Jan 2, 201310:50 AMFood & Dining
Tasty Tidbits and Food For Thought
Piece of Cake and Cookies Too
"Let them eat cake.” Often mis-attributed to Marie Antoinette, this phrase is better turned on the tongue when actually enjoying great confections – like those created by Wendi Saposnek, owner of SweeTreats Cake Boutique in Mechanicsburg.
“Cooking, baking and entertaining have been a passion of mine, [and] it’s been at the forefront of my life thanks to my mother and grandmother,” says Saposnek. “Freshness is key, always fresh, never frozen.” Everything is handmade by Saposnek, even butter creams.
SweeTreats started in 2004 in California, then relocated to Oregon, and now makes its home in Mechanicsburg, where Saposnek churns out creatively decorated cakes, colorful fondant-iced cookies and other confections that have earned her a brand-new following in central Pa.
Her largest cake served 200, but she’s adept at the small stuff, too, for all sized events, including cupcakes, cookies, muffins, scones, cake pops and hand-dipped chocolate pretzel rods.
“Most of the time clients have a theme or color scheme, and once that is determined, I sit down and discuss the overall feel. Then I go to town on creating different ideas on paper with colored pencils. Some clients will surf the net and magazines and see cake designs that they fall in love with. If that’s the case, I try to add or change a little something to create ‘their’ cake.”
There’s fun baked into SweeTreats, too. Saposnek crafted dozens upon dozens of tiny fondant “sub sandwiches” cupcake toppers for the grand opening of the Windsor Park Subway franchise. “I sat there for three hours,” she says. “Of course, I always need to make extras.”
For Saposnek, her confection designs are inspired, but they come with unique touches, too, like her butterfly sugar cookies, hand-decorated and painted with various food-dye powders to create swirls of color.
“I try out new recipes and create completely from scratch, which requires a lot of testing. Thankfully, I have family, friends and clients who don’t mind being my guinea pigs.”
SweeTreats earned recognition from WeddingWire in the Bride’s Choice Award 2012. You can check out all of Saposnek’s creative and sometimes quirky concoctions on Facebook. Contact her at (717) 766-6123 or firstname.lastname@example.org.