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We’re In The Weeds!!!

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There’s an expression in restaurants called being “in the weeds”  It refers to the times you get so slammed with orders or prep work that you just have to put your head down and work as hard and as fast as you can to get through it — while quietly wondering if you’ll get through it.   It’s most often used in restaurants for line cooks on a really busy Saturday night.  Well, we’re in the weeds here at Twiggs Bakery.  We get so many calls and e-mails these days that we basically have the equivalent of a full time person just to answer the phone, answer e-mails and complete and send out booking forms.  We’re basically booked up for the entire month of June at this point and there’s still 10 days left in May.  It’s a little crazy.  I keep telling myself this is a good problem to have.  We’re in the process of ordering another walk-in so that we can handle more orders, because at this point, we’re really testing our capacity.  Until then, if you want a cake from Twiggs that has any special decor, it’s really necessary to order several weeks in advance.

So what are we so busy with?   Weddings, for one.  I use to think the peak of wedding season was July – October.  Now, it seems to be May – November.  Chevron stripes are really in right now along with navy blue.  The first cake combines both of these trends for a very striking cake that went to the McMillian Event Center at NTC.  Weirdly enough, I had two deliveries back to back last weekend of wedding cakes that had wide burlap bands with a lace overlay.  It’s an interesting combination of delicate and rustic resulting in the “shabby chic” look which is also quite popular now.  The second cake pictured below went to the shabby chic Bandy Canyon Ranch in Escondido.  I’m also throwing in a striking cake with bands of fondant,  a small cake with some limited scroll work and finally an organic cake with real flowers on chocolate vines.

One of the things I really like about our website versus other bakeries in town is that our photo galleries are split into different areas of interest.  Most bakeries have two galleries — wedding and other.  Well, we’ve created galleries for kids cakes, sports team cakes, graduation cakes, baby shower cakes, etc.  I think it’s really helped people find examples of what they’re looking for much more easily.  I also think it helps us get more inquiries and orders.  I recently created a separate gallery for military cakes as we’d done so many of them.  After I created that gallery about a month ago, we’ve suddenly had a big increase in the number of inquiries and orders we’ve had for military themed cakes.  It made me appreciate how much those separate galleries do help.  So here are four military cakes we’ve done in the last month.  The first went to the Amphibious Base on Coronado Island for a changeover in command service.  The last three are for folks retiring from their military careers.  You can click on any of these to see a larger image.  And in case you didn’t know, “Fair Winds and Following Seas” is the standard Navy slang for farewell and a wish for smooth sailing ahead.  As for the cake with the horse head, apparently Randy had a standard joke that he opened every talk he gave with:  A horse walks into a bar and the bartender says “Hey, why the long face?”  Hopefully Randy retires that joke along with his military career!

       

What else have we been busy with?  It’s graduation time, so graduation cakes are all the rage right now.  Here are two we’ve done recently — both for SDSU grads.  One previously served in the Marines and went to SDSU on the GI Bill.  The second is for a woman who’s loved Ariel, a.k.a. The Little Mermaid, since she was a little girl.  You can click on either image to see a larger one.

  

What else have we been busy with?  Unlike graduation time which is seasonal, all year is the season for kid’s cakes.  First up is an “awesome” lego block cake with a tube of crazy glue.  I haven’t had the pleasure of seeing the Lego Movie with obsessed 5 year olds, but apparently the crazy glue / lego combination makes sense if you’ve seen it.  There’s also an adorable puppy playing by a rainbow cake, a cute panda holding some balloons, a sweet (literally and figuratively) tiered cake with a strawberry theme and finally another rainbow cake.  I guess rainbows are making a comeback.   Rainbows:  They’re not just for gay liberation anymore!!  Click on any image to see a large one.

  

     

What else are we busy with?  Random orders!  Here’s some cakes for a bridal shower with a Nightmare Before Christmas theme (hopefully the wedding isn’t scheduled for right before Christmas.  Otherwise the hostess may be sending a not too subtle message to the bride about her opinion of the bride’s fiancé).   Then there’s a tiered cake featuring waves and sandals a woman from Indiana ordered for a birthday they’d be celebrating with family while vacationing here in America’s Finest City.  Then we have a groom’s cake for a Star Trek fan, a Rolex Watch face and a Corgi Face for a woman who loves her best friend.

    

Well, that about covers it for some of the highlights for the last month.  Again, if you’re interested in a cake like one of the above, you should contact us 3 weeks in advance or more.  I’ve owned Twiggs for 17 years and this is by far the busiest we’ve been in those 17 years.  I’m a little amazed and a lot proud of what Twiggs has become.  So thanks to all of you who’ve trusted us with cakes celebrating everything from your wedding to your kid’s first birthday.  I’m extremely grateful for all the business we have now — even if it is a tad overwhelming at times.  Busy is good.  Thanks from Bernie, me and all the folks you help keep viably employed.  Now I’ve got to get back to decorating some cakes!!

 

 

 

 

 
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