We are finally in less than one year stretch and still doing things ridiculously ahead of time. We headed down to Orange County this past weekend to visit a friend who just moved back from Hawaii, and conveniently, she lives 15 minutes from our wedding venue. We decided to take the opportunity to schedule not one but two cake tastings while we were in the area.
Note to brides to be, don’t schedule two tastings back to back. I’m pretty sure I had a sugar hangover when I woke up Sunday morning. Although the sugar overload wasn’t my favorite, it was nice to try both places in a short period of time because we could remember the things we liked about each place and make a more informed decision.
Our first tasting was at Sweet & Saucey Shop in Newport. Before we arrived for our tasting, we were giving a huge sheet of flavor options and made selections based on what we wanted to try. For the frosting we chose: cream cheese based: regular, espresso, coconut, peanut butter, and Oreo, buttercream: vanilla, salted caramel, and Nutella, chocolate ganache, strawberries, raspberries, hazelnut crunch, Valrhona chocolate pearls, toffee bits and salted caramel drizzle.
We opted for the chocolate, vanilla almond and strawberry cake flavors. And if you thought the frostings and toppings above were enough, think again – we also tried a few creamy fillings – whipped cream, vanilla Bavarian cream, lemon cheesecake mousse and chocolate mousse.
And those were just the cake options… We also tried a few mini desserts- traditional cheesecake with fresh fruit, cappuccino cheesecake, chocolate salted caramel tarts. Last but not least, we sampled some mini cupcakes: candy bar, chocolate espresso, chocolate peanut butter, carrot cake, coconut, strawberry cream and nutella hazelnut.
After reading all of that, you probably are asking yourself how we didn’t get sick or need to roll each other to the car afterward… Patience my friends, it’s all about small bites. Just enough to get the flavor combination and not enough to get yourself sick. It also helped that we preferred the cream cheese frostings, which are less kick you in the stomach sweet compared to their buttercream cousins. When it came to testing the mini desserts, we only ate a quarter of the tarts and one small fork full of each mini cupcake. It was the perfect amount to taste the cake, frosting and any fillings, but no need to overload the tummy.
The entire experience at Sweet and Saucey Shop was super enjoyable. Their décor is very cute and the fact that they have Styrofoam sample cakes all over the shop, helps you get an in person idea of the size of your cake. We wanted a very simple textured design, so the pricing was extremely reasonable when it came time to talk numbers. In our discussions with our consultant, we opted for a smaller cake, a simple two tiered style with two different flavors, which we will probably top with fresh flowers and a simple topper. If cake is not our guests’ thing, we will have 4 different mini dessert options to satisfy everyone’s sweet tooth. Our consultant was very knowledgeable and didn’t feel pushy. She gave her opinion and was very helpful when it came to pointing out different sized cakes featured in the store to help us picture the cake in person.
I won't spoil the surprise of what we ended up choosing for our wedding, but just know this - my sweet tooth will be more than satisfied ;)