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Easter Desserts

Wednesday, March 25th, 2015

Can you believe it’s already that time of year again? Spring has sprung and we’ve got Easter treats hopping your way! We have tons of options no matter how many loved ones you want to get hopped up (get it?!) on sugar or what your budget is.  The best part is that our cute chick, bunny, and Easter egg desserts are absolutely perfect for any age group: put them in an Easter basket, take them to share at church or to your family’s Easter breakfast, brunch or dinner and I guarantee the only thing they will love more than the Sweet and Saucy treats is YOU for bringing them! It’s a win, win, right? This year in addition to the more traditionally decorated desserts that you’d expect to see, we’ve added some florals to the mix.  What I love about these is they would work for any sort of spring-time party and aren’t limited to just Easter, which is nice.  We have some gorgeous piped floral buttercream cupcakes, hand painted floral Macarons by our Macaron queen, Jess Marvel, and last but not least, a pretty, textured buttercream cake with hand piped springtime florals on top.  These would all make for a seriously beautiful Easter dessert spread! Side note: just in case you’re curious about prices, all Easter pre-order pricing will be listed at the bottom of this post.

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Floral Easter Cake

How adorable are these hatching baby chick and gold leaf meringues made by our bakery manager, Jenn and cake decorator, Kasey? They come packaged in sets of four and tied with a pretty coral bow. Perfect for gifting!

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Birds nest cupcakes, anyone? They come in both regular and mini sizes for momma birds and their baby birds.

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Baby chick cake pops and their Easter egg siblings resting snug in their nest.  Crinkle paper in our pretty pink bowls is a cute nest-like display for these little guys.  If these pops don’t have something to prop them up they will lay flat on their backs.  Need to rent some cake stands or bowls for your Easter dessert table? Contact us at either of our two locations and we’ve got you covered!

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Our classic cake pops with festive sprinkles and sanding sugar are always in season, no matter what holiday or time of the year

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We will have two sizes of Rice Krispy Treats available for pre-order this year.  The mini eggs come in packs of four (great for little hands!), and the large flower and eggs are sold individually. Each one comes dipped in white chocolate and is then drizzled with more white chocolate and covered in sprinkles or sanding sugar. Who says Rice Krispy Treats are only for kids? That is a complete myth!

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Here is a little piece of advice: you can never have too many macarons at a party.  One turns in to four and before you know it, they’re all gone. But hey, no one’s judging. Jess decorated a variety of macaron eggs for you to choose from in addition to the chicks!  They can be made any flavor your heart desires.

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macarons-4 Not everyone is crazy about sugar cookies with royal icing– but have you tried ours?  If you’re not a believer, I think we can change your mind.  Even if you aren’t set on having them at your party, they’ll be sure to please your guests and sit extra pretty before they are devoured. 314-10-1

314-9     I wasn’t joking when I said we have tons of options.  This year’s pricelist is 3 pages of Easter goodness. Make sure you all put in your orders as soon as you possibly can, as we need time to prepare these special treats for you and that weekend will fill up super fast! Have you decided what to pick for your Easter get-together yet?  If you need help deciding, be sure to give us a ring at either our Long Beach or Newport Beach shop.  Don’t forget that Sweet and Saucy Shop Long Beach & Newport Beach is closed on Easter Sundays so get your orders in for pick up Saturday!EASTERpricelist1 pricing2 pricing32

Happy Easter everyone!!!  To order you can email us at info@sweetandsaucyshop.com OR call our LB location at 562.595.1100 and our NB location at 949.715.0920

Thanksgiving Desserts + What I’m Thankful for…

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

 

 

 

 

Well this year I definitely have a lot to be fhankful for!  We just had our second little cutie pie on November 3rd…little Donovan James Brandon!  He actually wasn’t little haha at 9 lbs 9 oz, but he still seems so tiny now compared to my sweet Blake!

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We have lots of delicious treats again for you this year!  Everything from our Pumpkin Naked Layer cake (can be ordered with 3 or 4 layers of cake) to our Pumpkin Caramel Cheesecake with Gingersnap Pecan Crust!  Those are just two of my favorites, but scroll below to see what all we have in store for you!

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For a fancier look we have our Butterscotch Toffee and Pumpkin Mousse Shot Glasses!

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For pies and tarts we have our Caramel Apple Lattice Top Pie and our mini version of the big pie above along with mini regular Pumpkin Pies too!

 

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Our Pumpkin cupcakes are one of my favorites we make all year and the Chocolate Dipped Pecan Bars are so rich and decadent!

 

 

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You can get our pumpkin cake in our cute mini mason jar desserts and we also have fun decorated sugar cookies, cake lollipops and pumpkin shaped french macarons as well!

 

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Below is all of the pricing!  We recommend pre ordering everything if possible since of course we will have some items in store, but they often run out quickly!  We will be open the day before Thanksgiving at both locations, but closed for Thanksgiving Day!  Hope you all have a blessed holiday and get to spend it with friends and family!

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Behind the Scenes @ Sweet & Saucy Shop: Ratatouille Cake

Monday, August 4th, 2014

Hello! This post we’re going over a cake inspired by the movie Ratatouille! Kyong, our head decorator, put this cake together, and we couldn’t be happier with how it turned out!

Here it is in final form:

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First off, our very helpful decorator, Natalie, carved, filled and buttercreamed this cake, so serious thanks go out to her. This cake was made up of smaller layers on the bottom and wider ones on the top, and she did an excellent job of carving them to be even, as seen in this excellently-photobombed picture.

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Kyong’s first move is to make the wooden spoon and set it aside to dry for a few days. All of us are fooled by how realistic it looks, even to the point of complaining that someone has been leaving their tools around. She air dries it in a pile of flour, allowing it to maintain its bowled shape at the top.

The bottom tier is to resemble a chef’s hat, so Kyong rolls out white fondant and cuts it into even strips using our amazing metal pasta strip cutter, placing the strips onto the cake as shown.

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She uses the extruder to get perfectly round lines to border the edges of the strips, adding them with water. Then, because this is a two-tier cake, she places dowels into the bottom tier.

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She then covers the second tier in blue fondant, and stacks it onto the chef’s hat, adhering it with glucose. She makes sure to have carved out an indent from the buttercream on the top tier, as this will become a soup pot.

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Then, she places soup colored fondant into the indent, filling it with fondant vegetables, adheres the handles to the pot with white chocolate and freeze spray, then adds the remaining details, such as the client-provided figurines and the fondant letters she cut out with an X-Acto knife. She gives it a little steaming, and voila! Soup’s on!

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Thanks and see you next time!

Behind the Scenes @ Sweet & Saucy Shop: Mike Wazowski Cake

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

Hey there!

This post, we’re discussing a carved cake of one of the best Pixar characters to date, Mike Wazowski from Monsters, Inc.! Our cake decorator, Kasey, made this little guy, and what a great job she did! Kasey’s a big fan of carved cakes – especially when they’re characters she loves. Just the other month, she made an awesome Dragons Love Tacos carved cake! Anyway, here’s the how-to. Enjoy!

Here’s the final product:

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Now let’s get started!

At Sweet & Saucy, we like to make our decorations before working on the actual cake, so as to have them be dry and movable without fear of breaking them when it comes to attaching them to the cake. For this, Kasey makes the birthday hat and present out of rice krispie squares and white chocolate, covering them in fondant afterwards. How Kasey gets the perfect square edges on the present, is she takes a metal surface and heats it up, then places the white chocolated box onto it, so that the surface evenly. For the pompom and frill of the hat, she uses extruded fondant pieces.

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So the first – and some might argue, most important – thing about carved cakes, is carving your cake accurately to be a great base. Seen here, Kasey’s carving the cake layers into Mike’s shape, before filling it.

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Then, she transfers the cake onto a Masonite board (for stability), and frosts it with Swiss meringue buttercream.

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Next, Kasey carves out the eye and mouth area from the buttercream.

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She then fills in an area for the cheeks, mouth and surrounding the eyelid with fresh buttercream, so as to allow her flexibility when the cake is fondanted. Then she covers the cake with a mixture of fondant and modeling chocolate. If you’ll recall from our previous Behind the Scenes post, modeling chocolate is useful for its flexibility and ability to hide seams. So when you’re working with odd shaped designs, mixing it with your fondant allows it more time before drying out, and better chances of hiding your seams.

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The arms – pictured above – are made of the same mixture of modeling chocolate and fondant, draped over flower wire, dowel supports and rice krispie for the hands. The eye ball is white fondant. The present is attached with white chocolate and freeze spray.

Next, she paints the iris. She makes a circle of turquoise fondant, glues it onto the eyeball with water, then uses gel colors diluted with vodka. Vodka is also useful for removing painted color from fondant, simply by using a clean brush and dabbing at the unwanted spot.

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Then she fills in the mouth area with black fondant, adding teeth with white fondant.

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Then she covers the board with purple fondant, using shortening to adhere it to the board (some cake decorators use piping gel – Kasey prefers shortening, as it allow flexibility, whereas with piping gel, once the fondant touches it, it is stuck). Finally, the accessories and legs are added (using white chocolate and freeze spray as adhesive), the cake is steamed, and voila! Mike Wazowski, everybody!!

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Thanks and see you next time!

 

Father’s Day Desserts

Friday, June 6th, 2014

Father’s Day is here in just about a week and we have lots of yummy treats for you to spoil your dad on this special day!  The pricing is at the end of the post!

First up our naked style cake with Mustache Topper!  Flavor is decadent Chocolate Salted Caramel.

Tons of cute french macarons to choose from…

Mustache macarons and sugar cookies!

Of course we had to do cake pops too!

We can add cute toppers to cupcakes as well…

Our other pre designed naked cake is our Dad’s Tie option with Oreo cake.

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We can put together a cute gift box as well for your Dad!

 

 

 

Easter Desserts

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

Easter time is upon us and we always love coming up with cute treats for you to have at your celebrations!  Pricing on everything is at the bottom.  We will have some Easter desserts at the front counter the Wednesday before Easter and through the weekend, but we will be closed on Easter day.  We also recommend if you want a lot of desserts or anything in particular that you call ahead or email with an order since we do tend to sell out quickly of certain items!

Up first our naked carrot cake with cute little embellishments.

French macarons are super popular and so we made lots of different adorable designs for you to choose from!

We can package up your macarons too…

Our sugar cookies are some of my favorite and I love the shapes for Easter.  We can personalize them too if you want!

Our newest dessert items, our petit fours, are turning out to be quite popular so we decided to decorate a couple for Easter.  Below are our Matcha Lemon flavor and our Passion Fruit Vanilla Flavor.

Cute rice krispy treat eggs can come all packaged pretty in sets of four if you like or individual.  We can do large size as well.

For cupcakes we have some fun options below…carrot tops, roses, nests with eggs, and baby chicks.

Thanks for checking out the blog and we hope all of your have a Happy Easter!

 


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