Hallowing Sugary Helpings
Forget the presents and lights of Christmas; bring on the haunted houses, costume makeup, jack-o’-lanterns and sugar-packed goodies. But, for adults, most no longer can go trick-or-treating. No one is going to give a free candy bar to a full-grown Disney princess. At Cake Works, however, adults and children alike can enjoy sweet treats handcrafted by Chef Abigail “Abi” Langlas.
“Halloween is one of my favorite holidays to create custom-baked goods for,” says Chef Abi. “It is the start of the holiday season, and it is fun to kick it off with all the spices and decorations associated with fall and Halloween.”
Enjoy a nostalgic Halloween candy transformed into something new: Candy Corn Macarons ($2 each). This secret recipe took time for Chef Abi to create, and it replicates the color, shape and flavor of the timeless treat. For Halloween, indulge in a spooky selection of macarons: Frankenberry — a combination of raspberry, blueberry, strawberry and blackberry; Pumpkin Spice — flavored with real pumpkin and the traditional assortment of spices; Reese’s Pieces — filled with peanut butter and dipped in chocolate; and the classic Cookies and Cream styled with Halloween colors. Complete the Halloween set with a decorated macaron ($4). The design changes daily, but customers can expect spiders, ghosts and other edible painted patterns. Purchase a Halloween macaron set, including a decorated macaron, for the discounted price of $12.95.
Take a bite into fluffy Pumpkin Spice Marshmallows ($6.95) — a bag of five homemade marshmallows that are cooked with spices, such as nutmeg, ginger, cinnamon, cloves and all-spice, which are then coated with marshmallow powdered sugar and pumpkin spice.
“Of course, you can always eat the marshmallow by itself and it is delicious, but we thought it would be fun to make s’mores with the marshmallows,” says Chef Abi, “or maybe cut it up into smaller pieces to top off some hot chocolate.”
A trip to Cake Works wouldn’t be complete without Chef Abi’s classic sugar cookies cut into shapes and decorated with royal icing frosting ($3.75-$4.75). Look for Halloween-themed cookies such as ghosts, bats and pumpkins — painted with the face of Jack Skellington from The Nightmare Before Christmas.
From now throughout December, indulge in Chef Abi’s famous Pumpkin Crunch Cheesecake ($19.75 for 7 inch, $33.50 for 9 inch). The handmade gingerbread crust is filled with pumpkin puree and spices, and topped with homemade pecan brittle. This seasonal delight is the perfect treat to bring to a holiday feast, or for you to enjoy with your couch and fork.
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