Twin Cities Marathon Day!

If the shoe fits, eat it!

When Father Erik Lundgren woke up on the morning of October 7th, he laced up his running shoes and headed up the Twin Cities Marathon. This day was special.. not only because it was his first marathon, it was also his birthday.. and not just any birthday, his 30th. Running races are a great way to do something healthy, while others get to support you! In fact, so many ‘others’ supported Fr Erik in this run that he was able to raise well over $20,000 for our local Catholic Elementary School, Divine Mercy Catholic School. Talk about a good cause! To celebrate, we gathered with Fr Erik after the 5pm mass to enjoy cake from Confectionery Cake Shop and Ice Cream from Sweet Spot Candies! He received his very own cake, which was a replica of the shoe that he ran the marathon with.. and an edible gold medal for finishing the race, draped across it. Over 150 folks shared in his excitement and enjoyed a raspberry filled white cupcake or a slice of tuxedo cake with fresh raspberry filling. Turning 30 is just the beginning, Fr Erik! Enjoy!

 

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It’s A Thomas The Tank Cake, in 3D!

Thomas The Tank Cake

Yum! A Thomas The Tank Cake!

Chugga, Chugga, Choo! Choo! Here comes Thomas the Tank! This cake was for a very special golden birthday for a very cute 3 year old who loves Thomas the Tank. This is a great example of a copyrighted character that CAN be created in cake because of the purchased rights and accessories (like his face). Thomas’s face came with a cute keepsake DVD for the birthday boy to watch after cake and presents of course! He was iced in blue buttercream with white and chocolate cake inside. This little train feeds around 24-30 folks, so if you’re having a larger party, don’t forget to add on a few cupcakes! Do you know a child who loves Thomas too? Make sure to pre-order your cake 1-2 weeks in advance. Or if you have another copyrighted character in mind, just call to see if we can make it into a cake for you. Thanks!

It’s CAKE WEEK! (not to be confused with Shark Week…)

Lifting the Giant Owl Cake!

What would be a better way than to kick of Cake Week than with the 5th Annual Upper Mid-West Bakery Association’s Ultimate Cake Competition at the Mall of America? Confectionery Cake Shop’s owner, Laura O’Connor (yes, I’m writing this in the 3rd person for kicks) competed in a birthday cake competition with 11 other awesome decorators from all over the mid-west (and South Carolina). All of the contestants had 90 minutes to build, sculpt and decorate a birthday cake out of a sheet cake, using buttercream and fondant that was provided by sponsors. It was a mad rush of controlled creativity and skills on the floor that day in order to get your cake and 24 matching cupcakes finished as well as carried over to the judging table about 75′ away! I only had to stop one time to set mine down because it was so heavy! The winners took home cash prizes and trophies. While Confectionery Cake Shop did not place this time, watch out because there are lots of other opportunities to compete coming up! The next one is in February at the National Convention! Stay tuned.

There was also a Wedding Cake Competition that day where contestants had to build a 5 tier wedding cake in 3 hours (which was a serious challenge.. perfection takes time, people!) and carry it over to the judging table. Tension ran high as teams of 3 or 4 carried over their 50-60lb cakes to the tables!

But the real icing on the cake (yes, I, too, hate bad puns, but I’ll let it go this time)  is that Buddy Valastro from Cake Boss is going to be in Minneapolis tonight! He’s also going to be at the Mall of America for his book signing today at around 11:30am near Barnes & Nobel (or so I heard). I have tickets to the show and can’t wait to see him tonight! Weee!! It’s a cake shop owner’s dream to be as awesome as Buddy and his team. I can’t wait to hear more about how he does it!

 

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The Great Big Cupcake CAKE!

The Cupcake CAKE!

What could be more fun than a cupcake that feeds you and a ton of your friends?! I have a feeling the giant Cupcake cake is going to make some grand appearances at lots of unique celebrations and smash cake baby photos! It can be iced in buttercream or iced in rolled fondant for a more cartoon look. It comes fully equip with jumbo sprinkles and a cherry on top! The one pictured here was dark chocolate cake in the cup, white vanilla cake for the top and filled with red raspberry fruit filling! At $48.00, it’s one of coolest cakes to hit the menu and is sure to be a hit at your next party. Have it boxed up and delivered for free in Faribault! ‘Oooohhh’ and ‘ahhhhhh’s are surely expected.

3D Race Car Groom’s Cake!

Groom’s cakes are all the rage these days! They’re usually the non-traditional, custom created and ‘fun’ cake at the wedding. It can either be chosen by the Groom or in this case, a surprise for the Groom, ordered by his lovely wife-to-be. She wanted to have a truly special cake for him on their day and searched for a cake shop that could make a replica of the car that he drives and so Confectionery Cake Shop accepted the challenge and here it is! Vrooooommmm!

A 70th Birthday Celebration… in 3D!

The Toro TImeCutter Cake!

You only turn 70 once, so why not celebrate in style?! Well, Harley Mankey from Owatonna turned 70 and his wife, friends and family threw him a surprise birthday he would not soon forget! If you know Harley, you’d know that you can find him right down the street at Mankey’s Outdoor Equipment and Appliances and if you’re lucky he still has one of those nifty Toro TimeCutter riding lawn mowers on hand. Although the party may have been a surprise, I’m sure it was no surprise for him to see a  cake version of a Toro Riding Lawn Mower in the room! This chocolate cake was hand carved and covered in fondant. It sat on a lush green tuxedo cake, filled with raspberry mousse! The guest were all treated to a slice of sheet cake too, one filled with cream cheese buttercream icing and topped off with a little yellow flower on a patch of buttercream grass. Happy Birthday to a very special guy! 

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Giving Thanks Never Tasted So Sweet!

Cornucopia Cake

And so it begins, the season of turkey, ham, potatoes, corn, green bean casserole, cranberries, toasted pecans, and of course…. cake! Nothing makes a more beautiful (and tasty) centerpiece than a cornucopia cake, spilling half a dozen fondant covered cupcakes. This cake was large enough to feed a group of 25 and something that everyone saved room for! It was four layers of cake, filled with raspberry mousse and chocolate mousse. Then it was covered in chocolate buttercream and decorated with fondant leaves and flowers. There was not a loose fitting pant by the end of this Thanksgiving inspired dinner party and somehow everyone was okay with that!

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