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Irish Coffee Recipe
With the weather turning cooler and the holidays right around the corner, you can use this cocktail recipe for entertaining or a quiet night on the couch when you need to just relax.
Ingredients:
1oz Irish Whiskey (We used Teeling)
.5 Amaro Montenegro
4-6 oz brewed coffee 
Top with a generous layer of Montenegro Whipped Cream*
Top whip with a sprinkle of cinnamon-sugar
Step one: brew the coffee
First, brew your coffee using our new coffee scoop. Each one is available in walnut or maple and comes with a hot pink leather strap.
Brew the coffee
Brew the coffeeStep two: add the whiskey
Then, add 1 oz of your favorite Irish Whiskey, we used Teeling
Step three: add the Montenegro
And .5 oz of Amaro Montenegro
Step four: add your coffee
Pour in your hot coffee
Step five: top with whipped cream
Make your whipped cream: 
Add .5 ounce of Montenegro and a generous spoonful of white sugar to a half-pint of heavy whipping cream and whip until soft peaks form. For an Irish coffee you want a pliable whipped cream that will be sippable. Eat leftover whip on berries, or right off the spoon.
Top with Montenegro whipped cream
Step six: sprinkle with cinnamon sugar
Finish with a sprinkle of cinnamon sugar
enjoy

We’ve got a lot of exciting things going on at American Heirloom Inc, and we wanted to share one with you!  We are excited to show off our latest collaboration with Food52, and have designed an exclusive piece for their online shop! Food52 is a website devoted to food, and people who want to talk about food as well, all while offering support to each and every chef.  The cake stand is available here through Food52 only and for a limited time!

Our exclusive stand is also featured on Food52 with a gorgeous summery recipe for baked Alaska, which you can find on their site as well. Their recipe is incredibly easy to follow, and looks beautiful on our Walnut stand. Send us all your summer creations on our cake stands on Instagram!

 

Happy Baking!


We're celebrating Cinco de Mayo with a super-sized Blood Orange Mojito recipe, perfectly proportioned for easy pitcher serving. Make one batch, sit back and relax... 


Ingredients:

3 limes

2 blood oranges

1/2 cup white sugar

30 mint leaves

1 cup white rum

1 liter club soda

Ice as needed 


Juice oranges and limes.


Muddle with mint leaves and sugar.  We used our engraved pitcher-sized cocktail muddler


Add soda and rum. 


Stir.


Add orange slices (optional). 


Strain before serving over ice.


Squeeze blood oranges into glasses for additional color (optional). 


Top off your cocktails with our Brass Geometric Cocktail Stirrers!

Introducing our new maple wedding cake stand

Our new maple cake stand, sized to display wedding cakes

When you’re navigating the world of wedding cakes, it can be hard to know where to begin. Who better to guide you through the process than Betsy Thorleifson of Brooklyn’s own Nine Cakes? The bakery, founded by Betsy in 2008, whips up gorgeous custom cakes for all kinds of special celebrations. Here, Betsy answers our top wedding cake questions.

1. Fondant or buttercream?

I generally prefer buttercream because it creates a soft, natural feel to the cake. Even if there is a clean and smooth finish, it still looks delicious and like cake you want to just devour! Fondant works better for particular designs, aesthetics, or decorative techniques that can't be achieved with buttercream.

2. How far in advance do you really need to order your cake?

For our studio, it really depends on our schedule and what time of year it is. We have a limited amount of space--so the advance timing required is purely a logistical/scheduling issue, not because it takes months to make your cake. I generally recommend 3-6 months in advance.

3. Do you see today's couples preserving the top tier of the wedding cake to enjoy on their first anniversary?

Yes, some couples are keeping with tradition of saving the top tier of their cake. I've heard back from couples that it's not too bad a year later!! I've also just made couples fresh cakes to celebrate their first anniversary.

4. How many times can I change my mind about the flavors before committing?

We confirm all the details two weeks before the wedding, so as many times as you'd like up until that point! I find most couples prefer to finalize their decisions regarding flavors and design, and generally don't change their minds too often. With all of the details and decision making that goes into planning a wedding, I find most people would rather cross items off their list than continually revisit and second guess their choices.

5. How heavy are all the tiers of cake and what kind of cake stand works for each style?

It really depends on how many tiers the cake is, how many servings, and what flavor (the chocolate cake is much heavier). I've made seven tier cakes that I need an extra set of hands to move. A cake stand with a solid base works well for cakes, and should complement the aesthetic of the cake.

Hardwood maple cake stand, thin base. 

6. If I don’t have a clear vision of what I would like, can you offer some design ideas based on my theme and budget?

Definitely! There are generally various options to stay within a vision but keep it within a budget as well. Usually it means less sugar flowers or intricate details, but we can still achieve a beautiful centerpiece.

7. What is your favor wedding cake flavor?

In the spring and summer, I love our almond cardamom cake with fresh raspberries and vanilla buttercream. For a fall or winter wedding, I love something a bit richer and decadent--chocolate cake with hazelnut and salted caramel filling, layering in a bit of chocolate ganache because there's no such thing as too much chocolate goodness!

8. What's your advice for handling unexpected challenges on the big day? 

I think one of the most important aspects of working with food and owning a small business is flexibility and making quick, graceful decisions. Everyday there are multiple decisions or instances that require quick nimble decision making, it's a matter of rolling with all the happenings.

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Check out our selection of hardwood cake stands for a sturdy, gorgeous way to display your cake.