The 2013 "One Love, One Heart Reggae Festival" provided festival attendees with a delightful range of international foods during their Labor Day weekend event. Traditional favorites like Mexican food, roasted corn, and barbeque satisfied many cravings but "Spirit of Jazz Cakes" was the home run winner for not only their delicious cakes but their original approach to defining their product.
Owners Thomas and Monique Burns started Spirit Cakes in Jan. 2013 and have since then been rising in tasty bakery heights that keep them on the move. Rather than compete with big commercial cake companies, the Burns decided to focus on special orders and festivals. The first chocolate cake they created had a long, descriptive name that soon summoned Monique's creative mind. The cake thus became the Miles Davis and was followed by the Duke Ellington banana cake infused with rum and spices, the Billie Holiday German chocolate chip cake infused with Kahlua, the Ella Fitzgerald yellow cake bumped up with Irish cream liqueur, brown sugar and cinnamon, and the John Coltrane, Louie Armstrong, Nina Simone, and Bob Marley.
With names like these, cake lovers and casual desert fans turn into Spirit of Jazz Cakes fanatics with little other prompting. The fact that the cakes taste oh-so-marvelous certainly keeps tasters as returning customers. "One Love, One Heart Reggae Festival" attendees clearly approved as the cakes disappeared by festival end and Reggae lovers turned into spirited cake lovers as well. Those who were slow to discover the cakes or found only one flavor left by Sunday evening are hoping to see them again as they mark their calendars for the 6th annual festival next year. The Burns bakers are proud to say that serious fans from the Reggae festival have already started placing special orders for their homes and offices.
The spirit aspect of the cakes derives from the fact that each special jazzy treat is infused with some kind of liquor with either rum, Irish cream, Kahlua, orange liqueur or a combination thereof. The Burns' recipes produce moist, flavorful cakes that are made to order. A full cake runs $25 with a $5 delivery charge with delivery available from Sacramento all the way to Los Angeles. At festivals and other events, Spirit of Jazz Cakes also provides mini cakes and slices. The only drawback is that cake lovers are tempted to try every flavor.
Thomas and Monique currently bake at their certified home kitchen for small orders and rent a commercial kitchen for large orders or occasions like the "One Love, One Heart Reggae Festival." According to Thomas, they are currently working on putting together their own commercial kitchen as they take steps forward in expanding their business into their second year and many more. With less than a year under their belts, they are doing remarkably well as a new business in a difficult time for entrepreneurs.