Archive for the ‘Desserts’ Category

Sweet & Saucy Shop + Sweet Lucies

Monday, August 18th, 2014

I am beyond excited to announce our new partnership with Sweet Lucies Ice Cream! If you haven’t tried their ice cream before then you are definitely missing out!  I have had it for years at different wedding industry events and parties and each time I found myself going back for seconds and wishing for thirds :)  So of course I thought it would be a great idea to partner with them on a new line of ice cream products for our bakery when they brought it up!  We have been working hard at recipe testing and are so excited to be launching this Saturday the 23rd from 1-3pm at our bakery in Long Beach!  Sweet Lucies will be there with their adorable truck too!  And don’t worry we will be launching our ice cream products in our Newport Beach location as well starting mid September!

The first ice cream product we will now be selling are ice cream macaron sandwiches!  Our macarons and their ice cream is pure yumminess!

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One of my favorite desserts at our bakery are our chocolate chunk cookies and our brownies and so after adding Sweet Lucies ice cream to them I think I about died and went to heaven…so delicious!

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Well we hope to see you out at the LB location this Saturday from 1-3pm!!!  The first 25 people in line at Sweet Lucie’s truck with get a free treat too :)

 

New Fondant Classes Available!

Friday, August 8th, 2014

We always get lots of requests for classes her at Sweet & Saucy Shop, but sadly over the years I have had to start teaching less and less since having my sweet Blake and now being pregnant with my little man, BUT lucky for you my talented cake team are ready to step up to the plate and teach you their skills!

Kasey is going to be heading up this new series of fondant classes we will be offering and if you follow us on instagram you know what amazing skills she has in the cake world!

We are offering three different fondant classes: beginner, intermediate, and advanced.  We are grouping some classes on back to back days for those of your traveling from out of town who want to take more than one class while you are out here.

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Fondant Basics: $185
-introduction to fondant tools
-Types of fondant: pros & cons
-How to color fondant
-How to cover a round tier
-Learn how to do dots, stripes, bows
-Learn how to make basic number or cut out toppers
-Learn how to make banners
-Student will create their own one tier cake based on these techniques
Intermediate Fondant: $250
-Kasey will demo how to cover a square, petal, and tall round tier
-Students will pick what shape they want to use and create a 2 tier cake
-Learn how to use glam cake molds such as lace, jewels, etc
-Learn how to do sugar ruffling and draping
-Learn how to use pearl dust with brush and airbrush gun
Advanced Fondant: $250
-Kasey will demo stacking a 3 tier real cake so you can see structure & use of dowels
-Students will pick tier shape, fondant and stack their dummy cakes
-Learn how to use templates to create advanced script and design
-Learn how to use metallics (paint, gold leaf, etc)
-Lean the basics of  hand painting on cakes
-Students will design their own custom 2 tier cake based on techniques learned

Dates…

Sun Sept 7th: Fondant Basics Class 12-3pm
 
Sun Sept 28th: Fondant Intermediate Class 12-3pm
 
Sun Oct 19th: Fondant Intermediate Class 12-3pm
Mon Oct 20th: Fondant Advanced Class 12-3pm OR 6-9pm  
We will only be taking on 6 people per class and they will most likely fill up quickly so to book your spot simply call into the LB location at 562.595.1100 and you can pay for the class in full over the phone with your cc.  (Unfortunately once paid for there are no refunds still we have limited amounts of spots and will be pre-ordering the supplies needed.)
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Email us at info@sweetandsaucyshop.com if you have any question or are interested in signing up for specific dates!

 

Celebrating our 5th Year Anniversary

Friday, August 8th, 2014

A Letter From Eileen

 

It’s hard to believe that it’s been 5 years since we first opened our doors at Sweet and Saucy Shop. This has definitely been an amazing journey and quite the wild ride. The direction of your life can certainly change in a short period of time, and my life has done a complete 180 degree turn since my daughter Melody first approached me to partner with her to open a dessert shop! The first question I was asked when people learned of my new adventure was “You’re starting a business in this economy?” The recession had hit California, and stores were closing doors, not opening new ones. Both Melody and I have a deep and abiding faith that if God leads you in a certain direction, He will provide for you, so we decided to step out in faith. Our Heavenly Father has certainly been faithful, and we thank Him for His Hand of provision and blessing in this endeavor.

They say “A picture is worth a thousand words” so I thought a quick pictorial tour of the past five years would be the best way to tell our story. If you know Melody, you know she loves to take pictures, so it was no easy task choosing a few photos from her collection of 7,000 to tell the story. But I’ll try!

 

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Construction begins…I don’t think we really knew what we were getting ourselves into!

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Our front counter looks pretty sparse compared to our display now. Throughout the 5 years we have added dozens of different mini desserts and goodies to our menu.

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OPENING DAY! Melody’s husband Tim even helped behind the counter that first day! Tim is the technological wizard and is responsible for creating our beautiful website.

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Originally, we started with five of us and slowly began to add more employees. It’s hard to believe that we now have a staff of 25!

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We decorated our back office to be able to conduct tastings for our clients, but after four years….

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It was wall-to-wall consultants, and we knew it was time to move!

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Melody’s first wedding cake made it into The Knot Magazine, and things began to explode!

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We got a call from the Oprah Show for sugar cookies with edible images of the”O” Magazine with Ellen Degeneres on the front cover. The cookies were delivered to The Ellen Show and given to the studio audience. We made one huge cookie which Ellen showcased on television. My sister Rosie is shown here displaying the cookie. Family is so important to us and being able to work with my sister is part of the fun! Some people may not realize that my older daughter Sara makes almost all of our gorgeous sugar flowers for the cakes so it really is a family business!

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TLC asked us to be a part of their new show Fabulous Cakes, and they filmed us for 3 LONG days! Kyong, our head cake decorator, worked on the groomsmen cake with Melody, and the bride surprised the groom with a replica of his dog. The wedding cake and dessert table were quite a spectacular sight!

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It’s always fun to see our creations in magazines! Melody and I set up the display for Miley Cyrus’s 18th birthday party, but we had offers from a lot of the gals to deliver to the birthday party for John Stamos!

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I’m not sure what we were thinking when we decided to open a second shop while Melody was pregnant! Blake Eileen arrived in the midst of construction, and she became a familiar face on the job site.  It was a crazy time, but we love our Newport Beach location!

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A shop party at our new location before the Grand Opening!  In the midst of our party, one of the OC Housewives walked in! Gotta love this location because you’re never sure who’s going to walk through the door!

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After months of work and endless decisions, we really appreciate how beautiful it turned out.

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Definitely the most valuable aspect to our business is our fabulous staff! Melody and I feel we have some of the most talented employees in the world of desserts and our success is largely due to these gals!

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People often ask if there is a lot of drama at our shops with this many women! Absolutely not! These gals work together well…and play together too! We do have the occasional fella working at Sweet and Saucy! My nephew Luke helped at our front counter and is pictured here at our Christmas party several years ago.

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And who could forget Graham! What guy wouldn’t want to work at Sweet and Saucy and be surrounded by these bevy of beauties!

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An important aspect of our business is handled by our very competent consultants. It’s their friendly voices you’ll hear when you call our shop. The list of their duties is endless with emails, phone calls, tastings, and on and on!  Our team had a blast at The Cream Event this past year!

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Our current cake decorating staff led by Kyong Bell (pictured far left.) I have witnessed hundreds of their creations, and I am still amazed at their talent!

 

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Our kitchen staff is capably managed by Jennifer Meek (pictured third from the right). We have hundreds and hundreds of orders pass through our kitchen, and I always marvel how efficiently and smoothly it all goes! And the aromas that come out of this room are unbelievable!

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Lisa was gone for the group photo, but we couldn’t leave her out!

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Cortney Pritchard (pictured left) is our office manager.  A big portion of our business is weddings where every detail is important. These gals do an amazing job of getting it right!!

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Katherine Jimenez and Samantha Gastelum are the gals who keep our Newport shop running smoothly.

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My husband Gregg has supervised the construction of all three of our shops. Fortunately for us, he has boundless energy because 3 shops in 4 years is quite an undertaking. It became apparent that we were rapidly outgrowing our original shop in Long Beach after only four years in business, so construction began in March, 2013 for our shop in the Bixby Knolls area of Long Beach.

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The calm before the storm…getting ready to open the doors for our Grand Opening!

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We were thrilled at the response to our new location! From the moment we opened the doors at 11:00 until we closed at 5:00, people were lined up out the door!

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Without a doubt, the best part about these last 5 years is getting to work with my daughter! This is one of the first dessert bars we set up. In the beginning, we took the orders, Melody made the cakes, and we delivered them too!  And trust me, I washed my share of dishes those first few months! It was exhausting, but we loved doing it together. I have always recognized that Melody was very capable and talented even as a young girl, but to watch her flourish in a business that she is passionate about has been a joy!

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And who knows…we may be grooming another generation to work with us!

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Both Melody and I recognize that we would not have achieved this success without our wonderful customers. Our best form of advertisement has always been satisfied customers sharing Sweet and Saucy with others. We want to thank you for making our business what it is today, and we look forward to many more years of yummy desserts!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Photo Shoot dates at Sweet & Saucy Shop

Monday, July 7th, 2014

I am excited to announce that we have partnered with Annie Vovan Photography and Delilah Beauty again to offer more amazing chances to get yourself all dolled up and photographed with your cute little ones!  You can email or call her to sign up!

Mother’s Day Desserts

Saturday, May 3rd, 2014

Time sure does fly by these days!  Just seems like Easter was last week and now we are unto Mother’s Day!  Well we have lots of fun options for you to get to spoil your Mother on this special day!  Below are lots of photos and then pricing at the bottom!

 

Our Mother’s Day naked cake is a vanilla cake with fresh strawberries baked into it and layers of strawberry ganache and strawberry buttercream!

If you want to box up a yummy gift for your Mom below is great option for you for $40!

If your mother is out of town you can always go to www.sweetandsaucypops.com and order or Mother’s Day cake pop box!

Hope you all have a great weekend!

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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