If You Give Kate A Cookie

First, she will eat it all….

No seriously, if you have been to one of our Pop Up Shops or asked Kate about our cookies, the likelihood that you have been informed about our chocolate chip cookies is like 10,000%

Mainly because they are Kate and my favorite treat! When chef feels like telling us she loves us she whips up a batch of chocolate chip cookies and we find them daintily sitting on our desks in the morning.

I know now you wished you worked here, and that you boss or business partner was that cool.

So I pulled some BIG strings and got you the recipe. (Yes you may clap now)

Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe by Pink Pineapple Cakes

Pink Pineapple’s Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies

6 Tbsp unsalted butter

1/3 c granulated sugar

½ c brown sugar, lightly packed

3 Tbsp honey

2 tsp vanilla extract

1/4 tsp butterscotch or vanilla- butternut flavor, optional

½ tsp espresso powder

¾ tsp salt

½ tsp baking soda

½ tsp baking powder

1 Tbsp cider vinegar

1 large egg

2 c all purpose flour

2 to 2/3 c semisweet chocolate chips 

 

Instructions

1.     Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly grease (or line with parchment) two baking sheets.

2.     In a large bowl, beat together the butter, sugars, honey, vanilla, espresso powder, butter-rum flavor, salt, baking powder, and baking soda until smooth.

3.     Beat in the vinegar and egg.

4.     Weigh your flour; you'll find its weight by toggling to ounces or grams at the top of the ingredient section above. Or measure it by gently spooning it into a cup, then sweeping off any excess.

5.     Stir the flour into the cookie dough, then the chocolate chips, mixing just until combined. Start with 2 cups chocolate chips, adding up to an additional 2/3 cup if you like your chocolate chip cookies really "chippy."

6.     Drop the dough, by tablespoonfuls, onto the prepared baking sheets. A  tablespoon cookie scoop works well here. Want to make smaller cookies? A teaspoon cookie scoop will yield about 6 dozen 2" cookies.

7.     Bake the cookies for 10 to 11 minutes (9 to 10 minutes for smaller cookies), until their bottoms are barely starting to brown (gently lift one up to peek). They may appear quite light and "undone;" that's OK, you want them to stay soft, so don't over-bake. Also, if you're using a darker cookie sheet without parchment, they'll probably need to bake for a slightly shorter time.

8.     Remove the cookies from the oven, and allow them to cool for 10 minutes before transferring them to a rack to cool completely.

9.     Store cookies, well wrapped in plastic, at room temperature for several days; freeze for longer storage.

So there you have it folks, we just reached a new level of friendship.

Also friends don’t let friends make messes in the kitchen so if you are ever in a pinch and need a cookie fix you can head over to our online store and place an order.

Kate and I won’t mind AT ALL.

Dear Josh, Happy Father’s Day

Hoorah it’s your day!

I have been thinking about what to write and I kept coming back to this very thought. Thank you for being an amazing husband and dad. From the moment Christopher was born and you held him in your arms you where hooked.

I saw it through your tears that day. Becoming a dad lit a fire in your heart you didn’t know existed. Then came Anna, you had the same emotion. But watching you hold her on your lap with tears streaming down your face as we finally chose her name is a memory that is forever etched into my heart.


You are an amazing dad, and all too often I am reminded of that by other moms whose husbands are not as involved.

Which brought me to my next stream of thought. You are an exceptional husband. Pastor Riddle often said a great dad was first a great husband. Everyone knows that the center of a household is the mom. We have all heard if momma’s not happy aint nobody happy. There is research upon research that shows that children can innately feel and pick up on their moms’ emotions.

So, the truth is that by you being the exceptional husband you are in turn you are an EXCEPTIONAL dad.

Thank you for believing in me and allowing me to dream. Thank you for being my voice of reason, the shoulder to cry on, thank you for being my partner in crime, my laughter, and my dance partner.

In turn it makes you be the living jungle gym for the kids, it allows you to take care our baby’s needs, to bathe them, love them, sing about Jesus with them, and protect them with all you have.

Our children adore you; they look up to you, they respect you. I pray and hope with all my heart that Christopher will grow up to be a man like you. (I know that just terrified you a little but believe me he will make an AMAZING husband and father someday) I pray that Anna looks for the same qualities you display in the future love of her life.

And I know that as the years come, they will have you wisely guiding them through life and being available for each and every moment and need.

We love you so much and thank you for being the leader of our household.

Grooms Cakes? We got it!

When deciding on this blog post topic, and scrolling through our personal library of cakes we came across the cake pictured below. It is by far the largest cake we have ever made for a groom, and we LOVE it soooo much.

Clemson Fondant Cooler Cake by Pink Pineapple Cakes

Immediately Kate and I started going down memory lane and discussing all our other grooms’ cakes. Then it hit us. We have found a large group of people that don’t know what a groom’s cake is, or what tradition it represents, in this blog we will answer some of the most common questions we get about this cake.

 So, without further ado….

We present to you tHE GROOMS CAKE….. (bows head like Lumiere in Beauty and the Beast)

What is a groom’s cake, and where did the tradition start?

The tradition began in England, as the grooms cakes usually had stronger flavors like chocolate, alcohol, and spices. Thought to be more suited for the male, where Bridal cakes tended to display the lighter fruitier flavors.

The groom’s cake is usually a gift from the bride to her beloved as a token of appreciation and love. (Now isn’t that sweet!)

When is it served?

The grooms cake tends to be served at the Rehearsal dinner as the dinner is usually planned by the groom’s family and tends to honor the groom. On occasion the Grooms cake is served along with the Bridal cake as the flavors can very well complement each other.

How do I decorate the cake?

This is the fun part! Since it’s for the groom you can do just about anything. You can pay homage to his Alma matter, favorite sport team, hobbies, talents, profession. We have had brides choose to incorporate a special memory between the two of them or represent the groom’s heritage.

So there you have it. A little history, a little romance, and a whole lot of cake!

The Secret is in the Sauce

Ladies and gentlemen…. (mostly ladies since that is our following group)

We are here to spill the secret behind our amazing strawberry buttercream that has everyone talking. If you have not tried it, you are missing out and you need to call us to make sure you have it in your life.

As many of you know we believe in using fresh ingredient and everything is made to order. That simply means to many people’s dismay that we don’t have cakes just hanging around. We literally bake when the order is placed.

As well as baking to order we make all our jams and sauces in house. Including but not limited to our caramel, ganache, blueberry, lemon curd, coconut cream, lime, passion fruit and many more.

Usually when we mention that, people’s eyes get really big and behind them, I see the questions “but do you really”

We are here today to answer yes, we do.

In the case of our strawberry jam, we not only make it from scratch we pick our own berries. It has become a family tradition of sorts. The moment strawberries fill the fields we make it a day and take the whole family strawberry picking.

It’s amazing

That is then followed by a strawberry jam making MARATHON!!!!

Here is how we make our jam:

The night before we wash the berries, take the greens off and quarter them.

We then place them in a large bowl with a splash of Balsamic vinegar cover them and let them rest overnight.

The vinegar begins to break down the strawberries and they start releasing their amazing juices. This also allow us to use less sugar the next day.

The next morning, we place them in a LARGE pot add some sugar and bring them to a boil and stir constantly. You don’t what to stop stirring so that the berries do not get stuck to the bottom and burn.

Once the berries are soft saucy, we stop and use our immersion blender to chop up the bigger pieces.

Here is the Recipe for people like our CEO Rebeca who can’t do anything without following the steps:

2 pounds fresh strawberries, hulled

4 cups white sugar

1/4 cup lemon juice

In a wide bowl, crush strawberries in batches until you have 4 cups of mashed berry. In a heavy bottomed saucepan, mix together the strawberries, sugar, and lemon juice. Stir over low heat until the sugar is dissolved. Increase heat to high, and bring the mixture to a full rolling boil. Boil, stirring often, until the mixture reaches 220 degrees F (105 degrees C). Transfer to hot sterile jars, leaving 1/4 to 1/2 inch headspace, and seal. Process in a water bath. If the jam is going to be eaten right away, don't bother with processing, and just refrigerate.

The wonderful thing about having this jam handy is that you can use it for anything. We obviously use it in our buttercream, but it’s also perfect on toast, in yogurt, on ice cream, in your smoothies, and sometimes just a good spoonful by itself

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Be Disliked

“Have the courage to be disliked”

We came across this quote a couple of days ago and it flabbergasted us.

 The power in it,

The audacity to be bold.

Our CEO Rebeca and our team have been in a deep dive towards working on themselves and on the company. The further we get into our pool of growth, the more we are looking around and the more we are seeing small businesses and women cowering in the shadows of who they where made to be.

We want to encourage you all to go, jump into your dreams, accept that you won’t be for everyone and that some people will try to stand in your way. But you know, if you have the courage to be disliked by those that aren’t for you. It releases you to spend your energy, power, and love on those that are. The moment you begin to live in the power of chasing your dreams the haters will get out of your way.

If you don’t think the quote above is powerful enough for you how about this one….

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That’s right it’s none of your business.

 The moment we accepted that in our business our whole countenance changed. Suddenly the people we are serving are our ideal clients, we are being able to produce the cakes that bring us ultimate joy.

The haters? Well they are still around, but they are less visible in the shadow of our courage, and passion, and steadfastness towards our goals.

So this is our LOUD call to all the women out there.

Have the courage to be disliked at the daycare pick up because you are a busy business owning mom

Have the courage to be disliked when you have to make tough calls

Have the courage to be disliked when success starts coming to you and the jealousy is raging in others.

Their opinions don’t count anyway.

You do you boo.

Mommy you OWN a company?

I’ve owned a company for almost 8 years. Four of those I have had children. Is running a company easy?

No,

add children to that mix and it makes the task seem enormous.

I am asked a lot about how I balance children, marriage, self-growth, and running a company. ( mainly by my staff who wonder how it all gets done) So I decided to sit down and share some of the most and sometimes painful lessons I have learned while being a momepreneur ( yes for those who are not millennials that is a real term)

1.       Set up your priorities.

Before kids’ life was easy. I literally only worried about my marriage, the business, and myself…Enter the two little bundles of joy and priorities went out of the window. I will admit with great pain that for several years I continued to push the business before the kids in some cases. I missed countless family Saturdays, dinner times, and holiday parties. All because mom had to be at the bakery. Yet there was a moment when suddenly something hit me. Kids come before the Business. (I know that sounds like a no brainer but thanks for the extension of grace) Once I sat down and made the decision that I would be a present and happy mom both my children and my business began to flourish. Go figure, right?

2.       Let your Yes be Yes, and your No be No.

One of the hardest pills I had to swallow was this one. Sitting down and making my decisions consciously was almost impossible for a people pleaser like myself. I want to be available for all who need me, but the truth is. I can’t be at EVERYTHING. I have to be completely solid and content with the opportunities, responsibilities, and projects I take on. If I say yes it’s because I have thought about it and it what you are asking for aligns with my priorities and time schedule. If I say no, first that was incredibly hard for me to do and secondly it’s because it simply did not align.

3.       Time management (enter sick emoji)

ok ladies….. with children…… is it just me or do our clocks NOT have 24 hours in them! Thanks to my new best friends Rachel Hollis and Chritsy Right I have learned that time management is not something you are born with, and it is definitely something that you have to practice and work on. It involves the 2 prior mentioned items. You have to schedule according to your priorities and be ok with sometimes saying no. For example, I only work every other Saturday. Sometimes no Saturdays, simply because those are family days. Reserved for cuddling and adventures with my husband and kids. I don’t work late hours at the store because it’s important for me to put my babies to bed and pray with them. I only got to networking events I want to go to, and I rarely work holidays because I rather be at home with my family having get together s.

4.       Let the kids be involved.

My children know exactly what I do, and they love that mom owns a business. They love that I am intentional when I’m with them, but they respect when it’s time for me to work because they have seen, felt, touched, and lived what mom does. Don’t be ashamed of what you do. For example…. It’s mothers day weekend. I am at work because we have three wedding deliveries. But I spent the entire morning with my babies. As I got ready to leave I told them there where three beautiful brides waiting for mommy’s cakes. My son got so excited and asked me to see pictures of the cakes. As I walked out he said “ Bye Mommy, go deliver the cakes to the pretty brides and we’ll meet you at the pool”

If you are a mom that runs a business welcome to the club of amazing women. If you are feeling guilt, it’s time to let it go. I wish I had said goodbye to guilt 3 years ago. Everything about my life is filled with so much joy and love now that I chose to follow these basic rules.

Thank you to all the Mommies that are and have been a part of our Pink Pineapple Family.

Mercedes Fuenmayor, Guillermina Fuenmayor, Beverly Jones, Heidi Hennen, Ashley Delval, Jamie Isabelle, Camille Bonnell.

And Off course my own mom Chef Aura!

Top 4 Trendiest Cakes

Just about anything can inspire your cake design, yes we know, pinterest is everything. But, we have found our best and most trendy cakes come alive when a customer says, “Can you make it look sort of something like this,” and next thing we know we have a invite, or a napkin, or even a article of clothing in our hand.  


Here are Pink Pineapple Cakes trendiest cakes to look out for:



  1. Mermaid + Unicorn Cakes


You’ve seen them before and you will see them again! What can we say? The kids LOVE them (and some adults too). Our tip on making yours stand out at your next party, order it as a ‘pinata’ cake. It will wow the kids and the adults.


2. Drip Cakes


This may or may not be our favorite trend right now. Not only does a simple drip add elegance to a cake, but it adds taste! A simple plain chocolate drip on a cake or a colorful drip, we are here for it!


3. Overstuffed Toppings on a Cake


Meringues, and flowers, and candy! Oh my! Just to name a few of our favorite toppings you’ve seen stuffed on top of our cakes. Many bakers have gone as crazy as putting a slice of cake... on top of a cake! We love it, it allows the Chef to get super creative, and the customer to be wowed.


4. Cake Trend Prediction… Upside Down Drip.


Yup, we said it, upside down drip. This cake will be all over the gram and Pinterest in no time. A Chef can make an upside down drip go two ways when decorating a cake, giving an event more elegance, or turning the party all the way up!   


Sugar Cookie Invitations

A couple of weeks ago we had a sweet mommy to be come to the store to order sugar cookies. Immediately Kate and I assumed they were for the baby shower

She surprised us by saying that the cookies where being hand delivered with the invitations!

Swoon.

This is the stuff of romance baby novels if there ever was such a thing.

She had with her the invitation and asked us to work the beautiful florals into the design of the decorated sugar cookies.

Floral Invitations Inspiration

Our chefs worked their magic and created the most beautiful hand painted sugar cookies with roses, to complement the invitations perfectly.

People often ask us where our inspiration for design comes from. Most people show up to the store with Pinterest boards of cakes and treats they would like replicated, but often the best work comes when our chefs are given total creative control, and supplied with inspiration from items like invitations, florals, clothing, plates, artwork, venues, and so many more things.

I don’t know about you but if I was personally handed a beautiful invitation with a sweet cookie you better believe I would send my RSVP in a heartbeat!

Floral Handpainted Sugar Cookies

Thank You Florence

Thanking a hurricane is not something that is common, and although hurricane Florence caused a lot of trouble for many it led us towards being able to spend one amazing weekend together as a #DreamTeam.

You see when the evacuation notices hit, we left early in the morning and headed to Miami. With bated breath we drove hoping everything would be alright. Three days into our “Flocation” as we began to name it, Chef started missing the bakery. She declared one day “Today we will find cake shops and check them out.”  After a quick google search we had a plan. One of the stores we visited was Sweet Life Cake and Candy Supply. We took so many pictures and we were in HEAVEN!!!!

During our visit we were told about SOFLO, we put it in our calendars and walked out of the store giddy with excitement.

Fast forward 7 months, we were able to make the Dream Come True for Chef Aura. As you all know we do Girl’s Nights Out with our Team. This was our first ever Team Trip and boy did we have a great time.

We took off on Friday morning at 5am…yes you read that right. We drove all day and made it to Miami at 4pm. Seriously, we know how to travel. The whole way down we worked, had car dance parties, and laughed a whole lot.

The next morning you could feel the excitement as we got ready. We drove to the Convention Center and oh boy. As we saw the banners and the Sprinkle Jeep we all had butterflies. The line to get in was Disney Magic long but totally worth it.

Once inside the number of booths, sprinkles, paints, frosting, tools, and demos was breathtaking. We walked until our feet hurt, and then we walked some more. The whole time Chef Aura and Aaliyah had the greatest smiles on their faces.

They got to meet some of their Cake Hero’s. Kate and I felt like Fairy God mothers as we approved purchases and watched them walk around a Cake Artists Heaven.

I can’t truly put into words the joy to have been able to do this for our Team. The weekend included a trip to the Miami Zoo and making Kates dream of feeding a giraffe come true. Followed by jumping into the most cool and delicious lake.

When I am asked what my favorite part of owning a business is ,my answer surprises people. Yes I love the cakes, yes I love the office, but what I LOVE the most is my team and our supporting staff, being a part of their lives, making small dreams come true, and being able to give them value in more ways than just a paycheck.

How to make ordering your cake a BREEZE

Choosing your wedding cake design and ordering your cake should not be a traumatic experience.  We have sat down and pondered what really matters most about your cake and the ordering process. The way we see it, cake is art weddings are art. Everywhere you look at a wedding someone’s special artistic touch is being put on display.

Designing your cake should be enjoyable, it should not feel like a visit to the dentist. You can find some of our own tips below:

1.       Choose a cake designer you are comfortable with. This is key, if you don’t feel comfortable you won’t be happy, it is a perceived idea. Your mind is WAY more powerful than you give it credit for. Make sure you feel at ease with the staff, the designer, and the baker. Listen to your heart, and we meant it. Too many times cakes are designed and created, you can tell that there was not a good chemistry between the customer and the creative team. There is nothing worse than spending money on something you didn’t like.

Photo Credit: Michele Coleman

Photo Credit: Michele Coleman

2.       Make sure your artistic ideas and the bakeries artistry match. For example, we specialize in classic cakes and clean-cut lines. We don’t do topsy turvy or crazy over the top cakes. Every cake artist has a unique style. Make sure you research your future bakery, look at all their work. If you are happy with their finished product and touches then you should consider them, if not then consider they may not be the artists to create your wedding cake.

Photo Credit: Ramona Nicolae Photography

Photo Credit: Ramona Nicolae Photography

3.       Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Please, please we do our best to explain everything, but if you have a question ask it. Wedding cakes are way more intricate and complex than people think. There is architecture, decoration, different terminology and techniques. Don’t leave your tasting feeling like you have no idea what you just invested in.

Photo Credit: Ramona Nicolae Photography

Photo Credit: Ramona Nicolae Photography

4.       Trust us. Right next to being comfortable with the bakery you choose, please trust us. Everyone is gifted with a talent and belongs to a profession. Ours is cake making, if we recommend a different idea, placement, or style please trust that we have your best interest at hand and are committed to your happiness. We will never undermine you or disregard you (that would be extremely unprofessional and rude) but we do ask that you trust our expertise

Photo Credit: Art By Maria Daskalis

Photo Credit: Art By Maria Daskalis

So, there you have it. We think these are some awesome guidelines to choosing the right baker for your special day and making sure you cut into the cake of your dreams.

THE WEDDING CAKE JOURNEY: OSBORNE/ KIPP

We have been itching at the chance to write this blog. This couple is one that we have been honored  to be a part of so many memories in their relationship.

Timothy Kipp called the store to purchase a chocolate cake for his girlfriends birthday, as it was the first time they were celebrating her birthday together and he wanted to get her something special.

2 years later he came to us to assist him in proposing to the woman of his dreams. He wanted to do something special and we had a great idea. Together we planned a styled engagement photo shoot and he convinced his soon to be bride that they were just models that were chosen. We found a venue, a photographer, florist, and even jewelry.

See the pictures below of how amazing the whole proposal came out!!!! Mekenzie was completely surprised and shocked to find out that this whole “Styled shoot” was none other than her very own proposal.

Shout out to the awesome vendors that made this day happen

Venue: Wildhorse at Parkers Farm
Hair and Makeup: Dolly
Flowers: Dave Bryant Designer
Jewelry: Ash Hoffman Jewelry

1 year after that, we received a call that we where to make the wedding cake. When we think about it our hearts swell. We have been honored to provide cakes for their most important moments.

As firefighters in our local community it was an opportunity to share the love in more ways than one. The wedding was beautiful and simple, with baby's breath,blush and pink flowers, and lace. The cake was a three tier buttercream frosted cake. Filled with flavors like our signature red velvet cream cheese, vanilla coffee, and chocolate chocolate. We complemented the simplicity of the textured buttercream with hand made sugar flowers.



There is nothing we love more that the moment a new bride and groom cut into our cakes and make memories together. See pictures below of this super sweet and memorable day!

WHAT THE POP

We have been receiving the same question in our inbox since Christmas.

What is a Pop Up Shop?

 But first let’s start with a little history. Back in the day… ( just kidding, like 3 years ago) Pink Pineapple used to be a full service bakery and cafe!!! Can you believe it!!!

 

For those who knew us as a full service cafe our becoming by appointment only was a HUGE bummer and we started receiving emails about how much they missed us.

Everywhere you read, it says listen to your clients, listen to their needs. So on a Thursday marketing meeting as we discussed the holiday season to come. The idea of opening the store again for the Holidays became an obvious answer.

 

We decided that since we already have the infrastructure and the memory of a shop here, why not Pop Up in our own store. Dates were set, products were made and we set to open Pink Pineapple’s first ever Pop Up shop for Christmas!

 

Ya’ll loved the idea so much that we re-opened for Valentines day.

We love being open for these special occasions and it has been amazing to see our faithful customers be able to come in, say hello and shop after almost three years. We are so honored to be able to provide these Pop Ups and look forward to doing them more often.

and remember whenever you see this logo on social media you know that a pop up is coming soon!!!

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We Went To The Olympics

Hey Kate!

My name is Casey, and I'm casting the Food Networks Winner Cake All!

We're looking for versatile bakers and pastry chefs to apply.

If anyone over at Pink Pineapple is interested in learning more about the opportunities, they can shoot me an email or give me a call.”


And that is how it all began. One simple e-mail that we replied to with please proof to us that you are real, the next e-mail was a confirmation of their legitimacy and a request for us to send in an application and audition video. Which you can find below.


What followed next was months of excitement and anticipation. All the juicy details we know you want to hear. It was like nothing we have experienced before. We would get a call that said we were on to the next level of choices and then not hear anything for weeks. The longest we ever went without hearing was after our cake audition…


We received a call from California on a Tuesday evening informing us that we had to produce a 3D carved cake based on a superhero by Thursday to present to The Food Network producers via skype. I’m sure you have seen our very own Penelopi the Pineapple around social media but here she is….. ( We will write about her and what she means to us on a later blog)


Penelopi The Pineapple. Lady Boss. Warrior Princess

After that Thursday Skype interview we went seven. Yes SEVEN weeks without hearing anything. All we knew was that if we were chosen there was a window of time during which we would need to board a plane to California and shoot an episode.


The call finally cake seven weeks later while Rebeca was playing put put golf with her babies. “Hello we are just calling to confirm final dates for the episode shoot.” That was it that is how we were told  so simply.


We where to board a plane on October 18th (Rebeca’s 30th birthday ) and take a trip of a lifetime full of adventure and fun stories which we will be sharing on other blogs.


As we look back on the opportunity now we realize how special our team is and how amazing it is that we were cast. While in California we were told that thousands of people applied for the show. To sit on a hill in Palos Verde California eating lunch with 3 other teams and realize that out of the thousands your team was chosen for an episode is a feeling we will never forget.

The closest thing we have to it is the Olympics,out of thousands of people in your sport you where one of the few chosen to represent at the games and whether you placed on the winners blocks or didn’t you made it all the way to the BIG GAMES.


Now that is something to be proud of and to keep tucked away in your memory.


Food Network California Adventure

Wow have we been keeping the biggest secret!

In October, we (Rebeca and Aura) loaded a plane in Charleston and took off for California.

This adventure began a few weeks before when the Food Network reached out to us as potential participants on their new show, Winner Cake All.

The following weeks were a whirlwind as we submitted a cake for the selection process, Rebeca trained in the kitchen with a Bakery Bootcamp, and together, we prepared the shop for us to be out of the office.

Our California adventure began with Rebeca losing her license. We then proceeded to board a plane (Rebeca, license-less) and take off to LAX.

We’re excited to spend the next few weeks sharing all of the details about this journey from our competition, our incredible co-participants, the beautiful views, and the many hilarious stories.

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Stay tuned here and on our Facebook page for more videos and blogs!

And, make sure to tune in to The Food Network, March 4th at 10PM as we compete on Winner Cake All!

 
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The Wedding Cake Journey: Sullivan-Rapp Wedding

Happy Monday, cake-loving friends!

We’re excited to announce a new blog series about some of our incredible brides and their wedding cake journey.

We’re kicking this off with the Sullivan-Rapp wedding, hashtagged “#RappilyEverAfter

We asked the happy couple a few questions about their big day, and here’s what they said!

 
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Where did the ceremony take place?

Our ceremony took place at Pine Lakes Country Club.

Did you use a photographer? If so, who?

Scott Smallin photographed the day!

Did you use a Musician/Band? DJ? If so, who?

Oracle Blue was our band, and Rob from Encore L'Amore was our DJ and ran the photo booth!

Where is your gown from? What style gown is it?

The dress is from The Bridal House of Charleston in Mt. Pleasant, and it’s an A-line gown with a beaded top and sheer beaded back.

Did you use a florist? If so, who?

We used Robbie Gerba at RSG Events.

Did you use a Hair stylist/Makeup artist? If so, who?

Dana Ashley

Did you use a caterer? If so, who?

Pine Lakes Country Club

How did you two meet?

 We met 8 years ago at a bar and became very good friends, and then 2 1/2 years ago decided to date.

Now, here we are married!

How did he pop the question?

 We were in Cozumel, Mexico at a gorgeous estate staying with my family and close friends and we were doing a family photo shoot which turned into a surprise engagement shoot (little did I know).

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What were your favorite moments from the wedding?

 The decor was incredible, everything was actually my favorite. Santana and her team did an amazing job.

Did you use a Wedding #Hashtag?

#RappilyEverAfter

We were happy to help make the night even sweeter with a 6" round vanilla & cream cheese cake, cannolis, cake pops, mini cupcakes, cookies, macaroon, and chocolate covered strawberries.

We were so thankful to be a part of this beautiful wedding.

Stay tuned for more Wedding Cake Journey blogs!

Vendors:

Planner: Events By Santana

Venue + Catering: Pine Lakes Country Club

Florist: RSG Events

Music: Oracle Blue  and Rob from Encore L'Amore

Photographer: Scott Smallin

Get to know Kate!

This month, we got to celebrate another Pink Pineapple birthday!

Kate, our wonderful office manager, turned 22, and, of course, we celebrated with cake.

We figured we’d take this moment to get to know our go-to office girl.


So, we asked her a few questions:

What’s your favorite part about your job

My favorite part of my job are the women I get to work with everyday. Each one holds a special place in my heart and is constantly teaching me something new every day.

What do you like to do when you aren’t working?

I love to hangout with friends and go to the beach.

What’s your major at Coastal?

Business Marketing and I’m graduating in May, 2019 !

Why did you choose that major?

I first started as Finance then went to Management, and finally Marketing. I always knew business was for me but couldn’t find my place in it. Pink Pineapple helped me a lot with that when I started working more with campaigns & social media.

What’s your advice to someone graduating college trying to get a job?

Don’t worry about finding the perfect one right as you hit the ground. Look around, find where you belong, your perfect job will find you.

What’s your favorite signature cake?

Definitely, Mint Chocolate Chip

Tell us a random fact about yourself!

My dream dog is a pug & it has to be a girl, & I want to name her Grandpa


Kate is an essential part of our #Dreamteam

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and is the voice you’ll probably hear when you call us. We love her bubbly personality and her impressive fashion sense.

And, celebrating her, this month, was easy!

If you see her around, or get the chance to have a conversation with her on the phone, be sure to tell her hello!



End of the Year GNO

Happy New Year friends!

2018 was a super sweet year for us and the ending was no different.

We celebrated another successful year

(and the birthday of our fearless leader, Chef Aura)

with a fun Girl’s Night Out!

 
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The afternoon in the bakery included a Ginger Bread House competition

(that got pretty heated),

lots of laughter,

and, as always, sweet treats.

Our Gingerbread House kits made for quite the party and with a few tips and pointers from Chef Aura, we have to admit, we think we did pretty well.


As we venture into a new year, we were reminded of all the sweet memories, incredible breakthroughs and growth we’ve experienced, and the team we’ve built.

We couldn’t be more grateful for this past year, and more excited for what is to come.





Host your Next Party at Pink Pineapple!

Celebrations are a staple of this time of the year. Between Friendsgivings and Christmas festivities, New Year’s bashes, birthday parties and end-of-the-year meetings, we know that the get-togethers are seemingly unending.

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And, our beautiful shop provides a perfect backdrop for any and all gatherings.

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With our spacious table, huge white barn doors, and sweet decor, we love hosting parties of all sorts into our venue.

We’ve spent the last few months welcoming Mommy + Me academies, private classes, as well as birthday parties and meetings. In doing so, we’ve mastered the concept of hosting events, including the delicious treats.

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Whether you are looking for the perfect place to hold an office Christmas party, or for your next holiday festivity, consider our sweet spot!

Give us a call today to discuss hourly rates, catering options, and more.

And, we hope your Holiday celebrations are the sweetest!

Meet Rebeca!

Meet Rebeca Kip, Co-Owner & CEO of Pink Pineapple Cakes

Rebeca is often seen running the show from behind the desk, answering phone calls, leading story time, hosting Facebook lives, and even sometimes working from the craft closet.

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But, we wanted to take the opportunity to introduce her to some of the new faces and followers to our Pink Pineapple family.

Rebeca graduated with an education degree and quickly changed routes after recognizing a need and passion for custom cakes.

She wears many hats, as most small business CEOs do, but rarely takes on tasks in the kitchen until very recently in our video series titled #bakerybootcamp.

As the leader and face behind the Pink Pineapple #DreamTeam, she loves studying inspirational business men and women including Rachel Hollis, Carly Fiorina, and John Maxwell.

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Rebeca just turned thirty and took the opportunity to share some of her business wisdom and insight in a recent video added below. She also discussed her struggles with anxiety and depression, and how overcoming them has brought her to a place of self-respect and confidence.

When asked about her journey as the CEO of Pink Pineapple thus far she said,

“You always see pictures of this mountain and you want to be at the top of this mountain. Nobody tells you what the mountain is made of.

and the mountain ya’ll, is made out of mistakes, and failures, and bad ideas, and good ideas. It’s this huge mesh of everything you’ve done right and everything you’ve done wrong and every lesson you’ve learned.”

When she’s not in the kitchen taking on a new cake request, she’s at home with her family of four including her two little ones, Christopher and Anna, and her husband, Josh.

The Perfect Myrtle Beach Mommy & Me Activity

Being a mom and grandmother of two “little ones,” we’ve come to fully understand the struggle of finding fun, family friendly, things to do in Myrtle Beach - especially for locals during the off-season.

So, we decided to create a Pink Pineapple academy, specifically for mom’s and their little ones. These Pink Pineapple “Mommy & Me” academies involve creating a delicious treat and reading a book.  And, the sweets are just half of the fun. Matching aprons, decorating, and story time together makes each “Mommy & Me” morning one to remember.

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Together, each class begins with story time on the couch. The story sets the theme for each class, so the story determines the dessert we’re making. Following story time, we learn about each baking tool and ingredient. Then, in the kitchen, we get to baking. We may create our dough (in the case of cookies or pastries) or we get ready to decorate (in the case of cupcakes or cake). We complete our finishing touches, take lots of pictures to share and you leave with the delicious treats and memories to take home with you!

"Thank you again so much! We had a great time and the cookies are delicious!"

- Jordan Blair Barton

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Join us for our next Mommy & Me


Pink Pineapple “Mommy & Me” academies provides an outstandingly fun learning environment,  children ages 4 and below are welcome! Classes take place once a month on Saturday mornings around 9:30. The cost to attend is $25. All supplies (including super cute aprons) are included in the ticket price, and attendees get to take their creations home. We keep the class sizes small so that everyone receives one-on-one instruction.

Due to class size, we highly recommend purchasing tickets in advance!

Purchase your tickets for our Fall Mommy & Me on November 10th Here