May God Bless and Keep You Brucie Boy!

ImageI am blessed to have such a great family and group of friends to share my life.  Some of those friends have literally become part of my family, as is the case with my dear friend Bruce who lost his battle with Pulmonary Fibrosis on Saturday.

You might have met Bruce in our bakery on occasion.  He was our “Guest Chef” during a 2nd Friday Art Stroll and an avid cook/baker.  He told me that his love of cooking developed from tinkering in the kitchen with his mother and grandmother when he was just a young boy.  Some of his most amazing recipes were his German Apple Cake, his  Coconut Pound Cake and his Curried Crab Soup…”DELISH” he use to say.  Unlike some great chefs/cooks, Bruce was happy to share his recipes with others and even allowed us to bake and sell his creations in the cafe.  As much as Bruce enjoyed his own preparations, cooking for his family and friends gave him the most pleasure.

The one thing I wish I had recorded and kept to share with you about Bruce was his laugh.  His laugh was the best laugh I’ve ever heard.  It was absolutely contagious!  When Bruce laughed it just made you happy.  I will forever miss Bruce, his kind and gentle spirit, his warm hugs and kisses, his love and friendship, but honest to God, I will miss hearing Bruce’s laugh the most.

I am grateful to have met Bruce and to have shared any part of my life with him.  May God Bless and Keep you Brucie, prayers for you, John, Doris, Ron, Gail and all of your family and network of friends who will dearly miss you.




To Decorate with Fondant or Not to Decorate with Fondant…that’s the question?

Thanks to shows like the Ace of Cake and Cake Boss, most people are familiar with the use of fondant as a way to customize and decorate cakes, cupcakes and cookies.  For those who are unfamiliar, fondant originated in Europe in the 18th century.  It is a pliable sugar paste which can be molded and sculpted to create Imageliterally whatever can be imagined.

We’ve used our fair share of fondant to decorate desserts for our clients.  Honestly, if you want something truly unique, custom and stylized, there’s nothing like it.  The dilemma has always been that fondant is unnatural.  It’s loaded with artificial flavors and colorings which don’t fit our all-natural philosophy.  In addition, it adds considerable cost to the project and most people don’t care for how it tastes, so they pick it off and discard it which we believe to be wasteful.  For those reasons, we try to steer people away from its use or at the very least we encourage them to use it sparingly. 

How do we satisfy our customers and ourselves?  There are several bakeries in our area that are very good at and interested in decorating with fondant.  Lately, we have been referring our customers who desire this kind of elaborate decoration to them.  The customer is satisfied, we’ve referred them to a local business and we remain true to what we feel is most important…at Baked Dessert Cafe, Fine Art & Wine Gallery we serve foods that are free of artificial color, flavor, preservatives and trans-fat and our customers are well served.