Hello Sweet Readers..have you been here yet?
Oh, I have. Here is happy me with my yummy loot! I finally got to go to Sweet and Saucy Shop. I have been following Melody online for some time now and very much admire her work. (My Sweet and Saucy) She is an amazing artist. And she seemed so very nice online, always willing to answer questions and give sources for great stores and goodies.
I have been making several trips to Southern California this year and I was excited to get to visit her beautiful new store she just opened.
So the above photo is obviously in front of her store. It's in Long Beach in a pretty unassuming strip mall. But it's right off the freeway, which means...easy access! Yeah!
Can you tell how happy I am? I am posing with my box of yummies (actually, this particular box of yummy cupcakes was for my MIL and SIL, for their concert picnic that night). I love Melody's arrangement of photos on the wall. They are pictures of her sweets individually and as published in various publications. This is a rising star, people!
Here is a long shot of one side of her shop. I love the counter she had specially made and how she displays her glorious treats on beautiful and unique cake pedestals. It looks so appetizing and beautiful. She also hand-made the lampshades. My hubby thought they looked like frosting! So pretty.
She sells regular sized cupcakes of awesome flavors and minis of the same. She also sells cake pops, cookies and very unique and amazing custom cakes.
Oh, yeah. Tell me it wasn't hard to choose! It was! Fortunately, my sweet hubby was with me and I was able to get some decisions out of him. He's always good at helping me with that :)
One of her custom cakes. Beautiful!
And a couple more..displayed in her front window.
And here is Melody, the owner. I told you that she seemed so sweet online...well she is a very welcoming and wonderful person. She was genuine and heartfelt and though I caught her on one of her busiest days yet, she came out to meet me and spent a few moments. Beautiful both inside and out!
I love it! The sign that she was working hard and enjoying it...a shirt covered in flour and a big smile on her face!
Here is what I got ..times two. Some for us, some for our family.
The one on the left is a candy bar cupcake. It's a vanilla buttermilk cupcake cake filled with chocolate ganache and topped with peanut butter cream cheese frosting drizzled with salted caramel. It was very good! The cake was moist with a perfect crumb and the caramel was so delicious and perfectly sweet. The ganache was delicious...making me want more!
The one on the right is a chocolate espresso cupcake. It's a dark chocolate cupcake filled with chocolate ganache and topped with espresso Kahlua cream cheese frosting and Valhrona chocolate crunchy pearls. Loved it! I especially loved the frosting. It was perfect and sweet but the cream cheese added a little tang that balanced the sweetness perfectly.
It was a bummer to leave without trying everything, but I guess I can just look forward to going back..soon, I hope! If you live nearby or are visiting the area, you must go! You won't be disappointed. You will find it hard to choose, though!
Sweet & Saucy Shop
6400 Stearns Street
Long Beach, CA 90815