What is the Sugared & Spiced Difference?
The difference is easy to see when you walk through our door or slice into our cake. We don't like short cuts, we don't compromise. At another bakery, you get a cake and frosting. At Sugared & Spiced you get a cake, Italian buttercream made in house from real butter, fruit curd that started as real fruit in our kitchen, caramel that started as a bag of sugar ten metres from the door you just walked through, meringues baked here, and macarons made by our bakers.
What does "From Scratch" really mean?
The majority of processing happens to our ingredients after they arrive in our shop. We make our cakes, buttercreams, fillings, and toppings from ingredients like butter, milk, white sugar, brown sugar, all purpose flour, lemons, and limes. Our eggs are delivered weekly by Marius from Four Whistle Farms.
No pre-mixed fillings or frostings. No cake mixes.
Watch our YouTube series "What does From Scratch really mean?" to see how we do things at Sugared & Spiced. (COMING SOON)
Follow us on TikTok for fun, behind-the-scenes content!
What's the difference between a Classic and an Epic cake?
If you've seen any pictures of our cakes, you know we have a Signature style. Within the Signature style, there are Classic cakes and there are Epic cakes.
All Classic & Epic cakes are all finished with a chocolate (or white chocolate) drip, baked meringues, macarons, and sprinkles. Epic cakes include a mound of toasted meringue and more baked meringues and macarons than Classic cakes of the same size. Otherwise, the cakes are the same.
- Classic 4": 1 macaron, 6 meringues
Epic 4": toasted meringue, 1 macaron, 6 meringues
- Classic 6": 3 macarons, 9 meringues
Epic 6": toasted meringue, 4 macarons, 12 meringues
- Classic 8": 4 macarons, 12 meringues
Epic 8": toasted meringue, 5 macarons, 15 meringues
Do you have cakes available if I didn't pre-order?
Pre-ordering your cake is always the best plan, but sometimes things don't go according to the plan. Every day we finish all of the pre-ordered cakes first. Then, we look at what prep work we will need to do for the next day's pre-orders. If we think we'll have time, we make as many To Go cakes as we can.
For this reason, To Go cakes can't be reserved before they are finished and ready to go. The way to get a To Go cake is to call the shop the day you need it, right when we open. If we have something on hand that you would like to purchase, you can buy it over the phone, and we'll hold it until you get here. Also, watch our Instagram account to see what we post there, we'll occasionally have a lot of cakes available, and those days we use Instagram to spread the word. If there is something there that you would like to purchase, call the shop right away, with a credit card ready, and claim it! If you try to DM us on Instagram or email us, there's a good chance we'll miss you and someone else will get it (mostly because the phone is louder).
How should I store my cake?
Your cake will taste best at room temperature. That means you'll want to take it out of the fridge about 4 hrs before you eat it.
If you need to keep your cake in the fridge for a day or more before your event, take it out at least 4 hrs before you plan to enjoy it.
Wondering how much space you need to make in your fridge? A 4" cake is packaged in a 6"x6"x6" box. A 6" cake is packaged in an 8"x8"x8" box. An 8" cake is packaged in a 10"x10"x8" box.
If you will be picking up your cake less than 4 hrs before eating it, let us know and we can take it out of the cooler in advance.
If our pick-up hours are making it difficult for you to schedule picking up your cake, consider placing your order for a day earlier; your cake will hold up very well in the fridge for a few days.
Why does it take so long?
Quality takes time, not short cuts. Many of our products take several days or more to prepare. Our Signature cakes are finished with many different components, all made from scratch in-house, and some of these take several days to complete. In order for our 'small-batch, from-scratch' philosophy to translate to a viable business, efficiency is very important. As a result we need to cater to the type of customer who plans ahead.
In order to provide you with the best and freshest product every time, with as little waste as possible, these are the minimum lead times for our pre-ordered products:
- Signature Cakes: 8 days
- Baked Goods: 3 days
- Take & Bake: 24 hours
- Custom Cakes: 14 days or more
Can I freeze my cake?
Our cakes are intended to be enjoyed fresh, and at room temperature. However, if the circumstances arise where freezing is appropriate, you can freeze your cake (in the cake box it came in) for several weeks. Be sure to let it come to room temperature before you enjoy it.
Do you make [flavour that is not on the menu] cake?
Sometimes, but probably not. We do feature seasonal flavours that may not currently be on the menu, but if the flavour you would like to order for later this month is not on the menu today, it will not be available that soon.
We also can develop custom flavours. Please keep in mind - this is not a service in the same category as our Signature cakes. Recipe development is done by a team of professional bakers at an hourly rate.
Fondant or decorated sugar cookies?
We don't use fondant in our shop, and only very occasionally decorate sugar cookies. Many other great bakeries and cake shops in Edmonton can help you with these requests.
Do you make custom cakes?
If you are looking for something that you can’t find on our Signature Cake menu, you may be looking for a Custom Cake. There are lots of ways that cakes can be customized, but we don’t do everything. Even with custom cakes, our focus is on round cakes in three layers, usually finished in Italian buttercream. While we don’t use fondant, create sculptures or sugar flowers, or make shaped/novelty cakes; we can incorporate theme colours into buttercream and toppings, and write messages on macarons. We also occasionally make tiered cakes for weddings and other celebrations.
Pricing for custom cakes varies greatly, and is not based on the Signature cake pricing.
Do you personalize cakes?
In a word, yes. The way we personalize cakes is by handwriting with an edible ink on a macaron (or several macarons) and including these in the toppings of your cake.
What colours can I choose?
We offer a variety of colour options, but some of the processes we use don't work with some colours. Some colours are achieved naturally, and some use food colouring. We typically don't do very dark colours because of the amount of food colouring that would be required.
Our raspberry buttercream is pink; we don't assume that "boys" don't like pink. Apparently this needs to be said.
The Build Your Own Signature cake menu on the Online Ordering pages shows all of the available colours for Signature cakes.
Colour matching for shades that go with other physical objects (your flowers, your invitations, a Pantone, a sports team) might be possible, but is considered a custom service and will probably cost more.
What are the options for colours for buttercream, macarons, meringues, white chocolate drip?
Buttercream cream can be coloured: teal/turquoise, purple, yellow, pink, blue, green, or orange. Vanilla buttercream is a creamy colour, Raspberry buttercream is a light pink, Cookies & Cream buttercream is speckled with chocolate cookie crumbs, Confetti buttercream is blended with multicolour sprinkles, and Triple Chocolate is a chocolatey brown (actually a chocolate creamcheese frosting on this one).
Macarons are available in: soft pink, bright pink, coral, teal/turquoise, soft purple, dark purple, orange, yellow, lime green, dark green, red, light blue, and dark blue. (also painted gold, silver, or rose gold)
Meringues are available in: rainbow (our favourite), white, light pink, bright pink, light purple, dark purple, teal/turquoise, blue, yellow, orange, and bright green. (also painted gold, silver, or rose gold)
White chocolate drip can be coloured: soft pink, bright pink, soft purple, deep purple, yellow, orange, lime green, dark green, light blue, dark blue, teal/turquoise, white, or red.
Do you offer delivery?
Our cake and baked goods delivery service is provided by a third-party courier. We do our best to schedule deliveries at the time that you request, but we cannot guarantee an exact time of arrival. We attempt to complete your delivery in the two-hour time window around the time that you request, please be there to receive your delivery at that time. (If no one is home, we may need to have the cake returned to our shop and we will not make a 2nd attempt at delivery.)
Some of our recipes may self-identify as flourless or nut-free or dairy-free, but our bakery uses flour, dairy, nuts, eggs, and all kinds of allergens and it’s a small place. If you have any allergies or sensitivities to specific ingredients, please use caution and feel free to ask us for information that could help you make the best decision for your needs. Although we make our best efforts, we can’t guarantee cross-contamination has not occurred. (Nanaimo bars contain walnuts, macarons contain almond flour, peanut butter cookies/peanut butter squares contain peanuts)