Year's ago, a dear friend of mine lost her husband to a heart attack just a week before one their children's wedding. It was the most horribly heart-wrenching thing I've ever watched one of my friends go through. The wedding did go on and Carol rose to the occasion, setting her grief aside to be strong for her family, walking her daughter down the aisle in her husband's place, and even dancing the daddy/daughter dance with her daughter, holding a photo of Paul.
It turned into a beautiful thing that pulled the whole family together in their grief. I know Paul would have been so proud of them for remembering him at the same time they went on with life in such a joyful positive way.
But those first couple of days were very dark. I'm sure you can imagine.
Like all of our friends, and Carol and her family, Gene and I were in shock when the news came. What do you say and do in that situation, you know? My heart hurt for my friend and her kids.
Send flowers? Appropriate but it seemed so little. Hmmm... I went online and found a gourmet cheesecake place. Aha! That's what went to St. Louis: a gourmet cheesecake with a card that read "F*** flowers. You need cheesecake!" And a condolence.
The bride called that day to let me know that it was the first smile she'd seen from her mom in 24 hours. I love that. Cheesecake can't take away the pain of losing Paul, but at least it could bring a smile, a hug in absentia, and a great story among friends that we still laugh about today.
What does that have to do with Carousel Cakes?
I was shipped a complimentary "cake" which actually turned out to be raspberry, apple, and cranberry pie for my review. In a nutshell, I'll be using Carousel cakes from now on for any kind of mailed celebration or condolence. I'm not much into sending flowers just because even though everyone loves flowers, cake/pie is better. And for sympathy, let's be honest, funeral flowers suck. Cheesecake soothes the wound for a few seconds.
The pie was wonderful, built on a foundation of thick shortbread crust, the filling was sweet without being cloying, many berries whole, the apples in good sized chunks. Caramel drizzled over the top set off the tartness of the berries perfectly. Do be sure to let the pie/cake thaw completely because I found that I like it even better once it came completely to room temperature.
Just because I say to use them for your long distance gifts, don't limit yourself either. Why I say that instead of saying I'll be ordering them for myself from now on is simply because I bake so much myself. I'm a harsh judge of cakes, pies, and cheesecakes, BECAUSE I make all of those desserts myself and have since I was a kid in my mom's professional kitchen. But a lot of people don't enjoy baking and I would recommend Carousel Cakes to anyone who doesn't have time or doesn't like to bake, as well as for gifts.
For my own birthday (no way am I making my own bday cake!) I'm lookinng forward to ordering myself the coconut snowball cake. Yum!
(This pic is from their site)
Check them out: Carousel Cakes