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Thumbs Up! Brunch Breads From Cake Kingdom in Stuart

November 8th, 2008 · 6 Comments

As a food editor/writer, I’m inundated with foods from companies that want me to try their goods and write them up. You don’t read about many here; if I don’t like something, I say so — to the company. That gives them a chance to fix it, saves me precious time being negative, and maybe they improve and get noticed.

So the ones that make it onto my blog are good: You have my word. If our tastes differ, that’s one thing, but the product itself will be good quality and/or good value, or I’ll tell you otherwise.

Today, I’m happy to recommend the brunch breads from Cake Kingdom Bakery in Stuart.

 I know the owner, Jaye Norris (no relation, but much confusion to a mutual food person, Byron Russell of Cheney Brothers). Jaye knows I bake, and so she wanted honest opinions about the brunch breads that she’s marketing and selling locally.

First, the packaging. It’s lovely — and says, “I chose this for you.” Perfect for a Thanksgiving hostess gift.

Cake Kingdom breads

Cake Kingdom breads and muffins. Photo/styling by Barron/Norris

 

But more importantly, the breads deliver on texture and flavor — both crucial to a bread like this. They are so moist, yet each is cooked to deliver a nice “crumb” when you cut into it.

I like the Cranberry Pumpkin — sweet, spicy and tart all in one. (Maybe too tart for those who don’t like cranberries.) I would have liked nuts in it, but nuts are so subjective these days — so many people can’t eat them, I understand why she omitted them.

She did use them in the zucchini -cherry nut bread.

Zucchini nut bread

Zucchini nut bread. Photo/styling by Barron/Norris

 Zucchini has long been one of my favorite quick breads — it has the moistness that the squash brings to the spiced loaf, and gets a bite of sweetness with the cherries, then the natural crunch of the nuts. A winner!

The lemon blueberry with crumb topping was also delicious. A tad sweet, I thought — but once I poured some coffee to try it with, I changed my mind. Big blooming blueberries that explode in the muffin as it is baked, and a hint (could use a tad more) of lemon flavor, too, give it a nice balance. The crumb topping gives it some texture.

None of them had the off-flavor that indicates cheap oils, margarines or last year’s nuts. They tasted of good quality ingredients, and were fresh, moist and like they were right out of the oven. (They actually were three days old when I got them.)

Muffins an option

Lemon blueberry crunch muffin. Photo/styling by Jan Norris

Lemon blueberry crunch muffin. Photo/styling by Jan Norris

  I’m part of a two-person household, and we don’t need any sweets laying around with all the cupcakes I’m baking. So I explained that these loaves were way too huge for two. She suggested the muffins. They’re the same flavors, and also very good looking, and a generous size (I halved one to share with MealMusic Man, who said that was plenty for us).

For the upcoming holidays, Jaye will change her packaging — I’m sure it will be festive, and work well as a mail-order food gift. These taste homemade the way a good baker would make them, and are sure to be well received.
The breads are sold fresh locally: Get them in Jupiter-Tequesta at Pinder’s Market and Gourmet Gallery; in Palm Beach Gardens find them at Joseph’s Market, and Yankee Peddler (a great store for fresh produce, too); in Palm Beach, they’re available at Market Salamander. Breads are $10 per 1.25-pound loaf and muffins are $1.50 each.
You also can order online* at the Cake Kingdom web site. The breads there are $7 per loaf plus shipping;  muffins are $1.50 each plus shipping (minimum order of 1/2 dozen muffin).
Jaye Norris and her partner, Greg Stanley, are planning to open a retail bakery in 2009; we’ll let you know when they do.
*A web special: If you say you found out about the breads on my blog, Cake Kingdom is offering two muffins free with each order.

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6 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Charles Keefer // Nov 8, 2008 at 4:04 pm

    Nice photos. I suppose you like your new Nikon.

    But please, that pizza add. Can’t you find someplace to put it where it doesn’t sit over your lede story?

  • 2 scottsfla // Nov 8, 2008 at 4:37 pm

    Looks great! Congrats on the new camera.

  • 3 jterza // Nov 10, 2008 at 10:41 am

    Jan, Excellent article. I just need to say…I have been addicted to cake kingdom’s baking for some time now. Jay’s choc. cookies and cupcakes are to die for. Most importantly is the consistancy in her baking. Mark my words, once her retail shop is open, you will have to place orders in advance for your ‘fix’.

    John Terzakis
    Tequesta FL

  • 4 Jack // Mar 18, 2010 at 11:30 am

    Thanks for the great post!

  • 5 Joe Kindle // Oct 25, 2010 at 4:07 pm

    Interesting! This is my favorite post about Thumbs Up! Brunch Breads From Cake Kingdom in Stuart.

  • 6 Essie Rubio // Nov 18, 2013 at 3:47 pm

    I purchased the date/walnut bread…
    Excellent quality you can tell she uses the best ingredients when you taste it.
    I loved it!!!

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