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Getting Festive with Holiday Treats

As soon as we cross the threshold from November to December, something changes. The air feels more electric and everything is more exciting.  Houses begin putting up lights, coffee shops begin to introduce festive flavors to the drink menu, and stores start putting out merchandising display stands with holiday gift ideas. But one of our favorite things that come from the weeks preceding the start of the holidays is the food! Many bakeries and homeowners start creating the most magical, delicious, and festive holiday treats you can imagine. There are so many delicious holiday treats you can make this time of year, you really can’t go wrong.  But one of our personal favorites are the truly exquisite holiday cakes you’ll likely see in the display windows when you’re walking down the street.  So we thought we’d put together a list of ideas for you to try in your bakery, or even just at home, in preparation for the most wonderful time of the year!

Fun holiday flavors.

Many people associate this time of year with flavors like peppermint, gingerbread, mocha, eggnog,  and more.  These are flavors most of us don’t really have access to throughout the year, so the start of the holiday season is very exciting for people who are dreaming of tasting them year round. So if you really want to capture the essence of the holidays, why not bake a cake based on those flavors? This scrumptious chocolate peppermint holiday cake from The Kitchen McCabe is the perfect option to have customers rushing into your store.

Load up your cake!

It’s no secret that this time of year is all about extravagance. Everyone wants to create some magic, and so there’s no shame in going above and beyond to transform anything you do for the holidays into a piece of art. So why shouldn’t the same be true for your holiday treats? Now, more than ever, is the best time to really go big or go home in your baking! So we suggest making a huge tier cake and decorating each tier with something that reminds you of the holidays. Try decorating one tier with candy canes, another with gingerbread men, and the third with candy snowmen! Just be sure to make use of our plastic cake boards so your masterpiece can stand strong throughout all the festivities.

Add something unexpected.

Traditions are amazing, but there’s something to be said for really thinking outside of the box. The holidays are a time of year where we often can expect to see a lot of the same. And while that’s not to say that what we’re seeing isn’t amazing, the last thing you want is for your treats to get lumped together with everyone else’s. So this year, add a dash of originality by putting real flowers on your cake. No more candied flowers like everyone else! You can go for red roses, green orchids, or white lilies to really tie into the holiday theme. And with our clear floral boxes. you can be sure your flowers will stay fresh until the exact moment you’re ready to brandish your cake and show it to the world!

 


If you’re ready to start brainstorming some magical ideas for your bakery,  be sure to give us a call beforehand. We can help provide you with all the wholesale plastic products you need to be sure your baking adventures go off without a hitch.

Unique Ways to Use Flowers in a Wedding

We love flowers. That’s why we created clear floral boxes––to keep your blooms fresh and beautiful. And with wedding planning always a popular topic for discussion, we thought it would be appropriate to talk about the ways you can use florals in your wedding. From the boutonniere to the bridal bouquet, from the centerpieces to the rose petals in the flower girl’s basket, flowers have always been a big part of weddings. But why limit yourself to the traditional uses of flowers? We’ve come up with a list of 7 unique ways to use flowers in your wedding.

1. Use flowers in your hair

Adding flowers to your hair can be an unexpected and beautiful accessory. You can weave individual blooms into your hair or wear a floral crown––both will make for a breathtaking bridal look. You can also make floral crowns for your bridesmaids or flower girls. Choose something delicate or add a pop of color––either is sure to wow.


2. Use flowers to decorate your cake

Instead of fondant, try decorating your cake with fresh flowers. No matter how many blooms you choose to decorate your cake with, the final result will be sure to get a lot of attention from your guests. When it’s time to cut the cake, just remove the flowers before serving.


 

3. Use flowers as your party favor

Wedding favors aren’t necessarily a must-have at every wedding, but for those who choose to go this route, it might be a good idea to consider flowers as the gift. Some creative options are tiny succulents, individual cut flower stems, or a packet of flower seeds. Flowers are a great (and relatively inexpensive) way to thank your guests in a memorable way.


 

4. Use flowers as escort cards

Instead of a typical 2” by 3” card that tells your guests where to find their seats, consider attaching the note to a flower instead. Not only does it double as a wedding favor, but it’s a beautiful and unique detail to add to your perfect day. A cute little vase or fresh-cut flowers are both gorgeous options. The sky’s the limit!


5. Use flowers in a monogram

Displaying the initials of the bride and groom is becoming a popular trend. But instead of following this trend in the same fashion as everyone else, use flowers to make your wedding monogram pop! 


 

6. Use flowers as napkin rings

If you just can’t get enough of fresh flowers, try using them as a napkin ring. It’s a fun, memorable, and creative way to add a pop of color to your place settings.


 

7. Use flowers to create a photo backdrop

It’s the perfect place for your guests to snap a picture with you on your big day. Photo backdrops are becoming more popular at weddings––often people will create a chalkboard wall, a glitter wall, or a wall of strung lights. Don’t be afraid to think outside of the box! Your wall of flowers will be as unique as the love you’re celebrating. It’s the perfect way to add your personal touch to a fun wedding decoration.


Don’t be afraid to get creative with your flowers. Our team wants to do everything we can to help keep your wedding day stress free. So if you’re worried about keeping your blooms fresh on the big day, contact us about storing them in our plastic floral boxes. This will provide easy transportation and will keep them looking beautiful until it’s time to start the decorating. Check out our entire line of floral products to help your day go off without a hitch.

How to Create a Perfectly Tiered Cake

Have you ever been at a wedding, or a fancy dinner party, or even the quaint bakery down the street and wondered how in the world the baker was able to stack 17 perfect layers into that beautiful, and more importantly, stable stack? You just know that if you ever tried to create a tiered cake, it would end up looking more like the Leaning Tower of Pisa. But fear not! You don’t have to be a world-renowned baker to pull of a successful tiered cake. The secret? Plastic cake serving boards.

First, start by baking your layers. Make as many or as few as you want––each one a little smaller than the last. You can bake using different sized cake pans, or, in a pinch, you could trim the layers to the right size (this method works best for a cake covered in frosting rather than a naked cake). You want to bake perfectly flat layers so they stack well on top of each other. These cardboard and plastic cake boards will help with stability. Don’t worry, it’s not as hard as it seems!

Take an old towel and cut it into strips that fit around your cake pan (you only need one strip for each pan). Wet the strip and wring out any excess water (it should be damp, not soaking). Wrap it around the pan and safety pin the two ends together so the strip is secure. Once you pour the batter into the pan, drop it onto the counter from a few feet up to pop any air bubbles which can cause the cake to dome. Bake the cakes, and there you have it! Perfectly flat layers. If this do-it-yourself method is too complicated or doesn’t appeal to you, you can always buy even-baking strips or you can bake as normal, and then even off the top of the cake with a serrated knife after the cake cools.

Now comes the intimidating part––stacking the layers. Use one of our plastic cake boards for each layer of your cake. Because they are non-permeable, you don’t have to wrap the boards in plastic wrap or tin foil––just use them as is! This also means you don’t have to worry about the boards weakening from oil or grease, so you can trust that your cake will remain steady. Start with your base layer on top of your largest cake board. In addition to structural stability, the cake boards are perfect for allowing you to transport and display the cake with ease. Next, simply stack the rest of the layers with a cake board in between each. The boards will prevent the cake from collapsing due to the weight of the layers, and they also make serving easy as you can simply remove each layer one at a time to slice and serve. Finally, frost your cake, decorate, and impress all your friends with your perfectly tiered creation.

Our cake boards are perfect for your next event, whether that be a wedding, a work dinner, or a birthday party. They are washable and reusable, so they’re much more cost-efficient than other options like cardboard cake dividers. Take your baking game to the next level with our plastic cake boards.

Utilizing Grow Tubes

Over the last 10 years, the use of grow tubes has become popular and fairly widespread among vineyard growers throughout the United States. Grow tubes allow the vine to get off to a quick start by promoting rapid upright growth without the use of stakes. Likewise, during dry periods, they can provide moisture at the grow tube base by capturing normal condensation. In doing so, the added moisture aids in the initial establishment of the vine. The tubes also added protection to young vines from pests such as rabbits and deer. If you are a new grower, the most advantageous quality of grow tubes is to reduce the dangers to the vine when applying herbicides.

Grow tubes are available in many different shapes and sizes. Some tubes are preassembled while some require assembly. The cost of these tubes is a significant factor because plant densities range from 500 to 1500 plants per acre. Moreover, the life expectancy of the grow tubes are only 3-5 seasons. Tubes are available in several Heights from 18 to 36 inches. Some of the costs are are offset by the fact that they allow the grower to reduce labor costs associated with vine training and eliminating the need for individual fine stakes

Growth rates of almost 2 inches per day have been reported with the use of grow tubes. This rapid growth is significant because the faster the vines get up to the fruiting wire, the faster the vine can be allowed to produce. Internode length is often longer inside the tube. This can result in fewer water sprouts in later years, further reducing future labor costs.

Grow tubes create a multitude of benefits for vine establishment. As we pointed out, they encourage upright growth and speed the growth process. In addition, grow tubes offer protection against physical damage from the wind and small mammals. They also protect young plants from herbicide dangers used in weed control.

Read more about plastic grow tubes.