January 2014 archive

All natural red velvet cake!

By bmichellebakeshop

Ladies and gents, we are so excited to announce that B. Michelle Bake Shop is now offering delicious, naturally-colored red velvet cake and cupcakes! For those who aren’t aware, red velvet cake is traditionally made as a vanilla cake with a scant amount of cocoa, and whole ‘lotta red food dye. So many cake and cupcake eaters love red velvet cake due to its pop of color and decadent cream cheese frosting, so we felt compelled to offer red velvet cake on our menu for all those red velvet cake lovers out there. Of course, B. Michelle Bake Shop is the only cake/cupcake bakery in the KC area where you will not find a drop of artificial food dye in any of our products, so this presented a snag. I will not launch into the dangers of artificial food dye here, but when it is relatively easy (and fun!) to make all-natural food coloring straight from nature’s rainbow of fruits and vegetables, it just makes sense to skip the artificial stuff.
So, how do we make our cake so red, you may ask? (Warning: do not read further if you are vehemently opposed to vegetables hiding in your food, especially in your cake, for goodness sake!)

All natural red velvet cake - absolutely no red food dye!

Answer: roasted BEETS! Yes, it is true. But we promise you cannot taste it – we roast fresh beets for an obscenely long time to bring out beets’ natural sweetness and dial back the earthy flavor, and then the roasted beets are pureed to a very fine consistency (similar to canned pumpkin). Like traditional red velvet cake, our red velvet is made with cocoa and is frosted with rich vanilla cream cheese frosting. The result is a delicious, all natural, and vibrant red velvet cake. Seriously, we couldn’t stop eating this stuff, it is sooo good. Without a drop of FD&C Red No. 40, but instead the added plus of fiber and antioxidants! Hurrah!
We are also excited that this recent development is ready just in time for Valentine’s Day – decorated with naturally-colored candy hearts, it is the perfect surprise for your loved ones or as a treat to bring along to your child’s Valentine’s Day party. You won’t find delicious, naturally-colored red velvet cake anywhere else – we are so psyched to share this one with you, so tell your friends and family and place your order today!
Best,
Brittany Michelle

Healthy vs. all-natural cake, a point of confusion

By bmichellebakeshop

Happy New Year’s, friends! It’s hard to believe 2014 is already upon us – with freezing cold weather! Even though a trip to Italy and Greece is in my not-too-distant past, I am already dreaming of faraway places with plenty of sunshine and warm sandy beaches… but now I am getting off-topic!
Of course, with the start of the new year comes the countless resolutions to improve ourselves – save more money, eat better, exercise more, etc. This brings me to a point that is the topic of this post: all-natural vs. healthy foods. Some have claimed B. Michelle Bake Shop cakes to be healthy. I really wish it were true! Our cakes are made with whole, all-natural ingredients, but since cake is made with white flour, sugar, and butter, cake cannot be healthy. Kind of like a stick of butter is all-natural, but a stick of butter is not healthy. Let me enumerate with the following shoddily-made diagram:

Healthy foods are (should be) all-natural. Not all all-natural foods are healthy.

 

Can you see the difference? Many all-natural foods are not healthy, but all healthy foods are all-natural (if not all-natural, it is not healthy, in my humble opinion – although some may disagree with me on that point).
Regardless, rest assured that all products from B. Michelle Bake Shop are all-natural, i.e. made from scratch with whole, single-ingredient products. We also believe food should be honest and ethical, so we only use minimally processed, non-GMO ingredients, and eggs from local, cage-free hens. So you can feel good about eating a B. Michelle Bake Shop cake or cupcake – just go to the gym afterwards to work off those extra calories!
And one more note, if you are looking for our “healthiest” cake, let me recommend our Spiced Carrot Cake/Cupcakes. A 9-inch cake (or 2 dozen cupcakes), contains 2 lb of hand-grated, organic carrots, and only heart-healthy oil (not butter) is used in the cake (can’t say that for the cream cheese frosting!)! So, you can get your daily intake of vegetables by eating cake (that counts, right?!?)! :)

Get your daily intake of vegetables with our Spiced Carrot Cake! :)

 

Best Wishes for the New Year,
Brittany Michelle