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Saturday, May 23, 2015

SusieCakes Laguna Niguel opens today, Saturday, May 23, 2015

It all started with a little girl baking alongside her grandmothers, Mildred and Madeline. This little girl’s name is Susie. Her grandmothers lived across the street from each other (this is how Susie’s mom and dad met) and Susie could go from one house to the other to bake from scratch delicious goodies in her grandmothers’ kitchens. As Susie grew up, she went to Cornell University’s School of Hotel and Restaurant Administration, and began working in the corporate world. Susie started in event planning and catering with Hyatt Hotels, House of Blues, and renowned hospitality groups. In 2003, she opened Zinc Bistrot in Portland, OR and served as the managing partner. But, the little Susie side of her longed for home baked treats just like her grandmothers used to make. In 2006, with her savvy business acumen and her grandmothers’ recipes, Susan Sarich founded SusieCakes in Brentwood, CA.

The Laguna Niguel bakery will be the 15th location with two more opening soon in Woodland Hills and Mid-City/La Brea. A grand opening celebration starts today at the Laguna Niguel location. Here’s a schedule of happenings and free goodies:

Saturday, May 23, 2015
  • 10am: FREE SusieCakes tote bag for the first 25 guests
  • 11am to 1pm: FREE cupcakes (limit one per guest)
  • ENTER raffle to win free cake for a year!
  • Kids coloring contest

Tuesday, May 26, 2015 through Saturday, May 30, 2015
  • 50% OFF slices of cake from 5pm to 7pm (limit one discounted slice per guest)

If you’ve never tried SusieCakes before, here are some items you might like:

Luscious Lemon Cake is moist layers of vanilla cake filled with smooth and tart lemon curd, topped with vanilla buttercream, and sanding sugar. The sanding sugar on the outside makes the cake sparkle like a jewel. The cake is very moist and the lemon curd has just the right amount of tartness to balance with the sweet buttercream frosting. This would pair well with hot tea, mild coffee, or La Pincoya Sauvignon Blanc (enhances the lemon citrus flavor in the cake without the tartness). Rating: 4.5/5

Tropical Coconut Cake is vanilla caked layered with pineapple-accented coconut filling then topped with fluffy coconut buttercream and shredded coconut. This cake is like the ultimate Pina colada cake. The pineapple helps to keep the cake moist and matches deliciously with the coconut. Reminiscent of something my grandma would have made me in Hawaii. This would pair well with hot tea, nut flavored coffee like hazelnut, coconut, or amaretto, or Canella Prosecco (enhances the pineapple flavor). Rating: 5/5

Vanilla Celebration Cake is six layers of vanilla cake baked with colorful sugar confetti and frosted with retro-blue vanilla frosting. The cake is moist and the confetti just makes it fun with the dots of bright color peeking throughout the cake. The retro-blue frosting reminds me of 1950s kitchen appliances with a pastel palette. This particular cake is great for celebrations like birthdays, graduations, bridal showers, and even baby gender reveals where the interior is decorated in either pink or blue. This would pair well with hot tea, bold coffee, or Jackson-Triggs Vidal Icewine (honey aroma and flavor pair well with the buttercream frosting for a more decadent bite). Rating: 4.5/5

Carrot Cake is layered with unique “praline filling” and topped with traditional cream cheese frosting. The cake is nutty and not too spiced. The praline filling is fantastic and gives luscious down-south flavor with the creamy cream cheese frosting. This would pair well with hot tea, nut flavored coffee like hazelnut, coconut, or amaretto, or Joel Gott Riesling. Rating: 5/5

Susie’s Famous Southern Red Velvet is deep red, moist cake lightly flavored with cocoa, filled and topped with traditional cream cheese frosting. Even though the cocoa is light, the chocolate flavor does come through and works well with the cream cheese frosting. One of the best red velvet cakes I’ve ever had! This would pair well with bold coffee, cappuccino, or Rosa Regale (fruity flavor works well with the chocolate flavor in the cake). Rating: 5/5

Classic Marble Cake is vanilla and chocolate cake marbled together with chocolate chips then filled and frosted with vanilla and chocolate buttercream. The cake is fluffy and moist. The combination of vanilla and chocolate is wonderful, like a swirled soft serve cone. The chocolate chips add texture and spikes of chocolate flavor. This would pair well with bold coffee, espresso, café au lait, or Domaine Drouhin Pinot Noir (enhances the chocolate flavor of the cake). Rating: 5/5

Old-Fashioned 6-Layer Chocolate Cake is a high-towering moist chocolate cake filled and covered in rich, chocolate buttercream frosting. The chocolate cake is fluffy. This is a chocoholic’s dream cake! This would pair well with bold coffee, espresso, café au lait, macchiato, or Dow’s Tawny Port (enhances the bittersweet chocolate notes in the cake). Rating: 4.5/5

Frosted Sugar Cookies (decorated star cookies with red, white, and blue sanding sugar on top for Memorial Day Weekend) are buttery and have a soft-baked texture. Pick up some for your backyard party this weekend! Rating: 5/5

7-Layer Bar is packed full of flavors and textures. It looks healthy like a granola bar, but it is more like a decadent cross between a cookie and brownie. It has chocolate chips, toasted coconut, butterscotch chips, and more. Just looking at it made me excited! Once I bit into it, I was mesmerized! Rating: 5/5

Chocolate Chip Cookies are HUGE! It is monster cookie sized and packed full of chocolate chips. It has a soft-baked texture and is a little chewy. Rating: 5/5

Classic Chocolate Brownie is just busting out with rich, decadent chocolate flavor. For a brownie, it is very moist with a fudge-like texture. A scoop of vanilla on top would seal the deal. Rating: 5/5

Whoopie Pie brings me back to a trip to Philadelphia where I had my first Pennsylvania Dutch Whoopie Pie. The Pennsylvania Dutch make theirs with domed cake sandwich with fluffy frosting in the middle. SusieCakes is a little different. The outer “sandwich” parts are a cross between a cookie and a brownie. They are sturdy making easy to hold yet yield to cutting or chomping. The buttercream frosting in the middle is creamy and fluffy. Rating: 5/5

Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies (gluten free) is a delicate cookie. It has a soft-baked texture but is full of peanut butter flavor. They even crisscross the top with a fork just like grandma! Rating: 5/5

Let SusieCakes take you back to days with your grandma with some sweet treats!

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Atmosphere: 5 out of 5 stars
Service: 5 out of 5 stars
Décor: 5 out of 5 stars
Food: 5 out of 5 stars

For more information:
25473 Rancho Niguel Rd Ste B
Laguna Niguel, Ca 92677
+1.949.214.2253
Hours: Monday through Saturday from 10am to 7pm

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