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Cake Byte: School of Sweets Program at Bredenbeck's, Philadelphia

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Now this is an education we could all use: School of Sweets! It's a new program at Bredenbeck's of Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia! Here are just a few upcoming events.


Dessert Night
7:30 - 9 p.m. $85/couple
Held the first Thursday of each month.
Get a hands-on lesson in preparing three desserts, then savor their flavors with wine pairings. Desserts include mousse tarts, tuxedo strawberries and cake truffles.

School of Sweets, Bredenbeck's


Cake Design
2 hours (2 classes)
Email us at sales@bredenbecks.com or call 215-247-7374 for details.


Birthday Parties
Cake Decorating (age 9 and up)
2 hours $45/person
We'll demonstrate special techniques and teach your guests how to decorate their own cake.

* 4" cake for each person, plus colored buttercream icing and supplies. 
* 7" cake decorated by our sugar artist to enjoy at the party or take home. 

Cupcake Decorating (age 6 and up)
2 hours $40/person
We'll demonstrate special techniques and decorate cupcakes together!

* 4 cupcakes per person, plus colored buttercream icing and supplies. 

In all cases, email sales@bredenbecks.com or call 215-247-7374 for details, or to book.


Cake Byte: Deathcake Royale Is Back

Deathcake is Back! 

It's that magical time of year when the Deathcake Royale comes to play at Cupcake Royale. As they describe it,

In a laboratory explosion of sheer genius, the Cupcake Royale scientists created the cult fave Deathcake Royale: Theo Chocolate decadence fused with Stumptown Espresso Ganache and accessorized with a pinch of fleur de sel.

Personally, while I loved the scale of the big version, the smaller version is still crazy delicious, and probably better for your health. I'll just eat three to make up for the dainty size, ok?

But it won't be around forever. Available 1/18-2/14. Not in Seattle? Happily, you can ship a 3-pack of Deathcake Royale to anyone in the US! 

Find out more on the Cupcake Royale website.


Coming May 7th...


CakeSpy at the Renegade Craft Fair San Francisco This Weekend!

CakeSpy Takes San Francisco!

Lucky you, San Francisco.

You have the delightful and wonderful pleasure of seeing ME this weekend! That's right: I will be selling my artwork, cards, amazing socks, and more at the 4th Annual Renegade Craft Fair San Francisco Holiday Market

It will be going down at the Concourse Exhibion Center (635 8th Street) on Saturday and Sunday, December 15-16, from 11am - 6pm!

Please come on down and see me. The show is free to get into, and if you buy one of my first book, CakeSpy Presents Sweet Treats for a Sugar-Filled Life (a great stocking stuffer or holiday gift, btw) I will totally draw a unicorn in it for you.

For more information or directions, click here.


Cake Byte: Pringles Debuts Sweet Holiday Flavors

Pringles yes

And on the best day of Christmas, my true love gave to me: 

Pringles and OMG they're sweet! 

That's right sweeties. Pringles has debuted a batch of holiday flavors that bring sweet and salty together in flavors that some may consider awesome, some may consider awful. 

I was first tipped off to the trend by Java Cupcake; I then researched it more and found a fantastic article entitled "Holiday Flavors Keep Getting More Weird" which told me: "Pringles now comes in Cinnamon & Sugar, White Chocolate Peppermint and Pumpkin Pie Spice. Reason: The brand has great success with new flavors the rest of the year, says Angela Gusse, associate marketing director." 

For more information, visit Pringles.com or just go to the supermarket!


Cake Byte: Free Rainbow Cake at Cupcake Royale!

If you want to eat some rainbow cake, you MUST go to Cupcake Royale on Capitol Hill tomorrow.

As owner Jody Hall writes,

WE DID IT!!!! I'm so elated that Washington State was on the right side of history in passing referendum 74 to bring marriage equality to all couples! Love is undeniable! To celebrate, our amazing bakery team is making the "world's biggest rainbow cake" made in the shape of Washington State!


To celebrate everyone being free to love and marry who they wanna, hit up Cupcake Royale on Capitol Hill - 1111 E Pike Street – for a slice of equality on Friday, starting at 3 pm. It's on the house – so come one, come all! We're working to try to get both Gov Gregiore and Gov-Elect (I'm calling it early!) Jay Inslee at this event, along with other state representatives who worked so hard on this. We want EVERYONE to join in and have a slice of this amazing cake!

    So. To review:
  • What: Let Us Eat Cake – free slices rainbow cake!
  • Where: Cupcake Royale – Capitol Hill – 1111 E Pike Street
  • When: Friday, November 9 from 3 pm until the cake is gone!
  • Who: Everyone! 
Gaybies (baby rainbow cupcakes) as well as ObamaCakes will continue to be available at 
all Cupcake Royale cafes until Sunday, November 11. For more information and directions, visit Cupcake Royale's website.

Cake Byte: CakeSpy Featured on Kitchen Party, and More!

Woot! I was featured on the show Kitchen Party! In it, I am clever and witty along with Babette of BakeSpace, Rene Lynch of the LA Times, Jeff Houck of the Tampa Tribune, and Douglas E Welch. You can watch it here!

Also in CakeSpy news: one of my recipes for Peanut Butter and Company, Cranberry Pecan Pie in Maple Peanut Butter Crust, is part of a fantastic promotion they are running called "Nuts about the Holidays". One consumer who votes for the recipe that garners the most votes will be randomly chosen to win the grand prize of $1,000 worth of kitchenware from a leading kitchenware supplier. There will also be five first prizes to give away consisting of Peanut Butter & Co. products, Peanuts merchandise and DVDs. You can find out more and enter here!


Cake Byte: Molly Moon's in Seattle offering Cinnamon Waffle Cones

Cinnamon waffle cones

Things that make me happy: Fall Flavors. Ice Cream.

But at Molly Moon's in Seattle, these things are coming together deliciously with house-made Cinnamon Waffle Cones.

Already Molly Moon's cones are a wonderful thing--they made my list of favorite scents in Seattle! But this autumn-friendly version sounds like it will work beautifully with the delicious, spicy flavors which proliferate and which we all seem to crave at this time of year. As they say on their site:

Around Molly Moon's, we've been loving the bright, crisp fall days and the chance to pull out our scarves & boots! We've also been dreaming of more fall spices in our ice cream menu.  After baking a loaf of cinnamon pumpkin bread at home, Molly came up with our latest fall offering -- Cinnamon Waffle Cones!  We've just added a heap of Organic Cinnamon to our eternally popular, olfactory signature Waffle Cone batter, and we're serving them up starting today.  Molly loves a big scoop of Pumpkin Clove Ice Cream or a double scoop of Melted Chocolate and Pumpkin Clove when she's really craving fall perfection.  Cinnamon Waffle Cones are here through the holidays!

Om nom nom. Of course, if you want to check out Molly Moon's ice cream but don't live in the Seattle area, they have a book too, Molly Moon's Homemade Ice Cream: Sweet Seasonal Recipes for Ice Creams, Sorbets, and Toppings Made with Local Ingredients --so you can create the magic at home!


Cake Byte: CakeSpy is a Girl Scout All-Star! 

If you want honesty, I will tell you that I already knew I was awesome. But now I have cold, hard proof: I was featured as the Awesome Woman of the Month on the Girl Scouts of Western Washington website! It's true. You can read all about it here.

But wait, there's more! If you are in the Seattle area, are you ever in for a treat! There's a fantastic festival that's starting up for girls: GirlFest! And the Girl Scouts of Western Washington were kind enough to give me some tickets to give away!

Back up. What is GirlFest? Here's a brief explanation. 

Have you ever thought, “I sure wish there was one whole day where I could learn more about what I like and who I am?” If you’re a girl (or you know one!) and you live in Washington, then, boy, will you be excited to know that such a day exists! It’s called GirlFest, and it’s a daylong celebration of everything cool about being a girl!

GirlFest is October 20, at CenturyLink Field Event Center from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.!

Perhaps you’d like to study cool stuff under a microscope, or learn more about being a news reporter. Maybe you would like to climb a rock wall, play a guitar or make your own rocket? Learn about T-shirt design, car maintenance, the environment, sample yummy local food and even hang out with some horses! You can even shake your tail feather to hip hop dance lessons and super-cool concerts from snazzy stars, like Savannah Outen! Plus, get face painting, caricatures, nail stickers and henna tattoos. If you can dream it, you can find it at GirlFest! Buy tickets here.

But wait, there's more! The Girl Scouts of Western Washington have offered up a few tickets for me to give away! If you are in the Seattle area and would like to put yourself in the running, simply leave a comment on this post OR tweet me @cakespy using the hash-tag #girlfest saying what your favorite Girl Scout cookie is! The giveaway will close one week from today, on Sunday, September 23 at noon EST and the winners will be contacted afterward. 


Carnival Knowledge: Sweet Foods invented at Fairs

I'd like to make an important announcement. Me and my friend Rachel of Coconut & Lime have started a podcast. OMG! We are still taking it slow, but it's pretty exciting.

Our first topic was Fair Food. We think about nerdy food stuff a lot, and it was an appropriate subject to totally geek out about, I thought.

You can listen to the podcast here.

But I'd also like to share some interesting factoids I learned while doing internet research for the show. It mainly involves foods invented at state or other fairs. A lot of iconic sweets are included, and I thought you might be interested in hearing about some of the famous sweets that are said to have been invented at fairs. 

Treats at South Beach!

Cotton Candy: Apparently, this concoction which amounts to spun sugar and food coloring was originally fair fare. Some brilliant fellows named William Morrison and John C. Wharton are said to have introduced it to the world at the 1904 World's Fair in St. Louis. It was called "fairy floss". 

Popcorn and peanuts

Cracker Jacks: A snacking intersection of sweet, salty, and sticky, this stuff was not debuted at the ballpark, but instead at the Chicago World's Fair of 1893. The combination of popcorn, molasses, and peanuts was originally called "Candied Popcorn and Peanuts"--thankfully, they made the name a bit snappier before starting mass production.

Dr. Pepper: This soda, which is older than Coke or Pepsi, was debuted at the 1885 St. Louis World's fair. 

Ice Cream Cones: Neither ice cream nor waffles were invented at a fair, but they were both served at fairs, and the most famous documentation of them coming magically together occurred at the 1904 World's Fair in St. Louis, when an ice cream vendor named Arnold Fornachou ran out of serving containers and formed a quick partnership with nearby vendor Ernest Hamwi, who rolled his zalabia (a waffle-like pastry) into a cornet shape, and the ice cream cone was born. 

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