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Gelato vs. Ice Cream: What’s the Difference? | FN Dish – Food Network Blog

No, gelato and ice cream aren’t the same thing. Here are a few key differences.

Gelato, that Italian dessert staple, is gaining U.S. fans, with sales hitting an estimated $214 million in 2014, an $11 million increase from 2009, and driving growth in the frozen dairy dessert market. But did you ever wonder what the difference is between ice cream and gelato — or if it’s just a matter of semantics and a higher price point?

In fact, gelato is really quite distinct from ice cream, NPR’s The Salt blog notes. Citing gelato expert and author Morgan Morano, writer Linda Poon sketches out a few key differences:

  • Creaminess
  • Ingredients
  • Butterfat, Air and Flavor
  • Temperature
  • Serving Style

Read More on these key differences from the Experts at Food Network: Gelato vs. Ice Cream: What’s the Difference? | FN Dish – Food Network Blog

Love wins!

Rainbow Love Wins Cake Sugarland Raleigh Chapel HillOn October 10th, a judge struck down North Carolina’s ban on same-sex marriages, and same-sex weddings began to take place immediately. Sugarland was proud to create a beautiful white cake with a gorgeous rainbow of color on the inside to celebrate the recent overturn of the ban on same sex marriages in North Carolina! We’re so excited to be taking part in a monumental time in North Carolina’s history. We support love in all forms, and what better way to celebrate than with cake?! It’s all about the love, and love wins! So let them eat cake!

The Knot Best of Weddings 2014

Steampunk Wedding Cake Sugarland Raleigh Chapel HillSugarland The Knot Best of Weddings 2014We’ve been busy this wedding season- Sugarland won The Knot Best of Weddings 2014 for Wedding Cakes and Desserts! Yippee!! The Knot has featured us as a winner and we’re just oh so honored to have won!

It’s been a wonderful year of making awesome wedding cakes. From pretty sugar flowers to intricate lace piping, we’ve made some outstanding cake masterpieces. We’re so proud of the beautiful cakes we’ve made and so grateful for the wonderful reviews all our brides write for us. You can see more wedding cakes we’ve made this year on our Pinterest, or see what other brides are saying about us and leave your own comment on The Knot! We’re so excited for all our brides in 2015! Make sure to let us know how much you enjoyed your cake as we head towards The Knot Best of Weddings 2015!
Rustic Wedding Cake Sugarland Raleigh Chapel Hill
The Knot Best of Weddings 2014

Best Bakeries in the Triangle

Blue Ombre Wedding CakeWe don’t mean to toot our own horn, but we’ve got some exciting news to share! (toot toot) WRAL.com, a prime place for finding local hot spots in the community, likes to pick their favorite spots in the Triangle and share with the community. Today they announced the Best Bakeries in the Triangle, and guess who made the list? That’s right, yours truly!

Sugarland made the five faves for bakeries, and we’re thrilled to share the good news with you, our loyal Sugarfans! We’re just gushing over the announcement, we love to hear that you enjoy all our yummy treats. Was it our delicious cupcakes, fresh gelato, special house blend of coffee, or yummy frozen cocktails that helped us make the list? Who knows, but we’re sure glad you all like what we’re making! Head on over and enjoy a tasty treat from a top five bakery in the Triangle- we’ve got fresh, delicious pastries just waiting for you!

Indy Week Best of the Triangle 2014

Do you know the best bar in town?  Have opinions on the local Japanese fare?  Know where to get the best cupcakes?  (Just kidding.  That last one was too easy.  Hint:  It’s us!)

Best of the TriangleThen share your thoughts in this year’s “Best of the Triangle.”  Each year, the INDY asks YOU to tell them where your favorite local spots are, and it’s that time again!  You just have to fill in at least 20 categories (out of almost 300!) to submit your answers, and we’re even giving away free cupcakes just for participating! [Read more…]

We Won! We Won!

Sugarland winners at IBIE 2013 in wedding cakes and grooms cakes

The champ and her winning cakes!

We just got back from a whirlwind trip to Fabulous Las Vegas for the cake decorating olympics!  The International Baking Industry Exposition ( IBIE for short ) happens once every three years and is the biggest bakery-centric event in North America.  In Europe, they have SIGEP, which we dream of going to but that’s a blog post for another day.

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It’s Time for Fall Pies!

Now that it’s September and almost officially Fall, we thought we’d share some of our tasty pie recipes with you!  Below you’ll find our super secret Sugarland recipes for a yummy apple pie and fried pie dough.  The fried pies can be filled with just about anything- jam included- to give you a tasty little bite-sized treat!  Check out the video below to see us make some on My Carolina Today!

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Sugarland has the Nation’s Most Creative Cake Decorator!

Sugarland's head decorator is the most creative cake decorator in the US!
We’re so pleased to announce that Stephanie, our head decorator, has been selected as one of only a dozen competitors for the Nation’s Most Creative Cake Decorator!  She’ll be jetting out to Las Vegas in October to face-off against 11 other professional decorators (and crush them!!!).  Not only is she one of just 12 competing throughout the US, she is one of only 3 who were chosen without having to complete a qualifying round.  How cool is that?!

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Sugarland in The Knot North Carolina!

We’re so happy to tell you that we have been included in an “Ask the Experts” feature in the latest print issue of The Knot North Carolina!  We’re honored and delighted to share a little bit of our wedding planning insights with you.

Sugarland's feature in the 2013 issue of The Knot North Carolina [Read more…]

Which Cupcake Was Your Favorite??

We had a BLAST last Wednesday at our Celebrity Cupcake Wars extravaganza! It was great to meet some of our cupcake poets and the celebrities did a terrific job!  Our girls in the kitchen worked their butts off getting ready for the party and we think it worked out famously.  Each team got a basket filled with 5 secret North Carolina ingredients and they had to use at least three in an original cupcake concoction.

 photo sugarland 5th birthday

The Yellow Team made up of Ed & Heba paired with the lovely Alysia.  They were representing the Pay It Forward Fertility Foundation, and had the “North Carolina Icons” basket.  This basket was made up of North Carolina items that are now famous all over the country including Krispy Kreme donut holes, Texas Pete, Moravian Cookies, Biltmore Wine, and Pepsi. [Read more…]