Thursday, February 27, 2014

Oops! These taste like pound cake...


I've been trying to perfect a lemon-lime cupcake using sprite as one of the ingredients. Yet, trying to stay with "all natural" ingredients. The first cupcake I made tasted like a marshmallow. No, really, I've never produced a chewy baked good but this consistency was literally like eating a marshmallow. The bad part was, the flavor was absolutely perfect! It tasted very lemony and very limey at the same time. Attempt #1: fail 

So, I tried a new recipe. I thought this recipe was very interesting as the first line  of the recipe read "...and beat for 15 minutes". What? Who does that? So, I experimented, changing some things around. The end result? Yum! Except, there were no remnants of lemon, line, or sprite. So, pass or fail? PASS! Why is this a pass and not a fail? Because out if this recipe, a pound cake cupcake was born! 

What would you want ok your pound cake? Icing? A glaze? Nothing? HELP! 


Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Radical Transparencies: It’s all in the wrist

Have you ever wondered why your baked goods aren’t over the top homemade grandma’s favorite treats? Possibly because, you aren’t giving the wrist action as needed. Yes, you read right, wrist action. So many bakers default to mixers, but, every recipe doesn’t do well with a stand up electric mixer. Sometimes you just need a wooden spoon and a big bowl. Most of my recipes I mix by hand – yes, its time consuming, yes I am old fashioned, and yes, there might just be a better way. But, the top seller – infamous black bottom cupcakes? Yes, I mix that batter with a wooden spoon.

As there are several factors in an amazing baked dish, it all boils down to a few things:

1.       Consistency. Whatever you did to make it amazing … do it the same way every time. OBVI! Not so much. A lot of people get lazy on the measuring or change the order of how they mix things. Or they say, room temperature? I forgot to take the milk out earlier, cold milk is fine. Well, maybe not. However you did it that one time it worked, do it again and again and again and again. Write everything down. If you “poured a little at a time” do that every time. If you used a specific bowl, use a specific bowl.

2.       A great recipe. This seems logical enough, but, the recipe really is everything. Every carrot cake recipe is not the same. I make it one way, the baker over there makes it another way and the grocery store makes it a different way. Are they all good? Possibly. But, there is something that makes their recipe great to them and their customers. Find your niche, your flavor pattern, your pallet and stick to it. When you find the great recipe that you need, it’ll be THE recipe and it will be passed down from generation to generation.

3.       All they can say is no, duh. Think about what you like and go for it. You would be surprised at home many restaurants share their recipes and how many chefs will give you pointers. Inquire about that EPIC chocolate cake at J. Alexander’s, or, the simple lemon cupcake that Williams-Sonoma taught in that one cooking class. Oh, you think Freshness Bakery has the best cakepops? Ask them what their secret is.

Good luck folks! Have fun!

~ TCD ~

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Giveback ❤

Terri's Cakes DETROIT has always had a heart for the community. We pride ourselves on giving back no matter how big or how small we think our service is. For any positive service can be an asset to an organization or family in need.

This March we are kicking off our giveback campaign by donating 1 pack of cookies (3 cookies) for every $1 spent during the month of March to Lunchbag Love, an affiliate of Plymouth United Church of Christ.

Since its inception in October of 2013, Lunchbag Love has donated over 1,200 lunches to homeless men, women and children in the Metro Detroit area. On the 2
ndSunday of every month, on the lower level of Plymouth United Church of Christ, you can find volunteers donating their time to packing lunches and delivering them to the homeless. Lunchbag Love is planning to expand to begin donated lunches to Neighborhood Service Organization (NSO) in the coming months. The cookie packs donated by Terri’s Cakes DETROIT will be added to each Lunchbag distributed, with your help.

Please help Terri's Cakes DETROIT make an impact in the Detroit Metropolitan community by placing your order today! Orders are accepted via or phone 612-568-3112. We deliver! We ship! And, we are available to arrange pick-up orders. A menu is available upon request! Please follow us on facebook: Terri’s Cakes Detroit, Instagram: @terriscakesdetroit and on twitter: @terriscakesdet. Also, checkout or blog for updates! We hope to fill an order for you soon! 

Additionally: Terri's Cakes DETROIT is accepting email submissions for recipients in the coming months. If you know of an organization that can benefit in the Detroit Metropolitan Community, please contact us at your In your email, please provide us with contact information as well as information about the organization: what they do and who they assist. 

If you have any further questions or concerns about Lunchbag Love

Happy Anniversary!


Today marks the one month anniversary of Terri's Cakes Detroit! For those of you who do not know, I, Garnet, opened up a buildingless bakery on January 18, 2014 in Detroit, MI. I opened it simply because it has been my mothers dream to open a bakery and there was a demand for it. So often people want something sweet, something homemade, something really really good to spend their calories on. Far too often, there isn't one place that has everything that want and that is worth the calories. So, I got a phonecall to bake some goods and God said "go for it." So, I did. 

With my mothers support, and name, Terri's Cakes DETROIT was born! We have filled over 100 orders in just one month! Thank you so much for all of your support! Without you, Terri's Cakes DETROIT would still be merely a dream. 

Several people have asked how they could help. Well, there are several ways in which we could use your support: 

- Purchase some goods 

- Follow us on social networks 
instagram: @terriscakesdetroit 
twitter: @terriscakesdet 
facebook: Terri's Cakes Detroit

- Refer a friend

- Share this blogpost

- Invest 
checks may be made payable to Terri's Cakes, 
find us on paypal using the email,
mail a gift to Terri's Cakes DETROIT | 18530 Mack Ave. #255 | Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236

we are in the running to receive a $25,000 grant - visit and vote for Terri's Cakes DETROIT, note: you must have a facebook page to vote ... voting closes on February 23, 2014 but you may vote once a day every day

continue to pray for us that we may prosper and receive the overflow and abundance that God has planned for us

We are truly overwhelmed and truly appreciate everything that you have done during this past month. Keep it up. Spread the word. And, remember, we ship WORLDWIDE!

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at any time!

Love Always, 

Monday, February 17, 2014

Overjoyed. Ecstatic. Blessed.

Today is the eve of the one month anniversary of Terri's Cakes DETROIT. We appreciate all of your love and support by way of purchases | phone calls | emails | text messages | fb posts and shares | instagram follows | tweets | prayers | inspiration ...

It is amazing that this business has flourished so beautifully into something we may not have imagined just a few weeks ago. Just last week, the week of Valentine's Day, we planned and hoped to fill 20 orders - we maxed out our week at 25 orders. This may not seem like a lot to those reading this message today, however, this is major for a building-less bakery. We started off just sending out tester cupcakes hoping people would like them and ending the month with orders well into August.

We have shipped cupcakes to:
Ann Arbor, MI
Southfield, MI
Evanston, IL
Los Angeles, CA
Orange, CA
Cleveland, OH
New York, NY

Our cupcakes have even traveled to Narita, Tokyo, JAPAN!!! And, this week, we have cupcakes traveling by way of care package to a captain in the Armed Forces that is currently serving in Kuwait.

Again, we appreciate everything YOU have done for Terri's Cakes DETROIT. We look foward to sending treats to your staff meeting, baby shower, bridal shower, birthday party, surprise party and any other festivity you may be hosting!

Thank you for your support. Thank you for your business. Thank you for believing in us.

~ TCD ~

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

February Menu

Single Cupcakes: $3
Cupcakes by the dozen: $30
Price subject to change depending on quantity, design and flavor

$40 and up depending on size, flavor and design

Black Bottom, Red Bottoms,
Carrot, Carrot Apple, Carrot Coconut,
Carrot without nuts, Carrot Apple with nuts,
White Chocolate Raspberry,
Lemon Poppyseed, Strawberry Lemonade,
Blue Velvet, Red Velvet,
German Chocolate, Blue Moon

$25 per dozen
Made to order. Flavors available upon request.

$30 each

Cookie Jars
$10 each
Oatmeal Raisin, Oatmeal Raisin Pecan, Oatmeal White Chocolate Chip, Oatmeal Butterscotch
Chocolate Chip, Chocolate Chip Pecan,
Chocolate White Chocolate Chip

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

We Ship!

Our first out of state customer received her shipment today in Chicago. Exciting! 

Place your order now!