My Sweet, Sweet Blog

Tuesday May 21st, 2024

Keep It Cool: Why You Shouldn’t Leave Baked Goods Outside in Warmer Months

Baking is a joy for me, and baking for your special events is even better. However, warmer months pose a challenge for keeping your baked goods fresh and delicious. Here’s why you should avoid leaving your sweet treats outside when the temperature rises and tips for keeping them at their best.

1. Spoilage and Food Safety

Warmer temperatures create an ideal environment for bacteria and mold growth, which can quickly spoil your baked goods. Foods buttercream cakes and cupcakes, cheesecake waffle cones, and other dairy-based treats are particularly susceptible.

Example: Leaving a cheesecake cone out on a hot day can lead to rapid spoilage, turning a delightful dessert into a potential health hazard.

2. Melting and Loss of Structure

Heat can cause the ingredients in your baked goods to melt or lose their structure. Buttercream can become runny, chocolate can melt, and even the texture of cakes and chocolate can change.

Example: Buttercream frosting on cakes and cupcakes can turn into a drippy mess under the sun, ruining their appearance, causing the cake to fall over and making them difficult to eat.

3. Dryness and Staleness

Exposure to warm air can dry out your baked goods, making them hard and stale. This is especially true for items like cupcakes and scones which can quickly lose their moisture.

Example: Freshly baked scones can become dry and crumbly if left outside, losing their moist texture that makes them so enjoyable.

4. Attracting Unwanted Pests

Warm weather attracts insects like ants, flies, and bees, which are all eager to feast on your baked goods. This not only affects the safety and cleanliness of your treats but can also be quite unpleasant.

Example: A picnic table covered with cupcakes can become a magnet for ants and flies, making it difficult to enjoy your desserts.

Tips for Keeping Baked Goods Fresh

To ensure your baked goods stay fresh and delicious, follow these tips:

  1. Store in Cool Places: Keep your baked goods in a cool, dry place indoors. If you’re outside, use insulated containers or coolers.
  2. Refrigerate When Necessary: For items with perishable ingredients like dairy or eggs, refrigeration is key. This prevents spoilage and maintains freshness.
  3. Use Airtight Containers: Store your baked goods in airtight containers to retain moisture and keep out pests.
  4. Serve Quickly: When hosting an outdoor event, bring out baked goods just before serving to minimize their exposure to heat and pests.

While the warmer months are perfect for outdoor gatherings, they’re not ideal for leaving your baked goods out in the heat. Protecting your treats from spoilage, melting, dryness, and pests ensures that everyone can enjoy them safely and deliciously. Keep it cool, and your baked goods will always be the star of the show!

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Monday May 6th, 2024

Let’s Customize Your Sweet Dreams!

Hey there, sweet tooth aficionados!

Are you ready to embark on a delicious journey of customization? Buckle up, because in my bakery, we’re all about turning your sugary dreams into reality!

We get it – sometimes, you’re craving that perfect treat that just screams “YOU.” Well, fear not, because with the lineup of buttercream cakes, cupcakes, macarons, chocolate-dipped delights, cheesecake waffle cones, scones, and more, the sky’s the limit! Here’s how you can unleash your inner dessert designer:

Cake and Cupcakes: Whether you’re dreaming of a chocolate, want something fruity or like the classic all vanilla, there are so many options for you. Start with your cake or cupcake flavour, choose from a list of buttercream options and then mix in a different filling flavour if you wish. Seriously, the only limit is your imagination… and maybe gravity, but we’re working on that!

Chocolate-Dipped Treats: Dip into decadence with our irresistible chocolate-dipped delights. Want to add a personal touch? We’ll sprinkle, drizzle, and dazzle these sweet sensations with your favourite toppings, change them up with your preferred colours, or even add a custom edible image perfect for your occasion. Whether you’re craving a rainbow explosion or a sophisticated soirée in chocolate, we’re here to make your taste buds dance!

Cheesecake Waffle Cones and Scones: Who says you can’t have dessert for breakfast? Not us! Dive into our cheesecake waffle cones for a creamy, crunchy delight that’s as Instagram-worthy as it is indulgent. And don’t forget about our scrumptious scones – perfect for pairing with your morning coffee or enjoying as an afternoon pick-me-up. With flavors like blueberry, lemon-cranberry and raspberry, these buttery beauties are sure to hit the spot!

So, what are you waiting for? Now that you know a little more about how you can customize some menu items, let’s whip up something magical together! Your taste buds will thank you, and your sweet tooth will be forever grateful. Trust us, dessert has never been this much fun!

Welcome to the beginning!

 

 

Tuesday October 11th, 2022

I’m starting a blog, who would’ve thought!

From recently launching my email list to now starting a blog, I can’t believe everything going on lately. I love to be able to communicate with all of you and while I think social media is great for some stuff, it isn’t great at everything. I also can’t handle constantly battling with an algorithm to try and be seen by my customers so that you all don’t miss something exciting. 

So stayed tuned here for a bi-weekly blog including recaps of lives, my wins and struggles in the kitchen, new products and an inside look at everything that is sweet within Ashley’s Sweets & Treats.

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Miss my Tuesday live? Watch below to see the glowing news! 

Tuesday October 11th, 2022

Yup, that’s right! In my live I showed you how to turn your cell phone into a black light and then revealed some fun and glowing hot chocolate bombs along with a chocolate smasher (filled with candy!) that are all covered in these beautiful edible glowing colours.

I have been so excited to show these to all of you and cannot wait to use these colours for so many more items.

Want to grab the cute mini black light flashlight? Click here for the one I picked up!

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