My family and I were on the Square last night. After enjoying a meal at the Pizza Company, we were walking by the fountain and noticed that the lights were still on at Sugar Cakes Patisserie. During the week, I’ve always seen the charming dessert house, but it’s been closed. This being the weekend, though, was to our advantage as we walked into the entrance of the shop around 9:30 pm.
Before even eating the inviting foods, the decor of the location is aesthetically pleasing: warm, simple, modern. The chairs have a whimsical “coffee-cup-with-steam” carving in the backs of them. The pastry case is the main draw. It’s large, open, and showcases each creation for the customer’s viewing (and eventually, eating) pleasure. I really liked the small, orange lights in the cafe; they draw you in from outside.
The owner and dessert artist, Ted Arpon, was at the bakery last night. He has been working with pastries for 7 years. Arpon attended culinary school in Chicago, where he studied under a French mentor. Sugar Cakes definitely boasts an elegant, European-style preparation in their dessert making.
For our desserts, we enjoyed a chocolate cake with a raspberry filling, along with a nice dish of creme brulee. The chocolate was fine and subtle, without being overpoweringly sweet. The combination of chocolate and the raspberry filling was amazing, and the presentation was exquisite. The dish of creme brulee was delicious; the server behind the counter even let me come back to watch the sugar being carmelized on top of the dessert. Our daughter enjoyed a thick, rich chocolate chip cookie for her nighttime snack.
I would recommend this wonderful establishment to anyone looking for dessert on the Square. Sugar Cakes Patisserie has been opened for approximately 3 months and is located at 101 North Park Square. Their phone number is 770.218.9994. A website (www.sugarcakespatisserie.com) is coming soon.