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Marys Cakes
Northport, Alabama
Bakery and Bakeware Consignment
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We get a little sweet in February. Who can resist beautifully decorated heart shaped cookies that say "Be Mine" and "Love?" Or delicious double chocolate heart shaped cakes covered in ganache with an edible fondant rose on top? Or red... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2016 at Cake Talk
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The conversation went something like this. Caller: "I'm getting married next month, and the person who was going to make my cake backed out. I need a cake." Me: "When is the wedding? Can you tell me where the reception... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2016 at Cake Talk
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Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, and a silver sixpence in her shoe. You've probably heard this traditional rhyme many times, especially if you've ever been involved in a wedding or you are about to get married. Known... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2015 at Cake Talk
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We're adding some cake interviews to our website next week. Here's a preview... Jane-Bailey C. Bride Q: Tell me a little bit about your wedding planning. I always knew that I wanted my wedding to be 20s-30s, old Hollywood style... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2015 at Cake Talk
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We are a bakery. We make cakes, decorate them, and send them out the door. We are rarely there for the aftermath and (hopefully) enjoyment of our edible works of art. This PARTICULAR cake (the cake was still intact when... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2015 at Cake Talk
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Shortly after I first opened the bakery, I was invited by one of my customers to join a local business networking group called BNI. BNI is the world's largest business networking organization, responsible for generating over eight billion dollars worth... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2015 at Cake Talk
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"If you always do what you've always done. Then you'll always get what you've always got." unknown Words to live by. This has been attributed to many but I always remember it because a former boss used it constantly. Along... Continue reading
Posted Dec 28, 2014 at Cake Talk
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We've started our Thanksgiving baking marathon. Here's what we've made (and are making) so you don't have to... Pies... All our pies are 9-inch deep dish pies, and will easily serve 10-12 people. Maybe more after a big turkey dinner... Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2014 at Cake Talk
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It's tough being the little guy. Everyone has their hands out, especially the big guys. A couple of years ago it was the University of Alabama. Now it's BMI. What's BMI? Yeah, I asked that, too. Never heard of it... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2014 at Cake Talk
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A nationally known writer was interviewed in our city's newspaper recently. It was a simple Q&A -- a sort of "get to know you" piece, as the writer lives here. The paper does this every Friday, posing questions ranging from... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2014 at Cake Talk
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We've seen almost a hundred Art Nights come and go at Mary's Cakes & Pastries since we opened in 2006, so it's second nature to us. But, for the average person reading this post, maybe not so much. Here's the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2014 at Cake Talk
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Beware this email from Anthony Spanner or Adrian Thomas. We haven't gotten one of these in a while, but it's either still going around or going around again. For those of you who are new to these scams, the sender... Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2014 at Cake Talk
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There are lots of things you can do with fresh figs. At Mary's Cakes & Pastries, we make fig blondies. Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2014 at Cake Talk
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When you run your own business, you get a lot of solicitations. For donations. For advertising. For credit card processing. You name it. Most callers are prepared with a great sales pitch. They will tell you how many people your... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2014 at Cake Talk
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Our friend -- Brian, of Coker Market and Antiques fame -- brought us this book, printed in 1907 for the district schools of St. Louis, Missouri. Outline of Lessons in Cooking for the District Schools 1910 Of course we'll share... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2014 at Cake Talk
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Ever wonder how that big beautiful wedding cake gets from the bakery to the ballroom? I can assure you we don't do it like they do on those reality shows, where the stacked cake gets loaded into the back of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2014 at Cake Talk
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It seems that lots of girls are having "Frozen" themed parties this spring. So much so that Sarah, our decorator (or Cake Ninja, as she prefers to be called) brought the movie in and insisted I watch it. Ummm, so... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2014 at Cake Talk
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So this is what we've been up to... It's spring wedding season, and we're booked every weekend. We love wedding cakes because they are so special, and every one is different. These are just four of the bride's cakes from... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2014 at Cake Talk
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So glad winter is over. It's spring. It's warm. And the fresh fruits and veggies from Snow's Bend Farm have finally started arriving. Did I mention how glad I was that winter was over? In our FIRST delivery of the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2014 at Cake Talk
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One of our most delicious breads, hot cross buns, are made from a rich dough full of eggs and butter, and dotted with currants. They are soft, slightly sweet, and delicious. We make them at Easter. Ever wonder why they... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2014 at Cake Talk
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Extraordinary: adj. Extremely good or impressive. Very unusual or remarkable. Extraordinary. That's our mantra. When I preach it at the bakery I describe it as "The Rule of One." The Rule of One states that any given person or customer... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2014 at Cake Talk
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Before we asked our customers to describe Mary's Cakes in a single word, we came up with one of our own: Local. Back in December, I wrote a post on The Meaning of Local. Here's a bit more (and we're... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2014 at Cake Talk
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Here's what's going on in April at Mary's Cakes & Pastries: ART NIGHT is the first Thursday of the month in Historic Downtown Northport. Mary's Cakes will be featurning Aubrey and Jonathan from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Aubrey and Jonathan are Tuscaloosa's... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2014 at Cake Talk
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Potica is not something you see everyday, Unless you happen to live in Slovenia, where it is a national culinary treasure (really, it's even featured on a postage stamp!). Potica (pronounced po-TEET-za) is a rolled nut bread from Slovenia (and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2014 at Cake Talk
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1. We're small, fewer than 1000 square feet, including the bathroom and the *office*, but not including Mary's Cupboard, the bakeware consignment shop next door. We also have an old fashioned front porch with colorful benches, and a courtyard with... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2014 at Cake Talk