired cakes below.

Welcome to the Marine Corps Family, ma’am!  Contact our team for cake-design planning for your USMC wedding.