Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Happy New Year with Tea & Champagne!

Sigh.  In this last week of the Official Holiday Season, it's time to relax and recuperate before 2012.  In that spirit, we'd like to feature a few cakes to put you at ease as well as introduce our Winter Seasonal Cake Flavor!

What better way to relax than with Tea?  Whether it's Black Tea or Herbal, a steaming pot of tea is a must-have on wintry nights -- unless it's made of chocolate and cake, then it's a must-have ANY day of the year!  Here are two teapot cakes we've made in the past for your enjoyment.  Wait, do I hear the kettle whistling?

Beautiful flower-filled teapot on Pink Tablecloth
Handmade 3-D rolled Chocolate Teapot and Doily
And finally, I'd like to welcome back our Winter Seasonal Cake Flavor: Champagne Raspberry!  Our Vanilla Chiffon cake filled with a delicious champagne mousse and fresh raspberries.  Available to order in any size, or to pick-up in our store in 6", 8", or 10".  Please call for availability and pricing, and have a Happy New Year!
Shown: 6" and 8" sizes

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Ready-to-Decorate Gingerbread Houses

First: A little inspiration....
The Dessert Works 2010 Gingerbread Village
Dessert Works Gingerbread Church

What could be better than a house made with icing, to best fit your holiday mood and your pricing?
But often this task which seems like it's easy, becomes such a chore - makes you feel queasy!
With visions of peppermints and gumdrops galore you rushed out the house and quick to the store.  
But alas when your house-building time it became, the walls all fell flat and looked a bit lame!  
Depressed and annoyed, your fist raised up high, "There must be an easier way!" you did cry.
Well friends and dear patrons, this season I'll share- Dessert Works makes it easy. Away woe and care!
Our Ready-to-Decorate Gingerbread Dwellings, come all set to go - no construction, no fellings.
There's 4 types of candy to start your creation, along with some icing - a standing ovation!
So come by today for this holiday treat. Available small or large - your needs it will meet!

Large Gingerbread House (NOTE candy selection may change)

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Let it Snow, let it snow, let it snow!!!

The temperature's dropping outside making the whole world feel like our walk-in freezer - Winter is finally here!  Although we haven't seen any serious snow yet, here's hopin'!  Perhaps these wintry Wedding Cakes will inspire the weather!
 Snowflake Wedding Cake - intricate, delicate, and perfect for a winter wedding!

 Penguins!  What better way to celebrate your wedding than with penguins!?

 Handmade Snowmen toppers!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

It's Holiday Menu Time!

With fall fading into a russet-colored memory and the jingle of bells all around, December has arrived and the Holidays are here!  Can't you taste it?  Chocolate, peppermint, ginger, cinnamon, rum, cream....  All the delights of the Season are upon us..

What better way to celebrate this Season with Dessert Works' Christmas Menu!


Dark Chocolate Buche Noel
A traditional holiday favorite “Yule Log”. Classic chocolate mousse cake rolled & decorated with chocolate buttercream, meringue mushrooms, candy holly berries & leaves. Dusted in sugar snow. 2 sizes available:

Lrg (serves 16-20) $39.50 OR Sm (serves 8-10) $ 22.00 which is finished in Ganache instead of buttercream, & decorated with a chocolate buttercream pinecone

Tiramisu 16”x4” “log”
serves 8-10 $25
Vanilla genoise cake brushed with espresso & rum and filled with sweetened mascarpone cream. Decorated with chocolate shavings & fresh whipped cream.

Mum’s English Trifle cake
6” serves 4-6 $22 8” serves 8-10 $30
Kids & adults alike will enjoy this festive and fruity dessert. A spin on my Mum’s traditional recipe. Light sponge cake layered with seedless raspberry preserves line the outside of a cake that is layered with peaches, strawberries and pears barely set in berry jello, topped with vanilla custard, fresh whipped cream & chocolate shavings…yum!
Gingerbread Roulade
16” ( one size only) serves 8 -16 $20
This delicious, tender gingerbread cake is filled with light & fluffy cream cheese filling, then rolled to create the roulade. Garnished with fresh whipped cream and confectioner’s sugar.
German Gingerbread Christmas Log
16” ( one size only) serves 8 -16 $25
Our delicious gingerbread roulade cake, filled with light & fluffy cream cheese filling , then rolled into a log and glazed in dark chocolate ganache .
Decorated with buttercream “holly berry” motif

Apple Strudel
12” serves 6-10 $21
Fresh golden delicious apples with plump golden raisins baked in flaky puff pastry.

Eggnog Cheesecake
6” serves 4-8 $21 8” serves 8-12 $30 10” serves 16- 20 $38
Vanilla cheesecake accented with rum, cinnamon &nutmeg, with a graham cracker crust. Decorated with a fresh whipped cream, & buttercream “holly berry” design

Rustic Apple Tart
9” (one size only serves up to 16) $18.50
A deep-dish tart brimming generously with fresh locally grown apples topped with brown sugar oatmeal streusel crumble.

Pear & Cranberry Galette
 9” (one size only serves up to 16) $18.50
A free-form tart filled with crimson cranberries & pears mellowed with a sweetened cream filling and baked inside a flaky crust.

Flourless Chocolate Cake
9” only, serves 12-16 $30
Dense chocolate cake covered in chocolate ganache & decorated with white chocolate adornments.

Holiday cookie Platter
Our delicious holiday cookies are the perfect festive gift for a holiday party. Buttery and full of flavor, these beauties disappear quickly! Prices vary by variety, we can make various sized trays, and assortments.( ± $10/ lb)

Gingerbread houses
Ready to decorate, includes all the candy you need plus icing !
“Small” measures 6”x6 x6” $19
“Large” measures 9”x11”x7” $40……PLEASE ORDER EARLY, ONCE WE’RE SOLD OUT, WE”RE OUT!!!

Gingerbread men
Decorate your own gingerbread men set includes 6 large cookies plus icing $9.50

Snow men cupcakes
Your choice of vanilla or chocolate cake topped in Vanilla Buttercream with a happy snowman topper $2.50 each

Also Available: fresh fruit tarts, key lime tarts, Blueberry, Maple Pecan & Chocolate Cream pies , Strawberry or Blueberry topped Cheesecake, ….. and much more!

See our website for complete menus

Shown: Seasonal Design for any cake flavor!

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Bicycle Wedding

 We love it when customers personalize their wedding cakes - it really makes their cake so unique.  Today we'd like to feature a beautiful wedding cake we did for Jeanette and Chris this summer.  These two bicycling enthusiasts wanted to incorporate tandem bicycles into their wedding cake, and it turned out beautifully!  
Congratulations Jeanette and Chris!
All photos courtesy of Junshien International Photographers.

Saturday, November 26, 2011


Hello all you Dessert Works fans! We hope you had a sweet and relaxing Thanksgiving. Before we transition into Christmas information we wanted to share with you one of our favorite cakes to leave our bakery. Recently we had a bride order a groom's cake for her soon-to-be husband, and she requested an edible version of his dog. Making edible versions of pets happens often at Dessert Works, but we were not expecting this dog to be quite so cute. I in particular, was taken aback by how adorable he is, and any time I am feeling a bit down I look at the picture of this cutie-pie and my day brightens. The owners of my new favorite dog, were even kind enough to bring him by so we could meet in person!  So take a look at Winston, the cutest dog ever!!! (Pictures of real Winston provided for us by his owner.)
Winston at the beach
Winston looking introspective
Edible Winston!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Looks good enough to eat!

In the spirit of Thanksgiving and the dazzling array of good foods that it brings, this week we'd like to feature a few cakes that look too savory to be sweet!
First off here's a summer-inspired picnic basket: fried chicken, potato salad, and watermelon.  Yum!

This cake always makes my mouth water!  Sizzling Kebabs and Hamburgers on the grill - oh Lordy!

How about a GIANT Hamburger?  This cake measured 10 x 10" in real life.  Now that's a lot of deliciousness!

Quick!  Grab your chopsticks, find the wasabi and soy sauce, it's time for some Sushi!  

Hope this whet your appetite a little bit for next week!  Remember to place your Thanksgiving orders by this Sunday November 20th to ensure availability!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Love Birds Wedding

Today we'd like to feature a custom Dairy Free wedding cake we did for Kristen and Keith Mathieu earlier this year.  Kristen and Keith met in 2005 at the University of Rhode Island.  As a couple, one of their favorite hobbies is bird watching from their back porch.  When it came time to plan their wedding, "Love Birds" was a natural choice.  Here it is: a beautiful cake to complement a beautiful couple.  Congratulations Kristen and Keith!

Friday, November 4, 2011

The Thanksgiving Menu is Here!!!

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, there's no better time to place your order for yummy fall desserts!  Check out all the delicious items we have to offer this season, and don't forget to place your orders before November 20th to guarantee selection!

9” (one size only) serves 6 to 8 generously, up to 12.  Like all of our desserts are, pies are made fresh, by hand, from scratch, using premium ingredients     

Traditional Pumpkin                             $14
Maple Pecan                                           $14.50
Chocolate Mousse                                 $14
Double Crust Apple                               $15.00
Blueberry                                               $15.00

Maple Pumpkin Mousse Cake           6” $22,     8” $30,      10” $40
Moist, tender pumpkin cake layered with maple mousse. Finished in vanilla buttercream and our  autumn  leaf design.

Caramel Apple  Cake       6” $25,     8” $34,      10” $48
Vanilla chiffon cake layered with  creamy caramel mousse and fresh, sliced apples, seasoned with cinnamon & ginger, decorated with a buttercream autumn leaf design …… Our autumn version of the Fresh Strawberries & Cream  cake.

White Chocolate Pumpkin Cheesecake    6” serves 6-8 $19     8” serves 8-12 $28    10” serves 15-20 $36
Creamy pumpkin cheesecake with  a ginger molasses crust, finished with white chocolate cream  topping & fresh whipped cream.

Chocolate Caramel Pecan Tart    8” serves 6-8   $21      
Pecans and caramel in a shortbread crust, finished with chocolate mousse & chocolate dipped pecans.

Rustic Apple Tart  9” (one size only serves up to 16)       $18.50
A deep-dish tart brimming generously with fresh locally grown apples topped with brown sugar oatmeal streusel crumble.

Pear & Cranberry Galette     9” (one size only serves up to 16)    $18.50
A free-form tart  filled with crimson cranberries & pears mellowed with a sweetened cream filling and baked inside a flaky crust. 

Pumpkin Spice Roulade         16” ( one size only) serves 8 -16  $18
This delicious, tender spice cake is  filled with light & fluffy pumpkin mousse, then rolled to  create the roulade. Garnished with fresh whipped cream and confectioner’s sugar.

Also Available:  
fresh fruit tarts, keylime tarts, Flourless chocolate cake, mini pastries,  cookie platters  ….. and much more! Check out our website: or give us a call at 781-708-9088!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Happy Halloween!


It's finally here, 
the one night a year, 
when witches and goblins and monsters you fear

Come out in the night,
And fill you with fright,
And leave you a-tremblin' till dawn's morning light.

In light of this fact,
It's quick we must act,
And show you some pictures for a positive impact!

One cake's "trick-or-treat",
Another grabs your feet,
And the last is the essence of spooky and sweet!

To each girl and each boy,
We hope you'll enjoy,
The cake-tastic nature of our spooky ploy!

Happy Halloween!


Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Classy Baseball Themed Mitzvah Cake

Today we'd like to feature a beautiful Bar Mitzvah cake we did in March for Jordan Kessler's 13th Birthday.  The theme for the party was "Play Hard" complete with everything red, white and blue - the Red Sox colors!  Instead of going with your typical Red Sox theme cake, the Kesslers and Dessert Works created this fun but classy cake incorporating the colors of the party.  

Mazel Tov Jordan!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Board Games!

On a day like today when the weather is wet and cold, nothing beats a board game, maybe some hot chocolate, and your favorite music.  Who doesn't LOVE board games?  Life, Monopoly, Clue, Sorry, Scrabble, Star Wars Epic Duels....and so many more!  Now, for any lover of board games, what could be better than a Board Game cake?!  While browsing though our portfolio I found several different board game cakes we've created in the past.  Kind of made me want to play them all!  So on this rainy Thursday, enjoy! (And maybe even break out the Yahtzee!)

Cranium anyone?

Who's up for a game of scrabble?  I hope you don't have hippopotomonstrosesquippediliophobia (a fear of long words).....

This cake just begs to be played! 
I hope everyone who attended Zach's Bar Mitzvah got a chance to roll the dice and pass Go!

And finally, just to shake things up and prove that a board game cake doesn't need to be rectangular....
Check out this CandyLand cake we donated to a Pitching in for Kids fundraiser!
(Be mindful not to drool on your keyboard....)

Do you have a loved board game that could become your next party's biggest hit?  Give us a call today and let's make your event a showstopper! 781-708-9088

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Be of Good Cheer....our Fall Menu is here!

The wind is a whippin'
The leaves turning brown
Fall's coming fast;
It's all about town!

So in this fickle weather
be it cloudy or wet,
Why not come by the bakery
For a Pear & Cranberry Galette!

We've got warm Apple tarts,
Gooey Maple Pecan Pie,
Caramel Apple Cake
And oh, by and by....

You'll see our case filled
with such Ghoulish sweet treats:
as Monsters and Witches
Too fearsome to eat!

So come right on down,
Drop by, give us a ring!
And this Autumn season
You won't miss a thing!

Friday, September 30, 2011

Minnie Mouse Fever!

These past few weeks have been all about the Ears!  Minnie Mouse fever seems to be sweeping the Boston area: red, pink, black, white, polka dots, bow ties - the works!  For this week's blog, we thought we'd share a few of our Minnie Mouse Theme creations...

Minnie Mouse cut-out cake for Mia's 1st Birthday 

Minnie and Mickey helping to celebrate Asmita's 2nd Birthday! 

Summer's Mouse-tastic birthday cake - complete with 3-D edible hat!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

It's all about the NEON!

It's Thursday and the weather is wet, so why not party like it's 1999? Whether you're a legging-clad hipster from the '80s or simply a black light blowling enthusiast, NEON is the look for you!  We've done several variations on this popular theme in the past...

from a bright 16th Birthday cake... a Sensational Splatter Paint cake... a 8th Birthday cake covering the whole rainbow! 

Today we're sharing all that eye-searing, highlighter goodness with you!  So grab your shades, flip on that blacklight and enjoy! 

Friday, September 16, 2011

Fun Fall Treats!

"Autumn is a second Spring where every leaf is a flower." -- Albert Camus

September is halfway through and the bakery is filled with Fall flavors and colors.  Leaves of rust, burgundy, and gold are falling over the samples trays, and boughs of sunflowers and berries adorn the windows.  Fall is definitely in the air as the scent of warm Rustic Apple Tarts mixes with fresh Pear and Cranberry Galettes.  This morning we debuted our new seasonal cake flavor: Caramel Apple! Our light Vanilla Chiffon Cake accented with a drizzle of fresh caramel, and paired with our creamy caramel mousse and freshly sliced apples.  To quote one Dessert Works employee, "It's like autumn in your mouth!"

Rustic Apple Tart Individuals

Caramel Apple Cake

With all the delicious tastes that fall and Dessert Works have to offer, why not come and experience fall both for yourself and for your mouth!

Friday, September 9, 2011

Florentine Ivy and Picasso Lilies

Julie and Nick's wedding reception in a Botanical Center begged for a floral/ivy/botanically-inspired wedding cake!

Frosted in our vanilla buttercream, this couple opted for Dessert Works' "Florentine Ivy" design in a soft sage green.  Though ivy-inspired, this design also incorporates flourishes like a waving scroll, and dots that create even further embellishment.

On the middle tier, Dessert Works applied the same design, only much more conservatively.  The stretches of smooth buttercream and open space on this tier created a nice contrast to the top and bottom tiers.

The cake was further decorated with fresh flowers in deep fuchsias and plums -- Picasso Lilies and orchids.  Beautiful!  The floating candles provide an air of romance, delicately accenting the cake.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Shamrocks and Hearts

Jennifer and David may have added some luck to their wedding celebration with their incorporation of our "Shamrocks and Hearts" design on their cake!

Their cake was frosted in soft, smooth vanilla buttercream, with tiers of our Shamrocks design alternating with Kristen's signature "Champagne Dot" pattern (meant to look like champagne bubbles floating up to the top of the tier).

Dessert Works kept the shoulders of the cake clean, adding a floral bouquet of white roses to the top of the cake only.  And for a touch of green - the leaves on the roses provided the perfect accent.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Champagne: Chic and Elegant

Sometimes folks feel that white-on-white cakes don't pack enough punch; but they don't want to go crazy with color.

How about champagne??

Champagne is a deeper, fuller color than ivory (we wouldn't even consider it on the "white" spectrum), but it's still muted, classic, and elegant.

For this couple's wedding, we went with modern, square tiers and bamboo borders.  The cake was covered in champagne-colored rolled chocolate  (softening the corners of the square tiers), and then the fern design from the couple's invitations was translated into white rolled chocolate applique decorating the tiers.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Swiss Dot and Fresh Flowers!

 Becky and John's wedding cake was a beautiful demonstration of how fresh flowers can transform a wedding cake! 

Dessert Works decorated their cake with our sweet and simple Swiss Dot design.  On the bottom tier only, we brought in the couple's blue accent color with a fabric ribbon.

Fresh hydrangea poms, blossoms, and blush pink roses provided the finishing touches to pull everything together!  The fresh flowers then coordinated perfectly with the girls' bouquets, which provided additional decor to the cake table.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Edible images on a wedding cake!

We loved Kendra and Mike's thoughtful idea for a truly personalized wedding cake.  They decided to treat their wedding cake like a photo album, and to decorate it (literally) with memories of times shared together!

Each picture on the cake was printed in black and white as an edible image on sugar paper, then cut to size, applied on the cake, and "framed" in vanilla buttercream.  On the alternating tiers, the couple opted for Dessert Works' Wallace Scroll design in white to contrast and set apart the photograph tiers.

The bride's flowers included fuchsia Gerbera Daises, which Dessert Works created in edible form from buttercream for the cake's top bouquet.  Their honeymoon cake even included miniaturized versions of the pictures!  For an event that is a celebration of the couple and their relationship, how much more fitting could this design be.  Our best to the happy couple!

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