Summer Classes and Camps




CAKESTRAVAGANZA CAMPS

Do you have a budding pastry chef in your house?  If your child is 9 years or older and obsessed with cooking, baking, creating (and making a mess in your kitchen!) send him or her to "Cakestravaganza Camp" for 4 days of fun in The Bakement, home of For Goodness Cakes!

Each day we will bake something delicious and introduce your child to lifelong skills that can be used to make sweet, edible creations of their own.  We will focus on proper measuring, mixing and decorating techniques while allowing for the creative freedom that this age group craves.

LEVEL 1-A
Session 1: June 5 - 8 (ages 9 and up, 9:30 - 12:30)
Session 2: June 12 - 15 (ages 9 and up, 9:30 - 12:30) *note age minimum has been lowered for this camp*
Session 3: July 10 - 13 (ages 9 and up, 9:30 - 12:30)
Session 4: July 10 - 13 (ages 12 and up, 2:00 - 5:00)

COST: $275

DAY 1: FLORAL CUPCAKES
Learn how to read recipes, measure ingredients and mix cake batter, and an introduction to pastry bag and piping skills, as well as making some simple buttercream flowers.

DAY 2: CHOCOLATE
Learn the basics of working with chocolate. Bake mini chocolate tortes, learn to ice with buttercream, glaze with warm ganache and adorn them with chocolate decorations.

DAY 3: FONDANT
Learn how to color, shape, mold and cut out designs with fondant.  Each child will cover a faux cake with fondant and decorate it using fondant and edible paint.

DAY 4: CUPCAKE WARS
Just like the hit TV show, kids will team up and create their very own cupcake recipes and designs using the skills they learned at camp.  At the end, every child will judge the cupcakes on best taste, appearance and originality.

Level 1-A Camps: SIGN UP HERE!

Sign up for a 2nd multi-day camp and receive 10% off one camp!


LEVEL 1-B
Session 1: July 17 - 20
Session 2: July 24 - 27 

AGES: 9 and up
TIME: 9:30 - 12:30
COST: $275


DAY 1: CUPCAKES with ICING TEXTURES
Learn how to read recipes, measure ingredients and mix cake batter, and an introduction to pastry bag skills and playing around with lots of different piping tips to create fun textures.

DAY 2: CARAMEL MINI CAKES
Learn about the many uses of sugar in the pastry kitchen and how to cook it properly to make caramel.  Bake mini vanilla cakes, and learn to fill and ice them with delicious caramel buttercream, then adorn them with caramel creations.  

DAY 3: FONDANT CAKES: AIRBRUSHING AND PAINTING
Kids will be introduced to fondant and learn how to cover a faux cake with it.  Then they'll get to try out airbrushing and painting their fondant cakes with edible food coloring.  

DAY 4: CUPCAKE WARS
Just like the hit TV show, kids will team up and create their very own cupcake recipes and designs using the skills they learned at camp.  At the end, every child will judge the cupcakes on best taste, appearance and originality.

Level 1-B Camps: SIGN UP HERE!


ODE TO AMERICA BAKING CAMP

Make America bake again!

DAY 1: SUGAR COOKIES
We'll bake and decorate sugar cookies in stars and stripes, and red, white and blue. 

DAY 2: APPLE PIE
Learn to make and roll out a delicious homemade pie crust and create a mini version of this classic American favorite.

DAY 3: FLAG CAKE
Learn the secrets behind making the famous American Flag cake, and take it home just in time to celebrate our nation's birth!

AGES: 9 and up
DATES: June 26 - 28
TIME: 9:30 - 12:30
COST: $205


FOR ALL MULTI-DAY CAMPS, IN ORDER TO SECURE YOUR CHILD'S PLACEMENT, YOU MUST DO 3 THINGS:
1. Sign up here on sign-up genius.
2. CLICK HERE to fill out the online registration form.
3. Send a $125 registration fee to: For Goodness Cakes, 436 Bertonley Ave. Charlotte, NC 28211 (checks payable to For Goodness Cakes, or send via Venmo to hainesbarksdale)


SUMMER THEMED CUPCAKES
Let's celebrate the essence of summer with cupcakes!  Together we'll make yummy cupcake batter, and add fun flavors to give them variety.  While they bake, we'll make buttercream and learn how to make cool designs using icing and fondant (think beach trips, s'mores, lemonade stands and pool days). Go home with adorable and delicious cupcakes that are almost too cute to eat.

Tuesday, August 1 (ages 5- 8)
9:30 - 12:30

OR

Thursday, August 3 (ages 9 and up)
9:30 - 12:30

COST: $70


Cake of the Month



Wavy textured buttercream with one gold tier
Charlotte City Club - October 1, 2016
150 servings, chocolate chip and vanilla cake with raspberry buttercream filling

Testimonials

“Your cake was FANTASTIC!!!!! My guests loved your cake; it was a big hit! Even my friends who are chefs, wanted seconds!!! THANK YOU! I look forward to using your services in the future, and if you ever need references, I would love to share how great your cake is and what a wonderful person you are to work with.”
-Marianne Brandwijk

“Just wanted to say thanks for the amazing cake this weekend! It was absolutely gorgeous. You are quite talented. Everyone loved it. I was very sad to cut into it because it was so cute, but glad I did because it tasted fabulous!”
-Jennifer Ricketts
“I just wanted to thank you so much for the delicious carrot cake . Not only was it delicious but it was absolutely beautiful! Actually, it was the hit of the luncheon! You have been so sweet and great to work with and I thank you for that! Hopefully, I will have an occasion to call you again soon! I will definitely spread the word!”
-Tara Johnson

“You are amazing. The cake was spectacular—just spectacular. Exactly what we had pictured. Simple and classic and absolutely delicious. We can’t thank you enough.”
-Susanne and Brooke Hawthorne
“Everyone RAVED over how delicious our wedding cake was...and I can't wait for 9/15/08 to eat it again! Thanks for all your work - it was wonderful!”
-Brooke Westmoreland “Thank you for the fabulous wedding cake. It was spectacular--both beautiful, amusing, and delicious. One could not ask for more! I cannot tell you all the wonderful comments we got on the cake, but suffice it to say that your ears should be burning with praise. Thank you so much, Haines, for so beautifully realizing Sasha and Alec's conception.”
-Eileen Paroff
“What can I say--Joe’s cake was amazing and I have NEVER had so many compliments! You did an amazing job and I cannot thank you enough! I am thrilled!”
-Terah Polite

“You are amazing! Would you believe there wasn’t a piece left? Thank you so much!”
-Susan and Stephen Kirk

Wedding Cakes

Wedding cakes are the main focus of my business and therefore occupy most of my time. I book up quickly during the wedding season, so it is best to reserve the date on my calendar at least 6 months in advance. Prices start at $5/serving (minimum of $500 for orders placed more than 4 months in advance).  Please email or call me for more information and to set up a tasting.

These galleries are made up of photos of my work dating back to as far as 2004, and they are updated monthly.

ALL WEDDING CAKES          MODERN          CLASSIC       NONTRADITIONAL

FALL

Groom's Cakes

The groom's cake used to be considered a southern thing (think armadillo cake in Steel Magnolias), but now it is popular at weddings throughout the country. Usually served at the rehearsal dinner or an addition to the bride's wedding cake at the reception, it is most often playfully designed to match the groom's interests. It's a fun way to get the groom involved in wedding planning or it's the perfect surprise for him.  Pricing variable - minimum $500 for orders placed more than 4 months in advance.

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Birthday Cakes

What's a birthday without a cake?
Chef's choice $75 minimum, custom designs start at $150.

ALL TYPES

KIDS

BOYS

GIRLS

OVER 30

Baby Cakes

After the wedding cake...

CHRISTENINGS

Chef's choice $75 minimum, custom designs start at $150.

Cupcakes

Cupcakes are always fun and easy to serve. Any cake flavor can be made into a cupcake, and there are lots of fun ways to decorate them. Prices start at $2.50/ea for standard size (minimum order 2 dozen) and $15/doz for minis (minimum order 4 dozen) Cupcake tree rental - $10

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Wedding Shower Cakes

....around the house....stock the bar....lingerie...kitchen....bridal luncheons....gardening....entertaining...favorite things…..
Chef's choice minimum $75, custom designs start at $150.

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Miscellaneous Cakes

Weddings, birthdays, showers, babies, yada, yada, yada. There is so much more to celebrate in life.
chef's choice minimum $75, custom designs start at $150

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HOMESTYLE CAKES - (no design or color, may include message, any flavor, rough icing) start at $35

Goodness Granola

It's healthy and delicious, and people can't get enough of my homemade Goodness Granola! This yummy concoction of oats and nuts is the perfect "pick-me-up" and makes a great gift.

Come by for a free sample or call to place an order!

Ingredients: Rolled oats, sunflower seeds, maple syrup, almonds, pumpkin seeds, raisins, sweetened dried cranberries, canola oil, cinnamon, vanilla extract, salt

Price: $7/lb (1 cup = 4 oz)

Sold by weight in any amount.