#SCBDExclusive: Interview with Abbey & Lindsay, Owners of Cake Couture NJ!

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Cake Couture NJ is a home-based custom cake company founded by two Jersey girls from my hometown of Howell, Lindsay Mauser and Abbey Lanz. Last time I was home I had the opportunity to interview them on the company, their cakes, and more!

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SCBD: How long have you been baking and cake decorating?

CCNJ: We’ve been baking as long as we can remember. We started getting into cake decorating by taking classes at Michael’s when they had them locally. Abbey received her degree in pastry from the Culinary Education Center of Monmouth County in 2011 where she performed in pastry competitions too. She’s always been more passionate about cakes rather than general pastry, you can see it in our work.

SCBD: Who came up with idea to start Cake Couture NJ?

CCNJ: We started making cakes for family about 4 years ago and then came up with the name and really started our business three years ago. When we first started it was Abbey and my (Lindsay’s) sister Erin but Erin wasn’t as passionate about it after a while so I stepped in and we’ve been successfully working together since. We feel that our cakes aren’t just any cakes so we felt that Cake Couture was the perfect name for us.

SCBD: What is special about your recipe compared to others?

CCNJ: Well, you can’t really compare us to any other cake or cupcake out there. We’re very creative and are constantly coming up with new recipes to try. We love coming up with new recipes for flavors we like.

SCBD: I’ve seen pictures of your cakes and the artwork looks so professional. How did you learn this?

CCNJ: We learned the most by doing it all the time and through trial and error. It’s all about finding the right temperature, etc.

21st birthday beer cake

21st birthday beer cake

SCBD: What’s a new flavors are you working on?

CCNJ: We are currently working on summer flavors, our latest creation is working on some summer cocktail cupcakes like margarita, and more!

SCBD: What’s the most popular cake flavor order you get?

CCNJ: Our vanilla with vanilla butter cream and red velvet with cream cheese frosting are our most popular.

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Cupcakes with faces of Aunt & Grandma

SCBD: What’s the most unique order you’ve had?

CCNJ: Our most unique order so far was for cupcakes with our client’s grandma & aunt’s faces on them. It took a lot of work but it was fun to do and rewarding at the end.

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21st birthday cake

SCBD: What was your first order? Who was it for?

CCNJ: Our first order was for a 21st birthday at a big banquet hall, we were pretty nervous but it was a success. The cake had pink quilted zebra print on it.

SCBD: What’s a quote you both live by?

CCNJ: “She who leaves a trail of glitter, is never forgotten.”

SCBD: What’s Cake Couture NJ‘s motto?

CCNJ: “Made with Love” which we always have on all of our orders and “Edible Art For Magical Moments”.

SCBD: Where do you see Cake Couture NJ in five years?

CCNJ: We have high hopes and would love to be doing bigger events and have it turn into our full time job. We are looking forward to having bigger orders and to be in demand in the tri-state area. We are  working with the Ronald McDonald house on their event in May and donating a cupcake tower to their silent auction on May 19.

SCBD: Last, what do you want SCBD readers to know about Cake Couture NJ?

CCNJ: Nothing is impossible for us, we are willing to take any order. We take our time with every order and are very critical of our cakes. We do consultations and tastings for cakes for any event.

Harry Potter cake

Harry Potter cake

Make sure you like Cake Couture NJon Facebook  follow them on Twitter @CakeCoutureNJ! I’m definitely looking forward to working with them more because they have such a great thing going!

Cheers– let’s eat cake!

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The Martini Glass Every #JerseyGirl Should Have…Cheers To Being A #JerseyGirl!

Looking for the perfect gift for the Jersey Girl in your life? Then look no further then the Jersey Girls Martini Glass by Designs by Lolita ($24 value).

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The glass has Jersey Girls written right in the middle of it (shown above) and has cute little Jersey sayings around it like a ferris wheel with Atlantic City, the parkway sign, hairspray, and more. Oh yeah I can’t forget it says that we don’t pump our own gas! I love how fun, cute and creative it is!

It also comes in the signature Designs by Lolita gift box and a recipe for the “Jersey Girls” Martini (shown below).

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This glass is an ideal gift for Valentine’s Day, birthdays, or any celebration!

Cheers! 😀

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*Disclaimer: The PR team sent me this product. I was not required to write about these experiences and my opinions are my own and unbiased.*

#SCBDExclusive Interview with Jessica Stambach of Nonna’s Kitchenette of the #GreatFoodTruckRace!

Nonna’s Kitchenette is an Italian catering business founded by three Jersey girls. They also had the opportunity to be on the show lead by Food Network’s own Tyler Florence, The Great Food Truck Race. After various challenges they made it to 2nd place, check out my interview below with Jessica Stambach one of the ladies of Nonna’s Kitchenette and got the 411 on how they started and what’s in store for their future!

The ladies of Nonna’s Kitchenette!

SCBD: Thanks for letting me interview you. It was great to meet you and see fellow Jersey Girls on The Great Food Truck Race. I have a few questions. How did you all meet? Have you all always been foodies and love to cook? What part of New Jersey are you all from?

JS: Lisa & I met in Pre-school and Lisa actually met Jaclyn out in Los Angeles when both of them were living there. I then met Jaclyn through Lisa.

We all have Nonna’s who passed down recipes and their love for cooking. Growing up in households where food was everything, as adults we continue to share the love for cooking.

Lisa & Jessica are from Parsippany, New Jersey. Jaclyn is from West Caldwell.

SCBD: What inspired you to start Nonna’s Kitchenette?

JS: Well Lisa & I knew for years we wanted to share our love for cooking with everyone. However, she lived in California and I lived here in New Jersey. Several years later she moved home and sure enough we got started right away on creating a catering company and questioning the idea of a food truck.

SCBD: How did you find out about The Great Food Truck Race?

JS: I had watched previous seasons of the show and thought how great it would be if we could be on it, although we didn’t have a truck yet but we were looking at some. Lisa and I kept checking back for the casting of the show and one day there it was and in the best possible scenario. They were looking for people who have always wanted to own a food truck and start the business but people who have never owned or operated one before. We thought for sure right then and there it was meant to be.

SCBD: What was your favorite challenge on the show?

JS: I would say our favorite challenge was the French toast challenge. We won!

SCBD: What was your least favorite?

JS: I would say the cactus challenge but not because of the taste but because I had cuts in my hands for days!

SCBD: What was a lesson the three of you gained from the show?

JS: There is no specific lesson we learned as we learned everything about running a food truck from the inside and out. It was the best thing that could have happened to us because we truly got to experience all the aspects of it.

SCBD: Since you are all Italian, what’s the secret behind the Nonna’s Kitchenette meatballs?

JS: Well surely, the answer to this is love & of course fresh ingredients. Plus some fun twists like adding fresh chopped basil & fontina cheese.

SCBD: What was your favorite dish to cook on the show?

JS: I wouldn’t say we had a favorite to cook because they were all so great. Especially because they were all loved by everyone!

SCBD: What’s a personal recipe you recommend to an amateur chef like me? Who taught you this recipe?

JS: Well I would say our meatballs or our French toast recipe. We used flavors we grew up with but with our own twist. So we really self taught ourselves them. However, they’re our little secret!

SCBD: What was a motto you ladies lived by during the Great Food Truck Race?

JS: Our motto was to hustle always. We just had to give it our all, all the time!

SCBD: What’s one piece of advice you’d give to someone starting a career?

JS: I would first say to follow your dream but also to remember that things do not come easy and that you have to give it your all to succeed.

SCBD: What’s next for Nonna’s Kitchenette? Where do you think the three of you will be in 5 years?

JS: Currently Nonna’s Kitchenette is launching in Los Angeles with hopes to shortly launch in New Jersey soon after. I am most excited about writing a cook book based on my Nonna’s recipes and some of my own. I would hope to see my cook book published and doing well. As for the girls I cannot speak for them but I would say running the food trucks on the East and West coasts.

Thank you again for letting me interview you. It was great to meet you and hear about your experience on The Great Food Truck Race. Don’t forget to take a lot at the Nonna’s Kitchenette site, here.

Look out for more interviews on the way! Happy Eating! 😀