Sweetness Spotlight: Bleeding Heart Bakery

We have recently had the pleasure of stumbling upon the most amazing cake vendor EVER! Bleeding Heart Bakery is based in Chicago and is owned and operated by Michelle & Vinny Garcia. They specialize in local, sustainable punk-rock pastry. With their combined talents, these two make the most delectable and beautiful cakes we have ever seen! They even make VEGAN cakes! Check out this interview we had with them, and if you are in Chicago, be sure to stop in and eat some yummy goodness. If you aren’t in Chicago, then the pictures themselves are delicious, and should hold you over until you are. YUM!

What’s the story behind the name?
It is VERY cliche, but I thought of the name in dream! I was going to business school and was writing my thesis which was for a community based organic bakery…named Bleeding Heart! The name seemed to work!

Where did your interest in cake making begin?
I was honestly always more interested in pastry itself, until I moved to Amsterdam.I had been invited by the Dutch Patisserie Team. I took a job as a cake decorator there and I seem to have been woken up. I was aloud to be very avante garde, which really helped me love the job!

Is there any common style to most of the cakes you have done?
I personally prefer buttercream and interesting structures with simple and elegant design that is still thought provoking or even having a bit of gore. I love the use of non traditional items like an anatomical heart to speak about love and something very off the wall like the use of hand made paperflowers. I adore Mexican art and religious imagery done in a tattoo style especially with gold and silver guilding.

Where do you look for inspiration when you are about to start something new?
I am inspired by everything from architecture to clothing, but mostly by grafitti and street art, which I find absolutely beautiful.

What is the most unusual request you have ever gotten?
We were asked to make a pot cake which I said no to, but we were also asked to make a very beautiful cake to bleed when cut open. I was previously asked this and had declined, but I took on the challenge and it worked really great!

What’s your favorite cake?
My favorite cake is one that was on the cover of Chicago Social Magazine. It was the first cake I made which really played with structure and was made from 6 long skinny rectangle cakes, on a wooden boards and placed precariously on top of eachother.

What are the most requested flavors?
Chocolate peanut butter is by far the most popular.

When did you start making allergy free cakes?
We started making vegan cakes right away, then came gluten free about two years later. We started offeing the peanut free option about a year ago and started baking with alternative sugars at the same time.

Do you donate a portion of cake sales to charities? (Or rather, what charities do you donate to?)
We have cupcakes for charities, one charity gets chosen a month. We choose charities based on location (must be local) and how they fit into the bakeries mission. Music and tattoo oriented one such as Sacred Transformations or Girls Rock Chicago and perfect examples.

How do we place an order?

Give us a call at 773-327-6934 or email info@thebleedingheartbakery.com and request a tasting. They are $25 which comes off the final cost of your cake if you order from us!

Interview by: Nancy Couture

Wedding Dress Giveaway on Rock N’ Roll Bride

The contest has officially begun!!!

Now that our Spring 2011 collection has officially launched, it’s time to celebrate! To do that, we are giving away a FREE dress to one very special and deserving bride! We are thrilled to have gotten such a huge response to this giveaway on the first day, but keep in mind that the contest is running all week! To find out the details, visit Kat Williams on her blog, Rock N’ Roll Bride. We will be accepting entries until the 22nd, so be sure to tell all you engaged friends about it!

Click HERE to enter!

Kat Williams photographed by David McNeil

All you have to do to enter is comment on the post on Rock N Roll Bride with why you deserve to win. Erin and Nancy will make any dress to your specific measurements from the collection currently being featured in our Etsy shop with the exception of ‘Bambi’, which is one of a kind. You have 8 dresses to choose from, and each one is as unique as you are. We really encourage you to be creative and original, because those laugh-out-loud comments really speak volumes! Tell us, which is your favorite style from the collection?

FREE Wedding Dress Giveaway!

We’ve been hinting at some big news lately, and we’re stoked to finally be able to share it with you:

In the month of February, Knot Couture is going to be hosting a FREE wedding dress giveaway with the Rock n’ Roll Bride. The contest will be starting on February 15th, which is perfect for all you gal’s getting engaged during this most romantic season, and will run until the February 22nd.  To enter, leave a comment on the Rock n’ Roll Bride blog about why you feel you should win! The winner of this giveaway gets to pick one of the eight dresses from our Spring 2011 collection currently being sold on Etsy and have it custom made by your body measurements. This contest is open worldwide. {{NOTE: ‘Bambi’ is one of a kind and NOT included in this offer.}} Be creative with your entry’s, folks- EVERY bride can enter, ONE will win!

Check out the promo video below and share with all your friends!