Christmas Time @ Sweet & Saucy Shop

December 4th, 2012

Well time sure does fly when you are busy with two shops and have a new baby!  I really can’t believe it is Christmas time already, but I have to say that I am thrilled!  I absolutely love this time of year for so many reasons and I am thrilled to share it with my little Blake this year! Our team at Sweet & Saucy Shop have had some fun coming up with some new (and of course some tried and true) holiday desserts and we hope you love them as much as we do!  All prices will be up on the website and of course you can always call, email, pop into the shop to place your order for holiday treats! First up my favorite…gold sugar and mini gingerbread men!

I always love me some good character pops!

I am definitely into washi tape this year and love adding it to anything for an extra pop of color!

Christmas sugar cookies and mason jar desserts are always popular among our clients!

We love our new macaron boxes!  We have both sizes in kraft and red and you pick what kind of washi tape you want to add to it!  The large fits 8-9 macarons and the same 4-5 macarons.

Some new delicious macaron flavors have been coming out of Sweet & Saucy thanks to Jess!  The flavors we have daily (until they get sold out) are Mexian Hot Chocolate, Pistachio, Salted Caramel, Eggnog, and White Chocolate Peppermint!

We can add these cute fondant accents to the mini or regular size cupcakes for you!

We also have gift baskets we can fill macarons, peppermint brownies, sugar cookies, cake pops, and everything else you love of ours!  We can ship baskets too

We are so excited to also be a part of a fun pop up shop this weekend in Santa Ana so if you are in the area definitely stop by as some of the top socal wedding vendors will be making and selling Christmas stuff!  Here is a sneak peek at an adorable new product we will be selling at both bakeries and the pop up shop…Santa & his sleigh of cake pops!

**All pricing is on the website…check it out here!

My little family photo shoot!

November 30th, 2012

To say I am in love with my little family is an understatement!  I am so blessed and grateful the Lord gave us our little Blake Eileen! She is such a joy and we can’t believe how fast she is growing up!  If you know me you also know I am in LOVE with photos, so when I had the chance for Chaffin Cade Photos to take photos of my little family I jumped at the chance.  Their work is seriously breathtaking and I was blown away at the beautiful moments they captured of my family of three….I truly can’t thank them enough!

We decided to do the photo shoot at my in-laws beach house in Newport Beach as Tim and I have great memories there….walking on the beach, sitting at the harbor, and just enjoying the beauty!

Of course I had to have my sister’s company, SaraRae Shop, make Blake some custom headbands for the shoot!  I think the one below is one of my favorite of all time!  Definitely a great Christmas present!

Don’t be jealous of her thighs…

Snuggles and kisses are the best ever!

She just adores her daddy!

Her arm rolls are to die for!

Time sure does fly by…here is a sneak peek at a shoot we did last week with my family for our Christmas card…my little girl is all grown up looking at 8 1/2 months old!  Thanks so much for stopping by the blog and I hope you all are having a wonderful holiday season so far! Thanks for this gorgeous photo Carlie! (from Gabriel Ryan Photography)



Long Distance Long Photo Shoot

November 21st, 2012

This next shoot I’m sharing is such a fun one that Hello Studios asked me to be a part of! I absolutely love how the shoot turned out and since my husband and I were “long distance loves” at one time…he was in Spain and I was here…I love the idea behind the shoot!  Side note: when I went to visit him in Italy I tried to get him to elope with me on the spot because I thought it was so romantic!  Of course we ended up waiting and have a big wedding back home, but the idea is SO romantic!  Hope you enjoy this shoot as much as I did!

For the cake we did the word “love” over and over again in little dots and even though it is simple I love the message behind it!  We accented it with a sugar crusted heart of top and then set it in a pile of clouds!

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Hope you all have a Happy Thanksgiving!

photography: Hello Studios // make-up: Allison Escalante // paper goods: Typologie and Co. // veil: Pretty Bride Shop // flowers: Flowers Etc. Weddings // dress: J.Crew // Cake: Sweet and Saucy

Disappointed in the company “The Sunday Sweet”

October 25th, 2012

Well I had sincerely hoped I would never have to write a post like this in my baking career, but I guess you don’t always get what you hope for.  For the last four years of our bakery we have opened the doors to probably a hundred or more interns.  I truly believe that being in the bakery environment is the best possible learning tool anyone who wants to do this as a career can have. To these interns I have opened my business and my heart.  I almost always have had positive experiences and it is so rewarding to see interns grow in their knowledge and skill.  I have hired on many of my past interns and seen others go to great jobs in the baking field.

People have often asked me if I am scared that people who intern for me would steal my ideas, recipes, etc and for the most part I try to believe the best in people and hope that no one would ever want to blatantly copy or steal ideas of products of ours that we have worked hard to develop.  Now many of our cakes and desserts have been copied and my style as well, but I always try to look at imitation as the best form of flattery and not get annoyed by it…however last night finally tipped me over the edge I guess.  I saw these photos below and lets just say they are NOT my work!

Can you spot our Mini Lemon Raspberry Cupcake, S’mores Tart, Mason Jar Desserts, Cheesecakes w/Raspberries, Mini Key Lime Pies, Candy Bar Cupcakes, S’mores Cupcakes (design down to the chocolate chip on top), Pumpkin Caramel Cheesecake, Mini Pies, Pumpkin Cupcake w/Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting,  Chocolate Peppermint Cupcake, and the list could go on and on…

I was utterly shocked as I went through The Sunday Sweet’s website, facebook, and blog and saw photo after photo of desserts that look like exact imitations of ours.  I then looked at the description of the desserts and many of them were identical to the description/ingredients of ours.  To say I was taken aback is an understatement and then I looked at the “About” page and realized this is a new start up company from a PAST INTERN of mine.  Everything from the cake stands, design techniques, and flavor combos are blatantly stolen ideas from Dana’s interning days at our bakery.  I always love inspiring people, but clearly she didn’t want to put her own spin on things, she just wanted to steal my business style.

My hope for you, Dana, is that you take responsibility for your actions and grow from this.  If baking is your true passion then do it with all of your heart and come up with ideas of your own that you can be proud of.  I have worked for 7 years to get my bakery to where it is and it is very disheartening to see a company like yours come in and just try to imitate everything I have worked for.  I don’t mean this post to be mean or spiteful, but I just had to speak my heart and I hope that you and your company choose to take a different path from here on out.



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South Western Meets Art Deco Americana Photo Shoot

October 17th, 2012

I am so lucky to get to work with some amazingly talented people in the wedding industry and this next photo shoot really shows off their talent! The shoot was inspired by Cassa de Perrin’s new Navajo dinnerware and then Jesi Haack came along and added her usual brilliant design spin to everything!  The photographer who always captures everything perfectly…Jose Villa, shot this for us as well!  This fab photo shoot is featured on 100 Layer Cake today so you can check out even more details over there!

Pitbulls and Posies seriously keeps knocking it out of the park with her designs…I absolutely love everything she makes!

Honey and Poppies created such amazing florals for this shoot and the bouquet is to die for!

For the cake I wanted to add a little glam to the Navajo design so we painted the whole cake gold and then Kyong added in some painted patterns at the base of the cake to bring some pops of color to the cake.  Then I accented the top of the cake with large succulents…loved how it turned out!

1011 Make up did such dreamy hair and make up for the shoot…this model is stunning!

Thanks so much for stopping by the blog and I hope you enjoyed the shoot!


Photography: Jose Villa / Concept production + rentals: Casa de Perrin / Design: Jesi Haack Design/ Floral Design: Honey and Poppies / Paper Goods: Pitbulls and Posies / Cake: Sweet and Saucy Shop / Head dress: Karina Puente / Hair and makeup: 1011 Makeup / Groom’s wardrobe: Beta Unit / Logistical install: Dovetail Coordination / Location: Anza Borrego Desert



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Summer Wedding Cakes

September 26th, 2012

With summer always comes a time of year where we make more wedding cakes than we can count!  One weekend this summer we even had 45 cakes (wedding & specialty)!  I don’t know how the girls fit it all in the fridges, but they managed and we came out with some beautiful new cake designs!

First up one of my favorites of the season…bright coral sugar peonies, a teal/mint fondant base, and edible white sugar lace doilies.





Next is a more elegant lace cake with a pretty pink bow that has a silver jewel for the center.


This fun cake was a main feature in California Wedding Day Magazine.  They wanted to feature the trend of “ombre” so I decided to do a pink ombre and then add an unexpected pop of turquoise.  We then accented it with some pink sugar ranunculus!





One of our most popular summer cakes is our rustic style frosted wedding cake.  It is such a simple, yet gorgeous sight and I loved how the ladies of BashPlease accented it with these gorgeous florals for a wedding we did with them!


Our tallest cake of the season is the next one up!  I had to personally go set this one up to make sure it stood up nice and straight and thankfully it turned out great!


We have lots of Marie Antoinette fans out there and for this wedding they wanted lots of blush pink and gold…dreamy!


These next photos are right after the set up so the whole room wasn’t finished or cleaned up, but I just had to share all the pretty!



Another fun trend we started was the ombre buttercream cake.  I love this yellow one and then the large pop of the teal peony is such a sweet surprise!

Clean and modern defines this next cake with simple navy stripes and gorgeous golden sugar peonies.


Just had to include this mini wedding cake…a tiny 4″ cake with quilting, sugar pearls, and then accented with a real dahlia.


Thanks so much for stopping by the blog!  Definitely let us know which one was your favorite!

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