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The Perfect Wedding Cake!

Posted in: Wedding Cakes

The venue, then the food, music, photography, flowers, dress and of course the cake…

Wedding-Cakes-Fondant-Five-Tiers-Bows-Drapped_001Most weddings include these essentials. Although the cake might not be the first thing you order, you will definitely want to get it right and find the perfect cake for your wedding.

At the very least, it should look beautiful and taste great. Without question it should be perfect and exactly as you imagined, plus everything you expected and then some. It should be the “icing on the cake!” (Pun intended)

Here’s how to ensure that happens:

Order the cake early enough that you get the bakery and decorator you want. (Oteri’s Italian Bakery of course!) It is a given that popular dates in the spring and summer will book up early. You should absolutely book the bakery as soon as you have the date and venue because there is nothing worse than a disappointed bride.

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Know what you want and communicate CLEARLY what you expect. (It’s OK to get advice, suggestions and recommendations from family, friends and other brides).  Be sure you spell out these details in terms of size, flavor, color, and design. Make sure all of this is specified in your contract or on your order form.  (Make sure to get a copy!) Bring photos of cakes you like to your bakery or consultant and be prepared to provide the number of guests you want to serve, the date, time, and location of the reception, the colors and/or theme of the wedding, and the names of any vendors already booked. Be very clear on your budget with the baker. If you cannot afford all the options you’d like, your baker will be able to advise you on what can be done within your budget.

W-BLACK RIBBON SWIRLSAlways ask to taste their cake. You need to know if the bakery’s cakes have the texture and flavor you like. Ask the baker if they deliver the cake. This is so much easier than requiring one of your wedding party to deal with it and the responsibility for safe delivery rests with the baker that way. Bakers and cake decorators can help you narrow down choices, but they cannot read your mind. Choosing a cake is about what feels good to you as the bride.

Follow up a week or two before the wedding and review all the details of your cake flavor and design, delivery date and time. Be sure your baker knows where the cake table(s) will be, and whether there are flowers, linens, candles, utensils, or other items to be set up. If you are coordinating vendors (decorator, baker, caterer, florist), make a list of contacts and phone numbers and share it with each vendor. You want to make sure everyone is on the same page! The wedding cake, whether unique or traditional, still remains one of the focal points of any wedding, and deserves to be chosen with care.

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About Our Wedding Cakes:

Our very large assortment of wedding cakes also includes the option of designing your own. They can be made with buttercream or have that smooth, fondant cake look. You may choose any type or flavor of cake and tiers can be made of a mix of flavors or cake types. Need three tiers of three different flavors? No problem! It’s all up to you. Oteri’s wedding cakes have often been on the banquet tables of multiple generations of the same families, who have returned generation after generation for that one-of-a-kind touch for their special celebrations.

Bride and Groom in Stylish Embrace

Bride and Groom in Stylish Embrace

Romantic Dip Dancing Couple

Romantic Dip Dancing Couple

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wedding Season is right around the corner…we look forward to serving you.

From our family to your family with love…

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The Best Chocolate Layer Cake Recipe in the East!

Posted in: Recipes

 

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Devil’s Food Chocolate Layer Cake Ingredients

  • 1 and 3/4 cups  all-purpose flour
  • 1 and 3/4 cup  granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup  unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup  buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup  vegetable oil (or canola oil, or melted coconut oil)
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature*  Cake will not set properly with cold eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup  freshly brewed strong hot coffee

Milk Chocolate Frosting Ingredients

  • 1.25 cups (2.5 sticks) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 3-4 cups  powdered sugar
  • 3/4 cup  unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3-5 Tablespoons  heavy cream (or half-and-half)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 – 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 15 oz (1.5 bags) chocolate chips (optional for decoration)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350F degrees. Butter & flour two 9 inch round cake pans, or use non-stick spray.
  2. For the cake: Sift together the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a medium sized bowl. Set aside.
  3. Using a handheld or stand mixer, combine the buttermilk, oil, room temperature eggs, and vanilla in a large bowl. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients with the mixer on low. Add the coffee. The batter will be VERY thin. This is ok.
  4. Pour the batter into prepared baking pans and bake for 23-27 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. My cakes took exactly 24 minutes. Allow to cool before frosting.
  5. For the frosting: Cream the butter with a hand mixer on medium speed for 3-4 minutes. This will create a creamy base for the frosting. Add 3 cups of powdered sugar and 3/4 cup of cocoa powder. Mix on low. Add 3 Tablespoons of heavy cream and 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract. If your frosting is too thin, add up to 1 more cup of powdered sugar. If your frosting is too thick, add up to 2 more Tablespoons of heavy cream. Add at least 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Taste the frosting and add more salt if the frosting is too sweet. Add more cocoa powder if the frosting is not chocolate-y enough. Add more/less of each ingredient to obtain the consistency and taste you desire.
  6. Place 1 layer, flat side up, on a plate or cake stand. With a knife or spatula, spread the top with frosting. Place the second layer on top, rounded side up, and spread the frosting evenly on the top and sides of the cake. Decorate with chocolate chips or as desired. ENJOY!!!

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Dessert before Dinner!

Posted in: Desserts

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It’s the middle of the winter doldrums and I know you are all sick of the cold and snow so here is a lighthearted blog to give you a little chuckle! How many times when you were growing up did your mom say “No dessert unless you eat (or finish) your dinner?” Countless times I am sure! So you pushed your peas around your plate with your fork, trying to send a few off of the plate and out of sight so you wouldn’t have to eat them! The problem is it is tough to fool parents because they were kids once and tried all of the same tricks! What is it about parents that they resort to withholding dessert as a punishment? Well forget about all that! I am announcing (in writing) right here, right now that you should eat dessert first!

I know you need the vitamins, minerals and fiber, and everything else that is hidden in the veggies, but you can still achieve all the benefits of a balanced meal, just eat the stuff that is good for you after you eat what tastes good — your dessert! If you eat the chocolate layer cake first, you avoid being too full to eat it!

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Here are some fun quotes to back up my dessert first declaration!  Then I am going to give you the best, moistest, most decadent chocolate layer cake recipe you will ever make and eat!

“I like to eat my dessert first. Life is short, you never know if you will get to the dessert.” D Percy

“Seize the moment. Just think of all those women on the Titanic who said, ‘No, thank you,’ to dessert that night. And for what!” -Erma Bombeck

“Life is uncertain.  Eat dessert first.” – Ernestine Ulmer

“Stressed spelled backwards is desserts.  Coincidence?  I think not!”  – Author Unknown

“Let them eat cake!” – Marie Antoinette

The Best Chocolate Layer Cake Recipe in the East!

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Devil’s Food Chocolate Layer Cake Ingredients

  • 1 and 3/4 cups  all-purpose flour
  • 1 and 3/4 cup  granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup  unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup  buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup  vegetable oil (or canola oil, or melted coconut oil)
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature*  Cake will not set properly with cold eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup  freshly brewed strong hot coffee

Milk Chocolate Frosting Ingredients

  • 1.25 cups (2.5 sticks) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 3-4 cups  powdered sugar
  • 3/4 cup  unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3-5 Tablespoons  heavy cream (or half-and-half)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 – 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 15 oz (1.5 bags) chocolate chips (optional for decoration)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350F degrees. Butter & flour two 9 inch round cake pans, or use non-stick spray.
  2. For the cake: Sift together the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a medium sized bowl. Set aside.
  3. Using a handheld or stand mixer, combine the buttermilk, oil, room temperature eggs, and vanilla in a large bowl. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients with the mixer on low. Add the coffee. The batter will be VERY thin. This is ok.
  4. Pour the batter into prepared baking pans and bake for 23-27 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. My cakes took exactly 24 minutes. Allow to cool before frosting.
  5. For the frosting: Cream the butter with a hand mixer on medium speed for 3-4 minutes. This will create a creamy base for the frosting. Add 3 cups of powdered sugar and 3/4 cup of cocoa powder. Mix on low. Add 3 Tablespoons of heavy cream and 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract. If your frosting is too thin, add up to 1 more cup of powdered sugar. If your frosting is too thick, add up to 2 more Tablespoons of heavy cream. Add at least 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Taste the frosting and add more salt if the frosting is too sweet. Add more cocoa powder if the frosting is not chocolate-y enough. Add more/less of each ingredient to obtain the consistency and taste you desire.
  6. Place 1 layer, flat side up, on a plate or cake stand. With a knife or spatula, spread the top with frosting. Place the second layer on top, rounded side up, and spread the frosting evenly on the top and sides of the cake. Decorate with chocolate chips or as desired. ENJOY!!!

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