Sunday, September 05, 2010


They're Baaaacccckkkkkk!

Remeber my post last Fall, "Williams-Sonoma, Are you Kidding With the $100 Cake?" Last Fall I made my own version of the ghost cake, mini sized - adorable, tiny, fun and about 90% less expensive. (See below.) I love W-S, but some of the prices? Oy vey!

My Fall catalogs are starting to arrive each day. I love looking at catalogs and buy most of our clothes, books, and even some of our food online. I haven't ordered on paper in years, or even by phone. But I still love to look at catalogs. Especially at bedtime. Not always so bright, since my favorites are laden with treats.

My favorite is
Vermont Country Store which has so many retro and useful items. Although like most catalogs, the items are often extremely expensive. But who doesn't want to fork over some cash for a bottle of "Gee Your Hair Smells Terrific" shampoo?

So... Yesterday the Marie Antoinette of catalogs, Williams Sonoma arrived, laden with gorgeous Fall treats. Including three items near and dear to my heart. CAKES. Fondant covered, decorated cakes. Joy!

This darling pumpkin is 5.5 inches in diameter and 5'5 inches tall. In my world, that's an oversized cupcake. Go ahead, measure 5.5 inches (think of your last boyfriend, perhaps, it ain't much.) The cake costs $99 plus $16.50 to ship it! The copy says it feeds 8-10 people. Ha!! It wouldn' feed 8-10 toddlers.

Come on... We've all watched enough episodes of Ace of Cakes and Cake Boss (my favorite, the paisan from Jersey with his loud famiglia) to understand how labor intensive cake creation can be. Ace of Cakes starts at $1000 a cake. Cake Boss cakes run $12+ per slice. Worth every penny.

These three cakes Williams Sonoma are pretty simple. Extremely simple, actually. Look at the ghost - one piece of draped fondant with three cut outs on the face costs $89? The witches hat is $99. Teeth stains included with all that black fondant.

So, can anyone lend me $282.00?

9 comments:

K Fuller said...

If they arrive looking like the pictures...what the heck are they made of??
2 bundt cakes make the perfect pumpkin, and those mini bundt pans, perfect mini pumpkins.

Kim Rossi Stagliano said...
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Michelle O'Neil said...

I like cake, but let's leave my last boyfriend out of it. I mean, what did the little guy ever do to you?

Kim Rossi Stagliano said...

It wasn't him, trust me, that was a figure of speech. ;)

hopefaithbelieve said...

Hmmm, $100 for a cake from William-Sonoma or probiotics and MB12 shots for a month...think I know what I'll be spending my money on! I love watching Cake Boss. Cake decorating is truly an art form. :)

drama mama said...

To be fair, they taste pretty amazing.

The cakes, I mean.

Roger Kulp said...

Now into my second week of reaction from a major yeast die off.The severe autism and immune symptoms are dying down.I still have the red spots, and I'm trying to figure out what the hell I'm gonna eat for the rest of my life,and how to pay for it...and you wanna show me cakes.

leila said...

I'm sure there are plenty of Manhattan and Connecticut private school parents ordering these for the Fall bake sales... I'd get one if I could afford it! But for us poor folk the pictures serve as inspiration to bake and decorate treats ourselves.

kim mccafferty said...

I think my reverence for the Williams-Sonoma catalog is matched only by my husband's reverence for the Victoria's Secret...