Today, Hotels Unlimited met with our friends from our partnered bakery, Chocolate Carousel located in Wall, NJ. Chocolate Carousel is an old-fashioned bakery specializing in wedding cakes, occasion cakes, stuffed cupcakes, desserts, cookies, pastries, homemade chocolates/novelties, favors and more. We interviewed the owner of Chocolate Carousel, Lisa for a behind the scenes look into how a wedding cake is made and what special touches we can create for our clients throughout the Ocean County, Monmouth County and Mercer County areas.
How long have you been baking and designing cakes?
I have been making and designing cakes professionally for 10 years.
How much time does it take to make the average wedding cake from start to finish?
It is funny how many people ask me that question. That is a tough one since every cake is unique. Each cake is done in stages and varies in time based on design elements and flavor choices. I would say on average it takes about 8 hours.
How many flavors of cake and icing do you offer?
Through the Hotels Unlimited packages, couples are offered a choice of yellow cake, chocolate cake, or a layer of each. Additionally, the package includes 14 different filling options including mousses, puddings and fruits. Couples can choose between butter cream or whipped cream icing for white or ivory designs and fudge or chocolate butter cream icing for chocolate designs.
Chocolate Carousel also offers a number of additional cake and filling flavors which can be added to Hotels Unlimited packages at an additional cost (upgrade charge).
Do you make any gluten-free cakes?
We do make gluten free cheesecake, chocolate torte, yellow cake and chocolate cake. Typically if there is a gluten allergy, this special cake will be served in additional to the wedding cake.
What is the most popular flavor combination for a wedding cake?
In wedding cake, the most popular is the yellow cake with chocolate mousse filling or chocolate cake with raspberry and vanilla mousse filling. Most people like the mousse filling because it is a light filling and the perfect ending to a big meal! However, with so many flavors available, I see many different flavor combinations come together.
Which flavor of cake is your favorite?
I am definitely a dessert lover and have a different favorite flavor everyday. I would say today is chocolate cake with peanut butter filling.
We pride ourselves in offering our clients the ability to customize their cakes. In fact, we have over 1100 cake designs into our portfolio to help inspire couples. This year, monograms are very popular as well as inscriptions on cakes. I have had clients choose to inscribe a verse from their favorite song or poem on their cake or write their names or a series of words on their cake.
More timeless designs include scrollwork or pearl dots which are more classic elegant. At Chocolate Carousel, these designs are all hand piped in homemade buttercream adding a beautiful artistic finish to our cakes.
What was the strangest design that you have made on a cake?
There are two that stick out in my mind. I did a Nightmare Before Christmas-themed wedding cake. The cake was iced completely in black and covered in spider webs and cocoons. I also did an antique style wedding cake adorned with hundreds of handmade sugar roses and finished with Yankees bobble heads guys on top.
What is the strangest flavor combination that you have done?
Banana cake with German chocolate filling, and then a pineapple icing. This seemed like an odd combination to me but the bride and groom loved it and that is what counts!