Monday, May 6, 2013

So Cal So Sweet

Sweet and Saucy Shop

…… and Saucy.

I was in Southern California a week ago and finally got to visit Melody of My Sweet and Saucy. Well, that was her blog name back before she became a superstar cake decorating, bakery owning machine. Now she has two Sweet and Saucy Shops and she’s in the construction stage of a third.

Melody of Sweet and Saucy

Hi Melody. You are a doll.

I first “met” Melody when she would leave sweet comments here on the blog way back in the beginning and it’s been a blast watching all of her success.

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She’s super-talented and so is her staff… including her sweet little helper Blake.

And their wedding cake designs are just gorgeous, modern and sing Melody.

Sweet and Saucy Shop Mini Desserts

But what I love most is her love for mini desserts. Little pies and mini tarts, macarons, cupcakes and cake pops, too.

Sweet and Saucy Shop

The desserts are all displayed on beautiful cake stands like these. So cute. And so are the cupcakes. ; )

If you stop by, make sure you get a mini pie… Oh my. Get any flavor and have them warm it up for you. You won’t regret it.

The S’mores cupcake shouldn’t be missed either. Heck, just get a whole plate of petite treats.

We did. Thank you Melody.

Sweet and Saucy

Yeah, I didn’t eat this all myself. I had help. Jenny of Picky Palate, Amanda of Kevin and Amanda and I went on a quick sweets tour to a few places in Jenny’s neck of the woods before we headed out to a food blogging conference. Prep work.

Cake Stands at Sweet and Saucy

Oh yeah, you can also rent or buy these beautiful cake stands from Melody’s shop. I wanted the whole table.

Okay, the whole bakery.

Sweet & Saucy Website

Sweet & Saucy Stands

Newport Beach, CA

'lette macarons

Not far from Melody is ‘lette.

Macarons. Macarons. Macarons.

'lette macarons

Okay. Will do.

'lette macarons

Here’s the sampler pack I picked up for a next day treat. I say sampler pack because it sounds less like I’m eating so many.

They didn’t make it that long though before I had to dive in.

'lette macarons

I’m always drawn to these little bites of perfection and their beautiful colors, but I haven’t found a flavor that beats out chocolate for me. Always my favorite.

‘lette Macarons Website

Fashion Island, Newport Beach

Wonderland

Jenny also took us to a little place called Wonderland. Such a perfect name for this sweet shop. So much eye candy.

Cupcake Stuff\

And tons of cupcake gifts. Ornaments, mugs, and yes bandaids.

Wonderland Cupcakes

And what a cute curved cupcake case set atop a sparkling glittery floor. Magical.

We didn’t pick up any cupcakes here though. Instead we had a couple of cookies.

Just two. Sandwiched between a tiny bit of buttercream… Ummm… that they will warm up for you!

Wonderland Cookie Sandwich

And just for reference, I asked Amanda to hold it up for you.

See … tiny. Like Big Mac tiny. Help.

P.S. You can mix and match the cookies. We had Peanut Butter Chunk and Raspberry Dream. Yum!

Wonderland Bakery Website

Newport Beach, CA

 

Truly Madly Sweetly Cupcakes

Truly Madly Sweetly. We stumbled on this cupcake shop by accident when we arrived for the conference.

Truly Madly Sweetly Cupcakes

It was at a mall that we were “accidentally” shopping at with Maria of Two Peas and Their Pod ; ) and it was a sweet surprise.

Great cupcakes. Great frosting. We decided the chocolate cupcakes were our faves. Go figure.

Food Photos

That’s once we finally finished photographing them. And when I finished photographing them photographing them. We have a problem. A big sweet problem.

Truly Madly Sweetly 

Temecula, CA

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Oh and next time I’m in Jenny’s area I want to try Sprinkles Ice Cream in Newport Beach or even the one in Beverly Hills. They have red velvet waffle cones. Oh yes they do! The Newport Beach location just opened, but the line was Ridiculous!!! Even for me. I’m also told I need to check out B. Candy and Confexion Cupcakes. Any other recommendations?

 

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Alaina said...

Everything looks amazing! And now I want a cupcake.

May 6, 2013 02:15 AM
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Yen at GHOTH said...

Ohhh I’m definitely going to check out Sweet & Saucy when I’m home this June!

May 6, 2013 02:26 AM
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Cindy C said...

Oh my, I will have to visit ALL of these fantastic shops the next time I’ve visiting home in Orange County, CA :) Cute little desserts are the best!

May 6, 2013 02:38 AM
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Lydia said...

You make me want to move to America RIGHT now!

May 6, 2013 02:53 AM
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80cupcakes said...

These cake stands are amazing, would love to have them for a short photo shoot ;D

May 6, 2013 03:07 AM
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Maricel Q said...

HI Bakerella,
Thank you for sharing your trip to So Cal. I live here and apparently don’t get out much. I only knew about ‘Lette, so I can’t wait to go to all the other places you visited! Thanks for the recommendations too!

May 6, 2013 03:08 AM
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Milika said...

Wish I lived in America! The treats look at delish over there! I love in New Zealand, so I haven’t heard of lots of stuff that you use for your delicious treats! Heck, I only heard about Candy Melts through your blog!
~Milika

May 6, 2013 03:12 AM
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robin grunzweig said...

OMG!! It’s obviously been too long since I’ve driven up to Fashion Island!! Must head there TOOT SWEET when I get back to my home in SoCal!!! Thanks for the post! Yummmersssss

May 6, 2013 03:17 AM
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Eliza P. said...

Wow, all those treats look amazing! I definitely want to visit those shops if I’m ever in the area! And those cake stands are so pretty~

May 6, 2013 03:40 AM
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Jayne said...

How do you find such places! So magical. I don’t think I would be able to tear myself away. Being a cake girl, those cupcakes you were photographing them photographing are so tempting!

May 6, 2013 03:51 AM
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Lucy said...

I’m glad you enjoyed your trip to SoCal!! We moved here about 3 years ago and LOVE ‘lette and Sweet &Saucy!
Your my inspiration for setting up my CakePop business in SoCal too :) I’d love to send you something next time your in town :)

May 6, 2013 03:56 AM
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Aimee Yeghiayan said...

DEFINITELY go to ConfeXion! They are by far the greatest cupcakes I have ever tasted, and believe me, I have tried a LOT. They are the sweetest people, too. It is not a very big store at all, but well worth it. If they have it, try the Margarita!

May 6, 2013 04:04 AM
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Daaniah said...

Those look delicious, lucky you.

May 6, 2013 05:07 AM
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whipped cream said...

wow, gorgeous!

May 6, 2013 05:33 AM
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Danielle said...

Just had my first ‘lette Macarons this weekend myself! Very good, but I think Bottega Louie’s are the best.

May 6, 2013 06:19 AM
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Emily @ Life on Food said...

I want a cupcake please. And yes, I would eat the cookie sandwich knowing full well it would give me a tummy ache.

May 6, 2013 06:35 AM
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Chris Arrington said...

They all look Yummy, thanks for sharing

May 6, 2013 07:03 AM
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Tracey said...

Hi!
Thinking of you and hoping the numbers are well for you. We live in San Diego and love it. So glad you could spend some time with the girls and have some fun.
Hoping all is well in your corner of the world,
Tracey A

May 6, 2013 07:47 AM
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Lisa (@unitedcakedom) said...

I need to get myself out to California for a week long bakery tour! :0) All of these place look amazing. I guess I will have to settle for London… Still have a lot of places to hit, but would love a change of scenery!

Thank you for sharing with all of us!!

May 6, 2013 08:06 AM
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Andrea said...

I’m on sugar overload just LOOKING at these photos! My daughter and I tried our hands at Macarons for the first time this weekend. Going to practice some more. Wonder if we can find any volunteers to be our tasters.

May 6, 2013 08:16 AM
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Not Only Sugar said...

There pasticceries are so lovely!!!

Not Only Sugar

May 6, 2013 08:42 AM
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Sandra said...

You should definitely check out CakeGoodness in Valencia. It’s AMAZING!!! & the Owner, Melinda is such a doll!! Tell her Sandra sent you ;) xox ?

May 6, 2013 08:54 AM
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Majell said...

You should check out My Delight Cupcakery in Ontario. THE best gourmet cupcakes in SoCal!! http://www.mydelightcupcakery.com

May 6, 2013 09:14 AM
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Monica said...

That’s the thing about desserts…not only do they taste great, they are just such a treat to behold! I love these gorgeous treats – they’re so beautifully presented! I especially have a soft spot for mini desserts and macarons!

May 6, 2013 09:18 AM
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mindy1 said...

Oh my those look great. Loved the giant sandwich cookie :D that was funny-did you really eat it??

May 6, 2013 09:25 AM
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Lantana said...

Hey, I’m glad you could make it here to SoCal! I live in San Diego County where there are n cupcake shops-boo! There used to be one that was really good called Casey’s Cupcakes. They have yummy cupcakes! See if you can find it, because they are good!

May 6, 2013 09:55 AM
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Sarah Jo said...

So jealous of your “sweet treats” tour! Looks like I’ll have to plan a trip to California. :)

May 6, 2013 10:09 AM
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Melba said...

Hi Angie! I definitely need to swing by the Sweet & Saucey Shop. Kim and i are having a baby shower for our niece we need a cake. And those stands for rent are great! Hoping your foot is feeling better. Take care. Melba

May 6, 2013 10:12 AM
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Kathy T. said...

Oh my goodness, I live right next to Truly Madly Sweetly and have to agree that their cupcakes are fabulous! If I had only known that you were there, I would have run over with my Cake Pops cookbook for you to autograph! Also, I was fortunate enough to take some classes from Melody before she opened her shops. She is so talented and such a sweet person. I can’t wait to get over to one of her shops.

May 6, 2013 10:43 AM
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JennyLeigh said...

SO much confectionary inspiration to be found in SoCal. Looks like you had a very ‘sweet’ trip. Thank you for sharing! and I’m going to need a half dozen or so of those gorgeous cake stands for my retro 50′s kitchen ;)

May 6, 2013 10:43 AM
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Molly Galler said...

I love when you share all the treats you find on your travels! It makes me want to play vacations just to retrace your steps!

May 6, 2013 10:55 AM
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Majell said...

A must try: My Delight Cupcakery in Ontario. The best gourmet cupcakes ever!! You won’t be disappointed. http://www.mydelightcupcakery.com

Also Bottega Louie in LA for delicious macarons and French pasteries.

May 6, 2013 11:17 AM
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Alejandra Morin {The Marshmallow Studio} said...

I have a few amazing spots here in Las Vegas I”ll have to take you to when you come down and visit ;)

May 6, 2013 11:18 AM
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Alejandra Morin {The Marshmallow Studio} said...

Oh… and if you ever go back to SoCal (more like San Diego area) you HAVE TO go to Extraordinary Desserts. They are THE most amazing, decadent and beyond delicious desserts you have and will ever have. 1 word: Heaven! http://www.extraordinarydesserts.com/

May 6, 2013 11:21 AM
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Pam Lacey said...

What a fun, awesome sweet tour! Thanks so much for sharing. Makes me want to go and check them all out, someday when I’m on that coast. :-)

May 6, 2013 11:45 AM
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Michelle said...

I was surprised to see you in So Cal. We go to Truly Madly Sweetly often. Love the look of those cookies with frosting in the middle, oh jeez!

May 6, 2013 11:50 AM
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Carla @ Carlas Confections said...

Oh man! I want every single one of those treats!! :D

May 6, 2013 12:38 PM
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Viki Kane said...

Wonderfully adorable and delicious! Can’t wait to get on the map and become a destination for the famed Bakerella!

May 6, 2013 12:56 PM
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Lizabeth said...

Sweet and Saucy and ‘lette are always favorites! I HIGHLY recommend Frosted Cupcakery (http://www.frostedcupcakery.com), the salted caramel high tops are the best I have ever had. I also recommend Sweet! in Hollywood. Sweet is a candy store unlike any other, it will fulfill every childhood dream! It is Wonka gone wild.
http://sweetlosangeles.com

May 6, 2013 01:04 PM
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Laura said...

The picture of the picture is hilarious! Now I’m craving something sweet…. uh oh.

May 6, 2013 01:31 PM
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Diane said...

Oh my! You were in my neck o’ the woods! Except I’m closer to the Long Beach shop. I was so surprised, especially since a friend’s daughters work for Melody! Glad you had such a good time.

May 6, 2013 01:39 PM
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Bea said...

I just really want to work in a place like those!

May 6, 2013 01:51 PM
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bree said...

Hi bakerella! There is a great place where I live (nc) called SASS cupcakes. They have such good cupcakes and my favorite in their s’mores cupcake, which has a goey marshmallow middle! Yummy!

May 6, 2013 04:02 PM
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the baking cup - carolina said...

i absolutely love sweet and saucy and Melody!! I had the opportunity to visit and didn’t disappoint :)

May 6, 2013 06:25 PM
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Buttercup said...

Milk glass. Cake stand.

May 6, 2013 06:47 PM
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Traci K said...

We used to live in Temecula before that mall was all fancy. The in-laws and basically that whole side of the family still lives there so I guess we might have to make a stop at the cupcake place next time we hop up there for a visit from San Diego. Too bad we missed it when we were there this past weekend. Although, I did have birthday cake already that day (like that would really stop me).

May 6, 2013 07:31 PM
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Susan said...

Oh my you were so close! Thank you for touring these, now I get to try them out with my lovely family. We’ll follow in your footsteps and try them out.

May 6, 2013 08:52 PM
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Lei said...

Ohhhh please visit my bakery Sugar Blossom Bake Shop next time you are in Southern California! I would love to share some sweets and a cup of coffee with you! Ps love your new cake pop book…my book Beach Town Baking is coming out next year!!

May 6, 2013 10:42 PM
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Lori Morris said...

I highly recommend Susie Cakes in Newport Beach. Their cupcakes have a real homemade taste.

May 7, 2013 12:34 AM
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Phil said...

Thank you for all these great recommendations! Now I can’t wait to try them all.

May 7, 2013 01:48 AM
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Lei said...

Please drop by my bakery Sugar Blossom Bake Shop next time you’re in So Cal! I’d love to share some sweets with you! p.s. love your cake pop book – my book Beach Town Baking is coming out next year!

May 7, 2013 01:50 AM
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Tonja said...

Wow!! So much eye candy in this post!! I’m going to look at this post over and over again. I wish I had your job! One day, I’m going to work, or better yet, own my own bakery… One can dream yes??

Thanks for this post. Loved it

May 7, 2013 03:52 AM
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Tonja said...

I really enjoyed this post. So much eye candy! I wish I worked, or even owned, my own little cute shop. One day! ….hopefully. Thanks so much for fueling my dream… i intend on looking at this post over and over !!

May 7, 2013 04:09 AM
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Louise Bateman said...

All of these pictures are making me hungry and all I have in the house is Chips Ahoy cookies. Thank You for sharing these great places with us.

May 7, 2013 09:51 AM
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Cassie said...

Frosted Cupcakery! There are a few locations, though I’ve only been to the original in Long Beach. If you go around Halloween, they have orange chocolate chip with chocolate orange buttercream that’s to die for!

May 7, 2013 10:43 AM
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Amanda said...

Love this Angie!! Oh my gosh, that cookie sandwich from Wonderland was massive, lol!! Had such a blast running around with you and Jenny. We have to get you to another conference soon!! :) xoxo

May 7, 2013 01:44 PM
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Susyn said...

Beautiful cake satnds and yummy looking macarons!

May 7, 2013 01:45 PM
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Sosheil said...

These places are close by to me, so I’ll definitely check them out – everything looks so charming and yummy – THANKS!!! ;)

May 7, 2013 02:42 PM
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Amanda said...

So jealous of your trips. Take me next time ;)

May 7, 2013 03:02 PM
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Carrie Rowe said...

My homeland!!! I’ve been following Sweet and Saucy for a long time…. SO good. I need to to try ‘lette next visit (I’m in Montana now missing my fun food places).

May 7, 2013 07:17 PM
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Cupcake Activist said...

Sounds like they knew exactly where to take you. Next time, I need to join you, as these are my local spots too!

May 7, 2013 07:49 PM
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elaine arevalo said...

oh so beautiful cake stands, i want them all ….
loving wonderland, hope I can fly there right now…
wish I am you… Bakerella!!! <3

May 7, 2013 10:51 PM
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Karen fratantaro said...

Hi I am Kerry from lollicakes bakeshop’s sister. Have you tried the Elizabethan bakery in encinitas just north of San Diego. Delicious!

May 8, 2013 12:32 AM
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Veena said...

next time when I am going to find a new job, i will be definitely look out for such places …btw i loved the cup cake

May 8, 2013 12:43 PM
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Linda said...

So interesting! You’re blog is SO cute and pretty. I visited Sweet and Saucy last time you wrote about it since I live nearby. I wasn’t made to feel very welcome and there wasn’t much on display to see. I guess I hit them at a bad time. Maybe I’ll try them again next time we get Marri’s pizza (the best!) in the same location.

May 8, 2013 04:09 PM
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anne said...

I love your photography!
Those macarons made me so hungry!
I’m craving! yum!

annescribblesanddoodles.blogspot.com

May 9, 2013 10:07 AM
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Ailing said...

Whooaah O_o Oohh how bad I wish to live in Southern California now so I can visit those places

May 9, 2013 11:37 AM
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Liz said...

Oh my, it looks like confection wonderland there! I definitely will have to make a stop on our next trip to California.

That mini dessert plate looks like pure heaven.

May 9, 2013 03:24 PM
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Krystal said...

1. Why have you not told us you were coming to so cal. I seriously live so close to truly madly sweetly (which yes is quite delicious) I have been wanting to meet you :’( sad to know you we’re just around the corner
2. Next time you come around our neck of the woods… It is completely necassary for you to try “gluten free by chef Betsy G.” She has AMAZING biscotti and wonderful oatmeal cookies. I have never truly had an appreciation for biscotti until I tried hers. She makes all her desserts taste phenomenal. You want them even if you don’t need to eat gluten free.
3. So happy for you that you got to enjoy some of our wonderful marvels in Southern California. Come back soon….. And give us a heads up ;)

May 9, 2013 06:09 PM
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Seanna Lea said...

They sound amazing. Sometimes I am sure that I have equally fabulous hidden gems in my area, and other times like today I feel like there is no way any of our shops are as fantabulously showy!

May 10, 2013 11:13 AM
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buttercream bakehouse said...

Looks divine and whimsical! Like a place made for heaven.

May 11, 2013 07:27 AM
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jenelle said...

OH. MY. my tastebuds are so jealous! Living in a very small town. I LOVE to see all the great and fun places you post about on your fun adventures with amazing gals! Looks like a magical place my tastebuds want to visit someday! Thanks for the little trip and always posting fun recipes I love your blog.

May 11, 2013 08:25 AM
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Lizet said...

Does anybody know where and when do they have the food blogger conference? I would love to go to one while in the States. We’ll be there June 2014 to June 2015. Thanks!

May 11, 2013 05:46 PM
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Shells said...

I just tried the cupcakes from Sweet and Saucy and they are the best cupcakes I have ever eaten. The density of the cupcake was perfect, the icing tasted amazing and was the perfect ratio of icing to cupake. Thanks for telling me about this amazing bakery.

May 11, 2013 05:54 PM
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Loretta | A Finn In The Kitchen said...

Delicious! And everything looks so cute! Some people have some serious talent…

May 14, 2013 01:47 PM
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Erica D. said...

Your SoCal trip is my dream vacation! Such cute shops, especially Sweet and Saucy. Love how they display their treats on different cake stands.

May 17, 2013 06:17 PM
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L'albero di zucchero said...

what a lovely place!!!

May 20, 2013 06:58 AM
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Stacey said...

Try French’s bakery in Costa Mesa. It’s old school. The pastries are wonderful, and they also do cupcakes now. There’s also Christopher Garren’s in Costa Mesa.

In Laguna Beach, try Casey’s Cupcakes and Andree’s Patisserie (the latter is tiny, but the pastries are fab!

May 22, 2013 07:17 PM
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Melody Brandon said...

How am I just seeing this post now!!!! You are WAY too sweet! It was a dream to have you ladies in my shop…I loved every minute and can’t wait to see you three again! Hopefully sooner than later! Thanks for the gorgeous photos!

May 27, 2013 04:05 PM
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Crème & Cassonade said...

Oh my god, it looks D-E-L-I-C-I-O-U-S!
And i love so much the cakestands!

May 28, 2013 11:45 AM
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Sahrakonna said...

this looks sooooooo delicious from! Yammy: D

June 8, 2013 07:03 AM
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martha said...

I need to make a big cupcake (giant), I don’t have a nice fluffy, moist vainilla recipe, what you recommend me ? thanks! Love you log!

June 10, 2013 07:04 PM
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Adriane von Wantoch said...

Ich bin begeistert von den tollen Ideen und Impressionen;).

Süße Grüße from Germany

Adriane

June 16, 2013 08:27 AM
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