Passover, Easter and a BIG ANNOUNCEMENT!

by Regina 15. April 2014 02:53

Hello blogosphere! Just wanted to jump on here to make a few annoucements because the 140 character limit on Twitter was, well, limiting!

Firstly, don't forget that Easter Sunday is THIS Sunday! Please be sure to pre-order your Hot Cross Buns because we will run out. There is no minimum for an order so even if you need just six, please call it in by Friday so we can reserve them for you. We never want to turn any customers away, but we really do at least two-days to be able to guanantee your items.

Secondly, we are still accepting Passover orders through April 22. Even if you don't observe the Jewish holiday, I urge everyone to still give them a try. If you are a fan of almonds, marzipan or almond paste, you will love our Almond Macaroons. The main ingredient is - yup, you guessed it - premium almond paste.  If you also love chocolate, you might like our Chocolate Macaroons even better. All of a macaroons (Almond, Chocolate and our daily Coconut) are gluten-free!

Actually the other two cakes we offer for Passover are also made with almonds. The Chocolate Orange Torte and Chocolate Orange Cream is completely flourless so it relies pretty heavily on ground almonds, making this cake a little dry naturally. On the flipside, our Passover Strawberry Banana Cream is quite moist (and my favorite!) from the fresh bananas we use in the batter. Filled with fresh strawberries and fresh bananas, I wish we baked this cake year-round!

Lastly, a huge announcement! This Friday we will be debuting our first gluten-free cake! If you follow this blog or our Twitter, you might have seen a few sneak-peak photos of it but after several weeks of tweaking and perfecting, we think this cake is ready for you! Are you ready for it?

Using a gluten-free all-purpose flour and real blueberries, we were able to make a sponge that was airy and tasty. The best part? We didn't have to break our no artificial colors or artificial flavors rule to make this cake! It's still a beautiful blue sponge but it is 100% naturally colored.

We wanted to keep the cake light and simple. We sprinkled the blueberry sponge with a little bit of real blueberry juice and filled it with fresh whipped cream and chopped up blueberries. Decorated with whipped cream and some fresh fruit, the cake is perfect for the summer! 

We had been very hesitant to experiment with gluten-free products because we felt it was quite difficult to make some gluten-free and natural that tasted delicious - not good, not acceptable but delicious! We're so happy to say we proved ourselves wrong and hope you agree.

This cake will be in our stores starting this Friday, available to purchase by the slice. We'll also be giving away a limited supply of samples right before lunch if you would like to stop by for a taste. Let us know what you think! The cake will be available for ordering starting this Friday too, just in time for Easter. Please note because this is such a special cake, we will ONLY bake-to-order and require a minimum of 2-days notice. Hope you love it as much as we do!

Don't forget about our Passover selection!

by Regina 9. April 2014 07:33

Last year I wrote about my first time trying our Passover Strawberry Banana Cream cake and though it's made with Matzo meal and potato starch instead of traditional wheat flour, in keeping with Passover traditions, the cake was delicious and full of flavor! I can't wait until I can have another slice and thankfully, I don't have to wait much longer.

With the beginning of Passover just around the weekend, don't forget to check out our Passover page on the website to find details on our products. We are offering a Strawberry Banana Cream, a Chocolate Orange Torte (no cream, pictured below), a Chocolate Orange Cream and three macaroon variations: Almond, Chocolate and Coconut!

We'll try to have extras on hand but, as always, it's always best to place an order 2-days in advance if you know you'll be needing something. Remember, Passover starts on Monday, April 14!

Our First Official Flourless Dessert: Chocolate Verrines

by Regina 14. March 2014 04:16

Today marks the launch date of our first official flourless dessert! You've been asking and asking for gluten-free desserts and finally, with much anticipation, we launched our first dessert today.

Our Chocolate Verrine is perfect for a chocolate-holic, eating gluten-free or not. It is a chocolate-lover's dream in a cup. First, we start with a thick layer of our decadent chocolate ganache, then a generous portion of a newly developed chocolate mousse and finally topped off with chocolate whipped cream and chocolate sprinkles. Phew, that was a lot of chocolates! The different textures and chocolate intensities - together on one spoonful... well, I'm not even sure if I could accurately describe it to you. You might just have to stop by the stores to taste it for yourself!

In stores today, let us know what you think! If you follow us on Instagram or Twitter, you know that we're also working on a Gluten-Free Blueberry Cream cake. It just needs a few more tweaks (nothing but absolute perfection for our customers!) so we should be able to accept orders in a couple weeks. Here's a sneak peak of what it will look like:

As always, please leave any comments or suggestions in the comments section below. We'll see you in a couple weeks for our first official Gluten-Free cake launch!

 

*Please note, as with nuts and other allergens, we bake our Gluten-Free and flourless products in the same facility as we bake all of our other goods. Unfortuantely, we are unable to guarantee there was absolutely no cross-contamination. If you have severe allergies, please refrain from consuming our products.

Passover Cakes and Cookies

by Regina 11. March 2013 07:59

Hello March! Seems this year is off to a speedy start and Passover is no exception. We're used to getting Passover orders in April but here, not even mid-March yet, they're starting to trickle in. For anyone who is not near a calendar, the beginning of Passover is just two weeks away!

We do offer two types of cakes and a couple cookies for Passover, all made without traditional flour. Let's start with my favorite, the Strawberry Banana Passover cake.

Let me be honest here. I actually had a taste of this cake for the first time last year. I don't celebrate the holiday and we rarely ever have slices offered so last year when it was available I quickly sliced a piece for myself. I was mind-blown! I never thought I could have cake made without traditional flour that could taste THIS good. The sponge itself is made with matzo meal (which does contain gluten though), potato flour and - the best part - fresh bananas. The ripe bananas is the flavor that really carried throughout and with fresh strawberries, fresh bananas and fresh whipped cream as the filling, I regret that we don't make this cake more often! But it is a Passover exclusive so if you're interested, do come in the store before April 2!

For chocolate lovers, we offer our Chocolate Orange Passover Torte or Cream. Both cakes are made with the same sponge; sponge that is made from potato flour and crushed almonds. It can either be ordered as a Torte in which we only place fresh oranges and strawberries on top, or it can be ordered as a Cream in which we cover it in whipped cream.

We'll also be making our Almond Macaroons, which are also exclusive to this holiday. Made with almond paste, these cookies do not contain flour either. We offer a plain (pictured left) as well as chocolate flavor (pictured middle).

Our day-to-day Coconut Macaroons (pictured right) also are flourless and available to order.

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