Kara’s Cupcakes Now to Offer Full-Sized Cakes, La Boulange PRIDE Macarons & More

Kara's "Safari'' cake. (Photo courtesy of Kara's Cupcakes)

Kara’s “Safari” cake. (Photo courtesy of Kara’s Cupcakes)

Kara’s Cupcakes Bakes Up Full-Sized Cakes

If you are a fan of Kara’s Cupcakes, now there’s even more to love — in the form of full-sized cakes.

Six- and nine-inch artisan cakes are now available in Kara’s signature cupcake flavors, as well as two exclusive ones made only in the cake format: Paradise and Chocolate Eclipse.

The Paradise is made with organic bananas, and passion fruit curd filling, then covered in cream cheese frosting, before being showered with toasted coconut. The Chocolate Eclipse is a chocolate cake filled with Italian meringue marshmallow, then covered in chocolate ganache frosting.

The "Eclipse'' cake. (Photo courtesy of Kara's Cupcakes)

The “Eclipse” cake. (Photo courtesy of Kara’s Cupcakes)

The cakes are available ready-made daily and by custom order, which requires 24 hours notice.

The 6-inch cakes are $40 each; the 9-inch cakes are $70 each. There are additional charges for customization.

La Boulange PRIDE Macarons

To honor PRIDE month all June, La Boulange is bringing back its limited-edition Rainbow Macarons de Paris.

Inside the box are seven macarons: orange, passion fruit, pistachio, cassis, chocolate, lemon and vanilla.

Rainbow Macarons de Paris. (Photo by Carolyn Jung)

Rainbow Macarons de Paris. (Photo by Carolyn Jung)

Each box is $12.50. One dollar from each box purchased will be donated to Richmond/Ermet AIDS Foundation, which raises funds for AIDS service organizations in the Bay Area through the production of entertainment programs.

Summer Movies at the Top of the Mark in San Francisco

You may know the Top of the Mark for its romantic setting. But get to know it for prime movie watching, too.

This month through Aug. 26, the InterContinental Mark Hopkins atop San Francisco’s Nob Hill brings back its Fourth Annual Summer Movie Nights Series.

Enjoy complimentary wine tasting and custom popcorn. Cocktail and a light dining menu also are available. This year’s theme for flick night is “love and romance.” Here’s this month’s lineup:

June 3: “Sleepless in Seattle”

June 10: “Hairspray”

June 17: “West Side Story”

June 24: “The American President”

For a full schedule, click here.

Winner of the Food Gal Contest

In last week’s Food Gal contest, I asked you to tell me about something — food-related or not — that seems initially like such a bother but is worth it in the end. The winner will receive a free bone-in leg of lamb from Superior Farms.

A juicy bone-in leg of lamb from Superior Farms. (Photo by Carolyn Jung)

A juicy bone-in leg of lamb from Superior Farms. (Photo by Carolyn Jung)

Congrats to:

Doris, who wrote, “After having being a stay-at-home mom to 4 young children, I am trying to get back into the job market by using my college degree to teach elementary school, which is my passion. I am currently going through a training program this summer and pass all the required state exams. With young kiddos at home and a baby, it seems sometimes impossible to study for my exams because of the constant demands and noise factor that are involved in our household. When I feel so overwhelmed and exhausted at the end of the day, I wonder how I could manage a professional career and my family life, but I remember that countless women have done it around the world, and I need to hang on. If I want to help provide for my children and fulfill my life’s calling to be a teacher, it will require that I keep my eyes on the prize and find the way that best works for my family.”

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