Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Coldstone is still around

At least their ice cream cakes are.  This is called Strawberry Passion! It was brought in by one of our newest cake hour members and was a refreshing treat on a sticky Tuesday.  Many have noticed that Cold Stone Ice Cream stores are becoming few and far between. The main one in the theater district of Boston shut down but there is still one in the city. As it turns out running a Cold Stone Franchise is not the easiest thing to do so the stores may suffer but the company is chugging along. 

Nonetheless this cake, which is a combination of ice cream and red velvet cake is very good and it was a big hit judging by the number that showed up to grab a slice. It was very popular amongst the younger crowd although who ever argues with ice cream.  A good debut for our new cake hour cackler!
As it appears in your grocer's freezer

Strawberry passion, anyone?

Our new friend has his first hit!

Our pieces were a lot smaller than the suggested slices

Red velvet cake and ice cream - good combination.

Today's conversation included reminiscences of two of our colleagues who spend their times on NIH study sections. Apparently no one misses the days of shipping the hard copies down for review and those here are perfectly fine with things now being sent electronically.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

The Moss Kids bake and take the cake!

We had guest bakers again today and this time it was some youthful aficionados of baking. Jacob and Tasha showed up and assembled a chocolaty, nutellaey, strawberry, raspberry and whipped cream extravaganza. Inspired by the entry of the big T for student cake month, they decided to go with a cake stacked high and filled with all sorts of goodness. It was quite impressive and easily surpassed some of the offerings of the usual participants. The cake looked great and tasted really good. It was not too sweet and really moist. When you added extra whipped cream it was top notch!!  These kids even received suggestions that they should open a bakery but I think that is a little unrealistic with their school schedules so we will have to just settle for them coming back and making another creation. As you can see from the pictures the crowd went wild for this treat and of course we took the left over pieces and created some cake art.

The extravaganza! Eat your heart out Big T!

Like a work of art!

Ta da!!

Gee, now they're going to eat it and we won't see it again!

The cake looks like it's talking!

I said smile you sillies!

The crowd goes wild especially Princess!

Doling out the whipped! Extra whipped cream anyone?

Yes...pile it on!

Bunny ears for all!

The cake becomes a logo!

Our latest cake art creations!!

Monday, September 13, 2010

The wedding of Yat Yee and Waihong

A Hong Kong wedding!! Our own cakemaster decided to tie the knot and returned to his home town to do so. (That's how we got all those pictures of the bakeries over there.) He was gone a month but we suspect it was not a month long affair but rather he got stuck having to prepare for the whole thing. It was quite a banquet as far as we can tell and he gave us some insight as to how these functions are in Hong Kong. There were also a ton of people. Upon his return he provided us a nice spread of traditional Chinese treats to celebrate the event at the day's cake hour. It was quite a smattering of Chinese goodies as you can tell by the pictures.
Some of the round cakes had interesting stuff on the inside including, if I remember correctly, a petrified egg yolk or something like that. The coolest part, though, was the 3D pictures that they took. You had to view them through a special lens but they were really outstanding!  I'll let the groom comment further on what he fed us!