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Serenade Chocolatier

Pinata Cake & Fine Chocolates

Smash Into Chocolate Nirvana

"It's a piñata, it's a cake – it's a chocolate piñata cake from Serenade Chocolatier. Yes, each cake-shaped molded chocolate shell hides a surprise: It’s filled with the chocolatier’s signature artisanal chocolates. This show-stopping, mouthwatering celebration of chocolate could be called the crown jewel of Serenade's decadent offerings.

Even if the notion of a piñata cake forged of chocolate and filled with hand-crafted treats isn’t enough to pique your interest (not that we can even imagine that), the story of
Serenade will capture your heart. Bill Federer was a legendary Viennese chocolatier and Holocaust survivor. He came to the U.S. with nothing and, with the help of Jewish philanthropies, became a legend in Brookline, Mass., for his incredible yet affordable chocolate treats. Current shop owner Nur Kilic was mentored by Federer until his death in 2006, and she continues the Viennese tradition of delectable chocolate delights.

The shell of the piñata cake is made from milk or dark chocolate, and you can choose a 6" or 8" size. Then get ready to celebrate by smashing the shell with the included wooden mallet. Carrie Kuempel, who told us about this spectacular treat, tells us the smashed bits are perfect for melting with some cream for fondue.

Prepare for pure chocolate bliss!

— Mir
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Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Nur
    Nur

    Hello fellow chocolate lovers. I am very excited to share my passion for chocolate with you. We make all our chocolates in Brookline Village in our small open kitchen. The chocolates are all made with fresh natural ingredients. The chocolate piñata cake is a fun way to celebrate any occasion. It is gluten free! I am happy to answer any questions.

  • dennise
    dennise
    1/31/2011 1:51 PM

    These look exceptional!! Can you tell me about how many individual chocolates fill each of the cakes?

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    1/31/2011 2:01 PM

    @dennise: I agree, what an amazing treat this would be. There are 15 chocolates within a small cake and 30 chocolates within a large cake.

  • Anne Carol
    Anne Carol
    1/31/2011 2:10 PM

    Why do you say that the chocolate shell would be ideal for making chocolate fondue? Is it not the exact same chocolate used to make the chocolates inside the cake? Could it not be eaten as is, the shards resulting from breaking into the cake?

  • joanne domeniconi
    joanne domeniconi – Grommet Team
    1/31/2011 2:35 PM

    @Anne Carol: Sure, you can definitely eat the molded chocolate as is.

  • Carrie
    Carrie
    1/31/2011 2:36 PM

    @Anne Carol: Hi Carrie here. I'm the 'finder' who recommended the fondue idea. You can absolutely eat the chocolate shell! It's just like in the Willy Wonka 'Candy Man Can' song: "You can even eat the dishes!" But if you do have any chocolate shell pieces left over, simply zap them in the microwave and add a little heavy cream to make a yummy fondue. We did this on New Year's Eve. It was like having a progressive dessert party!

  • Nur
    Nur – Special Guest
    1/31/2011 2:36 PM

    Yes, just eating the fabulous chocolate shell would be the best. Its the same chocolate as the items made inside.

  • pam
    pam
    1/31/2011 2:11 PM

    Is the dark chocolate vegan?

  • Nur
    Nur – Special Guest
    1/31/2011 2:26 PM

    @pam: Yes. But the items inside the cake are a mix of milk and dark.

  • Susan Zimmerman
    Susan Zimmerman
    1/31/2011 2:18 PM

    I bought one of these chocolate cakes for my daughter's graduation....it was a "smashing success"...not to mention....so yummy and fun for all!

  • Jacqui
    Jacqui
    1/31/2011 2:27 PM

    how long does delivery typically take. Want to order for b-day in March so just not sure how many days in advance to order to get it on day that I need it. Thx!

  • Nur
    Nur – Special Guest
    1/31/2011 2:38 PM

    @Jacqui:

    Depending on where its being shipped, its best to order one week to 10 days before at least.

  • Jacqui
    Jacqui
    2/1/2011 1:18 PM

    @Nur Kilic: just to Harvard Square in Cambridge.

  • Gena
    Gena
    1/31/2011 4:53 PM

    Hello,

    Can you give an idea of the fillings of the chocolates for a 6" cake? I know it's a mixture of dark and milk, but am wondering what is inside of them. Thanks!

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    1/31/2011 5:56 PM

    @Gena: The cakes are filled with an assortment of Viennese Chocolates: caramel, cranberry pecan, moca, honeycomb, Viennese, coconut, chocolate covered nuts

  • Julia
    Julia
    1/31/2011 5:30 PM

    LOVE this! What a perfect party cake. And I love that it's gluten-free and that the shell is vegan. Would be great to offer an entirely vegan version as well! How cute would little tiny individual-size ones be for wedding favors?

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    1/31/2011 5:58 PM

    @Julia: They would make very memorable wedding favors. Great ideas!

  • Mary Ashley
    Mary Ashley
    1/31/2011 6:23 PM

    Are the chocolates all peanut safe? We have someone in the family who is deathly allergic to peanuts. They look delicious! I love the idea!

  • Nur
    Nur – Special Guest
    1/31/2011 7:40 PM

    @Mary Ashley: We work with peanuts in our kitchen and the pinata cake has peanutbutter cups in it.

  • Gary
    Gary
    1/31/2011 9:26 PM

    How long do I have to place an order to receive it on or before Valentine's Day?

  • Nur
    Nur – Special Guest
    2/1/2011 10:09 AM

    @Gary: It's best to order as soon as you can, we are only 13 days away from Valentine's Day and it is our busiest time. The chocolate lasts at room temperature, 70 degress, for 4 weeks. The latest please order by February 7.

  • Gary
    Gary
    2/1/2011 9:05 PM

    @Nur Kilic: I went ahead and called in an order today. Thanks for the quick response via e-mail and sales order.

  • Tracy
    Tracy
    2/2/2011 2:55 PM

    I love this idea! I am in the checking out process to order 2 of these cakes. I selected the "custom" message option, but it won't allow me to actually type the messages anywhere. Do you know what to do about this? Thank You :)

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    2/2/2011 3:22 PM

    @Tracy Scanlon: When you are at Step 3 of the checkout process "Shipping Method" there is a line below your shipping information that says "Check this checkbox if you want to add gift messages." When you checkmark the box a Gift Message box opens up. You are going to love these cakes!

  • Tracy
    Tracy
    2/2/2011 4:50 PM

    @Katherine Klinger: ok. is that going to get a custom message on the cake though? it sounds like its a message on a gift card?

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    2/2/2011 5:13 PM

    @Tracy Scanlon: You can use it for both purposes. To clarify you can write 'Message on cake' and/or 'Message on card'.

  • Angela Bull
    Angela Bull
    2/2/2011 3:22 PM

    Is your dark chocolate dairy free and vegan friendly?

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    2/2/2011 3:23 PM

    @Angela Bull: The dark chocolate is vegan, but the chocolates within the cake are both dark and milk chocolate.

  • Joanne Deschenes
    Joanne Deschenes
    2/14/2011 11:17 AM

    I bought this for my husband for Valentine's day. I am surprised it made it to a 2nd day !!! The "cake" tastes awesome, and he hasn't even hit the surprised inside!! I would NEVER hesitate to get this again !!!

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    2/14/2011 12:00 PM

    @Joanne Deschenes: We're glad the Pinata cake was well received and helped make your day special! Thanks for stopping back to share.

  • Joanne Deschenes
    Joanne Deschenes
    4/12/2011 1:24 PM

    I gave this "cake" to my husband for Valentines Day. It was the first gift in a long time that he didn't complain about. A friend of mine recently celebrated a milestone birthday. She brought it to her party. She had to go home during the party to get the email address for several people.... A good idea??? I think so...

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    4/12/2011 1:28 PM

    @Joanne Deschenes: We had it for my sister's milestone birthday, too. It is truly a deliciously clever way to celebrate any occasion. Thank you for stopping by to share your experience.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    2/6/2012 1:01 PM

    This is the second time that we are featuring Serenade Chocolatier's amazing chocolates and we are carrying over the conversation here. We are here to answer any questions you have.

  • Peggy Hamblin
    Peggy Hamblin
    2/14/2012 2:56 PM

    This was the perfect "out of the ordinary" Valentine gift for my husband! It arrived so well packaged that it was in perfect shape when he opened the box. The chocolate "cake" is not flimsey -- it took two good whacks with the mallet to break through the top. The dark chocolate was yummy. I definitely recommend this tasty confection for any chocolate lover for any special occassion.

  • Chew-Hoong
    Chew-Hoong – Grommet Team
    2/15/2012 9:28 AM

    @Peggy Hamblin: It's wonderful to hear that your gift was a yummy hit and that it arrived perfectly intact. Thank you for stopping back to share your experience.

  • mary
    mary
    3/6/2012 4:54 PM

    i ordered a cake and chose the option for a custom message. It did not give me a place towrite this. It later asked me for a message to go along with the gift. Is this what will be written on the cake? I am sorry for my confusion with this and appreciate your time. P.S. You have a great product!!

  • Chew-Hoong
    Chew-Hoong – Grommet Team
    3/6/2012 6:22 PM

    @mary winter: There are 2 "custom" messages you can have: a short one on the cake & a longer message that will be on the packing slip. Our Customer Support Team will be in touch with you to get the message you want on the cake. Thank you for ordering the cake.

  • Christine
    Christine
    3/7/2012 7:54 PM

    I love this idea as a birthday present for my husband but he's NOT a fan of chocolate and fruit together (ie raspberry, cranberries, etc).

    He's a milk chocolate and truffle purist, although he'd like the viennese truffle or other nut items. Is there a chance to get this filled with specific truffles?

    Christine

  • Chew-Hoong
    Chew-Hoong – Grommet Team
    3/8/2012 11:33 AM

    @Christine: Great question. I can relate with your husband as being a "purist"; I'm into dark chocolate tho' ;0) Our Customer Support Team is looking into your request and will contact you directly.

  •  Elaine
    Elaine
    11/7/2012 5:16 AM

    Hi, I am just wondering whether you ship it to Malaysia because my husband is working there and also such a hot weather there are the chocolate going to melt?And also can I order now but need to deliver on the particular day?

  • Chew-Hoong
    Chew-Hoong – Grommet Team
    11/7/2012 10:00 PM

    @ Elaine: You're right, the cake cannot be shipped overseas because of the heat. Since I'm from Malaysia, I know it can get blistering hot there. What a lovely birthday idea for your husband. We hope you will consider another Grommet that will be more heat-resistant ;0)

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