Macarons and Macaroons – What’s the Difference?

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There are many important questions out there that need answers. For instance, why do we use No. 2 pencils instead of No. 1? Was turkey a bird or a country first? If a tree falls in the forest and no one is around, does it make a sound? And, of course, is there really a difference between macarons and macaroons?

Well, we can’t truly answer all of the questions that keep you up at night, but we definitely can shed some light on the last one. The answer is yes – they are different concoctions.

These little treats are both delicious cookies that share similar ingredients and a bit of murky history, but that’s pretty much all that they have in common. Here’s the difference between these two desserts:

The Macaron (pronounced “mack-ah-ROHN”)

Would you believe us if we told you that this French pastry’s name comes from the Italian word for “macaroni”? Well, we hope so, because it’s true. This meringue-based cookie features almond flour, egg whites, and sugar for ingredients and takes a great deal of patience and skill to create. While they’re not overly sweet, they’re fun little finger foods that come in a variety of colors and flavors. Oh, and you probably won’t need a napkin because these bite-sized treats are virtually mess-free and easy to eat.

The Macaroon (pronounced “mack-ah-RUNE”)

This American cookie borrows its name from, wouldn’t you believe it, the French word macaron. Made with grated coconut, egg whites, and powdered sugar, this creation was made in the 1800s when coconut became a popular item among bakers. This extremely sweet dessert has a lumpy, chewy texture and is a delight for all coconut lovers out there. While they may be messy to eat, they’re actually quite easy to make (with or without an oven) and are pretty darn great dipped in chocolate!

So there you have it. Now you know the differences between the macaron and the macaroon, which makes you the opposite of a “maroon,” as Bugs Bunny would say. Speaking of which, be smart and get your sweet tooth fix at McArthur’s Bakery! From macarons to macaroons and everything in between, we’ve got the best treats around.

11 Smash Cake Dos and Don’ts You Definitely Need to Know

One Year Old Birthday Portraits with smash cake

It’s finally happening. After several sleepless nights, countless Google searches (or calls to Mom), and changing way too many diapers, your baby is turning 1! Amidst all the chaos that raising a newborn brings, you’ve no doubt experienced a great amount of pride and joy, and you want to make your child’s birthday a special event to share with your family and friends.

Many parents are choosing to celebrate their child’s first birthday with a smash cake, but not all pastries are created equal. Don’t worry – we’ve got you covered. Here are 11 dos and don’ts to make your son or daughter’s big day, well, smashing!

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10 Delicious Office Birthday Treats That Aren’t Cake

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Ohhhh, office birthday parties. You know something sweet’s about to go down when you see a big ol’ sheet cake in the fridge or on the break room table, complete with a card and – dare we say it? – confetti.

We all have a love-hate relationship with office birthday celebrations, really. While everyone enjoys congratulating someone for getting older, it can all become a little, well, monotonous. The same sheet cake with the same message (“Happy birthday, [insert name here]!”), well-meaning coworkers awkwardly singing “Happy Birthday” off-key, and, of course, the stares from said coworkers as you try to daintily yet gracefully bite into that sugar-laden concoction called a cake. Yes, we see you nodding your head along with that smirk on your face.

Whoever said that we have to have cake when we celebrate birthdays at work? No one, that’s who! So don’t be afraid to spice it up a bit with these 10 different dessert ideas:

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6 Ways to Win at Promposing with McArthur’s

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It’s that time of the year again – a time when the world seems a little more colorful, the birds chirp a little more, and flowers can be seen pretty much everywhere.

No, we’re not talking about spring. We’re talking about prom season.

If you still haven’t found a date to prom or are maybe agonizing over how to ask your girlfriend, boyfriend, or crush to the big event, then don’t fear. We’ve got some sweet ideas to help you make the most memorable promposal yet without getting on the loudspeaker and singing a parody of that one sappy Adam Sandler song from “The Wedding Singer.

Say It with a Cake – Make your promposal a piece of cake – literally (We’ll be here all night.). Go all out with a customized tiered, prom-themed cake or choose a simpler, more personalized route with an eloquently decorated sheet cake in your date’s favorite flavor.

Spell It out with Cookies – There’s nothing wrong with getting right to the point, especially if your date-to-be is a little, well, oblivious. Lay your cards all on the table with a dozen delicious cookies. Include some decorated as dresses, tuxes, or limos, but make sure you save 5 of them to spell out “P-R-O-M-?”

Corsage Cupcakes – Corsages are – dare we say it? – so overrated. They’re cumbersome, uncomfortable, and die within a few days. Give her a corsage she’ll definitely enjoy: a tasty cupcake ornately decorated as a blooming rose!

Donuts – Who doesn’t like donuts? No one, that’s who. Give your potential prom date a box of his or her favorite donuts, writing out “P-R-O-M-?” or maybe a “yes” or “definitely” on a few of the pastries. Of course, you could always go for a sweet pun. We humbly suggest writing “I donut want to go with anyone else” on the inside of the box.

Cookie Cake – Combine two of the best desserts ever invented – cookies and cake – to create a treat that will pretty much be impossible for anyone to say no to. Ascribe some cute and clever words to woo your date, perhaps alluding to the fact that it would be a “treat” to take him or her with you to prom (See what we did there?).

Give Them a Box of Sweets in Person – All things old-school and vintage are so in right now. Prompose the old-fashioned way: simply show up with a box of sweets and ask them to be your date. Bonus points if you stand outside their window holding a boom box and playing Peter Gabriel’s “In Your Eyes” beforehand.

Don’t settle for anything subpar. Make sure you get your promposal right by stopping by McArthur’s first to pick up your sweet treat of choice!

For It’s 1, 2, 3 Treats to Pass Out on Opening Day

St. Louis Cardinals cake

Can you feel that excitement and buzz in the air? No, it’s not the bees yet – it’s still a bit too nippy for them (but warmer weather is soon to come!). With the changing of the seasons comes one of our favorite sports and America’s pastime: baseball.

Opening Day is just around the corner on March 29 and we’re thinking a celebration for good luck is in store. After all, we can’t all be Wade Boggs and eat the same meal before each game. We’re thinking some of our treats can knock it right out of the park:

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Make Life all Sunshine and Rainbows with a DIY Rainbow Cake!

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Who doesn’t like cake? A soulless person, that’s who. And who on earth doesn’t like rainbows? Pretty much no one! What if you were to take two of the greatest things on this planet (cake and rainbows, that is) and combine their powers to create a cake so cheerful and magical that you swear you landed somewhere in the land of the unicorns? Well, guess what – you can make that happen when you create a rainbow cake!

Imagine it: your friend or family member is cutting out their very first slice of rainbow cake, fully expecting something more run-of-the-mill like vanilla, yellow, or chocolate cake when BAM! Rainbow. Now that’s what we call a pretty sweet surprise!

So how can you make your very own magical rainbow cake? Just follow the directions below to get started!

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5 Reasons You Should Treat Yourself This Valentine’s Day

McArthur's Valentine's Day cookies

Roses, candy, heart-shaped items, and all things red and pink… yep, it must be Valentine’s Day. While seemingly everyone has the most perfect (read: something ridic expensive) gift picked out for their SO and has their fingers at the ready to post some sappy collage of their bae on social media, you’re just trying to get through the work week with your sanity intact. Whether you have a special someone or not, how about doing something a little unconventional this year for Valentine’s Day? Two words: TREAT YOURSELF!

Here are 5 perfectly good reasons why you should love yourself a little more this Valentine’s Day, single or otherwise:

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6 Ways to Celebrate Mardi Gras in Style

King's Cake

Are you ready for Mardi Gras, a.k.a. Fat Tuesday this year? Whether you’re planning on partying with your family at home or out with your friends, you don’t have to be in New Orleans to have a good time! Here are 6 easy and fun ways you can celebrate Mardi Gras this year:

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What Does Your Favorite Donut Flavor Say About You?

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You’re probably familiar with this scene: you step into your favorite bakery, letting the aroma of freshly-made pastries waft around you. Ahead of you are gleaming glass cases filled with a variety of delicious donuts and treats. You do everything in your power to look around the crowd of hungry customers ahead of you to see if your favorite kind of donut is in stock (and you’re filled with elation when you find that yours is indeed there!). As you pay, your mouth waters with the anticipation of enjoying your beloved pastries, and you can barely keep yourself from ripping into the bag and devouring your treats before you even get back to your car.

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3 Awesome Ways McArthur’s Is Making Your Holidays Even Jollier

a spread of delicious holiday treats from McArthur's

We know that December is a whirlwind of a month. If you’re not busy buying and wrapping the perfect presents for your loved ones, you’re making plans to attend (and bring food to) all of the get-togethers on your list. That’s why McArthur’s is taking a few extra steps to help make your holidays a little brighter and less stressful!

Here are 3 ways you can make your life easier this holiday season with the help of McArthurs!

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Make Your Special Day Even Sweeter with Our Wedding Dessert Bar Treats!

Donuts and cupcakes at a wedding dessert bar

The big day has finally arrived, you’ve said your vows, and you’re ready to get this party started with all of your closest friends and family. And then it happens. You’re out on the dance floor spending some quality time dancing with your spouse, cutting a rug with your pals, or chatting up that cousin you only get to see once every few years when the announcement comes in: “It’s time for the wedding couple to cut the cake!”

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Looking for Tasty Donations for a Good Cause? McArthur’s Can Help!

a plate full of pastries from McArthur's Bakery Cafe

We love St. Louis, and when we say we love St. Louis, we mean it. Aside from creating delicious pastries, breads, and savory foods every day, we make it our mission to reach out to those in need and contribute in whatever way we can. Of course, we do it the way we know best – by making and providing mouthwatering food for everyone to enjoy!

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9 Spooky Halloween Party Tips to Help You Scare Up a Good Time!

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Halloween is almost here – are you ready to have a frighteningly fun time with your family and friends? If you want to throw a great party but aren’t sure where to start, don’t fear – we’ve got you covered! Here are 9 tips to help your Halloween party be a hit this year!

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5 Delicious Seasonal Treats to Savor This Fall

seasonal cake pops

Pumpkins and gourds galore, the crunch of fallen leaves beneath our feet, and the chilly winds that blow around us – these are the endearing elements that fall brings to us each year. But what good would fall be without enjoying some of the season’s tastiest pastries?

Here are 5 fall sweets, treats, and desserts you need to put on your list to savor this fall!

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Celebrate the First-Ever National Bakery Day on September 28

plate of assorted pastries

We all come across fun and unique food-related holidays to celebrate our favorite eats throughout the year. Just this month, we’ve experienced National Cherry Popover Day, National Macadamia Nut Day, National Chocolate Milkshake Day, National Cream-Filled Donut Day, and many more.

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Dig in and Savor the Intriguing History of the Doughnut!

Ahh, the donut. Who doesn’t love this delicious, doughy delight of a pastry? Iced, sprinkled, cream- or jelly-filled, glazed, or simple and plain, we love donuts of all shapes, sizes, and flavors! But where did this quintessentially American dessert come from? The history of your favorite breakfast pastry is a bit more convoluted than you might think!

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Celebrate National Cuban Sandwich Day on August 23 with McArthur’s!

Cuban sandwich fans, rejoice and mark your calendars – National Cuban Sandwich Day is Wednesday, August 23! This delicious variation of a ham and cheese sandwich originated in cafes in Key West and Ybor City, Tampa, two early Cuban immigrant communities in Florida. Traditionally made with ham, roasted pork, Swiss cheese, mustard, pickles, and salami all on lightly-buttered Cuban bread, the Cuban sandwich is usually pressed and is enjoyed throughout the world.

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11 Alternative Wedding Cake Ideas That Will Wow Your Guests and Make Your Wedding Memorable

Everyone wants their wedding to be memorable, whether you’re planning on doing a choreographed dance with your bridesmaids or you’re saying, “I do” in a meaningful location. Of course, everyone will remember the dessert – after all, who doesn’t love dessert at a wedding reception?!

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Celebrate National Cheesecake Day with These 5 Fun Facts!

What will you be doing on Sunday, July 30? We hope that you’ll be celebrating one of the sweetest dessert holidays – National Cheesecake Day! What better way to do that (aside from savoring some delicious cheesecake) than to learn about some little-known facts about this creamy, luxurious dessert?

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Celebrate National Cupcake Lover’s Day with These 8 Fun Cupcake Facts!

What is it about this tasty, miniature cake that we all love? Is it the fluffy, moist texture of our favorite cake flavor, or is it that sweet frosting that seals the deal? Either way, we love cupcakes, and we sure are glad they exist!

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What Does Your Favorite Pie Flavor Say About You?

Ahh, pie. It’s one of America’s most beloved desserts, and everyone’s got a favorite. Pies come in all shapes and sizes, colors, flavors, and textures. Much like the people who love them, pies are unique and distinct in their own ways.Read More

Life’s a Picnic! 7 Tips to Help You Celebrate National Picnic Day on April 23

Can you feel it? Spring is in the air! The warmer temperatures and sunny days that have graced us here in St. Louis make it absolutely perfect for enjoying a meal outdoors with our friends and family. What better time to do that than on Sunday, April 23 – National Picnic Day?!

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Make Easter a Complete Hit With These Delicious Brunch, Dinner, and Dessert Ideas!

Easter is just around the corner! Do you know what your plans are yet? Maybe you’re meeting up with some friends for a scrumptious brunch. Perhaps you’re inviting your family over for a wholesome Easter dinner. Or maybe you just want to have your friends over to enjoy a smorgasbord of Easter-themed desserts.

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Savor Delicious, Locally-Made Park Avenue Coffee at McArthur’s!

Park Avenue Coffee logo and cup

What’s better than starting your day with a rich cup of your favorite coffee? Not much! In fact, we dare say that the only thing better is enjoying a perfectly-brewed cup of Joe made here in St. Louis. That’s why McArthur’s is proud to source our coffee from Park Avenue Coffee!

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6 Lucky St. Patrick’s Day Party Tips to Help You Celebrate in Style

green top hat surrounded by green shamrock confetti

St. Patrick’s Day is only a few weeks away, but there’s still plenty of time to help you organize a fun-filled party for you and your friends and family! Whether you want to celebrate your Irish heritage or just want to have a good time with your friends, St. Patrick’s Day is always the perfect time to get together and celebrate the Irish spirit.

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5 Fun Facts about Mardi Gras You Might Not Know

What do you think about when you hear the words “Mardi Gras”? Maybe you have visions of green, gold, and purple flash through your mind or picture a brazen parade full of people joyfully tossing beads to onlookers. Perhaps you conjure images of delicious desserts like King’s cake, which you can indulge in all day long. Whatever comes to mind, you know that Mardi Gras is a day that’s focused on having a good time before Ash Wednesday and Lent begin.

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9 Unique Wedding Favor Ideas Your Guests Will Love

There are several ways that you can thank your wedding guests for coming to your big day. One of the best ways is by presenting them with a thoughtful wedding favor. The trouble is often it can be quite hard to figure out exactly what you want to give them. Should it be food-based? Maybe something they can use around the house? Or should it be something more on the sentimental side?

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Salads Don’t Have to Be Boring at McArthur’s!

creamy Caesar salad at McArthur's

How are those New Year’s resolutions going? If you’ve aimed to eat healthier foods and live a fit lifestyle, you’re probably working on eating more salads. If you’re trying to include salads in your daily diet, you might be starting to get sick of them. If this sounds like you, then we have the perfect solution for you! Give boring salads the boot by chowing down at McArthur’s!

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Our Healthy Menu Items Can Help You Reach Your New Year’s Goals!

McArthur's healthy Fall Salad which features a delicious medley of arugula, butternut squash, cranberries, pecans, Parmesan cheese, and balsamic dressing.

Happy New Year! We hope that you’ve had a fantastic holiday season full of laughter and fun. Now that 2017 is here, it’s time to get serious – serious about your New Year’s resolutions, that is! Is your goal to lose weight or get fit? Are you aiming to becoming more mindful of your food choices this year? If so, McArthur’s has you totally covered. We have several new healthy menu items to help you reach your goals this year!

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Loyalty Has Many Rewards at McArthur’s!

Ever wanted to be rewarded for your loyalty at your favorite restaurants? Now you can at McArthur’s! When you join McArthur’s Rewards program, you will earn rewards for shopping at any McArthur’s location. The rewards that you earn can be put toward future purchases, making spending with us sweeter than ever!

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Check Out Our Amazing New Menu Items!

Guess what? Your favorite local café has just added some all-new items to the menu! We have lots of new food and beverage items for you to enjoy. Whether you’re on your way to work, need something to warm you up on those cold winter days, or want to enjoy a delicious meal with a friend, there’s something for everyone at McArthur’s.

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9 Tips to Help You Create the Perfect Wedding Cake

When it comes to wedding planning, there are a couple of big priorities you need to take care of – the venue, the dress, and, of course, the cake. If you find yourself stressing out about what kind of cake you’ll want or if you don’t know where to start, look no further! McArthur’s Bakery Café has the ultimate wedding cake guide to make creating your perfect cake a cinch. Read on for our tips below!

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Pre-Order Your Holiday Goodies Now at McArthur’s!

Do you have any plans for the upcoming holiday season? Are you tired of always having to make countless pies and sweets for your family and friends? Does the thought of buying mediocre store-bought holiday treats fill you with dread? If so, we have the perfect solution – preorder all of your holiday goodies here at McArthur’s Bakery Café!

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Need Catering? Wow the Crowd With McArthur’s Bakery Café!

Do you have a big business meeting coming up soon? Will you be hosting an open house event or another special corporate event? While you might be busy planning the event itself, you should pay close attention to the part that everyone is especially interested in – the food!

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6 Autumnal Wedding Trends You’ll Fall for in 2016

As the weather chills and the heat of summer fades away, we welcome the fall season with open arms and gear up for long nights full of apple cider, bonfires, S’mores, and hot chocolate. With the change in season also come new trends for fall weddings, and we’re loving what we’re seeing! Here are 6 amazing trends that are making waves for fall weddings this year:

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This Just In! McArthur’s Gooey Butter Cake Makes Headlines on CNN!

Have you heard the exciting news? McArthur’s Bakery Café’s gooey butter cake has just been named as one of the richest original desserts by CNN! We are so excited and honored to have one of our desserts be recognized, especially when it’s one of St. Louis’s most iconic and delicious desserts!

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6 Awesomely Autumnal Holidays to Celebrate This Fall

It’s September, and you know what that means – yes, fall is on its way in just a few short weeks! This year, fall will arrive on Thursday, September 22, and from there, we will begin experiencing shorter daylight hours until we hit the Winter Solstice in December.

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Awesome Food You Can Serve for Each of Your Wedding Celebrations

Congratulations! You’ve just gotten engaged! We have no doubts that you are beyond excited and are looking forward to your special day. Along with your wedding day, you should be able to enjoy yourself by celebrating with your family and friends in many other parties as well! And of course, a good party isn’t anything without good food – but where do you start? We’ve taken all of the tough work out of it for you! Here are some ideas of food you can serve at your engagement party, bridal shower, bachelor and bachelorette parties, and your wedding reception!

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Food Isn’t Good or Bad – It’s Part of the Celebration

oung beautiful people are talking, eating, drinking and smiling while sitting at the table and having picnic outdoors

One of the greatest pleasures in life is sitting down and taking time to truly savor a delicious meal or a scrumptious snack. Some of the greatest memories we can build involve sharing a hearty meal with a good friend, celebrating a family member’s birthday or success with a sweet treat, or enjoying a piece of wedding cake at a close friend’s wedding reception. Unfortunately, we live in a society in which food can be seen as “good” or “bad.” We may shame ourselves (or others) if we were to allow ourselves to indulge in a piece of birthday cake or a donut for an event at work. We may ultimately see some of our favorite foods as “bad” and only feel worth if we only eat “good,” clean foods.

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11 Unique Wedding Cake Flavors That Your Guests Will Remember for Years

Your wedding cake should not only look beautiful, but it should also taste great! While you can definitely opt for low-key flavors like vanilla or chocolate wedding cake, why not get a little creative with your reception’s centerpiece?

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Make Serving Your Guests a Piece of Cake at Your Wedding!

Besides the tear-jerking vows, the gorgeous dress, and, of course, the happy newly-wed couple, our favorite thing about weddings is no doubt the sumptuous, decadent wedding cake! We’re not alone either – just about everyone looks forward to enjoying a piece of wedding cake at the reception, including your guests. The only trouble is finding the right size of cake that will both serve each guest and satisfy your tastes (and your wallet!).

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7 Awesome Groom’s Cake Ideas That Your Groom and Guests Will Love!

The tradition of the groom’s cake can be traced back to the Victorian era in England. In those times, it was customary to have not only the main wedding cake, but also a groom’s cake and a smaller bride’s cake. The two smaller cakes were sliced and served to the groomsmen and bridesmaids at the end of the wedding.

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Dare to Be Different! 8 Crazy Wedding Cakes That Will Blow Your Mind!

You’ve got the dress, secured the venue, and have a sizeable guest list that you’re working on for your wedding. Have you decided on a cake yet?

If you’re not feeling any of the traditional wedding cakes and want to really wow your guests or enjoy a cake to remember for years to come, why not try something a bit out-of-the-box? Check out these 8 crazy wedding cake ideas to find the perfect wedding cake for your special day!

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Say “I Do” to These 8 Not-So-Traditional Alternatives to Wedding Cakes!

If you’re planning your wedding this year, you know that one of the biggest parts to figure out is the dessert, which is typically the traditional wedding cake. While countless brides are dreaming up their ideal wedding cake for their weddings, there are several others who are taking their tasty desserts in a totally different (and still delicious) direction.

If you’re not a big fan of wedding cake (or simply can’t choose the flavor to feature) or if you want to do something unique and memorable for your wedding, look no further! Here are 8 yummy alternatives that you can serve at your wedding reception:

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6 Reasons Why McArthur’s Bakery Café Is Your One-Stop Shop for Wedding Cake Consultations

Are you a blushing bride-to-be? Congratulations! We know that you are looking forward to your big day, but we also know how stressful wedding planning can be. That’s why we make it a point to go above and beyond all of the other bakeries out there to provide you with excellent service and delicious cakes to sample when you come in for a consultation.

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3 Trends That Really Put the Icing on the Cake

It’s that time of year when it’s finished raining and we’re supposed to have a caboodle of flowers everywhere. This is also a trendy time of year when many soon-to-be brides become forever united with their spouses. After the happy couple’s vows have been promised, they undergo their first task as a couple – cutting the wedding cake.

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We Are Spreading Our History to the Delmar Loop!

What’s that smell? It must be the delicious aroma of an historic bakery café opening a brand-new location in the Delmar Loop! McArthur’s has roots in St. Louis dating back to 1956, and we plan to expand our 60 years of experience to the Loop this month! Think traditional home-style bakery meets a fresh and modern café.

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