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Individual Opulence

Recently there has been quite a demand for individual “Wedding Cakes” or “Cakelettes” as I call them. These are two-tier cakes decorated to the nines – the same way a full-size wedding cake would be.

While the Cakelettes are definitely labor intensive I love the idea of every guest receiving their very own cake at an event. It is a touch that goes a long way and keeps the celebration going even after the guests return home with their sweet treat in tow.

Here are some Cakelettes that we have done recently. Just as with a regular sized cake, a mini cake is like a blank canvas – the design options are endless!

The Ruffle Cakelette is beautiful on its on or with some added gilding as seen below


Valentines Day: Lovey-dovey eats

Before I jump on into some great Valentines day treats I’d like to send out a quick hello to all our readers. It’s been quite some time since I’ve blogged. But for good reason- I’ve just returned from a month traveling in South America! Stay tuned for upcoming posts on the trip, my culinary discoveries and recipes inspired by my travels. Its a free culinary tour just for you!

I’m sure you have all been bombarded with e-mails on Valentines day sales, what to get your valentine, what to wear for your valentine etc. For a holiday based on connections and relationships it sure seems like the media is turning it more and more into a Christmas frenzy. My friend and I were talking about our V-day plans and we agreed the best gifts were homemade. Something special and made personally.

The biggest dessert trend we’ve seen this past year is the rise of the mini or single bite desserts. This trend is perfect for Valentines day since it’s usually a holiday celebrated in twos. Here are a few V-day dessert ideas done Urban Sweets style:

Mini cake pops are a great option especially dressed up with hearts

To go full-on Valentines day by plating the cake pops in red sanding sugar

A more subdued option: choose two colors (even simple brown and white) and create a mini dessert display in that theme

As many are predicting, this is the year of the “Pie Pop”. Perfect for Valentines day is a cherry pie pop. Paint little red hearts on the front to hint at the flavor within.

Pie Pops are great as a gift as well. Use a Valentines themed bag, place a piece of styrofoam at the bottom and use it as a Pie Pop display

Heart shaped meringues are a delicate little treat, but add more W-O-W by forgoing food coloring and using strawberry coulis to color and flavor these sugary pillows.

Create a bowl of Meringue hearts- simple and romantic

Planning a bigger event for more than just you and your loved one? Create a Valentines day dessert display by combining the ideas above into a sweets table that isn’t over the top (as in red, red, red), but elegant and provides many little treats to satisfy whatever the palate desires.


Happy Valentines Day from Urban Sweets to you!

Mini Cupcakes All Dressed Up

I think it can be officially declared: The cupcake craze is now a way of life! It is no longer a trend just passing through town. With TV shows, headbands, jewelry and of course many, many cupcake companies to choose from these little guys are here to stay.

Personally, the mini cupcakes have won my heart. Just a few of the reasons why:

1) I can get a ton of different flavors and not feel like a glutton

2) So easy to eat. There’s no knife vs big bite dilemma with these little tikes

3) They are so adorably cute!

Even with these reasons as to why minis reign supreme – I have found very little as to how to display minis in a more unique fashion. Yes the cupcake tree is an oldie and a goodie – but I want more options that will bring these guys some major oogle time….

My answer: tea-light holders! They are the perfect shape for mini cupcakes and there are so many different options a decorator could go wild!

Here are shots I took of my little guys trying some tea-light displays on for size.

Another option is to use upside down glasses and mugs

Another idea I can’t wait to try is to put the minis inside lanterns. So cute!

What do Art and Dessert have in common?

Urban Sweets!

I was incredibly excited when I got a call to do a dessert bar for an art opening. I love the energy of the people and environment at art galleries.

We kept the design very simple with a light, uncomplicated color palette so as not to compete with the art itself. The flavors though were another story – lemon, pumpkin, grand marnier, and peppermint to name a few!

And here are some pictures of the event itself. I want to thank Beth Dubber for taking amazing shots of the event!

Fall Fete

Winter has finally arrived in LA. We are going on day two of a rainstorm and I am loving the fog outside the kitchen window. Here at Urban Sweets, we have started to transition into our winter desserts – heavier dessert items that focus on spices and preserves rather than fresh fruit. I love having our menu follow the seasons and what is naturally in season this time of year.

Last week we did a Dessert Buffet that featured items from our Fall line. We created a menu that primarily focused on winter confections but added in a few “last of summer” lighter and fruiter flourishes.

dessert buffet

The center focus was the cupcake tower that had individual dessert bites lining it. The desserts were placed in a cascading order of density. Starting with the “farewell to summer” desserts at the top and leading down to the heavier more winter oriented items.

The top tier had mini Lemon Meringue Tarts

lemon meringue tarts

Below the Tarts were mini Brownies infused with Raspberry Preserves and latticed with Bittersweet Chocolate.


The base tier had individual Persimmon Cheesecakes. When thinking about winter foods, squash and pumpkin usually come to mind. Staying true to Urban Sweets ethics (that of introducing new and unique flavor combinations to the dessert lover) I opted to stray from the traditional. Persimmons are just coming into season and have such a rich, sweet flavor; I was delighted to incorporate them into the cheesecakes. This was another way to take a dessert commonly served during the warmer months and make it the perfect addition to a party taking place on a cool and crisp evening. Who would ever think that cheesecake could be paired with hot Mulled Cider? Well now it can!


To round out the Dessert Buffet, we also had Pecan Bars, Ginger Snap Cookies, Candies and Decorated Sugar Cookies that we placed on lollipop sticks – they were a huge hit with the kids!

cookie lollipops

ginger snaps and sugar cookies

acorn cookie

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