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"Cake" by Alissa makes me wish my birthday was everyday

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I discovered Cake last year when I was looking for businesses to feature on Bite Me. Alissa started Cake after leaving a career in executive recruiting. She wanted to follow her passion for food and baking so after 7 years in Boston, she packed up her bags and moved to Lake Placid with her husband to pursue a career as a pasty chef at Paul Smith's College. After graduation, she became the pasty chef at Putnam Market in Saratoga where she satisfied everyone's sweet tooth for 8 years. Combining her education and experience, Alissa launched Cake in 2011 and let me just say it's to our benefit. cake6_n.jpg When it comes to desserts, cake usually isn't my first choice. If it were up to me, I would much rather have a cookie, brownie or ice cream. That's not to say I don't like it and if it's exceptional cake, then I'm all for it. When it comes to sugar, I'm not turning too much down anyway (I'm two bites away from a 12-step program for sugar addiction. I kid I kid but I do love sugar☺). After filming the episode with Alissa, she sent me home with a strawberry chocolate ganache cake and chocolate peppermint cupcakes.IMG_0804.JPG First of all, the chocolate peppermint cupcake (it was December) was one of the BEST cupcakes I have ever had. It was a chocolate cupcake with peppermint butter cream sprinkled with crushed up candy canes. I honestly only planned on eating one, but ended up having two and a half. I couldn't stop myself! Thankfully my husband was there to take down the other cupcakes otherwise it could have gotten messy. cake.jpg We both thought that the cake and the frosting were wonderful. I also tried the strawberry chocolate ganache cake (I had to share this with my neighbors otherwise I would be writing this post from fat camp), which was also phenomenal. Rich chocolate cake layered with strawberry mouse then topped with chocolate ganache!!! Drooling yet??? I am just thinking about it!! The cake was so rich and had a deep chocolate flavor. The ganache was a wonderful addition (when is it not?) and the strawberry moose was light and tasted like a fresh picked strawberry. Last week I ordered her Pumpkin Pie cupcakes which consisted of a pumpkin cake with buttercream frosting. IMG_1001.JPG I could hardly wait to try them since my last experience was so good. The pumpkin cake was so moist and wonderfully spicy which went beautifully with the buttercream frosting. It's the perfect fall cupcake! Alissa makes exceptional desserts so if you are looking for cupcakes, wedding cakes, grooms cakes, cake pops, or any other cake, I highly recommend CAKE by Alissa. You will want to have your cake and eat it too! The only problem is that you might not want to share. www.cakebyalissa.com

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Jennifer Savino

Hi and thanks for checking out my blog! I am passionate about food and small business, which has led me to start “Bitten.” Bitten is a blog about food and beverage start-ups in the Capital District. Features include talking with business owners to find out how they were bitten by the entrepreneurial bug, information for small business owners and honest food reviews of places around town.

Bitten came about after I closed my small start up gourmet cookie company Park 19 Cookies. I loved my business but knew that the endless hours of baking was not where my passion was. I know how difficult it can be to get exposure for a business and I remain passionate about food and travel. That is why Bitten is a great opportunity for food and beverage business’s to get exposure and tell the world their story about how they got started and why they love making others happy with their delightful treats. I also love food and will bring readers along on my culinary journey throughout the Capital District covering everything from the great, the bad and the ugly.

On the weekends, I love hiking in the beautiful Adirondack Mountains, boating with friends, snowshoeing in the winters and playing with my two rescue dogs Lily and Stella. One thing I do every weekend is dine out at beloved restaurants or try the newest place in town. I was born and raised in Clifton Park, NY. Please visit www.JenniferSavino.com for more about me.