Cakeshop can either start up a geth node, which you can then interact with using the Cakeshop front-end, or it can be connected to an Ethereum-like node, such as Quorum, that you already have running. A given Cakeshop instance connects with one node on the blockchain network you connect to.
Out of the box you get:
- Node Management - Fully functioning Ethereum node (via geth), setting up a cluster
- Blockchain Explorer - view transactions, blocks and contracts, and see historical contract state at a point in time
- Admin Console - start & stop nodes, create a cluster and view the overall status of your network
- Peer Management - easily discover, add and remove peers
- Solidity Sandbox - develop, compile, deploy and interact with Solidity smart contracts
It provides tools for managing a local blockchain node, setting up clusters, exploring the state of the chain, and working with contracts.