An Introduction to Specialty Cakes

Although almost everyone is familiar with how delicious a freshly baked cake can be, not everyone has had the good fortune to experience a specialty cake. If you’ve never had one of these delicacies, you might not know what to look for. If you’re thinking of buying a specialty cake for yourself or to give as a gift, here’s a short introduction to what you can look forward to.

Premium Ingredients

Although not every cake is made from premium ingredients, it’s worth the extra time and effort to look for one that is. In most cases, the best-tasting and highest quality specialty cakes are made from natural ingredients. As an added bonus, many bakeries use local ingredients and regional specialties, making the cakes even fresher and more flavorful. Fresh fruits, pure honey, and high quality nuts are among the many delicious ingredients you should expect to find in a truly high quality specialty cake.

Ingredients to Avoid

Sometimes the ingredients that a cake doesn’t include are just as important as the actual recipe ingredients. For example, when most people think of cakes, they don’t expect to find ingredients such as artificial flavors, artificial colorants, hydrogenated fats, high fructose corn syrup, or artificial preservatives. Although these are all ingredients that are common in average cakes, they have no place in a truly delicious specialty cake product.

Of course, it’s important to note that specialty cakes made without artificial preservatives and other unnatural ingredients tend to require a bit of special care and consideration. While a preservative-laced cake might be able to remain basically edible for a long period of time even when stored at room temperature, specialty cakes made from natural ingredients should be stored a bit more carefully. In most cases, you’ll want to store your premium specialty cake in the refrigerator so that it will stay fresh and delicious for a longer period of time. Stored properly, many specialty cakes can be maintained in tip-top condition for several weeks. If it’s necessary to store them for longer periods of time, it’s usually advisable to store them in the freezer. However, due to the fact that these cakes are so delectable and delicious, they rarely last long enough for storage to become a problem.

Serving Tips

Because there are so many different kinds of cakes to choose from, there are also a wide variety of ways that they can be served and enjoyed. Although many people enjoy the taste of a chilled piece of cake served directly from the refrigerator, these cakes are often especially delicious when served slightly warm. In order to safely warm up a slice of cake, you can place it in a microwave for thirty seconds or less. Once the cake has been warmed, it will taste as though it’s being served fresh and delicious, straight from the oven.