Appetizers
December 8, 2010
Just in time for Christmas, gingerbread men (and women)

By Allen Pierleoni
apierleoni@sacbee.com

Though the Village Cake Shoppe in Town & Country Village specializes in wedding and holiday cakes, and cupcakes, it will offer gingerbread men (and women) from Friday through Dec. 24.

"They're popular because they capture the magic of Christmas, and bring back the excitement and memories of our childhoods - baking in the kitchen with your grandmother, reading stories about gingerbread men by the fire," said cake designer Victoria Werhan. She bakes and decorates the cookie people.

The from-scratch gingerbread characters are hand-made in small batches from organic butter and molasses, brown sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger. "They're made to appeal to children, so they're not super-spicy," Werhan said.

They sell for $2 to $2.50 each, "depending on how elaborate the design is. We can customize them with the names of your choice," she added.

How does she eat hers? "I bite the head off first," she revealed. Ouch!

The Village Cake Shoppe is in the T&C center, Marconi and Fulton avenues, Sacramento; (916) 485-8611, www.villagecakeshoppe.com.

Call The Bee's Allen Pierleoni at (916) 321-1128.

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