Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Thanksgiving Pie Time!

Monday, October 17, 2011

John Burke Photo Shoot

John Burke shoots...Artisan Bake Shop!
We had a photo shoot by John Burke Photography about a year ago - he is best known for photographing people with fabulous color schemes. It was a blast -- take a look at us in action!

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Wedding Cake Tastings

The perfect combination of taste, style and service.

I believe that your wedding cake should be the centerpiece of your wedding day, & should be a part of your wedding brand.  The cake, cupcakes or desserts, need to fit your style, your taste, and your budget. 

Inspiration comes in from all facets of your wedding day.  Sometimes it is a piece of your dress, sometimes a flower that will be in your bouquet or boutonierre, inpiration can even come from a a topper found on a craft website like, other times it is a fun picture you found in a magazine or online.  No matter what, your wedding cake should be YOU!

You are welcome to book a one and one-half hour consultations with me and bring up to three guests.  This time allows me to learn a little bit about your wedding day: the linen colors, your style, likes (and dislikes).  We walk through your ideas, even pages of cakes from past weddings, sketches I've done through the years and start to sketch.  Sometimes it is cake #1.....sometimes it is cake #20. 

After we find a sketch or group of desserts that work for you and your fiance, then we move onto tasting.  Our tastings include 6-15 different flavors of our housemade frosting and mousselines along with 3-5 different cake flavors.   All of our cakes are made from scratch and our filling and frostings are brightly flavored with only the finest fruits, chocolate, liquers, and vanilla. 

You and your fiance will be sent home with a complete sketch worksheet, pricing breakdown and finally our book the date sheet.  Congratulations on your engagement and I hope you stop in to see you very soon!

Friday, September 30, 2011

Lobster Pot Cake!
Perfect for a rehearsal dinner, engagement party or groom's cake! 
Or WICKED AWESOME wedding cake

Denis and Ashley are getting married in Maine this weekend and we created this lobster pot cake for their rehearsal dinner- complete with boiling water, steam and flames.  Chocolate cake with vanilla buttercream filling (very closely resembling Maine's signature dessert:  whoopie pies) were the chosen flavors- but can you imagine  this in a vanilla cake with custard and chocolate buttercream filling - just like Boston Cream Pie- delish!

Saturday, September 24, 2011

See our cupcakes on:

Check out Artisan Bake Shop's Starfish Cupcakes on !

Thank you, Almost Mrs. R for the post!

Monday, September 5, 2011

Gluten-Free Cakes & Alternatives

Gluten intolerance are on the rise these last few years and we have lots of brides and customers looking for gluten-free cakes or alternatives to cakes! 

We most definitely make gluten free wedding cakes, or just a small cake for the bride or groom to munch on, even simply a dozen cupcakes for family or friends who will not be able to enjoy our traditional cake.  Although our gluten free chocolate cake is mighty tasty, not all guests will understand its different texture and flavor.  So, we've been busily coming up with alternatives and here is one of them:

This GIANT tiered rice crispie cake is the perfect solution!  It can be decorated to fit the event and wedding decor: a spray red rose and tiny orange buds are seen here!  Rice Crispie cakes can serve anywhere from 30, as seen above, to four-tiered wonders to serve 150!

Cupcakes are also a great solution! This wedding  cupcake tree included gluten-free and traditional cupcakes on one stand and the custom printed flavor card on the table indicated which specific decorations were gluten-free cupcakes and which were traditional cupcakes!  So: seashell=gluten-free and starfish=traditional.

If you have a questions about our gluten-free solutions give us a ring 508-763-4905 or email us . 

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Spend vs. Save

 A customer will stop in and say:
"I want a sculpted 3D car cake for my son's 3rd birthday."
 When we say, "$375-$600 to serve 20 people" usually we get a GASP!

Most people think we are trying to take you for all you're worth.  But we're not, I promise.  It's like going to the BMW dealership with a $10,000 budget.  It just doesn't add up.  It takes lots and lots of time- usually 6-12 hours to complete a car cake!

We want to help you AND work within your budget, because EVERYONE has a budget and THAT IS OK!

Here are three examples of the same Lightning McQueen themed cakes:

Hand Made Applique: This cake uses a 2D flat sugarpaste, handmade Lightning McQueen who sits flat on the cake, cost for this cake: 8" serves 14-16 people: $44.

Sugar Car on Cake: This cake uses a 3D sugarpaste (completely edible), handmade Lightning McQueen who sits in 3D on top of a cake, complete with racing flag base, cost for this cake: 8" serves 14-16 people: $68.

Full Sculpted Cake: We take rectangular cakes and hand sculpt them into the 3D Lightning McQueen, so the car is the CAKE! Cost for this cake: serves 20 people: $350

Your best bet is: Be Honest About Your Budget!  We can usually work something out so that you get the theme or design you are looking for within that price range!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Cake Boss, Ace of Cakes, Cake Challenge--- How much would that cake COST?!?!?

When you walk into a bakery how are you supposed to know what to expect for pricing? 

And what is a reasonable budget when you order a cake?

With all of the cake shows on TV these days we've noticed that all of YOU know exactly what we CAN MAKE out of cake!
We love watching too- cakes being created for drama and for well....good TV! 

The problem: All of these shows omit some really significant parts of the process:

-Time:  the advance notice that the client gives the bakery -
-Labor:  how much time it takes us to bake, prepare, engineer, and finally decorate
-Material costs:  the artist who is talented enough to create the masterpiece, the ingredients: fondant, butter, sugar, etc! 

All of these pieces of the puzzle translate into the prices of these works of art. No wonder you don't know what to expect!
In the industry we're a bit more knowledgeable and aware about pricing that's out there. To put things in perspective for you, here are some points of reference--at Carlo's Bakery (Buddy Valastro's Cake Boss) a consultation costs $100, which includes cake samples and refreshments. This $100 is then deducted from the cake order total once you order.

Cake Boss's pricing for wedding and specialty cakes, with basic buttercream, starts at $8.00 per person. For more complex cake designs (things you've seen featured on TV or in a magazine), cost is closer to $12.00 to $18.00 per person. Adding unique design requests and creative artwork to the cake order then increases the price from there.  We've heard that they use a cake mix for their red velvet cake too-- YUCK!!

Duff Goldman of Ace of Cakes (Charm City Cakes) provides the following pricing: "Wedding and tiered cakes start at $7 a serving. We find that most of our clients choose designs that start at about $15 per serving. There is a 50 serving minimum on wedding and tiered cakes. Minimum price for 3D [and] sculptural cakes $1,000." Delivery is priced at $175/hr.
We want to share these things with you not to discourage, but to educate you about our industry!
WAIT THERE'S GOOD NEWS TOO!!  You don't have to spend all of that money, and you don't have to drive to Baltimore, MD or Hoboken, NJ!!

At Artisan Bake Shop our 3D and Sculpted sugar figures start at $25.00 and our 3D Sculpted Cakes start at $150.00!!

Wedding Cakes start at any AMAZING $3.75. Delivery for cakes start at the CHEAP price of $25. Pretty reasonable, no? Our prices include complimentary consultations, excellent service, and attention to details and oh yeah -- THEY TASTE AS GOOD AS THEY LOOK!
We're able to offer competitive pricing by offering "standard" designs and commonly requested themes at rates lower than completely custom cakes would be priced.  Custom, and very special designs may be subject to individual pricing.  Please call us (508-763-4905) or email to talk further! We'd love to hear from you and talk about your specific cake ideas more!

Monday, August 1, 2011

Gluten Free, Vegan, & Dairy Free Wedding Cakes

Our wedding cake designs range from classic fresh flower cakes with buttercream to stunning contemporary showstoppers with draping and sugar flowers. But it's always what's on the inside that is most important.

Accomodating special diets such:


is a priority for me. I believe that your allergy should not get in the way of a dream wedding cake.

Please call or email us with any questions regarding our specialty diet wedding cakes.  We can also accomodate cupcakes, birthday cakes, anniversary cakes,

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Delivery Area Served

Over the years we are pleased to have worked with many wedding and event venues in New England, our servive area extends from South Shore, South Coast, Boston and Cape Cod Massachusetts to Providence, Newport, Bristol Rhode Island.

Professional, timely, and courteous delivery and setup is an integral part of our business.

Below if a sampling of venues that we are happy to have served:

Belle Mer, Goat Island, Newport, RI
New Bedford Country Club, New Bedford, MA

Cork Wine Bar and Tapas, New Bedford, MA

Marion Music Hall, Marion, MA

Independence Harbor, Assonet, MA

Saphire Event Group, Saphire Estate, Sharon, MA
Waterfront Grille Restaurant, Downtown New Bedford Waterfront, MA

Plimouth Plantation, Plymouth, MA
Fall River Country Club, Fall River, MA

Cultural Center, Fall River, MA

Kittansett Club, Marion, MA
Overbrook House, Buzzard's Bay, Cape Cod, MA
Sky Room, New Bedford, MA

The Captain Hemon Smith House, Cape Cod, Nauset Harbor Cove, Eastham, MA

Coonamessett Inn, Cape Cod, Falmouth, MA

Wood’s Hole Golf Club, Woods Hole, MA

Brookside Country & Golf Club, Cape Cod Bourne, MA

Waypoint Wedding and Event Center, White's Hospitality, Downtown New Bedford, MA

Falmouth Yacht Club, Falmouth, MA

New Bedford Whaling Museum, New Bedford, MA

Hawthorne Country Club, Dartmouth, MA

Lafayette House, Foxboro, MA

Southers Marsh Golf Club, Carver, MA

New Bedford Yacht Club, South Dartmouth, MA

Shining Tides, Mattapoisett, MA

Beverly Yacht Club, Marion, MA

Venus di Milo, Swansea, MA

White Cliffs, Plymouth, MA

Pine Hills Golf Club, Plymouth, MA

Indian Pond Country Club, Kingston, MA

Jones River Trading Company, Kingston, MA

Ocean Cliff Mansion, Newport, RI

Seaport Inn Wedding and Function Hall, Fairhaven, MA

Chateau, Norton, MA

Holiday Inn, Tauton, MA

Eastover Hiller Farm, Rochester, MA

Fall River Country Club, Fall River, MA

Salerno's Wedding and Events, Wareham Onset, MA

Biltmore Hotel, Providence, RI

Jacky's Galaxie Restaurant-Sushi, Warren, RI

Bay Club, Mattapoisett, MA
Boston Park Plaza, Boston, MA

Stone Bridge Farm, Acushnet, MA

Acoaxet Club, Westport, MA

Bittersweet Farm, Westport, MA

Century House, Acushnet, MA

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Taste of SouthCoast Event: THIS SUNDAY

Join us @ Taste of SouthCoast as we unveil our BIG CHANGES! 

This Sunday, May 22, Noon-4pm. Custom House Square, Downtown New Bedford.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Red Sox Cake Mania!

Red Sox Baseball Hat Cake with Cupcakes on our cupcake stand:


This baseball hat topped one of our cupcake stands for a recent birthday party!  The hat looks worn and broken in as the birthday boy's real hat does!

The cupcakes included Red Sox Jersey decoration (all edible) along with Red Sox Baseballs with a Signature Boston "B".

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Olivia the Pig Meets Willy Wonka!

The fabulous children's cartoon: Olivia the Pig meets our Willy Wonka Style Candy Cake in orange and yellow! Buttercream is a great choice for children's cakes as it is approachable to little ones.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Baby Booties & Stripes Baby Shower Cake

We created this baby shower cake to welcome a new baby boy! Chocolate brown, baby blue, yellow and green completed the color scheme with baby booties, a vine of whimsical daisy flowers, variegated stripes and yellow polka dots.
We delivered this cake to Warwick, Rhode Island and received this wonderful note from the mommy-to-be:

Hi, Meredith...

I just wanted to let you know that the cake was fantastic! Again, you did a terrific job from beginning to end and I truly appreciate all your hard work. I've already started recommending Artisan Kitchen to friends and family and look forward to my next big event to order another one of your delicious cakes.

Thanks again for everything!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Easter & Passover Specials

Pick-Up: Sat. April 23, 2011 10am-4pm

Items on the menu, below, can be ordered thru Friday April 22nd, 2011.

Special Orders Which ARE NOT on the Menu Can be Ordered until Wednesday, April 20,

Our storefront will stock items on the menu on Friday & Saturday.

Lemon Tart: 9” Sweet & tangy lemon curd custard with whipped cream and candied lemon peel. Srvs 10. $25

Banana-Berry Tart: 9” filled with custard, fresh raspberries, blueberries & bananas. Topped with whipped cream and banana chips. Srvs 10. $25

Easter Cupcakes: 12 asst. vanilla & chocolate cupcakes w/vanilla buttercream & fanciful easter décor. $27 Individual Gift Box Cupcake with bunny décor $3

Chocoate Mousse Cups: for Passover, Dark chocolate mousse with whipped cream. Srvs 1 $3 ea.

Mini Pastries: Premium Select Dark Chocolate Dipped Strawberries, Mini Eclairs, Asst. Petit Fours, Lemon Tarts, Coconut Macaroons. 30 pieces.

Strawberry Charlotte: Ring of ladyfingers layered w/Bavarian mousse & fresh strawberries. 7” Cake. Srvs 9-12 $30

Chocolate Mousse Pie: Dark chocolate mousse in ganache-glazed chocolate crust, w/whipped cream & chocolate shavings, Serves 8. $17

Carrot Cake: 7” round double layer with fresh carrots, pineapple, coconut & toasted nuts with frosted in cream cheese icing. Srvs 12. $30

9” Pies: Wild Blueberry $14.75 Key Lime $17

9” Quiche: $14.75
Bacon- Parmesan Asparagus-Cheddar GoatCheese-Herb

Breads: Rustic Ciabatta Rolls (1 dz mini) $4.00
Buttermilk Rolls (1 dz mini) $4.00
Snowflake Sandwich Roll $3.50/6

Personalized Easter Egg Sugar: 5” egg cookie with assorted sprinkles. Cello bag with ribbon tie. $1.75

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Ocean Teal Shower Cake

Nautical themes are always IN on the South Coast and our hand-cast seashells, starfish, and sand dollars are a favorite. In ocean teal with a ruffled buttercream base tiny hydrangea blossoms and sugar "sand" complete the design.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Easter Menu 2011

Easter 2011
Order Available for Pick-Up:
Saturday April 23, 2011 10am-4pm

Special Orders Which ARE NOT on the Menu Close
Wednesday, April 20, 6:00pm

Items on the menu, below, can be ordered thru Friday April 22nd, 2011.
Our storefront will stock items on the menu on Friday & Saturday.

Lemon: 9” Sweet & tangy lemon custard with whipped cream & candied lemon peel. Serves 10. $25.00

Banana-Berry: 9” tart with a creamy custard filling, fresh raspberries, bananas, and blueberries. Topped with whipped cream, fresh berries and banana chips $25.00

CUPCAKES:12 Easter Cupcakes: Assorted vanilla & chocolate cupcakes with vanilla buttercream & fanciful easter décor. $27.00

Individual Boxed Cupcake: Great gift for a child! $3.00 each. With Bunny Decoration. Choose:
1) Chocolate Cupcake with Vanilla Buttercream
2) Vanilla Cupcake with Vanilla Buttercream

Chocolate Mousse Cups: for Passover. Dark chocolate mousse in cups with whipped cream and chocolate coin decor $3 each

Mini Pastry Tray: $32Premium Select Dark Chocolate Dipped Strawberries, Mini Eclairs, Asst. Petit Fours, Lemon Tarts, Coconut Macaroons. 30 pieces.

Strawberry Charlotte: A ring of ladyfingers layered with Bavarian mousse and fresh strawberries. 7” Cake. Serves 9-12. $30

Chocolate Mousse Pie: Dark chocolate mousse in a ganache glazed chocolate crust, with whipped cream and chocolate shavings,
Serves 8. $17

Carrot Cake: 7” round double layer with fresh carrots, pineapple, coconut & toasted nuts with cream cheese icing. Serves 12-16. $30

9” Pies:
Wild Blueberry $14.75 Key Lime $17

9” Quiche:
$14.75 ea.
Bacon Parmesan Asparagus & Cheddar Goat Cheese & Herb

Rolls: Rustic Ciabatta Rolls (1dz mini) $3
Buttermilk Rolls (1 dz mini) $3
Snowflake Rolls (6 sandwich size) $7

Friday, March 25, 2011

Tiered Butercream Cake: Blue Hydrangea Petals

This two-tiered buttcream cake is an example of our smallest tiered cake (5" & 7" stacked) and incorporates a hydrangea petal design in blue with leaf green accents. A pretty design for an afternoon bridal shower tea, garden birthday party or classic seaside luncheon.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Showers of Cupcakes!

April Showers bring....weddings & babies! Bridal and Baby Showers are in full bloom and today we're showcasing a variety of designs appropriate for the bride-to-be or momm-to-be!


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