Merry Christmas and a Happy Holiday to all our “sweet tooths”. This has been a season to be thankful for family and we hope you’re able to spend this time with close friends and family that you both love and care about. We were lucky enough to get to celebrate the season a little earlier than planned and were happy to provide a little cheer for families and friends around the Columbus, Ohio area. Thank you for all your support and you deserve all the gifts this year brings.
Speaking of gifts… we decided to splurge a little for ourselves and surprise the bakery with a new Hamilton Beach Stand Mixer. Our lil’ bakers are going to have much needed help with this small appliance and it’s well deserved.
Enjoy the Holiday season and remember to be safe and stay Merry!
Ohio State University Fall Finals Week started Wednesday December 5th and will continue until this Wednesday, December 12th. This quarter we had many order submissions come through from parents wanting to send a lil’ “Study Break” to their hard working students.
For all of us who had the privileged to study hard and attend a college know how stressful this week can be and typically you’ll be walking around like a zombie after your final exam. That’s why were were so happy to help give some Buckeyes the chance to take a break from the books and enjoy some tasty treats.
Our first delivery was for Lauren. We dropped off a dozen Mix-n-Match cupcakes for her and her two roommates to devour.
We were happy to help another student’s Aunt surprise her Niece Lindsay with one dozen Lucille Ball (Red Velvet) cupcakes. These were delivered on Saturday, December 8th. (Remember, our bakery is open every day of the week and we will also deliver within the Columbus, Ohio area also every day of the week).
This weekend, we decided to not only start making our seasonal cupcakes for Winter, but we also wanted to liven it up a little in the bakery. Even though blackberries and raspberries aren’t in their prime season during winter, a warm fruit cobbler seemed like it would hit the spot as we start December.
Made from scratch, the aroma of our homemade pie crust and fresh fruit cobbler filling had everyone in our Columbus, Ohio bakery watching the oven and counting down the minutes before they were ready to devour. You might have thought we only dream up cupcake concoctions, but you my friend would be wrong. Even though we didn’t have anything leftover after our cupcake bakers ate these scrumptious treats, we thought we could at least share a snippet of video we took right after these pastries came out of the oven.
Enjoy and maybe soon we’ll be selling these divine treats in our bakery!
It’s that time of the year when we all indulge in good food and relax with family and friends. Or, we’re stuck in the kitchen fixing that delicious dinner everyone’s been looking forward to for months! Either way, by the end of the day we’re all thankful for those special people in our lives and of course our full bellies.
This Thanksgiving, we got a call from Amanda R, a Westerville, Ohio Mom and wife who ordered 1 dozen buckeye cupcakes. Amanda was the winner of our FREE dozen cupcakes which was raffled off at the 2012 Shopping Expo in Westerville, Ohio October 27th. In time for the big day, we delivered these tasty lil’ “turkeys” to Amanda and her family the day before Thanksgiving and we’re happy to be able to share this Holiday with her and her family.
On this thankful day, the Fate Cakes team and bakers would love to give thanks to our families; as well as, those families who let us bring our love and treats into your home.
Are you an out-of-state parent with a child attending a college in the Columbus, Ohio area? Is your lil’ Buckeye celebrating their birthday and you just can’t make the drive or flight to celebrate their birthday?
Don’t stress over shipping a gift in the mail, just call Fate Cakes and we’ll deliver to any location within the central Columbus, Ohio area. We’ll make the fresh delivery to your student’s dormitory or apartment/house and make sure to include any special notes you in special wishes on their day.
Kelly M from Colorado is a thoughtful Mom. She found our Columbus, Ohio cupcake delivery information online and called us a couple of days before her son turned 19 at The Ohio State University! We were so excited to help her surprise Kyle with 2 dozen fresh cupcakes he and his dorm-mates (or just he) could enjoy!
Happy Birthday Kyle!
Fate Cakes attended the 2012 Holiday Shopping Expo in Westerville Ohio. We offered cupcakes for attendees in single and multiple quantities. It was so much fun to reach out to other vendors in and around the Columbus Ohio area, and of course we met a lot of “sweet tooths” who can’t get enough of our gourmet cupcakes. We’re getting ready for other events in the Westerville, Columbus, Dublin, and Upper Arlington areas and we’re going to be sharing knowledge and of course of special offers for delivery in the Columbus area.
Take a look at footage from our the Holiday Expo held October 27th:
A client sent this funny short video about a very enthusiastic dog. We’d like to believe everyone reacts like this when they see Fate Cakes’ cupcakes! We’ve seen it before, it’s easy to get lost in the sweet light buttercream 😉
Doesn’t evaporation make liquid more condensed? One would think with similar names, both Condensed Milk and Evaporated Milk are one in the same and they are almost the same product. The main different you will find with both liquids is on comes as “Sweetened” the other as “Unsweetened”.
What is Condensed Milk?
Condensed milk is a “sweetened” substance used in many baking recipes – mainly candies and high sugary items. In order to produce Condensed Milk, Whole Milk is added with about 40%-45% sugar and heated until 60 percent of it’s liquid has evaporated.
What is Evaporated Milk?
Evaporated Milk is simply a variety of milks (Whole, Fat Free, etc) heated until 60 percent of it’s liquid is evaporated. The main difference here is there is no sugar added to this liquid – thus, creating an “unsweetened” product.
Even though both of these “milks” are similar in structure, they can not be replaced one for the other. If one was to change up a recipe using the oposite ingredient you may have an overly sweet dessert or an undesirable bland substance.
Should you keep condensed milk or evaporated milk on hand?
If you have a recipe that calls for Condensed Milk, but you have Evaporated Milk on hand… you’re in luck! There is a simple substitute conversation to assist you! Unfortunately, if you were in the opposite scenario there is no substitute. In the event that you have an extra can of Evaporated Milk on hand follow the simple instructions below:
1 cup milk of your choice
1 1/4 cup sugar
Heat milk and sugar in medium saucepan
Once sugar is disolved, let cool
*Don’t have evaporated milk either? Simply heat milk in saucepan until 60 percent has dissolved. After, add sugar.
What should I learn from this post?
When in doubt… keep Evaporated Milk on hand, you can always make your own Condensed Milk 😉
Sometimes when you’re in the mood to bake something you really don’t want to spend money on special ingredients or just don’t want to drive all the way to the store for one special item. If you’re like me and sometimes make cakes or cupcakes with buttermilk included in the ingredients you might not always have buttermilk on hand. Over the last couple of months I’ve read and have tested a trick of a substitute of buttermilk. All you will need is regular milk and white vinegar (or lemon juice).
Pour just under one cup of regular milk in a measuring cup
Incorporate 1 tablespoon of white vinegar and stir slightly
Let the liquid sit for 5 minutes. Use as much as your recipe calls for
This simple buttermilk substitute will come in handy once in a while when you are in a pinch for an ingredient you don’t usually have on hand. I’ll continue to try to keep you updated on more baking or cupcake ingredient substitutes, and be sure to come back for more cooking tips!
I started a cupcake blog because baking is fun! Most people might not agree and may think it’s not enjoyable, but what could be more interesting than making your own desserts from scratch. Plus, eating them fresh out of the oven… mmmm warm cookies and milk!
Not too sure who I got the baking “gene” from, both my grandmother’s are great cooks. Must be my natural desire of those tasty treats that keep me going back to the kitchen. Either way, when I do bake (usually on the weekends), I wanted to start a Baker’s Blog to show friends and family some simple recipes I find online, in cook books, on TV and those that I just make up on the whim.
* All recipes that I bake and post on this website have inspiration from one or many persons – whether it’s the actual recipe or if it’s just someone’s request for a new flavor thought. If I do grab a couple ideas from other bakers I try to make the recipe my own and not “steal” that person’s thunder. If a recipe is 100% from another source I will make reference within that specific recipe page.
Now on to the good stuff… why did I start blogging?!
First, it’s easy! Everyone’s doing it and there’s no better way to keep my fans up-to-date with all the great concoctions I come up with. Plus, it’s a great way to keep a visual record of all my recipes… all I have to do now is login to Fate Cakes and research which item I’d like to make on a whim!
Second, I wanted everyone to share the excitement I get when I bake. Cooking is such a relaxing thing for me, it seems obvious that I’d want to share that warm and inviting vibe with my fans and readers!
I’m sooo excited to start this blog and share all my thoughts and great cupcake and dessert recipes with you! Keep coming back to Fate Cakes for your fun and tasty desserts and treats!
I’ll keep posting… if you keep liking, eating, sharing and giving me your flavor inspiration