TRICK Your Guests with These 5 Spooky Halloween TREATS

When Halloween comes to mind there are two things we immediately think of, tricks or treats. Which makes this one of the busiest times of year for bakeries and chefs looking to make the most this haunted time of year with spooky treats of their own. After all generic, store bought candy may be the most common treat you see on Halloween, but that doesn’t make it the best and certainly not the tastiest. With that in mind here’s 5 spooky treats that will certainly make your bakery the place to go for Halloween treats or your party the highlight of your guests Halloween.

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1) Poison Candy Apples

This creepy twist on the traditional candy apple makes for an equally spooky and tasty Halloween treat. Enjoy the recipe.

Halloween 2015 Poison Candy Apples

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2) Chocolate Bat Cookies

These bat shaped chocolate cookies are so delicious they’ll be sure to make your guests frightened about how hungry they are. Enjoy the recipe.

Halloween 2015 Chocolate Bat Cookies

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3) Boo Berries

These strawberries dipped in almond bark to look like ghosts will certainly taste better than the cereal we all remember from when we were kids. Enjoy the recipe.

Halloween 2015 Boo Berries

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4) Chocolate Pumpkin With Cupcakes

Pumpkin flavored anything is all the rage these days so combining pumpkin and chocolate to make a cupcake in the shape of a witch is sure to make your monster mash the standout of the holiday. Enjoy the recipe.

Halloween 2015 Witch Cupcakes

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5) Graveyard Cake

This haunting cake will be the centerpiece of any Halloween celebration and it tastes so good that your guests will be sure to devour it despite it’s beauty. Enjoy the recipe.

Halloween 2015 Graveyard Cake

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Do you have any ideas for spooky, yet delicious treats to serve this Halloween? Leave a comment below!

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2 Simple Reasons why Not to upgrade to Windows 10 Now

Almost everyone using Windows at this point has seen the little upgrade button for Windows 10. It’s offered for free, it’s new, it’s exciting. Why not agree and download? Will it not be free and you miss out if you don’t accept now? Well there are somethings to consider before you jump ship on your tried and true installation of Windows. Here are the two simple unmistakable reasons not to switch:

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1. Wait for everyone else. Why put yourself through an update for a brand new system when other people can find out the problems first.

2. Your upgrade may be a downgrade. The upgrade to Windows 10 may not be the same level of Windows you have. If you have Professional, or Ultimate versions of Windows, basically anything above the Home Version, you will be downgraded. This may have important consequences you won’t realize until after the change.
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Get your Fixin’ at Doc D’s Southern Desserts

New York has a plethora of options for anyone looking to spice up their night with some delicious desserts, but there’s no better place to get your fixin’ for sweet southern desserts than Doc D’s Southern Desserts in Brooklyn. According to its Facebook page Doc D’s mission is a simple one, to make, “to make your taste buds smile,” and boy do they accomplish that goal in spades.

Doc D's Southern Desserts

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Serving everything from Red Velvet Cake, Carrot Cake, Pineapple Burst Cake, Coconut Cake, Pineapple Coconut Cake, Pineapple Upside Down Cake, Chocolate Cake, Lemon Cake, Plain Vanilla Cake, 7up Pound Cake Strawberry Short Cake, Banana Pudding, Strawberry Banana Pudding, and even pies during the holiday season, plus custom birthday, baby shower, anniversary, holiday, or wedding cakes Doc D’s clearly has the market cornered on sweet southern desserts.

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If you’re somehow still skeptical of how amazing these southern desserts really are Doc D’s 4.5 star rating on Yelp should certainly qualm any lingering doubts. “I could eat their strawberry banana pudding everyday if my jeans would let me,” said one reviewer and “If you have any ties to The Dirty South you will especially appreciate the delightful sweets served here…I suggest having your dessert with water as they can be VERY sweet, diabetics beware and ladies apologize to your hips later,” added another.

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Bakery and restaurant owners need to minimize the amount of time and effort they put into other areas of their business if they want to be successful and having an excellent and efficient point of sale system is a sure fire way to make that possible. Which is why when Doc D’s needed to upgrade their point of sale system they chose Café Cartel Systems.

CCS is an industry leader in point of sale solutions for bakeries. Providing options for software solutions, hardware solutions, and service packages all designed for quick installation and easy set-up.

By providing software and software solutions for over a decade and conducting thousands of bakery installations all over the nation CCS has the industry experience to help take any bakery to the next level. CCS has all the experience and knowledge of the baking industry necessary to help you, as an owner, understand the inventory, sales, and labor requirements of the business.

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Livin’ la vida buena with La Baguette Shop

When it comes to bakeries and restaurants bigger brand names doesn’t always mean better. And the little known New York based full service bakery and lunch spot La Baguette is living proof of that very fact. La Baguette shop is a family owned Caribbean-American that for over 20 years has provided the New York community with authentic fresh breads and pastries. In fact many of their recipes are actually family recipes that have been passed down for generations.

La Baguette Shop Pastries

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A run down of La Baguette’s offerings includes: their famous patties (chicken, beef, and cod fish), croissants, fresh wheat hero and wheat Creole breads, carrot, pound, and butter cream cakes, turnovers, cookies, soups (split pea, minestrone, lentil spinach, chicken), and wheat and oatmeal porridges. With all of these items being prepared from family recipes that are generations old La Baguette has definitely become a traditional favorite to many New Yorkers. You can check out their full menu here: labaguetteshop.com.

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When you’re visiting a city if you truly want to experience it you need to experience some of the local favorites and with a 4.5 star rating on Yelp La Baguette clearly a must visit if you’re looking to sample a local bakery or lunch spot on your trip to New York. Whether you stop by for breakfast, lunch, or a sweet snack there’s also plenty to do around La Baguette according to TripAdvisor.com such as: Prospect Park, Brooklynn Botanic Garden, the Brooklynn Museum, the Jewish Children’s Museum, Prospect Park Zoo, Brooklynn Children’s Museum, the Barclays Center, plenty of unique city tours, and even a production of Les Miserables. With endless possibilities within walking distance or a short uber rider away clearly planning your day around a visit to La Baguette and one of the numerous local New York destinations is a sure fire way to give you a taste of New York that is typically reserved for locals.


Have you tried La Baguette in New York? Will you the next time you visit the City? Leave a comment below!

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5 Treats to Bake Your Special Someone this Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. In fact it’s coming faster than most of us would probably like to admit and despite it’s hit or miss reputation amongst most of the population we can all agree it’s a holiday that can’t go ignored. If you don’t want to end up sleeping on the couch that is.

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With avoiding sleeping on the couch for the rest of the weekend in mind here’s some sweet treats you can make to show your special someone just how sweet you are on them this Valentine’s Day.

Heart Shaped Rice Krispy Pops

Give your special someone a treat that is both sweet and nostalgic. These sweets also make a perfect holiday treat for the kids.

Valentines Day Treats Rice Krispy Hearts

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Recipe via pintsizedtreasures.com

1. Melt ½ tbsp butter with 2 drops of food dye. Fold in 1 cup of mini marshmallows until they are completely melted. Add one cup of rice krispies

and stir until mixed well and all the cereal is completely coated.

2. Butter your hands and the cookie cutter.

3. Gently press a scoop of Rice Krispies mixture into the cookie cutter. Next, push it out onto the parchment paper. You should now have 1 rice Krispie.

4. Repeat for remaining treats and let treats cool completely. Each batch makes 3 Rice Krispies Hearts.

5. Once treats are cooled, press lollipop sticks into the bottom of each treat.

For the icing:

Mix 1½ cups of powdered sugar with 2 tbsp of milk . Drizzle icing over treats. I scooped the icing into a frosting bag fitted with a #2 tip then drizzled it over the treats.

Optional: Sprinkle rainbow sugar crystals over the fresh icing.

White Chocolate Bark Bites

What better way to put your own spin on the played out Valentine’s staple of chocolates than to create you own heart shaped morsels of sweetness.

Valentines Day Treats White Chocolate Bark

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Recipe via number-2-pencil.com

1. Make sure silicone molds are clean and dry.

2. Place mold on baking sheet or other flat surface.

3. Add a few M&M’s and a dash of sprinkles into each mold.

4. Follow directions of package to melt wafers.

5. Pour melted white chocolate into each cavity.

6. Tap baking sheet firmly on counter to level out the melted chocolate.

7. Let cool until hardened.

 

Dark Chocolate Sweetheart Panini

Does your sweetheart love paninis, nutella, and you? Then this is the perfect sweet surprise for you to whip up this Valentine’s Day.

Valentines Day Treats Panini

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Recipe via paninihappy.com

1. Heat the panini press to medium-high heat.

2. For each sandwich: Spread butter on one slice bread, then flip it over and spread 1 to 2 tablespoons of chocolate spread on the other side (if you’re planning to trim the crusts, it isn’t necessary to spread the chocolate all the way to the edges of the bread). Butter a second slice of bread; with a heart-shaped cookie cutter, punch a heart out of the center of the bread. Position the bread slice with the heart “window” on top of the first bread slice, creating a sandwich, so that the chocolate spread appears through the heart. If you’d like, trim away the bread crusts.

3. Grill two panini at a time until the bread is toasted, 3 to 4 minutes.

 

Boozy Brownie Pretzel Trifles

Is your relationship salty and sweet then this delicious concoction is the one for you.

Valentines Day Treats Pretzel Trifles

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Recipe via cookiemonstercooking.com

1. To make the whipped cream – add the heavy cream, sugar, irish cream and vanilla extract to the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. Start with the mixer on low and then increase the speed to medium high. Whip until stiff peaks form. Do not over beat, or the mixture will look curdled.

2. To assemble – place a few brownie chunks in the bottom of a small jar. Layer on some of the whipped cream, then some of the crushed pretzels. Repeat this process until the jar is full, ending with the pretzels.

 

Skinny Love Heart Shaped Sugar Cookies

The healthy cookies are the perfect treat for couples looking to adopt a healthier lifestyle while still reveling in their skinny love.

Valentines Day Treats Sugar Cookies

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Recipe via amyshealthybaking.com

1. To prepare the cookies, whisk together the 1 ¼ cups of flour, cornstarch, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk together the butter, egg, vanilla extract, and butter extract. Stir in the sugar. Add in the flour mixture, stirring just until incorporated. Shape the dough into a 1”-thick rectangle. Tightly cover with plastic wrap and chill for 1 hour.

2. Preheat the oven to 350°F, and line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

3. On a well-floured surface, roll out the chilled dough until 1/8” thick. Lightly flour a 3” tall heart-shaped cookie cutter and press into the dough, making sure each heart lays as close to its neighbors as possible to minimize unused dough. Peel the unused dough away from the hearts, and place the hearts onto the prepared baking sheets. Reroll the unused dough, and repeat.

4. Bake the heart-shaped dough at 350°F for 10-13 minutes. (The rerolled dough generally requires a little less time.) Cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack to cool completely.

5. To prepare the icing, stir together the powdered sugar, vanilla, milk, and food coloring in a small bowl. Spoon into a zip-topped bag, and snip off the corner. Pipe onto the cooled cookies.

 

 

Will you be trying any of these sweet treats this Valentine’s Day? Leave a comment below!

 

 

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Cupcakes with a Savory Twist: Lasagna Style

Savory isn’t a flavor that usually comes to mind when thinking of cupcakes or other baked goods and treats, but that doesn’t have to be the case. As cupcakes as a brand continue to sweep the country and become ever more popular owners and chefs have to continually come up with new, innovative ideas to keep the trend fresh and exciting in the eyes of the consumer. Enter the lasagna cupcake. While not necessarily a new idea the lasagna cupcake is the perfect twist on a regular sweet cupcake to get consumers excited and out to their local cupcake shop or bakery.

Lasagna Cupcakes

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No one wants to devote the time and energy required to make a whole pan of lasagna when more often than not you’ll tire of all the leftovers after a couple days and then it just feels like a waste, making lasagna cupcakes the perfect substitute for a family gathering or addition to any party.

This savory is treat is crafted using wonton wrappers nestled in muffin tins to create that classing layered element lasagna is known for. The original recipe calls for beef, but that can easily be swiped out for something that suits your unique tastes. You could even substitute zucchini or another vegetable to create a delectable vegetarian version.

Recipe via tablespoon.com

  • 1/3 pound ground beef
  • Salt and pepper
  • 24 wonton wrappers or boiled lasagna noodles (about 6-8)
  • 1 3/4 cups Parmesan cheese, grated
  • (divided)
  • 1 3/4 cups mozzarella cheese, shredded (divided)
  • 3/4 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1 cup jarred pasta sauce
  • Basil for garnish (optional)
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray muffin tin with cooking spray.
  • Brown beef, and season with salt and pepper. Drain.
  • Cut wonton wrappers or lasagna noodles into circle shapes (about 2 1/4- inches) using a biscuit cutter or the top of a drinking glass. You can cut several at a time. Note: For a more rustic look, no cutting necessary!
  • Reserve 3/4 cup Parmesan cheese and 3/4 cup mozzarella cheese for the top of the cupcakes. Start layering the lasagna cupcakes. Begin with a wonton wrapper and press it into the bottom of each muffin tin. Sprinkle a little Parmesan cheese, ricotta cheese, and mozzarella cheese in each. Top with a little meat and pasta sauce.
  • Repeat layers again (i.e. wonton, Parmesan, ricotta, mozzarella and pasta sauce). Top with reserved Parmesan and mozzarella cheeses.
  • Bake for 18-20 minutes or until edges are brown. Remove from oven and let cool for 5 minutes. To remove, use a knife to loosen the edges, then pop each lasagna out.
  • Garnish with basil and serve. Makes 12 cupcakes.

 

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

215 calories; 11 g fat (6 g saturated fat; 46 percent calories from fat); 12 g carbohydrates; 1 g sugar; 39 mg cholesterol; 533 mg sodium; 16 g protein; 0.5 g fiber.

 

Have you or will you be trying these scrumptious lasagna cupcakes? Leave a comment below!

 

 

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5 Festive Treats to Bake this Holiday Season

The Holiday season is described as the most wonderful time of the year for a myriad of reasons. From the time spent with friends and family, to the beautiful lights and decorations, to the spirit of magic and giving that seemingly emanates from us all, to the delicious smells wafting from the kitchen, to the feast we will then enjoy surrounded by our loved ones we all love this wonderful time of year for something unique.


For many of us some our favorite childhood memories of the Holidays stem from the enjoyment of our favorite Holiday desserts with our family and friends. Whether it’s frosting cookies, helping the Grandparent’s with the pumpkin pie, leaving out fresh cookies and milk for Santa, or just enjoying a piece of peppermint bark and hot cocoa in front of the fireplace and the Christmas tree we’ve all enjoyed some of our favorite festive treats during the Holiday’s.

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With that nostalgia factor in mind, it comes as no surprise that a lot of people are looking for new desserts to carry on the tradition of creating Holiday memories with their own children.

 

Here are 5 recipes for baked goods that can help you create some of those priceless memories this Holiday season:

 

1) Whole-Wheat Sugar Cookies

This healthier take on the Holiday staple is a great way to have your cake and eat it too this Holiday season. This simple substitution cuts out fat and a little bit of sugar while not eliminating any of the flavor or fun that are ideal for creating lasting memories.

Holiday Baked Goods Whole Wheat Sugar Cookies

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2) Gingerbread Icebox Cake

This cake that is prepared in a bundt pan is stunningly beautiful (almost a decoration in it’s own right) and is much easier to construct than a gingerbread house. Make the cake ahead of time and decorate it before your guests arrive to achieve that wow factor. It also will make a great substitution for that fruit cake that leaves you with tons of leftovers every year because no one likes it.

Holiday Baked Goods Gingerbread Cake

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3) Peppermint Snowballs

These peppermint snowballs are very simple to make with dough made from scratch or your favorite packaged sugar-cookie dough. Adding in the peppermint pieces and a smidge of powdered sugar make these cookies a true Holiday delight.

Holiday Baked Goods Peppermint Snowballs

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4) Cranberry Apple Pie

No fruit is more associated with the Holidays than cranberries and no pie is less associated with the Holidays than apple. So why not cross the two to create a truly flavorful concoction that is sure to become a staple of all your Holiday meals to come.

Holiday Baked Goods Apple Cranberry Pie

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5) Swiss Rolls

Despite all the intricate detail in a swiss roll they are in fact very simple to make, which comes in handy during the busiest time of the year. Not to mention the cake itself has no butter in it ensuring the thickly spread jam and whipped cream won’t make you feel overly indulged. Plus it will look absolutely gorgeous on a platter while your guests are letting their dinner digest before digging in to the desserts.

Holiday Baked Goods Swiss Rolls

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Do you have any other ideas for festive treats to serve this Holiday season? Leave a comment below!

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5 Bakery Trends to Expect for 2015

Last year gave birth to the cronut and saw the steady decline of the cupcake. In many ways baking baking is emblematic of the trends we are seeing in the larger food industry as a whole. For example you saw the trend of consumers becoming more health conscious reflected in baking before other areas along with the idea of combining different foods as well.

Baking Trends

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For those reasons baking is often a buzzword in the food industry because it’s ever changing and always evolving. This explains why it’s often the case as bakers become more adept with their skills they become less afraid to tackle creative, elaborate creations and put into practice tricky, more classic techniques.


With that in perspective here’s 5 bakery trends to expect for 2015:

1) Rollover Doughnuts

Last year the cronut became a staple in bakery’s across the country after they gained widespread popularity as a delicacy in New York. Rollover doughnuts based in Phoenix are more of a brand than a delicacy and as a result they offer a menu of brioche doughnuts and fritters in a variety of flavors from the normal, regular, every-day cinnamon sugar to the odd, unique, and different hot dog inspired Bear Doughnut.

Bakery Trend Rollover Doughnut

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2) The Bakeover

Around the country “mash-up” bakes have been increasing in popularity and will hit a peak in 2015. Delicacy’s like “sticky toffee pie” and “party dodgers” amongst others will become household names in 2015. Bbcgoodfood.com has recipes for even more of these creative combinations.

Baking Trends the Bakeover

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3) Artisanal Bread

Now the bread category of baked goods has been in decline in recent years, but that’s all about to change. Not only are consumers now actively seeking out healthier choices, they are seeking out fresher choices as well. Enter artisanal bread. Artisanal bread is a freshly baked bread that capitalize on the fresh trend and will certainly the bread category recover.

Baking Trends Artisanal Bread

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4) Sweet & Salty Treats

Sweet and salty combinations have been in the public consciousness since chocolate covered pretzels and chocolate covered nuts caught fire. Now herbs and spices in baked goods are becoming increasingly popular, partially because of how popular those original combinations were. Some of the most popular sweet and salty treats of today are chocolate covered bacon and salted caramel.

Baking Trends Sweet & Salty

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5) Choux Pastries

The winner of the first Great British Bake Off Edd Kimber is a big fan of the Parisian patisserie and is confident that we’ll see a widespread increase in it’s popularity during the coming year. The classic French Pastry has a chewy texture and buttery flavor and in that respect it’s similar to an eclair. The popularity increase eclairs saw this past year could very well be foreshadowing to the choux pastries growth this year and Kimber is betting on that.

Baking Trends Choux Pastries

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Do you have any other predictions for bakery trends that will catch on in 2015? Leave a comment below!

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How to Create a Sweet Business with your Bakery

 
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Provide the Right Atmosphere in your Bakery

Determine what demographic you are catering to:

 

  • If you are in a location with older generation groups then you want to place emphasis on having several tables with very friendly customer service. Also think about design and sounds. For this group you would perhaps to keep a dimlit place with soft music. Retirees will want to come in and stay for some time to read the newspaper, a book or just enjoy their mornings.

 

  • Now if you are working in a busy area then you want to aim your shop to be more of a stop-and-go kind of place. Customers can stop by to grab a pastry and coffee and leave to continue on with their day. With this atmosphere, you can keep the lighting bright and use light colors in your shop. Music and extra decor is not as important because these customers are coming for the product not the experience.

 

  • Another option is being by a younger, perhaps college, crowd.  Here you would want to create a relaxing and comfortable atmosphere. People can come in to use the venue as a studying place, or friends will come to hang out or you may even find couples on casual dates. This will require a relaxing setting, wifi and you may want to add some couches or booths.

 

Whichever atmosphere you create, just remember to adjust it to the primary customers that you are serving. The atmosphere is mainly determined from the location of your bakery or shop.

 

 

Keeping your Business on Track

 

A bakery requires several key elements that will help run smooth operations;

 

  • inventory control

  • adaptability

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  • employee management

  • sales reports

 

Acquire a POS software to handle all of these responsibilities for your bakery.  Save costs on efficiently using your inventory and knowing when to re-order. Introduce a new item or create a custom order through your point of sale system whenever you need to. Have employees clock in and out to easily track their times and pays. Lastly, analyze your financial reports to improve your business. You can see what items are doing well, at what time are you making the most sales at and what needs change.

 

 

Holiday Cupcake Flavors

Jazz up your cupcake shop with these festive desserts this winter.

Chocolate Eggnog

Eggnog is a classic holiday drink that brings warmness to any cupcake case. Frost it with a nutmeg-infused vanilla cream cheese. This recipe does it with bourbon and coffee… YUM!

Cranberry Spice

Cranberries are a beautiful winter fruit and they contrast the sweetness, beautifully. Try it with a Chai cake!

Sticky Toffee Pudding

If you travel across the pond you’ll find Christmas cakes everywhere except they call them pudding. I’m on board if they taste like this!

Rudolph Red Velvet

You can’t beat the crowd appeal of a moist rich red velvet cupcake. Decorating it with Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer  is a great class holiday party platter waiting to happen. These from the brown-eyed baker are sure to please.

White Chocolate Peppermint

A candy cane cake with easy decoration. This easy holiday recipe is sure to make your spirits bright!

Christmas Cookie

If your bakery doesn’t specialize in cupcakes these pretty, white sugar cookie inspired cupcakes are simple enough and the perfect treat to leave out for Santa.

Butterbeer

As a Potterhead the holiday season also means Harry Potter marathons. This cupcake is essentially a brown sugar cupcake with cream soda and butter flavors filled with a butterscotch ganache. This is sure to satisfy any bookworm, witch or wizard.


Champagne (New Years)

These pretty little cupcakes are both delicious and toast worthy. Release them as your New Year’s 2014 signature flavor. Use a simple decoration atop the elegant italian buttercream.

Coconut Macaroon

My mom makes a version of these indulgent buttery cakes every Christmas morning. For my family it wouldn’t be Christmas without coconut.

Mini Pies

These little beauties are sure to brighten up any buffet table this holiday season. So pretty and a great opportunity to diversify your bakery.