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Winter Cakes: 4 Cakes to Keep You Warm from the Inside Out

Okay, maybe we’re stretching the reasons [read: excuses] to eat cake rationale a bit. But with the winter solstice (the shortest day of the year) just this week and the mercury still dropping, we can’t help but reach for the winter warmers.

In Melbourne, winter isn’t synonymous with icons of Christmas, or even snow for that matter. But our toes still get cold, it gets harder to get out of bed, and racing home from work to cuddle up on the couch is definitely a thing.

So, why not make those couch moments extra lush and yummy with cakes packed with warm, rich flavours? These are our favourites, it was hard, but we narrowed it down, a bit.

1. Orange & Dark Chocolate Mud Cake

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Oh boy, is your mouth watering yet? Our is and it is only the first cake!

Orange and dark chocolate are a match made in heaven. If you haven’t tried it we take no responsibility for any extra pounds that may result.

It is rich, smooth, and a little bit sweet. The orange is fragrant, the chocolate is decadent. Throw in some poppy seeds just for fun, and decorate any which way you like.

Amarantos Cakes Melbourne have a knack for delicious, beautiful cakes so why not enlist our help, even if the only excuse you have for cake is that Melbourne in winter is cold. We think it is a good enough reason.

2. Coffee & Chocolate Mud Cake

Okay, maybe we have a chocolate addiction, but come on, coffee and chocolate. Can you blame us?

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Think of that perfect hot cup of joe on a cold morning, steam rising, toes escaping the cold in thick socks. The first sip awakens the sense, spreading warmth down to your tummy. It is just so yummy.

Now take that sensation and imagine that it was covered in chocolate, maybe there is a dash of brandy or marsala (fortified wine). And best of all, you don’t have to go anywhere. Nowhere. Okay maybe you want to go from the kitchen to the couch, but that is it. Nowhere else.

Oh, so cozzie.

3. Gingerbread Cake

Doesn’t anything say winter more than ginger? Seriously, it is spicy and warm but sweet at the same time! If you love the humble Arnott’s Ginger Nut, you will adore a gingerbread cake.

There are so many variations of this cake, with cream cheese icing, without, with rum, without, with vanilla, or cinnamon, or nutmeg. The options are endless for this spicy delight that is sure to warm you from the inside out.

4. Brandied Fruit Cake

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Okay, this is the one winter cake that sometimes sings a little bit more like Christmas than any of the others. But we think that really it is out of place at the Christmas table, Melbourne is in the land down under after all.

There are so many other wonderful summer fruit cakes to enjoy at Christmas time. Who needs rich fruit cakes during 40 degree summers? Not us, we have pavlova.

Pack away those cans of passionfruit, the solstice needs rich fruit, no candied over-sweetness.

With a heavy helping of brandy, rich fruits like orange, currants, dates and more spice than the humble gingerbread you’ll be wishing winter never ended.

Has the thought of daily cake got your mouth watering, but your waistline worrying? Not to worry, everything in moderation after all. Save one of these winter delights for a solstice party, a dinner party, a birthday party, christening, engagement, wedding, baby shower. Okay, sorry, sorry, we will stop making excuses for cake.

Instead, we will stick to making them. Pick your favourite, find your excuse and let the team at Amarantos Cakes Melbourne bake and decorate. We make delicious creations for themed parties, weddings, and well, for any excuse really.

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The Best Novelty Cake Theme Trends for Kids of All Ages

Everybody loves cake, that’s no secret, and here in Melbourne, we all love food trends. That’s why we at Amarantos Cakes are letting you in on our favourite food trend – novelty cakes.

They are just so fun we think everyone should have one at least once in their life. If you’re thinking novelty cakes are just for kids, then you are in for a treat. Novelty cakes come in all shapes and sizes, for all occasions and all ages.

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Wedding cake styles that are on trend right now

Choosing your wedding cake is a big decision. For many couples, it’s a pivotal element in the theme of their wedding, and one of the most important parts of the day. But with new styles and creations hitting social media every day, the range of options is sometimes overwhelming—having your dream cake made is often nowhere near as difficult as deciding which style you want!

But among the slew of amazing new cake styles making their debut in modern weddings, there are some patterns—and clear favourites—emerging. Whether you’re looking for traditional and sophisticated styles, or to make a truly unique statement with an artistic or novelty cake, there are some styles that are definitely on trend right now—and they’re worth a look.

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Smart ways to make your Christmas one to remember (and not dread).

Christmas: it’s the most wonderful time of the year! Right?

Well, at least that’s what the Christmas carols and spirituous movies would lead you to believe.

Taking a snapshot of real life, Christmas doesn’t live up to the fantasy that it is made out to be. Family coming together can spark old tensions, the stress of cooking the food lies on one person, and the cost can break the bank.

Thankfully – very thankfully – there are a few easy hacks you can deploy this Christmas to make it a little less stressful. We can’t promise it will end up looking like “It’s A Wonderful Life”, but our tried and tested tricks will give you the upper hand.

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A brief history of the Christmas cake

Christmas is one of the most celebrated holidays in the world. Though it spans cultures and continents there are some consistencies in practices around the globe. One of the most common is the use of a certain type of food to symbolise the occasion. Families gather round for either lunch or dinner, usually on Christmas day, but in some countries Christmas Eve, and share food and company over traditional dishes.
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Reasons You Might Want to Get a Corporate Cake

Have you ever thought about the reasons that you might want to use corporate cakes? This may be something that you have not yet really put a lot of thought into doing, but it could be something that could help you create a great deal of good will within the community and advertise your business at the same time. In other words, it can help you achieve a number of different goals by doing one simple thing.

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What to Look For When Choosing a Cake Company to Bake Your Wedding Cake

You’re getting married! Congrats! You didn’t just say yes to a lifelong commitment but also to planning one of the most stressful days of your life. Wedding preparations can be a major pain but your wedding cake shouldn’t have to be if you choose the right cake company in Melbourne.

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