Italian Cream Cake

Italian Cream Cake

Italian Cream Cake

Making Doodle Cinotti an Italian Cream cake for her birthday has been a longstanding tradition in our family. She loves the flavor combination of moist buttermilk layers filled with our cream cheese icing, pecans, and coconut.

You may not have had the opportunity to try this cake in our bakery before. That’s because in year’s past, making this delicious cake has been reserved for solely for Doodle’s birthday that falls at the end of the year while we’re closed for Christmas.

Reasons for the reluctant production of the Italian Cream cake have varied through the years. At one time, increased time and attention required to make each layer was cited for not wanting to add the cake to our menu. Another time, it was decided that demand for the cake wasn’t high enough to warrant production.

The romantics among us believe, however, that Mike Cinotti was hesitant to create this cake because he wanted to reserve the most special cake for his most special lady.

While the Italian Cream cake is still a must-have in December, we are now offering this family favorite to all of our customers–all year long.

What’s so special about an Italian Cream cake?

Every cake has a special meaning to someone. A chocolate cake may remind them of Sunday dinners at their grandmother’s house while Hummingbird cake may bring back memories of the church potluck dinners. Italian Cream cake has that same magical power.

The buttermilk layers are rich and moist and may transport you to a time when life was simple. Where food was safe from harmful chemicals, families gathered together for dinner, and your mom let you lick the spoon full of cake batter. The pecans and coconut folded into the cream cheese icing drive that wholesome image home.

Our Italian Cream cake combines a delicious dense cake with the light cream cheese icing that can be pleasing to almost any guest at your table. And now that we’re offering this classic cake in our store daily, you can begin to create a new set of memories.

How to get an Italian Cream Cake?

We now offer our Italian Cream cake in an eight-inch cake or as single serving cupcakes. For most families or small gatherings, the store size cake is perfect. It can serve between 12 and 15 guests and is a beautiful centerpiece. If you don’t trust yourself around an entire cake, add a few Italian Cream cupcakes into an assortment.

Our talented cake decorators work hard to ensure you have a fresh Italian Cream cake each morning. While we strive to have a fully stocked case each day, we strongly urge everyone to order their cake prior to arrival. If you can’t decide what cake is best, we have friendly staff that can help guide you in finding the best dessert for any occasion.

The Cinotti Promise

Since 1936, the Cinotti name has been associated with quality baked goods. For five generations, we have worked diligently to continue the legacy and create premium products for our community. We pride ourselves on using non-GMO flours, local produce (where available), and sustainably milled ingredients.   

Our entire product line rests on one universal principal:

If we won’t feed it to our family, we will never serve it to yours.

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Bakery Hours

Tuesday – Friday:

6:00 am – 5:00 pm

Saturday: 

6:00 am – 3:00 pm

 

CLOSED SUNDAY and MONDAY.

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Sandwich Shop Hours

Tuesday – Friday: Breakfast served until 10:30am

Cold Sandwiches served until 4:45 pm

Saturday: Breakfast served until noon

Cold Sandwiches served until 2:30

 

CLOSED SUNDAY and MONDAY.

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Memorial Day Celebrations

Memorial Day Celebrations

Memorial Day Celebrations

Memorial Day celebrations will commence across the city this weekend. Whether you’re planning a weekend getaway, a backyard barbecue, or even a graduation celebration, we have everything you need to make this the best Memorial Day yet!

Pause and pay homage

Before we dive into the pool of sugar and spices, let’s take a moment to pause in remembrance. Memorial Day is dedicated to the men and women who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our country. We pause on this day to remember their tribute and to pray for the families left behind.

Originally, Memorial Day celebrations took place as a way to honor the men killed during the Civil War. It wasn’t until after World War 1 that ALL states of the Union accepted it as a National day of remembrance. 

Colonel John McCrae wrote the poem “Flanders Field” which tells of the fallen soldiers who live on through the field of poppies. This inspired woman like Moina Michael to write poems and wear poppies in honor of the fallen. The tradition gained momentum when the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) to begin the “Buddy Poppy” program which provides aid to disabled veterans.

When you see a man in uniform selling poppies outside the supermarket, banks, and other popular buildings, go ahead and make a small donation and wear your red flower proudly.

Memorial Day Celebrations

Memorial Day celebrations will take place across our country the entire weekend. From parades and firework displays to television documentaries and live performances, there will be something for everyone to see and do.

The Jacksonville area will be hosting several events beginning May 24th through May 27th. Lather on the sunscreen and bring plenty of water when you check out these events:

Florida Folk Festival

Head down to White Springs off Highway 41 to enjoy this fun filled festival with the whole family. Three days of celebrations include music, dancing, handicrafts, and live performances designed around the immigrant cultures of the first Floridians. The food cultures represented include Caribbean influences such as chicken pilau, Greek cuisines such as seasoned lamb, and Floridian favorites such as oysters, shrimp, and chocolate covered key lime pie.

Memorial Concert and Picnic in the Park

Make the trek downtown to Memorial Park on Riverside Avenue on Monday to enjoy a free outdoor concert. Display your American pride for this 5:00 pm concert. Pack a picnic and some comfy blankets or chairs so you can relax on the lawns while the U.S. Navy Ceremonial Band performs a myriad of tunes.

Watch a movie under the stars

Join Jacksonville Beaches residents for an evening of entertainment with the aquatic hero, Aquaman. Bring comfy chairs or a blanket along with a picnic snack and relax under the stars for this free movie event. The movie will begin at 9:00 pm but arrive early for the best seating.

Visit the beautiful Jacksonville Beaches

With more than four miles of sand in Jacksonville Beach alone, there is plenty of room for everyone on our shores. Bring the family, bring some shade, lather on the sunscreen, and fill up on fresh water so you can enjoy the weekend fun in the sun.

**For the sake of our environment and the precious ecosystem of our beaches, please bring a bucket for your trash, fill any and all holes, and be mindful of the fragile sea life that call our ocean home.

Celebrate with Cinotti’s

Of course your local bakery is always ready to provide the best treats and sweets to help you celebrate. Grab a few packs of our made from scratch hamburger buns or hot dog buns for your family barbecue. If you’re not a fan of preparing food, order some sandwiches or catered trays from our kitchen.

No Memorial Day celebration should go without sweet treats either. Order customized iced cutout cookies or come in pick out the ones you want from our showcase. Grab a few packages of out patriotic cupcakes for dessert as well.

Thanking those who gave all

Our Memorial Day celebrations always include a tribute to the heroes of our country. We are ever grateful to the men and women who have given their lives in order to afford us our freedoms.

To all our military, police, fire, and first responders who put your lives on the line daily:

we thank you for your time…

thank you for your courage…

we thank you for your service…

And as always, we thank God for America

Cinotti’s Bakery & Sandwich Shop

Bakery Hours

Tuesday – Friday:

6:00 am – 5:00 pm

Saturday: 

6:00 am – 3:00 pm

CLOSED SUNDAY and MONDAY.

Serving Guides

Cake Serving Guide

Tiered Cake Serving Guide

Catering Guide

Holiday Meal Guide

Sandwich Shop Hours

Tuesday – Friday: Breakfast served until 10:30am

Cold Sandwiches served until 4:45 pm

Saturday: Breakfast served until noon

Cold Sandwiches served until 2:30

CLOSED SUNDAY and MONDAY.

Additional Menu Options

Lunch & Breakfast Menu

Holiday Meals Menu 

Everyday Cake Menu

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Planning the perfect graduation cake

Planning the perfect graduation cake

Planning the perfect graduation cake

Graduation commencement can be the highlight of any student and their parents. No matter if you’re celebrating a high school or college graduation, the achievement is an occasion worth acknowledging in a big way. And no celebration is complete without a fun and festive graduation cake.

But planning a graduation cake can be confusing and even stressful if you’re unsure what you want. The bevy of photos on the internet can be helpful in designing, however, there are so many other elements that go into planning your perfect graduation cake.

Servings

A great place to start when planning the perfect graduation cake is to determine how many guests you wish to serve. Our round cakes can serve as few as 6 or as many as 65. Tiered cakes can serve as few as 20 or as many as 600. Sheet cakes will serve between 25 and 100 guests while sculpted cakes may serve 15 to 30.

If you’re unsure how many guests to expect, a good rule of thumb is to plan on serving 80% of invited guests. You can use our cake serving guide to help you determine what size cake is best for you. Before you make your final decision on what type of cake to begin with, there are a few serving considerations to keep in mind.

Tiered and sculpted cakes can be tricky to serve if you’ve never done it before and can require a skilled server to ensure maximum servings are met. These delicate cakes require a large flat surface, a steady hand, and careful driving when transporting from place to place. Depending on your flavor, design, and outdoor temperatures, some cakes may need to be kept refrigerated.

If you’re looking for easy serving for a laid back party, a single tiered round cake or a sheet cake may best suit your needs. While these cakes must be transported with the same care and attention as tiered and sculpted cakes, round and sheet cakes are much easier to serve. Sheet cakes are also great for celebrating multiple graduates or different school colors.

Flavors and Fillings

The flavor options for your graduation cake greatly depends on the type and size of cake you opt for. Round cakes and sheet cakes are available in most cake flavors, fillings, and icings. Tiered cakes can have one flavor and filling on the top tier with a completely different flavor and filling on the bottom tier. Sculpted cakes are mostly available in vanilla cake, however in some cases and designs, other cake flavors may be available. Fillings are not available inside sculpted cakes, however, we are happy to provide a side of your favorite filling if you would like the added flavor.

Cake flavors

The most popular flavors include our homemade vanilla or chocolate. Many graduates prefer to include both flavors and opt for a layer of each flavor. You can also choose from our specialty cake flavors including carrot, red velvet, strawberry, almond, and more.

Icings

Our standard icing is our famed buttercream icing. We use this as filling and icing in almost all our cakes. While buttercream is the most common icing, we do offer a variety of other flavors. Chocolate buttercream, strawberry buttercream, and almond buttercream are among some of the flavors we can whip up. Depending on your cake size and design options we can also use whipped cream or cream cheese icing.

Fillings

Some cakes allow for a filling between the layers. Round, tiered, and sheet cakes can have one filling with buttercream icing. Popular filling options include strawberry, strawberry cheese, raspberry, chocolate, and lemon.

Design

Designing your graduation cake is the most important process in the cake planning process. You may want your cake to make a statement while incorporating all the elements that reflect who you are on your special day. Perhaps you want an elegant design for an intimate dinner party. Or you may want to create a fun party-like cake that celebrates all your hard work.

If you’re choosing a round or sheet cake you may want festive balloons or pretty flowers that match your school colors. If you’re planning a family gathering, you can bring in a photo that we can reproduce on a sheet of fondant that can cover most of your cake. Some graduation cakes have a laid back beach theme that includes waves, edible sand, and palm trees. In all of these designs, we can add a keepsake graduation cap and diploma.

Tiered cake designs can vary greatly. Some graduation cakes incorporate every element of a graduates schooling such as nursing, aviation, or teaching. Other cakes may include a host of small, icing framed, photos of the graduate’s school activities as well as life interests such as events, school clubs, social engagements, and family times. We’ve created tiered graduation cakes that have nothing to do with school at all. Some graduates want a fun cake with elaborate designs such as a Parisian or Disney theme.

Sculpted graduation cakes are also available in a variety of themes. How does a cake in the shape like an over sized graduation cap sound? Or perhaps you’d like a stack of books topped with a fondant graduation cap and diploma? Our sculpted cakes are created by hand in a myriad of designs that can cap off your graduation celebration.

We strongly urge you to have an idea of your cake design before starting the order process. The internet is full of amazing photos that can help you decide what cake is best for you. While we will never claim to be able to reproduce a cake made by another designer, we can use it as inspiration to create your one-of-a-kind graduation cake.

Budget

Your budget is the most important, yet least discussed element of your graduation cake planning. Finding a three-tiered cake on Pinterest that is covered in fondant and designed with custom fondant pieces is certainly something we can create. However, tiered cakes, fondant, and custom pieces require more time, training, and resources than a cake with fewer design elements. This will have a major effect on availability and final cost.

It’s important to have a practical idea of the amount of money you want to spend on your graduation cake before hitting the designing stage. Some cakes and designs can be created with our buttercream icing. Our skilled decorators have mastered the art of buttercream detailing which allows us to offer more designs at a fraction of the fondant costs. If you have a cake budget that will not accommodate the highly detailed fondant work, we are happy to help come up with a design plan that may fit your needs without stretching your wallet.

Transferring and storage

Cakes are delicate works of art and need to be transported and stored properly. No matter the size, flavor, or design of your graduation cake, it should always sit on a flat surface of your vehicle while you travel. This can be the floorboard, trunk, or back cargo area. Holding a cake in your lap or simply putting it on the seat of your car is not recommended. In fact, that is the biggest reason many cakes slide or fall.

Once you arrive at your home or celebration venue, bring the cake to a cool area (preferably indoors) and leave it on a flat surface. Be sure to keep animals, children, and hungry guests away from the cake until you’re ready to serve.

Let us help plan your graduation cake

If you are ready to plan your graduation cake with your favorite hometown bakery, we are here and ready to make your day special. We have provided graduation cakes for families in the Jacksonville area for more than 50 years.

It is our honor and privilege to be a part of your family’s celebration.

Congratulations Class of 2019

Psalm 34:8 …taste and see that the Lord is good…

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1523 Penman Road

Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250

904.246.1728

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Spring in for Strawberry Donuts!

Spring in for Strawberry Donuts!

Spring in for Strawberry Donuts!

It’s strawberry season and you know what that means. Strawberry Donuts are about to hit our shelves! We’ve been busy selecting the finest ingredients in preparation for our spring signature donut flavor and cannot wait to unveil them in April.

Why strawberry donuts?

Strawberries are one of spring’s most popular fruit. So much so, smaller towns in our area host strawberry festivals and many local farms offer strawberry picking activities. With so many opportunities to eat this super awesome fruit, why not add it to your favorite breakfast treat? 

Donuts make busy school mornings a little easier. They can brighten the mood in any office. They can even take away the mid-week blues. And since our strawberry donuts are made with non-GMO ingredients, you can spread the donut joy to more of your friends and family.   

When do you make strawberry donuts?

We feature four different signature flavor donuts throughout the year. Our summer flavor is Key Lime which runs from July through September. Fall brings the ever famous Pumpkin donuts running from October through Christmas Eve. January through March, we make our signature Coffee donuts. Strawberry donuts are our signature spring flavor. We create these delicious bites from April 1 through June 30.

Like all of our donuts, our strawberry donuts are made from scratch every morning. If you come early enough, you may get your hands on some hot strawberry donuts. What better way to start your morning than with a hot, fresh donut and a friendly face?

How can I get my hands on some?

While our strawberry donuts may not have the pomp and circumstance that our pumpkin donuts receive, these little guys are just as flavorful. The first week of Strawberry Donut season, we highly recommend pre-ordering your dozens. This will ensure you have plenty to hand out to your friends, co-workers, and family. Take an extra dozen to snack on for yourself too!

Same day orders may also be available if we haven’t sold out of these delicious donuts. Simply give us a call and we will handle the rest.

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Bakery Hours

Tuesday – Friday:

6:00 am – 5:00 pm

Saturday: 

6:00 am – 3:00 pm

CLOSED SUNDAY and MONDAY.

Serving Guides

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Catering Guide

Holiday Meal Guide

Sandwich Shop Hours

Tuesday – Friday: Breakfast served until 10:30am

Cold Sandwiches served until 4:45 pm

Saturday: Breakfast served until noon

Cold Sandwiches served until 2:30

CLOSED SUNDAY and MONDAY.

Additional Menu Options

Lunch & Breakfast Menu

Holiday Meals Menu 

Everyday Cake Menu

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Which Chocolate Cake is Right for You

Which Chocolate Cake is Right for You

Which Chocolate Cake is Right For You?

Chocolate cake has been a favored dessert item for many generations. It has been served for birthdays, graduations, weddings, and after dinner treats. We’ve even heard tale of chocolate cake for breakfast!

With the popularity of chocolate cake over the years, many different flavor combinations have emerged. In fact, we offer six different chocolate cakes on a daily basis. From triple chocolate goodness to something on the lighter side it can be hard knowing what type of cake to bring home.

Here are five of our most popular chocolate cakes to help you decide which chocolate cake is best for you and your guests.

Six Layer Chocolate

Our Six Layer Chocolate Cake has been a family favorite since 1964. It is created with six luscious layers of our homemade chocolate cake and our Cinotti Family Fudge icing. Our decorators fill each layer with an ample amount of fudge icing before completely covering the entire cake with more fudge icing. We then garnish the cake with milk-chocolate curls. The Six Layer is also available in our moist vanilla cake.

Sacher Torte

What’s not to love about the Sacher Torte? Our Sacher Torte (pronounced ‘Soccer Torte’) takes a slight twist from the original Austrian version. This four-layer chocolate cake features delicious raspberry filling and our homemade chocolate buttercream icing. We then pour a warm chocolate ganache over the cake and allow the thin layers of raspberries to absorb into the chocolate cake layers. The tart raspberries combined with the sweet chocolate create a truly magical flavor combination that will please almost any palate.

Chocolate Buttercream

The chocolate buttercream is on the top of the list of favorite chocolate cakes. The combination of thick chocolate icing folded into our homemade buttercream creates a milk chocolate confection suitable for all levels of chocolate lovers. The cake is iced with this chocolate buttercream before being liberally covered with milk chocolate curls and drizzled with warm chocolate ganache.

Sawgrass

The name of our decadent chocolate cake was inspired by the hotel we created it for in the ‘90’s, the Sawgrass Marriott. Our Sawgrass cake is a chocolate lover’s dream. Each of the four layers of dense chocolate cake is covered in a rich, creamy chocolate icing. The cake is completely covered in the Sawgrass icing before being rolled in semi-sweet chocolate pieces. We’ve heard tale of some customers challenging each other to see just how much of this rich chocolate cake can be eaten in one sitting… will you take on this challenge?

Fudge Top

Our Fudge Top cake is the perfect blend of vanilla and chocolate. We sandwich a thick layer of buttercream between two full layers of chocolate cake. The top of the cake is iced with our family’s fudge icing and the sides are covered in our buttercream icing. We then drizzle warm chocolate ganache down the sides to create a truly beautiful cake. The Fudge Top is the perfect cake for events where you’re not sure what everyone likes.  

So, which chocolate cake is right for you?

Deciding on what cake to bring to an event is hard, especially if you’re not sure what everybody likes. That’s why we maintain a few ‘crowd pleaser’ cakes on our menu such as the Fudge Top and Six Layers. Both offer a balance of vanilla and chocolate and are ‘safe bets’ for workplaces and pot lucks.

Now that you know a little more about some of the popular chocolate cakes we offer, you may be at a loss as to which one you and your family should try first. We completely understand this conundrum and we have a solution…

You can take home one chocolate cake each night and let the whole family decide which one they like best!

This is the fun and tasty way to solve any problem… right?

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Bakery Hours

Tuesday – Friday:

6:00 am – 5:00 pm

Saturday: 

6:00 am – 3:00 pm

CLOSED SUNDAY and MONDAY.

Serving Guides

Cake Serving Guide

Tiered Cake Serving Guide

Catering Guide

Holiday Meal Guide

Sandwich Shop Hours

Tuesday – Friday: Breakfast served until 10:30am

Cold Sandwiches served until 4:45 pm

Saturday: Breakfast served until noon

Cold Sandwiches served until 2:30

CLOSED SUNDAY and MONDAY.

Additional Menu Options

Lunch & Breakfast Menu

Holiday Meals Menu 

Everyday Cake Menu

Catering Menu

Foods for Lent

Foods for Lent

Foods for Lent

Ash Wednesday kicks off a season of fasting and prayer for many Christians. Some may give up social media while others give up their favorite foods. In year’s past, some of our customers have chosen to abstain from sweets while others have even chosen to completely give up coming to our bakery for the entire 40 days of Lent! While we are honored to be such a big part of your walk, we invite you to consider alternative foods for Lent you may find in our bakery.

Alternative Breakfast

Egg Sandwich

Low sugar meals are a huge part of Lent traditions. But preparing foods for Lent that aren’t full of sugar can wreak havoc on your morning routine. If you’re tight on time on school mornings, hop in for a warm egg sandwich on a toasted bagel. We have cheese and bread options to suit almost every taste bud. And you can call your order in before leaving your house and cut your wait time down. You and your little ones can fill up on a healthy meal and you can feel good about keeping your Lent promise…just close your eyes as you walk past the donut case.

Oatmeal

Oatmeal ranks high on the foods for Lent list for many reasons. Oatmeal is filling and low in calories making it the perfect breakfast for those watching their sugar intake. We have topping options that include brown sugar (add a smidge to your bowl for flavor), cinnamon (a natural sweetener), honey (from local farms), and milk. You can bring in your favorite granola or fruit toppings to mix in as well.  

Peanut Butter & Honey Bagel

Order a wheat bagel toasted with peanut butter and honey to start your morning off with a powerful breakfast. The protein packed peanut butter will keep you full while also providing ‘good fats’ which can aide in reducing cholesterol. And, we use locally grown honey which can help reduce pollen allergies and sinus inflammation.

Hot Cross Buns

Perhaps the most iconic of breakfast foods for Lent is the Hot Cross Bun. Our buns are made of a buttery dough with red and green cherries as well as raisins. They are topped with a cross made of icing to give just a touch of sweetness to the dough.

Lent Approved Lunches

Egg Salad

Move over Meatless Mondays. Fridays in Lent mean meatless meals for many families. Use UberEats or GrubHub to have a freshly prepared egg salad sandwich delivered right to your door. Ask for it on toasted white bread, wheat bread, or even an unleavened pita pocket.

Salads

Most of our salads are served with chicken or meat of some kind, but during Lent, you can request a change of protein. Our salad plate is served with three scoops of prepared salads such as tuna, egg, chicken, macaroni, or potato on a bed of lettuce with tomatoes. Our chef salad is served with ham and turkey, but we can happily substitute the meat for added cheese or a meatless topping of your choice.

Tuna Salad

If fish is an approved item on your foods for Lent list, try our tuna salad on toasted whole wheat bread. This delicious meal will not only fuel your body, it can also increase your brain’s ability to communicate to your nerve cells. Add a bit of romaine lettuce and a fresh tomato and you’ve got yourself a powerfully packed lunch.

What are your favorite foods for Lent?

Does your family celebrate with different foods for Lent? Come on in and share some of your favorite family traditions, foods, and activities.

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Cinotti’s Bakery & Sandwich Shop

1523 Penman Road

Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250

904.246.1728

info@cinottisbakery.com

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