Saturday, March 12, 2011

You can't have a party without cake!

Yum Cake!
For a child, the birthday cake can often be the highlight of their party.  Some are creative and talented enough to make and decorate their own spectacular dessert for the big day while others may prefer to leave it to a more seasoned professional.  Cakes can be found anywhere, but we've tracked down a few locals that offer wonderful cakes sure to please your palette; beware, you might find it hard to cut into it in fear of ruining the creative masterpiece.


It's all about the cake, especially if you have one showcasing dinosaurs complete with trees and plants made out of green frosted cookies and crackers, and ground up oreos to resemble dirt!  Susan Hindinger, a local mom of a couple of youngsters started a cake business when her children were just babies.  She is a self taught passionate baker!  Susan focuses on delicious cakes, providing the freshest, high quality ingredients made from scratch!  Besides a beautiful presentation, her main objective is to make them taste wonderful.  Unless the American style of frosting is specifically requested, Susan works mainly with butter cream (French or Italian) and occasionally uses fondant for accents and decorative elements.  Susan can be reached at shindinger@tds.net for more complete information and details on her creations. 

Photo courtesy of Susan Hindinger
Have you heard of A to Z Cakes?  Located in Hartland, VT they create works of art for all occasions.  A to Z Cakes is run by Abbi & Dan Courtemanche, a husband and wife team who put their heart and soul into every cake leaving their kitchen.  A to Z Cakes also aims to make a cake taste as good as it looks using local ingredients as much as possible.  All of their cakes are made from scratch and prepared specifically for you.  A to Z offers a plethora of flavors and fillings in creations from simple cupcakes to intricate works of art.  View their gallery of cake creations at www.atozcakes.com.

Prefer cupcakes to cake?  Check out the cupcakes offered by The Cupcake Queen out of Hanover, NH.  These are mini works of art exploding with seasonal whimsy, colors and unique flavors.  Cupcakes are available for all occasions and they deliver!  In fact, stop by the Lebanon Green throughout the week and buy them on the spot!  Isn't that helpful if you've waited until the last minute to bake the cake.  Check out their facebook page for updates when they'll be in Lebanon.
Photo courtesy of Susan Hindinger
Our area offers a wide array of other locally owned bakeries to find that perfect cake, unless of course you are blessed with the talent and creativity to bake your own and make your child's special wish for a Barbie, tractor, outer space or pirate cake come true!  Happy Baking!  

Photo courtesy of Susan Hindinger

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