What it means to be an artisan bakery

Walk into any grocery store, gourmet store, or bakery, and there’s a good chance you’ll see one or more products labeled as “artisan.” Using the word artisan to describe a product or company is a growing trend, but it’s causing consumers to lose track of the word’s original meaning. What it means to be an artisan bakery requires much more than just slapping a trendy label on products – it’s also about the way in which a bakery’s food is made and the ingredients they use.

An artisan baker adding freshly sliced strawberries to a cake

An artisan baker adding freshly sliced strawberries to a cake

Most people today don’t know the difference between an actual artisan bakery and the companies who market themselves as artisan to sell more product. This isn’t surprising, since the word is now used so frequently. According to Merriam Webster dictionary, an “artisan” is defined as one who produces something in limited quantities, often using traditional methods, or a person who is skilled at making things by hand. Large companies or chains that mass-produce their products, by definition, are not artisan bakeries. Artisan bakeries use real people to make all of their cakes, bread and any other treats using traditional, handcrafted methods, and they make them all individually or in small batches.

Artisan bakeries use fresh ingredients like fresh eggs

Artisan bakeries use fresh ingredients like fresh eggs

In addition to looking at the actual food-making process, another way to tell whether a bakery is artisan is by looking at the ingredients used in each product. Artisan foods are made from pure, fresh ingredients rather than the harmful, unrecognizable ingredients often found in processed foods. When you buy bakery items made by real artisans, not only can you enjoy the delicious taste of high-quality food, but you can actually feel good about what you’re eating as well.

As New York City’s original artisan bakery, it’s important to us that every product we sell is made individually by skilled craftsmen using pure, non-processed ingredients. There’s no question about it – when you take a bite of one of our high-quality cakes, you’re going to enjoy a real artisan treat.

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Shipping Your Love Off to College

It’s that time of year again. Children across the country are heading off to college. Whether it’s the first year for the first child you’ve sent off to face the big, bright, new world, or the last year of the last child to leave the nest, their departure leaves a hole in your heart as well as a silence in your home.

Checker Cake

Checker Cake

Fortunately, there are lots of ways to stay connected with children at college in this Internet age. While they probably would not appreciate a nightly phone call, and likely won’t respond as quickly as you’d like to your emails or texts, there is one sure way to get their attention and an energetic “thank you” in a timely fashion: ship them something sweet.

You see, that old adage that a way to someone’s heart is through their stomach certainly holds true with college students. A sweet gift is always a welcome break from the type of food they are likely to encounter in the college dining hall or coming out of their own apartment kitchen. Sending a cake or other sweet gifts  to your child has never been easier with our mail order cakes and gourmet food gifts. To make sure your child receives your gift of love while it’s still fresh, be sure to follow our shipping tips since students must usually pick up UPS (or FedEx) packages from a central mailroom on campus.

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    We ship through UPS

    Contact the school for specific instructions on how to address a UPS (or FedEx) package. This is often different from how packages sent through the postal service are addressed.

  • Try to avoid Saturday delivery since many mailrooms are closed or do not accept package deliveries on weekends.
  • Let your child know the specific day that your gift is to arrive and urge him or her to go to the mailroom that day, even if the mailroom hasn’t yet sent their official notice of delivery.
Strawberry Daisy Cake

Strawberry Daisy Cake

So, what would you like to send your beloved son or daughter? Is there a birthday this fall, and you just can’t bear to miss the celebration? You can be there in spirit, and in the happy voices of your child’s new friends, when you send one of our scrumptious birthday cakes. If your son loves chocolate and vanilla, you can send our Checker Cake, a rich and sinful combination of both flavors with a bonus reminder of the racing games he spent watching at home with you. For your daughter who’s the cream of the crop, send her a Strawberries and Cream Daisy Cake, which shows your love in a subtle fashion with its single heart decoration and charming marzipan daisy flowers and is filled with fresh strawberries. There are literally dozens of delicious cakes to choose from, so browse our luscious cake selection for the one that’s right for your child.

Assorted Savories

Assorted Savories

4 Tin Tower

4 Tin Tower

If you’d prefer to send a surprise treat, send one of our gift baskets or gift towers, which offer a variety of treats to help fuel your child’s next all-nighter or provide encouragement as exams approach. If your child prefers savory treats to sweet, you can send a beribboned box filled with crunchy puff pastry snacks made with Swiss Gruyere cheese, extra sharp Vermont Cheddar cheese, and different spices.

Just because your son or daughter has left the nest doesn’t mean they‘ve left  your heart. Contact us today to send your love to them at college with the help of some loving and indulgent treats!

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Best Online Cake Delivery: National Cheesecake Day Is Just Around The Corner

By definition, “a cheesecake is a sweet dish consisting primarily of a mixture of soft, fresh cheese, eggs, and sugar; often on a crust or base made from crushed cookies or graham crackers, pastry or sponge cake”.  Did you know athletes competing in the first Olympics ate a variation of this sweet delight?  Today, cheesecake is a favorite dessert choice for many because of its simplicity, yet rich flavors.

Choc-Cheesecake

Chocolate Cheesecake

This year’s “National Cheesecake Day” will be celebrated on Tuesday, July 30th. It’s a perfect opportunity to send a delicious cheesecake to a loved one or yourself. By using the best online cake delivery, your cheesecake will be made at our Brooklyn, NY bakery, packed with loving care, and shipped for next day delivery. A Black Hound New York cheesecake will be noticeably lighter and creamier than a traditional NY-style cheesecake due to our secret ingredient: mascarpone (pronounced mahs-car-POH-nay) cheese, an Italian-style cream cheese.

Key Lime

Key Lime Cheesecake

Our Chocolate Cheesecake is made with cream cheese, mascarpone cheese, and bittersweet chocolate swirled together in a chocolate cake crumb crust.  This is an absolute must-have for any cheesecake and chocolate lover!

Our Key Lime Cheesecake is perfect for the summer season. Cream cheese, mascarpone cheese, and fresh key limes are subtly mixed together in a toasted coconut and almond crust. Enjoy a taste of paradise with our refreshing Key Lime Cheesecake. It’s also flourless for those concerned about their carbs.

Strawberry Cheesecake

Strawberry Cheesecake

Our Strawberry Cheesecake has cream cheese, mascarpone cheese, fresh strawberries, and strawberry preserves swirled together in a vanilla cake crumb crust. If you’ve been enjoying this summer’s fresh strawberries, then you may want to end the season on a high note with our Strawberry Cheesecake. It is a classic, yet, elegant cheesecake. Absolutely divine!

Cheesecake-Sampler

Cheesecake Sampler

If you’re having a difficult time deciding on which cheesecake flavor, then consider sending our Mini Cheesecake Sampler. It includes two each of our Chocolate Cheesecake, Key Lime Cheesecake, and Strawberry Cheesecake for a total of six delicious mini cheesecakes. This will certainly satisfy every palate!

Whether you’re sending a cheesecake or another bakery item, we will make and deliver your special order with utmost care and love. Since 1988, we’ve been dedicated to delighting you, your friends, and your family. To find out more or to order, shop blackhoundny.com or call 800.344.4417!

 

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Convenient and thoughtful online cake delivery

There’s almost nothing like getting a delicious, skillfully prepared cake, and giving one is even better. However, busy schedules and long distances can make it hard to give your loved ones the tasty treats they deserve. At Black Hound New York, we understand and can help.

Busy Bee Cake

Busy Bee Cake

With our online cake delivery, you can brighten anyone’s day, no matter how far away you are. The wide selection of cakes makes it easy to pick the perfect one. Put a smile on a family member’s face with our signature Busy Bee Cake, decorated with marzipan-and-almond petal bees and made from delicious layers of almond cake, chocolate cake, bittersweet chocolate mousse, and almond marzipan. Give your children or grandchildren a taste of home with Strawberry Cheesecake, made with fresh strawberries in a vanilla cake crumb crust. Let that special someone know how much you care with the Chocolate Raspberry Ganache Cake, covered in marzipan hearts that are both playful and romantic.

Strawberry Cheesecake

Strawberry Cheesecake

Not only are our deliveries convenient, but you can rest assured that your loved ones will be satisfied. Each cake is prepared and decorated individually, just like it would be at home. Our skilled craftsmen use premium ingredients like butter, bittersweet Belgian chocolate, and heavy cream. We crack each egg by hand and artfully apply every decoration. These pure ingredients and beautiful, cakes make for thoughtful, loving gifts.

Chocolate Raspberry Ganache Cake

Chocolate Raspberry Ganache Cake

If you would like to know more about how we can help you find the perfect treat, prepared and shipped straight from our bakery in Brooklyn, NY, visit blackhoundny.com, call us at 800.344.4417, or contact us by email. Since 1988, we’ve been dedicated to making you, your friends, and your family happy.

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Celebrate National Candy Month with a Sweet Gift Basket Delivery

Did you know that June is National Candy Month? Now, you could celebrate by stopping at your local convenience store on your way home from work to grab a machine-made, wax-filled, generic chocolate bar, but why not celebrate with a gift basket delivery of a freshly-made tower of quality candies or a tasty basket of chocolate confections?

3 Tin Tower

3 Tin Tower

You see, we believe that quality ingredients and hand-crafted care will always create a superior product. For example, our Tin Tower holds a tasty trio of candies: hazelnut brittle, sugar spice pecans, and chocolate almond bark. We make our sugar spice pecans by tossing pecans with the whites of fresh farm eggs, then adding a mixture of sugar and spices and baking the pecans, which enhances the flavor of the nuts and spices as well as creating a sweet, crunchy coating. Our hazelnut brittle is made with the freshest heavy cream and butter, carefully mixed with cane sugar (no corn syrup used here) and fresh hazelnuts. That’s all. No unpronounceable ingredients here. Our third resident of this tasty tower is chocolate almond bark, also made only with ingredients that can be found in the pantry of any home kitchen: almonds and chocolate, sugar and honey, and a touch of real (not imitation) vanilla extract. All of these tasty treats are hand-packed, then hand-sealed in their distinctive tin containers using old-fashioned heated sealing wax.

Chocolate Creation Basket

Chocolate Creation Basket

If you truly love chocolate, we suggest that you order our Chocolate Creation Basket. Filled with a generous assortment of chocolate truffles (the original item created by Black Hound New York when we first started our business back in 1988) and chocolate covered nuts, this basket is a unique treat, hand crafted from bittersweet chocolate with the same care for quality as our truffles themselves. This tasty edible basket contains chocolate almond bark, chocolate hazelnut clusters (roasted hazelnuts and bittersweet chocolate) and our truffles, which are made with a spectrum of quality chocolates, from white (for which we use only real cocoa butter, unlike cheaper white chocolate “flavored” confections) to bittersweet, infused with a variety of premium liqueurs.

So is your mouth watering yet? We hope so! We also invite you to join us in celebrating National Candy Month by contacting us today by phone at 800.344.4417 or shopping blackhoundny.com to order one of our quality candy assortments.

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Gourmet Food Gift Delivery: The Perfect Gift for Dad

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Mr. Cake

Mr. Cake

As the years stretch on and dad gets older, it’s becoming harder and harder to get him a gift you think he’ll like. He’s hoarded most of what he’s ever wanted, and you’re definitely not going to buy him that Harley Davidson he’s been lusting for since he was a teen. We hate to admit it, but moms are easier to buy for because most of them have that perfume they love or specific scented candle they can’t live without. Dads, because of their simplicity, are more difficult. You don’t want to get him something that you know he won’t use. Why waste all that time on picking out a gift if it won’t be enjoyed, right?

German Chocolate Cake

German Chocolate Cake

There is one gift that never goes out of style: food.  But not just any food.  Food that has been cared for and known love during its preparation. This year is the perfect year to start a tradition of sending a gourmet food gift delivery from Black Hound New York. Instead of getting him that tired tie at the department store that was mass produced in a factory, why not send him an aptly titled cake, Mr. Cake?  Mr. Cake has everything he’ll love in a cake. Layers of delicate vanilla cake, scrumptious milk chocolate and honey ganache, rich vanilla pastry cream, and juicy red, fresh strawberries. Or if your dad is the sweet father with a sweet tooth, then our German Chocolate Cake is the right fit for him.

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Sweet and Savory Box

Perhaps your dad is the indecisive type in which case our Sweet and Savory Gift Box would be the perfect fit. It contains an assortment of butter cookies (jam-filled sandwich cookies, hazelnut, chocolate, and gingerbread are among the flavors) and assorted savory snacks (cheese sticks, cheese crackers, and sesame spirals). There are so many mouthwatering treats to choose at Black Hound New York, you’ll find the right fit for dad.  Rest assured each ingredient that goes into a cake, cookie, or savory treat is carefully selected. We start and finish making our decadent gourmet food gifts in our Brooklyn kitchen and pack them with tender loving care.

Place an order today for your well-deserving dad by shopping www.blackhoundny.com or calling us at 800.344.4417.

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Dive into Summer with Mail Order Strawberries and Cream Cakes

Freshly Cut Strawberries

We slice fresh strawberries daily at our Brooklyn bakery.

Few things say summer like strawberries. Who can forget all those strawberries with whipped cream eaten at summer picnics, or devouring a cone of fresh homemade strawberry ice cream on a hot summer day?  We think the best way to celebrate a summer birthday is with one of our delectable strawberries and cream mail order cakes.

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Adding freshly sliced strawberries

You can order a Strawberries and Cream Cake from us with the confidence that it will come filled with fresh strawberries, not with strawberry “filling” or “flavoring,” which is what many local bakeries, online bakeries, and gourmet food gift companies use to fill their cakes. Not only that, every other element in our luscious mail order cakes is also made from scratch in our Brooklyn bakery, using the best quality ingredients. We make real whipped cream (no tubs of dairy “cream” or “whipped topping” with stabilizers here!), and it’s so tasty that some of us dream of diving into cool pools of our delicious whipped cream on hot summer nights! All of our other cake elements are carefully and lovingly made, such as our pastry cream, which includes the freshest eggs and heavy cream, real sugar and vanilla extract (no fake flavorings, either!). Our scratch-made cakes are finished with real buttercream—and yes, we use real butter in both the cakes and the buttercream!

Strawberries and Cream Cake

Strawberries and Cream Cake

If you would like to get a real visual “taste” of these beautiful, natural ingredients in action, check out our video of one of our bakers creating our Strawberries and Cream Cake.  You can choose from a Strawberries and Cream Cake with hand crafted marzipan cherry blossoms or marzipan daisies on top, or a heart-shaped version.  We even make a version with chocolate cake instead of vanilla cake inside! So are you ready to celebrate a friend or family’s birthday with one of our strawberries and cream birthday cakes? Order online or  contact us at 800.344.4417 to order one today. And if you’re really ready to celebrate summer, you might want to order a second one, just for yourself!

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Send a birthday cake when you can’t be there yourself

Families are splitting across borders, whether that’s state borders or international borders, now more than any other time in history. This can be especially painful for grandparents, who would love nothing more than to hang out with the grand-kids for a weekend. When those little ones have a birthday, it’s a time to celebrate and be there for the birthday boy or girl in spirit, even if your physical presence is impossible.

Busy Bee Cake

Busy Bee Cake

If you’re a baker, you know that homemade cakes top generic, store-bought cakes every time. That’s because people cook and bake with more love than corporations. So how do you send a birthday cake from far away without casting principles to the wind and ordering something with artificial sweeteners, printed frosting, and high-fructose corn syrup? You order from Black Hound New York! That’s how!

We use the finest ingredients — the kinds of ingredients you would use at home — because we’ve also tasted those artificially sweetened cakes and agree with you that nothing beats the taste of artisan-crafted, homemade baked delights. In our kitchen, we only use ingredients like butter, bittersweet chocolate, flour, fresh eggs, and cream for our baked masterpieces.

Checker Cake

Checker Cake

If you’re a grandparent with grandkids who live simply too far away, but you want to help out because — just like you were when you had young children — your child is probably busy enough already, you want to send the best. Well, now you can offer to send the best cake through our artisan bakery. Our Busy Bee Cake is one of our best sellers, and kids enjoy the marzipan and almond petal bees that top the cake. We also offer a Checker Cake, which is a hit with kids not just because of the appearance, but because of the kid-friendly flavors, too.

Black Hound New York was founded in 1988 with the idea that excellent ingredients and exceptional talent produce the quality of baked goods that people love. That’s why we take special pride in our cakes, cookies, chocolate truffles, and other creations. For help choosing the perfect cake, feel free to contact us through our website or just call us at 800.344.4417.

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Forget the Flowers, Send a Cake

Once a year we get the chance to officially celebrate our mothers. Mothers who have applied cold compresses and chicken soup to fevers, who have worked long hours to pay for our books and back to school clothes, who have given us the perfect cakes for our birthday parties. Even if mom is across the country, this year you can return the favor. When you send a cake to her on Mother’s Day, you show how much you appreciate all she’s done for you.

Our Mother’s Day cakes are covered with the signs of spring.  Each one is beautifully decorated with edible flowers handcrafted from marzipan. Choose your mother’s favorite flavor, and we will create a cake from fresh, wholesome ingredients to be shipped from our kitchen straight to her door.

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This cake is made for an indulgent spring day. Three layers of coconut butter cake filled with lemon curd sit surrounded by white chocolate buttercream and fresh coconut. Bring to mom with a glass of milk and a smile. It’s the perfect cake to linger over as you sit through the afternoon, looking at old photo albums or telling stories from childhood.

 

Lemon-Blossom-CakeSLemon Blossom Cake

Take this cake to the backyard with a pot of tea for a flawless Mother’s Day. Made with three layers of vanilla cake, filled with lemon curd and raspberry preserve and topped with white chocolate buttercream and vanilla cake crumbs, this treat will bring the taste of sunshine right down to your garden. Pair it with a nice earl grey and a discussion of your latest good reads.

 

Crazy-DaisyS Strawberries and Cream Daisy Cake

Made with three layers of vanilla cake, vanilla pastry cream, whipped cream and fresh strawberries, this dessert will bring back mom’s best memories of summer. Cut two generous slices and bring them out to the porch with a pitcher of strawberry lemonade. It is the final touch to a lazy day together in the sun.

 

Whichever cake you choose, click or call 800.344.4417 to order. Black Hound bakery will make it from scratch, cracking each egg and pouring each drop of batter by hand.  We use only the freshest, purest ingredients and never any corn syrup or shortening, so you know your Mother’s Day gift has been made with love.

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Flourless Chocolate Cake

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Welcome to indulgence. Chocolate so rich it melts in your mouth, or in a cup of milk. But unlike many other cakes, everyone will be fighting for seconds and thirds. That’s because the primary ingredient is bittersweet chocolate–decadent but simple, pure and not heavy nor syrupy.

 

Our rich, flourless cake is enveloped in bittersweet chocolate ganache for a sophisticated sheen. Around the perimeter, chocolate shavings invitingly dance. But there are no games here. This is all luscious chocolate perfect for everyone from the chocolate enthusiast to the connoisseur.

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