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Fall is in the Air

November 1, 2019

What a wonderful start to Fall. We were honored to host our first Fall guest chef, the world renowned cook, author and television host, Nathalie Dupree. Not only were we happy to receive her into our bakery, but to our home as well. This experience is one we will never forget.

Nathalie has truly touched so many lives. She continues to be an inspiration to me and all those in contact with her. She has a life time of cooking experience and was readily willing to impart this knowledge to me, our class guests and the other bakers here at the Cake Shop.

One piece of instruction that keeps popping up in my mind is… to give yourself permission to try! Try out a new recipe. Try it out again. “Lock the kitchen door,” Nathalie suggested, “spend $10 on flour and cream and a pan and TRY out a recipe!”

Through practice and patience and experimenting with your oven and ingredients, you will finally arrive at that perfect recipe. Practice is key. We often give up when a recipe doesn’t turn out how we want. But like anything else in life — practice makes perfect. And through LOTS of practice and kindness to the chef (you), we too can become a kitchen wiz!

Thank you Nathalie Dupree — we look forward to your next visit!

Cooking with Nathalie Dupree

October 7, 2019

Great news! The October 29th Nathalie Dupree cooking and book signing event is such a hit, we’ve opened up another class! Join us for one of two cooking classes, lite bites and Nathalie’s newest cookbook — same day, now two times: 11am and 6pm. If you have already spoken to Linda, she has your invitation and you are on the list.

Interested in joining us for our first guest chef in the Fall line up? Call into the bakery for more information and to be added to the list.

A little background on Nathalie…

Dupree is the author of 14 cookbooks and the host of more than 300 national and international cooking shows. She has been chef in three restaurants, in Majorca, Spain; Georgia; and Virginia. She is a founder and two-time president of the International Association of Culinary Professionals, founder and co-president of both the Atlanta and Charleston, South Chapters of Les Dames d’Escoffier, founding chairman of the Charleston Food and Wine Festival, past president of the Atlanta Chapter of the International Woman’s Forum and is active in many other organizations. 

Nathalie’s latest cookbook as well as her other cookbooks are available in the bakery. Space for this event is limited, and tickets are going quickly. Be sure to secure your seat for this exciting cooking demonstration, lite dinner and book signing.

*Nathalie’s latest cookbook is included in ticket cost.

All Things Fall

October 6, 2019

It’s not 1000 degrees out! You know what that means… it’s time for all things Fall. Stop in to pick up several specialty seasonal treats we only bring out during the Fall. We have many apple and pumpkin goodies in the mix.

Not to mention our yummy Stonewall Kitchen Maple Pumpkin Butter. This butter makes that extra piece of toast totally worth it! With a sweet mix of maple and pumpkin, it’s great on its own or used as a recipe ingredient.

Add it to pumpkin soup to pump up the creaminess and add a kick of maple, or enjoy it spread on apple muffins or scones.

Try this mouth-watering recipe from Stonewall Kitchen and get your Fall started right:

Ingredients

  • 1 loaf good quality cinnamon raisin bread
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 jar Stonewall Kitchen Maple Pumpkin Butter
  • 3/4 cup half and half
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Zest of 1 orange
  • 2 Braeburn or Winesap apples, cored, peeled and diced
  • 1 Tablespoon unsalted butter
  • Dash of salt
  • 3/4 cup pecans, toasted and chopped

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a sheet pan with parchment or foil.
  2. Lay bread slices on pan and toast for 10-15 minutes until lightly browned.
  3. Remove from oven and cut each slice into 6 pieces and reduce oven temperature to 325 degrees F.
  4. Butter a 9×13-inch pyrex pan and arrange bread pieces over bottom, slightly overlapping.
  5. To prepare apples, in a sauté pan melt 1 Tablespoon unsalted butter.
  6. Add apples, salt and cinnamon and sauté until soft and golden brown, about 10 minutes.
  7. Spread apples over the bread. Sprinkle with chopped, toasted pecans.
  8. To prepare the custard, in a non-reactive bowl whisk together eggs, egg yolks and Maple Pumpkin Butter.
  9. Add orange zest, heavy cream and half and half. Mix thoroughly.
  10. Pour custard over bread, nut and apple mixture. And allow to sit for 30 minutes.
  11. Place baking dish in a large roasting pan. Fill with enough water to come halfway up sides of baking dish.
  12. Bake in a 325 degree F oven for 35-45 minutes, checking for doneness after 35 minutes, by inserting knife in center. If the knife comes out clean, bread pudding is done.
  13. Serve warm with softened vanilla ice cream or softly whipped cream.

October is for Giving

October 3, 2019

Did you know… all week, every week, for twenty plus years, Linda and the Cake Shop Bakery has donated cupcakes and sweet treats to the families and patients of BOTH hospital oncology units?

This month especially, we are thinking PINK and thinking of so many whose family members, friends, colleagues and so on have been touched personally by cancer.

Make sure to keep your health top of mind as well as that of your loved ones. Donate to the causes, wear pink, educate yourself, and get the checkups.

We are so thankful for the doctors, nurses and staff and all those that aid in supporting the fight against cancer. If you are currently in one of the hospital oncology units, look for the Cake Shop Bakery treat cart — we hope to bring a little smile during trying times. Never give up hope!

Guest Chef Nathalie Dupree

October 1, 2019

Mark your calendar: October 29th… Nathalie Dupree is joining the Cake Shop Bakery as guest chef for our first Fall cooking event! We are beyond thrilled to host guest chef, author and cooking show host Nathalie Dupree. This is an evening you won’t want to miss.

Dupree is the author of 14 cookbooks and the host of more than 300 national and international cooking shows. She has been chef in three restaurants, in Majorca, Spain; Georgia; and Virginia. She is a founder and two-time president of the International Association of Culinary Professionals, founder and co-president of both the Atlanta and Charleston, South Chapters of Les Dames d’Escoffier, founding chairman of the Charleston Food and Wine Festival, past president of the Atlanta Chapter of the International Woman’s Forum and is active in many other organizations. 

Nathalie’s latest cookbook as well as her other cookbooks are available in the bakery. Space for this event is limited, and tickets are going quickly. Be sure to secure your seat for this exciting cooking demonstration, lite dinner and book signing.

*Nathalie’s latest cookbook is included in ticket cost. So… get your ticket! Get your cookbook signed! And get your reservation for a seat secured!

The Sweetest Bakery Award Goes To…

…We can hardly wait to find out!

Let us extend a HUGE thank you to all that are voting The Cake Shop Bakery as the Sweetest Bakery in America. We are so proud to serve you and are so thankful for your loyalty and support. Your votes mean everything.

Sharing in your birthdays, new baby reveals and celebrations, weddings, new jobs, and so many large and small life milestones, is such an honor. We want to keep our regular customers happy and those walking in the doors for the first time hooked on our welcoming service and delicious bakery treats.

Thank YOU for making us the Sweetest Bakery! Voting for the contest has closed. Check back October 18th when the vote tally will be released and a bakery will take the official title. With or without the title, we’ll stay sweet!

Oh, Baby! Let Us Host Your Baby Shower

September 8, 2019

Planning a baby shower? Let the Cake Shop Bakery “labor” over all the details! Our new event space is perfect for baby showers, parties, meetings, get togethers and special events.

Our all inclusive package for baby showers offers quiche, biscuits, monkey pies, seasonal fruit, a cake, cupcakes, lemonade, tea, favors, place settings, fresh cut flowers and more… we’ll even handle set up and clean up afterwards. You just sit back and enjoy the party while we check off the details.

Contact our event coordinator to set up your next shower.

It’s Party Time!

August 30, 2019

Our new event space is officially OPEN! Planning a birthday party? We’ve expanded the bakery and now offer all inclusive birthday packages complete with cake, beverages, snacks, cupcakes and cookies with buttercream icing and toppings for decorating AND a goodie bag for each guest. We set up, break down and clean up. Contact our event coordinator to book today.

“We’ve had TWO of our daughter’s birthdays at The Cake Shop Bakery! That’s how much we love it!”

We love hearing your positive, supportive feedback, and we are thrilled to have the new event space available to book your parties.

Meet Linda Richards: Tallahassee’s Cupcake Queen

February 2, 2011

Outlet: WCTV

Not everyone has the time to give back, but those who do deserve to be honored for their good deed.

That includes Linda Richards who’s generosity knows no bounds. And her cupcakes have put smiles on peoples faces for years.

Linda Richards knows her way around the kitchen. For the past 18 years, she’s been the owner of the Cake Shop in Tallahassee. A one stop shop for anyone with a sweet tooth.

“I’ve been baking all my life with my dad in the restaurant business. I grew up in it,” said Linda Richards, owner of the Cake Shop in Tallahassee.

Her cupcakes are heavenly, but so is her generosity. On any given day, Richards receives between 15-20 requests for free cupcakes.

“You can’t do everything, you want to do your part.”

And no one can ever say Linda Richards doesn’t give back. Just some of the beneficiaries of her baked goods are the Ronald McDonald House, American Cancer Society, Heart Association, and so many more.

Judy Meggs and Grace Lawhorn walk the lonely halls of the oncology unit at TMH. But they aren’t alone. Underneath the cloth are Linda’s goodies. Every Monday, for the past six years, the Cake Shop has donated sweets to cancer patients.

“Linda doesn’t get to see the joy that she brings, so that makes a very special person that’s able to donate and not be there to see the good deed she’s doing.”

For most of the patients the tea cart is the highlight of their day. A chance to break up the monotony of chemo and radiation, a chance to indulge in a little chocolate, sip a cup of coffee, and enjoy the good life, if only for a little while.

“It helps to give some dignity back to the patients up here going through so many things that rob you of your dignity,” said Grace Lawhorn who works on the tea cart at TMH.

Back at the Cake Shop, just a few miles from TMH, Linda works on her latest creation. Her cupcakes have helped support her family. They’ve also supported other families…families who have never met Linda Richards but will always remember how she made them feel.

“She’s a one in a million person. She really gives all.”