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Valentine’s Day: Why We Give Sweets to Our Sweethearts

Valentine’s Day: Why We Give Sweets to Our Sweethearts

We’re busy getting ready for Valentine’s Day! We’re swimming in red hearts, cupids and roses. There are only a few things we really associate with Valentine’s Day and at the top of the list is candy. Like Halloween, it’s almost impossible to make it through the holiday without eating a bonbon or two. But how did we start making that connection between candy and love? Here is a breakdown of Why We Give Sweets to Our Sweethearts on Valentine’s Day.  Forbidden Fondness  In the third century, St. Valentine was a Roman bishop who secretly granted marriages to soldiers and their sweethearts when it was banned. He was imprisoned for the crime and in his cell is where the Valentine as we know it was born. As the legend goes, St. Valentine sent a letter to the daughter of his jailer and signed it “Your Valentine.” There was no candy included, but this where the valentine tradition started. Candy-Coated Love For hundreds of years St. Valentine’s tradition lived on, but it wasn’t until the 14th century that someone put pen to paper the custom of sending love letters called valentines. Geoffrey Chaucer, known for The Canterbury Tales, wrote a poem called “Parliament of Fowls” in which the first literary reference to Valentine’s Day was made: “For this was on Saint Valentine’s day, // When every fowl comes there his mate to take, // Of every species that men know, I say, // And then so huge a crowd did they make, // That earth and sea, and tree, and every lake // Was so full, that there was scarcely space...
10 Weird But True Super Bowl 50 Facts

10 Weird But True Super Bowl 50 Facts

Are you ready for the big game? We have all the customizable treats you want & need! Who are you rooting for?   Here are 10 weird but true Super Bowl 50 facts: The Super Bowl 50 matchup is set, with the Carolina Panthers taking on the Denver Broncos. Here are 10 facts about the game that may or may not blow your mind. 1. The cradle of Super Bowl quarterbacks? The Denver Broncos have gone to 7 Super Bowls with QBs drafted by the Colts. The Colts have done so twice. 2. Anyone make this bet? A Broncos-Panthers Super Bowl matchup was 184-1 before the start of the season (odds via @5Dimes ) 3. Riverboat Ron in some rare company Ron RIvera joins Tom Flores & Mike Ditka as individuals who have made it to a #SuperBowl as a Player, Assistant Coach, & Head Coach. #Bears – Vince LiFonti 4. More on the coaching matchup Rivera-Kubiak is first matchup of Super Bowl HC’s who are ex-NFL players since Ditka vs. Berry 30 years ago. Rivera played in that game. 5. Point spread is Panthers -4.5 right now Interesting trend: teams after scoring 40+ in playoffs (Carolina) are 18% ATS (sample=28) their next game. -Byeweekpicks.com 6. And also this Panthers are 8th team in the Super Bowl era to win a conference championship game by at least 30 points. 2 of previous 7 won Super Bowl – ESPN stats & Info 7. That’s good, right? Cam Newton is one win away from being the first ever QB to win the Heisman, National Championship, NFL MVP & Super Bowl. One win – John...
Mardi Gras in Albuquerque, New Mexico

Mardi Gras in Albuquerque, New Mexico

ABC Cake Shop’s king cakes are decorated with purple, green, and gold sugar, beads and curled ribbon.They can be filled with any of our signature fillings including but not limited to cream cheese, bavarian cream, cherry, and apple. The purple symbolizes justice, the green symbolizes faith, and the gold symbolizes power Starting on Epiphany on January 6, residents begin holding parties especially dedicated to King Cake.  King Cake parties bring families and community members together to celebrate the joyous season of Mardi Gras, With its celebratory krewe parades and festivals.  In fact, many in New Mexico take more pride in the Mardi Gras King Cake tradition than the parades.  The dessert’s ability to engage friends and family in the “search for the baby,” the small figurine located inside the cake, is a fun way for residents. Traditionally, a small plastic or porcelain baby is hidden into the king cake.  It is usually green, gold, or purple to represent the colors of the holiday.  Originally, the baby was placed into the cake to symbolize baby Jesus. Today, the baby symbolizes luck and prosperity to whoever finds it in his/her slice of cake.  In some traditions, the finder of the baby is designated “king” or “queen” for the evening.  That person is also responsible for purchasing next year’s cake.  or for throwing the next Mardi Gras...
Star Wars – The Force Awakens

Star Wars – The Force Awakens

In celebration of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, ABC Cake Shop & Bakery is designing amazing – edible Star Wars Cakes and Cookies, we are joining forces to designer the perfect Star Wars cake for your premier party! Taking inspiration from the film’s action, we have all your Star Wars favorite characters…that are edible!!! Call us today to create your own Star Wars – The Force Awakens Cake or Cookies....
Halloween Cakes

Halloween Cakes

We know Halloween is all about the candy, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have your cake and eat it, too, with ABC Cake Shop & Bakery we can help you celebrate this spooky Halloween! Don’t stop there, delight little ghouls with spooky-cute cupcakes, celebrate day of the dead or and just enjoy a pumpkin that’s really a cake!...
Cookie Wedding Favors

Cookie Wedding Favors

Sometimes the best wedding favor is deceptively humble. Cookies — those familiar favorites — are a delightfully versatile treat. They can be homespun or highly elegant, and shaped and flavored as you please. Cookies are easy to present in creative ways. With endless kinds to choose from, you’re sure to find one that suits your wedding and your sweet tooth. Check out Martha Stewart for ideas and you can arrange with ABC Cake Shop & Bakery to make them!...
Heavy and Whipping Cream Are the Same Thing . . . Right?

Heavy and Whipping Cream Are the Same Thing . . . Right?

To those of you who’ve been forced to choose between heavy and whipping cream at the supermarket, you’ve probably pondered it yourself: isn’t all cream more or less the same thing? Not exactly. There are differences in milk-fat content. All cream contains at least 18 percent milk fat: “whipping cream” is made up of 30 percent, while cartons labeled “heavy cream” or “heavy whipping cream” must contain 36 percent or more. Whipping cream, heavy cream, or heavy whipping cream all work for recipes that incorporate whisked air, but don’t reach for that half-and-half; at 10.5 to 18 percent milk fat, it simply won’t cut it. The more fat content a cream contains, the more stable it’s likely to be in a whipped state. Check out this honey whipped topping recipe  for guaranteed success. Original Article...
Bride’s Select Awards!

Bride’s Select Awards!

The 2015 New Mexico Bride’s Select Awards! Every year the Perfect Wedding Guide reaches out to hundreds of New Mexico brides and grooms to get their vote for their favorite local wedding businesses. Winners are chosen by the highest number of votes in their category. Brides, have you voted? Voters can be current brides planning their wedding, or past brides. All brides who vote will be entered to win several prizes including salon gift certificates, restaurant gift cards, and massages! Don’t forget to vote for your favorite Wedding Cake specialist, ABC Cake Shop & Bakery! Voting has been extended and will end on October 15,  2015 Brides + Grooms can vote for the 2015 Perfect Wedding Guide Bride’s Select Awards here:...
School Themed Cookies!

School Themed Cookies!

Back-to-school already? You may think that the summer has flown by, but your kids are probably not looking forward to heading back to class. Show your favorite teacher or student how important they are to you with a delicious cookie from ABC Cake Shop & Bakery!...
Reader’s Choice Awards

Reader’s Choice Awards

We have been named by Albuquerque Journal’s Reader’s Choice Awards as Best Bakery/Cupcake/Cake Shop!! Thank you to everyone who voted for ABC! We will continue to do our best for you Albuquerque!...
Graduation Cakes

Graduation Cakes

Graduation Cakes – Albuquerque, New Mexico Hats off to the graduate! Whether you are celebrating a graduation from high school, college or receiving any type of diploma, these cake designs will suit your graduation occasion. They range from traditional sheetcakes to tiered cakes in all different sizes. ABC Cake Shop & Bakery customizes any type of graduation cake from different layers to any color. Mark this educational milestone with a customized cake that’s at the top of its class. We can even do photo cakes with a memorable picture of the graduate.  Get the best graduation cake in Albuquerque, New Mexico....
Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with customized cookies and cakes. Cinco de Mayo—or the fifth of May—commemorates the Mexican army’s 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War (1861-1867). A relatively minor holiday in Mexico, in the United States Cinco de Mayo has evolved into a celebration of Mexican culture and heritage, particularly in areas with large Mexican-American populations. Cinco de Mayo traditions include parades, mariachi music performances and street festivals in cities and towns across Mexico and the United States.\ CINCO DE MAYO IN THE UNITED STATES In the United States, Cinco de Mayo is widely interpreted as a celebration of Mexican culture and heritage, particularly in areas with substantial Mexican-American populations. Chicano activists raised awareness of the holiday in the 1960s, in part because they identified with the victory of indigenous Mexicans over European invaders during the Battle of Puebla. Today, revelers mark the occasion with parades, parties, mariachi music, Mexican folk dancing and traditional foods such as tacos and mole poblano. Some of the largest festivals are held in Los Angeles, Chicago and Houston....
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