Thursday, March 26, 2009

Join Us, We're Hiring

Got a lot of energy, love a faced paced environment, and want to work with a focused professional team. Join us at The Artisan Kitchen. We have a full-time assistant baker position available, as well a part-time bakery associate position.
At least one year of real-world bakery experience is required for the assistant baker position. But if you are a focused, timely, organized, on-the-go individual ask us about the bakery associate position. And don't forget, there is always room for growth around The Artisan Kitchen.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Cake Design & Consultation

Cake designs are very personal. I always tell brides and other clients, "You may have a vision, but until you and I sketch it out I can not see into your mind".
Miscommunications have happened and we've come up with a few easy ways to avoid them.
1)We ask that all customers come in for a sketch session.
1A) If you cannot make it in to see me, we require customers to choose a standard cake from our website, not someone elses website.
This avoids any miscommunication and allows our customers to know what they'll be getting from the beginning.
I also believe that artist and designer has strengths and weaknesses, and sometimes another designer may be able to do something that I cannot do. Just think, Jackson Pollock wouldn't have painted the Mona Lisa. That said: every artist in every medium has boundaries.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Eighteen (18) Wheeler Cake with Bass Boat Cake
Heather is a great customer of ours, we love her creativity, her attention to detail and her love of
Her brothers' BIG birthday was approaching and she had this idea for a cake. I swear you'll never guess-- an Eighteen Wheeler Truck pulling a Bass Boat- YES all out of cake!
Enlightened, inspired, and up for the challenge I took Heather's sketches and went to work. We were in for a long and heavy haul (no pun intended).
Along the way the cake took shape with the addition of a gumpaste duck and pond, Walt Disney World advertisements on the truck, Lake George Minnie-Ha-Ha ads and even an ad for Cabella's featuring duck and deer hunting gear.
The cake was delivered to Cathay Temple in Mattapoisett, MA and successfully displayed for all to see and of course, eat!

Sunday, March 15, 2009


These custom cupcakes with gumpaste pink and white daisies, baby peapods, and "It's a girl" plaques were for a baby shower in Mattapoisett, MA. Assorted chocolate and vanilla cupcakes with Italian vanilla buttercream frosting were on the menu. The peapods are a great cupcake topper for twins, baby boys and baby girls.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

The Artisan Kitchen

First Birthdays and Baby Showers have been the resounding theme in our fun and whimsical cake world. Dana has been kneading gumpaste and fondant like a mad-man lately, and we've been sculpting and wiring shamrocks, curls, and pearls.
Here is St. Patrick's Day theme first birthday cake delivered to a home in Acushnet, MA! Many shades of brights greens, oranges, reds, and blues covered his fun buttercream cake while bouncy green shamrocks waved in the breeze. We covered the table in bright polka dots to tie it all together. Aidan also had a smash cake covered in polka dots and stripes.
This buttercream cake design is the most popular for our customers who aren't the biggest fan of fondant, but still want a colotful, fun design. I love this design as it can be easily converted for a little girl's first birthday cake, in all colors of pink with a hearts floating about.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

The Cake Question: You Asked, We Answered

When I started baking cakes, I had this misconception that our customers wanted cakes that were totally different than other bakeries in Southeastern Massachusetts. However, they wanted something different on the OUTSIDE, not the INSIDE.

So, after many months of pondering and trying to figure out HOW ON EARTH to make our cakes as moist as a, well I hate to say it, MIX (whew, that's a scary word for me) we've finally accomplished our goal. I'm not going to give away my secrets, but you'll notice how deliciously moist our cakes are!! Even I admit, they taste ssoooo much better.

Thanks to some recipe testing, my very honest taste tester (sometimes too honest) my father, and a few little European and American home cook tricks, we've got it.

If you're wondering whether we got it right or not, mention that you saw this post and we'll give you a sample box of cupcakes free of charge!

Friday, March 6, 2009

Easter Menu

Our Easter Menu has now been published.

Lemon: 9” Sweet & tangy lemon curd custard with whipped cream and candied lemon peel. Serves 10. $25.00
Seasonal Fruit: Artfully arranged fresh fruit atop Tahitian Vanilla Bean Crème Patisserie. Serves 8-10 $25.00

Easter Cupcakes:
12 Assorted vanilla and chocolate cupcakes with Italian buttercream and fanciful easter décor. $18.00
Mini Pastries: Pistachio Cannoli, Chocolate Dipped Strawberries, Chocolate Petit Fours, Lemon Tarts $25.00

Tiramisu Chiffon Roll: Vanilla Chiffon Cake filled with Mascarpone mousse, dusted with cocoa. Serves 8-10. $24.00
Strawberry Charlotte: A ring of ladyfingers layered with Bavarian mousse and fresh strawberries. 7” Cake. Serves 8-10 $28.00
Chocolate Mousse Pie: Dark chocolate mousse in a ganache glazed chocolate crust, with whipped cream and chocolate shavings. Serves 8. $18.00
Carrot Cake: 7” round double layer torte with fresh carrots, pineapple, coconut & toasted pecans with cream cheese icing. Serves 10-12. $28.00

9” Quiche: Bacon Parmesan $14 Asparagus $14

Rustic Ciabatta Rolls (1 dozen mini) $4.00
Buttermilk Rolls (1 dozen mini) $4.00

Breakfast & Tea Cakes:
Glazed Double Lemon Tea Cake $8.00
Pull Apart Sticky Buns. Serves 6 $15.00

Great Gifts: (ready to give, with gift tag)

Personalized Easter Egg Sugar Cookie: 4” sugar cookie, white, yellow, and pale pink icing with polka dots and stripes, up to 8 characters, cello bag with wraphia ribbon tie, must be ordered by March 18, 2008 $3.50 each

A wonderful gift: professional photos!

We are thrilled to have made a new friend, Susan Asaro. She is a talented local photographer, from Wareham Massachusetts, her portraits are exquisite. Take a look at the outstanding pictures she took for us of a pretty blue and brown baby shower cake we made for her daughter's shower. Thanks Susan! Don't forget to visit Susan's website:

The New Artisan Kitchen

Welcome to our new blog! As many of our customers know, great things are happening here at The Artisan Kitchen's Bake Shop. We've just posted a picture of our new storefront and kitchen, where we have so much room to stretch our legs!


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