Monday, October 22, 2018

Fall/Winter Themed Wedding Cake | Sweet Treat Supply

What better way to say “I love you” and tie the knot than with a fall or winter themed
wedding? While the season itself adds a certain extra-special something to the wedding
day already, creating the perfect fall or winter inspired wedding cake can help put the
day over the top. While crafting the perfect cake can be exciting and rewarding, it can
also be quite taxing if you don’t know where to start. At Sweet Treat Supply, we can
help you find all your supplies to craft the perfect DIY wedding cake.

Commit to a Style:



While wedding brain can draw you in on all things pretty and glitzy, you’ve got to
commit to a style. Traditionally, wedding cakes tend to be minimal and simple.
However, we also see a shift toward more elaborate and detailed wedding cakes.
Narrowing in on your style will help you determine what supplies you need to create
a homemade wedding cake.

Traditional:

If you like to keep things simple and minimal, a traditional stylestyled wedding cake is
for you. Often, these cakes are plain white with minimal color and decor or
white-on-white. There’s nothing boring about these cakes; white-on-white adds an
elegance to simple wedding cakes dressed with edible white roses and pearls or
pearl dust.


Extravagant:

For glitz and glam, these are the cakes loaded with floral arrangements, metallics and
non-traditional color schemes finished off with edible glitter and embellishments or
accents. For this bride, if you’re looking to make a bold statement that will impress
your guests, this is the style for you.


Contemporary:

This style of wedding cake focuses on traditional designs with a twist. The twist usually
comes from a modernized element, such as geometric shaped cakes, marble or
watercolor finishes to icing, metallic finishes, and bold icing color choices and designs.
Remember that if you’re going DIY, you need to be honest with yourself on how skilled
you are and how much time you’re willing to dedicate to putting together your wedding
cake, or the process can be exasperating and tiring.

Naked:

Naked cakes are simple, but the finished look is unfinished and deconstructed. You can
easily dress up this cake with color from cake flavors, icing, and fruit fillings or fresh
fruits that fit the season. A more rustic and DIY themed wedding could be the perfect
setting for this style of wedding cake.

Woodland:

If you really want to capture the whimsical nature of a fall and winter themed wedding,
woodland cakes incorporate natural and minimalistic woodland elements such as sugar
flowers or leaves. If a fall wedding cake is what you’re striving to achieve, our
maple leaf molds or acorns and wreath leaves molds can help you capture fall’s
essence. If a wintery themed cake is more your aesthetic, then our holly mold,
3D wreath mold or snowflake mold can help you decorate your wintery themed
wedding cake.

Trios and Quintets:

Sometimes, one flavor and one style just aren’t enough, and that’s okay. We sometimes
need options, and for this bride, trios and quintets are the perfect way to display cakes
with multiple designs and different flavors. Usually, these cake designs are simpler, but
they can be as big and elaborate as you’d like them to be for your special day.

Picking the Flavors and Colors:



Traditionally, the most popular cake flavors tend to be vanilla, chocolate, lemon, red
velvet, almond and cream cheese, chocolate ganache, or raspberry filling. Lucky for
you, fall and winter offer their own special seasonal flavors, such as pumpkin,
cinnamon, maple, peppermint, licorice and apple. Deciding is the hardest part!
At Sweet Treat Supply, we have over 200 LorAnn flavorings and CK products
flavorings and extracts to choose from so that you can find the perfect flavor for your
big day!

Buying Your Supplies:

Whether you’re opting in for a DIY fall wedding cake or DIY winter wedding cake, you
can find cake pans, molds, baking mixes, icing, edible decorations and specialty
ingredients at Sweet Treat Supply to help you execute your dream wedding cake.

Cake Pans:

Our magic line rectangle aluminum cake pan feeds about 40 people. We also carry
square aluminum cake pans that can feed up to 35 people per pan. For circular
cake designs, we carry various sizing options with our largest
round aluminum cake pan being able to serve up to 100 people.
Depending on your wedding guest party size and wedding cake style, you can browse
our selection of cake pans and pick the right one for your special day. Any wedding
cake style can easily be tiered to accommodate your guest list. DIY wedding cakes
with tiers allow for fun layering of multiple cake flavors and colors.

Cake Mix and Icings:



We carry high-quality products so you can create the best desserts. Our cake mixes
can help you create the perfect red velvet cake, chocolate cake, or colored and
flavored cake with our premium white cake mix. For fillings, we carry traditional and
classic flavors such as raspberry and bavarian cream. If your DIY skill set allows you
to successfully master Fondant for elegant and smooth finishes on your wedding cake,
we carry dry fondant powder. Dry fondant powder can be draped to cover your cake
and easily colored and flavored as you desire. For the less advanced, we have
buttercream icing and royal icing options to help with decorating.

DIY Resources:

Lastly, if you’re unsure of how to go about creating a homemade wedding cake, we
offer a Wilton Wedding Cake Book. This book will help you master the ins and outs of
high-quality wedding cake making at home. The author, Mich Turner, is a top cake
designer in London who focuses on simple and basic wedding cake techniques while
offering you insight to recipes, icing application, glazing and finishing touches for the
perfect DIY wedding cake design. With photos for real-life inspiration, you’ll also learn
how to dress up the cake table with tablecloths, flowers, ribbons and candles so your
cake is perfectly displayed on the big day.

Recipe:



For the final touch on your DIY wedding cake, shop our selection of
wedding cake toppers. We have wedding cake topper options that are classic,
minimal and elegant for any cake design. While the outside appearance of your cake
is important, the perfect cake starts from the inside out. Below are some of our favorite
recipes so you can have moist and flavorful wedding cake flavors everyone will enjoy.

Classic White Cake Recipe:

This recipe will give you a moist and traditional all-American classic white DIY wedding
cake. The recipe can easily be modified to account for color and flavor with food
coloring and flavoring. For a twist on this classic white wedding cake, icing in between
cake layers can be colored or substituted for filling like chocolate ganache or raspberry.


Ingredients

-- 2 1/4 cups (225g) cake flour
-- 1 cup (245g) whole milk at room temperature

-- 6 (240g) large egg whites at room temperature


-- 2 tsp. almond extract

-- 1 tsp. vanilla extract

-- 1 3/4 cup (350g) granulated sugar

-- 4 tsp. baking powder


-- 1 tsp. table salt


-- 1 1/2 sticks (3/4 cup or 169g) unsalted butter softened but still cool, cut into cubes
Instructions
1. Heat oven to 350°F. Prepare two 8-inch cake pans. (Use butter and flour, line with parchment, or spread GOOP)
2. (Make sure milk and eggs are room temperature.) Pour milk (I used whole), egg whites and extracts into a medium bowl and stir with a fork until blended.
3. Mix cake flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in the bowl of electric mixer at slow speed (just to sift and incorporate ingredients). Add butter, cut into cubes and continue beating on low for about 1-2 minutes.
4. Add all but 1/2 cup of milk mixture to flour mixture and beat at medium speed for 1 1/2 minutes. Add remaining 1/2 cup of milk mixture and beat for about 1 minute.
5. Pour batter evenly between two prepared cake pans.
6. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with a few crumbs and has no wet batter clinging to it, about 27 to 30 minutes.
7. Allow cake to cool in pan about 5 minutes, then carefully flip onto a cooling rack to room temperature.
8. Frost cakes with favorite frosting and decorate as you deem fit.


Creating a homemade fall or winter wedding cake should be a fun and gratifying baking
experience. Whether you’re brand new to DIY or a DIY expert, at Sweet Treat Supply
we have all your DIY wedding cake needs.

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Two Delicious Dessert Recipes to Try!


Summer’s great weather and endless hours of freedom are the perfect opportunity to spend more time with friends and family trying out new food. You can bake all kinds of new things, and doing so is a fun way to spend your afternoons as you refine your recipes, from the classic cake pops to variations of your grandma’s famous brownies - or even an all-new recipe of yours. To add to your list of new foods to try, here we present two delicious summer baking recipes that will have all your friends and family asking for an extra serving.

Summer Cake With Cream & Fruits


This simple-to-make tasty recipe is beautiful and serves up to 12 people. Topped with a delicious layer of whipped cream and lots of colorful summer fruit, its looks will be hard for any of your guests to resist. The best part? This summer cake is very easy to make!

What you will need:

For the Cake
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter (soft)
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 3 large eggs
- 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 3 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 1/4 cups whole milk
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

For the Cream
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • A pinch of salt
For the Fruit
  • 2 nectarines or peaches, sliced
  • 1 apricot, sliced
  • 1/2 cup chopped strawberries
  • 1/2 cup blackberries
Start by preheating the oven to 350°F. While you wait, prep your bakeware, greasing a pan thoroughly with baking spray (this will prevent the cake from sticking to the pan).

Using a hand or stand mixer, mix and beat the butter and sugar until you get a fluffy and light consistency; then add the eggs until you get a thicker and creamier mix. Next, gradually add in - while still mixing - the flour, salt, baking powder, milk and vanilla. Continue to beat the cake batter on low for 30 seconds, and later on medium-high for approximately 3 minutes. 

Once the batter is ready, pour it into the prepared pan and place it in the oven to bake for 40 to 45 minutes, or until the top springs back slightly when pressed. You can also check if it’s baked thoroughly by inserting a toothpick near the center; if it comes out clean, that means it’s ready.

Remove the cake from the oven and let it cool for at least an hour. Next, mix and beat the cream, sour cream, powdered sugar and salt together until soft peaks start to form. Spread this mix over the cooled cake, and top it with a layer of fruit (either sliced or chopped).

Place the cake in the refrigerator until serving. Leftovers are good to serve for up to five days. Enjoy!

Summer Pie (Blueberry)


Another simple-to-make yet elegant alternative in our delicious summer baking recipes, this pie will serve up to 10 people. Its intense blueberry flavor can mix easily with other foods; try serving a warm slice with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top for a change. 

What you will need:
- 2 prepared 9-inch pie crusts
- 6 cups fresh blueberries, washed and dried
- 3/4 to 1 cup sugar
- 3 to 4 tablespoons cornstarch
- zest from 1/2 lemon
- 2 tablespoons fresh-squeezed lemon juice
-1 large egg yolk whisked with 1 tablespoon warm water for the glaze

Start by chilling an 11” to 13” pie crust in the fridge, snug on a round aluminum pan, for at least 30 minutes.

Grab a small bowl and combine the blueberries, ¾ cup of sugar, 3 tablespoons of cornstarch, lemon zest and lemon juice. If the berries are too tart for your taste, add more sugar. If they’re too juicy, add more cornstarch. Stir the mix until the sugar dissolves into a viscous coating, and allow the berries soften on the counter for 15 minutes while you preheat the oven to 425°F. 

Remove the pie crust from the fridge and pour the berries into the baking pan. Roll a second pie crust to a diameter of 11” to 13” and gently lay it over the top of your pie, trimming the edges to make them look even. Next, tuck the edges under themselves. Cut a few vent holes in the top pie crust and brush all over the crust with a layer of egg yolk.

Make sure you use a baking sheet to catch any drips, and place the baking pan in the oven for 15 minutes. Then turn down the temperature to 350°F and continue baking for another 30 to 40 minutes, until the berry juices are bubbling and the top crust is golden brown. If you notice the edges of your pie baking faster than the middle area, cover them with tinfoil.

Remove the pie from the oven and let it cool at room temperature for at least 4 hours before cutting and serving. 

Enjoy!

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

The Perfect Summertime Dessert Recipe: Mini Cheesecakes



There’s no question that the summertime brings much more than sunny days. With all that extra time on our hands, we can all agree that our sweet tooth can get just a little bit stronger during this season. Lucky for us, summer also brings us a variety of desserts that embody the bright, free energy that this season is all about. If you’re looking for the perfect dessert to celebrate summer vacation, this mini cheesecake recipe is it. It’s great for those famous summertime barbeques or even just those midnight munchies.

In order to achieve these mini delights, these are all the ingredients that you are going to need: 

Crust Ingredients:
  • 1 cup of crushed graham cracker crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons of sugar
  • 3 tablespoons of melted butter

Cheesecake Ingredients:
  • 16 ounces of softened cream cheese
  • ½ cup of sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 21 ounces of desired filling or topping

Baking Tools:

Now that you have everything you need, you can get to baking! 

The first thing you want to do is preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Then combine all the crust ingredients. Using a small bowl, combine the graham cracker crumbs, sugar, and melted butter until everything is evenly mixed. 
                                   
Next, grab your handy mini cupcake pan and line it with mini baking cups of your choice. This is where you can add to the presentation of your mini desserts! Picking a liner that yells “summer” is the key to making this your own!
                             

Using a spoon or the bottom of a small jar, press your crust mixture into the bottom of the cupcake liners. Depending on how thick you want your crust to be, you can make it anywhere from ½ inch thick to 1 ½ inches thick. Whatever thickness you choose, it’s important to make sure that the crust is pressed firmly at the bottom of the liner. No one loves a crust that’s falling apart!

Now that you’ve got the crust settled in, it’s time to get cheesy! Using a large bowl, beat together the cream cheese, eggs, sugar and vanilla until your ingredients are evenly mixed, making sure to get rid of any clumps. Once you reach a nice, creamy texture, pour the mixture over the crusted cups. If you haven’t got the steadiest hands, using a ladle or ice cream scoop is a neat trick for making a clean pour. 

Next, you can finally put these bad boys in the oven! We recommend tapping the tray a couple of times to get rid of any pesky air bubbles. Set a timer for about 15-17 minutes or until the middles are set. This is definitely not a dessert that you want to overbake! 

Now for the best part: Once the mini cheesecakes are filled, you can add any toppings that you want! Whether it be strawberry jam, cherry fillings, chocolate filling or even just some edible roses, these not only add a bit of flavor but can also add to the overall aesthetic of the dessert. 
        
      
Instruction Overview:

      1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  1. Line cupcake tin with cupcake liners of your choice.
  2. Combine all the crust ingredients in a small bowl until evenly mixed.
  3. Press crust mixture firmly into the bottom of the cupcake liners.
  4. Beat together cheesecake ingredients in a large bowl until creamy and even.
  5. Use ladle to pour mixture over crusted cups.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees for 15-17 minutes or until middle is completely set.
  7. Add toppings/garnishes for extra flavor and color.
The best part about these cute treats are that they’re super easy to make and even more delicious to eat! With a recipe as simple as this, you have the freedom to add your own little flair to them. Take advantage of summer vacation and take a whack at this awesome recipe!

Monday, July 2, 2018

3 Fun Party Themes To Try


When it comes to throwing the ultimate party, there’s no question that modern party-goers can be a pretty tough crowd to please. Nowadays, it seems like throwing just an ordinary party with plenty of food, drinks and games simply doesn’t cut it. With so many holidays and events to celebrate, throwing themed parties is all the rage to prevent the possibility of having another boring party. We know: Even with so many themes to choose from, it can still be hard to be original and creative. If you’re looking for a fun, easy way to spice up your next party, here are some themes that are sure to keep it going all night long:

Circus/Carnival

Although it may seem like a theme that is best for kids, the truth is that circus/carnival themes can be perfect for guests of all ages. Depending on how you go about organizing games, events and decorations, the carnival theme can make any party that much more exciting. Since there are so many different aspects of circus/carnival culture, you have plenty of room to make it your own while still having a clear direction. 
Decorations
When deciding what kind of decorations you should go for, it’s important to take into consideration who your guests are going to be. If it’s a younger crowd, you can throw in things like ticket booths, balloons, tents, and lots and lots of animals. However, if you’re looking at pleasing an older crowd, you can use red and white curtains, striped backgrounds and anything that resembles the experience of an actual circus show. 


Food & Snacks
  • Popcorn baskets
  • Mini hamburgers
  • Curly fries in cones
  • Cotton candy
  • Fruit cups/parfaits
  • Lollipops
  • Candy apples
Games/Activities
  • Apple bobbing
  • Ring toss
  • Balloon darts
  • Can toss
  • Photo booths with props/cut-outs
  • Rubber duck pond
  • Face painting

Paint Party

No matter how old you are, everyone loves to paint. Painting is a great theme because it can be turned into an elegant get-together with wine or it can be a wild party with fingerpainting. Whatever age group your guests are, painting is a unique way to not only get them talking to one another but also to get them to relax after a hard day’s work. For kids, it’s a great way to get their creative juices flowing while also giving them the freedom to express themselves in a new and unique way. 
Decorations

If you’re looking to go for the classy wine-tasting paint party, decorations can include anything from fancy dishware and intricate tablecloths to paint in mason jars or even easels set up in rows. If you’re going for a kid’s paint party theme, you can set up with squirt bottles of paint, colorful aprons, painted balloons and much more. The best part about decorating for this theme is that you get to be creative because, well, that’s all part of the look!

Food & Snacks
  • Cookies painted as paint trays
  • Paint brush cake pops
  • Paint tray fruit plates
  • Colorful mini sandwiches
  • Splatter paint cupcakes
  • Fruit kabobs on paintbrushes
  • Pretzel sticks with icing

Games/Activities
  • Painting with a twist (wine & paint)
  • Finger painting
  • Pottery painting
  • Apron decorating
  • Balloon paint darts
  • Paint fights with condiment bottles of paint

Murder Mystery 

While this is a classic, it doesn’t take away from the fact that murder mystery parties have become all the rage. Whether you want to do a murder mystery or just a Sherlock Holmes mystery to solve any crime, this interactive theme is sure to keep your guests constantly on their toes. Not only is it a great group game, but it also brings out a little competition in your guests. You’ll be able to have a great time setting up this mystery game because you can have the power to be as creative as you want with the case. 

Decorations
With such a fun theme to decorate for, there’s no limit to the things you can do to give your party the ultimate crime-solving vibe. For this particular theme, you probably want to stick to more ominous colors, such as black, red or gray. You can even stick with an all black and white theme to mimic those classic crime-solving shows that were aired without color. For a theme like this, we would recommend decorations and favors such as caution tape, masquerade masks, eerie candles, mugshot photo booths and really anything that screams mystery!

Food & Drinks
  • Blood red punch
  • Question mark cookies
  • Smoky cocktails
  • Any small finger foods
  • Eyeglass cupcakes
  • Envelope rice krispies
  • Bloody cake

Games & Activities:
The best part about this theme is that the activity is part of the theme. When setting up for this murder mystery, it’s up to you how hard you want to make the game. You can make it so they need to figure out the person, place and method, or you can just do a simple “who done it?” The important part about setting up for this game is to make sure to have plenty of clues and fake clues to make it a bit of a challenge. You want to make sure there is one clear answer but one that isn’t too obvious. Extreme detail is key!

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

How To Amp Up Your Fourth of July Party


If you’re anything like us, one of the highlights of summer vacation is celebrating the Fourth of July. Whether it’s our national pride kicking in or the comfort of being around family and friends, the Fourth of July is not a holiday we want to miss. With everyone looking forward to this momentous holiday, there can be a lot of pressure to throw a kickin’ party to meet the hype of the season. If you’re not quite sure how to spread the spirit of the celebration without creating your very own fireworks show, here are some things you can do to make sure your party is the best on the block: 

Large outdoor space for activities/swimming 

When it comes to Fourth of July celebrations, most of the fun happens outdoors. One of the most important things to consider before signing yourself up to be this year’s host is the location. You want to make sure your backyard has plenty of open space for activities, games, and lounging. Although you don’t have to have acres and acres of land to throw a Fourth of July party, you want to make sure you have some open space for people to mingle and catch up with one another. 

For an added bonus, turning your celebration into a pool party is a great way to make sure your guests don’t melt in the summer heat. Nothing really beats the heat like jumping in a cool pool and relaxing on some festive floats. If you have a pool of your own or if you can get your hands on a location that has one, your party is sure to make a bigger splash. 


Potluck contest 

Is a party really a party without good food? With so many people to cater to, it can be difficult to take on all the cooking by yourself. One great way to get a good variety of delicious food is by making this celebration into a potluck. Not only will you save a lot of time and money on food, but you’ll also be sure that everyone has something they like to eat. In addition, since we all enjoy a little competition here and there, turning this whole potluck situation into a contest to see who brings the best tasting dish is an awesome way to make your celebration truly unique and fun. 


Although all seems good when there’s yummy food on the table, with potlucks, it’s important to make sure you avoid the disaster of multiple people bringing the same thing. The last thing you want is 60 different flavored cupcakes and no real food. To avoid this oddly common problem, create a sign-up sheet with all the basic foods you would want while also leaving room for new dishes. This way, you can keep track of the things that people are bringing and coordinate what you need to prepare. 

Fourth of July pops

Nothing says Fourth of July like themed desserts! If you want to branch out from the traditional cakes and cookies, creating dessert pops is an easy and delicious way to decorate the dessert table. Whether you’re looking to create chocolate pops or even waffle pops, you can use premade molds to create celebratory dessert popsicles easily. Not only are they a blast to make with family, but you also have the freedom to make them as festive as you want. 


If you’re not quite sure how to make them scream Fourth of July, decorating your delicious pops with blue candy chips or patriotic stars can add flavor and color. With these unique desserts on the table, there’s no question that people will be waiting in line to get their hands on one!

Party games and activities

No matter how old you are, the point of a party is to spend quality time with the people you love and care for. Whether it be your family members you’ve known for years or your distant cousin you’ve only met once, organizing a couple of party games and activities is a great way to make sure everyone is included in the fun. Not only are they great for getting to know one another, but they also ensure your party is constantly poppin’. 

No matter good you may have gotten at faking some small talk, after a while, even the chattiest people can get sick of it. Organizing easy-to-learn games and activities will give people that much-needed break from talking about something other than work and school. Whether it’s a simple icebreaker or something as intense as bobbing for apples, you never get too old for old-fashioned party games!

Party favors 

We can all agree that one of the best parts about any party is heading toward the door only to see a table full of goodies to take home. Although many people seem to neglect this important aspect, party favors are a great way to ensure that people remember your get-together. Not only are they a polite “thank you” for attending your event, but they also give you the chance to stand out amongst other parties on the block. 

The best part about creating goodie bags is that you don’t have to spend a ton of money or time on them. Even putting a beautifully decorated cookie or cake pop in a cute goodie bag can make quite the impression. The key to mastering the perfect goodie bag is the packaging that you put it in. 

Whether you’re an experienced party host or a first-timer, keeping things fresh can be hard, especially for an annual holiday. Try out these unique tips to keep your guests on their toes!