Fall in Love with Love Cakes by DLM

Our Boutique Cake Experience!

We had it all meticulously planned. Last year around this time, we had just moved Love Cakes by Dorothy Lane Market into a newly renovated space, located in the front of the shopping center of our Washington Square location. We were excited to reveal it to you with grand opening fanfare this past March of 2020. Although that never happened, we are still thrilled to share with you why this move was a big step for us.

Love Cakes by Dorothy Lane Market is more than just a grocery store cake experience. Our designers are truly artists and are eager to tackle the most creative requests to create something unique for you. Our new beautiful space gives us ample room to create. The best part is that you can see us when you stroll by. Although we are an introverted bunch, it’s rather fun having a passerby stop to admire. It’s even more fun when they step inside to check out our ever-changing cake display.

 

COME SEE US!

6147 Far Hills Ave. Dayton, Ohio 45459

Hours: Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-6 p.m. & Saturday 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

CakeShop@DorothyLane.com

 

 

HOW TO PLACE AN ORDER

We’d be delighted to have you stop by or call us directly at (937) 535-5719 to speak to one of our designers. We’ll happily coordinate your cake pickup either from our storefront or the DLM Bakery location of your choosing. Or, you are welcome to place an order at any DLM Bakery.

 

CAKE TRENDS FOR 2021: SMALL BUT SPECTACULAR

Although special occasion cakes this year are notably smaller in light of more intimate celebrations, these small cakes are more spectacular than ever. Our Love Cakes by Dorothy Lane Market designers love nothing more than to help bring your vision to life, so talk to us!

In addition to scaling cakes to smaller sizes this year or opting for cupcakes, we are noting that customers are letting their imagination go wild with their designs. We’re talking more ornate and more of a “wow” factor than ever!

 

 

WEDDING INQUIRIES

We’d love to bring your wedding cake dreams to life! Stop by, call (937) 535-5719, or email CakeShop@DorothyLane.com to arrange a take-home wedding cake tasting!

 

Meet Our Talented Cake Designers

 

DLM Classic Coffee Cakes: The DLM Difference

Sur ce doux nom, une tache de beurre! Upon his sweet name, a spot of butter!” cries out the pastry chef Ragueneau in the famous French play Cyrano de Bergerac, upon seeing children walking out of his shop with beautiful buttery pastries wrapped in torn out pages of his beloved poetry book. Butter-stained poetry, perfectly understandable to a French audience. Butter is a staple in France, showing up in everything from sauces to sandwiches to the most elegant of pastries.

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Paradoxically, can you believe that margarine was invented in France about 150 years ago? By the 1950s, in part due to our eagerness to adopt fashionable food trends, margarine had also become popular here, eventually overtaking butter, sold as a “healthy substitute.” And so manufactured fats, including the worst—trans fats—found their way into cookies and crackers and all sorts of baked goods. Thank goodness we’ve gotten past that. We are enjoying natural fats again, like lip-glistening, totally satisfying real butter. I don’t know about you, but I do love butter! We go through pallets of it, literally, in our bakery operations, where we use it unapologetically in everything from scones to pie shells to our famous Killer Brownie®.

Our Bakery’s latest creation is another butter-centric pleasure … DLM Classic Coffee Cakes! When you eat a slice (or two) you get that wonderful butter sensation on your palate, and it feels good in your tummy, unlike eating overly sweet treats that make you queasy and regretful. We mix a few ingredients such as local organic eggs, sugar, flour, and of course French-style butter. We then bake the cakes in classic Bundt pans to a perfectly caramelized crust with a moist, dense interior. These new coffee cakes were developed and are lovingly baked by our talented pastry chefs, headed up by Amy Brown.

To debut, we have three flavors for you: Zesty Lemon Poppy Seed, Double Chocolate, and Toasted Walnut Cinnamon (my fave). Enjoy them for breakfast with a hot cup of DLM 1948 Classic Dark Roast Coffee, a chilled glass of DLM A2 Guernsey Milk, or a latte from our DLM Coffee Bar. Have a slice with an afternoon cup of tea, or even serve for dessert. However you enjoy them, that genuine “spot of butter” flavor from our DLM Classic Coffee Cakes will have you waxing poetic.

The DLM Difference

Frequently, visitors from out of town tell me they miss us. Others say it’s a major reason why they love living here. I ask why. People tell me “we trust you. Others gush “the food is so good!” The best one is “the people are wonderful.”

What is the DLM Difference? We strive to make a difference, but different from what? The word “difference” begs a comparison. Are we talking adversarilly about DLM vs other markets? No, actually. It’s a noble task to feed others, and the biz is mostly populated by good people.

The DLM Difference isn’t about us or them. It is about you! It’s the difference we want to make in your life. We want to give you a special experience where you meet nice people and find good food … really good food. Shopping DLM is a source of joy, not drudgery. Simply put, we aspire to make your life better. Our company’s mission begins, “To make our customers happy.”

Even in the simplest ways, we want to make a difference, whether you’re coming in for a quick cup of coffee, getting a healthy salad, buying a loaf of bread, or filling a cart to feed your family. Maybe it’s just to pick up a treat, say a brownie.

A DEEPER DIVE

Take, for example, that cup of coffee. Maybe it was from Hacienda La Minita in Costa Rica. You savor its aroma and flavor. Why is it so good? Ask one of our Coffee Bar Managers, Amy, Holli, or Chris, as they just went to Costa Rica in January, not just visiting the plantation, but even picking the beans!

Everybody admires our salad bar thanks to Bertha at Oakwood, Loretta at Washington Square, and Connie at Springboro. They come in early and begin selecting, cleaning, chopping, and producing multi-colored edible works of art, composed of organic lettuces, nutrient-packed vegetables, exotic microgreens, and eye-popping garnishments.

We are willing to do the hard work to make a difference. Consider our DLM Artisan Bread, like our Sourdough … oh my, it’s so good! But it takes a lot of work and expertise to make it so. We have a talented team of artisans who mix from the best flours, hand-shape, and bake on the hot hearth of our juggernaut European bread oven. Great bread is also the foundation (crust) of great pizza. We studied pizza for years before creating our Naples-Style Pizza. This involved installing the specialized hearth ovens, creating the right dough, and stretching our own fresh mozzarella.

And that brownie? Yes, it has to be a Killer Brownie®, of course! Our famous triple-layer brownie is so popular that this very month we are opening a brand new facility. We feature our Killer Brownie® not just in our stores, but now distribute it throughout the country.

FOOD LOVERS UNITE

Not surprisingly, we also do business with people who think as we do and who have passion: people whose mission in life is to cultivate the sweetest pineapple, grow the healthiest chicken, or churn-out the most indulgent butter. There are many more ways you experience the DLM Difference. One other quick example is our entire Seafood department. Some people come for our seafood alone. Want to chat about fishing families in Alaska? Species of salmon? Fat content? Recipes? Cooking methods? Let’s do it!

We are a place for people who love food. And that’s the engine that drives the DLM Difference. Join us this year as we explore some of our favorite points of difference each month and highlight these great products. We love what we do. We love serving you. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to make a difference.

DLM Difference No. 1: Fresh Seafood

DLM Difference No. 2: Authentic Coffee

DLM Difference No. 3: Vera Jane’s Shortcakes

DLM Difference No. 4: USDA Prime DLM Ribeye Steak

DLM Difference No. 5: Prima® Peaches

DLM Difference No. 6: Brentlinger’s Farm Market Sweet Corn

DLM Difference No. 7: Gourmet Burgers

DLM Difference No. 8: Handmade Fresh Mozzarella

DLM Difference No. 9: Rotisserie Chicken

DLM Difference No. 10: Gourmet Takeaway

DLM Difference No. 11: Artisan Bread

DLM Difference No. 12: Sandwich Station

DLM Difference No. 13: DLM Turkey

DLM Difference No. 14: DLM Classic Coffee Cake

DLM Difference No. 15: Grandma Tobias Pumpkin Pie

DLM Difference No. 16: Killer Brownie®

DLM Difference No. 17: Heavenly Ham®

DLM Difference No. 18: Fresh Sushi

DLM Difference No. 19: DLM A2 Milk

Check back in the months to come for more in-depth highlights select DLM Differences. 

Dazzling Eats from New Year’s Eve to New Year’s Day

Although New Year’s fanfare will be much different this year, there are many delicious ways to still make it extra special by curating festive flavors for your table! Whether you’re celebrating the coming of the new year the night before, New Year’s Day, or both, we’ve assembled a list of  essentials that are stunning and full of tradition and flavor.

New Year’s Night

TOAST IN STYLE: Fancy appetizers and fizzy drinks are just the way to ring in the new year in style. Stop by our Wine department to talk to our DLM experts for a recommendation to ring in the New Year! 

SWEET TRADITION: The tradition of eating 12 grapes at midnight comes from Spain—one grape for every chime of the clock! PRODUCE

CHEESE & CHARCUTERIE: As you meander through our stores, get creative and pull together your own charcuterie & cheese tray. MEAT/THE DLM CHEESE SHOP/DELI View our Charcuterie Guide

GET THE RECIPE: Wassail is an English punch-like drink meaning “good health.” 

GET THE RECIPE: DLM Brioche with Caviar. 

ELEGANT OYSTERS: Always in style, see what varieties we are featuring and reserve yours now! SEAFOOD

 

New Year’s Day

Let tradition shine! New Year’s Day is full of food traditions from a myriad of cultures to celebrate the year to come. Here are a few:

POMEGRANATE & APPLES DIPPED IN HONEY: Sweet foods hint to a sweet year with this Rosh Hashanah tradition.

COMING FULL CIRCLE: Eating any ring-shaped treat (such as a DLM Donut or Unique’s Round Pretzels) symbolizes coming full circle and good fortune.

PORK & SAUERKRAUT: Call it superstition or perhaps just a hankering for this memorable combo. This long-standing tradition is said to bring good luck. Try our duBreton Pork & Barrel-Cured Sauerkraut. View this week’s Club Deals to check out savings on duBreton Pork.

CITRUS: In China, citrus is given as a wish of prosperity. Added bonus is that it boosts your immune system. 

GET THE RECIPE: Black eyed peas are a southern staple for welcoming the new year.

WALKERS SHORTBREAD: In Scotland, New year’s Eve is known as Hogmanay and it’s custom for the first person to enter a home in the new year to bring a gift, like shortbread (or whiskey).

 

Pumpkin Checklist

Fall is here, which means bonfires and pumpkin EVERYTHING! We’re big fans of this seasonal flavor and the wide variety of yummy pumpkin products available, so we’ve compiled a list of pumpkin must-haves to get your pumpkin fix. Let’s face it, is fall even fall without pumpkin treats?

We’ve updated our Pumpkin Checklist to feature all of the pumpkin goodies we have available this fall. Make your way around the store with the checklist to get the most out of pumpkin this year!

How many of these pumpkin goodies have you tried?

CLICK TO VIEW OUR PUMPKIN CHECKLIST

See below for some of the items featured on our Pumpkin Checklist.

Caramel Iced Pumpkin Donut

Fresh and made right here daily, our pumpkin donuts are topped with scrumptious caramel buttercream.

Southern Tier Brewing Co. PumKing Imperial Ale

Pour Pumking into a goblet and allow its alluring spirit to overflow. As spicy aromas present themselves, let its copper color entice you as your journey into this mystical brew has just begun.

Purely Elizabeth Pumpkin Cinnamon Granola

Purely Elizabeth Pumpkin Cinnamon Ancient Grain Granola combines pumpkin seeds and cinnamon with ancient grains and superfood seeds for a fall flavor that tastes delicious all year round. These granolas are gluten free, vegan, non-GMO, organic, free of refined sugars, sweetened with coconut sugar, and baked with coconut oil.

Pumpkin Spice Latte

Our Pumpkin Spice Lattes are what pumpkin spice dreams are made of with homemade pumpkin purée, aromatic pumpkin pie spice, and freshly made whipped cream.

 

Check out some of our pumpkin goodies that ship!

13 Must-Make Gluten-Free Recipes

Thai Food in Your Own Kitchen

What is it about Thai food that has so many of us enthralled? I can answer that with four words—hot, sour, salty, and sweet. In most Thai dishes you can find some kind of combination of all of these taste components. In addition to the contrast of flavors, you’ll also find a contrast of textures. How fun is that? Think for example of bright herbal soups, savory curries, crunchy salads, slurpy noodles, spicy dips, and beautiful tropical fruit to name a few.

Grab your Produce Passport and get ready to dive into the world of delicious Thai Produce!

Street food found in Thailand is some of the best in the world. Some favorites from my travels include spring rolls, grilled satay, salty fish cakes, and sweet sticky rice in baggies along with the best fried chicken I’ve ever eaten in my life.

Lucky for us, it’s easier nowadays than in years past to find the ingredients to recreate excellent Thai food in your own kitchen. Rice and mung bean noodles, curry pastes, coconut milk, fish sauce, and chili sauce are now common and you need to find some room for them in your pantry. Along with some fresh veggies and a variety of proteins, a taste of Thailand can be yours! So challenge yourself to roll up your sleeves and explore the incredible flavors that the cuisine of Thailand has to offer.

Curious about curries? Learn about the different types and how to use them!

Noodle on These 3 Recipes:

1. Pad Thai

2. Yum Woon Sen

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3. Chicken Pad See Ew

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Recipes Reminiscent of Route 66

The ultimate road trip in America has got to be driving Route 66, spanning eight states with iconic comfort foods along the way. Although it was officially decommissioned in the 80s, it continues to attract tourists, road warriors, and food lovers looking to taste pure Americana. Today the historic route boasts vintage motels, nostalgic roadside attractions, and some really good road food. After the Great Depression, folks finally had a little extra cash so they piled into the family car and embarked on a road trip of a lifetime with destination spots like the Grand Canyon or Disneyland Park in mind. Even great movies, songs, and books were inspired by the open road and aura of Route 66. For many, this road trip is also about the iconic flavors, like home-style baked goods, spicy chiles, BBQ, and all-around good country eating! Buckle up and take a bite out of these eight recipes representing the eight states along Route 66!

Get Your Kicks with These 8 Recipes

1. Chicago Dog

2. Kansas BBQ Rub

3. Country Fried Steak

4. Buttered Pecan Blueberry Cobbler

5. Cowboy Steak

6. Easy Sticky Buns

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7. Chicken Posole

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8. Fish Tacos with Lime Crema & Cabbage Slaw

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DLM at 70: A Culture of Good Food & People

People ask what the secret sauce is to DLM. Sure, there’s that touch of gourmet in addition to the everyday infused throughout every department (and no, it wasn’t always that way). There’s the friendly carryout who knows your kid’s name and never hesitates to offer the protection of an umbrella on a rainy day. There’s also the robust network of gourmands from faraway lands and local farmers whose bounty can be found at DLM.

But at the core of everything we do, there’s our history, which we hold near and dear. It’s real and rooted in humble beginnings built on friendship, hard work, and an unwavering sense of community; it’s not perfect, but it’s our history. We are proud of it and it has influenced much of who we are today, 70 years later.

We took a minute to reflect on that history and what has shaped the DLM culture, from cultivating a passion toward exploring good food to growing a family of associates, with many who have been here 25+ years. So take a minute to soak that in with the video below.

And to all of our customers and the community at large, thank you! Please  join us this weekend as we celebrate our 70th Anniversary at our 70th Anniversary Carnival happening 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11, followed by our DLM Good Neighbor 5K at 8:30 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 12.