January 19, 2011
New specialty dessert bakery opens downtown

Here's a tip for the thousands of cars arriving downtown every morning via 12th Street: take a quick left on F Street and grab a gourmet treat for the office.

Sugar and Spice Specialty Desserts opened its doors Monday, offering everything from custom weddings cakes, special occasion baked goods and, best of all for impulsive dessert lovers, a walk-in shop at the corner of 12th and F.

The business is owned by experienced pastry chef Carissa Jones, who was busy tending to new dessert creations when I called Tuesday.

"I'm piping as we speak," she told me, referring to an ice cream mousse cake creation.

Jones, who has worked in several restaurants as a pastry chef, wants to bring tradition and creativity to the desserts at Sugar and Spice. So expect plenty of classic French pastry techniques, playful twists and fresh new flavors. Apple martini meringue, anyone?

"There is something strangely satisfying about being able to follow the rules and know something is going to come out perfectly, and at the same time knowing when to break the rules," Jones said.

"I like taking a traditional dessert and changing it, and then taking a non-traditional dessert and making it a little bit more friendly."

The bakery is also serious about quality, obtaining many of its fresh ingredients from highly respected Produce Express. Jones also plans to hit the farmers markets.

Jones says the foundation of the business will be built on weddings. But it also won't leave single folks and happy old married couples out of the picture. Sugar and Spice will feature a daily "happy hour," when a certain desserts will be half price. There will also be a daily turnover, a daily muffin, and a daily crostada, among many other treats. A coffee program will be introduced in the next couple of weeks.

Sugar and Spice Specialty Desserts is at 1201 F St., Sacramento.

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