Tuesday, October 25, 2011

What the heck is a cake plateau and do I need one??

A cake plateau (fancy name for 'stand') can be a finishing touch to your cake. These are usually silver or gold stands that holds the cake up off of the table a little bit. This cake is using a square silver cake stand.

Not every cake needs to have a cake stand though. As you can see below, this cake doesn't use a cake stand, but rather takes advantage of the table decorations to highlight the cake.

Now, how do you decide if you NEED a cake stand. Well, one thing to consider is whether or not there are going to be a lot of children at the reception. If so, if might not be a bad idea to raise the cake up just a little bit to keep it away from frosting-hungry fingers.

Another thing to think about is how the linens will look on the cake table. Many venues will scrunch up a linen to dress up the cake table (see the pic below)

Additionally, some couples just want to make their cake look bigger.

And finally, some couples just want to complete their theme. This particular cake stand is especially popular during the fall months. Yep, it is a really tree trunk.

The last thing to consider when determining if you need a cake stand, is who you are going to have return the stand after the wedding. Many couples are on their honeymoon immediately following their wedding, and don't have the ability to return the cake stand right away. This duty usually falls to the Maid of Honor, or one of the parents. Just be sure that the stand gets back on time, as many plateaus are quite costly to replace.

As I said in the beginning, cake plateaus can be an elegant way to display your wedding cake, but they aren't a required part of the cake table.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Yep, it is an EARLY holiday post

While in the store the other day, I noticed that there are a large amount of Christmas decorations already out for sale. Now, I remember when those decorations didn't come out until after Thanksgiving, but those days are now long gone. In keeping with the times, I'm going to take a moment to share a great idea for the holidays: CAKE BITES!!!!

For those of you that don't know, Cake Bites are delicious little bites of cake covered in chocolate.

These little treats are the perfect present for so many people:

  • office secret santa

  • your children's teachers

  • your teachers (certainly can't hurt your grade!)

  • mailman

  • FedEx or UPS person

  • trash man (just make sure you have it clearly marked!)

  • family/friends who live far away-yep, we can ship them

  • someone on your list who has "everything"

Finally, if you are tasked with bringing something to that family gathering, how about a Cake Bite Tree?

The best part is that these trees can double as a table centerpiece!

Finally, Cake Bites are great for the small business owner. A box of Cake Bites are a great way to say Thank You to your clients or customers. We do offer volume discounts for orders over 50- 1 dozen boxes.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Does my cake have a back-side?

Ok, first let me apologize for having such a long time between posts, but we've been so very busy here at Indy Cakes.

Now that that's out of the way, let's talk some serious cake stuff. Today, I want to address the issue of whether or not your cake has a back-side. No, not a 'honky-tonk-ba-donk-a-donk', but a side that is clearly the front and a side that is clearly the back.

Some cakes, like the one below, are designed to be viewed from any angle.
This is especially important if your cake is going to be placed in the middle of the dance floor, or in a location that would require your guests to walk around the cake.

Other cakes, such as this design:

will very clearly have a front side. Some designs won't have the same look if you attempt to use them on both "sides" of the cake.

Many times, the cake is safely sitting on the side of the room, or in a strategically lit corner. This is usually a good idea as it prevents an accidental injury to the cake (picture your clumsy great-aunt swinging her purse into the cake as she walks past-eek!!).

Positioning the cake against a wall also creates a back-side of the cake. This may also reduce the cost of the cake if, such as on the cake below, a back-side means that not as many flowers need to be made, thereby saving you some $$$.

Finally, we have one more unique thing that we do here at Indy Cakes. Many of our brides opt for real ribbon as the border on their cakes. This works well until the happy couple goes to make their first cut as husband and wife and try to cut through the ribbon. Since that usually doesn't work too well, they have to take the ribbon off just enough to make their first slice, typically resulting in the ribbon starting to come off the entire cake, making the picture not as elegant as it should be. We, however create a secret panel to allow the happy couple to keep the ribbon on the cake for the photo but have just a big enough gap to get a slice of cake. We often place this panel just slightly to the side as most couples try to stand on the side of the cake for the first slice.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Please won't you be our neighbor?

Ok, if you follow us on Facebook, then you already know that we are all alone in our little strip mall and we need neighbors. The first place up for grabs is a little former pizza place (hence the sign!). It is approximately 1200 square feet, maybe a little more. It already has a kitchen built in the back, with a front counter built in. There is a small lobby/waiting area. This would be great for another pizza place, or even a little deli. If you don't want to use the kitchen, you could always retro-fit the place to suit your needs.

On the other side of us is a former convenience store. At one point, it was a village pantry. This space is BIG and the rent is amazingly reasonable at $1850 per month. Because this was a former convenience store, it already has a walk-in cooler with doors as well as two other smaller reach in coolers. There is a cash wrap area right in the middle of the store and there are already wall shelves and a few portable units. While I don't know if they work or not, there is also a camera system in place.

That's about all I know about the two spaces. I can tell you that our landlord is great and has always been quick to help us with any issues we may have. We are located right off of Epler Ave at the corner of SR135 and there is a TON of traffic.

If you'd like to get more info, and/or schedule a showing, contact Mo Harbert at 317-885-8858.

Did I mention we tend to give our neighbors free cake? :)

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

How much cake do I need?

This is a question we get asked a lot, from both wedding and occasion cake customers. The general rule of etiquette (but don't quote me on this) is to have a piece available for each guest. Now, we all know that there is that weird Aunt who is always on a diet and will never touch a piece of cake, or that picky eater who doesn't like the flavor offered, but on the other hand, there are those guests who will have two pieces, or that kid who drops their piece and wants a fresh one, so they tend to balance out.

Another thing to consider when determining how big the cake needs to be is what type of food is being served with the cake. At many birthday parties, there are a few appetizers, but the cake is the main event. This tends to require a little more cake as the pieces tend to be larger. At most weddings, there is a full meal served, with the cake being dessert, which is why the pieces are usually cut a little smaller.

The last thing to consider is the length of the event. If your event has a definite end time, then people are less likely to have more than 1 piece of cake, but if your party guests tend to linger for a few hours, then they are more likely to nosh on an extra serving as time wears on. For a wedding, if you are going to have the cake out on a table while your guests are dancing, you can rest assured that after an hour or two of dancing, guests will start to grab another piece to keep up their energy.

Should you find yourself with a little extra cake leftover, you can relax knowing that the cake tastes just as good as the next day!

Monday, June 20, 2011

Cake Pics!!!

Since its been a while since I've been able to post (did you know that June is busy for wedding vendors??!), I thought I'd make it up to you by posting a few of our recent cakes, and the stories that go with them. I always like to hear the stories.

This cake made its way to the Harrison Center for the Arts. The room had a very natural feel to it with shades of green and branches decorating the room. While we've done this type of design in the fall with oranges, yellows and reds, I really liked the way it turned out with the different shades of green.

This cake suffered a minor injury just prior to the reception. On one of those unbelievably hot days recently, the air conditioner had broken at the venue. We received a call on our emergency number (we always leave one at the venues) that some of the flowers had fallen. Upon my arrival, I found out why--the room was almost 90 degrees!! Even though they had fixed the air conditioner by that point, having a small room filled with over 100 people makes it very difficult to cool the room down fast enough. Luckily, all of the flowers were replaced prior to the arrival of the happy couple.

This couple asked us to create a battlefield (one worthy of a wedding, mind you) that they would use to place their collection of action figures. I can't wait to see the pictures of the battle in progress!

This was a graduation cake for a football player. His mom wanted to pay tribute to the school he was leaving (the red side) and his new college (the gold side). We thought this would be a fun way to have the best of both worlds.

I wish we could take credit for the super cute cake topper here, but that was all the bride's work. This groom's cake worked out well for a couple of ball players who were getting hitched. Be sure to checkout our Facebook page for more info on their wedding cake the NCAA Hall of Champions!

Monday, May 30, 2011

A plea for help and understanding

If you've driven around downtown on a Saturday afternoon lately, you've noticed that it is definitely wedding season. We are lucky enough to be a part of these couples' special day and we appreciate the honor. That being said, we are a business and therefore we have certain rules or policies. We have never wanted to write our policies based on the few people who might take advantage of us. We've never liked it when a company treats us that way, so we didn't want to do it to our customers.

One of the policies that we have encountered trouble with lately is our stand rental policy. Many of our clients want to use a cake stand (or cake plateau) to enhance their wedding cake display. We have a variety of stands and are more than happy to allow our clients to use them. While we don't charge a rental fee (as many other places do), we do ask for a security deposit as an incentive to return the stand. We also ask for the stands to be returned by Tuesday after the wedding as many times those same stands are going to be used for the following weekend. When the stand is returned on time, the entire security deposit is returned. Imagine if a stand weren't returned on time.........how long do you think it would take to get a new one in time for a Saturday wedding?

While the vast majority of our clients are wonderful and return the stands on time (or call us to let us know if there are extenuating circumstances), what we have encountered over the past few weeks are folks who were entrusted with the responsibility of returning the stand for the lovely couple, who is undoubtedly on their honeymoon, who don't return the stand on time. When a stand is not returned on time, the deposit is forfeit. These folks have told us, sometimes quite angrily, that they think the deposit should be returned, despite these terms being clearly explained both verbally and in the written contract.

When a stand doesn't make it back on time, we have to spend time researching who was supposed to return the stand, whether or not that stand is needed for the following weekend, and take the time to contact the responsible party to try to locate our stand. Many times, we have to also research our options for replacement as we wait for a return phone call. Additionally, some of our stands are discontinued and are no longer available. All of this work costs more than the amount of the deposit.

All we are asking for is a little understanding from the folks who are entrusted by the bride and groom to return the cake stands to us. If, for some reason, you aren't able to make it to our shop on Tuesday, just give us a call (the number is listed on the bottom of the stand)and keep us updated. We understand that it can be difficult to get all of the post-wedding items taken care of. We simply want to know that our stand is coming back to us. If, for some reason, you don't get us the stand back on time and don't take the time to contact us, please understand that the deposit is forfeit. If the stand never makes it back to us, we do have to charge the bridal couple the full replacement cost of the stand and we'd hate to have to do that.

We definitely don't want to have to change what we consider to be a generous policy, given that the industry standard is to charge a rental fee (which is not returned) as well as a security deposit that might be returned. Please help us keep a policy that has worked well for so many by adhering to the timeframes we've provided. Thank you.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Wow, it has been a while!

With wedding season in full swing, it has been hard enough to get everything finished, let alone fit in a blog post, so I apologize. There really has been so much going on here, that it is hard to keep up some days.

With so many weddings going on, I thought I'd take a moment and share a few of the quick tips that we share with some of our brides.

  • If there are going to be small kids in/at the wedding, give them dispoable cameras for the ceremony. This will keep them busy and quiet while giving you a very unique look at your ceremony.

  • If you are having pictures taken outdoors, invest in a few small handheld fans for you and your bridal party.

  • Have your maid of honor wrap up a plate of food and a few pieces of cake for you and your new spouse. Chances are that by the end of the evening you will be very hungry and will not have had more than a bite or two of anything.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Wish Upon A Wedding

We receive many requests for donations from various charities and local events. While we would love to donate to all of them, we do have limited resources and therefore we have to choose carefully. However, when we heard about Wish Upon A Wedding, we knew we had to be a part of this wonderful program. Wish Upon A Wedding is the world's first nonprofit wish granting organization providing weddings and vow renewals for couples facing terminal illness and serious life altering circumstances regardless of sexual orientation.

We offered our services several months ago when the Indianapolis Chapter first began, not knowing for sure how the process worked or if we would ever be called upon to help. Well, about 3 months ago, we got the call.

Indy Cakes is pleased to announce that we were chosen to provide the wedding cake for the first Wedding Wish granted by the Indianapolis chapter of Wish Upon A Wedding.

Janice and Cory are an amazingly sweet couple with a story that will make you appreciate how difficult planning a wedding for them would be without an organization like Wish Upon A Wedding

Be sure to check out the blog post from the Indianapolis chapter of Wish Upon A Wedding for more details regarding their story and their special day.

It is with great pride that we can now display the following badge:

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

The Groom's Cake

There might be several of you reading this thinking "what the heck is a groom's cake, and why should he get one just for him!?" Well, let me give you a little history on the evolution of the Groom's cake.

A few decades ago, when your wedding cake was white cake with white frosting and to have anything else was just unheard of, brides still loved chocolate cake. Folks in the south decided that since so many people still liked chocolate cake, there had to be a way to have a chocolate cake at the wedding. It was decided that a small sheet cake that would be decorated with a little bit of the chosen wedding color would be placed on the cake table. Typically, this cake included an inscription congratulating the happy couple. This was the start of the Groom's Cake.

For many years, the Groom's cake was relegated to a small cake decorated according to the bride's wishes. As groom's began to take more interest in planning their receptions, the cakes began to become a little more "manly." Instead of having flowers in the wedding colors, there might have been a fishing scene, or a drawing of golf clubs.

Fast forward to the present and Groom's cakes have taken on a life of their own. Often, the bride will surprise her groom with this special creation. With the popularity of the many cake shows lately, these cakes have become even more creative, ranging from 3D golf bags, to fish, to beer barrels! Many brides love the idea of these unique cakes, but not necessarily at the reception (let's face it, a dead deer head doesn't belong next to filet mignon!). These brides have decided to serve the groom's cake at the rehearsal dinner. This is a more intimate setting and provides a nice "preview" of the how delicious the wedding cake is going to be!

While not every couple opts for a groom's cake, those that do tend to go for something pretty cool. Below are a few of our recent cake designs that would make great groom's cakes!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

The Tasting Appt

Today, I'd like to discuss one of the most beloved and fun parts of the wedding planning process, The Tasting Appointment.

Here at Indy Cakes, our tasting appts typically last an hour. During this hour, we have you sample up to three cake and three filling flavors. Our fillings are in their own separate cups so that you can mix and match your filling and cake flavors to see which combination you like the best. We also provide you with samples of our delicious Marshmallow Fondant so that you can see for yourself what fondant tastes like.

Also during this hour, we also discuss your wedding and how you would like the cake to fit into your reception. With the cake being THE centerpiece of the reception, it is important that it fit with the decor as well as your personality. Most of our cake designs are not simply chosen out of a book, although some brides fall do in love with certain designs and we are happy to work with that. Most of our designs are the result of finding one or several components of different cakes that you love and then we combine them into a unique design that will fit for you!

We also take a few moments to review the contract with you and we allow you to take home the contract to review at your leisure. This is especially helpful if there are parents or others involved in the decision making process that couldn't make it to the appt.

We typically schedule our tasting appts for Sundays as it can be difficult for us to give you our undivided attention during the week. On Sunday we close the shop and ONLY host our tasting appointments so you aren't having to wait while we answer the phone or take care of a client picking up a cake order. We also call you the week of your appointment to confirm with you and remind you of your appt time.

We do ask that if you make an appt with us, and something changes in your plans, such as needing to reschedule or even cancel the appt in the event that you have made other cake arrangements, please call us and let us know. We usually have a wait list for appt times and can always fill an empty appointment time. If we have brides who do not show up for their appt, this is a loss to everyone. We understand that sometimes other arrangements have been made, people get sick, or even that plans may have been put on hold, but please take a moment to keep us in the loop. We would hate to get to a point where we have to start charging for tasting appts because we have too many brides no-call/no-show.

Most of our brides leave their tasting appts with a pretty good picture of what their cake will look like, others need some more time to research. If this is the case, we typically finish the design details via phone or email. You are also welcome to stop by during normal business hours to finalize the design.

I hope that this has been a look into our tasting appt and we look forward to helping you plan your wedding cake!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Who wants to see some cake pics??!!

I knew you did! Here are just a few of the cakes that our clients asked us to create last week.
This Alice in Wonderland themed cake was the finishing touch for a fabulous bridal shower. Be sure to take note of Alice heading into the bottom tier!
This next cake has been our most popular design so far. This 3 tier version was for an intimate wedding. The couple also chose to treat their guests to Cake Bite wedding favors.
This next cake was designed for a pair twin boys who have defied the odds to become a hot-rodding pair of boys who use their wheelchairs to charm the ladies. With one of the boys sporting a mohawk, we thought that some flames would be fitting for the birthday celebration that marked a new chapter in their lives.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Fondant 101

Ok class, turn to page 207 in your fondant books. Today, we are going to discuss the pros and cons of fondant as well as clear up some fondant-related myths.

Myth #1: You can't eat fondant.
Actually, fondant is meant to be eaten. While many people will peel off fondant or leave it on their plate, it is quite edible.
Myth #2: Fondant tastes bad.
Yes, there is fondant that tastes bad, which is why we make our own here at Indy Cakes. Our marshmallow fondant has a light delicious flavor that surprises almost everyone who tries it.

Myth #3: Custom bakeries only do fondant cakes.
Most of the cakes we do here at Indy Cakes are frosted in buttercream but then fondant is used for accent pieces, such as dots or stripes. On this cake, the white and light brown is buttercream but the animal print is made from fondant. Also, the giraffe, tree and sign are made from fondant.

We find fondant to be an essential part of the decorating process. We don't necessarily have to cover the entire cake in fondant, but we usually use a little on almost every cake we make. We find that kids especially like our fondant and can't seem to get enough.
In conclusion, there is no need to fear fondant, it can be a tasty way to add some extra WOW to your next cake.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Gone Fishin'

Even though the weather isn't quite right for fishing, that doesn't stop us here at Indy Cakes!! As you can see, the catch of the day is quite large and he would actually provide 30 servings!!!! This would make not only a great birthday cake (Johnny is a lucky guy, huh?) but it would also be great as a groom's cake.

This cake was really a group effort. Lisa carved him and added his scales, Ashure used her airbrush and dusting magic to give him his amazing color and depth and Jill (yours truly) created a cutting board out of fondant on which our fishy could rest until he was ready to be eaten.

Now, if you've ever ordered an odd shaped cake, you know that sometimes it doesn't always fit in the box..... he's got just a little tail sticking out!

Would you like to order one for the fishing fanatic in your life?

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

A sweet proposal

For our avid Facebook followers (and if you don't follow us on Facebook, why not???) you already know that we had a very unique opportunity this past week to help a couple take the next step in their relationship. Allow me to share with you the story:

A few months back, we got a request from a young lady named Heather to make a small birthday cake for her boyfriend. She just wanted a simple cake that looked like a present so that he could have something a little bit special on his birthday. Well, the birthday boy, Delbert, loved the cake, as did Heather. When the time came for Heather's birthday, Delbert wanted to return the favor. He, however, decided to take it one step further.

Delbert asked us to make a cake in the shape of a diamond ring so that he could use the cake to propose to Heather!! We were, of course, very excited to be asked to be a part of such a special moment. We made a HUGE diamond ring, complete with a little sparkle in the diamond. We even made sure to check whether or not the ring should be white gold or yellow gold.

We had to keep this agonizing secret for 2 whole weeks prior to his picking up the cake! Delbert made sure that this would be a total surprise for Heather and we even made sure to use extra tape on the lid so that she couldn't peek. Delbert very graciously gave us a heads up after the party to let us know that she said "Yes!".

We are extremely happy for Delbert and Heather as they embark on their new life together and we were thrilled that we could be a part of such an important memory. Congratulations guys!!!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Bridal Show!!!!

This Sunday, we will be participating in the Winder Wonderland Bridal Show at The Riverwalk on Sunday February 13th at 12:30pm. There will be cake and Cake Bites to sample as well as a few cute display ideas. We do have a few free tickets that we can give out on a first come first serve basis. Feel free to stop by and pick up one or two and come check it out!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Looking back, and looking forward

Two years ago today, I officially turned our sign from Closed to Open for the first time. It is an exhilarating feeling to see all of your hard work pay off. Now, there wasn't a rush of customers waiting in line, but we did have the phone starting ringing right away and it seems as though it hasn't stopped since.

Opening our little cake shop took almost 2 years of researching, planning, purchasing and building just to get to flip that sign. We laughed, cried, were laughed at by banks, and told by others that this was a horrible time to open a business, let alone one in the food service industry. However, we knew that the south side of Indy was just dying for a great cake shop to call their own. And we were right. In the past two years, we've helped countless brides, parents, friends, and family members make someones special day a little more yummy. We've made pirate ships, princess castles, tie-dyed disco themed towers, buildings, planes, armadillos and even a bedpan!!! Our customers have given us the opportunity to do so many fun and unique designs that not only challenge us, but keep us busy too.

We are extremely grateful to have been given this opportunity to do something we love and help make someones day just a little bit brighter. We look forward to all of the great new cakes to come and the amazing new opportunities.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Ah, winter

We, along with the rest of central Indiana, have enjoyed an onslaught of ice over the past few days. Our parking lot is a large ice rink.
We've tried shovels, we've tried ice salt. The wind just whipped the salt right off the ice! Then, when we went to the store to get more salt, the stores were sold out!!! While we love having customers stop by and check out our goodies, please be careful when visiting, as this is what our front step looks like:

Who else feels like ice skating?

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Bad Weather Closing

Indy Cakes will be closed today due to weather/road conditions. We should have regular hours again tomorrow. We will be responding to emails.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

A slight adjustment to our hours today

Just a quick heads up, we will be closing at 4pm today. We apologize for any inconvienence this may have caused. We will resume regular hours tomorrow.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Ready for some cute pics?

I noticed that it's been a while since I've posted some cake pics!! I'm so sorry about the delay, but never fear, here are a few of our recent creations.

This cake is one of our newest display cakes. Yes, the bottom tier is fondant, not fabric!

The writing on this cake was not nearly as small in person! It says:
A pea in a pod
A bundle to love
Baby Ava
Is a gift from above

This unique setup allows for a very modern twist on the traditional stacked cake. I'd like to credit Colette Peters with the original design idea- we just changed some of the colors.

Everyone has a favorite holiday and for this couple, it was Halloween! Their reception hall was decorated with creepy, cool and scary decorations, so they needed a cake that would make the night complete.

This cake is a great idea when you want something nice and elegant. This cake could be done in a variety of colors and still maintain its beautiful look.

Thanks for checking out our cakes! Be sure to leave us a few comments... we love the feedback.

Monday, January 10, 2011

So many flavors, how to choose?

One of the most common questions we get asked is: "Which flavor is the best?" I have to admit that this is a hard question to answer. I tend to prefer fruitier flavors (strawberry, lemon, orange), whereas others find delight in the various chocolate flavors we have available.
Once a cake flavor is chosen, we throw another question out there: "What filling would you like?" This is usually met by a stunned silence as many people aren't used to having a filling in their cakes.
This blog post is dedicated to discussing the differences between some of our flavors, as well as which flavor/filling combos are good together.

Cake Flavors:
We have a few different chocolate cake flavors available. Our Chocolate is a rich, milk chocolate flavor, the Devil's Food has more of a brownie-type chocolate flavor, and the German Chocolate is much less sweet than the other chocolate flavors and is also lighter in color. Our Chocolate Mint tastes remarkably similar to the classic Thin Mint cookie. Lastly, our Red Velvet has that deep red color you'd expect, with a mild cocoa flavor.
Our fruit flavors are all mellow, light flavors. Our Blue Raspberry is our newest fruit flavor and tastes just like the slushie that we all know and love.
Our Carrot Cake is complete with raisins and nuts, whereas our Almond cake is nut-free.

Any two of our cake flavors can be marbled together to create a whole new flavor combination. For example, if you wanted to mix Vanilla Cake with Raspberry cake, you get a deliciously light, yet fruity cake. This is different from doing a 1/2 and 1/2 cake. A marbled flavor will have a little of each flavor in each piece of cake, whereas a 1/2 and 1/2 cake will be 1/2 one flavor and 1/2 another flavor. We frequently do cakes that are 1/2 chocolate and 1/2 vanilla when clients want to offer their guests the best of both worlds.

Hands down, our most popular filling is our White Chocolate Mousse. It has a light, airy texture and tastes good in every cake flavor we offer. When paired with Orange Cake, the flavor is similar to a Dreamsicle. Put it with a Strawberry Cake, you get Strawberries 'n Cream. Vanilla Cake with White Chocolate Mousse is the ultimate anti-chocolate statement, yet pairing it with Chocolate Cake provides just the right amount of White Chocolate vs Milk Chocolate. The White Chocolate Mousse is also a great alternative to Cream Cheese icing (which we don't offer due to refrigeration issues). That makes it great in our Carrot Cake as well as our Red Velvet Cake.

We do have other Mousse Flavors, such as Chocolate Mousse, Cookies 'n Cream, Strawberry Mousse and Lemon Mousse. All of these offer an airy texture and light flavor that is just right in many cake flavors. You could pair a Strawberry Cake with Chocolate Mousse, or Lemon Cake with Lemon Mousse for the ultimate lemon experience.

Our pudding flavors are just slightly stronger than our mousse flavors, but are also denser in texture. Most children prefer a pudding filling over a mousse flavor, so these are often used in children's birthday cakes. A unique, yet delicious option is to pair Chocolate Cake with Butterscotch pudding.

Our Creamy Caramel is an extremely rich filling choice that will satisfy your sweet tooth. Amazingly good when paired with our Vanilla Cake, it also provides a creamy layer of delicious-ness when put in our Red Velvet Cake. We can add nuts and/or coconut to the Caramel Filling for an added crunch in our German Chocolate Cake.

The last item I want to touch on are Smash Cakes. These are individual cakes given to the birthday boy or girl on their first birthday. The provides for a cute photo opportunity as well as a chance for the child to indulge in a cake all their own. Many parents have fretted over what flavor to get, as it can be difficult to know what flavor is a 1 year old's favorite! I tend to recommend Chocolate Cake is it makes for a very fun photo once the cake is a mess all over the child's face.

Finally, don't be afraid to try something new and exciting for your next event. Your guests will be excited to have something different to try and this will help make your party that much more special.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

We're Back!

While we enjoyed having the time off to spend with our friends and families, all of us at Indy Cakes are happy to be back in the shop and working on new and exciting cake designs. We have a busy year ahead of us, especially if the phone keeps ringing like it did yesterday! There are a few new display cakes to enjoy for this year, including this adorable black/white/red color combo. Be sure to check out our Facebook page for additional updates.