I decided to splurge and see was ordering from Carlo's Bakery worth it? Like DC cupcakes, I watch all Buddy's shows, I own all of his DVD's (my students love them) and I have all his books. UM, not taking a special vacation to HOBOKEN for some baked goods. They have talked about going 'global' on the show and now with a large factory in Lackawanna, they finally started their delivery of their baked goods (some goods, not all).
They are offering cookie trays, biscotti, rugelach and crumb cake. All of which can withstand TRAVEL. I can't see their flaky 'lobster tails' or cannoli being thrown in a Fed Ex truck. I wasn't interested in the cookies (hello, we just finished the holidays) or the biscotti. It was either the rugelach or crumb cake. I like both but which. I remembered printing off many a crumb cake recipe for it was not being published in his books. I ordered the crumb cake, not thinking it was right before the holidays. I realize that cake delivery was risky. OMG all those crumbs....they are gonna be a hot mess. It's going to be expensive. Any cake delivered days after it's baking can't be as good as picking it up right from the store. Online it said it would be made Monday or Christmas Eve but not sent until the day after Christmas. Okay....perhaps I should wait....but what if I have 'drop-in' guests?.....It came today.
I immediately thought about the CRUMBS....eww would these be a HOT mess? I opened the box and found the LARGE BUBBLE wrap. Their was no room for the cake to bounce around in its box. After I lifted the bubble wrap. I see the whole cake is sealed in plastic. No one GOLF BALL sized CRUMB was out of place!
I closed up the box. I'll try it for breakfast with an awesome cup of coffee. I think I made it for an hour and said "What the hell?" I cut into it. If you are anything like me...when you cut into something baked you HOPE for stuff to fall. Ohhh taste test! I put it on a plate and took a forkful...um, ok. I thought buying an Entennmann's crumb cake from the grocery would be softer. The receipt tells you to go to their website for 'care instructions'.....This is essential. I did not go but I did what my instincts told me. All things taste better warm. I nuked it for 30 seconds in the microwave. WOW....Huge difference!...Now I was singing and wiggling in my chair as I ate this. It cost 29.99 online and with 2 day Fed Ex delivery it came to 41.99 (2 day delivery is your only option smack in the middle of a holiday, normally it's overnight, they provide you a schedule)
Here my picture of my slice made on Monday, sent on Wednesday, arrived on Friday.
This is a picture of Buddy's crumb cake from his webpage. I am SURE is it was freshly baked and the picture taken shortly afterward. It looks all soft and fluffy. You can tell that a cake that has been traveling sure does 'settle'. This is what is written about the CARE Instructions:
"When you receive your crumb cake it is wrapped to maintain freshness and can be enjoyed immediately.
Store crumb cake at room temperature in covered container
Crumb cake should last about 5 days if covered properly
Place crumb cake in freezer with plastic wrapper on.
When defrosting remove plastic wrapper, defrost until crumbs on top are soft (about 1 hour at room temperature)
To reheat remove outer plastic wrapper and place into a preheated 350 degree oven for 5 minutes or 30 seconds on high in a microwave oven (exactly what I did!)
NOTE: Crumb cake can be reheated in paper tray
Buddy recommends reheating....as there is nothing like a warm crumb cake!" (this is HUGE!)
So, you have a decision to make. Is it worth it to YOU? To me....40 bucks can be the going rate for any upscale cake in our area. Was it worth it to me? Hell yeah, I love Buddy....this is the closest of a 'piece' of him I probably will ever get. LOOLOLOLOLOLL. Would I buy it again? Yes....but now I'd like to try the rugelach for I KNOW they have tons more moisture due to the preserves rolled in the dough. I am excited to try it again. So if you love crumb cake and don't have a problem forking out 40 bucks for a quality Crumb Cake, get one. If anything, if you have Cake Boss fans in the family...it would make for fun conversation during a gathering! I say go for it!